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News – Two Awards and Infinite Appreciation!

We are thrilled to share that Southern Vintage Table has been recognized by both The Knot and Wedding Wire! These two wedding industry giants that many couples use when researching vendors for their weddings, use clients’ reviews and ratings to determine the winners. Needless to say, we are immensely appreciative of our wonderful clients.

Here are a few of our amazing client reviews that almost make us blush:

Set the tone for our vintage-themed wedding

Shelly at Southern Vintage Table has an incredible selection of china and table decor that will add a special touch to your wedding! We got so many compliments on our mismatched place settings and every guest felt unique. The price is extremely competitive and Shelly lets you check out her entire collection and experiment with colors and styles in person before coming up with a game plan. We’re so thankful we found Southern Vintage Table!

Photo by Halifax Hills Studio as well as header image

Classy Style, Classier Vendor

Shelly has a beautiful collection of goblets and china to choose from. From our first meeting to view her inventory, to the final plate selection she was a true gem to work with. She allowed us to pick the plates ourselves which was a fun preparation event and gave the table settings a personal touchI highly recommend Southern Vintage for anyone looking to work with a local small business vendor and have a vintage wedding touch.

Photo by Brian Mullens Photography

VIntage Wedding Place Setting

Wonderful Dishware from Shelly!

We rented dinner plates, dessert plates, coffee cups, and water goblets from Shelly for our wedding on October 22,2022. The plates she has available are so unique and beautiful, and my mom, mom’s best friend, and I had so much fun going and picking them all out. I had a very specific vision so Shelly let us come and pick out the plates for each table setting. Every time you go back to the stacks you find a new, beautiful plate to add into the selection! Shelly is really nice, and she handled dropping off, picking up, and cleaning all of the dishware before and after the event. Her selection of vintage plates is amazing and her customer service is as well! I highly recommend Southern Vintage Table for weddings and any other events where you might want an elegant looking table!

Wendy Jade Photography

(Southern )Vintage Table is very professional, and very friendly to work with. I was very impressed with how they pack their dishes, glass plates and goblets. We chose to pick up and drop off from the store, and everything was packed securely in crates with wheels, so convenient. We were given detailed instructions on how to care for the items we rented. Everything we rented was absolutely beautiful!” 

Assorted Poppies Photography

Amazing!!!! 

The absolute BEST!! Shelly was such a joy to work with and has the most amazing selection of plates, goblets, silverware, candleholders and decorations. She brought our ‘vintage garden party’ vision to life with her blue and white china selection! Can’t recommend Southern Vintage Table enough.

Photo by Shelly Heath

Highly recommend! 

We could not have had a better experience working with Southern Vintage Table for our spring wedding! Visiting Shelly’s studio to pick out our rentals was one of my favorite parts of our wedding planning process. She has a huge collection of gorgeous inventory, and she was such an excellent resource in helping us come up with the scheme for our table settings. Delivery of the rentals was seamless, and not only did our tables look stunning, but the vintage items added character to the (brand new) venue. Our only regret is not having used more from her collection!

Arika Jordan Photography

Vintage Amber Goblets on Wedding Tables

Beautiful Vintage Table Rentals!

Choosing Southern Vintage Table for our wedding rentals was one of the best decisions we made planning our wedding! Shelly was wonderful to work with and handled all of the coordination for drop off and pick up with our venue so that we didn’t have to worry about a thing. We rented glassware, plates, and flatware and loved how beautiful and unique each piece was. The amber goblets especially were a favorite that helped bring so much warmth to our table settings. Thank you Southern Vintage Table for a great experience!

Ally and Bobby Photography

Thank you, clients, for sharing your reviews and photographs! Being a part of your wedding day with our vintage rentals brings us so much joy!

If you’d like to see what other local wedding vendors were honored with this recognition, check out the Couples’ Choice Awards from Raleigh and the 2023 Wedding Awards from The Knot.


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Vintage Amber Goblets on Reception Tables

Southern Vintage Table Events – Vintage, Vibrant, and Gleaming Goblets

If you were to ask us what is our most requested item from our vast vintage collections, we’d have to say our vintage colored goblets. Sparkling on the reception tables, they add elegance, pizzazz, and splendor.

Allyson and Davis agreed – their reception tables featured our vibrant vintage amber goblets and they gleamed all across the room! After the marriage ceremony at the incredible Cornealius Properties in Goldsboro, these sweethearts and their guests transitioned to the reception hall with tables set with the glow of amber glass. The lovely photos shared here are from Destiny Lee Photography.

