About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Vintage Violets and Birthday Cake

Birthday cake and vintage china plates

Another year older: Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!

I found these pretty dessert plates with violets on them, February’s birthday flower. Looks like a few white primroses, too, on a white background with gold rims.

This pattern is called Beverly and was made by Aichi China in Japan. I’m not familiar with this maker, though my research shows they have made other floral dinnerware motifs, available through vintage dinnerware outlets.

This pattern is typical of vintage dinnerware designs from the 1950s and 1960s.

Beverly pattern china detail

There are lots of floral dinnerware patterns available among vintage wares. I only found a few plates, so if I wanted to match these, I’d head for secondary marketplaces.

But I might have more fun going after complementary flower motifs, such as daffodils or tulips if I wanted to keep with a spring theme. Or iris and asters if I want to center around the color purple.

A List of Birthday Flowers

January: Carnation

February: Violets

March: Daffodil

April: Daisy or Sweet Pea

May: Lily of the Valley

June: Rose

July: Water Lily, Delphinium or Larkspur

August: Gladiolus or Poppy

September: Aster or Morning Glory

October: Marigold or Calendula

November: Chrysanthemum

December: Poinsettia or Holly

There are variations of this list online, but these would get you started if you decide to look for some vintage china featuring birthday flowers.

Some flowers are easier to find than others. Roses are very popular. Some rose-themed patterns have been made for decades, making it easy to collect an entire service for 12 if that is your wish.

It would also be possible to have an entire set composed of a variety of rose motifs of several different china designs.

A flower garden of dishes, any way you want.

Floral birthday cake detail

Then just ask your local bakery to decorate a cake with your choice of blooms in icing, and your birthday party will be pretty, and sweet!

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Chop Platters Round and Sweet

Mikasa platter with Valentine treats

It’s so much fun to use vintage dishes for display pieces to show off some special holiday treats.

I went straight to my collection to find a sleek, modern plate to show some pretty Valentine goodies. I love to use my vintage favorites, like these platters. They are beautiful, and really personalize a creative table setting.

I wanted to use this particular chop platter to go with the pink Valentine’s Day cookies.

This Mikasa platter, in the vintage Tivoli pattern, is a simple, sleek style, and the china has a nice weight for its size. The blue and avocado . . . → Read More: Chop Platters Round and Sweet

Grab a Snack in Vintage Style

Corningware snack bowl and plate

Having an old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich, or that favorite chicken noodle soup?

Summer or winter, these foods are simple and easy, snacks you may remember from childhood.

And if you are in a certain age bracket, you might remember the Grab It bowl or Snack It plate shown here.

Velveeta cheese or Campbell’s soup: Do they taste better when you serve them on vintage dishes?

Corningware dishes like these remain popular after many years, though they are discontinued. If you’re a garage sale or thrift store shopper, you will find these pieces in the secondary marketplaces.

This bowl and . . . → Read More: Grab a Snack in Vintage Style

Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Vintage china dessert plate with cheesecake

Vintage china featuring a rose motif is a classic choice for Christmas and wintertime entertaining.

The colors are traditional. Designs that feature shiny metallic rims add bling, as do the gold rim and verge line on this petite dessert plate.

The Sweet Briar pattern by Princess makes dessert even sweeter. This is a vintage pattern dating back to the 1950s, and is still available in secondary marketplaces. The high quality ware was made in the USA.

The timeless design makes this one worth seeking out, especially if you like traditional or floral table settings.

I’m serving cheesecake on this . . . → Read More: Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Fire King Swirl – Vintage Classic

Anchor Glass 22K gold

This white glass dinnerware with golden edges is my newest collection. I found several pieces within days of each other, in thrift shops in the area.

Was it a sign?

This Swirl pattern reminds me of days long ago, eating egg sandwiches around the kitchen table. I liked the pieces, and the memories.

This dinnerware is part of the Fire King line by Anchor Hocking. These dishes can go in the oven, but not the microwave, due to the metallic decoration. The edges are highlighted by 22 Karat gold.

This is classic 1950s dinnerware.

I was happy to find . . . → Read More: Fire King Swirl – Vintage Classic

7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

How to make a list of only a few special patterns? This is a challenge.

I decided to review prior posts that have gotten the most comments so far, over the 8+ years that I’ve been writing on Diary of a Dishie.

I enjoyed this review of favorite wares. It was like stopping by a friend’s house for a chat to catch up on things!

You might like these, too. Just pour a cup of coffee or tea, and read on as you wish.

Readers had a lot to say about long-time favorites like these:

Federalist by Sears. This . . . → Read More: 7 Vintage Dinnerware Favorites

Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

Glass party set Orchard Crystal

When my grandmother’s estate was settled, I got her party dishes. That was what we called them: three boxes of glassware snack sets, in an unknown pattern by Orchard Crystal, a total of 12 sets.

The plain boxes, somewhat the worse for wear, did not attract anyone’s eye, but I knew what they were.

It’s not that us kids got to use these dishes, however.

My grandmother used her glass party dishes when she hosted card parties in the afternoon with her “club.” This was her special group of church women who met at each others’ houses once a . . . → Read More: Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

Corelle mug Shadow Iris

Corelle dinnerware has been popular since its early days in 1970.

At our house, Corelle is the workhorse dinnerware we use first every day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We use it to serve food just cooked, as well as warming leftovers in the microwave. We like the Country Morn pattern.

Corelle is practical, hands down.

Here’s a list of reasons why we like Corelle, and others do, too:

Stylish – the Corelle line includes many patterns as well as plain white wares. It’s easy to build a matching set, or mix and match. Durable – this dinnerware . . . → Read More: 7 Reasons Why Corelle Keeps Its Popularity

A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

Vintage glassware Swedish Modern

Shiny glass in gold or amber is just right to give some extra pizzazz to your dinner table for the coming holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not so far away on the calendar.

If glassware in gold is not on your permanent shopping list, now is a good time to add it as you hunt for other vintage items, online and in secondhand stores.

I like glass myself, because it’s easy to find (at least, as vintage items go) and flexible to use along with plates, bowls and other dinnerware pieces. It is also generally . . . → Read More: A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Salem china candle holders

It’s time to plan for holiday dinnerware, especially if you’re using vintage patterns. The special pieces you want to use for your menu, and to enhance your table setting, can take time to find.

These candle holders in the Noel pattern by Salem (made in Japan) are the kind of sweet little addition to add charm to your holiday table setting.

The applied pattern – a Christmas tree with toys and packages tucked below – is used on some other vintage dinnerware patterns. This means you can mix and match them with other, similar holiday patterns, or any pattern . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

Vintage Glass Chip and Dip Set

Anchor Hocking glass chip and dip set

I love it when I find vintage glassware in the original box. This chip and dip set by Anchor Hocking was mine as soon as I saw it.

Its first use at our house: a treat to use for serving some salsa and chips. The larger bowl is especially generous in size, to hold a lot of chips at once.

The pattern is called Country Estate, and it’s in avocado green.

Online sleuthing shows that this set was also made in honey gold, and there are some other pieces in the pattern out there, such as candle holders.

I’d . . . → Read More: Vintage Glass Chip and Dip Set

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