Sunday, May 18, 2014

Franciscan Picnic Breakfast Table for One

A very big "Thank You" to Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" for hosting a wonderful challenge last week featuring our wedding china used in a tablescape. We had lots of fun going over very special moments, reliving memories and laughing plenty (and yes, there were a few tears along the way....especially the fact that I realized that I couldn't get my arm - let alone my body anymore - in my Bridesmaids dress for Pat's wedding....) It was a great time.

To change things a bit, with a healthy (and hearty) breakfast in mind, Pat designed today's tablescape using Franciscan "Picnic" - some would say a rather unattractive [dare I say "ugly"?] dish pattern from the 1970's. We have used it before but it is perfect for any casual meal. She toned it down a bit with a solid colored dinner plate acting as a charger plate and "hid" some of the very bold 1970's design on the other plates.
Over view of the table

The place setting

Flatware is gold ceramic handled "Radiant" by Noritake

Pat hid some of the pattern on the plate with a simple napkin fold. The huge individual sauce bowl is the right size for cereal.

The pieces are really over sized - this is actually a bread and butter plate that Pat is using as a salad plate

Here the actual salad plate does double duty as the dinner plate

Pat used a Lemongrass Fiesta Dinner plate as a charger

The water goblet is my favorite piece

Pat made an arrangement of real and silk flowers in the over-sized creamer

I am always amazed at the size of the "Picnic" coffee cup and saucer - much smaller than a normal cup and saucer. It is totally out of scale to the other pieces in the pattern.

One last look
Where it came from:
Rattan Placemat - Pier 1
Charger and Bread/ Butter Plate - Fiesta "Lemongrass" Dinner plate by Homer Laughlin from Macy's
Dinnerware - "Picnic" by Franciscan China Company gifted to me
Flatware - "Radiant" Ceramic Flatware by Noritake from eBay and Replacements

We will be joining Christine's Table It Link Party at "Rustic & Refined" Monday: We would like to thank Christine for hosting the party and giving us an opportunity to "show off" some of table.

We will also be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" this Thursday:


  1. I actually like the happy colors of this dinnerware. You've complemented it so well, as always. I remember my plates from the 70's as being dark and heavy, so maybe that's why this set is so much more appealing! Have a good week, Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. I'm such a fan of Franciscan china as it was my first set of everyday dishes when I was married! My pattern was Pebble Beach. Love the bright colors and as always you set the best tables!

  3. Perfect example of "Everything old is new again." I love the colors also.

  4. Not ugly at all...very fresh and springlike. Love the way the dishes work so well with the Fiesta. Lovely!

  5. You and I are SO on the same page....the water goblet is my favorite piece of those beautiful's so pretty! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the Table It Monday Link Party, it really means alot!