Many vintage china patterns are based on the perennial garden favorite flower, roses. No surprise, roses are romantic and feminine. Many of the dinnerware designs that use this motif have a soft, pastel color scheme.
Make roses your theme for mix and match table setting and the possibilities are enormous. Whether you are planning an intimate Valentine's Day tea with a group of close friends, or a birthday party for special friends, a buffet for a wedding shower, or Sunday dinner on Mother's Day, rose-motif dinnerware can serve your purpose well.
All the major china manufacturers have made patterns in the old-fashioned language of flowers, though some of those are now discontinued. The language of roses, based on their colors, can bring a subtle message to your table setting.
- Red is for passion and romantic love
- Pink is for sincere affection and sweet regard
- White is for purity and virtue
- Yellow is for friendship and devotion
The majority of vintage china patterns that feature roses are made in porcelain, fine china or bone china. Choose dishes in one of these high-quality materials for a Valentine's Day ladies tea or luncheon, and plan to use your special china patterns.
Extra or missing pieces of china are widely available in shops and online. Take some photos of your existing pieces to help you shop. This will make it easier to compare those pieces you need to complete the color scheme and theme, as well as those needed to serve particular food and beverages for the number of guests you will have.
If you are just starting your rose china collection, here are some lovely china patterns with roses in the design:
- Romance by Diamond China
- Adela by Mikasa
- Spring Vista by Lenox
- Bellemead by Noritake
- Promise, Bavarian china
- Sweetheart by Arlen
- Ice Rose by Wedgwood
- Snow Rose by Amcrest
- American Rose by Camelot
- Tudor Rose by Style House
Most of these are vintage patterns. They represent only a tiny percentage of the beautiful fine china patterns that you can experiment with to enhance your romantic table setting.
Just mix and match your china and enjoy painting with dishes as a creative outlet. And above all, have a wonderful, beautiful time hosting a special event with family and friends.
Photo: Roses have inspired many dinnerware patterns
Top row: Roses from my garden. Adela by Mikasa sauce boat, detail of Romance by Diamond
Large photo: Tudor Rose by Style House
Center right: Vintage Rose by Waverly
Lower right: Moss Rose by Diamond