About Kimbesa

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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Vintage Pitcher for Your Favorite Summer Drinks

Vintage glassware pitcher for lemonade

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.

This one is called an “ice lip” pitcher, due to the extra glass around the spout, which keeps larger ice cubes in the pitcher as your pour.

A pitcher like this has a large capacity, more than 2 quarts before the ice. Some models . . . → Read More: Vintage Pitcher for Your Favorite Summer Drinks

Chop Platters Round and Sweet

Mikasa platter with Valentine treats

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 setting.

I wanted to use this particular chop platter to go with the pink Valentine’s Day cookies.

This Mikasa platter, in the vintage Tivoli pattern, is a simple, sleek style, and the china has a nice weight for its size. The blue and avocado . . . → Read More: Chop Platters Round and Sweet

Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Vintage china dessert plate with 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 dating back to the 1950s, and is still available in secondary marketplaces. The high quality ware was made in the USA.

The timeless design makes this one worth seeking out, especially if you like traditional or floral table settings.

I’m serving cheesecake on this . . . → Read More: Christmas Roses – Sweet Briar and Cheesecake

Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

Glass party set Orchard Crystal

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.

It’s not that us kids got to use these dishes, however.

My grandmother used her glass party dishes when she hosted card parties in the afternoon with her “club.” This was her special group of church women who met at each others’ houses once a . . . → Read More: Grandma’s Party Dishes – Making Memories

Happy Easter Carnival Color

Indiana glass egg plate

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 got out my vintage Indiana Glass deviled egg plate, in the Hobnail pattern in green. It is a cute piece, and inspirational for an Easter table display.

This dish has the colorful, carnival finish, though this piece is a 70s version of the older glassware given away at carnivals, where the name stuck (even if most of the glass was bought by admirers to brighten their homes inexpensively).

. . . → Read More: Happy Easter Carnival Color

Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

birthday cake inspired by dinnerware

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 I’ve written about several times before. It’s just the right note right now, for the coming spring season, with its pretty soft colors.

The ware was made for about 10 years, from the 1970s into the 1980s.

As far as I can tell, this Meadow . . . → Read More: Happy 8th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie birthday glassware

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 a soft spot for glassware, especially the beautiful vintage pieces you can find in any thrift store or estate sale.

Glass is tough, because so much of it is not marked. I cannot tell you (yet) the names of the patterns for the pieces . . . → Read More: Happy 7th Birthday – Diary of a Dishie

Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold

Vintage dinnerware for holiday table setting

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 I like for the holiday season.

If you like to base your holiday décor around these colors, and enjoy vintage dinnerware, you might like these dishes, too.

The subtle details in these dinnerware patterns caught my eye from the first time I saw them: the silver, blue and pine elements in Duchess by Style House, and the . . . → Read More: Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold

Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

oval ceramic dish handcrafted

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 if they are planning for their dinnerware and serving pieces as much as the cooking.

I’ll bet many of them are.

Having the right dinnerware and serving pieces is all part of pulling off an enjoyable holiday dinner. (Planners know the benefits of forethought. Some . . . → Read More: Holiday Dinnerware On Your List?

Halloween – Bones of a Table Setting

Halloween tableware

Halloween is near, and it’s time to raid the cupboards for some dishes to use as the “bones” of your table setting, whether for a dinner, a party, or a casual snack.

The bulk of your table setting – the plates, cups and bowls – can be as close as your kitchen.

One of our dinnerware patterns is the graphic, black and white City Lines or City Block by Corelle. It’s dinnerware we use every day.

This pattern was introduced about 10 years ago, and is still available. We like it for its versatility and clean lines.

Black, white, or . . . → Read More: Halloween – Bones of a Table Setting

Warm Dinnerware for Cool Entertaining

fall dinnerware vintage new

Vintage dinnerware mixes with new china just fine, when it comes to setting your table for the fall season.

Homecoming by Noritake is one of my favorite vintage patterns, and the new pumpkin plate by Better Homes & Gardens works so well with it.

I could bring in some colorful leaves, to add to a table setting in the fall, to go along with dinnerware sets that have the colors and motifs of the season.

Autumn color palettes and motifs are the ideal ingredients for a beautiful, seasonal table setting.

Bold and warm fall colors are popular, and the . . . → Read More: Warm Dinnerware for Cool Entertaining

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