Our family has a lot of anniversaries and birthdays during the holidays - so we have plenty of excuses to celebrate. This luncheon was for our youngest daughter's birthday last week.
The plaid plates are some that I found at a thrift shop about 3 years ago and I had never used them. They seemed perfect with my favorite plaid christmas tablecloth.
The glasses are from Woolworth Five and Dime in Northern California. It was one of my favorite stores and I was sad when they went out of business. You could find the most fun items for such reasonable prices.
Napkins are plain red or plain green cotton that I fringed - many years ago. The napkins are sterling silver with bows - perfect for a birthday - wrapped up like a gift.
The white salad plates and bowls are vintage opalescent Monax American Sweetheart. I found them at a flea market - for $1.00 each piece. I scooped up 8 plates - 8 bowls - 8 footed sherbet dishes and a large serving patter (which was $1.00 too). They are thin and delicate - but sturdy - as Monax was the forerunner of Corelle. The formula was bought by Corning so they could make nearly unbreakable dishes.
The flatware is 1847 Rogers Brothers Sterling - in the Inspiration pattern - from a thrift store. $7.95 for service for 8 plus serving pieces - because there were two salad forks missing.
Dinner was chicken enchilada casserole, with rice and beans
The grandsons got to use Theodore Bear's Christmas plates.
The flocked velvet mouse in the hurricane lantern is from a kit in the late 60s. For $4.95 a month you would be sent a kit with all the supplies needed for the project. From time to time I have had to change the ribbon - but the mouse and the tinsel are original - as is the hurricane lantern.
Dessert was chocolate birthday cake with red and green sprinkles.
And for nibbles, Chex Party Mix - with small glass bowls for individual servings. The Santa jar was made by our son when he was in Kindergarten. The teacher cleaned out candle jars that were used on tables at restaurants and the kids made the jars into Santa. Each year - for 43 years now, we have filled Santa with the Party Mix. One day Santa will go to live with our son.
Would you like a piece of cake?