Vintage Feature – We’re More than Pretty China!

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Yes, we do adore pretty vintage china and goblets; however, we also have a pretty cool collection of vintage decor. This weekend some of our vintage treasures went on their first assignment to a corporate party designed and coordinated by RSVP-Events. The theme? An illicit speakeasy from the prohibition period.

Secretly located in blind alleys or basements, these establishments illegally served alcohol and patrons were told to “speak easy” when asking for a drink, using code names like coffin varnish, white mule, panther sweat, or rot gut.  The speakeasies were not just for getting “tarantula juice;” they were full scaled parties with jazz musicians and dancing flappers. Sounds fun, huh?

So, this is where our fabulous vintage decor comes in. Tammy, Lindsey, and Sharon from RSVP Events came “shopping” at our studio to pick out items for the back alley leading up to their corporate “speakeasy” party. Our seasoned galvanized buckets, crates, metal stand, teal fan, and assorted “junk” were selected to set this look.

Southern Vintage Table

Southern Vintage Table

They also needed authentic decor for the party atmosphere inside. We packed up four banged up trumpets, banjo cases, a record player, wooden boxes and cake stands, a game board, several suitcases, and other assorted items.

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Some vintage pretties were included to dress up the tables and bar – mirrored dresser trays, decanters, and glass candle holders. Remember those cigar boxes we decoupaged with authentic vintage cigar box images? They were used to hold flower arrangements. Super cool!

Southern Vintage Table

Southern Vintage Table

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We helped deliver to the event site and piled up our treasures in this huge empty warehouse. Can’t wait to see how RSVP-Events transforms this space into a roaring party at a speakeasy!

Source:  The History of the Roaring Twenties: Prohibition and the Speakeasies


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Vintage Feature – 5 Weddings, 5 Photographers, 5 Venues

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCAJ Dunlap Photography – The Cloth Mill – Olivia & Joseph

Our year of weddings, tea parties, and family dinners has been incredible!  We have loved every single event and are so inspired by the creativity and visions of our many different clients as well as the beautiful work of the photographers who capture their day. This week’s post features the work of five professional wedding photographers at five weddings and five different venues. The memories behind these five photographs are endless (and priceless)!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCAnnie Watts Photography – Merry Hill – Kelcey & Isaac

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCChristy Clewis Photography – The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel – Angela & Jason

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCPorshia Hernandez Photography – Cold Mountain – Jessica & Daniel

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCRebekah Senter Photography –  Rigmor House – Jennifer & Teague

We salute these talented professionals.  Thank you so much for sharing your work with us!

We are now booking weddings for 2018.  Please email or call us for an appointment to see our vintage wares at our studio in Hillsborough, NC.


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Thanksgiving Tablescapes

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Our favorite holiday is coming up – Thanksgiving! This day has always been special for the Bass/Heath/Roberson family because uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, close and afar, get together to share a traditional Southern Thanksgiving meal. We line the buffet table with favorite dishes, like turkey, dressing, collard greens, deviled eggs, chocolate eclair cake, and, of course, Sandy’s famous mashed potatoes.

The feasting place has changed over the decades though we have settled in the Masonic Lodge in Rolesville. In the past several years, Southern Vintage Table has joyfully set the tables and today we are sharing these tablescapes before next week’s post with this year’s design.


2016 Tablescape
White stoneware plates, colorful napkins and goblets, greenery, pinecones, and pillar candles.

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2015 Tablescape
Blue and white plates, amber goblets, burlap runners, amber bottles filled with florals, and votives.

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2013 Tablescape
Floral stoneware, tumblers in amber, green and blue, placemats on brown butcher paper, pinecones, and florals in mason jars.

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC


Come back next Sunday for our 2017 Thanksgiving table design. It will be colorful and fun – this we can promise – and hopefully, a new favorite.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Vintage Feature – It’s Been a Crafty Kinda Week!

I love to craft but recently haven’t had the time nor inspiration to start something new. But things changed when I was asked if we had any vintage cigar boxes for an upcoming event. We do have several but thought a few more might be needed. So when we saw a display of new boxes at a  local thrift store, we imagined they could be made to look vintage – didn’t quite know how – but heck, we picked up six. (Of course, now we wish we had bought the whole bunch!)

