I’m throwing a Bobwhite brunch today – for reasons that will be completely explained later in the week : )
The main reason is to use the basic tablecloth featured today. It’s very simple, a cotton/linen/rayon blend in a very neutral color, much like the background of the plates. I found this some years ago at a thrift store for less than $5 because its round and has a hole cut in the middle for an umbrella. The nearly-boring color was mitigated by no stains AND I have another use for it.
From this you can see the dishes are the complete focus. For some pop I used turquoise cotton napkins and my fab vintage turquoise glasses. When I first started collecting this set it took a little while to really wrap my brain around the complete 50′s modern shapes and art. Once I fully embraced it I wanted it ALL. To that end I have most of the collection. I have enough dinner plates for at least 14 people, and well over 2 dozen of the salad, bread and butter, cups and saucers and bowls. I even have multiples of some things I couldn’t find space or reason for today – the boomerang shaped vegetable bowls, the “3 pronged” relish tray and 3 gravy boats!
I didn’t set out to buy that many but one day ran across a dealer who just wanted to get rid of her entire collection. For $300 I think I got over 100 pieces, hence the duplicates. Do I regret it? No : ) Do I need to sell some? Yes : ) I want to do a couple more big parties using this and then we’ll hit ebay.
You can see the amazing mama quail with her babies on the dinner plate : ) More babies decorate the bowl and cup & saucer.
The big mama quail here is the hors d’oeuvres holder, you put small things like cheese squares on toothpicks and then put the toothpicks into the holes on her back! She looks a little more like a porcupine than a quail when fully loaded : ) The two small babies are actually salt & pepper shakers.
The large platter in the middle is the meat platter, meant for your roast or ham. The small casserole dish is on the warming stand and the teapot sits in front. Up on the shelf are the tall style salt & pepper shakers and a salad plate. If you have tea you need coffee as well so we have a glass and copper-topped coffee server on the left side with its own warming stand.
On the table is the water pitcher and creamer on the right hand end, along with the butter dish and a sugar/relish bowl. Enough for brunch I’d say!
This pattern was made from 1955 or 56 (depending on who you believe) until the factory closed down in 1967. “In 1956 a Playboy magazine centerfold model was shown holding a Bob White coffee cup in bed, with other serving pieces sitting on a tray. Some believe that the Playboy spread was the reason for Bob White’s long-term popularity but it probably had a lot more to do with simply liking the pattern than the magazine.” (Thank you Schleich Red Wing Museum!)
Keep an eye on that tablecloth, its going to pop up another time or two this week, once in a most unexpected way : )
115 days to go!!