Charming Vintage Bread Servers to Delight Your Guests

Once you start looking, there are lots of charming vintage bread servers to delight your guests in secondary marketplaces. I went shopping and found three in short order. When you go out, be sure to look at the bottom shelves at the secondhand store, where platters, chop plates and trays tend to collect. (If you’re […]

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Christmas Tree dessert tray by Spode

I Shop Vintage Christmas in July

Vintage shopping for Christmas in July? No problem! I had a great time visiting just three of my favorite thrift stores to see what I could find to add to my collection of holiday dinnerware. Why should new goods shoppers have Christmas in July all to themselves? I have noticed that some thrift stores create […]

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Vintage Salem china candle holders

Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys

  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 […]

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birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

  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 […]

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oval ceramic dish handcrafted

Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

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 […]

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Retro green glass pickle or relish dish

A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

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 […]

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Halloween dishes and candy

Time to Enjoy a Halloween Table Setting

  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 […]

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Elegant china Noritake Sakura pattern

Are Downton Abbey Dishes Your Style?

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 […]

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Birthday cake Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie Birthday 5 Years Old

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 […]

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Serving Thanksgiving Dinner | Repurpose Me

Are you making last minute preparations for upcoming Thanksgiving feast? Are you serving a big meal and found you need an extra, or different, serving piece? To solve this problem, you can often repurpose the china serving pieces that might be in the back of the cabinet, using what you have, to mix and match […]

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Deviled eggs on Hartstone egg plate Rustic Apple

Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

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 […]

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