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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China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

If you’re a coffee drinker, can you ever have too many china coffee mugs? I’m thinking about the stoneware kind, though there are lots of other kinds to use, to enjoy your cup of Joe.

I like tea and coffee. It depends on the menu, and the situation. Yesterday was National Coffee Day, but who needs an excuse to get out favorite coffee mugs and have another cup!

A Gallery of Coffee Mugs

Photos left to right, first the top row, then the lower row.

Taylor and Ng cats mug, vintage 1970s. They made many different patterns, usually signed in . . . → Read More: China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

Missoni Dinnerware Table Setting | Colorful Ideas

You had to have it. Making a Missoni dinnerware table setting, how bold it that! This dinnerware is meant to make a statement.

This dinnerware was designed exclusively for Target and was an immediate hit when it was launched on September 13. So popular, that it could be hard to get enough of any one type to put together a table setting (check for Missoni for Target dinnerware in marketplaces like Amazon and eBay).

Also, the piece types are limited: salad plates, dinner plates, cereal bowls and tumblers that coordinate.

Not that the pieces match in the traditional sense. This . . . → Read More: Missoni Dinnerware Table Setting | Colorful Ideas

Vintage Glass Retro Style | Soreno Green

Soreno green glass snack sets Vintage

Green glassware can mix and match with lots of different tableware patterns, both glass and china. Vintage glass in the Soreno Green pattern by Anchor Hocking was created in the late 1960s and has classic retro style that is still relevant to today’s table settings.

This pattern was made in multiple colors, in addition to the avocado or olive green. These include clear glass, clear iridescent, aquamarine and amber gold. These colors can mix with each other as well.

The line also included a number of piece types. Standard drinking glassware such as tumblers, juice and old fashioned . . . → Read More: Vintage Glass Retro Style | Soreno Green

Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

We get lots of gloomy days in Michigan. One way to brighten them, mix and match dinnerware pieces from the cupboards. Playing with dishes is always fun…

I started with the smaller plate, Marion by Meyer. This is vintage restaurant ware. In weight it’s close to stoneware. This service-ready china is very practical, and this pattern fits well with my “every color as long as it’s blue” dinnerware obsession.

Grilled cheese sandwich, hear I come. This plate goes on top, to help the cheese melt as I cook it in the skillet.

The larger plate is Provincal Sky by Lenox. . . . → Read More: Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

China Gravy Boats | Repurpose Me

My china gravy boats tend to drift to the back of my china cabinet, and I’m betting that yours do, too. Meat gravy, to serve over potatoes, has gone the way of the meat and potatoes meal, less common than in past decades.

Gravy boats are also called sauce boats or servers. The functionality of these serving pieces can be applied in other ways in your table setting, to serve the sauces that appear in menus today, with a little creativity.

Use your gravy boat to serve other foods

Salad dressings. If you have two or three choices, different complementary . . . → Read More: China Gravy Boats | Repurpose Me

Blue and White Dinnerware | Perpetual Popularity

Blue is a restful color. Add white and look sharp!

Blue and white dinnerware can go formal or casual, to convey a simple charm to your table setting: calm, cool and classic.

Choose a dinnerware maker, and look for their patterns that incorporate blue. You’ll find hundreds of china patterns based on a blue, or blue and white color scheme.

I’ve written about blue and white dishes before. They always have a special place in my heart…and my china cabinet! They are ongoing favorites to use and enjoy among my dish collection. (My favorite Summer Chintz pattern china has a . . . → Read More: Blue and White Dinnerware | Perpetual Popularity

Glass Relish Dishes and China for Serving Pickles

glass and china pickle or relish dishes

Glass relish dishes, and china ones, too, have been a mainstay of holiday dinner tables for many years. Because, you need them to serve the pickles!

At home, we always had a relish tray for any holiday or special occasion. Pickles and deviled eggs were favorites on the menu.

A relish tray can include lots of different finger foods. The choices include pickles (sweet or dill, homemade or commercial) in all shapes and flavors. Then there’s pickled watermelon rind, cocktail onions, radishes, carrot and celery sticks, olives, dilly beans, pickled beets – you get the idea.

And that doesn’t include . . . → Read More: Glass Relish Dishes and China for Serving Pickles

Serve Jam in Style | Mustard, Too

This harvest season, serve jam in style, whether you made it yourself, found it at a local farm market, or enjoy the products of your favorite commercial maker.

Glass jam jars are pretty to use for serving jelly and honey, too. These are making a comeback on home breakfast and dinner tables, as people do more home preserving. Making your own jam is an easy way to learn these skills, as well as to control the contents of your food.

Jam jars with tops can hold a family-size quantity of beautiful fruit jam, jelly or honey. Open style jam serving . . . → Read More: Serve Jam in Style | Mustard, Too

One of a Kind Dinnerware Find | Table Setting Inspiration

One of a kind dinnerware pieces can inspire an entire table setting theme, or even a whole room’s decor. If you love it, there will be ways to fit that piece into your china collection, to use and joy the unique piece.

Scouting last week, I found a darling china dinner plate in the Strawberry Plaid pattern by Oneida. Just one.

A plate like this presents lots of possibilities for use as part of an eclectic table setting, and can even become the focal point, as well as a favorite.

Color: There are lots of colors to pick and choose . . . → Read More: One of a Kind Dinnerware Find | Table Setting Inspiration

Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

When it comes to vintage wedding dinnerware, there are lots of ways to create a wedding using it, to incorporate this china into the plans surrounding your special day.

I think that meaning is the single most important factor. How does the dinnerware fit with the theme, or even form the basis for the theme?

Considerations for choosing vintage dinnerware

Motif: a certain flower, a garden theme, nautical or lighthouse designs – any of these can be found on dinnerware, and used as part of the wedding celebration if they are relevant to the bride or groom Colors: a favorite . . . → Read More: Vintage Wedding Dinnerware | A New Tradition

Green and Yellow Vintage Dinnerware | Cheerful Wedding Colors

There are lots of choices when it comes to green and yellow vintage dinnerware sets.

Floral motifs, abstract and geometric patterns – with so many pleasing tones in these colors, dish designers have made them long-time favorites.

So, it was no surprise when looking through the real weddings on the vintage wedding blog Ruffled, I saw a lot of occasions where green and yellow figured into the color scheme.

Check these links for a few examples:

Romantic Chic Atlanta Wedding Yellow New Mexico Wedding Green and Yellow Rustic Wedding from California

Those bright and sunny colors provide lots of options . . . → Read More: Green and Yellow Vintage Dinnerware | Cheerful Wedding Colors

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