My Nana (Mom’s mother) loved to entertain. She had all sorts of silver serving pieces, flatware, table linens and napkin rings. She also had a service for 12 or more in this Vintage Noritake pattern called Rose Garden.
It is pretty fancy stuff.
Jim and I are hosting Thanksgiving for his immediate family again this year (there will be 6 of us plus Leo) and there is more than enough Noritake plates to go around. I even have good silverware (silver plated) now, as well as fancy pink wine glasses that match the Noritake. (My Mom brought me a car load of good dishes when she was here for Christmas In July with the hopes I would be able to use them for Thanksgiving.)
Last year I used my Fiestaware, which is great because it is dishwasher safe, but Fiestaware is so every day and nothing says special occasion like fine china.
I know Nana would have been so pleased if I used her dishes for Thanksgiving.
I’m thinking the hand washing might be worth it to make this year feel just a little more special.
What do you think? Do you break out the special plates for family holiday get togethers even if they are hand wash only?