Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Friendly Village Tablescape


This is the School House. No, it's not a print, but rather a plate from the Friendly Village pattern. Johnson Bros. introduced this pattern in 1953. I found the entire set, including the soup tureen at a flea market years ago. I bought them for resale for $100, but I couldn't part with them.

I know these dishes are being produced again as I've seen them at discount stores. Mine, though are at least 50 years old. You can tell by the backstamp which says Made in England.

The dishes evoke a winter scene which lends itself to Christmas, Thanksgiving and winter table settings. I always have fun playing with these dishes. All the pieces have a different scene!






The soup bowl has a covered bridge scene in winter.

The beautiful soup tureen with it's many scenes from the Friendly Village.

Wine anyone? I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Come and see all the different tablescapes.

Chargers: A store in Tahoe City
Dishes: The Friendly Village, Johnson Bros., vintage
Stemware: Boopie by Anchor Hocking, vintage
Napkins: French flea market
Placemats: Target

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32 comments:

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Your table is absolutely stunning, I love it all, the plant the dishes the black and white, it is just beautiful, love the deer candle holder, that is so special...I am a new follower of yours and I will sure be back...come for a visit...

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love it all!

Kammy said...

Love your long farmhouse style table and setting ! All you need is some real snow :o)
Kammy

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Oh I do love those plates. They have such character. Love the whole setting.

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

Love your vintage dishes and your table setting! Thank you for sharing your holiday table.

susan said...

Oh my goodness! I have never seen this pattern but I just love it! And it is great for so much more than Christmas. That soup tureen is just gorgeous--can't believe your fabulous price. Simple and elegant!

Kathy said...

Those plates are gorgeous and we have a lot in common. I was made in England and am over 50 years old too hehe, love your whole tablescape and those gorgeous plaid cushions too. Kathy

D said...

I'm so in love with your eating area! Love all those windows. The plates are gorgeous.

D

Linda said...

Love your farmhouse table...love your china...love your blog...so I'm going to follow along with you! Hope you have a FUN day!

Blessings,
Linda

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Delores, Your style is right up my alley! Your setting is gorgeous and those chargers are wonderful!

Megan Lee said...

I love your dishes- so unique. The look is so homey and cozy. I love it!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I love your table and that cozy bench by the window. I have a platter that goes with that set. It was passed down to me by my Mother. I really should look around for the matching dishes. I enjoyed visiting you blog!

Mimi said...

Stunning! I love the china, perfect for the holiday season. Thanks for sharing.

janet said...

your table scape is beautiful!!! i also love your table with the window bench, lovely place to sit and spend time with family. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such kind words on the loss of our furbaby, i know time will heal.
hugs
janet

food with style said...

i SO love your table, just gorgeous~

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

What a table! Why have I never been here before??? I love the place settings and especially those chargers! Thank you for stopping by!
Michelle

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Gorgeous table. I also used my Friendly village and wished so much that my pictures could show it off better. You did wonderfully with your photo's. The set is just lovely and I love mine also. The dessert plates came from my husband's 99 year old mother as did the cups etc. Did your set have that tiny red "mark" on the back of them? I would love to know if you know anything about this as you do have more knowledge than I do. I was much too lazy to look it up. :)
Your table is lovely! Just lovely!
~Mona~

Trez said...

Love it all! So nice and clean. Check out my blog if you get a chance!

Anonymous said...

What a table! Beautiful, classic yet whimsical love the striped candles in the deer antler candlestick holders!!!! Fun! - Jenny

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, I love your table and chairs, and your banquette. Your tablescape is so inviting. The plates are perfect for winter. My sister and I gave our mother this JB set for Christmas one year when we were teens. We were so proud of our purchase. My daughter has the set now, but you sure made me wish I had it. laurie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful table you set. I adore the table and chairs. Can only imagine sitting there for hours looking out the window and enjoying a long visit. The dishes are beautiful. I don't recall seeing them in any of the discount stores, but will sure keep my eyes open for them now. lol I love the black chargers as well, they go on the list of "must haves".. lol.
hugs ~lynne~

vignette design said...

Actually, the chargers are dark brown and resemble leather, although they aren't real leather. -Delores

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Gorgeous table scape!

We have some of the dishes also...They are my faves! That tureen is particularly beautiful!

...mmm... said...

Well, what can I say but this is simply gorgeous? it is truly beautiful-cold be in some home design magazine. Everything from the plates to the table settings, to the windows, etc. Ahhh...love it.

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I am in love with your dinnerware!!
Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful table you have set.
Michele

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Just a gorgeous table! I love your table, the china is so awesome and those chairs, how cool! Cindy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful dishes - I can see why you would not want to part with them.

xinex said...

I just saw this, Delores. Beautiful as usual. I also have the Friendly Village set and I love it...Christine

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Beautiful tablescape and I LOVE that room!

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

I just stumbled across your blog from Savvy Southern Style and found this wonderful table!! I noticed the Friendly Village because my mom has this pattern, mostly the older ones also. I LOVE what you did with this! It is so creative. LOVE the napkins and placemats with this pattern. It would work so nicely for spring this way too. We used this pattern for a church event but with a very traditional setting. I also love the Boopie glasses in red. I have those in clear with a gold rim. I just love this and I can't wait to see more of your blog!!

southerninspiration said...

I am drooling over the soup tureen! I have Friendly Village also....started when I got my Granny's dishes...so I have a mixture of both old and new. I seriously LOVE the tureen!!
Suzanne

Sarah said...

What a happy table in that gorgeous room filled with light. Looking at these posts back to back tonight, I see lots of texture in your tablescapes. You have such style with all that you show. I'm going out tomorrow to buy some reed chargers or placemats. I love the way you use reed on many of these tables. Beautiful! ~ Sarah

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