Vintage Feature – New Vintage Patterns from Europe and the US

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

We are always on the hunt for new vintage patterns to add to our collections and we’d like to introduce you to some of our newcomers! Most of them we found at local thrift stores but we also had a few gifted to us. How sweet is that? These new patterns hail from England, Austria, France, Bavaria, and the US.

The patterns above are rich with colors and we love each one of them. From the top left, the makers are Salem China from USA, Royal Bayreuth from Bavaria, Mason’s from England, and Trischenreuth, also from Bavaria.

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Now, who doesn’t love vintage patterns with delicate florals? These four beauties are from several different countries. Starting at the top left, we have Knowles China from the US, Union Ceramique from France, Haviland from France, and Karlsbad from Austria.

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These colorful four patterns look so nice together! The two on the right are from England, Johnson Brothers and Royal Dalton. The two on the left are from potteries in the US, Vernon Kilns and Knowles China, both of which are no longer in business.

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This last set of four are a bit atypical of china patterns with their hues of brown. We love how they look together – add a brown and amber goblet to the table, and you have a terrific look! All of these ironstone patterns are from England – the top two are Mason’s, the bottom left is Johnson Brothers, and the bottom right is Staffordshire.

Mixing and matching china patterns presents a beautiful, interesting table for your guests whether it’s a wedding reception, bridal shower, a holiday meal, or a dinner party.  Give us a call or send an email through our Contact page. We’d love to hear from you!


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

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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!

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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

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~


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Vintage Feature – Three Client Reviews and Three Vintage Views

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Natalie E Photography

For wedding professionals, there’s nothing more delightful than receiving kind reviews from their clients. Because we are passionate about our vintage wares and what they represent, we truly love sharing them with others. We strive to do our best to be accommodating, polite, and timely with all of our interactions and events. These three client reviews from Wedding Wire help us know that our collection and efforts are appreciated!


Emma –  April, 2018

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Kelsey Rae Photography

“Shelly was great to work with and I really enjoyed getting to visit her studio to try different colors and patterns for my wedding reception tables. The mix-and-match blue china and glasses were whimsical yet classic and added a nice touch of color to my tables. There were tons of options to choose from! She was flexible with pick up and drop off.”


Renée – April, 2018

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Natalie E Photography

“If you are looking for vintage place settings and rentals for your wedding or other special event, look no further! Southern Vintage Table has everything you can imagine! Shelly is wonderful to work with and was so accommodating through the whole wedding planning process. Shelly and her team did a fabulous job and went above and beyond to make my daughter’s wedding reception even more beautiful than we could have imagined!”


Mallory – May, 2018

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Shelly Heath Photography

“I got the most compliments on my wedding about the table settings and the dishware! Everyone LOVED the eclectic pieces and creativity! The staff was very professional, timely, and accommodating. Would recommend Southern Vintage Table to anyone! Thank you for making our wedding so beautiful!”


Thank you, Emma, Renée, and Mallory, for your lovely reviews and for trusting us to be a part of your wedding day! To read more client reviews, go to Wedding Wire and our newest collaborator, The Knot.


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Southern Vintage Table Event – First Look at Casey & Alex’s Elegant Reception

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

The rain cleared, clouds broke, and the sunshine arrived just in time for Casey and Alex’s beautiful ceremony! This marvelous wedding was such a treat for us because we were both a vendor and a guest!

Our connection is through Casey’s mother, Jami, who is the beloved “butterflies and rainbows” member of our tribe, the Yayas. We’ve known each other for more than 20 years and have shared many life events together with each other’s families. Casey and Alex’s wedding meant so much for each of us and we all were excited to attend.

An upcoming blog post will show more of the wedding and reception with JP Pratt‘s professional photographs, but today we are sharing a few of our own. Our vintage clear and pink goblets, silver-plate flatware, dessert plates, and table numbers look so pretty in the Carolina Club‘s ballroom. Meristem‘s glorious florals, the elegant black chairs and napkins from American Party Rentals, and CE Rentals‘ tablecloths and chargers created this elegant, glamorous setting.

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Southern Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Congrats, Casey and Alex! We loved every bit of your joy-filled wedding and reception and wish the best of everything in the years ahead!


PS – Many, many thanks go out to Camille Zarzar, event planner for the Carolina Club, and Stacy Newberg of Events By Memory Lane. We enjoyed meeting photographers JP and Theresa Pratt and floral designers Anna and Brian of Meristem Florals. The Yayas also loved our personal server, Kristin, who was sweet and attentive to our every need!


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Vintage Feature – The “Magic” Behind Vintage Blue Ridge China

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

We found Peggy first – this quaint dessert dish with a single pink flower. We thought it was special because of its simplicity but didn’t know it was a Blue Ridge Southern Potteries’ pattern until much later. In fact, we had never heard of Blue Ridge pottery!

Now we understand why folks love to collect these quaint patterns. The history behind this unique style of dishware is a great American story about a once thriving pottery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee.  Although our current inventory of Blue Ridge is limited, our appreciation at Southern Vintage Table for this American-made china is growing!

