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Tablescape Thursday - Anticipation!

I originally posted this in March 2011 and it is one of the most visited posts I've ever done!  So, I'm re-running it with Sunday Favorites!  Make sure you click through to see all the other neat posts and special thanks to our hostess!

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I'm so glad that March arrived because my favorite little museum shop has opened for the season!  I visited over the weekend and bought some cuties that I'll post for the cloche party ... but for TT, I'm posting something I bought the last  day they were open in December!  I spent less than $100 and bought a set of Noritake Anticipation ... 8 place settings with some extra pieces ... and it is almost embarrassing that I paid so little for this china that looks like it has never been used.

I'm partying with Tablescape Thursday, so make sure you visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see all the other party posts!  Special thanks to Susan for giving us this neat opportunity!  I'm also posting with the St. Patrick's Party at a Holiday Haven so make sure you click through the favicon on the right.

When I first saw this china, I thought of a hundred different ways to set the table.  It screams 'baby shower' and 'springtime'!  For this table, I couldn't decide if I wanted to feature Easter ... or St. Patrick's Day (since the china was made in Ireland) so I did a little of both!  Hope you enjoy ... and always take the time to visit my home page so you can see all my other posts!  I have a neat Federated Women's Club post this week.


Isn't this pattern, called Anticipation, delicate?  Yes, Noritake originally was made (1904) in Japan, but their more usable dinnerware is made in Ireland.   Unlike the beautiful bone china, their Versatone china and their Keltcraft earthenware are made in Ireland.  This dinnerware is freezer, microwave and oven proof  ... and dishwasher safe.


I set this on my little round table in the sunroom, so it is cluttered and crowded ... just the way I love it.


Look at the border of the pattern ... pretty delicate.  The stemware is Mikasa and you know I cannot set a table without using some Depression Glass, so I used a Princess green bread and butter plate on top of the Anticipation plate ... for no reason other than color!  I love the shape of the cup and the salt and pepper.


The centerpiece for this table is created in a two-piece punch bowl ... probably ca. 1920s or 30s.  It is pressed glass, and the spooner and the small nappy are similar patterns.  I just love old pressed glass ... and I never care if anything matches ... you already know that about me!


I bought this cute little piece at the museum shop ... and it is probably from the 1950s or 60s.  It is all plastic ... with turning wheels!  I've had to hide it from Miss Phoebe ... or it will go in the doll house!



Here's a little touch of Ireland ... the figurines are  Lefton ... and on almost every table I set ... I hide a pig in plain sight!  Hope you've enjoyed my tablescape ... Just can't wait for spring to really get here!  It was 52 degrees today in Southern Illinois ... but it could snow tomorrow!  That's the way the weather is in my neck of the woods!