Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Where in the World is Dinner?

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.






19 comments:

The White Farmhouse said...

Such an interesting set! Love how you did the table. I like the addition of momentos. Very pretty and fun!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That really is a fun set! I adore it. And the color is WONDERFUL. I can see some adorable tablescapes with that, and I like what you did with your table for these shots. SO neat!

XO,

Sheila :-)

jo said...

'Old up love, is that a 50p piece I see before me? Wow I haven't seen one of those for a while. It makes me all sad, and very homesick. It'been 8 long year s since we managed a trip home. Still, yourbtable is very is spiring and very unusual. I like it alot. I am going to steal the idea of using money as a prop if that is ok?

Love the way you have laid the table out to.

Jo

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Oh my, I just love your Fitz & Floyd's "Old World Maps dinnerware." Lucky you having this beautiful set in your collection after all those years!

Diane said...

I just love the dishes, they are so different. You could do a lot of different tablescapes with them. Hope to see them again in future posts! Diane

Jacqueline said...

What gorgeous plates. I have never seen anything like them. I would feel transported everytime I used them. I love all of your special touches too. Fantastic!

~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch said...

I am having a serious case of plate envy.

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, how I loe those dishes!!!!!!!!!!!! There are just so MANY wonderful possibilities with them! You did a magnificent job here, and the safari wine glasses are really cool! The bamboo flatware is a great touch! I'm a homebody, but these are dishes that would let me dream of far away places. Beautiful! Have a great weekend!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Patti, What wonderful and unique dishes! I love your tablescape with the travel theme.
Hugs,
Sherry

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a lovely set you have- it is so unique! The entire tablescape is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Wanda Metcalf said...

how wonderfully unique! I just love all kinds of china and dishes I wish I could set a different tables every night... what kind of fun would that be!?!

~~louise~~ said...

Your tablescape posts always transport me through a new dimension of foodie love.

Absolutely stunning...I bet it was such fun to create.

Thank you so much for sharing, Pattie.

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hello from Frog Hollow Farm! Thanks for stopping by my blog post about my recent brunch and taking the time to leave a comment. I love these dishes with the world maps, and your accessorizing with travel books and other momentos is just perfect!! What a great tablescape! Ciao, bella! xxoo

Jacqueline said...

Pattie, I saw you comment on Caffeinated Globe about how hard fondant is. It is soooo easy. I am going to give you the link to my fondant post. You make the fondant yourself, then it is soft and easy and delicious rather than the hard tasteless expensive stuff they sell. I too want to make those adorable bunnies. I made up 10 batches of fondant the other day for a youth church activity - Cake Boss, where they competed. It is like working with play dough!

http://purplechocolathome.blogspot.com/2010/06/fun-with-fondant.html

Ido said...

First let me say that I love that dinnerware, it's gorgeous. Second, where in the world did you come up with that name for your blog? It's very unique and fun "rotten pot" I love it!
XXX Ido

Marigene said...

Fabulous china...makes for an unique tablescape.

Sherry said...

I love maps!! I love this china. You have created a wonderful tablescape with this china. It is so fun and I love your accessories too. Thanks for linking this up to HSH!
Sherry

classic • casual • home said...

This is so great. I love a themed party!!!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Pattie...

Ohhh...I love your "Old World Maps" dinnerware too! They not only make for a beautiful place setting but they are so unique! I can see how these pretty dishes would make for interesting dinner conversation...all in themselves! And...I love, love, LOVE your safari stems! How unique! I have never seen anything like them before. They are perfect with the maps dinnerware! A gorgeous table, my friend! I love how you added travel books to your centerpiece....what a grand idea! Thank you for sharing this lovely table with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week! I really enjoyed your post, my friend!

Hope that you're having a Happy 4th of July!

Chari @Happy To Design