I dearly loved my Granny Zorn, although I have been told she could be difficult to get along with because she was brutally honest.
My Grandma Tucker always amazed me with her humility. She had very little and nothing was fancy in her home, but she shared everything she had.
Nanny (my mother’s mother) has always had a full table - both the food on it and the company sitting there!
I have inherited sets of china from my grandmothers who have already passed away, and I love to host family gatherings using my grandmothers’ china mixed with my own Lenox Federal Platinum. It brings a touch of nostalgia that my guests can appreciate, while adding some whimsy to a formal place setting.
You can achieve the same look with china, stemware, or silverware from your own family members, or even china found at thrift shops or yard sales. Choose patterns that have a similar color scheme or design and use solid-colored linens to show off the patterns on the china. This will give a playful but cohesive look, instead of appearing thrown together.