We have the cutest little gift shop in our town, LewLew's. Missing the shopping gene my Mother and sisters possess, it's the only store I could honestly ramble through for hours, with the exception of big box home improvement centers (I love the smell of fresh lumber) or any boutique grocery chain that has chi chi spice and speciatly food aisles. Andy and I agree we are so glad we have to drive an hour away for fancy food items or we would be in serious trouble.
I was in LewLew's the other day buying some of my favorite counter spray (Caldrea, Pear Blossom Agave) and as always, I took a little stroll through the totally cute stuff and ended up where all the bridal registry items were on display. It was nice to see some traditions haven't changed. Immediately, I pictured cozy little dinner parties with newly married friends, pre-babies of course.
I remembered when I too went to pick out my China, silverware pattern and serving dishes at Leisa's in town. There were so many beautiful things to choose from, it was very overwhelming. Being the non-traditional girl I was, I chose Mikasa Margaux, an ivory china with lavender and coral florals (some might even say there was a hint of Tennessee orange in them).
Replacements.com has these pieces available to sell after this many years.
In thirty plus years, I can count on two hands how many times I set a table with that china. I have had numerous dinner parties that warranted "Putting on the Dog" but I was afraid a piece would get chipped or *yikes* dropped and broken. (For decades I've used the not-so-pretty but virtually indestructable Corelle, but that is another story for another day.)
As I wandered through the store, I envied the choices these young, modern young brides-to-be had to choose from. And cute? Oh my, some were darling enough to make me want to start setting a prettier table that night.
Ladies, fancy dishes are like the fancy baby clothes you'll eventually receive during the next phase of your life. Go ahead and "put on the dog" every day! Live your life as today is the last time you'll get to enjoy all the wonderful things you've been blessed with.
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