Create a romantic feeling with a vintage tablescape that is perfect for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, a birthday party or any time you want an elegant but relaxed theme.
Vintage looks make use of contrasts in texture and color to add an eclectic vibe. Use linen with lace, stoneware dishes with crystal glasses, and old mixed with new to create a classic look.
Ivory and pastels are often used as the base colors with pops of brighter color for interest. In this case, pink, ivory and gold have a classic feel that is perfect for a vintage tablescape. I love these floral napkin rings that add color to the linen and lace napkins.
The great thing about vintage tables is that you can use all of the mismatched dishes, lace table cloths and silverware that you have either inherited or collected over the years. Using dishes of different colors or from different dish sets adds to the eclectic feel.
Natural elements such as flowers always add style to the table. Hydrangeas are an old-fashioned flower that still makes a big impact. If it is the wrong time of year for real blooms, you can substitute faux-flowers instead. Just make sure to get good-quality ones so that they look more like real flowers.
Serving pink lemonade in champagne flutes picks up the color of the table settings. And who doesn’t feel special drinking from a champagne glass? For an extra kick, you can even mix some champagne into the lemonade to create a variation of a mimosa.
Because of its finish, a mercury glass candle holder looks like a vintage piece, even if it isn’t old.
Desserts that match the color scheme add to the decor. Serving them on an antique-looking silver cake stand adds to the vintage feel. In this case, red velvet cupcakes with pink cream cheese icing look good and taste good!
Red and cream colored desserts also work with the pink and ivory color scheme. Using a 3-tiered serving tray allows for easy access to each of your desserts.
Mini cherry cheesecakes are easy to make and easy to eat! Click here to see our recipe for the mini cherry cheesecakes.
Strawberry Cream Puff Pastries are a delicious addition to your tea. Click here to see the recipe on thenymelrosefamily.com.
Lace table cloths are coming back into style…and are great for creating a vintage look. They also add elegance to your table without being too heavy and formal.
Vintage decor lets you mix and match old and new dishes, glasses, flatware and tablecloths that will have everyone feeling nostalgic for times past. Add tasty drinks and desserts, and your guests won’t want to leave!
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This post was originally published on May 3, 2015 but was updated with new content on November 19, 2021.