Okay, maybe not the "sweet love" part. After all, this is not meant to be an homage to 9 1/2 Weeks.
I love, love frilly, pretty dishes. Lucky me, I have grandmothers and great-aunts willing to donate to the cause.
Honestly, the dishes I appreciate do not have to be in grand fashion or even very expensive. Some of my favorite dishes are the cheap molded glass sort that are supposed to imitate a fine cut glass.
Last year, my grandma gave me 3 sets of her Serva-Snack trays. She used them for functions at her church, but people use paper these days. I think I may have squealed out loud when I opened them up, still in their original packaging. Since I was wanting to move away from paper plates anyway, I was excited to have a solid set of appetizer dishes. Now, I almost always use these now when hosting parties -- they are durable, dishwasher friendly and the perfect size for serving appetizers. The cups are actually too small, but the plates are awesome. I also adore the simplicity of the Colonial Lady pattern. For my Bridesmaids Watch party, I made hand-molded cream cheese mints that were TO DIE FOR. I cannot wait for someone to have a baby or bridal shower just so that I have an excuse to make these again.
When I was in high school, I commented once that I really liked my grandma's silver pattern -- it is the Prestige Grenoble pattern. While I was an undergrad, my great-aunt Joan came across the pattern at an estate sale and picked it up for me. Later, my grandma gave me her collection. I now how have enough silver to easily host a 40+ person dinner. Ridiculous, I know.
Even for a SuperBowl party, I love getting out my fancy dishes.
Buffalo chicken dip never looked better, folks.