Thursday, January 8, 2009

China Time, as in White House China

I LOVE china. That is another secret about me.

I also love Waterford Crystal and have most of the pieces for the Carina pattern and inherited many pieces of the Lismore pattern. And I have my bottle of Dom Perignon ready for January 20, 2009 to click my Carina champaign flutes with my husband for Barack Obama's Inauguration. See, we having our own party!!!

Ok, my everyday dinnerware is Pfaltzgraff's "Midnight Black". It was a pattern my husband picked out. I was not crazy about an "all black pattern", but it is suttle, looks aztec and has grown on me. My main china is Lenox's "Citation Gold". Service for 8. I have over the years collected all the bells and whistles, but have used the service only twice.

So, before the Bushs leave the White House, Laura Bush uncovered the George W. Bush State China.

Here is the Magnolia Residence China. Not crazy about this pattern. Don't like flowers or bugs in the middle of my plate, but hey, my mother loves this pattern.

Since I am a china, crystal buff I remember the part of the movie from, "The American President" when Michael Douglas was trying to mack Annette Bening in the "Dish Room", and she corrected him and said it is the "China Room". Yes, this is one of my favorite movies.


The room was created by Ellen Wilson, President Woodrow Wilson's wife in 1917.

Seems like two-term presidents have time to order this china, because Presidents Carter, Nixon and George H.W. Bush did not, since they were one term presidents, while Nixon resigned during his second term.

The Bush China was paid not by the tax payers but the White House Historical Association, a private foundation.

White House Press Avail
The China Room
Pictures of the Presidential China from Washington on, here

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