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I need a Twelve-Step Program for my addiction to dishes. Yes, you read it correctly. I am obsessed with dishes. Not the commemorative type that people buy to remember special occasions or unique places. I can’t seem to own enough dinner plates, salad bowls, 16-piece dinnerware sets.
As my generation was growing up, it was readily accepted that blame for everything unpleasant about yourself be placed on your parents. As I see it, my mother really is to blame for my out-of-control dish fetish.
We were a little family, just the three of us, but that never stopped my mother from making a big deal about meals. Every night we ate dinner on an artfully set table complete with candles. She owned just one set of everyday dishes but she mixed and matched those basically white dishes with solid black bowls and salad plates, different placemats, and candles. Our table looked remarkably different, each night, even though it was set with essentially the same dinnerware.
My father was no help. Delighting in the dinner atmosphere that she created, he did irrational things to support her. One day, he sanded and painted three inexpensive, wooden, salt and pepper shakers so she would have some additional touches of color on the table. As you can see, I was doomed from the very beginning.
When you’re a teenager, you don’t really want to be like your parents but I recognized, early on, that I’d be wise to emulate many of my mom’s personal traits. She loved to spend time with friends, had a definite sense of style, and a genuine ease with entertaining. I never seemed to develop her sense of table style or her genuine ease at entertaining. But I loved my friends and somewhere along the way, I must have decided that I could make up for what I was lacking, in the hostess department, with a substantial collection of dishes. I bet even Perle Mesta, the hostess with the mostess, didn’t own as many dishes as I do.
So, my journey down this road of dish acquisition began. To my first, simple set of white, everyday dishes, I added sets that matched the accent colors in my apartment. From there, I moved to thematic dishes…after all, what says yummy breakfast better than a chicken running across your plate? Eventually, holiday dishes joined the collection. Christmas dishes had become quite popular and were easy to find. I’ll probably have a harder time finding Ground Hog’s Day dishes.
Meanwhile, my friends think I’m crazy. Luckily, they haven’t tried a group intervention. My friend, Judy relentlessly asks me when she will be receiving an invitation for dinner. “Roger and I are so looking forward to coming to dinner,” she’ll exclaim, “we can’t wait to eat from lobster dishes and use those matching lobster crackers.” I know she’s just taunting me. And she doesn’t have a clue how long I searched for a set of lobster dishes that coordinated with those red metal lobster pinchers. Nobody really understands.
As we head toward Independence Day, I thought it might be appropriate, for a blog on celebrations, to feature a picture of a festively set table highlighting my Fourth of July dishes. Aren’t they just the cutest… with their little pointed stars and subtle red stripes? I’ll be enjoying them for the entire month. Then, I’ll pack them away knowing I won’t see them again for another year. The only thing that will keep me from shedding tears is the fact that the black dishes with the pumpkins will be out in just 92 more days.
I would love to have your sets of dishes, but we have absolutely no storage. I think it’s fabulous that you give so much thought to presentation. Those fourth of July dishes are great!
OMG… I was just wandering around my dashboaard and found your reply in my spam! I am still learning my way around town and I have no idea why that happened – especially considering you have replied before and I subscribe to your blog. I am so sorry!
Glad you liked the idea of lots of dishes. If we were closer, I’d loan you a set. Thanks for always commenting and especially thank you for your wonderful posts.
hehe I love that you love dishes! What a fun little characteristic/hobby. And those festive plates are so cool!
It is goofy but I totally enjoy creating table settings. Thank you, so much, for commenting.
This is just so easy to read…you feel like you are just sittng at a table, perfectly set, and chatting. I just read a book about Pearl Mesta so I enjoyed the reference. We are all victims of our amazingly talented Moms!
Ahhh…how sweet! Thanks for the feedback and for following me as I try to share my love of celebrations.
I love your dishes! (And really enjoyed your comfortable writing style). I have a thing for holiday hand towels and an even bigger fetish for holiday tip towels. There is a huge shelf in our linen closet just dedicated to the stacks of decorative towels I collect each season. I understand all too well.
What a fun collection! All those little traditions make us who we are and add an extra spark to celebrating special days.
Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it.
omg, i HAD those dishes and cry every july for selling them at auction…..i too have your addiction to dishes but when i had twenty sets at one time, i had to give up and thin the closet and downsize . keep buying my dear, it gives us all hope and satifaction that someone, somewhere has taken up where may of us now have fallen….fallen indeed- its never the same
We’re kindred spirits, Suzanna. I started selling a set here and there as space demanded and I miss every single set I’ve sold (and I maxed out at 12 sets!) In my dream life, I have a large house with a beautiful Butler’s Pantry where they will all fit comfortably into the cupboards. Maybe we’ll be neighbors. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!