I love nothing more than flapping and fluffing a tablecloth and setting the table for afternoon tea.I’ve always loved entertaining and in years gone by have been known for my ‘great spreads’, but then I got sick and all that went out the window. The kitchen had a force field that wouldn’t allow me to enter…uhuh I had an aversion to cooking for what seemed like forever.
Then early this year it was like someone turned the force field off and once again I found joy in baking, cooking and entertaining.
We don’t entertain all that much these days, instead preferring to head to a cafe and be waited on but when we do I have fun with the table. For years I went through a stage of having ALL my crockery and serving ware white. I thought it was cool and clean and had an air of ‘cook chic’ about it. Were you the same?…think Maxwell Williams and Freedom.
When I was coming out of treatment I made lots of changes to how I live each day and one of them was out with the beige and white and in with colour. Not just a few accents but these days it bursts from every corner of my home. Yeah it can make my small home look a little busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way, colour brings me joy. It’s lively, fun and creative…which is how I choose to live life. I’m tired of beige and vanilla, life is short… let your true colours shine.
So with each chipped ‘white’ plate and bowl I do a happy dance as I throw them in the bin, the white collection is dwindling and my colourful and vibrant lot is growing. I don’t eat or drink from white anymore instead choosing my favourite bold pieces with their lively print and tactile forms.
It started with some Christopher Vine dinnerware, then I added Villa and Eb&Ive and some Freedom. It seems retailers are tired of vanilla too as I’m spoiled for choice.
I don’t save anything ‘for good’ any more. Pretty glasses aren’t for visitors or ‘best’… Today is my best day as far as I know. Today is a special occasion.
I don’t care that the plate I’m eating off cost me $15 and if I break it I can’t replace it, what good is your ‘best dinnerware’ to you when you’re gone? Inject some joy, honour your food and respect yourself enough to always have your best.
Here’s another thing I love about my colourful, patterned collection…its eclectic. It’s not stiff n predictable but instead anything goes which means I can find pieces anywhere and keep adding to my collection. A piece (or 3) while on holidays, from boutique stores or chain stores… it really doesn’t matter.
What about you? Do you have a favourite dinnerset that you keep ‘just for best’?
Do you think you might start using it everyday? I hope so.