Vintage Blue and White China

Southern Vintage Table Events – Blueberry Styled-Shoot, Part 1

It’s blueberry season and this styled-shoot, designed by Emily of EKE Events and Chiara of Windy Hill Farm, was a winner from the very start. Who doesn’t love blueberries – the fresh taste, the gorgeous blue color, and the nutrient-richness – all captured in one little fruit. This inspirational theme had lots of places to be creative and, when you see these glorious photos by Autumn Harrison Photography, you will agree!

Emily and Chiara, along with this talented group of vendors, all brought their blueberry-ness to Windy Hill Farm. Since there’s much to share -the main reception table, dessert table, sweetheart table, bar, & assorted details – we want you to slowly savor all of this loveliness! So, today’s blog is Part 1 and next week we’ll followup with Part 2.

Today, we are focusing on the main reception table. To coordinate with the blueberry theme, the table was set with our vintage blue and white plates, dusky blue goblets, silverware, and napkins. Also on the table are our vintage milk glass candleholders and wooden pedestal candle holders. Finally, did you notice those darling little egg cups that were filled with Windy Hill’s freshly picked blueberries? 🙂

As always, an essential touch to any tablescape is the florals and Rabbit Foot Floral‘s arrangements are magnificently crafted in her vintage vessels. In Post 2, you’ll see more of her floral talents on display. The final table detail is the delightful blueberry menu cards by Emily Ruth Prints. More of her stationery suite will be forthcoming.

This shoot was distinctive in many ways and one was that an actual meal was served, family style! Prepared by Cyril of Harvest’s Table, this meal was both delicious and beautifully presented. One extra treat was that the vendors were invited to enjoy this meal afterwards. (The mac and cheese and cornbread were oh-sooo good and the salad had fresh, edible flowers!)


Thank you, Emily and Chiara, for inviting Southern Vintage Table to your shoot! Next Sunday we’ll feature even more creative spins on blueberries including the sweetheart table, dessert table, bar, and other spaces. Stay safe and eat blueberries!

“Forget who you are and why you’re here-all that foolishness. In the woods the bushes are full of blueberries; go and pick some.” 
― Marty Rubin


Kudos to this Talented and Creative Team!
Venue: Windy Hill Farm
Planner: Emily Katherine Events
Photographer: Autumn Harrison Photography
Models: Katie & Weston
Gown- Oak City Bridal
Groom’s Accessories- Jada’s Men’s Accessories
Rentals- Southern Vintage Table
Jewelry- Joint Venture Jewelry
Flowers- Rabbit Foot Floral
Catering- Harvest’s Table
Stationary- Emily Ruth Prints
Dessert- Royal Cheesecakes & Varieties
Hair & Makeup- Belloviso
Signature Cocktails- On the Rocks Bartending


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Vintage Amber Goblets

Southern Vintage Table Events – Latest Photos from the Summer Styled-Shoot

They are in! The final group of photos by Colleen Winstead of @lilyandvinephotoco were sent to us and we simply had to post a few more. Last week’s blog, A Peek at a Summer Styled-Shoot, gave you a glimpse of this gorgeous, happy event and today even more details will be revealed.

We hope you enjoyed these as much as us! This styled shoot was a glorious success, and we send a thunderous and jubilant shoutout to Colleen for organizing, designing, and capturing it!


Vendors
Photographer: @lilyandvinephotoco  
Venue: @cedargroveacres
Cake: @love_cakenc
Earrings & Pajamas: @_poppy_co_
Jewelry: @diamondsdirect
Beauty: @winkhairandmakeup
Florist: @brandisbotanicals  
Tabletop: @southernvintagetable2
Suit: @bernardstux
Dress: @oakcitybridalInvite 
Design: @lilybirddesign with @minted 


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Vintage Wildflower Stoneware Place Setting

Southern Vintage Table Events – A Peek of a Vintage Summer Styled-Shoot

Oh my! When we were invited by Colleen Winstead of @lilyandvinephotoco to provide the table settings for this shoot at @cedargroveacres we were elated! Yellow is our favorite color so using our vintage yellow stoneware patterns along with vintage amber goblets was the dream palette for us! Today we are sharing a few of the sneak peek photos Colleen sent us and, based on these beauties, we can’t wait to see more!

