I love Peonies. They are one of my favorites flowers. I had them on the tables for our wedding in various ball jars, green depression glass and white hobnail vases. It was so beautiful. When I was creating the aesthetic in my head, I knew I wanted it to be vintage-antique. Truly the less it looked like a wedding, the better.
The main take away, (besides desperately wanting to be invited) was her quoting her grandmother, Estee Lauder, in saying “One should never have matching china for it looks rented.”
I loved that concept. I decided against following the tradition of picking out a china pattern, and instead collected vintage mismatched dinner plates to use for our head table of 22 people. What could be more meaningful than serving the most important people in our lives on something we then get to keep with us forever?
There are a couple of things to remember when doing this.
Start well enough ahead so you can space out the research and expense.
Make sure you buy plates that are AT LEAST 9 inches across, 10 inches is the best. Vintage china comes in various sizes and I made the mistake of buying plates that were too small to use for dinner.
A lot of sellers specialize in china, so research all they have for sale, so if you find more than one, you can combine shipping.
Established brands are Haviland, Homer Laughlin, Bristol and my favorite is Spode.
Flea markets, estate sales, Etsy and Ebay are the best resources. I did a little shopping on Etsy for you. Just click on the photos for details.
Luella says…Add a Splash of Significance
I also LOVE these other items I found while I was searching for the plates. Why not round out your table?
Now each time we throw a dinner party I get to use our plates and watch the significance grow.
Thank you Estee for your clever advice, thank you Aerin for passing it on.