Tips for Setting a Vintage Style Tablescape

Hello friends.  I hope you are warm wherever you are because frigid conditions are spreading into the Northeast.  

I have been collecting vintage dinnerware for years.  After purchasing my first set of vintage plates, collecting them become an obsession.  I particularly love anything with delicate floral designs, so if I come across a pretty floral plate it's coming home with me.  This Billingsley Rose pattern by Spode is my all-time favorite!  It is truly a gem.  I love the gorgeous raised lattice pattern around the edges ad the pretty rose on the center of the platesI started this set with four accent plates and have been adding pieces through the years.  And these plates get a lot of use.  They are still going strong!

Today, these beautiful treasures can be found at most flea markets, thrift shops and antique markets.  For me, these beautiful antiques are fundamental for creating a table that is feminine, stylish and memorable. Many of them mix perfectly with modern patterns.  The trick to mixing vintage plates with modern designs is to choose plates that are similar in color.   Don't be afraid of using these gorgeous old gems.  They are meant to be used!  And if you are a fan of romantic living and take pleasure in setting a table that is visually appealing, then consider using vintage china to set your table.  They will add loads of romance and charm. 

Below are a few tips for setting a Vintage Style Table that will be ideal for celebrating your girlfriends on Valentine's Day.  This table can also work for a Bridal Shower, Spring Party and Mother's Day.

Thank you for taking the time to visit me today.  I truly appreciate your visit and lovely comments,

Keep warm sweet friends.



#1.  Linens

Layer your table with crisp white linens.  Vintage tablecloths are a great choice for creating a look that is truly soft and dreamy.   You can go simple or slightly elaborate with your tablecloth.  And today, you will find an abundance of vintage linens at flea markets and antique shops... 

#2.  Use Vintage Silver-plate or Gold Flatware

Contemplate buying a few silver-plate pieces or a gold flatware set.  I consider these jewelry for the table.  It adds sparkle and radiance.  You can find all sorts of elegant patterns for very little cost at flea markets and thrift shops.  I particularly love the ones with intricate details - and do not be afraid if they are tarnished!!  They can be brought back to their original beauty with a little elbow grease.

#3.  Place Setting

Consider buying a few vintage accent plates to create a unique place setting.  Remember that it is about layering.  You can combine a pretty floral accent plate with a basic dinner plate to add a pop of color and bring a touch of old world elegance to you place setting.

#4.  Stemware

Use mismatched glasses.  Find etched crystal stemware and mix with modern glasses.  They play very well together.  The point is to make it fun and interesting for your guests.

#5.  Flowers

Flowers are equally important when it comes to styling a table.  Since the theme of this table was romance, roses and vintage carnations were my flower of choice.  You can try a number of combinations for this.  It really doesn’t need to be elaborate.  A single stem placed at each place setting can bring that touch of femininity and beauty to your table.

#6.  Details

Remember the details.  Think of the finishing touches for your table such as water pitchers, salt and pepper shakers; and platters.  They are those extra pieces that create a table that is well-styled and give it  personality.  


  1. How totally beautiful dear Janet, in fact it's so inspiring. As I was scrolling down each lovely image, I was saying to myself: I have a similar china, a runner, not as gorgeous as yours, ok. The candle holders are similar too. Now, I wonder if I can come up with such a gorgeous rose arrangement and your garden is so romantic too ! You are so talented !
    Querida amiga eres una artista ! Te deseo a ti y todos los tuyos un año muy bendecido.

  2. This is beautiful. I would enjoy eating and chatting over dinner at this table.


  3. Just beautiful Janet . I love it all. The chargers caught my eye . Love the design. You always beautifully display your pretties . Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  5. Love everything you have done. The details are great. Rose is always lovely and romantic. I got some royal Victoria salad plates. I love the small pink roses on them. When I look at those plates I wonder how you would set a table using them.

  6. Janet oh my goodness this table is stunning!! I love how you mix the vintage and modern so effortlessly!! I love vintage plates and stemware and I agree with you that they definitely should be used! I love the lace runner that you have on your table.
    You are inspiring me to create a tablescape outdoors this spring! Everything you do is perfection!

  7. Janet, your tables setting is so beautiful, I love all the details. perfect for Valentines's day.

  8. Congratulations on being featured at Feathered Nest Friday this week!!! Just love your beautifully set table here, Janet ~ sooo pretty!! Pinned several photos, of course. ;)

    Enjoy your Valentine's next week,
    Barb :)

  9. Yes...very beautiful...Is it possible to know the name of the rose pattern china ?


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