Photography by Virginia MacDonald
Our home & style director, Ann Marie Favot, puts a fresh spin on traditional holiday table settings.
Q: How can I update my table settings while still using my vintage dishware this holiday season?
If you're lucky enough to have a set of pretty vintage china, this is the time to use it! Updating the look is easy: The trick is to incorporate some plain dishes into the mix. Make sure every place setting has at least one modern and one vintage piece.
Layer everyday white plates with smaller patterned ones on top, for example, or pull a colour from your china and match the hue in a contemporary plate or bowl. You can also press single unmatched pieces into service to hold dips, sauces and toppings on a buffet, or scatter a few vintage dishes down the centre of your table.
However you choose to integrate your fine china, the most important thing is to actually use it—don't let your treasured pieces sit in the cupboard gathering dust. Utilizing them can bring back fond memories, and create new ones.
You can't go wrong with classic white dishes. Layer them with patterned pieces or use them in a tableau all on their own—they simply never go out of style.