What a gorgeous send off for Allyson and Davis! Thank you for using our services and for sharing these photos. Bravo for a beautiful day and best wishes for a wonderful life together!

The Cornealius Properties
Destiny Lee Photography
Brightleaf Boards
Finest Details
Simply Blush Bridal
Capital City Chefs
Brooke’s Fresh Cut Flower Farm
DJ KJB
Brighter Light Media
Southern Vintage Table


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Colored Vintage Goblets and Peg Votives

Scenes from SVT – January 15, 2023

The new year brings new visitors, new vintage tableware and decor, and an unexpected refresh on the studio.

Our visitors this month are planning baby showers and weddings. Even with individual tastes and visions, the vintage vibe look was apparent. Every tablescape was unique and everyone commented about how much fun they had. This always makes us happy!

New vintage goblets have made their way onto our shelves – gray, dusky blue, pink, and yellow. We also added a few more patterns to our inventory – a bright blue and white set and some groovy boho plates. Finally, we couldn’t help ourselves – even though we have so many vintage suitcases, this pair is really special.

Our last update was an unfortunate surprise on Christmas Eve. Remember that real cold spell we had with temperatures diving into the teens? Well, a pipe In the business next to us burst and water went everywhere – not only in that business but under the adjacent walls to three other spaces, including ours.

Thankfully, the water damage was minimal and the restoration crew came quickly with dehumidifiers and fans. After we cleared the hallway and dishwasher room, they took up the carpet and we painted the concrete floor black. Looks so chic! The rugs in the main room are being professionally cleaned and we are awaiting their return. After reorganizing a bit, we are even more ready for the upcoming wedding season! Kudos to our landlord for all of his help.


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Tables at Friends of James Beard Benefit

Southern Vintage Table Events – Vintage Tableware Goes to a Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner

On our post about a month ago, we teased you with photos of vintage gravy boats and green goblets. As promised, we are ready to reveal more about where they went and the mission of a James Beard Foundation dinner.

For foodies and restauranteurs, the James Beard Foundation is synonymous with great food, restaurants, and chefs. According to the Foundation’s website, “The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability.”

Akin to the Oscars, they also have yearly awards in many categories, such as Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Chef, Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Pastry Chef, and Outstanding Baker. They also have regional awards and NC is in the Southeast Division. Did you know that North Carolina had 9 nominees for the Best Chef in 2022? Impressive, right? Even more impressive is Chai Pani, a restaurant in Asheville, NC was named the Outstanding Restaurant of 2022 and Ricky Moore, chef of the Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham, NC was Southeast Regional Best Chef. Wow!

In addition to the yearly awards, the Friends of James Beard Benefit is an opportunity for restaurants and chefs to showcase their culinary talents while raising monies to support the Foundation programs. These occur every month all over the United States.

This is where we come in! Katie Choate invited us to be a part of a benefit family-style dinner hosted by chef Jake Wood, owner of Lawrence BBQ in RTP. Katie and Jake chose vintage china platters and bowls, glass bowls, silver-plated flatware and serving utensils, and a gorgeous punch bowl. Each of these were filled with freshly prepared meats, vegetables, and salads. Below is the announcement for the Holiday Soirée with Lawrence Barbecue.

Step back in time for an intimate, 1960’s-inspired holiday party at Milburnie Fishing Club, hosted by chef Jake Wood of Lawrence Barbecue, named one of Southern Living Magazine’s Best New ‘Cue Joints in the South. For this special dinner, Jake will pay homage to Granny Helen Lawrence’s holiday table with a fabulous family menu. Local favorites N. Sea. Oyster Co., Trophy Brewing, Young Hearts Distillery as well as Napa’s esteemed Reynolds Family Winery will all be featured. 

Friends of James Beard Benefit
Milburnie Fishing Club

Bravo, vendor team! It was a grand success and we are pleased to be invited as a hosting vendor!

Hosting Vendors
Lawrence Barbecue
Trophy Brewing
Young Hearts Distilling
Reynolds Family Winery
Cody Daniel Music
N.Sea Oyster Company
Southern Vintage Table
Anna Routh
Milburnie Fish Club (venue)


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Sweetheart Table with Colorful Bottles and Vases

Styled Shoot – A Stunningly Vibrant Shoot Inspired by Frida Kahlo

I was a child who went about in a world of colors.” – Frida Kahlo (Spanish Mamma)


Frida Kahlo, one of Mexico’s greatest artists and the inspiration for Emily Katherine Events styled shoot, “is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form.” – FridaKahlo.org

We think you’ll agree that vibrancy and passion are beautifully portrayed in this shoot! The gorgeous floral creations by Sparks and Sand Floral Design are a vision of heavenliness, and of course, the two models perfectly depict Frida and her partner. Her headpiece, dress and jewelry, and his suit are extraordinarily on point, especially when compared to Frida’s self portraits. The talented Cirque91 Photography exquisitely captured everything.


