Perfect Summertime Hostess Gifts - Great Paper Placemats, Napkins, Plastic Tumblers

Perfect Summertime Hostess Gifts – Great Paper Placemats, Napkins, Plastic Tumblers

When I came across this image, I sighed, from the Adams Calyx ware, to the Kirk Repoussé silver, to the precious hot-pink Chinoiserie placemats. It was a long sigh. Let’s start with the placemats. Turns out the placemats come in paper pads–brilliant summer hostess gifts! (One for them, one for […]

When I came across this image, I sighed, from the Adams Calyx ware, to the Kirk Repoussé silver, to the precious hot-pink Chinoiserie placemats. It was a long sigh. Let’s start with the placemats.

Pink Chinoiserie table setting – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

Turns out the placemats come in paper pads–brilliant summer hostess gifts! (One for them, one for me, hee-hee.) Not just for summer of course, we love them all year round. And not just placemats–there are napkins and tumblers as well, oh my. All the work of the stylish and clever gals who created Plat du Jour, based in Beaufort, SC, and Atlanta.

Pink Chinoiserie placemat – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

(When I lived in Beaufort in the ’70s there was a hardware store and a Piggly Wiggly, and  you had to go to Charleston for something with a French name.)

If not going to Charleston, go to the dogs. This silhouette looks just like Stella, our black lab, but without the drool.

Dog placemat – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

Love these boy-girl-boy-girls.

Boy-Girl placemat – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

To find a shop near you that carries Plat du Jour delights, click for locations here. There are a gabillion. You may also shop directly, here. The Plat du Jour website is very well done. “Modern, Chic and Magnifique,” it says. And it is.

Blue and white is always a winner.

Whale tale – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson
Chevron blue placemat – Plat du Jour

Or maybe you’re in a pink flamingo kind of mood. I get like that sometimes.

Flamingos – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

Or a mixy-matchy mood. I know what you mean.

Mixed patterns – pink and taupe – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

Can’t go wrong with a gray woodgrain fish. I have always said that.

Woodgrain fish – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

Although when in doubt, pomegranates will not fail you.

Pomegranate Rouge Placemat – Plat du Jour

But if you’re at a loss, go by the numbers.

Numbered placemats – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

No excuse forgetting which cup is yours.

Numbered tumblers (BPA-free) – Plat du Jour – Photo Josh Gibson

As to the china and silver pictured at the top of this post, my mother had both. Seeing it took me right back to  her breakfast room. My sister now has the Repoussé. We must have broken the china. I remember thinking it was sooo boring, like all things automatically to do with one’s mother when one is circa 11 years old . When I saw it again in the Plat du Jour shot, I thought it was the coolest thing ever, like activating some karmic-DNA-china-pattern-gene, which is kinda scary. Mirror mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all…

Two eBay-hours, $247, and six days later, the plates are in my cupboard. Thank you, Plat du Jour, and man they look good with your placemats.

This and all posts on FrancesSchultz.com are non-remunerative and for the love, pure and simple…. Postcard From Italy post… coming up…

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