Well, mostly vintage. The Fiesta mug in the upper left is about 10 years old. The beauty of this dinnerware is its vintage look, but you can buy them in quantity.
This peacock blue would be great on your Easter dinner table. And there are lots of other colors in Fiesta that work for a beautiful and colorful table setting for Easter, spring and summer holidays and other kinds of parties.
The cup and saucer is true vintage: the Vision pattern by Iroquois, designed by Ben Seibel. What a cute place setting for a Mid-Century Modern fan. Wrap up . . . → Read More: Easter Eggs – Vintage China
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.
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 . . . → Read More: All About the Green – Vintage Tableware
A question from a reader, Beck, prompts this post. Do you ever see dishes in the marketplace that look a lot like your favorite pattern?
And, when you flip, you see a frilly scroll mark with “made in China” under it.
Probably not the match to grandma’s china.
I’ve seen this kind of mark on dishes a number of times in my travels. I’ve never bought them, though they look perfectly fine.
When I want my favorite patterns and brands, I know the marks to look for.
Beck’s grandma’s china reminded me of a Noritake pattern that I’ve seen, . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Look Alikes
Hello Spring is the name of a vintage Noritake dinnerware pattern, from the 1970s. It’s funky and chunky, representative of the full-on design sensibility of that era. We call it retro these days.
The yellow flower especially makes me feel happy. I also enjoy the handcrafted feel of the stoneware, along with the big, orange tulip and purple accent flower.
This kind of dinnerware is heavy, but it will give grounding to any table setting build around its weight and color scheme. Bold pieces hold their own in any style, or in an eclectic and creative combo.
Hello Spring pieces . . . → Read More: Welcome Spring With Vintage Noritake China
Cherry Thieves is a vintage Johnson Brothers china pattern from the late 1960s. It features birds and cherries, on stylized tree branches.
A reader, Priya, wrote to me about this pattern, and I’ve been looking into it ever since. I’ve never found this pattern, though I have had a similar one from the Johnson Brothers’ Old Granite line.
Here’s the question: what can one do to pull together a charming table setting, without more dinnerware in the same pattern?
Start With The Goal In Mind
Take your color and shape cues from the Cherry Thieves pattern, and decide how eclectic . . . → Read More: Complementing Vintage Dinnerware – Cherry Thieves
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
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
When I’m scouting for vintage glassware, the retro green and golden amber colors stand out strong on the shelf.
They are distinctive and bold, and work well with contemporary table settings based on an autumn color palette, as well as those built around other vivid colors.
Some of the vintage glassware patterns that were made in these colors:
Eldorado was originally made by Hazel Atlas, before and after the acquisition by Continental Can in the 1950s. The tall tumblers in the photo are in gold. Eldorado was also made in an olive green. They have raised dots on the inside. . . . → Read More: Vintage Glassware | Fall Colors
When you want to get more of your favorite vintage dishes, but don’t know the pattern name, what to do? Identifying vintage dinnerware is one of the challenges of using vintage dishes.
Whether you have new-to-you-dishes, or a family heirloom set, getting more of a pattern you cherish can be complicated when you don’t have a pattern name.
Recently I saw an article about a woman in Philadelphia, known for being a taste-setter in her area. The article showed that she used many modern elements in her style, with the addition of vintage dinnerware from her husband’s family.
Then . . . → Read More: Identifying Vintage Dinnerware Tips
I’m a longtime fan of the design style called shabby chic. Whether you call it vintage, mix and match or romantic, this is a lovely way to set your table and decorate your home.
There are many, many vintage dinnerware patterns that fit into this style.
I remember watching Rachel Ashwell on one of the cable home channels more than 10 years ago. She is a well-known English designer, creator of the shabby chic style, and author of several books on decorating in this style. She has a new book coming out this fall, Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Places.
. . . → Read More: Shabby Chic | Vintage Style