The story begins in the early 1900s when a railroad company sold a large parcel of land along their railroad line in Erwin, Tennessee to a group of investors. There were rich deposits of kaolinite and feldspar nearby, perfect ingredients for a pottery business. According to Wikipedia, in 1916 Clinchfield Potteries opened their doors for business, manufacturing the typical china style of the times which were described as “gold-trimmed, decal-decorated dishes”.

blue ridge logo

In the 1920s the business was sold and became known as Southern Potteries. To set his style of china apart from his competitors, the new owner introduced a hand painted, underglaze technique. The bold, new patterns, painted by the local women, were stamped with the new label, Blue Ridge, sometime during the 1930s.

Young ladies, some as young as fifteen, came down from the mountains to be trained as painters at the pottery. Men were taught how to mold the shapes and do the firing. Some of the young ladies were so talented that they were allowed to paint what are called Artists Signed Plates. These are rare, but wonderful to own. Others were content being part of a team who sat in hard chairs around a table and painted for many hours each day. One might paint a flower on the bisque plate while another would add a stem and leaves. A third might paint an edge around the plate and so on until the plate was finished and put in the stack to be fired and glazed.  (blueridgechina.com)

Bright colors and big designs are hallmarks of Blue Ridge patterns. Here are four dinner plate patterns in our inventory at Southern Venture Table.

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NCThis pattern is called Stanhome Ivy.  It was a pattern made in 1947 for Stanley Home Products and given as a gift to the hostess when she held a party featuring their wares. Avon cosmetics and Quaker Oats also gave Blue Ridge china to salespeople and consumers to boost sales of their own products.

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The big bold flower patterns are our favorite designs, especially the yellow ones. These vintage dessert plates are simply charming!

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

Due to a shortage of imports during WWII, business boomed for Southern Potteries. After the war ended, however, cheaper china imports returned to the American market and plastic dinnerware hit the stores. The competition was tough on Southern Potteries and their business dramatically fell. After designing over 4000 different patterns, Southern Potteries finally closed its doors in 1957 and, according to Blue Ridge-SPI,  “the magic was gone.”  I love that quote.

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These vintage American-made hand painted patterns are available at Southern Vintage Table in limited amounts but we are actively looking to add to our collection!  As we admire these hand painted beauties, we have a vision of women, brushes in hand, artfully painting and sharing a little of themselves with every stroke of their brush. Invite Southern Vintage Table to share some vintage magic with your guests at your next event!

Here are more resources about the now-collectable Blue Ridge china!
Blue Ridge Pottery China Dinnerware Pottery Southern Potteries
Blue Ridge – SPI
Blue Ridge (dishware) – Wikipedia
The Erwin National Pottery Club

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Southern Vintage Table Event – Handpicked Showcase of Makers & Experts at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel

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How delightful and humbling to be invited to the “handpicked showcase of makers and experts” at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel, a beautifully restored historic chapel! This charming venue is absolutely perfect for intimate gatherings and we love being a part of any affair held here.

The evening was great fun for both vendors and guests! Tasty bites from a cadre of talented caterers and food vendors – Columbian chocolate treats, homemade ice cream, champagne, mac & cheese, cake, coffee & donuts, cookies, cider, petite salads, and speciality drinks – were enjoyed by everyone. The beautiful tablescapes, handmade paper products, glorious florals, and samples of guest favors as well as vendor services such as hair, makeup, photography, handwriting, and planning were part of this showcase affair.

Our post today includes photos of our table, taken by the talented Rebecca Ames, which was all decked out with the magnificent locally farmed flowers from Fernrock Farm.

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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

Sending out kudos and thanks to hosts Aimee and Yvette, owners of the The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel, for inviting us to this gala event, Fernrock Farm for the gorgeous fresh flowers, Priscilla for her sparkling spirit and support, and Rebecca Ames for her lovely photos! To see more of Rebecca’s photos from the evening, skip over to her blog post. You won’t be disappointed!


~ Here’s a salute to all of the fantastic vendors! ~
A Signature Welcome, Abigail Porter Bridal Yoga, Amanda Blair By Design, American Party Rentals, The Bardot Beauty Bus, Bri Bakes, Carolina Livery, Cat Call Collective, CE Rentals, Chad Biggs Event Planning, Chatham Cider Works, Chatham Rabbits, Chef Paris Fine Southern Catering, Choco Sweetness, Cottage Luxe Boutique Event Rentals, The Gathering Company, H+L Catering, Happy Tines Calligraphy + Design, Heir Raleigh, Ida Lou Bride – Fine Bags & Trimmings, Juniper and Rye Floral, Kast Events & Co, Krystal Kast Photography, Laurel Calligraphy, Lil Photobus, Mason Dixon Designs, Mood Fleuriste, Party Tables, Pinola Camper Bar, Rebecca Ames Photography, Salt & Smoke, Simply Cakes, Southern Sugar Bakery, Southern Vintage Table, Tenco Coffee Truck, Top Off Events, Trillium Workshop, Two Roosters Ice Cream, Wink Hair & Makeup

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Vintage Feature – Pre-Open House at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Dang – We wanted this week’s post to feature before and after photos of The Parlour at Manns Chapel’s open house but it just couldn’t happen! Our weekend is joyfully packed with this gala event, a mother-daughter tea party, and a Sunday bridal tea shower we are hosting with the dearest of friends.

