If it’s vintage……It is fabulous!

I am a vintage woman, and I have an appreciation for the beauty, quality and exquisite craftsmanship of yesteryear.  I came across an elegant, vintage, Royal Doulton “Yorkshire Rose,” china set at  Antiques on QueenDowntown Port Hope, ON; I absolutely fell in love with it.

This high quality Royal Doulton set has 12 dinner plates, 12 dessert plates, 12 bread and butter plates, 12 cups and saucers, 4 fruit bowls, a tea pot, a platter, an oval vegetable dish and a cream and sugar set.

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Royal Doulton “Rose Yorkshire” China set

I also came across a beautiful hand made lace table cloth, circa 1940, and the labour of love along with the intricate details were stunning. Additionally, I added  a gorgeous linen napkin set, circa 1937, and decided to do an informal table setting  – the results were beautiful!

Here are some great tips for setting an informal dinner table for your family Mother’s Day brunch or any other special occasion.

  1.  Place your forks and napkins on the left of your service plate and your salad plate.  The salad fork should be placed on the outside, followed by the dinner fork, which is placed next to your plates.
  2. On the right side of your plates, place your soup spoon on the outer end, followed by your teaspoon and your dinner knife, which is placed near to the plates.
  3. Your cup and saucer, your water and wine glasses are placed on the right hand side of your plate settings. The water glass is placed to the upper right, followed by your red wine and white wine glasses.

I completed my table décor with a signed Waterford crystal vase, and two crystal candleholders, circa, 1920.

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Informal table setting, on a beautiful handmade lace table cloth, circa 1940

There you have it Beautiful People!  Happy table setting.

I truly appreciate your continued support and love for the blog.  Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s Day filled with love, joy and laughter.

Vanessa Ferguson Kellman, MBA, BSc.  is a Etiquette Consultant and a member of The Etiquette Institute, St. Louis, MO

Photo credit and table setting: Vanessa Ferguson Kellman

Table wares: Antiques on Queen, Downtown, Port Hope

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