The Old Cotton Gin

Styled Shoot: A Quick See with More to Come

We had a great surprise in our email yesterday – the photo gallery from an Elope NC styled shoot that was only 2 days ago! Now that’s an amazing turnaround from Wendy Jade Photography!

The venue for the shoot was The Old Cotton Gin, a charming historic venue in Warrenton. The property includes three structures – The Old Cotton Gin, The Seed House, and The Franklin Street House. Be sure to check out this unique venue!

Organized by ElopeNC and planned by Meagan of Magnolia Collective, this styled shoot was fresh look on the classic red, white, and blue theme. Shown below are a few photos, with a focus on our vintage contributions, to give you a taste of what the day was like. We plan to followup on a few more next week!

Sponsor: ElopeNC (Stephanie)
Venue: The Old Cotton Gin (Scott and Samantha)
Planner: Magnolia Collective (Meagan)
Photographer: Wendy Jade Photography
Videographer: Bovara Studios (Annie)
Officiant: Rev Katherine Dupree
Tabletop Rentals: Southern Vintage Table (Shelly)
Stationery: Lauren Andrews Designs
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct
Makeup: Michelle Clark
Bridal Gowns: Uniquely Bridal
Models: Molly and Lindsey

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News – Thanks for Visiting SVT!

Today’s post is not about pretty vintage dishes or goblets; it’s all about the fabulous folks who have visited our studio in search of their vintage jive. Whether planning a wedding reception, birthday party, bridal shower, dinner party, or styled shoot, there’s nothing quite like being amist rows of vintage goblets in almost every color, vintage plates from different decades, shelves filled with teacups, and a room full of decor.

Some folks come solo to concentrate on their own vision; others bring their mother, sister, best friend, planner, and even their florist with whom they share ideas. And, of course, the bride and groom often arrive together to plan their reception tablescape that’s uniquely theirs.

Thank you all again for coming over and chatting with us! We are always excited to share our inventory and witness how your creative tablescape emerges!

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Vintage Parties

Southern Vintage Table Events – Large to Small, We Love to Do it All!

We love sharing our vintage tableware for anything and everything! From over 200 guests to 4, we will provide our rentals for any size gathering. Today’s post is about the smaller, more intimate affairs that are elevated with the beauty of vintage. Photos were sent to us by our clients and we are so pleased to show you!

This first set of photos are from a post-Covid family reunion. Our client, Betsy, organized the table settings from afar and visited the shop days before to select the goblets. With her gorgeous arrangements and our vintage goblets and flatware, the tables were inviting for her family.

Every birthday is special but your mother’s 80th is a humongous milestone! Yvette even went further when she planned the celebration for her mother – family members came in from out-of-state to surprise the guest of honor. So sweet!

The third set of photos is from our winner of the Tea Party To Go contest. The guests had two reasons to celebrate – a birthday for the winner, Robin, and the end of chemo treatment for one of her guests. Every day is a good day to have tea, and this one certainly was.

Three wonderful events, three celebrations, and three ways to beautifully incorporate vintage.

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Vintage Retro Reception Table

Styled Shoot – Embracing the Vibrant Colors of Love in Green Wedding Guild’s Challenge

Vibrant, vivid, and love-filled describes this styled shoot from the Green Wedding Guild‘s 2021 Green Wedding Challenge at the Bill Scott Pavilion. Designed by Emily Katherine Events and photographed by Raven Shutley Studios, this shoot is uniquely beautiful.

Our vintage bold retro dinner plates, bright colored goblets, woven placemats, and teal napkins were key to Emily’s design; however, the potted plants, faux florals by Silk Stem Collective and Emily Ruth Print‘s table number added yet another original layer to the eclectic look.

Extra touches such as our vintage-styled cigar box, petite vintage green glass covered tray, and colorful vintage tins brought additional boldness. We absolutely adore Happily Desserted‘s multilayered cake on the dessert table with more of our vintage decor.

Bravo to all of the vendors who were part of this creative shoot! As displayed in the neon sign, “It’s you. It’s me. It’s us.” Words we all love to hear!

Organizer: @greenweddingguild
Venue: @billscottpavilion
Planner: @ekevents
Photographer: @ravenshutleystudios
Video: @bovarastudios
Models: Erin & Alexandra
Attire: @renttherunway
Jewelry: @jointventurenc
Rentals: @deejayseventrentals & @southernvintagetable2
Stationery: @emilyruthprints
Cake: @happily_desserted
Florals: @silkstemcollective
Hair & Makeup: @love.struckbeauty
Neon Sign: @hex.neon
Officiant: @annmckenzie01

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Reception Table

Southern Vintage Table Event – A Blissfully Blue Wedding at The Parlour

Oh, happy day for Taylor and Larry at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel. Exquisitely designed and orchestrated by Whitney Davis and splendidly captured by Krystal Kast Photography, this blissfully blue wedding day is stunning in every way.

The first celebration for the couple following the ceremony is cocktail time. We love Cottage Lux’s totally chic bar stocked with our vintage goblets and coupes. Mingling with one in your hands has a wonderfully festive feel, don’t you think?

