Hi ladies so here is a DIY project that I've been working on today. I went on Dollar Tree website...
So most caterers include standard white dishes with their catering services, but in my ever increasing love for all things vintage wedding-beautiful I came up with the idea to mix china patterns.
I am trying to incorporate a lot of different ideas to involve our family in this process and in our day, so I asked my grandmothers what they thought of the idea. They were extremely excited about the idea of incorporating their dishes. What's more, they have been collected over generations of my family and a couple of them were actually given to my father's mother by his father for their anniversaries over the years. I will have to post their story at some point because theirs is the greatest romance I have ever known. I will consider myself exceedingly lucky to have even half the devotion in my relationship they had over the course of their 50 some odd years of marriage.
Another great place to find vintage and/or incomplete place settings for those whose grandparents don't hoard china is by scouring your local consignment shops and flea markets. We have a Savers store about 15 minutes from our house and the dishes are something like three for a dollar. Can't beat that! I'll post my finds if I have to supplement my family's "collections".
The thing I love about it aside from the family connections is that they look like beautiful ornate decor on the tables while being totally functional as well. It should help us save on decorating and who doesn't love that?
Anyway, I have a lot of memories connected to big family dinners on special occasions at my grandparents' houses and I think the rest of my extended family will love eating their meal off of dishes they recognize from those same holidays.
#1. Collect a bunch of random mismatched dishes....
#2. Throw 'em together....
I saw one post about a bride who used mismatched tea cups at her shower both to drink tea out of (duh) and as her guest favors. She wrote messages on them with a gold marker/paint pen to each guest....I LOVE that but I will have to return mine after the wedding. However, tea cups can also be found at local consignment shops for pennies on the dollar, so it could DEFINITELY be a great resource for someone else.