The 1950s gave us some gems in tableware, and Wakefield by Johnson Brothers is one of them. It made its debut in 1952 and sung its swan song in 1965, just as the rocking 60’s really got going.

A cheerful floral chintz pattern on a creamy white background, it conjures up images of wholesome meals eaten in the garden, served up by Harriet Nelson or Jane Wyatt, swishing around in their full skirts.


It goes with practically any flower, but the lilacs were begging to be picked, so purple it was! Who could resist?

Add in some vintage amethyst American Lady iced tea glasses by Fostoria and we were cooking with gas (in our full skirts). The stemware is from the same era – produced between 1948 and 1964. They were made for each other!

They’re very similar to the rich green Colonial Dame, also by Fostoria, that  I’ve used in several tables including here, and here.

The slightly ribbed scalloped edge trails into the shoulder of the Wakefield plate, dividing it into eight subtle sections, each with a central floral motif. A floral feast for the eyes.

I’ve collected pieces slowly, mostly through eBay, where the pattern comes up fairly frequently at very good prices. There are a lot of quirkily shaped serving pieces, too, but so far I’ve confined myself to dinner and salad plates.

With so much colourful activity happening on the plates, I stuck with plain sage green napkins (Pier 1 calls them Olive Green Twill Chambray – currently on clearance) and vintagey looking “spoon” napkin rings from Pottery Barn, years ago. The pewter coloured flatware is Danieli from World Market.

Another peek at the lilacs.  Happy sigh… I can just smell them. Heavenly!

The Greenhouse Metal galvanized pitcher was a steal from Christmas Tree Shops. The height combined with the narrow neck makes it perfect for holding top-heavy stems of lilac. It can be had for the princely sum of $9.99. Free shipping, too!

The Woven Banana Bark placemats are new this year from Pier 1 (currently on sale if you’re interested). They’re much sturdier than I expected, and pack quite a heft. I liked the neutral colour and the visual interest on the rim.

They’re fairly large at 16″ diameter, so will work with even big, modern 11″ plates. Fun for the summer, and I loved the “Banana Bark” name. (small things amuse small minds, I know…)

The lilacs were at their peak when they joined the tablescape. The extended cool spring in the Cape has allowed their buds to develop fully, and they’re just gorgeous.

It’s very hard to beat spring for pure fragrance luxury.

I’ll leave you with one last picture.

Have a good day, dear readers. 

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.