I often think that my favorite set of dishes is the one I'm using at the time. The one that reflects the current season, holiday, or situation. Lately, though, I find that I am absolutely over the moon about this recent acquisition of service for 8 of Fitz & Floyd's "Old World Maps." I have been wild about them since I first saw them seventeen years ago and have longed for them ever since. It may be because I have had a fascination with maps ever since I was a child. It may be due to my love of travel, but whatever the reason I've been using these a lot lately and find that despite the intricate pattern and very specific colors, they lend themselves to so many different table coverings - both light and dark -, a wide variety of flatware (in this case a whimsical set made of bamboo), and glassware from elegant to casual as easily as I can swap out the safari wine glasses with the cut-glass crystal.
The travel theme is always a fun one as it gives me the opportunity to drag out a variety of souvenirs from trips, remembering each adventure fondly.