Growing up, my Mama would always have our meals served on pretty and elegant dishes. Each time I would prepare coffee for her, she would tell me, my coffee tastes more delicious in a pretty cup. So I would serve it for her in a very pretty cup. I never really understood what fine china was or ever questioned why she liked fine dishes so much.
When I got married, I automatically wanted to always serve my husband on nice plates. He doesn’t mind if his meal is on fine china or a styrofoam plate! I am the one that likes nice plates and cups! I do not spend a lot of money on expensive dinnerware. My idea of the perfect plate is actually from IKEA or Target.
I had been thinking about investing in beautiful dinnerware now that our family is growing. I just love to host get togethers at my house. I have seen several different pieces but none would really catch my attention. I wanted beautiful, yet simple and elegant china that would not break the bank! Last month, after the rush of Black Friday, my Mama and I decided to go antiquing. We just love to go to local vintage and antique markets. It is our favorite thing to do!
As we were walking through the many booths, I suddenly spotted the most gorgeous fine china I had laid my eyes on! Not only was it beautiful, white, and just what I was looking for, but it was 40% off! I was sold! I noticed the bottom of the plates and the name said “Theodore Haviland Limoges – France”. I said it to myself, must be a good brand as it says from France. I took the tag off it and took to cashier to pay for it. As we returned to the booth at the Vintage store, another lady was loading it up on her cart. The cashier quickly told her, ‘Mam, she has already purchased it.” The lady looked at me and said do you know what kind of china that is? I said no. She said, that is a very good brand, you have a good eye!
I was quite happy with my purchase. This Theodore Haviland Limoges features the white china trimmed in gold and outlined with a thin black line. Classic elegance! It is about 25 pieces, some cups were missing. I didn’t mind, I just loved it. My grand love is mixing old pieces with the new!
Here is how I styled our table, getting it ready for Christmas.
Gold Vase: Anthropologie
Pine Tree: Magnolia Market
Table: Pottery Barn
Placemats: Vintage Lace
Napkins: Target – Opalhouse
Napkin Rings – Target
Wreaths – Target Dollar Spot
Silverware: Mix and match
Scroll: Handmade by my daughter
Bar Cart: IKEA and painted by myself
Garland: Bless Mama Market