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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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Vintage Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware New Old Friends

Pfaltzgraff Village vintage dinnerware

Old friends come in the form of vintage dinnerware, as well as people. They are the china and dishes that you remember from childhood, from grandma’s house, or those pieces and patterns that connect to happy memories from days gone by.

Pfaltzgraff makes a number of patterns that have been made for more than 40 years, including the Village pattern platter in the photo.

This warm custard yellow china platter, with a brown verge and folk art-inspired motif, is just one of my “finds” from recent thrift store shopping.

I like the inviting colors, which work well with a . . . → Read More: Vintage Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware New Old Friends

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Garden theme dishes

Itchy for green outdoors? Start indoors, with a table setting of garden theme dishes!

Earth Day is on Monday this year.

That makes this weekend an ideal time to bring out the summer-y garden and floral dishes, to satisfy your need to enjoy growing things.

Start with any green dishes or glassware you might already have.

Add on the quantity, or piece types, you need based on how you’ll use your dishes, and your menu.

Do you need serving pieces, or just place settings?

All Greens Are Not Created Equal

Most greens can be mixed and matched to create a . . . → Read More: Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

Table Setting Charm in Apple China Patterns

Franciscan Apple Pie bowl

Vintage and new dinnerware sets show the long-term appeal of apple china patterns!

Some patterns go with red, as you’d expect. Others focus on green apples. And there are versions that have both red and green pieces to mix and match in your table setting.

One example, the Apple Pie pattern by Franciscan (see thumbnail photo below).

Apples on dishes make a perfect motif to use as the centerpiece of a fall harvest party or Sunday dinner.

Dishes with this design mix together with other fruit-pattern dinnerware sets for a pretty and colorful table setting any time of year.

Compare . . . → Read More: Table Setting Charm in Apple China Patterns

Vintage Pfaltzgraff Piggin Shape | Wall Pocket

Yorktowne china piggin Pfaltzgraff

Pfaltzgraff is one my favorite dinnerware brands. And, finding unusual dinnerware and tableware pieces is part of the fun of scouting for dishes.

It took me a while to identify this unmarked piece. I could tell by the glaze that it was probably a piece of Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff. But what?

Solving the mystery is also part of the challenge.

Then I stumbled upon the shape while looking through a listing in Pfaltzgraff’s Gourmet Brown pattern. And that led to another question: What is a piggin?

One good search leads to another. A piggin is a small bucket, with one . . . → Read More: Vintage Pfaltzgraff Piggin Shape | Wall Pocket

Using Your Turkey Platter – Thanksgiving Dinner

Many turkey platters are so beautiful that they can hang on the wall when not being used to serve your Thanksgiving dinner.

Most standard, oval-shape china platters produced to match your dinnerware set are in the 12 to 16 inch range in length.

Turkey platters, as their name may lead you to conclude, are bigger. They start at 16 inches and go up to 20, or even 24 inches long. The large platter in the Plymouth pattern by Pfaltzgraff, for example, is 18 inches long by 14 inches wide.

A big platter to serve a big bird. Carving the turkey . . . → Read More: Using Your Turkey Platter – Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinnerware – Plymouth by Pfaltzgraff

Pfaltzgraff has been making a beautiful dinnerware pattern called Plymouth for a few years now.

The acorns, pumpkins, corn and other fall motifs, as well as the warm fall colors, make this an ideal dinnerware choice for Thanksgiving dinner and other autumn celebrations.

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and am happy to find a large array of piece types available. This makes Plymouth versatile for serving a modern menu.

The pattern includes three sizes of round plates and three other specialty types. Buffet plates are especially handy. There are also two sizes of bowls designed . . . → Read More: Thanksgiving Dinnerware – Plymouth by Pfaltzgraff

Use Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware for Traditional Table Setting Ideas

Pfaltzgraff Tea Rose canister

Think of New England, Early American or traditional design, and your mind can easily conjure an image of a comfortable home with rooms filled with folk art and rustic antiques from more than 200 years ago.

This look is not for everyone, but for those who own homes that fit this style, setting a traditional table with the right china and stoneware can add a special touch to your family get-togethers and events.

Pfaltzgraff has been called “America’s potter” because the company has a long history. Five generations of family ownership over more than 150 years saw the company . . . → Read More: Use Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware for Traditional Table Setting Ideas

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