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?

vintage Franciscan china Maytime


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 color schemes, such as a red and white Valentine’s Day table setting theme (watch those pinks though)
  • Charming for a tea table or dessert and coffee party, based on almost any theme

Small plates like these (6 1/8” in diameter) are great for serving all kinds of small desserts and tidbits.

That’s one reason when I like to collect this kind of vintage china. Many of these older yet charming patterns work just fine to create an eclectic tea party table, and if you’re into dinnerware like I am, they are great as a conversation-starter, too!

vintage china Franciscan 1960s

Small pastel plates are great for Valentine’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, or anytime that charming floral and light-colored dinnerware will add to your table setting.

When you want to chase away the winter blues, just bring out the pastel dinnerware!


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