We celebrated Thanksgiving at the home of my brother, Al, and sister-in-law, Kathy. We had a wonderful time! And! As a bonus, I got to enjoy someone else's tablescape! Kathy sets a beautiful table. This time she used her cherished china, passed down to her from her great-aunt. The transferware pattern is called Winchester, and made by Johnson Brothers. It's one of the “pink” patterns that were produced in the early 20th Century for the American market by English potters. I love this pattern with its delicate flowers, scrolls, and rope edge.
Kathy was able to pull out the gold color from the plates, and relate it to the gourds on the table.
Each place setting held a decorative paper leave, evocative of the Autumn season . . . Then she alternated her Winchester dishes with the simple, gold-banded dishes that belonged to my mother. There were a lot of memories on that table . . .
I think entertaining should be primarily about welcoming guests with genuine warmth. Then, if it's possible, sprinkle this with a lovely table and delicious food to make them feel special. Add some interesting conversation to the mix, and you have all the elements of a perfect dinner party. Kathy and Al succeeded at every level . . .