You’ll see many of our vintage pieces on the sweetheart table including the linens and place settings. The colorful vintage goblets, bottles, vases, and candleholders make a bold statement that we think Frida herself would approve.

The dessert table with the beautiful cake and desserts by Happily Desserted also capture Frida’s love for vivid colors. Our vintage touches included the cake stand, dessert plates, gold flatware, and colorful bottles.

“I would like to give you everything I never had, but not even then would you know
how beautiful is it to love you.” – Frida Kahlo (Spanish Mamma)


Bravo, Emily Katherine Events and sponsoring vendors! We are in love with this shoot and look forward to working with you again!

Lastly, be sure to watch this beautiful movie by Bovara Studios! The music, narration, and gorgeous footage will captivate you!

Venue: Sunnyside at Baldwin Farms
Planners: Emily Katherine Events 
Photographer: Cirque91 Photography 
Videographer: Bovara Studios
Dessert: Happily Desserted  
Florist: Sparks and Sand Floral Design
Rentals: Southern Vintage Table
Hair & Makeup: Nicole Cisternas Salon LLC 
Groom’s Attire: Bernard’s Formalwear 
Bride’s Attire: Beautiful and Borrowed Bridal
Jewelry: Jewelsmith
Officiant: Magical Weddings by Carly
Neon Sign: Happily Ever Neon 
Models: Heather(She/Her) & Pedro(He/Him)


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Vintage Teacup and Plate

Southern Vintage Table Events – An Afternoon Birthday Tea Party

Celebrating a birthday with friends is always wonderful and when you add a tea party to the mix, the occasion transforms into a chic affair! This occasion was orchestrated by Curtis of The Rocky Face Tavern in Canton for his client and we were delighted to share our vintage tea collection with them.

After several emails with Curt, we prepared the order – for each guest there was a vintage teacup, small plate, and silver-plated flatware. For each table, we included a tiered stand, two teapots, sugar and creamer, compotes for jam and curd, and a lemon dish. Assorted serving flatware, including tiny spoons and sugar tongs, were packed.

Pieces were grouped by colors – green, pink, light blue, maroon, yellow, and blue/white – so each table had a unique look. To help the venue with the setup, we took photos of each theme and then organized them in the racks and crates accordingly.

Curt shared that it was a grand success! From looking at his photos, you can see that guests arrived in style with hats and gloves, ready for an afternoon tea with friends. Looking forward to working with you again, Curt!


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Scenes from SVT – November 27, 2022

Hi there! This week’s Scenes from SVT includes brass centerpieces used on our family’s Thanksgiving table, new vintage plate patterns, a “sneak peek” from a recent wedding, a sister visit, and the latest setting table’s tablescape at our studio.

Our large family reunion had to be postponed again this year due to sickness but we enjoyed a grand feast at my sister’s home. The food was amazing – my sisters are great chefs – and we helped by providing fall centerpieces and table coverings. Filled with grasses, fresh eucalyptus, and fir sprigs our understated decor fit this season’s gathering.

We did do some baking for the feast – the lime tarts and sweet potato pie came with us!

Here are our new vintage plates! The second, third, and fourth were gifted to us by Carrie, Lee, and Margaret. We and our future clients thank you! Your family heirlooms will be enjoyed by many.

Now for the best photo of the day – this is a sneak peek shared by Shannon of her daughter’s wedding tables. Our vintage amber goblets gleam and glow on their tables. More will be coming.

Destiny Lee Photography

Our sisters’ visit was fun! Rowena came hunting for vintage pieces for her tapas wine party. Pink is her favorite color and, no surprise, she managed to incorporate it into her Christmas theme. With vintage pink and red goblets, colorful vintage small plates, gold flatware, and assorted decor, her guests will be delighted!

Lastly, sister Janis immediately admonished us because we had not decorated for Christmas. After they left, this pretty vintage cloth was pulled out, along with vintage wood candleholders, candles, and a wooden tray. Also, lots of pine cones, which we always have on hand. Not too bad for a quick makeover!


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