Thursday, January 15, 2015

Royal Worcester Francesca Two Ways

A recent online discussion with a tea group about the sets of 
china/dishes we own brought about a lot of memories of 
my Royal Worcester Francesca pattern china proudly displayed in this beautiful 
handmade Kentucky cherry cabinet. 

We purchased the teapot, creamer and sugar with 
four cup and saucer trios at the Royal Worcester factory
during our 1998 trip to England.  
The hubby located a shop in Lexington, KY where he 
purchased and surprised me for Christmas with four more trios.  
The Francesca pattern, which was the company's most popular pattern in 1998, 
had been discontinued when I began looking for more matching pieces. 
It was a bit of a challenge, but I was able to add 8 dinner plates to the set, 
and I'm  continuing to add serving pieces.
We learned on our 2008 visit to Worcester, the company has
closed their china manufacturing in England and moved it "off shore."
 I used the Royal Worcester in 2008 at the Berea Health Ministry fundraiser
to create my table theme 
"The Queen's Golden Jubilee" 
Another trip took us to England during the 2002 Golden Jubilee Celebration. 
I incorporated a few mementos from that visit into the table decorations. 

I used the Royal Worcester Francesca in 2010 to set a 
totally different, and more casual theme for the
 Berea Health Ministry fundraiser tea. 
"Sereni -TEA By the Sea" 
was a fun table to put together.  
I even had grass skirts and straw sun hats hangng on the back of the chairs. 

 Themed afternoon teas and tea tables are usually not my thing, 
but the table contest really motivated me to have fun with it.
To see more decorated tables by the participants, 
click on the Tea Time with the Berea Health Ministry links on the left side bar. 


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