Tea Time Magazine Spread

News – “Braggart News” Alert!

We know, our post title is a bit much but it’s a tongue-in-cheek tribute to my friends. We love to share good news and fun stuff with one another and jokingly, we call it “braggart news.” So, today’s entry is a “braggart post” and we are pretty proud of our news. Yep, we are featured as one of seven vintage china rental companies across North America in the May/June edition of Tea Time Magazine.

This amazing article, “Renting Vintage China for Afternoon Tea and More,” written by Katherine Cloninger Ellis, devotes a page to each of the seven featured companies – Tea and Old Roses in Homewood, Alabama; Dish and Decor Vintage Rental in Crystal Lake, Illinois; Delicate Dishes in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Little Vintage Rentals in New York, New York; Rent My Dust in Grapevine, Texas; Plate Occasions in Toronto, Canada, and us, Southern Vintage Table in Hillsborough, NC. We are honored to be in the company of these kindred businesses!

We are indebted to the photographers who gave permission to include their work. They are: Ally & Bobby Photography, Jaclyn Auletta Photography, and Rebekah Senter Photography.

The May/June 2021 edition of Tea Time is available on stands! If you love tea, delicious treats, and vintage china, you’ll love this magazine! And, as a personal plug, we offer several different ways to enjoy tea with your friends and family – Tea Party To Go Packages, Tea Party Packages for 12 and 24, and open rentals. Tea anyone?

Vintage Tea Setting

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Time to Celebrate Spring (& Our Vaccinations) with a Giveaway!

Whoo hoo! Spring is here and vaccinations are happening! This means that folks are ready for a lingering, safe visit with family and friends. Southern Vintage Table wants to help you host this intimate, cheerful gathering with a Tea Party To Go Giveaway!

Here’s the deal – We are offering our basic package for 4 which includes vintage teacups and place settings for 4, a teapot, tiered stand, platter, and small tablecloth. And, there’s more! Also included are two add ons – tea party food and a trio of bud vases filled with local florals from Fernrock Farm. Entering the contest is easy -the hard part will be deciding on your guest list! Ready to get your name in the pot? Tee hee 🙂

Go to our Instagram page and find this post. To enter follow these easy steps:

  1. Follow us – @southernvintagetable2
  2. Like the post.
  3. Tag 2 or 3 friends who will be invited to your tea party! (If a friend is not on IG, share their first name).
  4. The winner must be able to pickup from our Hillsborough, NC studio the day before the party and return the day after.
  5. Party date is flexible but will need to be scheduled with us. 
  6. Winner must sign a contract detailing rental policies before or upon pickup.

The end date for the giveaway is March 31 at noon. We’ll randomly choose one winner from all entries that follow the rules and announce their name on April 1, 2021 via Instagram.

This is not an April fool’s trick! 

Good luck to everyone and thank you for entering!

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Elope NC

News – We are on the ElopeNC Vendor Team!

We are happy to share that we are a part of an incredible vendor team, ElopeNC, headed by Stephanie and Matt Milosh. This carefully curated group of professionals is ready to help couples create a intimate wedding day that is beautifully personal. (Don’t you love the logo?)

Our ElopeNC team and all partner vendors believe:

in honesty, transparency and authenticity;
love is love, and all love stories deserve celebration;
the reason for your choices matters;
all living things should be treated with respect;
and marriage is life’s greatest adventure.

“The mission of ElopeNC is to provide couples who are eloping in North Carolina with inspiration, resources, a vendor directory and package deals that take all the stress out of elopement planning and connect couples with incredible vendors.”

Vendors on the team include practically every wedding professional niche – planners, officiants, photographers, videographers, venue owners, florists, musicians, food and bar services, and vintage rental services. This is truly a fantastic place to start when planning your one-of-a-kind intimate wedding celebration!

Interested couples and vendors alike can find all kinds of good stuff at ElopeNC . And, while you are there, you can check out Southern Vintage Table’s listing!

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Vintage Tea Setting

News – At Home or at the Office, Host an Intimate Afternoon Tea with Our Vintage Tea Party To-Go Package!

“The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to feel close.”

Carol and Malcolm Cohen

Tea parties might seem stuffy, too girly, or too much trouble, but we want to convince you that they can be enjoyed by everyone and held anytime. You don’t have to wait for that special day to enjoy quality time with friends and colleagues.

Between lunch and dinner, most of us need a little snack and a break from the day’s work. Usually we grab a drink and a bite but keep on working. Don’t you wish sometimes you could take a refreshing, relaxing, and rejuvenating break with the company of friends and colleagues?

We have the answer. Plan an afternoon tea party for family and friends at your home or for your work friends at the office. Sounds like fun, huh? It will not only be enjoyable, but also easily pulled together with our new offering, Tea Party To-Go package. You will be provided with all of the beautiful, vintage tea party elements, packed up and ready for 4 guests.

