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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Vintage dinnerware for holiday table setting

Vintage China Goes Blue, Silver and Gold for Christmas

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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Retro green glass pickle or relish dish

A Weakness for Pickle Dishes

When I see a glass pickle dish on the shelf, in a thrift store or perhaps at a sale, I have to look at it. I’m three-quarters of the way to buying it before I even pick it up. I love these things, because I love to use them to serve pickles – for holiday […]

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Federal orange juice glasses

Federal Glass Vintage Mugs and Tumblers

Federal Glass was the maker of eye-catching, now vintage glassware, and pieces are still fairly easy to find in secondary marketplaces. I especially notice the drinking glasses, tumblers and coffee mugs that I see in my travels. Thrift stores often have long rows of glass items, displayed on open shelves. Look for colorful clear tumblers […]

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Salad dessert plate American as Apple Pie

Patriotic Dinnerware – Festive Summer Table Setting

Designer Warren Kimble has drawn on folk themes and Americana to create charming dinnerware patterns. They’re timeless when it comes to a table setting focused on red, white and blue. Solid color plates and glasses are easy to use when putting together a 4th of July, Labor Day or other holiday party table. But I […]

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Tuna Salad Sandwich – Vintage China, Cool Lunch

So simple, tuna sandwiches are easy to make as the weather warms up. Keep the filling cold and bring it out for a quick lunch around the pool, or even a picnic if you can keep the sandwiches cold and eat them promptly. Never had an exact recipe for this one. I like lots of […]

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Get Creative for Mother’s Day with Vintage China

Now that Easter is over, time to get ready for Mother’s Day (second Sunday in May). By adding some vintage charm to your table setting, you can impress your mother, family and friends with a table setting that is creative and shows off your china to enjoyable effect. Feature Mom’s favorite flower – such as […]

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