Southern Vintage Table Event – A Magical Wedding at Snipes Farm

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Yay! We are so pleased to share photos of Lindsey and Brad’s vintage reception tables, courtesy of Sean True Photography. One word that describes these gorgeous, colorful photos – MAGICAL! The glorious floral centerpieces, vintage colored goblets, the perfectly set tables, and twinkling lights created an wondrous backdrop for the newly wed couple and their guests as they celebrated this beautiful day.

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Congratulations and thank you, Lindsey and Brad, for inviting us to be a part of your beautiful wedding day. Wishing you the very best of everything!

“Call it magic, call it true
I call it magic when I’m with you” – Coldplay

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Vintage Feature – The “Magic” Behind Vintage Blue Ridge China

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

We found Peggy first – this quaint dessert dish with a single pink flower. We thought it was special because of its simplicity but didn’t know it was a Blue Ridge Southern Potteries’ pattern until much later. In fact, we had never heard of Blue Ridge pottery!

Now we understand why folks love to collect these quaint patterns. The history behind this unique style of dishware is a great American story about a once thriving pottery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee.  Although our current inventory of Blue Ridge is limited, our appreciation at Southern Vintage Table for this American-made china is growing!

The story begins in the early 1900s when a railroad company sold a large parcel of land along their railroad line in Erwin, Tennessee to a group of investors. There were rich deposits of kaolinite and feldspar nearby, perfect ingredients for a pottery business. According to Wikipedia, in 1916 Clinchfield Potteries opened their doors for business, manufacturing the typical china style of the times which were described as “gold-trimmed, decal-decorated dishes”.

blue ridge logo

In the 1920s the business was sold and became known as Southern Potteries. To set his style of china apart from his competitors, the new owner introduced a hand painted, underglaze technique. The bold, new patterns, painted by the local women, were stamped with the new label, Blue Ridge, sometime during the 1930s.

Young ladies, some as young as fifteen, came down from the mountains to be trained as painters at the pottery. Men were taught how to mold the shapes and do the firing. Some of the young ladies were so talented that they were allowed to paint what are called Artists Signed Plates. These are rare, but wonderful to own. Others were content being part of a team who sat in hard chairs around a table and painted for many hours each day. One might paint a flower on the bisque plate while another would add a stem and leaves. A third might paint an edge around the plate and so on until the plate was finished and put in the stack to be fired and glazed.  (blueridgechina.com)

Bright colors and big designs are hallmarks of Blue Ridge patterns. Here are four dinner plate patterns in our inventory at Southern Venture Table.

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCThis pattern is called Stanhome Ivy.  It was a pattern made in 1947 for Stanley Home Products and given as a gift to the hostess when she held a party featuring their wares. Avon cosmetics and Quaker Oats also gave Blue Ridge china to salespeople and consumers to boost sales of their own products.

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The big bold flower patterns are our favorite designs, especially the yellow ones. These vintage dessert plates are simply charming!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Due to a shortage of imports during WWII, business boomed for Southern Potteries. After the war ended, however, cheaper china imports returned to the American market and plastic dinnerware hit the stores. The competition was tough on Southern Potteries and their business dramatically fell. After designing over 4000 different patterns, Southern Potteries finally closed its doors in 1957 and, according to Blue Ridge-SPI,  “the magic was gone.”  I love that quote.

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These vintage American-made hand painted patterns are available at Southern Vintage Table in limited amounts but we are actively looking to add to our collection!  As we admire these hand painted beauties, we have a vision of women, brushes in hand, artfully painting and sharing a little of themselves with every stroke of their brush. Invite Southern Vintage Table to share some vintage magic with your guests at your next event!

Here are more resources about the now-collectable Blue Ridge china!
Blue Ridge Pottery China Dinnerware Pottery Southern Potteries
Blue Ridge – SPI
Blue Ridge (dishware) – Wikipedia
The Erwin National Pottery Club

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Vintage Feature – Shiny Vintage Silverplate

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Cleaning silver can be messy and time-consuming but the results are always so satisfying! We have been putting this task off for a while but this weekend turned out to be the perfect time. In fact, it turned out to be a Zen moment.

