Garden theme dishes

Garden Dinnerware | Green for Earth Day

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 […]

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Irish linen tea towel with vintage glass and china

Irish Linen And Vintage Dishes

Mix and match china, glass and linens on your table setting to create something original and unique. Bring the best of old and new together to delight your guests, even before they sit down to dinner. Painting with dinnerware, and accessories, too. A new Irish tea towel, in a linen and cotton blend, can work […]

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Vingate Royal Doulton cups Fireglow china

I Bought The Orphan Cups

Tips to use mismatched cups and saucers for an eclectic table setting If you shop thrift stores for dinnerware, you’ve probably done it, too. You just have to have those darling, charming, funky, lovely, delicate, classy, retro or just plain wonderful vintage cups in the store, even though the saucers are nowhere to be found. […]

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Bamboo handle server Johnson Bros china handcrafted

Complementing Vintage Dinnerware – Cherry Thieves

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Retro Mikasa china Bokhara pattern

Bold Colorful Dinnerware | Mikasa Bokhara China

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 […]

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Franciscan Apple Pie bowl

Table Setting Charm in Apple China Patterns

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 […]

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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 […]

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Soreno green glass snack sets Vintage

Vintage Glass Retro Style | Soreno Green

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 […]

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