Basic Package for 4 – $45

Basic package in pinks and yellows
Individual PiecesServing Pieces
4 – Teacups and Saucers
4 – Small Plates
4 – Tea Napkins
4 – Silver-plated Tea Spoons & Forks

1- Teapot (4-5 Servings) with Underplate
1- Two Tiered Stand
1- Small Platter
1- Set of Sugar/Creamer/Spoon with Underplate
1- Small Tablecloth
Basic package in blues and white

Now for the food. Some of you will want to make or gather the treats for your guests. Good for you! Some, however, would like everything ready to go, from dishes to food to florals. We totally understand and have thought of you, too! Here are some add-ons you might consider.

Add-Ons for 4

Food Add-Ons – $45Floral Add-Ons – $20
8 – Freshly Baked Assorted Mini Scones
1 lb – Freshly Made Chicken Salad
8 – Freshly Baked Rolls
8 – Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
3 – Milk Glass Bud Vases with Fresh Flowers from Fernrock Farm
Note – Keep the flowers; return the vases.
Basic package with food and florals add-ons. Note that these are faux flowers but local flowers will be soon available.

Want a few more pieces, like colored goblets for water or another teapot? Consider the Premium Package.

Premium Package for 4 – $58

Individual PiecesServing Pieces
4 – Teacups and Saucers
4 – Small Plates
4 – Tea Napkins
4 – Silver-plated Tea Spoons & Forks
4 – Colored Goblets
2 – Teapots (4-5 Servings) with Underplate
1 – Two Tiered Stand
1 – Small Platter
1 – Set of Sugar/Creamer/Spoon with Underplate
1- Small Tablecloth

Are you ready to set the date? Go here to let us know what you’d like!

For additional guest settings or other elements, please indicate on the order form.

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Happy Valentines to All!

“The love you feel in life is a reflection of the love you feel in yourself. “

Deepak Chopra

Today we wish all a Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether it be celebrated with your sweetheart, friends, family, or just yourself, this day is all about love – that inexplicable gift we both receive and give to others. But, perhaps the truest meaning is that love begins with knowing, celebrating, and loving yourself.

We love and thank our clients who participated in our Share the Love offer. We enjoyed planning, collaborating, advertising, and executing the details for you. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the experience, too!

Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for making ours unique and special! Shelly, you could not have chosen better for us. I am in love with these plates!


These clients have been instrumental in the planning of a new endeavor – offering intimate vintage “To Go” packages. The first to be launched will be a Tea Party To Go package. We are working on the details so you easily can host a magical and traditional tea party!

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Valentines Table

News: Cultivate the Memories of Valentines Day 2021

Elements provided for your Valentines table

While in the midst of our daily life, we most likely aren’t thinking about the memories we are locking away. Sometimes, however, we can foresee a moment, like a holiday, for which we want to always remember. This year, Valentines 2021 may be unlike any yet celebrated; a day we will want to preserve.

If this day has meaning for you, cultivate your soon-to-be memories with something unique, out-of-the ordinary, special. Remember to use your senses and save keepsakes.

Southern Vintage Table, along with Fireside Farm and Happily Desserted, want to provide that something special for you. Serving your home-cooked meal or takeout dinner and dining on our vintage wares will cultivate memories. The taste and smell of the gourmet cupcakes as well as the long-lasting beauty of the dried florals in a handcrafted bottle-vase will delight you for years to come.

Keepsakes from Valentines 2021

If you are interested in cultivating your 2021 Valentines memories, go here to complete your order and thanks for supporting us.

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Share The Love Title

News – Announcing our “Share the Love” Valentine’s Packages

Valentine’s Day is three weeks from today! How will you celebrate with your sweetie, family, or friends this year? Do you need something that will brighten this day of love and create an everlasting memory?

We can help you put together an experience that will inspire sweet memories of love, beauty, and togetherness.

Our “Share the Love” Valentine’s package has everything you need to set a romantic tablescape. We will provide carefully selected vintage place settings for two (or more) , vintage table decor with a handcrafted bottle-vase filled with beautiful, everlasting dried florals, coordinating napkin rings, and 4 gourmet cupcakes. Prepare your special meal or order takeout from your favorite restaurant and the memories begin.

Intrigued? Here are four reasons why “Share the Love” is perfect for you!

Reason 1 – Everything included is eco-responsible.
The dishware is vintage, the dried flowers are organically and locally grown, and the gourmet cupcakes come from a local baker.

Reason 2 – Three different vintage themes from which to choose!
Elegantly Classic has sweet, fancy plates; Boldly Botanical features place settings with big, vibrant florals; and Naturally Neutral incorporates earthy tans, beiges and brown. All coordinated pieces complement each package.

Reason 3 – Three local, eco-minded women-owned businesses have collaborated to bring you this collection.