With the counter covered in plastic, new gloves donned, and Yaya apron protection, the polishing began. Piece by piece in the silent studio, the dark tarnish was wiped away. While being “in the moment” over the period of several hours, we cleaned vintage flatware, trays, and teapots. Remarkably, the dreaded task had become a cathartic experience.

In the pile of mostly butter knives, there was a pair of forks, but, as it turns out, not an ordinary pair. As the tarnish came off, two etchings were revealed. One was etched with Mr and the one with Mrs. We recall finding these in a thrift store bin, but didn’t realize we had the pair. What a nice surprise! Notice how the Mr fork is smaller than Mrs. There must be a wonderful backstory!

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After finishing the flatware, the cleaning and polish continued. Kymberly came by this week to choose decor for an upcoming church tea party. She needed 12 silver teapots/pitchers and 12 silver trays for her centerpieces.

Here’s the after-polish-applied look…

…and here are the shining results!

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Ahhh, the feeling of wiping off the old and revealing the shiny underneath is certainly fulfilling; our task turned out to be more than cleaning silver. And, it’s important to remember that It takes time for the tarnish to reappear, and when it does, it can be wiped cleaned again.

Have a wonderful week!


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Handpicked Showcase of Makers & Experts at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel

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How delightful and humbling to be invited to the “handpicked showcase of makers and experts” at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel, a beautifully restored historic chapel! This charming venue is absolutely perfect for intimate gatherings and we love being a part of any affair held here.

The evening was great fun for both vendors and guests! Tasty bites from a cadre of talented caterers and food vendors – Columbian chocolate treats, homemade ice cream, champagne, mac & cheese, cake, coffee & donuts, cookies, cider, petite salads, and speciality drinks – were enjoyed by everyone. The beautiful tablescapes, handmade paper products, glorious florals, and samples of guest favors as well as vendor services such as hair, makeup, photography, handwriting, and planning were part of this showcase affair.

Our post today includes photos of our table, taken by the talented Rebecca Ames, which was all decked out with the magnificent locally farmed flowers from Fernrock Farm.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Sending out kudos and thanks to hosts Aimee and Yvette, owners of the The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel, for inviting us to this gala event, Fernrock Farm for the gorgeous fresh flowers, Priscilla for her sparkling spirit and support, and Rebecca Ames for her lovely photos! To see more of Rebecca’s photos from the evening, skip over to her blog post. You won’t be disappointed!


~ Here’s a salute to all of the fantastic vendors! ~
A Signature Welcome, Abigail Porter Bridal Yoga, Amanda Blair By Design, American Party Rentals, The Bardot Beauty Bus, Bri Bakes, Carolina Livery, Cat Call Collective, CE Rentals, Chad Biggs Event Planning, Chatham Cider Works, Chatham Rabbits, Chef Paris Fine Southern Catering, Choco Sweetness, Cottage Luxe Boutique Event Rentals, The Gathering Company, H+L Catering, Happy Tines Calligraphy + Design, Heir Raleigh, Ida Lou Bride – Fine Bags & Trimmings, Juniper and Rye Floral, Kast Events & Co, Krystal Kast Photography, Laurel Calligraphy, Lil Photobus, Mason Dixon Designs, Mood Fleuriste, Party Tables, Pinola Camper Bar, Rebecca Ames Photography, Salt & Smoke, Simply Cakes, Southern Sugar Bakery, Southern Vintage Table, Tenco Coffee Truck, Top Off Events, Trillium Workshop, Two Roosters Ice Cream, Wink Hair & Makeup

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Southern Vintage Table Event – Vintage China, Local Flowers, and a Historic Venue

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental

Attention tea party lovers!  Last week the Yayas, a group of very close friends, hosted a bridal shower tea party for Casey at the historic King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC. Since Casey is a daughter of one of the YaYas, this tea party needed to be extra special!

