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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yes, There WILL Be A Quiz!

(Thursday's Post; pay no attention to the date in the corner!)
The other day, on the way home from my sister's house,
my minivan insisted on taking me to HomeGoods.

Y'know, they've got some nice things in there.
So I opened up the wallet, let the moths fly out, and got me some.

Specifically, four of these bread & butter plates:
 4 of these luncheon-sized plates:
 12 of these cotton napkins, 'cause they came in a pack of 12 and after all, what's a girl to do?

I also bought two 60" x 60" square tablecloths in linen, one in red, one in gold.
I like square cloths on round tables.

So, I brought it all home, and decided to test different dinner plates with the new plates and napkins.
As I've said before, you are never too old to play with dishes.

Which setting do you like?
The one anchored by a green Dollar Tree dinner plate:

Or .... the one with a red dinner plate, part of a set of 55 dinner
plates I bought 2 years ago (for $20) to use for big parties:

Or, the white and red swirly-bordered Dollar Tree plate;
I thought the swirls might look good with the 
Jacobean designs on the small plate and the napkins:

All three table settings are on the gold linen cloth from HomeGoods; the red one is underneath.
I have no idea why I did that -- I had thoughts of doing the place settings on both cloths, but -- I got lazy.

Also in common -- the wineglasses.
Big balloon glasses from Dollar Tree.

The flatware is our new everyday:
Reed & Barton Williamsburg Royal Scroll.
I love three-tine forks; I had a very cheap version of this pattern when I was first on my own.
So cheap that the fork tines were sharp and if you weren't careful you could cut your lip eating your salad.
True story.  Don't ask me how I know.

Anyway . . . I love the contemporary interpretation
of the Jacobean pattern in the napkins
and the small plates, partnered with the very traditional flatware.  

 Left to right -- White with Red, Red, or Green dinner plates.
Which would you like to eat from?
Or should that be "From which would you like to eat?"  -- Cass
And before you go -- I just want to show off my newly re-hung
Front Door Wreath, a simple leafy affair.  Now it's at the right height!
Hung with a piece of wide double satin ivory-colored ribbon, leftover from Alida's wedding back in June.
 For more on our front porch and Fall decor
-- and I don't count the fallen leaves! --
check back tomorrow, Friday.

For now, the wreath turns its back on us; how rude.
Although that means we are all now inside That Old House.
Hope I have enough chairs . . . . and goody bags.

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  1. I will be getting those bread & butter plates!!!! Gotta find time to get to Home Goods!

  2. O forgot to answer the quiz! I can't decide. The green looks more formal and the other two are just so fun!

  3. I love the Red. I think it brings everything together very nicely.

    I need to find a few sets of dishes like that. Right now the only dishes I own are a plain white set.

  4. Funny how the cars just
    seem to know when we need
    a HG fix! What a find. I think
    the more napkins in a set, the never know, right?
    I will take my feast on the green
    combo, please : ) but all are grand!
    xx Suzanne

  5. Love your plates! And those red ones for $20? Can you BELIEVE it? That one is probably my favorite...xo Diana

  6. Oh yes, the red, definitely! Unless, of course, the dinner is part of a gathering for a serious occasion, then go with green. But then if it is for anything related to kids, go with the swirly one. There! It's settled. :)

  7. I have looked and looked for the salad plates in photo No. 2. I have dinner plates, b & b's and bowls. Does your store have any more?

  8. I love the one on the far left, with the red swirly plate - I love anything remotely Jacobean or....ready?....baroque.

  9. All pretty, Cass, but the red really pops! Just how many closets of dishes do you have??? :-)

  10. The napkins are laid just gorgeous! Come check out a Ruby Bridges tablescape!

  11. So...your van had a mind of its own and took you to Home Goods??? I gotta see that!! Now about the plates...hmmm I think I like the RED one...why, cuz I like the RED one. That's why! Although all are pretty. But if I was using the RED table cloth, then I would probably choose the GREEN one!


  12. When my son was about 8 we got that same flatware - and he called the forks, "threeks" - clever little boy.

  13. There is no place like those stores. I live in the country now, and don't get there that often, which is a good thing, but when I do I always find wonderful treasures. Thanks for sharing, Richard from My Old Historic House.

  14. My vote is for the green, but all are so pretty! I have only been to Homegoods twice; it is probably good there is not one close to me :) - your plates are adorable, so pretty. And the linens are divine. What a pretty table - all three settings!

  15. Send me an email It may be a day or two
    Before i find
    Wifi so if i dont answer promptly im not ignoring you.

    Love your new things and your table so fallish


  16. My favorite is the first setting...Ohh, and I love your new flatware!

  17. I think I will pick all they are al perfect

    Karin Şen Cankan

  18. Cass,

    I love ALL three settings and since it's autumn, the season of color, why not use all three? I love your leafy wreathy!

    Your Friend,

  19. Cass,

    I love ALL three settings and since it's autumn, the season of color, why not use all three? I love your leafy wreathy!

    Your Friend,

  20. How stunning! It makes me want to be invited for a late afternoon Autumn luncheon! Nothing like inviting myself! LOL!!!

  21. Cass, great new dishes and linens. I love the red and white on the bottom for some reason. Love your wreath with the raffia.

  22. Cass, Everytime I see your header I can't help but think about how much I love your house...beautiful. Your new plates and napkins are wonderful and I think each setting is beautiful. Thank you for joining the Open House party this week.

  23. Home Goods does have some beautiful things. I find my car driving me there at times, too! It's been quite a while, so I'm due for a detour soon!

    I think I would choose dinner from the setting with the green dinner plate, although it was a difficult decision as all the settings are lovely!

    Your wreath is gorgeous!

  24. Cass, you are just having so much fun! LOL about the moths flying out of your wallet. Tee hee!!! Hey, I am with Kim, liking the red and white plate, however the red one is really speaking to me. But, you know me, I love red! Your home is always so pretty!

    You asked how far away the shop is from LA...well, we are in the Central Valley, which is about a 6-8 hour drive...depending on just how fast you put the pedal to the metal.

    If you come up this way, let me know! Will take you to the fun stops!!


  25. Home Goods aways has the most enticing goodies!You found some really nice pretties there, Cass!

  26. Love those stunning salad plates -- what a perfect autumn table this all makes.

  27. The plate options are all about a table each week for the next three weeks using one each time! Thank you for sharing your wonderful finds and your beautiful designs. Cherry Kay

  28. I was all ready to choose the green, until I saw all three with the whole table. Gotta go with the red! EVERYTHING is gorgeous! I will not go to HomeGoods, I will not go to HomeGoods, I will not go to HomeGoods...

  29. Hi Cass, what gorgeous tableware. I think I like the red best. I love the way you put it all together. I found and am following you through Bloggeritaville and hope to visit you often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would love that. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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