Dining on Vintage Red

Welcome to my kitchen!

Today we will be dining on vintage red and wild game. . .

We are studying the letter E over at teacher Jenny’s.  I will be joining her with the word EAT.


Have you ever found a piece that you just knew you had to do a tablescape with?  That’s what happened to me.  Yesterday I  found this treasure at D.I. for $7.


A darling teapot that looks to me to be some kind of transferware.  Not sure, and  not sure if it’s vintage.  Anyone know?  Either way, I love it!

All I could think about last night is how cute it would be with my red dishes.


My collection of pitchers.


Teacups are nestled in a hobnail bowl ready for a sip of tea.



Did you notice, no large red plates?  This collection is evolving and I have not found any yet.  Not to fuss, my wild game plates work well.



It just so happens that I have a fun green Cornish hen that helps complete the theme.


Have you ever eaten wild game hens before?  My hubby use to hunt and once he brought home grouse, chuckers, and pheasant.  I cooked them up but didn’t love it.  Growing up my mom use to buy each of us a Cornish hen, stuff it with her homemade stuffing and we’d  dine like queens.  I’ve only cooked them twice since we’ve been married.  Kind of a fun idea for a special occasion.

my goblets are a mix of whatever I happen to run across.  I only had four wooden red chargers, so the end plates are sitting atop a larger red plate.


One thing about red dishes, some of them are true red and some are painted.  I found that out with these large red plates.  The first time I went to wash them I submerged them in water and some of the paint came off.  Now I just wipe clean.

Vintage red is quite pricey.  The start of my collection began in Virginia.  While vacationing there 4 yrs. ago we stopped at a small market.  Inside they had  a lot of  redware lining a long shelf.  I instantly fell in love.  Picked up the pitcher and saw that it was $100.

I put it back on the shelf and hubby and I left.  Ten miles down the road I couldn’t get the dishes off my mind.  Wished I would’ve at least bought one piece.  Hubby actually turned around and drove back.  While trying to decide what to buy, the owner could see how much I loved everything.  She said, “They’ve been here for a while how about all of it for $100.”  You didn’t have to ask me twice.  We did lose one bowl that got broken.  After we got home I added up all the price tags and found that it was over $350.  I have a lot more cups and glasses that I didn’t use on the table today.

I ‘ve added a few pieces.  My cousin gave me more cups, saucers, and small bowls.  They once were her mothers.  Whenever I see a piece at thrift stores I pick it up.  I know that some of it is not vintage, but if it’s real red It’s going home with me.

Hope you enjoyed my Holiday dining today!


I will be linking with:

Marty at A Stroll thru Live for Tabletop Tuesday

Sherry from No Minimalist Here for Holiday Dining

At the Picket Fence for Christmas in the Kitchen


Teacher Jenny and the letter E

The French Cupboard for French Inspiration

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jann, Your table is beautiful and I love the wild game plates and your new teapot. What a deal you got on the vintage red dishes. Thanks for linking to the party and good luck with the giveaway.

Tracy said...

is your red glass ware CRANBERRY? a friend of mine collects it I love and you have certainly made it look good

Stacia said...

I did not know that about red dishes. And your post makes me want some! Lovely.

jfb57 said...

With all that finery, I wouldn't think to eat. Fab!

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful! Happy memories when dining on a table like this. Happy Holidays! xo

Debra@CommonGround said...

oh wow, love all this cranberry glass, it's gorgeous. I hear ya on the paint coming off, that happened when I washed some of my mom's plates once...eeeck!

camp and cottage living said...

Your table is gorgeous! I'm a red lover too.
I never see any red glassware here. But we just don't have the shops your lucky enough to have.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Just lovely! I eat wild birds all the time and I just love them, especially Pheasant!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I would be so lucky to Eat off of these gorgeous plates on your table. I love the red dishes and your collection is amazing! Such lovely table you have set!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The red glass is very elegant! And yes, I've eaten wild birds...but don't like the gamey taste! I think knowing how to cook these dishes may be the key! ♥

Vicki/Jake said...

Oh! Now I'm seeing RED!! I love that you got such a bargain:) Guess I need to make a DI trip soon...

karen S. said...

Now that is one wonderfully bright and cheery and informative red dish post!

Sarah said...

Your little tea pot was a great find. How nice to have all that beautiful ruby glass. Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

Bonnie said...

Your vintage red pieces in your tablescape are just beautiful. I like all your pieces. You got a great deal.

Unknown said...

Wonderful! The ornaments in the punch bowl look great!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,
What a lovely collection...
Love that cranberry glass!
The red & white china are perfect too!
All the Best,

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your teapot was a great find. I love it and the green Cornish hen sitting in the red tray. It's all lovely.

anitamombanita said...

what an interesting collection you have! I love red!!

Kris said...

Such pretty things!

Pondside said...

I love the read and white! I'd probably have turned around and gone back for the dishes too - they are gorgeous.

Gina said...

Wonderful post - I love RED!!! I actually collect Ruby Red glassware (and Amberina) myself and have a cabinet full of it... Your photos make me want to take it out of the cabinet and actually USE it!!

Lola said...

Superb post – love red too!

Have a great weekend & look forward to *seeing* you soon.

Here’s mine

To the Toy Box and Beyond said...

what a great deal you got on that red. Very nice of the seller to take that kind of loss. Glad to see you are enjoying it though. I have a very small pitcher like the one you have in pitcher 5. I think its painted though I have a hard time trying to figure that out while thrifting

WhyCuzICan said...

You've layed a very pretty table and I am drooling HEAVILY with your partridge dishes in red.......O....M....G!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing with us! :D

Visiting from My Romantic Home's linky party.
~Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

Ky said...

Cant wait to come home and see the house decked out for Christmas! You always made decemeber such a magical time. I remember every little decoration. I also cant wait for our red and green dish dinner! Love you. Only a couple more weeks.

Jeannette StG said...

Love your red plates with the cornish hen on it!

Theresa Plas said...

Beautiful! Loving the red this year too!

The Poet said...

Your teapot looks right at home.
Nice table setting. You're quite the creative one (smile).
Thanks for sharing.

For ref:
Eleven Roses And You

Honey at 2805 said...

Your table is lovely and festive, Jann! You are so creative.


Gorgeous table, I just love the plates with cornish hens inred and they look great with the red chargers too. I love your tea pot too. I adore red at Christmas time and paired with green, perfect! Merry Christmas. FABBY

Jenny said...

Jan! And an elegant and cheerful tablescape.

That little tea pot is adorable...and your cornish hen plates are really neat! I've never seen either of those patterns before!

Thanks for linking up to the letter "E".