I've mentioned my love of dishes a time or two, though this last year, we passed on to Goodwill some of my less loved dishes. I do not have tons of dishes, but I do have red plates, white plates and bowls, white china plates with a silver rim, and Pfaltzgraff Winterberry plates that I bought from the outlet 19 years ago for about $3.00 a plate.
Yesterday, I found a pattern that I have been eyeing for a long time, but the cost has been prohibitive. I am a thrifty shopper, my white china was bought several years ago at Target on clearance after Christmas. Twelve plates cost me $12.99! I am not one to go out and spend, spend, spend.
Do you want to know what pattern I found?
Ah! It's The Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers! I only bought two dinner plates, two salad plates and two bowls, but I am planning to get more. I'd be happy with just the dinner plates. The price of these beauties were only $3.99 a piece and I had a 20% off coupon! I was so excited. Rachel says she knows what she's getting me for Christmas!
We host a lot of meals in our home, for example this Thanksgiving we will have 20 people for the meal, so I don't really feel badly for collecting dishes. We use them!
Now don't get me wrong, on Sundays we've resorted to paper plates, but for many years we did regular dishes, because it is easy to wash plates, but many people are uncomfortable if they come to a large gathering and the hostess has 'real' dishes out. So paper it is for Sundays.
And while I am pretty casual about meals on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving is all about the meal, so we go all out with real dishes and fancy place settings. I may ask for these dishes as an early Christmas gift so we can all enjoy The Friendly Village.