Mama was right, you always find what you were searching for the minute you stop looking.
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect vintage deviled egg plate for some time now. It might seem a bit superfluous but, to any Southern hostess, these platters seem to be a right of passage of sorts. They’re charming, nostalgic, and just plain useful. With a flat platter one runs the risk of having those little beauties topple and turn smearing their delicious filling all over. It’s a Southern tragedy, to be sure.
I had dreams of showing off my new-to-me vintage egg plate at this weekend’s Easter lunch, but as time ticked by I realized it wasn’t in the cards this year. I could have easily run up to a few of my favorite kitchen stores like Sur la Table or Williams-Sonoma, but I was looking for something vintage, something special.
Lo and behold, this morning when scouring Replacements.com for extra dinner plates in my china pattern, I stumbled upon just what I had been looking for. It’s a Franciscan Sculpted Deviled Egg Plate in Desert Rose, a popular pattern that was manufactured from 1941 to 1984. It’s just floral enough to signal the season, without being too feminine as to seem out of place anywhere outside of a bridal shower. While I’m disappointed it won’t be arriving in time for Easter Sunday this year, I’m already counting down the days until next year’s celebration when it will undoubtedly take its place as centerpiece of our table—as it will for many years to come.
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