Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Breakfast Savoir Faire

Ok, I admit it! I am a creature of habit, and there are some things I do everyday, and having breakfast is one of them. Nutritionalists tell us it is the most important meal of the day and I am up there with them on that.

So what china do I eat my breakfast off? Villeroy and Boch’s Acapulco! This is definitely a breakfast service. I wouldn’t serve dinner on it as I think food would get lost in the patterned dinner plate, but for breakfast it is perfect.

The Acapulco pattern was inspired by colourful Mexican styled prints, with the birds and flowers originally used (to great success) by the company in 1977. This was so indicative of the 70’s and I think would have been quite at home even in the 1960’s. I love the bright colours and the stylised plant and bird motifs used, and they are a great start to any day. The overall shape is one of paired down simplicity, which allows bowls and cups to be stacked on top of each other as cylinders, saving on storage place in your cupboards.

Of course with changing times and tastes the pattern fell out of favour and Villeroy and Boch re issued it in the early 90’s with the colours somewhat muted which was not a success. They have since changed the shape completely and enlarged the patterns. My only comment on this is “if it isn’t broke don’t fix it”

So start eating breakfast and do it with some savoir faire on your favourite china!


  1. I love it!! What a wonderful bright happy pattern to wake up to.

  2. I agree...I love the original too. It would be perfect here in El Paso!!

    I wish I could eat breakfast, but I barely function in the morning as it is.

  3. Yes, it is perfect! I have been using it for years, and still love it

  4. I Love them! There's a lovely sophistication in the design and shape, mixed with the cheerful colours they are so unique!

  5. This is a delightful patterned I've admired many times. It reminds me of my pet parrot. When this pattern was in production, it was also made in a slightly heavier quality suitable for commercial/restaurant/ hotel use. I agree that the company shouldn't have changed the design and should stick with the original concept.

    How charming this looks compared with all the made in Asia, clumsey wares currently available in shops like Pottery Barn. Isn't it perfect for sunrooms, breakfast, kitchen nooks, and alfresco? I'm glad to know someone else loves the pattern too!

  6. I love your breakfast pattern! I think what we ingest visually is almost as important as the actual food nutrients - something good for the body and something good for the soul! ... Mark

  7. So true Mark, now this was a post from the past.


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