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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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Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Christmas platter natural elements

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

Christmas Dinnerware | 3 Top Tips

Christmas dishes Angels Mikasa

It’s never too early to get your Christmas dinnerware ready.

Fall and winter holidays are coming fast. Have your preparations ready ahead of time, and you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the parties and celebrations.

I keep a permanent shopping list, where I write down anything I need for entertaining, as well as gift ideas. This helps me remember, so I can watch for things I want to get when I’m out shopping.

There are many factors to consider when getting ready for holiday entertaining, including the number of guests, the mix of ages, the menu, and the . . . → Read More: Christmas Dinnerware | 3 Top Tips

Shop for Christmas China All Year Round

Three French Hens Mumm dinnerware

My Christmas shopping goes all year round. When the summer garage sale “hunting season” comes around, it’s time to check my list for the things I’ll need for the fall and winter holidays.

One of those items on the shopping list is the 12 Days of Christmas dinnerware set, designed by Debbie Mumm for Sakura. This is casual stoneware china, and some of the pieces are designed to represent the verses of the song. Each place setting includes a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl and mug. There are also creamers, sugars and serving platters for this dinnerware set.

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Holiday table setting: Red and green are Christmas traditions

Red green Christmas dinnerware glassware

Setting your holiday table can be a snap when you choose red and green as your color scheme. So many of us grew up with bright red and green as the holiday decor at home, in shops and at school. These colors will bring back happy Christmas memories from times gone past.

Start with the red and green dinnerware you already own, and evaluate which pieces you need to add, based on your menu and the number of guests.

Choose a true red, cherry red or candy apple red Select a green that is in the middle on the . . . → Read More: Holiday table setting: Red and green are Christmas traditions

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