Monday, May 4, 2015

Blue Monday - Glamorous Blue China

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The White House held an official state dinner this past Tuesday night in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, using the brand new set of china: "Kailua Blue." It's the official china of the Obama administration. With 11-piece settings for 320 people, the china cost $376,000--all paid for by a private fund. Johnny did the math, and that comes to $115 each place setting.

Michelle Obama chose the "Kailua Blue" shade of Blue to reflect the Hawaiian waters where the family spends Christmas vacation. William Allman, the White House curator, said this "modern and fresh" Blue had never been used on White House china.

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In addition, for the first time, individual tureens were added to be used for soup, dessert, or whatever the chef might imagine.

© 2015 Tampa Bay Times

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35 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Lovely blue accents on the dinnerware. Thanks for hosting!

Jim said...

It reminds me of the time Apple named one of their computer colours Bondi Blue after the beach in Sydney.

Annesphamily said...

I love beautiful dinnerware. Thanks for sharing Sally. enjoy a great week!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Sally, thank you for Blue Monday. Today my blue is accessories added to the vintage medicine cabinet.

You find the most interesting facts to share, the official china is very sophisticated. Love the shade of blue.

Joy

Margaret Adamson said...

Looks very posh. Very beautiful .

jeannettestgermain said...

Never thought about is - so do the dishes belong to the Obamas, or to the White house? Have a great 5th of May, Sally!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It's a very pretty China pattern and color, Sally. Happy Blue Monday!

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

Interesting information about the Whitehouse dishes.
Have a lovely week.
Denise

Anni said...

Blue and gold, very elegant!
Happy Blue Monday, Sally!

Anne Seltmann said...

Hello Sally!
But this is a beautiful design!
The information for this is also very interesting.
Have a wonderful Monday!

Greetings
Anne

Gerald (SK14) said...

that's a nice shade of blue

Gayle said...

Thanks for the history of this china---nice blue.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I guess that this is the china only brought out for official occasions. It looks quite smart.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Very gorgeous sets of China. Mr.Abe woud be happy in Washinton D.C.Thanks for your imformation.

Julie Huston said...

I do like the china.

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, Beautiful china in blue and gold. Imagine the cost of this presidential set of dishes. I am sure it makes a beautiful table setting.

This week is our week to sort items for our bazaar in July for missions. Gotta run. It seems like all I do is "run" so to speak. LOL. My sister's birthday party was a great surprise with 34 people here to celebrate. Family only.Fun times.

Happy Blue Monday.
Love, Jeanne

bj said...

Thank you for hosting, Sally.
The new dinnerware is beautiful.

DougPhoto2009 said...

Sally, nice china. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Kay said...

Very pretty pattern, Sally. I love blue in my dining room and kitchen.

Jim said...

Sally, there's a picture of the Bondi Blue iMac computer in the Blue-Green article on wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-green

Ann said...

I really don't think there will ever be a time I dine on such expensive dishes. They are truly lovely though.
Ann

Maria Gagliano said...

I have always loved Blue China

Janet said...

That's a lovely shade of blue. I have always liked blue and white dishes, including my grandmother's!

Leovi - La FotografĂ­a Efectista Abstracta said...

Very nice pictures, some exquisite blue, wonderful dishes!

Jo Ann May said...

Thank you for hosting "Blue Monday". The color blue in the Obama's choice of dishes is pretty, EXPENSIVE! but pretty. So as not to get into any political views and opinions, I'll just say, I've been blessed to travel to Oahu and Maui, and the waters are that beautiful blue!!!! .. smile!!!! :)

Nick Va said...

That's a great dinner service! I feature china in my post today too :-) Thanks for hosting, Sally.

LV said...

Everything is done differently since this family arrived at the whitehouse.

Nick V. said...

Well, you can never have too many plates if you entertain on such a grand scale :-)
Thanks for hosting, Sally.

Jeannie Marie said...

Happy Blue Monday, Sally! The china is indeed a lovely shade of blue! Hope you enjoy all the blue clothing on my tourists!

Simone Weichenhain said...

That`s some lovely china

evasmoodboard said...

Beautiful design; happy Monday :)

Joy H said...

wow that is beautiful! I never knew they had special china made up like that for the president.
Hope your doing well Sally!

Wandering Wren said...

Very lovely, dare I ask whether it can go in the dishwasher? :)
Have a happy Blue Monday Sally
Wren x

AnnA said...

Dear Sally!
Lovely china - what a blues!
I am playing my blue game in these last hours of theis blue monday - much gardening work in springtime.
I hope you will enjoy my blues.
Happy Blue Monday!
best wishes,
AnnA

Glennis said...

Lovely delicate china I like the golden stripe.