Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Gather Round The Table ~ A Vintage Thanksgiving

When I see stacks of vintage dishes and crates full of no longer loved china, I see endless possibilities. There are countless ways to incorporate the old into the new and make it feel fresh and modern. Take for instance the soft, sage green leaves and graceful, gold chrysanthemums of Noritake's Janice pattern. A little bit of glam but in a effortless manner. Pairing it with natural elements such as a jute runner and a wood charger makes it comfortable, approachable. The white linens feel crisp, not stuffy. Serving your award worthy side dishes in some charming vintage ironstone will have your guests not just coming back for second helpings, but coming back to gather around your table time and time again.

Maybe glam isn't your thing. Perhaps you prefer something a little more simple and understated. There are always sweet floral print dishes piled high on those flea market tables or cluttering the shelves at the thrifts. Finding a set in soft, classic colors like yellow and green opens the door to a variety of mix and match potential. Pairing natural elements like rattan and wood with earth tone linens creates a neutral backdrop so you can easily add a statement piece like a hand painted tureen. By keeping it in a similar color palette, it doesn't come across as over the top. Instead it is warm and inviting and gives the whole table a sense of being curated or thoughtfully put together.

Next time you find yourself wandering through a flea market or meandering up and down the aisles of a thrift store, take a second look at those stacks of dishes. Look at them as more than just  "grandma's china". It's a chance to reuse, recycle and create gatherings where your personality and style can really shine.

Shop the setting:

Traditional Glam
China available here
Gold flatware here
Vintage napkins here
Table runner here
Ironstone serving bowls here
Etched wine glasses here

Country Farmhouse
China available here and here 
Gravy boat here
Hand painted tureen available here and here
French tureen here
Vintage basket here
Pressed glass wine glasses here

1 comment:

  1. Lovely! These dishes remind me of the ones my mom has. This is giving me some good ideas for Christmas!