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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving With The Friendly Village

Today I am setting the Thanksgiving table with my Johnson Brothers “The Friendly Village” plates.

The Friendly Village dish set in an old chicken feeder:

The pattern made its debut in 1953. It features various village scenes and the back is stamped with the Johnson Bros. logo.

Johnson Brothers Friendly Village Round Covered Butter Cheese Dish | eBay:

My initial vintage set of eight place settings was gifted to me by my cousin E. and his wife Sweet T.

(Yes, they are TOTALLY awesome people! :)

Estelle's: Johnson Brothers, Transferware and Toile. This is the exact china that my grandmother has! Lots of good memories around the dinner table and these plates.:

I’ve added to my collection here and there when I come across forlorn pieces at thrifts shops and estate sales.

The dishware is known as "semi-porcelain". It has the look of fine china but wears like ironstone.

Vintage Johnson Brothers The Friendly Village English Fine China Teacup and Matching Saucer. $12.00, via Etsy.:

While it is technically labeled as a brown transferware the design features several layers of colors. The variety of shades make it possible to create so many brilliant tablescape combinations.

Friendly Village:

I thought I would share some truly lovely and inspiring tablescapes created by other blogging friends who also collect the pattern.

Far Above Rubies

Nancy’s Daily Dish

Beaux R’eves

Aiken House & Gardens

Home Is Where The Boat Is


As you can see The Friendly Village works well in early fall all the way through late winter just by incorporating various other elements.

You can create a rich table arrangement for the center using pine cones and tiny pumpkins:

I’ll be sharing more of my tablescape on Instagram.

We here at Storybook Cottage wish you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings!

The Gunn’s


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!
I have always admired this pattern and you have set a lovely table with it and showcased so many other pretty tablescapes!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laura, I love that pattern, so pretty. Can't wait to see more of your tablescape. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. May it be Blessed with all of God's goodness.

Katie Clooney said...

Beautiful! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving, Laura!

Linda said...

That's very pretty!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. ♥
Love, Linda

Curtains in My Tree said...

That is such a pretty set,I use to have place setting for 4 and sold it? now I wonder why I sold it? LOL guess because a single gal doesn't need 6 sets dishes
I have a friend looking for 4 cereal bowls or fruit bowls

ellen b said...

I'm a huge fan of Johnson Bros. dishes. Love your table set with Friendly Village. A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 3 of my siblings and their families will be enjoying Thanksgiving in Dallas...

Jeanie said...

Johnson Brothers rocks. I've never seen a single pattern by them I didn't love. And this one is no exception. The tables are all beautiful but I know your will be loveliest of all!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Stacey said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love all transferware. The tables you've shared today couldn't be any prettier.

Happy Thanksgiving. :)

Mountain Mama said...

That pattern is GORGEOUS!! I would absolutely love to have a set of that amazing china - now I'm off on a google search! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

I only learned of that pattern this year and I'm smitten! Love all the examples you showed. Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

Lorrie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laura, to you and your family! Your Friendly Village dishes are so pretty.

handmade by amalia said...

Pretty plates indeed. The whole table is wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving.

Auntie Em said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear Laura to you and all your beautiful family. I hope you are all able to gather at your home and enjoy the day.

Your Friendly Village table settings will be perfect for the feast. :)

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful settings. Wishing you and your family a beautiful and Happy Thanksgiving. xo

Katie Mansfield said...

I love it. My set will make a showing on one of our tables this Christmas. I also have Spode Christmas Tree. Thanks for sharing such lovely tablescapes.

Jean | said...

Wow! Now I'm wondering why *I* don't have a set of these dishes! Aren't they sweet? Your tablescapes are always so inspiring.