The first layer of the table setup were the linens. On the main table, we used a vintage kitchen cloth with yellow flowers. Doesn’t it look amazing? As noted, the table was set with vintage stoneware, amber goblets, stainless flatware, and amber napkins. For decor, our vintage wooden candleholders with amber peg votives and white tapers added a rich, natural touch.

We absolutely loved how the vintage chunky wooden candelabra looked in the center along with the gorgeous florals by @brandisbotanicals . (By the way, we have two of these candelabras and a round one in this style –perfect for a natural, Boho vibe!)

The sweetheart table was truly sweet with the vintage lace overlays, florals, and wooden accents. We adored the small amber vases with feather bouquets!

And, now that cake – what a stunner! This sweet creation by @love_cakenc was amazingly gorgeous and also delicious!

This is all we can share on this post – more lovely photos will be forthcoming! It was delightful spending time at this charming farm venue in Creedmoor and meeting all of the talented folks gathered together for the shoot. Well done, Colleen!

Vendors
Photographer: @lilyandvinephotoco  
Venue: @cedargroveacres
Cake: @love_cakenc
Earrings & Pajamas: @_poppy_co_
Jewelry: @diamondsdirect
Beauty: @winkhairandmakeup
Florist: @brandisbotanicals  
Tabletop: @southernvintagetable2
Suit: @bernardstux
Dress: @oakcitybridalInvite
Design: @lilybirddesign with @minted 

PS – We enjoyed chatting with the effervescent Amber of @imagesbyamberr!


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Children's Books with Food

Southern Vintage Table Events – Grandmother Showers are Trending, or Should Be!

Becoming a grandparent is an exciting, wonderful life-changing event! For those of you who have experienced this second wave of babies to dote on. it’s almost indescribable how much love this moment brings. This quote from Lesley Sthal, however, beautifully captures this intense emotion.

“I was trying to understand my grandmother feelings. Why, when I looked at and held the baby, I felt I was floating, that I was on a high…. I keep wanting to burst into song!
So I wasn’t crazy, & I wasn’t alone. When a grandmother holds the baby, her brain, like a new mother’s, can also be drenched in the bonding hormone oxytocin. 
Aha! There it was. We grandmas literally, actually fall in love.” 
― Lesley Stahl, Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting

So, there it is. Grandparents experience a chemically-induced falling-in-love euphoria. The sheer happiness of grandmotherhood is definitely a moment your dear friends want to celebrate with you, and for Jami, her friends hosted a grandmother shower with the sweetest theme – favorite children books paired with a delicious dish. See how cute these look! (Thank you, Mary!)

Jami’s first grandchild will be a boy, hence the blue. (We know colors are gender-less but sometimes you have to go with tradition, right?) We safely held our soiree outside at Gold Park in Hillsborough under the shelters, setting each table with our party essentials – gifts, food, and place settings. The simple place settings included vintage stoneware, blue goblets, and a lovely embroidered napkin. Fernrock Farm‘s fresh florals were arranged in six mason jars adorned with a “It’s a boy” ribbon for each of us to take home.

Friends celebrating with friends is always a treat and we all enjoyed ooh-ing and aah-ing over each and every book, truck, and baby accessory. These gifts will reside at the new grandparents’ home, waiting to delight the baby with his grans.

The ultimate decision – your Grandmother name!


“When it was finally my turn, I felt I was growing a whole new chamber in my heart. I nearly swooned, staring at the baby like a lover. I’d never seen anything so delicate and beautiful, so sweet, every feature perfect.” 
― Lesley Stahl, Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting

It’s your turn, Jami, and we are sooooo happy for you!


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Oh Baby Sign

Southern Vintage Table Event – A Baby-Reveal Party

It’s a first for SVT! We had the pleasure of helping Kortney and Tyler with their baby-reveal party for their families. What a joyous occasion!

Kortney provided these lovely photos with us and we’d like to share her sweet, soft design. Her blue napkins and pink tablecloths were the perfect first layer to the tablescape. The tables were then set in blues and pinks with our vintage plates, goblets, and flatware. And, when the flowers were added, the tables were so pretty!

Every detail was carefully planned by Kortney. First, the florals by Village Gallery Florist in Roxboro were truly gorgeous in the soft pinks, blues, and ivory flowers. We adore the card as seen above and below with “Ten little fingers, ten little toes, two little eyes, one little nose. Boy or girl, nobody knows.” The anticipation for the reveal begins to build as the guests are seated!

Note the beautiful embroidered hankie that was given to each family. This keepsake was created by Specialty Designs of Roxboro. One delicious detail is the macaron nestled in the basket at the top of the plate, baked by Cuisine Lucette of Hillsborough. The buffet-style meal was provided by The Village Diner, also from Hillsborough, a favorite restaurant of the couple. Oh yea, let’s not forget the “Oh Baby” Balloon sign – so cute!

Oh Baby Balloon Sign

Congratulations, Kortney and Tyler! We were delighted to be a part of your charming reveal party – such a memorable gathering of family and friends, celebrating the upcoming arrival a baby. And, for folks who weren’t there, their baby boy will be here this fall!

Vendors
Venue – Merry Hill
Caterer – The Village Diner
Flowers – Village Gallery Florist
Handkerchiefs – Speciality Designs
Macarons – Cuisine Lucette
Tableware – Southern Vintage Table

The peacocks are always a favorite sight to see at Merry Hill.

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Decoupaged Rocks

News – Our Decoupaged Items are now at New Hope Market

As the title announces, our handcrafted decoupaged items can now be found at New Hope Market on Hwy 86, across the railroad track from the now-closed Allen & Son BBQ place. This small restaurant and market has a large following due to the delicious made-to-order food, the scrumptious offerings at the dessert counter, and the friendly folks that work there. When we were there setting up, Randy sincerely welcomed his customers, often calling them by their first name. Folks coming and going all had smiles on their faces as they left.

Owner Randy also stocks local food items such as produce, Maple View ice cream and milk, and NC beers. And, he supports local artists and artisans, which led us to him. We are so pleased to be here, in the heart of the Blackwood area of Orange County.

Randy asked us to make a sign explaining the process of decoupaging along with our company name. It certainly added a fine touch to our shelf display!

Come by New Hope Market, dine in or carry out, try a yummy dessert, and check out the cool handmade treasures at the market. We thank you in advance!

PS – We also will be selling our wares at Fernrock Farm‘s stand on the 2nd and 4th weekends of the month. We so much appreciate the folks who came by and purchased pots, rocks, and bottles. It was such a confidence-builder! We’ve got some new patterns we think you’ll love!


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Vintage Tableware and Decore

News – SVT Joins the Green Wedding Guild

Southern Vintage Table ie now a proud member of the Green Wedding Guild! This group of wedding vendors has pledged to become better stewards of our planet while providing excellent services and products. Here’s the Green Wedding Guild pledge:

“We believe that we can all do more to reduce the waste generated by weddings, and that sustainable choices are within reach of all vendors and couples. We strive to make these choices accessible to our clients, and to become better environmental stewards through education and community. We may just be beginning our journey, we may not have achieved zero-waste, or we may already be green leaders in our field, but we are committed to learning, and to sharing what we learn with other vendors and clients along the way. By educating ourselves and our clients, we pledge to move toward creating a more environmentally sustainable wedding industry. We do this not only for ourselves, but for our clients and our planet. We pledge to be respectful, professional, and non-judgmental toward other vendors and clients. We will lead by example and support others on their own quest toward more sustainable weddings. We are not here to judge, but to inspire!”

Our company offers rescued vintage tableware and linens as well as vintage decor. These offerings are sustainable, recovered, and a reminder of our shared past. We are excited and pleased to formally become a member of the Green Wedding Guild. Check out our listing on the website as well as the other guild member vendors.


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Decoupaged Bottles

News – Announcing Our New Venture – Decoupaged Wares For Sale!

We are ready to offer our customized upcycled treasures to you! Beautiful decoupaged bottles, jars, pots, and rocks (we love-love-love our pretty rocks!) will be available next weekend at Fernrock Farm‘s stand on Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough, NC.

All in one shopping – pick up both a beautiful bottle/vase and a gorgeous bouquet or a transformed pot and plant and you are ready to enjoy a one-of-a-kind arrangement. For details about Fernrock Farm’s offerings, check their Facebook page for the latest info. In advance, thank you for supporting Southern Vintage Table and Fernrock Farm!

Pricing:
Decoupaged Bottles and Jars – $15 each
Decoupaged Pots – 4 in -$15, 6 in -$20, 8 in -$30
Rocks – $5 each or 3 for $12

Fernrock Farm
4500 Orange Grove Road, Hillsborough
Open 9-6 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Cash or check payment through honor system

Supplies will be limited since each item is carefully and individually crafted. Please keep in mind that although decoupaged items are durable, the exterior is not waterproof. Do not submerge in water; if the outside should get wet, simply wipe it dry. Pots can be outdoors if protected from rain and freezing weather.


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Happy Mother's Day

News – Happy Mother’s Day, Christine!

Happy Mother’s Day! My mother, Christine, was the most extraordinary person I have ever known. She endured incredible hardships and celebrated many triumphs, and her children greatly benefited from her love and wisdom. As a tribute to her, I’d like to share three of the many lessons I learned from her and give an example of how they have been helped me as a small business owner.

1. Only the boring get bored.

Ouch! Yep, this is classic Christine. We lived in the country on a dirt road, had one kinda-working car that mom drove to work, and 3 channels on tv. But, since there were 8 of us, we usually found something to do (or not to do, like housework!) We read, watched tv, listened to records, played outside, and, my favorite, searched for those good luck four-leaf clovers in the front lawn under the dogwood tree. If we got bored, it was our fault, or as mom would say, it was because we were boring, then she’d find something for us to do, like wash the dishes or help fix supper. So we learned not to be bored, or at least not tell mom. As an adult, yes, I sometimes get bored, but I mostly know how to keep busy, which has come in handy these past months during our quarantine.

Never be bored, and you will never be boring.  Eleanor Roosevelt

2. Go for it!

Recently my daughter said I was fearless because I had cut down some small trees using a chain saw. Even though it was not big deal since it was a small battery-operated saw, I loved hearing those words! After giving some thought to her comment, I realized that this can-do attitude was a gift from my mom. For those who knew her, her courageous spirit was contagious..

Southern Vintage Table began with this mantra. When my sister suggested that I start a vintage china rental business, I just knew this was a perfect fit for me. I had recently retired from teaching middle school and was ready for a new challenge. Did I have experience running a business or did I know anything about china? Nope and nope, but I didn’t want to regret not trying. Now, seven years later, I know my mom would be proud of me for “going for it.”

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” = Nora Ephron

3. There is always a silver lining.

As I think of the countless conversations I had with mom about situations, predicaments, or hardships, she would always see that silver lining. She would magically dissect a negative and transform it into a lesson, opportunity, or gift to be revered.

While my business has come to a halt this spring, I have not faltered in my belief that things will work out, whatever that might mean. I’ve taken this time to work on projects at home, spend time crafting, and catching up on movies that I always meant to watch. I’ve gotten closer to my children, family, and friends via texts, phone calls and FaceTime, and have relaxed on the back deck with my morning coffee. I’m eager to get SVT up and running again, but I have also savored this quiet time at home.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.  Henri Matisse


Three of the many lessons taught by my spunky, sassy, smart, and strong mother, Christine.
Happy Mother’s Day.


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