My Dad brought me some orchids from his yard when we had our Easter and a week later they were still just as beautiful. Made for a really nice week day supper setting.
I just noticed that if you look close at the top left of the photo you can see one of my whippets watching. You can also see a pair of shoes but we will forget about that!
Aren't they amazing. They grow all over my Dad's patio and have been there since he moved in and he really ignores them except for what he describes and 'squirting them with the hose when I think about it'.
You will notice that the orchids are plopped in a wine carafe since that's what I had handy when he showed up for Easter dinner.
The salad plates are from Goodwill and cost me $.50 each. They are Pfaltzgraff but I don't know the pattern;
the black plates are also Pfaltzgraff and are my everyday Midnight Sun pattern;
the flatware is my everyday 'stainless' (I put that in quotes because it's beginning to rust) and probably came from Ross;
the green straw mats came from Target around Eastertime this year;
the water glasses are from Dollar Tree, and; the wine carafe was a $.50 find at Ross.
And I want to comment here on everyday dishes. I visited http://anita-faraboverubies.blogspot.com/2010/05/talavera-table.html who set a beautiful table for Cinco de Mayo. Check it out. At any rate, she talked about stoneware for everyday china and I totally agree with her. It chips easily and isn't as durable as you might think. I also find that as I age much of the new dishware is heavy and I find myself going for the china more and more. I have Phaltzgraf for everyday and, although it is very, very tough, I do have chips on mine. But then, I've been using it for over 20 years.
I also believe that as we age we tend to gravitate toward things that make us comfortable. This is going to sound crazy, but the sound of the flatware on the unglazed plates is beginning to get on my nerves. I'm sure there's a pill for it, but I'd rather just get new dishes, wouldn't you?
Once again, nothing fancy, just a week night dinner with a little extra punch thanks to my Dad. Don't forget to check out Tablescape Thursdays for some fabulous posts.
Thanks for visiting. I wish all of you to whom it applies, a wonderful and joyous Mother's Day.