Well, it's not really fall yet, but autumn is certainly in the air here in the mountains, and it was the perfect day to set a table on the porch.
A while back, I received a message from a high school friend I had not seen in years. She had seen my blog and knew how much I love the Franciscan "Ivy" dishes. She told me that she had her mother's complete set packed in boxes and really didn't want to keep them, then asked if I wanted them. What??? Y'all know I didn't think twice about that! Seriously, I thought she wanted to sell them, but she just wanted to give them to me. I was blown away because most of the ones I had were older and chipped, so I was beyond excited to have them--especially, since they had been in her family.
Since she doesn't live here, she would drop off a box when she came up, and I can't tell you how happy I was every time I opened up a box to find pieces I did not have -- really, I was like a kid at Christmas. She brought another box a couple weeks ago, and even though we have been using them for everyday, I knew I wanted to set a special table with them.
But that's not the end of the story. Another friend, who used to be part of our church, brought me a gorgeous coral/salmon vintage tablecloth and napkins several months ago.
I had planned to do something pink, then it dawned on me that the "Ivy" dishes would be just perfect with the coral and greens in the cloth, so I knew it was a match made in Heaven:-)
Because the napkins that go with the cloth were so delicate, I decided to use these plaid napkins I bought from Amazon this summer. I love the multi-color plaid along with the floral pattern, and love how the colors work so well together.
I can just see Ricky and Lucy drinking from these cups and saucers on the I Love Lucy show. The iced tea glasses are Franciscan "Madeira" and could not be more perfect with the "Ivy."
I was especially excited when I saw the "Ivy" salt and pepper shakers in the last box I got. Ok, I seriously jumped up and down. I have wanted these forever but never found any in good shape in my price range.
I paired the Franciscan "Ivy" with the Oneida "Meadowbrook" silver plate flatware my mom put together for me after finding a pie server in the same pattern that belonged to my grandmother.
I love this fun, vintage, but still fresh and modern table, and it's perfect for the beginning of the fall season.
But, honestly, what makes this setting special for me is knowing two different friends thought I would love these things enough to pass them along to me.
Thank you just doesn't seem to be adequate to express how grateful I am for these girls. It means so much to me to have these beautiful things to take care of, to breathe new life into and share with my family. Thank you SO much Pam and Alicia!!
I'll be joining: