Thanksgiving Prep: The Platter SALE That Starts Now and the Random Conversation That Inspired It

Happy November! Isn’t it exciting to think that Thanksgiving is just 20 days away? All summer long the shop has been filling up with vintage and antique platters in anticipation of the big turkey day soon to arrive.

An array of antique and vintage platters available in the shop. They range in age from the early 1900s to the 1970s.

Unlike some other pieces of dishware in the kitchen, a large platter is pretty much essential when it comes to dealing with big food for a big crowd. Big plates are one of those items you can’t really skimp on or try to improvise with something else. I know because I’ve tried. Back in the day when I lived in several tiny apartments in New York City with either no room for a big dish or no extra room in the budget to buy a big dish, I tried all sorts of creative ways to present a turkey. 

There was the year of the giant wood board, when the roasting juices ran all over the table. There was the year of serving it in a speckled enameled roasting pan, which I hoped was going to look wonderfully homey but instead looked wonderfully woebegone. There was the year we hoisted the turkey up on an elevated cooling rack, only to have it slip and slide around each time we attempted to carve it. That next year, the turkey was carved in the kitchen and separated out onto several dinner sized plates according to white meat and dark meat,  but that lacked all the festive  pomp and circumstance of bringing a big bird to the table. Then I found an antique platter on a weekend getaway trip in South Carolina and everything got a whole lot easier. Every Thanksgiving turkey since has come to rest on this two hundred year old dish that originally came from England…

It is my most prized treasure in the kitchen. The cracks and the crazing and the beautiful staining carry so many stories. It has a lovely decorative backstamp and a deep rim which is perfect for holding not only the turkey, but also all the herbs and the onions and the citrus fruit that go with it for presentation. I don’t  have to worry about the juice running all over anymore or the bird slipping and sliding as we carve it. 

I love this platter so much it gets used for non-holiday meals too like tacos, cheese and crackers, charcuterie, etc.  Everytime I use it I think about how I’m adding another layer, another meal, to its 200 years of meals. And that feels exciting. I like to think about what the Victorian Englanders would say about their platter being used as a serving dish for 21st century tacos. I like to think about all the Thanksgiving turkeys that have been presented here on this very platter over the course of two centuries. And I like to imagine the people who used this dish and how they carried it and where they lived. I love that it is not only a platter but it’s also a piece of history from other people’s past lives.

More platters in the shop!

This summer I overheard a conversation between two women at an estate sale who were talking about tableware. One woman remarked on the fact that she had a different platter for every holiday.  And that her collection, a mix of vintage pieces and contemporary pieces, acted as the anchor for her table decorating decisions every year. She went on to say how it made party planning easier because she knew what food looked good on which platter and what colors worked together and which didn’t. Her platters helped narrow down the choices of what to make and how to serve it.   

Her friend responded by saying that she only owned three platters – all plain white and all in different sizes. She admitted that she used them but didn’t love them and certainly never thought of them as inspiration for her table decor. 

The collector explained that it had taken over a decade to find just the right platters but now that her collection was complete and all the holidays were accounted for, she looked forward to celebrating each occasion,  anticipating new memories while remembering old ones. The two friends went back and forth about holiday decorations, and other things not related, but the best part of this story comes when it circled back around to the platters and the collector who had one for each holiday. “Mine feel like old friends,” the collector said.  “I look forward to seeing them every time I pull them from the cabinet.”

For four months that conversation has stuck in my head and I’ve thought of that woman, the collector, every time I’ve been out curating items for the shop. I think it is her, and all the like-minded dish lovers out that I have been shopping for all along. I love the fact that her platter collection is now a tradition and helps carry sentiment along with food and festivity. 

I wanted to help bring that sense of nostalgia to your table too, in hopes that you would find a new friend and a new helper from history. One that would make your party planning and your table setting  easier and more interesting at the same time. From now until November 9th, the kitchen shop is hosting a 20% off sale on all platters, antique and vintage. They run the gamut as far as styles and patterns from traditional to boho, plain to fancy, and small to large. A little something for everyone.

 As with all the items in the kitchen shop, my greatest desire is to pair old pieces up with new people so that the stories of food and family and history can continue to thrive long into this century and many more beyond. Hope you find a platter that’s suited just for you!  

To see a list of all the platters available in the shop click here or visit the serving pieces section here and hunt around yourself. All eligible pieces have already been marked down so you don’t need to worry about entering coupon codes or any additional sales info upon checkout. 

Happy friend finding!

