Mother's Day offers the opportunity to reflect on all the mothers who have touched our lives, especially those in our own families. I have been blessed with a wonderful mother, loving grandmothers,and a sweet mother-in-law, all of whom have taught me by their example. This week, the Let's Dish party at Cuisine Kathleen
centers around mothers -- and dishes, of course!
My very first tablescape
posted on my blog, more than two years ago, featured my paternal grandmother's wedding china, which she gave to me before she died. The pattern is Admiral, by Heinrich H&C. There are 24 placesettings and many wonderful serving pieces, including TWO gravy boats. If this photo looks familiar, it's because I'm using in my blog header.
This was a spring tablesetting, but I often use this china for Thanksgiving
, as I did last year. I always think of Grandma Rachel when I use her pretty china. Sadly, I don't have any dishes from my maternal grandmother. She had 21 grandchildren, and there just weren't enough to go around! I do remember her colorful Fiestaware and wish some of that had made its way into my cupboards.
My mother has given me many pretty things over the years, like her crystal punchbowl, but she is still enjoying her own china and crystal and silver, which will one day be passed down to her grandchildren. Our family is gathering next week to celebrate her 80th birthday! Since I began blogging, I have had fun playing with HER dishes when I visit. She has two formal china patterns, both by Castleton. Here's her Ma Lin pattern, shown for an autumn table
, but I've also used it to set a spring table
I've also posted two tables set with Mama's other Castleton pattern, Mayfair. Here's a placesetting from a fall table
. A spring table may be viewed here
. I think both of these patterns are elegant and look very fresh, especially when you consider Mama and Daddy will soon celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary!
My sweet mother-in-law, Jean, passed away four years ago, but she also loved china of all kinds. After my father-in-law moved into an apartment, he gave me their set of Wedgwood Potpourri, the everyday dishes she chose in later life. I've posted three tables with this pretty pattern, which lends itself to tables of many styles and colors. I think this is my favorite version
Jean's formal china, Rosalinde by Haviland, was handed down to my daughter. Together we set a pretty modern table
with it at her house. Her Gorham Chantilly silver is also from Jean's collection, which was divided between my two children. It's fun to think that one day my granddaughter -- or maybe a great-granddaughter! -- will be the caretaker of this pretty china!
As you can see, a love for dishes and a reverence for family heirlooms connect four generations of mothers in my family! Thanks, Kathleen, for inviting us to celebrate mothers this week for your Let's Dish party! Be sure to visit her blog
after 7:00 p.m. this Wednesday to see lots of pretty dishes.