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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A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

Vintage glassware Swedish Modern

Shiny glass in gold or amber is just right to give some extra pizzazz to your dinner table for the coming holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not so far away on the calendar.

If glassware in gold is not on your permanent shopping list, now is a good time to add it as you hunt for other vintage items, online and in secondhand stores.

I like glass myself, because it’s easy to find (at least, as vintage items go) and flexible to use along with plates, bowls and other dinnerware pieces. It is also generally . . . → Read More: A Little Gold Bling for Your Vintage Table

Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Christmas platter natural elements

Grandma’s vintage Christmas platter can do extra duty as holiday décor, if you don’t need to use it to serve your special dinner.

This platter by Fine China of Japan (circa 1980s) can be the basis for a centerpiece using natural elements, like greenery, ornaments made from walnuts, and frosted tree pretzels.

The platter pattern (so far unnamed) is similar to Holly Holiday and Holly Yuletide, by the same maker. The salad plate is from the Heritage Collection by Better Homes and Gardens. Perhaps a future vintage classic?

The painted gourd luminary was handmade by an Etsy seller, Create . . . → Read More: Have a Vintage and Natural Christmas

Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Pairs of vintage dinnerware pieces

I like to use my vintage china. One challenge: setting a table for a group, when I only have a few of the piece types I want to use to serve the foods I’ve cooked.

What can you do, when you have only two?

Secondary marketplaces are spotty in their detailed offerings. Yes, there’s lots of vintage dinnerware and glassware out there. No, the pattern you’re looking for can be tough to find.

If you have (or want) only two of a kind, there are ways you can use them:

Dinner for two. Set a romantic, charming table when . . . → Read More: Vintage Dishes – Just Two – What To Do?

Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

Lenox china vintage sugar bowl popcorn

Earth Day is every day when you continue using your vintage china and glassware!

Most dinnerware is not recyclable, nor is broken glass or Pyrex.

Yet you can keep using those old dishes and glasses in different ways to jazz up your table setting, made up eclectic table settings, or just enjoy the style of something from decades past.

Of course, if you’re using vintage dishes to serve food, choose only those pieces that are in good condition. The cracked, crazed or chipped pieces (in most cases) can be garden ornaments, planters or the container for a floral arrangement . . . → Read More: Vintage Dinnerware Repurposed for Earth Day

Easter Eggs – Vintage China

Easter eggs in vintage china

Well, mostly vintage. The Fiesta mug in the upper left is about 10 years old. The beauty of this dinnerware is its vintage look, but you can buy them in quantity.

This peacock blue would be great on your Easter dinner table. And there are lots of other colors in Fiesta that work for a beautiful and colorful table setting for Easter, spring and summer holidays and other kinds of parties.

The cup and saucer is true vintage: the Vision pattern by Iroquois, designed by Ben Seibel. What a cute place setting for a Mid-Century Modern fan. Wrap up . . . → Read More: Easter Eggs – Vintage China

All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

retro glassware and Corelle

When it comes to St. Patrick Day’s (and other “green” holidays), if your dinner table is wearing green today, you have a lot of choices in vintage dinnerware and glassware. These are just a few examples.

Just choose your favorites. Greens are easy to mix and match.

Green also works for Easter, and for the spring season in general. If it’s your favorite color, so much the better!

(I just couldn’t resist the green Peep!)

In the photo, I have a Corelle salad plate in the Spring Blossom pattern, with a border of green flowers along the edge. This . . . → Read More: All About the Green – Vintage Tableware

Vintage China in Pastels – Bring Spring

vintage china Franciscan 1960s

I just cannot resist those trays of Danish sweet rolls at Costco. And what better way to serve them in sweet, small bites than some vintage dessert plates?

In this case, the plates are in the Maytime pattern by Franciscan.

This is an uncommon pattern, from the 1960s, during the period when Gladding McBean produced Franciscan in the USA. Retro style and pretty colors. What’s not to like?

Why Pastels?

Just some of the reasons I can think of, why pastels remain popular: Light color palette has an open, springy feel Sweet colors complement and soften details of other . . . → Read More: Vintage China in Pastels – Bring Spring

Timeless White Dinnerware

white dinnerware

The simple beauty of white dinnerware is classic. You cannot go wrong with a table setting based on this elegant color.

Some tones are creamy, some are bright, but no matter the specific white shade, the impression is understated and refined. The differences in the white tones give texture to your table setting, when you mix different wares together.

I also like the way that food looks on white and light-colored dinnerware, because I enjoy how tasty it looks, as a prelude to eating!

Monochromatic color schemes are calming, too, whether on your dinner table or elsewhere in your home.

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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

Time to Enjoy a Halloween Table Setting

Halloween dishes and candy

Whether you’re serving candy corn or pizza, some colorful dishes can bring sparkle to your table for Halloween, and for parties on the day or the weekend after.

It’s also an opportunity, once again, to play with mix and match table setting ideas.

Here I’ve brought in my very favorite Poultrygeist mug. He turns up around here in the strangest places, and not just on Halloween. Could there really be a ghost in the china?

The glass compote is vintage, in the King’s Crown or Thumbprint pattern, made by Indiana, Wright, US Glass and others. This example is plain . . . → Read More: Time to Enjoy a Halloween Table Setting

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