 

Nyquist, New Items and a Derby Duel

Nyquist's photo courtesy of Coady Photography
Nyquist’s photo courtesy of Coady Photography

Ladies and gentlemen, the race has been won. And the contest almost was too! If you missed the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, here’s a two-minute replay of the race…

It was an exciting experience right up unto the finish line this year with Nyquist and Exaggerator storming down the track with just mere inches between them and the win.  Which is exactly what happened in Ms. Jeannie’s Derby contest also. While no one picked Nyquist as a winner, there were two readers who both placed favorites on Exaggerator as the horse to beat. How exciting, because he almost was!

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Official 2016 Derby placers: Nyquist (1st) Exaggerator -pictured above (2nd) and Gun Runner (3rd).

Since there was no official winner, in the land of Ms. Jeannie, prizes selected for this year’s blog contest will carry over to next year, where we can all try again guessing for glory.  In the meantime, a big congrats goes out to blog readers Amanda and Renee for both selecting Exaggerator.  Will they be able to duel it out next year for permanent status in the winner’s circle? Anticipation is already building and we are still 360 days away from the next Derby date! Oh my.

Outside of the racetrack,  a horse of a different sort leads the pack of new items that just galloped their way into the bookshop. Browse a bit here…

Clockwise from top left: Vintage 1960s Casserole Cookbook, Vintage 1960s Nut Recipes Cookbook, Vintage Art House Photograph Portrait, Vintage !970's New England Cookbook, Vintage Italian Florentine Landscape Paintings, Two 1920s French Language Books, Handpainted Floral Tile
Clockwise from top left: Vintage 1950’s Animal Anatomy Prints, Vintage 1960’s Nut Recipes Cookbook, Vintage Art House Photograph Portrait, Vintage 1970’s New England Cookbook, Vintage Italian Florentine Landscape Paintings, Two 1920s French Language Books, Vintage Hand-painted Ceramic Tile, Vintage Hand-carved Bird Portrait Plaque, 1960’s Grecian Style Pedestal Dish

This collection of items is all about easy, effortless living and decorating. As we gear up for farmer’s market season, the vintage cookbooks provide new inspiration in the kitchen while the wall and bookshelf art provide instant (ready to hang!) style.

If something catches your eye click on the corresponding link below the picture for more info or reply to this post and Ms. Jeanne will be happy to place it on reserve for you.

A big, big thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Derby contest and for taking the time to pop-in and cast your vote. Cheers to you for keeping life fun and interesting!

 

 

 

The New “Old”…

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Ms. Jeannie is hard at work on a new art related blog post that will be coming out shortly. In the meantime, she wanted to share the new batch of old items that have just arrived in her shop. In this mix you’ll find:

The fun thing about this mix is that they are all hand-touched. From the choice of colors on the magnificent horse head bust to the choice of beads in the gracefully delicate sweater, each piece has been crafted with an artist’s eye and close attention has been paid to detail.

They also make for unique decorating and festive conversations! The decanter set is ready for a little outdoor entertaining, the antique basket is ready for a little garden gathering and nothing says rest and relaxation like a pot of tea and a good book. A new season is here and new stories are now unfolding!

If you like being kept abreast of new shop items in this fashion, please let Ms. Jeannie know in the comments section.  Some new changes are coming to the blog over the next month and Ms. Jeannie wants to be sure to include all your favorite topics.

Cheers to a wonderful weekend ahead and Happy April!

A Sale for the Last Minute Shoppers! 50% off

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Here we are just a week away from the big holiday dear readers! If your month has been a flurry of activity like Ms. Jeannie’s and you find yourself flustered about what to give whom, then you’ll her find her last minute sale for last minute shoppers a true treasure.

For two days only – December 18th and 19th, take 50% off your order using the coupon code fifty2015 upon checkout.

If you have hard people to shop for a vintage book always makes a lasting impression, a thoughtful gift or a nice reminder of a shared experience. Find such favorites here. Or help your pal set up a perfectly appointed library with some 100% unique and one of a kind decorating pieces that add instant, effortless personality to any space. Find those marvels here.

Why just two days, you ask? Because that will give Ms. Jeannie enough time to gift wrap your item in pretty paper, tie it with a bow and pack it off in the mail in time for Christmas. Live outside of the Southern region of the continental U.S.? No problem just send Ms. Jeannie a message and she’ll add expedited shipping charges to hurry that package right along to you.

Happy shopping dear readers!

Shop Sale This Weekend!

Hello my dears!

I’m having my first  Etsy shop sale this weekend!  So if you are in the mood for a little shopping, please stop in and have a peek.

Click on this image to go directly to my Etsy shop!

Enjoy 20% off shop-wide. Discount applied at checkout with the use of coupon code TWENTY.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!