I shared in my post about my less is more in my bathroom post the other day that my one weakness is table top items.
I adore vintage creamers, (to use for on-the-table syrup servers, or cream for coffee!) little bowls and ramekins, charming stemware, and ornate flatware, old and new alike. Seriously, I just can't seem to pass these kinds of items up in thrift shops, or antique malls.
Vintage white stoneware of any sort that has a scalloped cottage-y look is my kryptonite.
I think a table looks oh, so much more inviting with condiments served in serving bowls as opposed to having the jelly jar, or catchup bottle sitting shotgun next to your pretty dinner plate.
Eating a meal should be as appealing to your eyes as it is to your nose and taste buds, I think. (Oh, by the way, I like charming printed paper plates, too, but that's another post entirely.) Even when I eat alone, I like to set a pretty little setting for myself. When I set out appetizers, snacks, or even a plate of cookies out for friends, I want it to make an warm impression....to set a welcome tone.