When the days got shorter and the nights longer, the crafting gene was activated. With a bottle of decoupage product in the craft cabinet, all I needed were images. It didn’t take long to find them – authentic public domain labels in full color. From beautiful ladies to trolley cars and air balloons, these vintage cigar box labels from the early 20th century are amazing!

I printed two of each – for the outside and inside lid – and steadily worked on these every night. This was my first decoupage project so I had a lot to learn. Some of the sides are painted and some are decoupaged. A few have parts of the original labels; others are totally masked.

The two final steps were to add felt feet to keep the bottom dry and a ribbon hinge so the lid could stay upright. Although none of them are perfect, they sure look pretty!

Of course, these aren’t vintage cigar boxes, but they remind us of those times long ago. They are now on our shelves ready to add a little pizzazz to your event!


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Eat, Drink, & Be Scary at Ruby’s Place

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

RSVP-Events did it again! They hosted a fun, beautiful, and delicious business lunch this week at Ruby’s Place. The “Eat, Drink, & Be Scary” theme translated into ghostly vintage place settings, purple goblets, ornate stainless flatware, gothic candle holders with black candlesticks, and white pumpkins perched on pedestals. Pretty and boo scary, huh?

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Catering Works added their element of spookiness with a variety of ghastly treats – monster eyeballs, pumpkin and mummy cookies, and witches fingers – along with their main delish dishes. Yum!

Tucked away in rural Orange County, Ruby’s Place is a unique location to host a business lunch. The winning recipe of delicious food, peaceful country vibe, and a festive table creates an atmosphere of collegiality and kinship – a great combination to build strong business relationships!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Vintage Adventures – On the Road to Richmond & Asheville

Southern Vintage Table is on the road this weekend and next – delivering our beautiful vintage tableware to weddings at Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond and the Kenmure Country Club in Hendersonville.

Scouting out the trip via the backroads, this weekend’s drive up to Richmond was incredibly beautiful and relaxed – perfect temperature, gorgeous sunlight, and an easy drive. After our delivery, I met my daughter in Carytown for the weekend. Our AirBnB rental was a block away from this eclectic, fun area in Richmond and we found lots of restaurant choices and cute shops to browse. We had a grand time together – she even enjoyed going to one thrift store with me!

She’s now back on the train headed to DC and I’m getting ready to return to Tuckahoe to pickup and begin the beautiful drive home. What a lovely adventure with my sweet, amazing daughter!

PS – I’ll be adding a photo of Tuckahoe right here after I return home. This historic venue is the real deal – in fact, it was Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home!


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Soft Pastels Whisper Wedding Romance for Erica & Josh

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Yes, we love deep rich colors but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the sweet beauty of soft pastels. For Erica and Josh, their wedding color palette included pale blues, pinks, and white, and as you can see, our vintage floral china was a wonderful fit. Set in the historic Merrimon-Wynne home in Raleigh and coordinated by Amy Wurster of Knots ‘N Such, this wedding was pure romance.

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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

In addition to the mixed and matched vintage china, we set the table with our vintage clear goblets, silver-plate flatware and trays, and votive candleholders. With our vintage napkins folded and tucked under the plates, each guest had his or her own unique place setting. We love this!

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Our vintage wares also were used to display the array of delicious desserts and sweets. With our vintage silver-plate spoons and plates, guests were doubly treated!

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Thanks for inviting us to help with your beautiful vintage wedding, Erica and Josh!  Sending best wishes for life-long romance and joy!


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Southern Vintage Table Events – The Durham Bride

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

A new blog and wedding resource is now online! The Durham Bride, hosted by Tiffany Englert, owner and event planner behind The Details Events, will be offering advice and vendor spotlights for “brides, grooms, and fans of the Bull City.”

Tiffany contacted Southern Vintage Table this summer and asked if we’d like to help with a photo shoot to kick off her new service. Of course, we were delighted by her invitation and she came to our studio to select the tableware. She decided on our vintage blue and amber goblets, layered vintage china plates, silver-plated flatware, two large compotes for the centerpieces, and silver candleholders. As you can see, her tablescape design was gorgeous!

