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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Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

The cake is eaten, the dishes washed. It was a lovely birthday cake, and delicious, too.

I asked the bakery to use the motif and colors of the dinnerware as inspiration for the cake, and they did a wonderful job (thanks, Adam’s Cake Shop!).

The plate is from the Meadow pattern by Corelle, which I’ve written about several times before. It’s just the right note right now, for the coming spring season, with its pretty soft colors.

The ware was made for about 10 years, from the 1970s into the 1980s.

As far as I can tell, this Meadow . . . → Read More: Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

oval ceramic dish handcrafted

I’ve been in the grocery store a lot lately, and seen ladies with their lists, checking off the items they need for their holiday party menus.

(Sorry guys. I know some of you plan, too.)

They are planning for the food they’ll serve for special days coming soon: Thanksgiving and Christmas among them.

I wonder if they are planning for their dinnerware and serving pieces as much as the cooking.

I’ll bet many of them are.

Having the right dinnerware and serving pieces is all part of pulling off an enjoyable holiday dinner. (Planners know the benefits of forethought. Some . . . → Read More: Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

Halloween – Bones of a Table Setting

Halloween tableware

Halloween is near, and it’s time to raid the cupboards for some dishes to use as the “bones” of your table setting, whether for a dinner, a party, or a casual snack.

The bulk of your table setting – the plates, cups and bowls – can be as close as your kitchen.

One of our dinnerware patterns is the graphic, black and white City Lines or City Block by Corelle. It’s dinnerware we use every day.

This pattern was introduced about 10 years ago, and is still available. We like it for its versatility and clean lines.

Black, white, or . . . → Read More: Halloween – Bones of a Table Setting

A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

green glass pickle dish

When I see a glass pickle dish on the shelf, in a thrift store or perhaps at a sale, I have to look at it. I’m three-quarters of the way to buying it before I even pick it up.

I love these things, because I love to use them to serve pickles – for holiday parties, buffet dinners and other celebrations through the year.

Pickles take me back to times gone by. We would always have a relish tray for special events. Besides pickles, these would include some combination of deviled eggs, carrot and celery sticks, olives, radishes or . . . → Read More: A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

Time to Enjoy a Halloween Table Setting

Halloween dishes and candy

Whether you’re serving candy corn or pizza, some colorful dishes can bring sparkle to your table for Halloween, and for parties on the day or the weekend after.

It’s also an opportunity, once again, to play with mix and match table setting ideas.

Here I’ve brought in my very favorite Poultrygeist mug. He turns up around here in the strangest places, and not just on Halloween. Could there really be a ghost in the china?

The glass compote is vintage, in the King’s Crown or Thumbprint pattern, made by Indiana, Wright, US Glass and others. This example is plain . . . → Read More: Time to Enjoy a Halloween Table Setting

Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

Elegant china Noritake Sakura pattern

Why I won’t have a Downton Abbey dinnerware set, but you might want to.

I like mixing my collection of vintage dinnerware and glassware, to create different table settings. That doesn’t mean I don’t use classic china dishes, just that my party style is eclectic.

One important element of an authentic Downton Abbey table is that all the china match. Each place setting would have all the right pieces to serve any menu, literally from soup bowls to nut dishes.

And the ware would be made from bone china, not just ordinary porcelain.

Any glassware, flatware and other pieces would . . . → Read More: Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

Diary of a Dishie Birthday 5 Years Old

Birthday cake Diary of a Dishie

Any reason for a birthday party, and a decorated birthday cake to go with it!

The birthday blog gets a cake, even if we have to eat it on its behalf. Someone has to.

I like to look for the plates that will go with this year’s birthday cake, and then get cake decorations to go with it. Or you could go the other direction, depending on your birthday party theme.

There’s a simple formula that works for many events: choose your theme, choose your color palette, then get the dinnerware and decorations to support the look and feel you . . . → Read More: Diary of a Dishie Birthday 5 Years Old

Serving Thanksgiving Dinner | Repurpose Me

Last minute preparations for tomorrow’s Turkey Day. Serving Thanksgiving dinner and found you need an extra, or different, serving piece?

Repurpose the china serving pieces that might be in the back of the cabinet, Use what you have, mix and match with other pieces.

These extra pieces can come in handy when there’s a last-minute change or addition to your menu as well.

Little-used dinnerware serving pieces will help you get the meal served, and create an eclectic setting for your table or buffet.

Mix and match serving pieces to fit your menu

Round platters – also called chop platters. . . . → Read More: Serving Thanksgiving Dinner | Repurpose Me

Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

Deviled eggs on Hartstone egg plate Rustic Apple

Who would have thought, a National Deviled Egg Day, devoted to one of the most popular appetizers ever to make it to a Midwest holiday feast?

We always had deviled eggs at home, at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter especially, and for other special family gatherings, too. Couldn’t put them out too early, though, because they would start disappearing well before dinner time.

I never knew there weren’t special plates made to serve them, because this dish was so popular in my world growing up.

When it comes to the best deviled egg plates, the more spaces the better. My mother . . . → Read More: Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

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

Halloween Dinnerware Colors | Poultrygeist Returns

Halloween colors in dishes and glassware

When it comes to Halloween dinnerware colors, the selection is broader than you may think.

The plan usually starts with traditional orange and black, of course. Pumpkins and bats — it wouldn’t be Halloween without them.

In more recent years, purple and lime green have been added to the palette.

Fall dinnerware colors in the brown, gold, rust and cream range can be used as a neutral background, to set off a quirky and spooky Halloween table setting theme.

I’ve written about my favorite Poultrygeist Halloween mug before. I just smile every time I see the funky mystery rooster, ready . . . → Read More: Halloween Dinnerware Colors | Poultrygeist Returns

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