I love dishes. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Dishes are great for everyday use, for parties, and I use them sitting around my home just for fun all of the time. I love these fun, beautiful gray dishes.
Gray is such a great color to work with. It works with most any color scheme.
You may not know this about me, but my philosophy is to use my favorite dishes every day. These dishes are lovely and fun at the same time. They would work for a party or just for a simple family meal.
These fabulous dishes are from my partner and friends at Heritage Lace. This big bowl is ginormous, BTW. It’s big enough to use as a punch bowl for a big crowd.
I really love dishes a lot. Not only do I enjoy my fancy antique china dishes, but I also enjoy using everyday dishes like these from Heritage Lace.
I love playing with dishes, and they are so darling, I have them sitting out on the table in our guest quarters right now. I just can’t make myself put them away.
When guests come to my house, even when I have had 50 people at a time, I always use real plates, not paper. It’s just prettier. I know people think I am nuts, but I just can’t make myself buy paper plates. We have several friends coming over for a weekend of camping at the farm. I think I may have to break my rules and buy paper plates. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Life is too short not to use the pretty dishes. Happy camping this weekend!
those dishes are lovely…..
I have actually asked former guests which they prefer and out of 55,, 53 preferred pretty :sturdy:):: paper plates. They can make a very pretty and festive table which is pleasing to the add but the main reason they stated was ” no pressure” and who would want to party under pressure lol..
1. no chance of breaking anything– always a downer even if the Host is wonderful about it..
2. Festive and Fun- again no pressure
3. toss them after use and grab another for dessert– no pressure to offer to help clean up.
Just makes things easier for everyone..
these are other folks take on Paper Plates and napkins- not just my own.
personally I can enjoy a gathering more too knowing me and my guests are happy and relaxed…
just my 50 cents on this issue.
Excellent point Sonny. I think go with what you want to use. If using real causes stress, then it’s not worth it.
Glass plates are how I roll too. Less trash and always prettier. Plus, I think the few times I have used paper, some of the silver ware was thrown away by guests trying to help clean up! That being said, small family gatherings on short notice have had paper a time or two.
Pat Smith says
I so agree that we should use our pretty china and not just let it sit in a cabinet! Yes, sometimes those paper plates come in really handy when time is tight but there is nothing quite like the feel of real china to make meal time a true treasure!
laura@top this top that says
oh anita- these are gorgeous. i just went to the site and think i am in trouble! 🙂
I love your grey dishes. I saw them yesterday in blue but I think the grey is better. You have a real flair. I have been a dish nut for years and I understand completely about NO PAPER PLATES. It means lots of washing dishes but I even love the hot sudsy water.(some of my dishes I won’t put in the dishwasher) I love looking at your blog 🙂
Love those- gonna get me some of those-heehee
Heidi Colton says
wonderful! I too use paper plates sparingly. It just depends on the circumstances. Beautiful dishes can make your meal sparkle!!
Great feature! My latest obsession is gingham so these dishes just make my heart flutter! Great for everyday use too. xx
Nana Diana says
I just told someone today that DISHES are my biggest weakness. Hubby says – do you NEED another dish? No-do you need a 2nd pair of underwear? I ask him. That’s not the same-he says. I insist it is-after all you can wash and reuse the same things everyday but why would you want to, right?
I GET IT! I refuse to use paper plates, too. I have served up to 70 people and used REAL DISHES! lol Good for you for doing that, too~! I knew I was not alone- xo Diana
I love your “taste” in dishes (pun?) My favorite piece is the pitcher! Awesome color!
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
They are indeed beautiful…I so love the pattern and they would coordinate with so many things!…Magnificent photos!
Wish I had room for some of my pretties in our house and for using my vintage table cloths of which I have several. I even made curtains out of some of them, they’ll never wear out. I noticed your table cloth under all your gorgeous dishes, the gray dishes are very pretty, love all of it. You are a master at displaying your pretties. Happy spring
Anita, it’s no secret that I’m a dish person, so it’s always real dishes for me. Even when I pack a picnic basket, I put in real dishes. We use cloth napkins too. I’ve always done that because I hate the feel of paper napkins. Cocktail napkins can be paper, but not dinner napkins. ‘-)
Congratulations to your graduating senior. Exciting times!
Ann C says
Oh I am such a dish addict too. I just moved into my mothers home and I moved all six sets of dishes. But couldn’t part with mothers either! I am in particular a bowl lover. I became one after my husband passed, and each time I went shopping I fell in love with another bowl. I joked that I understood what it felt like to be an empty vessel. Love the gingham dishes! Thanks for sharing. But what does one person do with all these dishes…except use them everyday? I’m thinking of putting some on a wall.
Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home says
Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home
Dear Anita, Your vignette is beautiful!
I, too, don’t use paper plates. The occasion and the food always feels more special when you serve and eat from real dishes.
As always, thank you for sharing such beauty. You’re inspiring.
I agree with most of the comments regarding “real” vs. paper….however, I think if you have the budget to do so, it would be an interesting study on how to style a party table with some of the products available out there….still stylish and beautiful but using paper plates/napkins/utensils….can it be done?? It would be fun to see your take on it in a future post!!