Y’all know my weakness is vintage dinnerware, right…? So three years ago, I noticed that a small second-hand store that I drive by every day had changed over their front window for the Christmas season. Front-and-center was a beautiful set of dinnerware – facing the street, right where I could see it.
One Saturday I ventured in to look at it – I was overdue for a visit anyway! The china was called Christmas Ribbon by World Bazaar. Not especially old, but it was service for eight. I could absolutely envision a lovely table using this pretty casual pattern, but while the asking price was reasonable at $50 for the set, it was more than I was willing to spend.
But the day after Christmas? This shop had a “50 percent off all Christmas” sign in the window… I’ve never turned my car around so fast in my life! Bought it all for $25… but by the following Christmas I had a vintage/antique booth (or two) and decided to try to sell half of it – service for four, at $25. I figured if I could make my money back on half of it, I could keep the other half for myself, free and clear.
Except it didn’t sell. So THIS year… I actually took time to set a pretty table with it – and it’s every bit as beautiful on the table as I thought it would be! It seemed to lend itself to a woodland feel, as the pattern features not only pretty red ribbon, but also holly leaves and berries, evergreen branches, and sweet little pine cones.
For a centerpiece, I used two little red metal lanterns – one was missing its base that holds the candle, so I improvised and set in a votive holder. The faux greenery was clipped from a bit of garland in my stash, and the burlap ribbon (also in stash) added to the natural feel of the table.
Here’s the place setting –
A pretty napkin with twig-and-berry ring –
“The stack” includes salad and dinner plates.
These chargers were used recently in my Thanksgiving table. They were a thrift-store find. The pretty placemats – which I think add a little sparkle to the casual feel of the table – were a gift from my daughter a few years ago.
A close-up of the border pattern –
Our stemware consists of two pretty sets from Dollar Tree.
Here’s a closer shot of the glass on the right – isn’t that deer just so festive? He manages to be both woodsy and elegant!
The place settings also included a cup and saucer.
Our salt-and-pepper set is by Formalities – pretty ivory Christmas trees topped with gold stars.
A few more views around the table…
A bird’s-eye view –
And of course, the “put-away shot” of everything ready to go back into the cupboards.
Oh – except for the china! I had it listed on Facebook Marketplace, and the day after this photo shoot, I sold it – service for 8, for $50. It only took me three years to double my money! (Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but I might be having a bit of seller’s remorse.)