Don't these just remind you of your grandmother's house?
When I was growing up my Mom had a little milk glass chicken candy dish. It was about four inches long and had some cold painting of the details. The chickens also were made in a larger size and in different coloured glass. My great-grandmother had one of the larger ones in gold. And though they were very popular back in the first half of the 20th century, some of the hens are considerably older.
Fast forward to when I was in college, sometime in the 1970s. One day I was looking in a magazine and saw the larger chicken dishes in different colours being used as bowls with place settings on a Thanksgiving table. That idea stuck with me and as time passed I collected some of the chickens and used them that way. They were great for serving chicken soup - just the right size! But as more time passed, my kitchen got kind of crowded and as I wasn't using the chickens, I got rid of them.
More time passes and I took up tablescaping. You know what's coming next! This time I decided to go with milk glass chickens as they reminded me of the one my Mom had (not sure whatever happened to that one). And I would like to say, the hens on nests are wonderful to use for their intended purpose: candy dishes. I really like the milk glass ones during Easter season for candy.
As is my wont, I am always looking for vintage tablecloths. One day this one showed up on eBay.
Milk glass and chicken dishes! What could be better for my actual dishes??? And as Easter is just around the corner and the chickens are busy having chicks, it is a perfect time for this table.
I really like the colours in this tablecloth. Obviously it could go bright or more subdued. I chose a more calm colour scheme today. The grey dishes pick up the colours in the fabric and go nicely with the milk glass chickens.
And look how well the glassware coordinates:
For the centrepiece I used some odds and ends that seemed to go together:
Pyramid candleholders - my favourite Fiesta shape:
Napkins, rings and flatware are some I have used before.
On the table: Post-86 Fiesta in pearl grey Vintage milk glass nesting hen dishes Treble Clef flatware by Gourmet Settings Vintage peanut butter glasses Napkins from Williams Sonoma Wooden napkin rings I've had a long time Mushroom made from vintage shaker - Etsy artist Pair of ceramic chickens - I bought those at Chambord in France last month. (And I have to say, the Guy was not excited to see me buying cows and chickens to bring home! At least they were on the smallish side. Cows to make an appearance on a future tablescape. The chickens are going to go great with scarlet, chartreuse and lemongrass dishes, too.)
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I don't like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo priestess, I would conduct my rituals there. -- Pearl Bailey Ponder well on this point: the pleasant hours of our life are all connected by a more or less tangible link, with some memory of the table. -- Charles Pierre Monselet, French author (1825-1888).
The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. --Sir Thomas More You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it. --Edith Head A dinner chosen according to one's needs, tastes, and moods, well prepared and well served, is a joy to all senses and an impelling incentive to sound sleep, good health, and long life. Therefore, at least once a day, preferably in the quiet cool of the evening, one should throw all care to the winds, relax completely, and dine leisurely and well. --Count Arnaud Cazenave
Welcome to my blog. I love to cook. I love to garden. I collect art deco. And my camera is like Karl Malden's American Express card. I don't leave home without it. Most of my photographs are of food, dishes, our farm & our travels.
In June of 2005 I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease where the DNA of the bone marrow gets messed up & stops producing blood cells. 18 July 2009 I had a bone marrow transplant. Currently I am still under treatment. I have had some dysplasia show up again in one of my cell lines and have begun a new round of chemotherapy. Mainly I try to focus on the positive.
Blogging lets me keep my family up to date & lets me share recipes, photographs & my love of cooking and dishes. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy posting.