While I’ve used this green Ashworth Ironstone pattern for full court press occasions in the dining room, it also lends itself to more casual meals in the kitchen area. 


The soup plates are perfectly pasta-sized, although I don’t think that was the purpose for which they were originally intended – perhaps hearty stews and thick soups. The set is huge, comprising dinner, salad, and soup plates, large and small tureens complete with under plates, lidded and open vegetable serving dishes and a series of about 7 platters of graduated sizes. I more often purchase just a salad plate, or sometimes the dinner and salad plate, but I loved the vibrant colours and casual “feel” of this set. I also figured it would stand stand up to the occasional whack of a piece of cutlery in the early years of grandchildren beginning to sit up at the table. 


I styled the set with a simple white runner and rust napkins, both from Pottery Barn. 


The cobalt glasses are from Pier 1 years ago, and the clear goblets are antique wheel-cut – surprisingly durable, despite their age and appearance. The chargers are from Chintz and Co. in Victoria B.C. (also from eons ago). The bakelite-handled and silver flatware is part of a canteen from Country Dining Room Antiques. 

The flowers are a combination of hydrangea and leaves from the garden and some purchased dahlias. I really enjoyed how their colours, along with the cobalt glasses, echoed all the lively tones in the plates and bowls.

I am sharing this post with my friends over at Between Naps On The Porch.