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The four guest tables in the dining room featured four different color schemes – pink, yellow, green, and blue & white. Dainty teacups sat beside trays of scones, platters of mini ham biscuits, and petite bowls of cheese straws. Tiered stands of cookies, strawberries, and tea sandwiches adorned each table. Four different flavored mini cupcakes, nestled on cake stands, completed the tea party menu.

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

After guests enjoyed their tea party fare, they were invited to the flower table where an array of beautiful flowers awaited their attention. Each guest created their own floral arrangement using the locally grown flowers from Fernrock Farm. Each designed a unique floral bouquet to take home. One guest remarked that it was her favorite shower activity. Yay!

We then adjourned to the parlor to enjoy watching Casey open her shower gifts. She was delighted by the thoughtful presents and looks forward to using them with her new husband!

Many thanks to Tubga Musurfu for capturing beautiful photos to record this joyous occasion! Additionally, the YaYas and Southern Vintage Table highly recommend the services provided by Cathleen, Events Manager, and crew at the King’s Daughters Inn. Finally, we appreciate the advice and beautiful locally grown flowers from Fernrock Farm in Hillsborough. Carrie can provide buckets of gorgeous flowers or create beautiful fresh floral arrangements for you!


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Vintage Feature – Pre-Open House at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Dang – We wanted this week’s post to feature before and after photos of The Parlour at Manns Chapel’s open house but it just couldn’t happen! Our weekend is joyfully packed with this gala event, a mother-daughter tea party, and a Sunday bridal tea shower we are hosting with the dearest of friends.

This post is being written Saturday morning before heading over to Fernrock Farm to fill brass vases with Carrie’s gorgeous flowers. Then Priscilla and I are going to The Parlour at Manns Chapel for our evening open house. Sunday morning our destination is the Kings Daughters Inn in Durham to set up and host our bridal tea party. Busy, busy, busy and we love it!

Here are a few photos of our Friday afternoon setup sans beautiful flowers by Fernrock Farm which will add that last bit of gorgeousness. Our setup showcased our 5 vintage collections – white stoneware, elegant florals, blue and white, bold retro, and wildflower stoneware – along with samples of our vintage table decor. More photos of the evening will be forthcoming!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Can’t wait to hang with Priscilla and these vendors tonight!

A Signature Welcome, Abigail Porter Bridal Yoga, Amanda Blair By Design, American Party Rentals, The Bardot Beauty Bus, Bri Bakes, Carolina Livery, Cat Call Collective, CE Rentals, Chad Biggs Event Planning, Chatham Cider Works, Chatham Rabbits, Chef Paris Fine Southern Catering, Choco Sweetness, Cottage Luxe Boutique Event Rentals, The Gathering Company, H+L Catering, Happy Tines Calligraphy + Design, Heir Raleigh, Ida Lou Bride – Fine Bags & Trimmings, Juniper and Rye Floral, Kast Events & Co, Krystal Kast Photography, Laurel Calligraphy, Lil Photobus, Mason Dixon Designs, Mood Fleuriste, Party Tables, Pinola Camper Bar, Rebecca Ames Photography, Salt & Smoke, Simply Cakes, Southern Sugar Bakery, Southern Vintage Table, Tenco Coffee Truck, Top Off Events, Trillium Workshop, Two Roosters Ice Cream, Wink Hair & Makeup


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Vintage Feature – We’re Back to our Sunday Blogging!

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Hey all!  August is here and we’ve got lots to share from our July hiatus. As mentioned in our last post, we had three goals to accomplish. First, we tackled all the paper work stuff including updating our business spreadsheets. Phew! The more difficult task, curating our collection, has begun but there’s still more to do. It’s hard to give up a vintage treasure!

Of course, finding and adding new items to our vintage collections is always fun! We now have a vintage milk glass punch bowl, some new vintage teapots and teacups, and more patterns of vintage plates. New napkins have been fashioned from thrift store fabrics and we’ve also found a few to add to our printed napkin collection.

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Inside the studio, our quest for organization continues. Two additional dressers have linens in their drawers, two new lights hang overhead, and several shelves reorganized. Our favorite addition to the studio is this terrific 1950s kitchen cart that now provides much needed surface space in our work area.