The combination of talent, wares, and time created this extraordinary wedding! Be sure to note the incredible team of vendors below along with their contributions. Thank you, Whitney and Krystal, for providing this listing and photos for everyone to share.

Congratulations, Taylor and Larry! Your blissfully blue wedding day will be fondly remembered by so many – guests and vendors alike. Wishing ya’ll the best of everything!

The Venue Team
Design & Planning // @whitney_collective with @canddevents
Photography //  @krystalkast
Venue // @theparlourchapel
Catering // @hlcateringco
Dessert // @sugareuphoria
Florist // @hathawayfloraldesign
Hair // @the_pretty_barette
Makeup // @helloprettyyou
Tabletop Rentals // @southernvintagetable2
Linen & Silverware Rentals // @ce_rental_raleigh
Lounge, Pedestals & Bar Rentals // @cottageluxe
Dress Alterations // @mariecordella
Paper Goods //
Music // @garrettharris122

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Vintage Whitehall Goblets

Vintage Feature – A Celebration of Numbers: 2021 Update

Seven years to the date, June 13, 2014, Southern Vintage Table celebrated our 1st anniversary! We were quite pleased with our progress during that year and paused to mark our achievements.

Like one of my favorite characters on Sesame Street, Count von Count, I love numbers and it seems like we are always counting at Southern Vintage Table – like, how many vintage blue & white china patterns we have, the number of salad forks in our collection, or the length of a creamy lace overlay.

Sometimes, however, our counting means even more – they mark an achievement – and we have a few of them we’d like to share.  Let’s start the countdown with 10 numbers we are celebrating…

Celebration of Numbers, SVT, June 2014

So, 7 years later, we are pausing one again to see how much some our numbers have changed and what new numbers we’d like to note. From 32,957 to 1, here are the ten numbers we are celebrating today and our favorite number is last!

One – 32,957 Users from 1-1-2020 to 6-13-2021

To us, this number is amazing! In 2013 we had 6,605 views (a little different than users but this is the data we have) on our WordPress blog. Today we have a full scale website that folks from all over the world visit.

Two – 2,772 Pieces of Vintage Flatware 

As before, we didn’t really count each piece but we do have a lot! In 2014 we only collected vintage silver-plated flatware and had enough for 200+ guests. By 2021, we had amassed enough vintage silver-plated and stainless steel pieces to accommodate at least 200+ guests in each variety. Recently, we have added vintage gold-plated to our flatware offerings and now can serve 75 guests. Along with place settings, we have lots of vintage serving pieces – cake servers, tongs, large spoons & forks, pickle forks, and sugar spoons.

This cache of flatware didn’t come so easy – we’ve scoured thrift stores, estate sales, auctions, consignment shops, craigslist, ebay, and more to find these glorious vintage patterns.  Now, that’s certainly an accomplishment to note!

Celebration of Numbers, SVT, June 2014

 Three – 1,996 Pinterest Pins & 667 Intagram Posts

The major force on the social media scene in 2014 was Pinterest. Folks still use Pinterest for ideas, but Instagram has since become the social media queen. In 2014 we had 882 pins on Pinterest; today we have pinned 1,996 images with 32 public boards. A typical monthly viewership is 29,000 but we have hit 78,000.

Our Instagram account has 667 posts and 1,766 followers. These numbers make us dance!

Four – 839 Facebook Likes and 911 Followers

From 280 to 839 Facebook likes, we are grateful for each of you! We love to share with you our new additions as well as our latest events. And, we love to hear from you!

Five – 402 Published Blog Posts

From 71 in 2014 to 403 Sunday posts in 2021, we have expanded our blog post menu to include Southern Vintage Table Events, Vintage Features, Styled Shoots, Vintage Tips, and News.

Check in with us each Sunday to find out more about our latest vintage find, see photos from our most recent event or hear about our vintage adventures. We appreciate each and every visit!

Celebration of Numbers, SVT, June 2014

Six – 200 Vintage Whitehall Glasses in 9 Colors

Our count of vintage Whitehall goblets has grown in two ways – the total count and the number of colors – from 65 to 200 and 6 colors to 9! Many folks grew up with this popular glassware pattern and they evoke many wonderful family memories.

Seven – 7 Shades of Blue Goblets

Wow – 7 shades of blue in our vintage goblet collection! Don’t forget we also have green, yellow, amber, red, purple, pink, peach, white, and clear. How many you ask? Well, we’ll need to get back to you on that!

Eight – Our 8th Year Anniversary!

 Southern Vintage Table has been open for eight years!  Whoo-hoo!

It’s been quite an adventure – collecting, researching, cleaning, repairing, photographing, identifying, writing, posting, washing, archiving, sorting – and we continue to love every part of it. Gosh, how to you thank everyone for their support and kindness?  Simply and sincerely – Thank You.

Celebration of Numbers, SVT, June 2014
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Happy Anniversary, Southern Vintage Table!