Lisa of Fireside Farm grows organic flowers here in Orange County. Happily Desserted‘s owner, Shrimi, bakes speciality cakes and and uses locally and seasonally available ingredients. Shelly, owner of Southern Vintage Table, curates vintage tableware for rent. The three of us partner with the Green Wedding Guild, an organization whose goal is to help clients choose sustainable options.

Reason 4 – You also will be sharing the love with us!
Our businesses have been affected by the pandemic. If you add takeout from a local restaurant, you’ll be helping four businesses! Your participation supports us during this time until we can safely gather once again. We all will be most appreciative!

Encouragements, questions, or comments? Please let us know!

Ready to take the next step? Simple! Go here!

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Lace with Vintage Pins

News – A New Year Cheer from Southern Lady!

A bit of cheer was sent to us to start our new year!! The delightful news was the publication of an article that appears in the January/February 2021 issue of Southern Lady for which we were consulted. The article is beautifully presented in this lovely publication and we are so pleased to be mentioned.

The Legacy of Lace
Touting both a rich history and perennial popularity, heirloom lace is unwavering in its versatile appeal.
Written by Elizabeth Bonneer Czapski
Styled by Melissa Sturdivant Smith
Photographed by Stephanie Welbourne Steele.

Here’s an excerpt from the article which mentions us:

At Southern Vintage Table, an antique tableware rental company in Hillsborough, North Carolina, owner Shelly Heath shares a fascination with lace that she’s acquired for her events. But, she also believes that much of its draw, especially in our region, lies in nostalgic merit. “I think folks appreciate vintage lace because of the delicate and intricate designs as much as its personal history,” Shelly explains.

“If it has been handed down from previous generations, it carries a sentimental value that is priceless. Lace is also versatile – as a table covering, a hankerchief, or an embellishment on {clothing}.”

Southern Lady Magazine, Jan/Feb 2021, pages 45-50.

Of course, we are truly honored to have been asked about our deep appreciation for vintage lace. Our collection at Southern Vintage Table includes lace doilies, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, napkins, and even a boho-inspired lace curtain-backdrop. Let us know if you’d like to add a bit of lace to your next event!

PS – This is our second mention in Southern Lady! 🙂

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Happy Holidays

” And so happy Christmas 
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones 
Let’s stop all the fights

A very merry Christmas 
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one 
Without any fears”

Happy Xmas – John Lennon & Yoko Ono

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Dessert Table with Wooden Boxes

News – Handcrafted from the Heart & Soul

“Her heart said, “It’s time to create.”

Her soul overheard and replied, “It’s about time.”

As I read this quote I had an epiphany – I have loved creating, decorating, transforming, and arranging all of my life and haven’t given much thought as to why. Now, I understand.

My heart and soul need to create.

Our offerings of handcrafted items have brought us joy to create and now even more joy to share. They are all eco-friendly, natural, and repurposed – the hallmarks of a good steward of our planet. We hope you can imagine how they might be the perfect item for your next occasion!

Rounds – Pedestals – Boxes

Wood may be the most versatile natural element. The live-edged rounds, purchased from a local vendor, were first dried and sanded. We then decoupaged one side with vintage newsprint and slightly stained the other with coffee to provide two different looks. Two have been decoupaged with blue & white paper. With these, you can define a space, elevate decor pieces, or hold dishes such as desserts.

Currently we are cutting fallen branches to make pedestals for small items. As seen in the opening photograph, these can hold votives, small plants, or simply be an architectural addition in a grouping.

Our favorite creation are these wooden boxes fashioned from old ceiling fan blades. Two of the same size were matched up for the sides, and the ends and bottoms were cut from recycled wood. The pieces were sanded and nailed together. So far, they have been used to hold cupcakes on the dessert table, stacked as steps to display individual pastries, and filled with florals as a centerpiece. How do you see them used at your event?

Bottle Votives – Bottle Vases

Macrame was a big hit in the 1970s and now making a comeback with the boho style. These recycled bottles have been covered with a macrame wrap and look so hip! Some can be used as votives and others as vases.

Lace, Cloth, Macrame
Boho Backdrop Curtain

As our linen collection grew, several overlays were put to the side for reuse. We weren’t quite certain what that might entail, but we knew they would be perfect for a project. Well, here’s that project – a boho backdrop curtain. Along with cut strips of overlays, we added strips of vintage cloth, ribbon, lace, toile, and macrame rope. Crafted for a fall porch wedding, it is now hanging in our studio. Perhaps you can see this at your wedding or event?

Bottles – Vases – Rocks – Rounds

Decoupaging is an amazing craft because you can totally transform something ordinary into a work of art. Most of these have been covered with paper napkins, but we have used vintage book pages and crafting paper as well. These days our glass bottles and jars don’t make it to the recycling bin – they are destined to become a decoupaged treasure!

Our handcrafted recycled and repurposed decor items are at our studio along with our vintage wares. These two blend together perfectly and belong in each other’s worlds.

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul ” – Dieter F.Uchtdorf

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