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July 23, 2009

Set Your Table The Vintage Way

Table Settings001Time to learn about some table settings!  I recently picked up this great book on table settings published by Better Homes and Gardens in 1968.  Tom and I found it in a box that had some vintage cookbooks in it and I had to pick it up. Since I am thrifting today with one of my friends (don’t worry, I’ll take lots of pictures), I thought some vintage tablesettings would be perfect for today!

The pictures are so funky and cool in this book that I just had to share it.  Since there is so much stuff, I thought I would post one “idea” at a time for you guys. Don’t want to overload you on table setting advice!

The first couple of pages deal with choosing tableware.  The basic idea: Match your dishes to your home decor. They suggest a floral pattern to “permit you to serve meals in rooms of varied color schemes with the possiblity of maintaining some relation between dishes and the decor of the room in which they are used.”

Wow.  I didn’t know dish patterns were such serious stuff!

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9 Responses to Set Your Table The Vintage Way

  1. viridian61 Reply

    July 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I want the star-studded china!!!

  2. sablemable Reply

    July 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I like the star-studded china, too! But I bought new white dinnerware for my kitchen; however, it has a Fifties flair to it, cups/saucers et al.

    Wonder if the BH&G book has suggestions for coffee servers/tea pots? I recently bought a white MCM coffee server from Ebay so I can have MCM koffee klatches, LOL!

    Can’t wait (yippee-skippee) for more ideas, Ruth!

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Ooooh Sable, can we all come over for a koffee klatch with your MCM coffee server??? Sounds very cool. I agree, the star studded china is the one for me! Cool book Ruth.

  4. sablemable Reply

    July 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, Sara! I insist that we gather at my home and have a koffee klatch, MCM attire a requisite, LOL!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      July 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

      Count me in, too! I am going to dig out my best hat and gloves! 🙂

  5. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 23, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I am sooooo there guys! 🙂

  6. Alex Reply

    July 24, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Count me in. I’ll be wearing the red dress that Ruth featured not too long ago.

  7. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    We will see you there Alex, and I know you will look smashing in that awesome red dress!

  8. Amy Reply

    July 25, 2009 at 5:46 am

    what I like about this is that you can still get dinnersets for those plates etc now which is great.

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