Sunday, July 24, 2016

1950's Restaurant Ware Collection. . .

One of my favorite things On Crooked Creektt,
is my collection of Restaurant Ware dinnerware.

this week while the temperatures are soaring in the upper 90's
with heat indexes into the 105 ~ 110 degree range,
I set a simplistic Summer tablescape with my Restaurant Ware Collection.

My collection of Restaurant Ware dates from the 1950's.
Simple (heavy) white ironstone with green detailing.

One of the reasons it is near and dear to my heart
is the fact that my beloved maternal grandmother owned and operated
a cafe in the 1940's ~1950's, known as Ford's Cafe.

Featured in the above photo,
beginning on your left is my Aunt Dorothy,my MoMa's younger sister. 
My beloved Grandmother is in the middle.
My MoMa's youngest sister, Aunt Jeanne is on your right.

Although the photos are a collection of Don Miller,
it is believed that my MoMa, (pictured above) Carmen took the photograph.

I combined my 1950's Restaurant Ware Collection 
atop a layered heirloom vintage white damask tablecloth,
followed by a vintage white linen tablecloth
and finished with a vintage heirloom white table topper.

The layering of tablecloths, 
is not something that would have been done in Ford's Cafe,
but rather comes from the days of my youth 
watching the Banquet Hall being prepared at The Townhouse Hotel in KCK.

I began by designing a petite floral arrangement 
into my Restaurant Ware Collection dinner roll lidded bowl.

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I added my Restaurant Ware dinnerware.

Round dinner plate, butter pat, saucer and coffee cup.
All in the heavy white ironstone with a heavy green band and a thin green band.

My finished place setting also, features a bread ( dinner roll) plate.

I used my vintage juice glasses with a green band,
my everyday Oneida stainless steel flatware and the matching luncheon napkin.

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On Crooked Creektt, the temperatures are sweltering out ~of ~doors,
but I've done my very best to keep the decor light and bright 
with a cool green and white color palette using my Restaurant Ware Collection.

Until next time. . .

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may you come away filled with inspiring ideas
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Rita C. said...

Pat, you must know you had me on any number of fronts with this post! Restaurant ware/ironstone, vintage linens, tablescape. As a collector, it always means more when the back story is known. To have the back story directly attached to family is extra special! What a great way to escape the heat, creating indoors! We've been getting up and out earlier than normal to take our walks, beating the heat, and I've been writiing, editing photos, and doing much the same during the high heat hours.I still prefer the long hours of daylight and heat over the cold and brief hours of sunlight of winter! Happy Sunday, and stay cool!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Pat, enjoyed learning about restaurant ware as I have little coffee cups from that era and love them to dead. They sure hold up and refuse to break no matter how careless one gets. Great idea using a piece of the set to make the floral arrangement in. Always look to you for inspiration.

Vanessa said...

You have a gorgeous table topper. Lovely

Trisha said...

So simple and so pretty! I can only imagine all the delicious meals that have been served on those plates. Stay cool in this crazy hot weather!


podso said...

I just love this, being a collector of Halls restaurant little creamers. This is so simple yet so lovely, white against white with a touch of green. Leave it to you to make something so sweet out of the everyday, with a big dose of family history thrown in the mix! Stay cool!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Pat, your lovely restaurant ware brings back so many memories. They had a pattern very similar (if not the same), at the restaurant we used to go to, after church on Sundays. And it looks so pretty with your gorgeous tablecloths. Your lovely centerpiece is the icing on the cake!

Cindy McTigue said...

Hello Pat,

I hopped over to take a visit. What an interesting blog. I'm happy I did, I am going to follow.

Beautiful picture of your grandmother. I hope you follow back.

Many fun projects coming!


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OH my this is beautiful stuff!! I love the old pics -- I think I should have lived in the 50's because like you, I love all things vintage/retro. Such a simpler time too!

Richella said...

Pat, your restaurant ware is fabulous! How cool that you have such a neat collection. I love your flower arrangement.

I so appreciate the kind comments you leave on my blog. I'd love to reply directly to you. Could you do me a favor and add an email to your profile? That way I'd be able to reply straight to you when I read your comments in my email. (Right now you show up as Thanks so much!

BarberryLane Designs said...

How fortunate you are to have the old dinnerware. Always something so honest about that green banded ware we have all eaten from at one time or another. American restaurant dinnerware is basically indestructible, and honest. Doesn't pretend to be anything else but utilitarian, and yet your basic table is elegant. Love this post, thank-you, Sandi

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

That piece in the center of the table? Have never seen that one. And don't know that I've ever seen a whole place setting of the green and white restaurant ware. It's beautiful!

Art and Sand said...

I love simple dishes like the restaurant ware you have and you set a beautiful table with it.

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Laura said...

Restaurant ware just feels sturdy and homey and yours is also beautiful.
Thank you for sharing this with us at Thoughts of Home.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Such a fun read and I love the picture of your MoMa...priceless!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Patricia Krank said...

I love your restaurant dinnerware Pat and my friend Debbie and I just saw a similar set when we were out antiquing this past week. She would have bought it too with her love of green, if she could've carried it on the plane home with her.
Lovely place settings too.
Blessings friend,

The Charm of Home said...

Pat, I love the dinnerware! I have a vintage coffee cup like that. You have all of it! Awesome! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!