All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

retro glassware and Corelle

When it comes to St. Patrick Day’s (and other "green" holidays), if your dinner table is wearing green today, you have a lot of choices in vintage dinnerware and glassware. These are just a few examples.

vintage Corelle and glass

Just choose your favorites. Greens are easy to mix and match.

Green also works for Easter, and for the spring season in general. If it’s your favorite color, so much the better!

(I just couldn’t resist the green Peep!)

In the photo, I have a Corelle salad plate in the Spring Blossom pattern, with a border of green flowers along the edge. This is one of the original 1970s patterns, when Corning first launched the Corelle line, and it remains popular among those who remember it from childhood, or young married days when it was their first dinnerware in a new home.

(Okay, maybe in your case, it was grandma’s dinnerware.)

This is the retro green that many of us remember from those years.

Gorgeous Green Glassware

The three-part relish is in the Georgian pattern by Anchor Hocking, also from the 1970s. I have a weakness for this kind of glassware. These pieces are pretty common in the secondary marketplaces because they were less-often used, and therefore survived.

These dishes work great for modern table settings, to serve pickles, nuts, mints, or other small items that you might be including in your menu, whether for a sit-down dinner or a buffet.

Search under avocado or olive green if you’re seeking them online, to describe this color green. It’s not quite the same as Forest Green, which is near the center of the green spectrum, as it varies between the yellow and blue ends. Avocado green will look more yellow than Forest Green, when comparing the two.

The glass leaf dish in the Pebble Leaf pattern by Indiana Glass is another favorite pattern of mine. This is the “true” Depression glass green shade. Very springy and sweet. (The green doesn’t make it old, but if it’s not this color, then it can be vintage, but not likely to be from the Depression era.)

This pattern was also made in the 1970s, and you will find pieces in the avocado green as well as other colors.

The only new piece in this photo is the creamer. It’s in the Cherry Thumbprint pattern by Mosser of Ohio. I’m a fan of this glassware, too, because it can bring vintage style to lots of table settings, it’s well-made and charming.

And because they’re new pieces, they can be used without fear of breaking grandma’s real antiques.

retro glassware and Corelle

Any of these patterns will help your table setting wear green, today or every day, and a good corned beef dinner.

This kind of vintage glassware and dinnerware has a standing invitation on my permanent shopping list!


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