Two Tablescapes: Midcentury and Modern

When I was pricing my friend’s vintage wares to sell for her at my antique mall booth the other day, I couldn’t resist playing with the pretty dishes and setting a quick tablescape.  Usually my tablescapes are used for real meals with my family, but this was just for fun, so we’re using imaginary food today.  Look at these unusual mid-century snack trays!

midcentury tablescape Coronet swan snack tray brown polka dot glass


They’re marked “Coronet” and made of paper-covered wood, according to the back stamp.  I assume you can’t really wash them in soapy water, so I figured this imaginary meal could be sandwiches and chips.  Perfect!  No need for flatware, either.

The brown polka-dotted glasses seemed out of place on the right or left, since their was no flatware to balance it, so I just put it centered above the plate.  Rule-breaker!  I used my vintage Pyrex Blue Wheat casserole and cradle as a centerpiece, since it’s from the same era.  I figured maybe some imaginary cheesy-sausage dip for our imaginary chips could be keeping warm in there.

midcentury tablescape Coronet swan snack tray brown polka dot glass Pyrex blue wheat casserole


I’m in South Carolina, so you know those glasses would contain imaginary sweet tea.

This golden tablecloth is from the 1960s and belonged to my parents when they first got married.  The matching napkins?  I just draped them over the backs of the chairs.

midcentury tablescape Coronet swan snack tray brown polka dot glass


That’s a lot of goldish-orangish-warmish goin’ on.  But, such were the 60s.


I made a quick stop into a huge home decor store here in Columbia, SC this week and was blown away by all the lovely tablescapes.  Dishes, place mats, napkins everywhere!  I took lots of photos with my phone, and will share more in the near future, but for today, here is a nice gray-taupe-red one I liked.

red gray taupe tablescape

The store is Carolina Pottery, and they also have locations in Smithfield, NC; Knoxville, TN; and Augusta, GA.  Isn’t that black wicker table set wonderful?!

I’ve never thought of this color scheme before.

red gray taupe tablescape


I especially loved the napkin rings, since we’re all about Palmetto trees here in the Palmetto State.

red gray taupe tablescape



That vessel they used as a centerpiece is really nice, and also something that I wouldn’t normally be drawn to.  Sometimes, it’s nice to buy something, or even imagine buying something, that’s really outside your usual box.

red gray taupe tablescape

Do you see all those stacks of dishes in the background?  It’s dangerous for me to go in there.

One of my favorite things they used here was this pretty bird pillow.  This might have to go on my dream list for my dream sun room.

red gray taupe tablescape



That’s it folks, two tablescapes today, one from mid-century America, and one from modern-day America.  It’s interesting to see the difference, the change in tastes, isn’t it?

I have to say, though, that I think polka dotted glasses will never go out of style.

To see a list of all my tablescapes –> GO HERE!


I’m sharing this with these fun link-ups:

* Between Naps On The Porch * The Tablescaper * Coastal Charm *

* Savvy Southern Style * Rose Chintz Cottage * Style Sisters *

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