Charming Wedding | Vintage Noritake China

Many vintage Noritake china patterns lend themselves to a vintage wedding table setting. It’s no surprise. The company has been making beautiful china for more than 100 years. These dishes have classic design and quality craftsmanship. One of these Noritake patterns is Sezanne  (upper right) which I included in yesterday’s post about the dishes that […]

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Vintage Wedding | Buffet Dinnerware

A chef called me not along ago, about some silver plate flatware she needed for a vintage wedding theme rehearsal dinner. She’d been collecting plates and flatware for a while, but with only 30 hours to go, she need more, and some dinnerware, too. One thing let to another, and a number of vintage china […]

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Shabby Chic | Vintage Style

I’m a longtime fan of the design style called shabby chic. Whether you call it vintage, mix and match or romantic, this is a lovely way to set your table and decorate your home. There are many, many vintage dinnerware patterns that fit into this style. I remember watching Rachel Ashwell on one of the […]

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Sears Federalist China | White Ironstone

Federalist dinnerware is one of the most popular vintage china patterns I find when scouting. It’s a beautiful white ironstone pattern. A name like Federalist recalls the American Revolution and the years after, when the young country was refined. It shouts “traditional table setting” by name alone, and even more when you see the shapes. […]

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English dinnerware Laura Ashley

Classic Laura Ashley Dinnerware | Petite Fleur

Not long ago, I found 12 cups and saucers of Laura Ashley china, in the Petite Fleur Blue pattern. That dinnerware now has gone to appreciative new homes in Germany. One of the new owners, Kim R. was so happy she sent me a photo, to show how the new cups and saucers are fitting […]

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Luscious bowl Savoir Vivre china

Use Luscious China for Apple Crisp

Luscious is the name of this china pattern by Savoir Vivre, made in Japan. Here the soup bowl includes a serving of warm apple crisp and vanilla ice cream. The fresh apples came straight from a local produce market. I used Paula Red, an early variety. The Luscious pattern includes apples in the motif, as […]

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Ice Cream Sodas and Floats – Go Vintage

Hot summer weather seems made for ice cream sodas and root beer floats. A scoop of vanilla ice cream, some good root beer (favorites are Stewart’s and IBC at this house) and you are in business. Just be sure to make them right before you’re going to enjoy them. In Michigan we also have a […]

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Three French Hens Mumm dinnerware

Shop for Christmas China All Year Round

My Christmas shopping goes all year round. When the summer garage sale “hunting season” comes around, it’s time to check my list for the things I’ll need for the fall and winter holidays. One of those items on the shopping list is the 12 Days of Christmas dinnerware set, designed by Debbie Mumm for Sakura. […]

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Tips to Mix and Match Your Snack Set Dishes

Combing the dish aisle, looking for vintage snack sets, it is very common to find the plates without cups, or perhaps without enough cups to have a complete matched set. Or the cups are too small to serve the coffee or tea that you want to have with your desserts. Yet you want to use […]

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Snack Sets or Party Dishes – What Are They?

My grandmother had a set of rectangular glass plates with small punch cups. We always called them party dishes The plates had a little indent to fit the foot of the cup, to help keep it on the plate. The cups were small, about 4 ounces, because they were intended only for punch. The plates […]

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Cinco de Mayo – Serve with Vintage China

Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is only a few days away, and it’s time to get ready for your parties or special events to celebrate. There are plenty of ways to use your colorful dinnerware to help serve corn chips, salsa, tacos, guacamole or many, many other foods you might be eating to mark this […]

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