Styling Vintage Tabletop & Barware 3 Ways
As anyone who collects vintage tabletop and barware can attest to, it can be deliciously addicting. In fact, once you’ve accumulated a few pieces, the fun becomes not just the hunt and score, but curating a vintage tabletop and barware collection that will inspire a fabulously theme-y fete.
Similarly, thinking in terms of a theme can help put your vintage tabletop and barware style in focus, preventing you from buying anything that doesn’t truly suit your dining table vision.
Not sure of your style? No prob. To help out, we’ve curated three looks that can be created with used tabletop and barware. From a madcap, cottage-inspired tea, to a rustic farm-to-table spread and a sparse Scandinavian winter table, these three looks will have you clamoring for—what else?—more secondhand tabletop and barware!
Getting Started: Items You Need to Create a Vintage Tabletop
Before getting started, take note of a few must-have items for the host:
- Plates (dinner, salad, and dessert sizes)
- Glassware (water goblets, red and white wine glasses)
- Candle Holders
- Linens (tablecloth, napkins) Fresh flowers or greenery
Shabby Chic Cottage-Inspired Tea
Modern-day guests won't be able to resist the charms of a shabby chic or cottage-inspired tea party. Perfect for brunches, birthday lunches, and showers, this theme is heavy on the sweets, light on the rulebook.
To begin, look for an array of used plates in a mix of pastel shades, floral designs, and rich blue and cranberry delft patterns. Mix these with abandon, or temper one style with standard white ceramic plates. Because this is a tea-inspired party, a teapot is a must. Set out a traditional floral-print one to act as a functional centerpiece for your tabletop and fill it with either tea or a bouquet of femme flowers like peonies, roses, or hyacinth.
To continue the mismatched look, layer in a mix of juice glasses featuring embossed patterns and tarnished, antique silverware. When it comes to candlelight, get creative and fill floral teacups with simple votive candles. The flicker they cast post-sunset will be positively enchanting.
The rustic farm-to-table look is in full force right now, and rightfully so. Much as we love black tie affairs, kicking back and relaxing is really what a party is all about—so embrace it with this simple and breezy style!
First things first, cover your table with a standard tablecloth, complete with a country-inspired runner (we love gingham or burlap). Over the top, layer simple vintage tableware like white plates, crystal wine glasses, and basic goblets. Nothing too fancy here, as we want the food to be the one doing the talking!
With the basics in place, weave in fun (and decidedly laid-back) details like paper striped straws and fresh produce. Arrange a marching line of lanterns down the center of your table as a creative alternative to candle holders, and keep flowers simple, opting for basics like sunflowers or dahlias clipped short to fit mason jars.
Sparse Scandinavian Winter Table
Take it from us: sparse doesn’t have to mean boring! And when a Scandinavian theme comes into play, the look is anything but. The key to keeping things crisp, clean, and modern? Don’t overfill the table (leave that for the bellies)!
To begin, modern white plates are a must-have for creating a Scandinavian table. Likewise, steer clear of designs and opt for the simplest of shapes when it comes to wine glasses and water goblets too. To break up the monotony, try rose gold cutlery which will pop without overdoing it. In an effort to keep things from feeling too fussy, nix candle holders and display an assortment of white candles in staggered heights. Though paired down, the look will read as nothing but dramatic.
Feel free to forgo a tablecloth, here, and instead opt for white napkins and simple place cards. Lastly, instead of relying on flowers to spruce up your table, opt for an assortment of greenery set in a simple antique bronze vase or pitcher.
And there you have it! Three antique tablescapes—three different ways!