Vintage News – Move Update and This Week’s Events

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Quick update on our move – we are fully in our new space at 222E Orange Grove Street, Hillsborough! The reason why we haven’t shared the full tour is that we have a short task list to complete in between meeting with clients and preparing for events. We hope you love what you see as much as we do! More to come soon.


Now for our busy week ahead – 3 weddings and a tea party! Our four clients all love vintage and each has chosen their own unique look. Here’s what is headed out our studio this weekend.

Our first wedding is at White Lake. Our bride adores pink and has asked that each of the 325 dinner plates feature this romantic color. Yep, we’ll be heading east Friday with 16 filled crates of beautiful vintage plates with pink!

Angus Barn is the venue for the second wedding. Our bride wanted to pick up the blue and white decor in her centerpieces at each guest’s place setting. These vintage blue and white bread plates should be the perfect complement!

Wedding number three will be at Sassafras Fork Farm in Rougemont. To harmonize with this outdoor rustic space, our bride selected our white vintage stoneware and clear goblets. The crisp white will look fabulous against this natural setting.

Our final event is a vintage tea party. Our client chose our Tea Party Package for 24 and we couldn’t be more pleased. The favorite part for us is selecting our favorite teacups – not an easy task since we love so many!

As always, thanks for checking in with us! In between selecting, washing, packing, and delivering, we’ll be working on that to-do list. Have a glorious week!


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Vintage Feature – The Move Is On!

We have one month to do it and we are totally excited – we are moving! The big reveal will be next month but, in the meantime, we are relocating all of this . . .

. . . to this space! Instead of one open room, the new studio will have three rooms to design and fill.

Thank goodness we have kind friends and family who will be helping us because there’s a lot of vintage coolness to pack up! One thing is certain – It’s going to be amazing when we are finished!


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Vintage Feature – 5 Reasons To Host a Tea Party!

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Whether it’s the pretty vintage china, yummy tea and treats, or having fun with friends and family, the classic tea party is always a winner! If you are wondering why hosting a tea party is a such fabulous idea, here are 5 reasons that will convince you that your guests will love it!


~ Reason 1:  Tea parties are relaxing and festive affairs. ~

Sipping tea with friends and family may be one of the most relaxing ways to celebrate a special occasion. Whether it is a bridal or baby shower, birthday celebration, mother-daughter affair, holiday gathering, or an afternoon visiting with friends, a tea party creates calming moments of elegance we all enjoy.

~ Reason 2:  Teacups are exquisite, Delicate, and should be enjoyed! ~

We have many, many different patterns, colors, and styles of teacups. On display, these vintage teacups create a beautiful array which instantly launches the party atmosphere. Southern Vintage Table has more than 200 vintage teacups and we love every one of them.

~ Reason 3 – Tea serving pieces are beautiful and unique.~

Speciality tea serving pieces are fun to share with your guests. Vintage tea pots are as lovely as teacups, coming in a plethora of colors, shapes, and styles. Then there’s the classic tiered stand – it might be two tiers or three or even a tidbit tray or metal stand with individual plates – nonetheless, they display your treats in such a delightful way. There are vintage lemon dishes, curd and jam dishes, sugar and creamers, cake stands, and platters. All create a splendid sight on guest or buffet tables.

~ Reason 4:  Tea party treats are yummy. ~

A typical menu for a tea party includes a wonderful mix of finger food, such as delicious bites of tea sandwiches, petit fours, fresh fruit, and, our favorite, scones with lemon curd and jam. Other menu options include soups, nuts, the classic southern cheese straws, and small cupcakes. A choice of a cold beverage is always appropriate to offer your guests such as water, champagne, or even a tea cocktail.

~ Reason 5:  We can help. ~

Plan the menu, gather the flowers, and we can help with the rest. From vintage teacups to vintage lace overlays, we have the essentials and they are now listed on our updated “Tea Party Elements & Packages” page.  We also are featuring two specially priced packages for you to consider as well as an ala carte listing.

So, pick a date, make your guest list, decide on your menu, and give us a call. It’s time to relax, sip tea, and enjoy the moment with friends!

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For fun, check out this recent article from the UK’s Daily Mail for advice on official tea party etiquette.  Personally, we love petite cupcakes with tea so we’re officially ignoring that one!


Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC


New Year, New Goals

It’s time to set new goals for 2019! We have 3 this year and here they are:

Goal 1: Move to a new location!

Our lease is up in March so it’s time to relocate to a place of our own. Sharing a unit for the past two years has helped build our confidence but we are ready to go solo! With several options on the table, we should have our new space selected in a few weeks.

Goal 2: Create a weekly to-do list.

When you own your business and do it all, it can be difficult to manage every aspect. For instance, there’s the physical part – inventory to maintain, orders to filled by selecting, packing, and washing and then washing and putting everything away. There’s delivery/pickup and cleaning tasks. The other arena of work includes answering and sending emails, paying bills, maintaining the website, posting on social media, writing a weekly post, and researching new inventory. So, with all of these different tasks to manage, we want to create a weekly to-do list that addresses both the immediate needs as well as maintenance requirements. Whew.

Goal 3: Set a monthly thrift store budget. Gulp.

This will undoubtedly be a toughie! We love to pop in thrift stores to browse the latest inventory and even though we occasionally have walked in and walked out, most of the time we leave with something. Vintage shopping overlaps business and pleasure but we need to set a limit. What that limit is has yet to be determined. 🙂

See how excited I am – it’s my first time in this store!