 Nine – 9 Vintage Plate Collections

Our vintage plate collection in 2014 totaled about 250 in assorted styles and patterns. Today we have 9 vintage collections or themes of patterns, all of which can be mixed and matched with each other or kept in the same theme. Some vintage collections have about 300, like our blue & white, and others have 30 or so, as in our mostly brown. How many total dinner plates do we have? We’ll get back to you on that, too!

Ten – Our First Grandbaby Arrives!

Our most wondrous number is one – our first grand baby is born – Isla Elaine Dawson. What a wonderful number this one is!

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Model Holding Lemon

Styled Shoot – A Limencello Flair at the Spring Green Wedding Guild Challenge

Behold this cheery, natural tablescape! Designed by Maria of KaraMia Events and photographed by Alexandrea of Copper Key Photo, this tablescape instantly evokes joy and delight with the bright yellow accents, the vintage dusky goblets, blue & white plates, and candleholders.

Inspired by Limencello, the Italian lemon liqueur, Maria pulled together vintage pieces from Southern Vintage Table and added the furniture, chargers, linens, and flatware from DeeJay’s. Those gorgeous lemony bouquets are the work of talented Lisa of Fireside Farm. All of this took place at the Bill Scott Pavilion in Raleigh.

The dessert station was pretty spectacular! Our vintage yellow and blue vases are peerrrfect and that lemon cake by Taylor Street Sweets looks incredibly yummy. Ohhhh, wish we could have a slice right now!

Thank you, Maria, the Green Wedding Guild, and all of the “green” vendors for another successful challenge! Looking forward to the next one and we just may have to enter ourselves!

OrganizerGreen Wedding Guild@greenweddingguild
VenueBill Scott Pavilion@billscottpavilion
PhotographerCopper Key Photo@copperkeyphoto
VideographerPhillip Teasley@phillipteasleyvideography
FloristFireside Farm@firesidefarmnc
JewelryJoint Venture@jointventurenc
DessertTaylor Street Sweets@taylorstreetsweets
Southern Vintage Table@southernvintagetable2
StationaryWhole Weddings@wholeweddings
ModelsMaryann Bandy@maryannkristen
Logan Matteson@logan.matteson
Hair & MakeupLovestruck Beauty@love.struckbeauty
OfficiantWeddings By Heidi@weddingsbyheidi
Logo Stirrers/PicksSmartPack USA@smartpackusa
Palm Leaf Plates & Wooden CutlerySell Sage@sellsage

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Bride and Groom

Southern Vintage Table Event – Blue & White at the Duke Mansion

Folks contact us with many different requests – sometimes we set the entire table with our vintage tableware; other times it may be one particular vintage look. In this case, we provided vintage Independence Hall dinner plates for wedding guests at the gorgeous Duke Mansion in Charlotte. It was meant to be – they had 35 guests and we had 35 blue and white plates in the same pattern.

As you can see in the fabulous floral arrangements by Gather Flower Studio , the other primary color was orange. We love these two together! They needed a few pops of this vibrant color so planner Kelley Kohler of Haviland Events asked us to include a few decor pieces such as this vintage tin and clock.

Our delivery/pickup was actually a meetup in High Point so we didn’t get to see this historic venue in person, but these photos by Phylicia Willis Photography help us envision how beautiful the wedding was. Such a classic! Congratulations, Britt and Steve!

Photography- @phylicia.willis
Planning and Event Design- @havilandevents
Venue- @dukemansion
Floral Design- @gatherwithjess
Videography -@timmyoungfilms 
DJ- @ceasefireprods
Furniture Rentals- @evermoreeventco
Paper goods- @bellevuecreativeco
Linens- @partytables_linensanddrappery
Vintage Blue & White China- @southernvintagetable2
Silverware- @thecollectionbycourtneyinghram
Officiant- @torri_officiates
MUA- @xbeyondbeautyllc

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News – Look Who’s Here – Isla!!

We are tickled to introduce you to our new grand baby, Isla Elaine! Recently SVT took off a couple of weeks from blogging and Miss Isla is the reason – who can blog or do much of anything else when you get to hold your first grand baby.

Our daughter, Taylor, and her husband, Cameron, invited us to meet their sweet girl so Randy and I drove 2 days to Boston, taking the longer, more scenic route to avoid the busy highway. It was good trip and the closer we got, the more excited we were to meet our baby granddaughter.

Our new names are Yayee (that’s me) and Grandy (which is the most perfect name for Randy!) Yayee is the name my twin brother called me because he had a hard time saying “Shelly” and I started calling him Yayee, too. I wish I knew why! It must have been a little confusing because Yayee always was the culprit behind any misbehavior. One sweet memory I’ll have forever is that my Aunt Maeline called me Yayee even when I was a grown woman. She had this sweet way of saying it that made me feel loved. It will be awhile, but I do look forward to hearing Isla call me Yayee.

Of course, as all grandparents would say, Yayee and Grandy thinks she’s the most adorable baby ever. Cameron and Taylor are smitten with this little one and we are, too.

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