Another year older: Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie!
I found these pretty dessert plates with violets on them, February’s birthday flower. Looks like a few white primroses, too, on a white background with gold rims.
This pattern is called Beverly and was made by Aichi China in Japan. I’m not familiar with this maker, though my research shows they have made other floral dinnerware motifs, available through vintage dinnerware outlets.
This pattern is typical of vintage dinnerware designs from the 1950s and 1960s.
There are lots of floral dinnerware patterns available among vintage wares. I only found . . . → Read More: Vintage Violets and Birthday Cake
Having an old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich, or that favorite chicken noodle soup?
Summer or winter, these foods are simple and easy, snacks you may remember from childhood.
And if you are in a certain age bracket, you might remember the Grab It bowl or Snack It plate shown here.
Velveeta cheese or Campbell’s soup: Do they taste better when you serve them on vintage dishes?
Corningware dishes like these remain popular after many years, though they are discontinued. If you’re a garage sale or thrift store shopper, you will find these pieces in the secondary marketplaces.
This bowl and . . . → Read More: Grab a Snack in Vintage Style
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 add charm to your holiday table setting.
The applied pattern – a Christmas tree with toys and packages tucked below – is used on some other vintage dinnerware patterns. This means you can mix and match them with other, similar holiday patterns, or any pattern . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Christmas Toys
Dinnerware that shouts Retro: china in the Mediterrania product line by Mikasa qualifies. Perhaps it even sets the standard.
This salad plate in the Desert Flower pattern is a cheerful yellow, and bold. If you’re a fan of 1970s style, or mixing it up with a bohemian flair, this dinnerware is worth seeking out in vintage marketplaces and secondhand stores.
The product line includes patterns in white and a color, including black, avocado green, espresso brown, blue, gold, pink and burnt orange. There are also patterns such as Blue Bird, Petals, Capri, Dominique, Rick Rack, Tiny Bubbles and Genie.
. . . → Read More: Mikasa Mediterrania Retro Classic
Grandma’s vintage Christmas platter can do extra duty as holiday décor, if you don’t need to use it to serve your special dinner.
This platter by Fine China of Japan (circa 1980s) can be the basis for a centerpiece using natural elements, like greenery, ornaments made from walnuts, and frosted tree pretzels.
The platter pattern (so far unnamed) is similar to Holly Holiday and Holly Yuletide, by the same maker. The salad plate is from the Heritage Collection by Better Homes and Gardens. Perhaps a future vintage classic?
The painted gourd luminary was handmade by an Etsy seller, Create . . . → Read More: Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas
Bohemian style features your collections and almost anything that you have an eye for. If you like it, and especially if you like to use it, just about any tableware or kitchen accessory, in many different kinds of materials, can be part of your eclectic stash for setting a bohemian style table.
Some vintage tableware accessories you may wish to collect:
California pottery. These pieces of serving ware will catch your attention, once you see a few of them. The green Wade three part server, with a top for one section and decorated with ceramic fruits, is one . . . → Read More: Vintage Tableware for Bohemian Style
Why should pie have all the fun?
Blueberries are in season, and these scones are easy to make. Quick to bake, too, so the house doesn’t heat up.
And, I get a chance to use one of my vintage favorites: a pie plate in the Lancaster pattern by Syracuse, vintage china from the 1950s.
If you like hand painted charm and folk patterns, this could be one for your vintage shopping list.
I like them for their generous size, too, about 9 inches in diameter.
I’ve written about these Syracuse china pie plates before.
As for my scones, I . . . → Read More: Blueberry Scones Vintage Syracuse China
I’m looking for a few pieces of the Starburst pattern to add to my collection. This is vintage dinnerware from the 1950s and 1960s, with an “atomic” star motif.
Think Space Age, Mid-Century Modern, and Mad Men.
The shapes are a bit of a twist: not quite round plates and triangular for the tray that holds the salt and pepper shakers.
So far, I’ve purchased a vintage magazine ad from a ladies publication of the time. It shows off the china in a contemporary table setting.
This ware was made for about 12 years, between the mid-50s and mid-60s. Yet . . . → Read More: Starburst Search Vintage Franciscan China
Earth Day is every day when you continue using your vintage china and glassware!
Most dinnerware is not recyclable, nor is broken glass or Pyrex.
Yet you can keep using those old dishes and glasses in different ways to jazz up your table setting, made up eclectic table settings, or just enjoy the style of something from decades past.
Of course, if you’re using vintage dishes to serve food, choose only those pieces that are in good condition. The cracked, crazed or chipped pieces (in most cases) can be garden ornaments, planters or the container for a floral arrangement . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day
I have a trifle dish, but where? So I decided to make this fruity dessert in a vintage salad bowl.
I think the bowl shows off the cool dessert, and is something of a conversation piece for those like me who are interested in vintage glassware.
This bowl has a swirl edge and panels, and overall is square shaped. It’s not marked, and so far has eluded identification of a pattern and maker.
Based on the color, I’ll place it in the 1970s. The shape could put it into a later decade. In any case, old enough to be . . . → Read More: A Trifle Tweaked in a Vintage Glass Bowl