Monday, October 20, 2008

TABLESCAPE TUESDAY

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting Tablescape Tuesday once again. Please check out her wonderful blog for a list of those participating with beautiful tablescapes!!


In my family, these dishes are known as "The Oyster Dishes". My great grandfather's birthday was on New Years Eve, and my great grandmother always had friends in to celebrate by serving my grandfather's favorite - raw oysters, sandwiches, fruit and cake. She always served this meal using this set of Royal Rudolstadt from Prussia. They are hand painted and signed by F. Hahn. The sterling silver flatware was also theirs, monogrammed with their last initial of "D".




We aren't that fond of raw oysters, so the covered dish is used for soup with sandwiches, fruit, and cake for a buffet lunch.


My monogrammed napkins were a gift from a friend.






The peanut butter frosting recipe is from Dot at Picket's Place.

Instead of Dot's yellow cake, I made a chocolate cake with the peanut butter frosting. It is yummy - just like a giant Reese's peanut butter cup!!!




The crocheted tablecloth was made by my grandmother for our wedding 50 years ago.

As you can see, I'm very fortunate to come from a long line of dish collectors. Being the oldest grand daughter on both sides of my family, I have inherited some wonderful things.





And now, I just can't help it - it's in my genes - I have to collect more dishes!!




Thanks for stopping by,


Sally

26 comments:

Smilingsal said...

You are fortunate to have so many lovely sets of china.

Picket said...

Oh girl those dishes are gorgeous and what a treasure! It is so heart warming to know you have things that have such a strong family connection to them....and I am loving that peanut butter cake with the chocolate inside..I will have to 'sneak' that one in on the Burly Boys! lol Beautiful post girl...have a great week and eat a big ol piece of that cake for me!

Stacey said...

Very pretty - all of it. :)

Creating Myself said...

Love the china & I really love the croceheted tablecloth. How lucky you are to have such an heirloom!

Cami

ellen b said...

Wow Sally how very lovely these handed down dishes are. You are fortunate to have them and to know where they came from with great family history, too! I have a thing for dishes myself and am always asked "where are you going to put those?" Congratulations,too on being married 50 years!!

bj said...

oooo, you do have some beautiful china! you are a blessed lady.
oh, and MY birthday is on New Year's Eve, too, so I hope someone will make me a Chocolate and Peanut Butter cake, too!! tee hee....
love, bj

Lana G! said...

Oh how lovely and with a wonderful history to match! You can't beat that!

The cake sounds absolutely delicious!!!

brettinsky said...

That cake looks so good! And I am completely jealous of those monogrammed napkins!

Pat@ Back Porch Musings said...

Sally this tablescape is absolutely beautiful. I also love the family story that goes with your gorgeous dishes!

Carrie said...

Your setting is very lovely...it's great that the major items are heirlooms or gifts.

laurie said...

Oh what beautiful china with such beautiful memories. How wonderful that it is now yours. And chocolate cake with peanut butter icing sounds yummy. laurie (bargainhunr)

Diane said...

This is beautiful! :0} Diane

Shelia said...

Hi Sally. What beautiful dishes you've inherited. They are just fantastic!! I don't like oysters either, but I do love what you're serving! That cake sounds scrumptious!
You have square Desert Rose dishes? I've never seen anything like that! You'll have to post about these sometimes!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

nikkicrumpet said...

I love the soft beautiful design on these. I need my some purty dishes!

Susie Q said...

These dishes are a real treasure. So, so pretty and how lovely your table looks!
And oh doesn't that cake look great? Yummy!

Pat said...

What beautful dishes! You are indeed lucky to have them. I love the crocheted tablecloth! My mother-in-law gave me a chrocheted bedspread when we were married 34 years ago.

Myrna said...

I have NEVER seen dishes like that--soooo beautiful! What a yummy meal along with all the classy touches. Lovely tablescape!!

Bo said...

Hi Sally...Lucky lady to have had family members with so much style & class. I'm loving your napkins & tablecloth too...so lovely! ;-) Bo

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

You are one lucky girl! Love all those gorgeous "oyster" dishes and the history makes them so special! I love monogram anything so I'm loving the napkins! :-) Thanks for posting this great tablescape...now I'm hungry for cake! Susan

Elizabeth said...

Such a lovely table filled with memories and a scrumptious looking cake!

Sue said...

FANCY SMANCY....Very lovely dinner ware and I love the monogram napkins...But forget the dishs...that cake looks wonderful!!

santamaker said...

Wow, those are some gorgeous dishes! What a great heirloom to treasure. I sure would love me some reeses peanut butter cake..........mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Saucy said...

I love this china, it is so unusual. Did you set the table (make lunch) just for this post? Amazing.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

You're really really fortunate to come from a long line of dish collectors - I'm jealous!! Those dishes are just gorgeous and your cake looks yummy too!

Manuela

Rue said...

Hi Sally :)

Beautiful Tablescape! I'm the oldest and most fortunate grandaughter too. Isn't it wonderful?! ;)

rue

tardevil said...

I'm a dish junkie too. I'm sure you will cherish that lace tablecloth forever.