1. one or two pieces – use a platter, large plate, big bowl, or cream & sugar set for serving every day meals or as part of your centerpiece. Either way, they will add a nice touch to your table.
2. mix in a number of the same pieces with your solid white dishes for a clean, pretty vintage look. Try adding all small bowls in this pattern, or all side plates, tea cups are great too. (Warning: using a complete set on it’s own will look old, instead of charming)
3. For a bolder look, mix and match with dishes in other patterns and colors. This will give you an eclectic and casual look.
4. Try this with old family china patterns as well…you’ll be surprised by how good it makes you and your guests feel.
As for me, I have only one authentic willow ware teacup & saucer. It lives by my sink and is perfect for holding rings and watches while the dishes are being done. And it brings back strong, wonderful memories every time I glance at it.
When my Grampy passed away two years ago, my family descended on “the old green house”. I don’t remember being there since my Grammy died more than 20 years before. I was surprised and much delighted to open the cupboard and find the dishes stacked exactly as they were when I had to stand on a chair to help set the table all those years ago. There were tears. Lot’s of ’em.
Whether or not you have personal memories of willow ware, it’s a great way to increase the style quotient of your table. If you’ve got some packed away, it’s time to blow off the dust. These gems were meant to be used and enjoyed everyday!