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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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 Birthday, Diary of a Dishie

Diary of a Dishie just turned 2. It’s not every blog gets to be 2 years old, and have a party to celebrate using beautiful dishes.

This blog is for everyone who loves vintage dinnerware and china, glassware and related items. It is about the dishes, the thrill of the hunt, and how to use and enjoy your finds.

Just in the last day, I got to speak with a customer who will be the lucky recipient of some beautiful, vintage aqua glassware. We talked about the colors of this pattern, Soreno by Anchor Hocking, made around 1970. It’s . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday, Diary of a Dishie

Select colors and themes for a spooky Halloween table setting

Use vintage dishes to serve Halloween candy party at home

Orange and black, the traditional Halloween colors for decorations and tableware, have been joined in more recent years by purple and lime green.

Halloween is second only to Christmas as the most-decorated-for holiday, so it’s not surprising that dishes and dinnerware dedicated specifically for October 31 are becoming easier to find.

Some of your vintage china favorites, especially dishes in colors that work for fall or Halloween (but not specifically produced for seasonal table settings) can also be repurposed. Your white or black dinnerware is also ideal to use.

Whatever your theme, October 31 (on Saturday in 2009) is . . . → Read More: Select colors and themes for a spooky Halloween table setting

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