That’s it! Moving, writing to-do lists, and limiting thrift shopping. We can do it!


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Vintage Feature – It’s Movie Time!

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Today’s post is more than just words – it’s a full length one-minute movie! We gathered some, and we mean only some, of our favorite photos and seamed them together into a video that we hope captures the depth of our vintage table setting collection. 

So, get the popcorn ready and enjoy!  (Click on the photo below.)

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The table conversation starts here!  – Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Event – Winter-Themed Styled Shoot

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Photo by Tugba Tuncer

Collaborating with vendors to create gorgeousness is one of our favorite parts of working in the event and wedding industry. Most of the time we are focused on bringing our client’s dream event to fruition, but when we work together on a styled shoot, creativity is wide open. From inception to finality, the cadre of professionals bring their skills and products to the themed shoot. Sometimes the theme may be like a fairy tale such as a wedding in the style of The Game of Thrones, or it may be a more authentic setting like a fall-themed wedding and reception. Both styles are designed to showcase wares and talents of the professional team and very rewarding to all.

For this photo shoot, winter’s rich hues amid elegance was the theme. Melrose Knitting Mill provided the backdrop for a bridal portrait styled shoot as well as a coordinating tablescape. To see the bridal portrait photos, please visit photographer Tugba Tuncer’s gallery on her website. The series of photos featured here, also taken by Tugba, perfectly fit the look of a sophisticated winter season tablescape. Twig and Tendril along with Fallon Flowers created beautiful florals to accompany our vintage place settings. 

Many thanks to Tugba for inviting us to provide the table settings for this shoot!  Other vendors for this segment of the shoot included:
Venue – Melrose Knitting Mill
Photographer – Tugba Tuncer
Florals – Twig and Tendril and Fallons Flowers
Planner – A Day Soiree
Rental – Homemade Bride and Southern Vintage Table

Photo by Tugba Tuncer
Winter Photoshoot 2018
Velvet Chair & Lace Runner

And, finally, to all in NC, enjoy our beautiful snow today! 


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Southern Vintage Table Event – Courtney & Lee’s Romantic Mountain Wedding

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

If you dig vibrant jewels and gold (and who doesn’t, right?),  you are going to love these photos from Courtney and Lee’s intimate mountain wedding provided by Amaris Photography.  Their design, using our vintage gold rimmed plates, goblets, silverware, and teacups created this magical celebration of their love for one another!

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

Courtney and Lee, we really enjoyed meeting you and helping with your wedding. Best wishes for years of love and happiness! Also, thanks for sharing these dreamy photos from Amaris Photography!


Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Event – Honoring the Chefs of Thanksgiving at Our Annual Family Reunion

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Thanksgiving 2018 for the Bass-Heath-Roberson families and friends was amazing! Fifty years ago the tradition began with our parents and grandparents who traveled far and near to share a homemade Thanksgiving feast. This time-honored ritual has become a favorite holiday celebration and we are grateful for the many memories this day has created for each of us.

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Honoring our chefs, past and present, was this year’s holiday theme. Along with our beautiful white stoneware plates, green, brown, and amber goblets, multicolored napkins, and bakelite flatware, we incorporated vintage kitchen decor down the guest tables. Vintage sifters, graters, egg cups, and kitchen tools transformed into vases, filled with foraged florals, berries, moss, and greenery.Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCSouthern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC
Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

We’ll be back next year to do it all over again! Many thanks to Sandy, Rowena, and Sherry for setting the tables and designing the centerpieces. Also, we salute the Rolesville Masonic Lodge for their many good deeds and for generously allowing us to use their meeting hall for our family gathering. 



Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Event – Jess & Andrew’s Mountainside Wedding

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

What’s the secret recipe for a wedding celebration beyond imagination? Start with a magnificent mountain backdrop near a quaint inn, generously add gorgeous florals and greenery, and set lovely vintage china and goblets for each guest. Then gather your twenty dearest friends to be a part o,f the bridal party, and, of course, invite 300 family and guests to celebrate with you.! Finally, add a talented photographer, aka Katy Cook Photography, to capture all of this perfection!

The most important ingredient for the perfect wedding is the betrothed couple and Jessica and Andrew couldn’t have been more perfectly matched. Their joy and happiness spill out everywhere and we feel so fortunate to share these with you!

We had a difficult time only selecting a few from this much anticipated wedding day. But, you’re in luck because Katy Cook published a sneak peek of the wedding on her blog and you’re going to be mesmerized by her post!

Here are a few of our favorite favorites which showcase our vintage beauties!

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

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Congratulations to this amazing couple, Jessica and Andrew! Wishing you two and your family the best of everything!

Vendor Team
~Venue and Catering: Switzerland Inn & Chalet Restaurant~
~Photographer: Katy Cook~
~Florist: Millefleurs, Banner Elk, NC~
~China: Southern Vintage Table, Hillsborough, NC~
~Tent and all other Rentals: Classic Event Rental, Asheville, NC~
~String Quartet: Cafe String Quartet~
~Makeup – Pop of Color: Hair & Makeup~
~Cake: Sugar Cloud Bakery~
~Band: Rupert’s Orchestra, Atlanta, GA~
~Bride’s Dress & Shoes: Carolina Herrera & Manolo Blahnik~
~Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung~
~Groom: Custom jacket & pants~
~Tuxedos: Black Tux~
~Videography: Magic Hour Creative~
~Photo Bus: Carolina Booth and Bus~


Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC