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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Pie Serving Plates | Enjoy a Big Slice

Corning ware pie dish

Pie lovers are very loyal to their favorite flavors. Pie serving plates are made specifically to enjoy a large slice, especially served with ice cream. Some of them are flat like regular plates, generally in the 8 to 9 inch diameter size.

I’ve written about a favorite pie plate made by Syracuse a while back.

By pie serving plates, I mean the kind that have sides, similar to the kind of dish that a pie is baked in, but made specifically for serving.

These are made for serving up a generous piece of pie, perhaps warming it in the . . . → Read More: Pie Serving Plates | Enjoy a Big Slice

McRib Meets Vintage Corelle

McRib sandwich vintage Corelle plate Meadow

I like to use my vintage Corelle, and the right time is anytime. Bringing home my first McRib sandwich. Enjoy sandwich and dinnerware at the same time.

I’ve written about using my vintage Corelle plate in the Meadow pattern before. Today, it was for a cult classic, the McDonald’s McRib sandwich. I’d never had one before.

There’s a lot of buzz right now about this barbeque pork sandwich. McDonald’s locations don’t have it available all the time (except in Germany). Yet it has lots of fans. Enough that there’s even a website devoted to finding it, when the various franchisees . . . → Read More: McRib Meets Vintage Corelle

White China Soup Bowls | Pasta With Bacon

pasta dish in white bowl

White china soup bowls are versatile to use when serving chili, casseroles and other foods, too.

Many cooks and chefs like white because they show off the food to good advantage. And as they say, we eat with our eyes.

In the September 2011 issue of Everyday Food, I saw a recipe for Pasta and Bacon with Smoky Tomato Sauce. I knew I was so making this.

I had most of the ingredients, and what really sold me — besides that it was an easy recipe — was that it includes cavatappi as the pasta. This shape is curly . . . → Read More: White China Soup Bowls | Pasta With Bacon

Fiesta China Color Fest For Table Setting

Fiesta china mugs Dancing jugs

Lovers of Fiesta china color were getting their fix at the Homer Laughlin tent sale this past weekend.

The company holds an annual tent sale at the factory in Newell, West Virginia. Fiesta collectors come from far and near to get pieces in their chosen colors.

Table setting with Fiesta offers thousands of possibilities with more than 12 colors in the “older” Fiesta rainbow and more than 25 in the “newer” color collection.

Peacock blue is one of the newer colors, like the mug I included in this post.

Most of the dinnerware is solid color, though there are examples . . . → Read More: Fiesta China Color Fest For Table Setting

Halloween Dinnerware | Classic Black and Orange

Halloween dessert plates designed by Debbie Mumm

Colorful Halloween dessert plates by Sakura are one example of the cutest Halloween dinnerware. Designed by Debbie Mumm, they have special, spooky charm.

The Haunted House pattern dates from around 2000, before purple and lime green had gained so much popularity as colors for Halloween decorating. My favorite Poultrygeist mug was made more recently, and works in those colors.

When I found these plates this week, I knew what those guys feel like on Antiques Roadshow, when they get to see something live and in-person, that they might never see again.

The checkered pattern in the rims reminds me of . . . → Read More: Halloween Dinnerware | Classic Black and Orange

Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

Retro Mikasa china Bokhara pattern

In one of the prior economic downturns, in the mid-1970s, bold colorful dinnerware was also in fashion.

A friend gave me some old home decorating magazines from the 1960s and 1970s, days I remember well.

It was fascinating going through them, looking at the designer rooms, tableware displays, and the advertising from those decades.

I couldn’t help notice the similarities to some of the most modern dinnerware from the present, such as the Missoni for Target dinnerware that I wrote about recently.

Everything Old Is New Again

One vintage dinnerware pattern from the 1970s is Bokhara by Mikasa. This china . . . → Read More: Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

Table Setting Charm in Apple China Patterns

Franciscan Apple Pie bowl

Vintage and new dinnerware sets show the long-term appeal of apple china patterns!

Some patterns go with red, as you’d expect. Others focus on green apples. And there are versions that have both red and green pieces to mix and match in your table setting.

One example, the Apple Pie pattern by Franciscan (see thumbnail photo below).

Apples on dishes make a perfect motif to use as the centerpiece of a fall harvest party or Sunday dinner.

Dishes with this design mix together with other fruit-pattern dinnerware sets for a pretty and colorful table setting any time of year.

Compare . . . → Read More: Table Setting Charm in Apple China Patterns

Vintage Kitchen Prayer Plates | Decorating Charm

Your china collection doesn’t have to be limited to pieces for the table top. Vintage kitchen prayer plates, designed for display on the wall, offer charm and inspiration.

These were made for decorating a kitchen or dining room, especially those in styles based on traditional or country themes.

Big ones, small ones, souvenir versions, with all kinds of kitchen images, these plates were intended only for hanging on the wall, never for serving food.

Even so, table settings can also be based on the colors and motifs found in these captivating china plates, if you wish.

Artmark is one of . . . → Read More: Vintage Kitchen Prayer Plates | Decorating Charm

Quilt Motif Dinnerware | Sweet for Mix and Match Table Setting

You don’t have to be using a country theme table setting to enjoy quilt motif dinnerware. But you could!

A table setting based on a quilt theme can reach into classic and traditional themes based on Early American styles. Or it can harmonize with modern designs, in sleek shapes and stylish colors.

It can be subtle, or full of bold color.

There are dinnerware patterns that draw directly from quilt patterns any quilter will recognize. Inspiration to mix and match with table linens and complementary china dinnerware sets, to make a memorable table setting.

Birthday party for a quilter, for . . . → Read More: Quilt Motif Dinnerware | Sweet for Mix and Match Table Setting

More Missoni Table Setting Ideas

I couldn’t stop playing with the dishes, so I came up with some more Missoni table setting ideas.

Missoni for Target dinnerware provides lots and lots of table setting inspiration.

I used a salad plate in the Passione pattern, purple family colors, big chunks of raspberry and white in between the center color bands.

Continuing from my last post, Missoni Dinnerware Table Setting Ideas, which focused on bold colors and square shapes, I fiddled around some more.

This time, I tried softer colors, predominately white palettes.

I tend to go for the monochromatic color schemes in table setting. And there . . . → Read More: More Missoni Table Setting Ideas

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