This post is being written Saturday morning before heading over to Fernrock Farm to fill brass vases with Carrie’s gorgeous flowers. Then Priscilla and I are going to The Parlour at Manns Chapel for our evening open house. Sunday morning our destination is the Kings Daughters Inn in Durham to set up and host our bridal tea party. Busy, busy, busy and we love it!

Here are a few photos of our Friday afternoon setup sans beautiful flowers by Fernrock Farm which will add that last bit of gorgeousness. Our setup showcased our 5 vintage collections – white stoneware, elegant florals, blue and white, bold retro, and wildflower stoneware – along with samples of our vintage table decor. More photos of the evening will be forthcoming!

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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

Can’t wait to hang with Priscilla and these vendors tonight!

A Signature Welcome, Abigail Porter Bridal Yoga, Amanda Blair By Design, American Party Rentals, The Bardot Beauty Bus, Bri Bakes, Carolina Livery, Cat Call Collective, CE Rentals, Chad Biggs Event Planning, Chatham Cider Works, Chatham Rabbits, Chef Paris Fine Southern Catering, Choco Sweetness, Cottage Luxe Boutique Event Rentals, The Gathering Company, H+L Catering, Happy Tines Calligraphy + Design, Heir Raleigh, Ida Lou Bride – Fine Bags & Trimmings, Juniper and Rye Floral, Kast Events & Co, Krystal Kast Photography, Laurel Calligraphy, Lil Photobus, Mason Dixon Designs, Mood Fleuriste, Party Tables, Pinola Camper Bar, Rebecca Ames Photography, Salt & Smoke, Simply Cakes, Southern Sugar Bakery, Southern Vintage Table, Tenco Coffee Truck, Top Off Events, Trillium Workshop, Two Roosters Ice Cream, Wink Hair & Makeup


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Vintage Feature – We’re Back to our Sunday Blogging!

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Hey all!  August is here and we’ve got lots to share from our July hiatus. As mentioned in our last post, we had three goals to accomplish. First, we tackled all the paper work stuff including updating our business spreadsheets. Phew! The more difficult task, curating our collection, has begun but there’s still more to do. It’s hard to give up a vintage treasure!

Of course, finding and adding new items to our vintage collections is always fun! We now have a vintage milk glass punch bowl, some new vintage teapots and teacups, and more patterns of vintage plates. New napkins have been fashioned from thrift store fabrics and we’ve also found a few to add to our printed napkin collection.

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Inside the studio, our quest for organization continues. Two additional dressers have linens in their drawers, two new lights hang overhead, and several shelves reorganized. Our favorite addition to the studio is this terrific 1950s kitchen cart that now provides much needed surface space in our work area.

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It’s good to set focused goals and, even if we fell a little short, much has been accomplished this month. As a result, we’re even more ready for the busy fall wedding season ahead and have a few open 2018 dates and are scheduling clients for 2019. Send us an email from our contact page or give us a call. We’d love to help!

Photo by Natalie E Photography

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Vintage Feature – It’s Blog Break Month!

We won’t be publishing our Sunday blog post during July but we have much to do. The list is a bit tedious –sigh- but nonetheless; it will feel good to mark them off the list, especially the first two.

!.  Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork. Oh boy, the pile is deep and we need to get our orders and contracts organized in our notebook.

2. Update spreadsheets. Business goals need to be evaluated and expenses organized. Yay!

3. Curate inventory. After spending this past year in our studio space, we now have a better notion of items that clients want for their event. This task will be hard for a different reason – we love everything and hate to let anything go. We hope it won’t be too traumatic!

So, that’s the July to-do list. Look for our next post on August 5th. We still will be serving clients and taking studio appointments so don’t hesitate to give us a call or send an email! We’ll love to hear from you!


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Vintage Feature – Showcasing Our Vintage Decor

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table is all about vintage tableware  – plates, goblets, flatware – but we also have a great collection of vintage decor. Today’s blog is all about the fun, eclectic, and unique pieces that help individualize your guest tables. We have selected photos of a few items that different clients have used to demonstrate the versatility of our vintage wares.

~ Vintage Scales ~

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~ Vintage Enameled Pink Tub ~

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~ Vintage Petite Art, Postcards, and Frames ~

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Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

~ Vintage Suitcases and Trunks ~

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~ Vintage Clocks ~

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~ Vintage Vases, Vessels, Floral Containers ~

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Southern Vintage Table Vintage China Rental NC

Consider adding vintage decor to your next event! Use any of these ideas or create a unique look of your own. We’ll be happy to help!


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