She assembled a fantastic team of vendors, and with all the details in place, the shoot took place at the Kings Daughters Inn. Originally a residence for elderly single women, today this bed & breakfast inn adjacent to Duke’s campus is an elegant space for individual guests or large groups, including wedding celebrations.

The shoot was designed for the traditional bride and inspired by the stone from which the grand buildings on Duke campus were built.  As Tiffany explains, “Quarried from nearby Hillsborough, NC, the stone displays a rich palette of blues, grays, tans and rust colors that give the buildings a richness and warmth that otherwise would have been difficult to achieve.  Just in time for Fall palettes, the rich slate tones and warm copper tones are perfect for a southern Fall wedding!”

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Getting married in Durham? The Durham Bride will be a terrific resource for you!


Much appreciation to The Details Events for planning this beautiful shoot and to Radian Photography for your gorgeous photographs!  See more photos from the shoot on Tiffany’s blog post, Who is the Durham Bride- Styled Shoot – King’s Daughters Inn.

Vendor Team
Planning and Design: @thedurhambride
Photography: @radianphotography
Planning: @thedetailsevents
Rentals: @americanpartyrentals & @southernvintagetable2
Venue: @thekingsdaughtersinn
Dessert: @eastdurhampieco
Calligraphy & stationery: @happytines
Flowers: @ninthstreetflowers
Groom’s attire: @bernardstux
Bride’s attire: @maggibridalraleigh
HMUA: @bellatriosalonandspanc


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Southern Vintage Table Events – Afternoon Tea Reception

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Three wonderful things happened this week!  First, we received gorgeous wedding photos of Jenn & Teague’s June wedding from Rebekah Senter Photography.  Second, Jenn and Teague’s wedding “Romantic Vintage Wedding at Rigmor House,” was published in Borrowed and Blue! And, third,  SVT has a business listing in Borrowed and Blue with two featured events. Wooo Hooo!

Our part in this beautiful occasion was to provide the vintage tableware for the Friday tea reception after the outdoor ceremony. Jenn wanted an English feel with all the tableware in blue and white so we had blue & white and white teapots for each table, blue & white china, and blue goblets. Our vintage napkins and silver flatware competed each place setting.

The reception plan was that we would set the tables inside the space in the morning and after the wedding, the guests would come in for tea. Well, the weather was not cooperative that weekend so Plan B was on – have the wedding ceremony inside and then quickly “flip” the room for the reception.

To help with this transformation we organized everything on the bar in the kitchen hallway, ready for the “flippers” to pick up. The teapots were lined up per table, plates stacked, and napkins folded. In the kitchen, Jenn and Teague’s family and friends were filling the tiered stands and serving dishes with the delicious treats for the buffet.

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Although we weren’t there for the flip, Erica, owner of  Folie à Deux Events, assembled a great team.  As soon as the romantic ceremony concluded, they moved ceremony furniture out and reception tables in, dropped the linens, and then set the tables. Erica told us Jenn was so happy when she saw the transformation from this sweet ceremony to ….

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… this beautiful reception!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Congratulations Jenny and Teague!
Best wishes and joy to you for years to come!

Vendor Team
Photographer – Rebekah Senter
Venue – Rigmor House
Wedding Planner & Designer – Folie à Deux Events
Florals – Caroline Ruth Designs
Tableware Rentals – Southern Vintage Table
Rentals – Old South Vintage Rentals, Carolina Rustic Rentals
Sound & Lighting – K2 Productions
Hair & Makeup – Wink hair & makeup
Cake – Sugarland
Ceremony Musicians – Elegant Ensembles


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Treat Yourself to A Business Lunch

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Big or small, we are always delighted to set a pretty vintage table. This week we were invited to help with a business lunch at Ruby’s Place, a country homeplace in Orange County, and we love how it turned out, especially with the bright, cheerful centerpiece designed by Rodwell Roots!  With a catered lunch by Catering Works, the business colleagues had a quiet, private haven to eat lunch while discussing ideas and future business opportunities.

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Want to celebrate, commemorate, or simply have a special lunch for your clients or employees at your place of business or possibly at Ruby’s country home? Give us a call (919 428 4502), send an email (shelly@southernvintagetable), or fill out our contact form.  We will be excited to hear from you!


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