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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Complementing Vintage Dinnerware – Cherry Thieves

Bamboo handle server Johnson Bros china handcrafted

Cherry Thieves is a vintage Johnson Brothers china pattern from the late 1960s. It features birds and cherries, on stylized tree branches.

A reader, Priya, wrote to me about this pattern, and I’ve been looking into it ever since.(Update: found!)

Until I found this pattern, the closest I got was a similar Johnson Brothers pattern from the same Old Granite line.

Since this pattern is hard to find, here’s the question: what can one do to pull together a charming table setting, without more dinnerware in the same pattern?

 

 

 

 

Start With The Goal In . . . → Read More: Complementing Vintage Dinnerware – Cherry Thieves

Enjoy Traditional Blue and White Dinnerware

Blue and white dinnerware is popular for both traditional and causal table settings. These colors convey a crisp and calm vibe. Blue is a favorite color. Why not jump at the chance to use more of it when closing dinnerware for daily use and for entertaining.

The world of traditional dinnerware has expanded beyond what it may have been in past decades, to include a broader spectrum that runs from more formal to more casual. When you think about your table setting — and want to keep it in the traditional style – you have a larger panorama to consider.

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Sears Federalist China – Is There a Replacement?

Someone asked me about a replacement pattern for Federalist china, produced by Sears in the late 1960s and 1970s. This traditional white dinnerware remains sought-after by its tenacious fans, all these years later.

Specifically, the plain white Federalist, though this china was also produced in a few solid colors.

I’ve been looking in all my thrift store travels for months, and have not found so much as a cracked cup or chipped saucer. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

The only thing I did find, shown here, is a single soup bowl in the Country French pattern, which is the . . . → Read More: Sears Federalist China – Is There a Replacement?

Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

Retro Mikasa china Bokhara pattern

In one of the prior economic downturns, in the mid-1970s, bold colorful dinnerware was also in fashion.

A friend gave me some old home decorating magazines from the 1960s and 1970s, days I remember well.

It was fascinating going through them, looking at the designer rooms, tableware displays, and the advertising from those decades.

I couldn’t help notice the similarities to some of the most modern dinnerware from the present, such as the Missoni for Target dinnerware that I wrote about recently.

Everything Old Is New Again

One vintage dinnerware pattern from the 1970s is Bokhara by Mikasa. This china . . . → Read More: Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

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

Quilt Motif Dinnerware | Sweet for Mix and Match Table Setting

You don’t have to be using a country theme table setting to enjoy quilt motif dinnerware. But you could!

A table setting based on a quilt theme can reach into classic and traditional themes based on Early American styles. Or it can harmonize with modern designs, in sleek shapes and stylish colors.

It can be subtle, or full of bold color.

There are dinnerware patterns that draw directly from quilt patterns any quilter will recognize. Inspiration to mix and match with table linens and complementary china dinnerware sets, to make a memorable table setting.

Birthday party for a quilter, for . . . → Read More: Quilt Motif Dinnerware | Sweet for Mix and Match Table Setting

More Missoni Table Setting Ideas

I couldn’t stop playing with the dishes, so I came up with some more Missoni table setting ideas.

Missoni for Target dinnerware provides lots and lots of table setting inspiration.

I used a salad plate in the Passione pattern, purple family colors, big chunks of raspberry and white in between the center color bands.

Continuing from my last post, Missoni Dinnerware Table Setting Ideas, which focused on bold colors and square shapes, I fiddled around some more.

This time, I tried softer colors, predominately white palettes.

I tend to go for the monochromatic color schemes in table setting. And there . . . → Read More: More Missoni Table Setting Ideas

Vintage Glass Retro Style | Soreno Green

Soreno green glass snack sets Vintage

Green glassware can mix and match with lots of different tableware patterns, both glass and china. Vintage glass in the Soreno Green pattern by Anchor Hocking was created in the late 1960s and has classic retro style that is still relevant to today’s table settings.

This pattern was made in multiple colors, in addition to the avocado or olive green. These include clear glass, clear iridescent, aquamarine and amber gold. These colors can mix with each other as well.

The line also included a number of piece types. Standard drinking glassware such as tumblers, juice and old fashioned . . . → Read More: Vintage Glass Retro Style | Soreno Green

Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

We get lots of gloomy days in Michigan. One way to brighten them, mix and match dinnerware pieces from the cupboards. Playing with dishes is always fun…

I started with the smaller plate, Marion by Meyer. This is vintage restaurant ware. In weight it’s close to stoneware. This service-ready china is very practical, and this pattern fits well with my “every color as long as it’s blue” dinnerware obsession.

Grilled cheese sandwich, hear I come. This plate goes on top, to help the cheese melt as I cook it in the skillet.

The larger plate is Provincal Sky by Lenox. . . . → Read More: Mix and Match Dinnerware | Cheer Up A Rainy Day

China Gravy Boats | Repurpose Me

My china gravy boats tend to drift to the back of my china cabinet, and I’m betting that yours do, too. Meat gravy, to serve over potatoes, has gone the way of the meat and potatoes meal, less common than in past decades.

Gravy boats are also called sauce boats or servers. The functionality of these serving pieces can be applied in other ways in your table setting, to serve the sauces that appear in menus today, with a little creativity.

Use your gravy boat to serve other foods

Salad dressings. If you have two or three choices, different complementary . . . → Read More: China Gravy Boats | Repurpose Me

Blue and White Dinnerware | Perpetual Popularity

Blue is a restful color. Add white and look sharp!

Blue and white dinnerware can go formal or casual, to convey a simple charm to your table setting: calm, cool and classic.

Choose a dinnerware maker, and look for their patterns that incorporate blue. You’ll find hundreds of china patterns based on a blue, or blue and white color scheme.

I’ve written about blue and white dishes before. They always have a special place in my heart…and my china cabinet! They are ongoing favorites to use and enjoy among my dish collection. (My favorite Summer Chintz pattern china has a . . . → Read More: Blue and White Dinnerware | Perpetual Popularity

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