Tiara glass bowl serving cranberry sauce

Cranberries Served in Vintage Tiara Glass

One of our favorite holiday treats is cranberries served in vintage Tiara glass. A footed salad bowl like this is a good size, because it holds the right amount! And it’s stylish and well-made. I’ve played around with different cranberry recipes, but the dish I like to use to show it off on the dinner […]

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Vintage glassware pitcher for lemonade

Vintage Pitcher for Your Favorite Summer Drinks

I find vintage glass pitchers like this one pretty often in my travels. They come in handy on hot summer days, to serve some lemonade or iced tea. There are many sizes and styles to be found. For beverages, the larger ones are designed to hold enough of your favorite drink to serve several people. […]

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Mikasa platter with Valentine treats

Chop Platters Round and Sweet

It’s so much fun to use vintage dishes for display pieces to show off some special holiday treats. I went straight to my collection to find a sleek, modern plate to show some pretty Valentine goodies. I love to use my vintage favorites, like these platters. They are beautiful, and really personalize a creative table […]

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Vintage china dessert plate with cheesecake

Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Vintage china featuring a rose motif is a classic choice for Christmas and wintertime entertaining. The colors are traditional. Designs that feature shiny metallic rims add bling, as do the gold rim and verge line on this petite dessert plate. The Sweet Briar pattern by Princess makes dessert even sweeter. This is a vintage pattern […]

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Glass party set Orchard Crystal

Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

  When my grandmother’s estate was settled, I got her party dishes. That was what we called them: three boxes of glassware snack sets, in an unknown pattern by Orchard Crystal, a total of 12 sets. The plain boxes, somewhat the worse for wear, did not attract anyone’s eye, but I knew what they were. […]

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Indiana glass egg plate

Happy Easter – Carnival Color

  Iridescent carnival glass is made by applying a finish while the pressed glass is still hot, then firing it one more time to bring out a rainbow of colors. I’m using my vintage Indiana Glass deviled egg plate, in the Hobnail pattern in green. It is a beautiful piece, and inspirational for an Easter […]

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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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California Poppy vintage Mikasa plate

Milk Cookies Mikasa

I’ve been collecting Mikasa stoneware from the 1970s. I love the designs. Only thing is, I don’t usually find more than a few pieces at a time. I like to use my dinnerware. Here’s another excuse to get more creative, and imagine a table setting using this beautiful dinnerware in different patterns. While I use […]

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Diary of a Dishie birthday glassware

Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Time to wish my vintage china blog another happy birthday! For year No. 7, I decided to go with some vintage clear glass, a theme that’s a little more Big Girl than some of the prior, younger years. Just like you might have something new when your daughter reaches the seventh birthday milestone. I’ve got […]

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Vintage dinnerware for holiday table setting

Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold

Two of my favorite vintage china patterns are based on calm and classic color palettes that work well for a holiday table setting. Why? Because blue, silver and gold – on a white background – work so well with the monochromatic color palettes that are popular for the holiday season. If you like to base […]

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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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