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It’s good to set focused goals and, even if we fell a little short, much has been accomplished this month. As a result, we’re even more ready for the busy fall wedding season ahead and have a few open 2018 dates and are scheduling clients for 2019. Send us an email from our contact page or give us a call. We’d love to help!

Photo by Natalie E Photography

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Vintage Feature – The Magic of Mixing and Matching China Patterns

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

What a wonderful, busy week! We’ve helped with three weddings – a rehearsal dinner at Stoneleigh Estate in Virginia, a reception at Windy Hill Farm in Cedar Grove, and a reception at Snipes Farm in Chapel Hill. We look forward to sharing a few photos from each of these in the near future but today we want to share five different place settings created for Lindsey and Brad’s reception tables.

This couple wanted a vintage salad and dinner plate for each guest. When preparing for an order that includes this pairing, we first select a mix of vintage dinner plates. One by one, each dinner plate is matched with a salad plate with a complementary pattern. The results of this “labor of love” are mixed and matched, beautiful, unique place settings for each guest!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Here’s a final look at the tables with their place settings. We can’t wait to see them with the floral arrangements and candle light!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Event – Game of Thrones Shoot is Featured on Offbeat Bride!

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Wow wow wow! This photo shoot is incredible! Every single detail was carefully planned and executed by Elizabeth Vest of Elizabeth’s Events and photographer Elyssa Kivus of Kivus & Camera. The result? A splendid gallery of photographs worthy of any king and queen! Today you’ll get to see the results of their vision on Offbeat Brides blog,”Jon Snow & Ygritte’s happy ending: Game of Thrones wedding inspiration (with real “direwolf!”).”

We’re sharing a few photos of our items chosen by Elizabeth and Elyssa  – place settings, brass goblets, candle holders, and other metal items – but you will want to see the gallery in its entirety. We promise that you will be both inspired and wowed!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Elyssa for a fabulous and regal inspiration! Now get to the blog and see the rest! 

Kudos to all these participating vendors!

Photography: Kivus & Camera • Dress Designer: Chic Nostalgia • Dress Store: The Magnolia Bride • Dress Store: Songbirds Bridal & Formal • Men’s Attire: VIP Formalwear • Hair Stylist: Naomi Yata• Makeup Artist: Theresa Burden Makeup Artistry • Bakery: Taste of Douce • Floral Designer: Lilybird Flowers • Design and Decor: Southern Vintage Table • Musicians: Corda Entertainment • Invitation Designer: Oak Leaf Design Studio • Equipment Rentals: Hauser Rentals • Officiant: All Faiths Wedding Officiants of the TriadThey ♥ OBB; we ♥ them • Event Planner: Elizabeth’s Events • Event Venue: The Longhouse


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Katie & Evan’s Wedding, Part 3

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

We have been treated to a wonderful gift – more beautiful photos from Katie and Evan’s wedding. Several weeks ago we fell in love with the preview photos and our admiration for the photographic talents of Natalie E. Photography is confirmed! These are amazing!

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We saw the dessert station for the first time in the full set of photos and what a gorgeous setup!  The cake is incredible and there are our sweet vintage dessert plates, all stacked up ready to serve guests.

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

We can’t say it enough – thank you, Katie, Evan, and Renee for your trust in Southern Vintage Table!

Check out our other two posts about this fabulous wedding – A Beautiful Day at Fletcher Park and Sneak Peek at Katie and Evan’s Wedding.

Photographer: Natalie E. Photography @natalie_schram
Venue: Fred Fletcher Park
Planner: Events by Memory Lane  @eventsbymemorylane
Caterer: Rocky Top Catering @rocky_top_caters
Florist: Dahlias Floral Design @dahliasfloraldesign
Tableware Rentals : Southern Vintage Table@southernvintagetable2
Large Vintage Rentals – Greenhouse Picker Sisters@greenhousepickersisters
Large Rentals & Tablecloths – CE Rentals @ce_rentals

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