Friday, April 2, 2010

~vintage table settings~

If you have vintage dishes that are packed away,
bring them out this Easter Sunday! I had fun with these simple table settings using my vintage dishes!
None of them are pieces of fine china.
Most all of them are garage sale and thrift store finds.

It's all about using what you have,
mixing old and new,
and using different patterns and textures.

I snipped a few camellia and magnolia branches
out of my yard for a easy casual look.

You can use old canning jars to serve drinks in.....

Every place setting is different and that's what makes it so unique!

Why stop at just using plates?
Pile up those platters to use for your Sunday brunch!

It's the delicate colors and patterns of these dishes
that will make your table look fabulous!

Here I took a little vintage bottle and printed out a name on my computer.
I tucked it into the bottle and tied it with a old ribbon,
and voila, you have a custom place card!

Don't be shy, bring it all out, the more vintage dishes the better!

I mixed vintage stemware and vintage tea cups here with
new green glasses from World Market.

As you can see, none of these dishes are perfect.
Some have chips and cracks, but they are still all beautiful to me!

I filled a new white urn with the magnolias and camellias.
It was free and they were just the right colors!
It's all about using what you have.

Play around with mixing different salad and dinner plates.
There is no wrong combination.

You are probably sick of seeing these photos!
I just had so much fun playing around with all these dishes!

I hope you all have a blessed weekend filled with family, friends, and good times.
See you all on Monday!


Amy Kelly said...

These plates paired with those gorgeous flowers are just so soft and feminine and lovely! What a beautiful table.

Kathy said...

So beautiful I can just imagine how beautiful this will be at your home. Happy Easter to you and your family Melaine, and thanks for your blog it is a very bright spot in my day

Dreamy Whites said...

I LOVE it. I just found a bunch of odd and end plates at a garage sale and was so excited. YOU pictures are so pretty. I love your magnolia flowers. I want one of those trees so bad!! I love all of your pictures!!! You are very talented!
Take CAre,

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

It would be hard for me to be tired of seeing photos of lovely old dishes used in a tablescape. In fact, I am encouraged to collect even more. Hooray for garage sale season. Thanks for the lovely photos and inspiration, Melaine. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Those look like a Friday Favorite!
Come to my ♥linky party♥~ and bring those pretty dishes with you :-)

My Yellow House said...

These are gorgeous pictures! What a Easter table you are going to have - your guests will feel very special.
Happy Easter ~
Sarah :)

Dylan and Paige said...

Beautiful! This table would be perfect for a bridal or baby shower too.

Morning T said...

You're just too cute Melanie and these settings are gorgeous!!
Happy Easter weekend to you and your family.

The Real Estate Talker said...

The photo's are beautiful. I can just imaagine having Easter dinner at your table. You have a great imagination and are very talented.
What kind of camera do you have?

DustyLu said...

Just beautiful, Melanie! I love mixing dishes together! You did a fantastic job! Wishing you and your family Happy Easter! ~lulu

Ms. Bake-it said...

Very lovely Melaine. I use my vintage bottles to hold individual flowers. What a clever idea to use them for place cards!

Happy Easter!

~ Tracy

Mimi said...


overthetopstudios said...

This is just lovely. I adore the names in the bottle - so clever.I thought about you yesterday. I found a vintage French caned chair at the Goodwill for 29.99. It needs to be stripped and the cushion needs some TLC but I think it is going to be lovely. Hopefully I will post project pictures soon.

Kathysue said...

Love the pink and turqouise combination and the placecard vintage bottle idea is wonderful, I am going to have to remember that one, Happy Easter to YOU and Your's,Kathysue

Miss Obara said...

Very pretty! I saw that white and teal plate in pink. The whole set at a thrift store. Should I have gotten it?

Gypsy Purple said...

I wish you a happy and blessed Easter! xx Gypsy Purple

ashlina said...

wow. oh so lovely i am just wishing i was there. to enjoy
happy easter weekend.

Carla said...

I absolutely love this idea!!! I have so many odd pieces of beautiful old dishes and I don't know what I'm holding on to them for if I'm not going to use them! You have inspired me today! Hope you have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your dishes are beautiful and I love all the soft colors. The mix and match is perfect. Have a happy Easter!

Fancy said...

Great idea. I love how everything goes so well even though it's not a set. I have that same blue and cream with the gold pattern (8-place setting) that I found at an estate sale. So glad I didn't add fine china to my wedding registry.

julie said...

beautiful! i love everything! i hope you have a wonderful easter!

Mikal said...


Happy Easter smiles to you and yours!


~Amy~ said...

Beautiful table. Hope your Easter was blessed.

Irene b said...

oh this post is so inspiring! You are a geat talent! Love and happy Easter!

Ethel Alderson said...

What is the name of the snowball plant? Love it!

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