#weddings

Mismatched Vintage China

Mismatched vintage china has established a place in the heart of brides and event planners!  Mismatched china at your wedding reception or private event adds a certain charm, whimsy, elegance, and it shows off your unique personality and style.  

Timeless vintage mismatched china will not fail to be the topic of conversation amongst your guests around the dinner table.  Your guests will delight and reminisce over certain styles and patterns.  Many guests might remember a certain pattern that had been in their family for years.  

Mismatched china can be put together in so many ways.   There are no rules when it comes to styling it.  Any way you mix it up looks great!  You can mix round plates with square plates and mix match colors, patterns and styles.  There really is no right or wrong!

If you're wanting to add your personal style to the table settings at your wedding reception or your private event then mismatched china is the way to go!  Renting it can save you lots of time, money, and the hassle of washing and storing it after your event.  It is a great option if you want the vintage mismatched look.  I have quite the collection and I love seeing it used and appreciated by party and wedding guests!

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Donut Wall Dream

Donuts are trending at weddings, bridal showers, and at other events.  Why wouldn't these little round wonders be trending?  Donuts are pretty darn tasty and loved by both kids and adults.  Donuts are awesome just on their own, but imagine a wall covered in them...  That is out of this world amazing!  Whether it's a sprinkled, powdered, or a glazed donut if you hang it on a wall surrounded by other donuts your guests are going to go crazy!

I've been wanting to add a donut wall to my rental inventory for awhile now.  I love everything about them!  I've perused Pinterest for weeks getting ideas and thinking of ways to make my wall a little more unique and different from others I've seen.

I found my perfect donut wall at a little junk store I frequent often.  It was the perfect size and I liked that it could easily be used vertically and horizontally.  Now that I had the wall I just needed something for the donuts to hang on.  I bounced around a few ideas and tested one I really liked.  I was a bit discouraged that the donut would not fit on the knobs I hoped to use, but I wasn't about to just give up!  Where there's a donut there's a way and I had two dozen of them ready to be on a wall!

The garbage can was full and as usual I was the one to empty it and walk the trash into the garage.  Every time I walk into the garage I stop to admire my plates which usually leads to trying out new place settings etc...  This day was no different!  I was moving plates around and noticed a bag of wine corks that I'd been collecting for not yet known projects.  That is when it hit me! The hole of a donut fits perfectly on a wine cork.  I loved the idea of using wine corks to hang the donuts on.  It would give the wall lots of character.

My dear husband, bless him was so wonderful at executing my plans.  He measured everything out and drew up the plans.  He had the perfect idea on how to screw the wine corks onto the board in a way that the cork can easily be removed and replaced.  So great!  It did not take him long to get 48 corks on the wall ready for their donuts.

I am going to be swooning for awhile over this incredible donut wall.  It's what donut dreams are made of....

Dishing It Out....

Mara

Using Vintage Snack Sets

I have quite the rental collection of vintage snack sets.  I fell in love with them instantly after purchasing my first several sets. I buy them often when I am thrifting/antiquing in Jacksonville or Fernandina.  They are so versatile in their styles and in their uses.

The primary use for the snack set is tea and either a sandwich or cookies.  This use is great for a ladies tea party, brunch, bridal shower, or a little girls tea party.  The snack sets tend to be less breakable then some of the more delicate teacups making them an excellent choice for a little girl tea party.

These beauties have lots of other great uses!  You can fill the cup with a dip of most any kind and serve cookies, berries, or veggies on the side.  I did a cannoli dip for Father's Day with pizelles, biscotti, and almond cookies.  I broke out my snack sets and used them for serving.  I am certain your guests will be just as delighted as mine were with their mismatched sets.

Another use is soup and sandwich.  The cup will not hold a large amount of soup, but it's the perfect size for a dipping soup!  Grilled cheese (fancy it up by mixing up your cheeses) with a side of tomato soup for dipping would be great!

Sushi will forever be on trend at any party.  Be unique and serve the sushi on a snack set.  Have your guests use the cup for the soy sauce and plate up the sushi.  I have used mine for sushi several times.  Such fun!

Because it is so darn good and since I did mention it in the blog I am including my recipe for cannoli dip.  I am not into measuring much, so adjust according to your taste.

Ingredients:

8 oz. cream cheese

2 cups ricotta cheese

1 cup confectioner sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 Tbsp. vanilla

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 Tbsp. fresh orange juice

lemon and lime zest to taste

Beat all ingredients together (other then the chocolate chips).  Once everything is mixed fold in the chocolate chips.

**Photos taken by me**

Dishing It Out....

Mara

 

Unique Uses For Teacups

Who says teacups are just for tea?  Certainly not me!  I'd hate to think all of my rental teacup lovelies need to be kept shelved until it is time for a tea party.  They are just too pretty to stay on the shelf and there are lots of great ways they can be used.

Teacups are perfect for serving many desserts.  Serve a sorbet or a mousse in a vintage teacup.  For a fun idea, fill a teacup with Nutella or melted chocolate and serve animal crackers or strawberries on the side.  Having a milk and cookies bar at your wedding or party?  Put the milk in a teacup and place a few cookies on the saucer.  Your guests will love these ideas and think you are just brilliant!

Every May is the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach.  When it rolled around this year I had shrimp on the brain.  This had me thinking of shrimp cocktails.  I've seen shrimp cocktail served in martini glasses, and thought wouldn't it be great to serve a shrimp cocktail in a teacup?  Just put the cocktail sauce in the cup and hang the shrimp on the rim.  The saucer is the perfect spot to put those pesky tails!

Teacups can make beautiful centerpieces/tablescapes!  Line your reception or party tables with vintage teacups filled with flowers, succulents, or tea light candles.  For added interest put the teacups on some stacked vintage books or stack one or two on a teapot.  To really make them pop on the table put the teacups on some gilt rimmed vintage mirrors this really adds a vintage wow factor!

Use teacups as place cards.  Add a pop of color to your reception/event tables by using teacups for your place cards.  Use colored ribbon and tie a tag with your guest's name to each cup.  This makes for a pretty way to let your guests know where they are sitting.

I have a very large inventory of teacups I'd love to pull out for your wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, ladies lunch, Mad Hatter party, or any other event you want to make extra special.

**Photos taken by me**

Dishing It Out...

Mara

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Putting Together The Perfect Table Setting

I like to compare putting an awesome table setting together to putting together the perfect outfit.  I like to start with one great piece, might be a great skirt or a dinner plate and then I build and add on layers from there.

Once you know the colors and style you are working with the rest should come easy.  It should be fun, stress free, and make you feel great once it's all together!  I might be a tad obsessed with my collection of china and "playing" with it!  I love putting together different looks and styling my plates just as much as I love putting together an outfit for a night out!

The beauty of mismatched china plates  is not everything has to match perfectly.  It's just no fun to be all matched.  It's fine to mix different colors together, to pair a round plate with a square plate, or to add something a bit eclectic to a classic piece. There are so many looks you can create with mismatched china and it all looks great!  

Goblets and teacups are like your accessories to your table setting.  Have fun with them!  They can pull together your look and give you the chance to add in more of your personal style.

I want all of my clients to have a table setting at their event that will reflect their style and be unique to them.

*Photos taken by me**

Dishing It Out....

Mara