Thursday, November 11, 2010

Old Faithful

My dishes today are my "Old Faithfuls". I've had them 
for over 35 years.  In fact, I've never had any other everyday 
dishes until I started blogging two months ago.
I've often been tempted to purchase new dishes,
but never felt I could justify it since I had
so many pieces to this set. What I have done is try to 
"change them up" with new additional pieces and today's table setting is the newest version of my "change up".

My dishes are Phaltzgraff  Yorktowne which were 
introduced in 1967.  I think I started
my collection in 1972 just before I got married.

I've set a table for 4 (the absolute max my
small table will hold) and I'm serving chili
in my lovely soup tureen.

The centerpiece is a simple blue candle holder and 
the water goblets were found at a yard sale
this summer.

The chunky blue handled silverware was
also a very long ago purchase from
I don't remember where.
Napkins were made from $.99 fabric purchased
at Volunteers of America Thrift Store.  I used
Yvonne's napkin tutorial from Stone Gable
 for my instructions.  Napkin rings were made
from trim purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Dishes were stacked more to enhance the table 
than for use. I used a Yorktowne bread and
butter plate under the soup bowls and a 
blue salad plate from World Market under that.

The bottom layer is a Yorktowne dinner plate.

 Many of my Yorktowne pieces were purchased as seconds from the Phaltzgraff Outlet in Lancaster, PA. 
A featured item could be purchased for a mere 
fraction of the price as the first quality pieces and
allowed me to accumulate a very nice collection over time.

Setting this table today has made me realize why
I have loved these dishes for so many years and their
durability, which has stood the test of time,
has earned them the title of "Old Faithful".  
While so many of the new and pretty dishes continue
to flirt for my attention, Yorktowne will always
be the "Belle of the Ball" in my home.

Dinner and bread/butter plates, soup bowls, & soup tureen ~ Phaltzgraff Yorktowne
Blue salad plates ~ World Market about 5 years ago
Chunky blue handled silverware ~ too long ago to remember
Blue water goblets ~ yard sale purchase
Napkins ~ Made from Thrift store fabric find
Napkin rings ~ Made from trim found at Jo-Ann Fabrics
Blue candle stick ~ Goodwill

I'm joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday
at Between Naps on the Porch and
Smiling Sally for Blue Mondays.






a quiet life said...

looks wonderful~

Tricia said...

I love this pattern -- I married in '72, as did my best friend, who chose Yorktowne as HER pattern. It really does stand the test of time! Your table looks wonderful, and those blue glasses are the perfect shade for your dishes! said...

The tablesetting is wonderful. There is absolutely no reason why you would need to replace or change anything about it.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

I've always loved this pattern. I sometimes see sets or individual sets in local thrift shops and it brings a very good price...not exactly a thrifty purchase now!!! I think that shows how popular and versatile they are even now!!!
Love your table setting today!!!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

I have always loved that pfalzgraf pattern. One of my sister in laws had it, and we did some fun
decorating with it!! Your table looks very inviting, cozy and pretty. I would be happy to sit there anytime, and I love that shade of blue.
Great job!!
Blessings, Nellie

Cindy said...

Your table setting is really wonderful! I love the "old Faithfuls" as you call them, they are still very nice.
Hugs, Cindy

Lindy said...

Love, love, love your table setting! My aunt has this pattern and I have always thought it was one of the prettiest colors of blue ever. There's no improving on perfection!

Lynn said...

Old Faithful is indeed beautiful, very pretty-enjoy:@)

erin's art and gardens said...

lovely blues here (my favorite color). i have used the same Dansk dinnerware since my marriage in 1981. i love how you mix and match...much more interesting that way. we have just gotten a World Market here in Nashville it! have a great weekend,

Scribbler said...

I love your post! I inherited my mother's and I enjoy using it because it reminds me of her. I have mixed it up with many things, and it always works. Thanks for the memories.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog -- so I could find yours! Nice tablescape. Those blue glasses were a great find! I'll be back...

Alycia Nichols said...

Your "old faithfuls" are truly a gift that keeps on giving! Very nice!

Chubby Chieque said...

Pretty & serene.
Love the colour combos...

Great treasures too!

Happy TS,

Entertaining Women said...

I'll always be a blue and white girl at heart. My husband and I agreed years ago that we both live well with blue. Your tablescape brings a happy smile to my face. I love that you have obviously taken such good care of your beautiful dishes all these a great old friend. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

SmilingSally said...

One of my best friends has this beautiful pottery. I love it!

Happy Blue Monday!

Auntie E said...

My SIL has that set. Looks nice on your table.
Happy Blue Monday

Kim, USA said...

Love your dishes!!
Blue Monday

joyh82 said...

Beautiful dishes, goblets and candle sticks! I
love that cobalt blue color.

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