Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mid-Century tablescape

Welcome to my Mid-Atlantic Mid-Century tablescape. 

Because my table was heavy laden with lots of dishes, I kept my centerpiece simple.  This cute Indian corn candle came from Cracker Barrel.  I've set it on a saucer and surrounded it with fall leaves and acorns.

As you can see, there are quite a few dishes on my table this week.

This Mid-Century tablescape all started with this set of teak  flatware a friend of mine brought me when her family was clearing out her father's estate.  She knew that I loved tablescaping so she very sweetly brought me this set of flatware.  I've been holding on to them for quite awhile, because I knew I didn't have quite the right dishes to do them justice........

....until I found these at my local Goodwill a couple of weeks ago.

And I knew right away that these were the perfect Mid-Century dishes to go with the flatware because.....

My mother had this very same pattern when I was a child! 

As soon as I saw them I had a flood of nostalgia.  I don't remember having a particular fondness for this pattern, but they did bring me such a warm feeling of happiness from my childhood.

As I gathered them up to take to the register a woman of about my age said, "I was just looking at those, my mother had those dishes when I was growing up."  We struck up a conversation of remembering them coming from a grocery store promotion back in our childhoods.

So how about you.....did you also remember these from someone in your family?

As you can see, this was a rather large collection.  I have no idea where ours went.  I suspect that they didn't make the cut for one of our family moves in my childhood.

And overview of the table.  I really thought they were such a great find for the autumn harvest season.

Since there were several more saucers than cups, I enjoy using them for holding candles to "match" the dishes.

I figured this style of salt and pepper shakers are pretty classic.  It seems to me they could certainly be something set on a Mid-Century table.

...and to think, it all started with a box of flatware from a friend.

The pattern is "Golden Wheat" and as you can see was made in the USA (something we just don't see very often these days.)
How about you?  Are you someone who loves the Mid-Century revival?  I know that my sister is really a big fan of everything Mid-Century.....who knows, maybe someday she'll get a surprise package in the mail one day.  While I doubt I will ever add to this collection, it was quite a bargain to find 34 pieces for $8.25 at Goodwill.  I will say, the dinner plates were smaller then (along with our waistlines) and I was able to put quite a bit of this collection on the table.  This set included dinner plates, soup/cereal bowls, salad plates, small dessert bowls, bread and butter plates and two cups and saucers. 

So until next time....See ya!

I'm joining Susan at" this week.


  1. Hi lovely lady.
    I see on my sidebar you just did a Tablescape looks beautiful with your Golden wheat pattern and you only paid $8.25 for a 34 pieces this was a great find I am hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family.

  2. Hi Martha! Glad to see your post! Your table is so lovely. How nice for your friend to give you the flatware. I love those dishes and my aunt had those dishes. We'd eat off them each time we'd go over and she also had those corn serving pieces! You always set a lovely table and my best Thanksgiving wishes to you and your family.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Yes! I do remember that pattern, Martha. My mother didn't have the dishes, but one of my friends' mothers must have, because it is very familiar to me. You did a lovely job setting a harvest table with it!

  4. Those dishes and teak handled flatware bring back memories...we had the same ones growing up!
    Have a great week, Martha.

  5. I remember the golden wheat from my mom's house. It was one of the many sets she had. Your harvest table is lovely as always. Glad to see your handiwork.

  6. A good deal is putting it mildly. Even if you use those dishes only once, it will be well worth it! Keeping your table simple works for me. Food should be the star on Thanksgiving!

  7. Yes, my SIL had this very same set, collected from the grocery store!!! Very pretty for Autumn!!!

  8. My mother had something similar! They certainly are perfect for the fall. What an adorable candle. You just want to pick it up and give it a bite!

  9. Hi, Martha! Isn't it wild how dishes we didn't think that much about...or perhaps even kids can bring on such a flood of great memories? There's just something about things from our childhood (for those of us blessed to have good ones) that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. I'm glad you were able to find these for your table...and at SUCH a bargain price! Somebody was sittin' on a gold mine and didn't even know it!

    Great idea to keep the centerpiece simple with all the other stuff going on. It really helps the eye to focus.

    Have a great weekend, and I hope the weather there isn't a bear!

  10. MARTHA! The dishes with wheat are so pretty and they add a lot of character. Lovely to see.
    Blessings 2 u,

  11. I remember those dishes. My mother didn't have them but her best friend / my second mom did!

  12. i remember my aunt had the same dishes during my childhood.
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