I thought it would be fun to share the (frankly mad) way I dressed our dining room table a few days ago when we had a 'vintage' dinner party. I say 'vintage' but the truth is that this is how I like my table to look...

The chairs are antique and were a gift from a family member.

Picture below: I was still in Jubilee mood and used a red, white, blue tablecloth I had bought for a Jubilee party and the napkins stuffed in red wine glasses (done ironically) have the Queen on them.

Picture below: The black and white plates are called 'Homemaker' by Ridgway Potteries and were made in the 1950s/1960s. They were designed by Enid Seeney in 1956-57 at the Staffordshire pottery factory. The design is made up of random knives, forks, lamps and furniture and was mass produced for Woolworths. The 'armchair' on the plate is one designed by Robin Day, a 'sofa' by Sigvard Bernadotte and a sideboard like one by Bernard Russell. The plates originally cost 6d (2.5p) and now go for over £10 each on eBay. Homemaker had a long production run and was made between 1958 and 1970. It is now considered a 1950s design classic.

The yellow 'canape trays' have oranges, grapes and pineapples embossed on them. As you do. The wine decanter is one that has been in the family for too long for me to know what era it is from. The rose is from our garden and is in a 1950s glass jug.

Picture below: The owl ice bucket and owl tray on my table are both 1970s vintage pieces. 

Picture below: No dinner party is complete without some Jonathan Ward scented candles to brighten up the table and make the dining room smell fabulous. I burned Jonathan Ward's Kartushya candle from his The Russian Collection. The fragrance is wonderfully spicy and Jonathan was inspired to create it by the love songs Russian soldiers would sing. It is a mix of birch leaf, elemi, cognac, rosemary and amber. Jonathan's candles are hand-poured and this one is encased in Italian crystal hand-blown glass. The ruby red packaging was perfect for my table. 


Pictures below: No dinner party is complete without cocktails from a vintage cocktail cabinet containing Malibu, Advocaat, Pimm's, Martini and more. Check out my gold hostess trolley to the right of the cabinet with vintage Babycham glasses on top.

Do share your pictures and tips for dinner parties as I love to hear from you.

Love Lovely x

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  • Lovelys Vintage Emporium - Lynnette on

    britishbeautyblogger – I sincerely hope you are keeping up your grandmother’s traditions
    Jonathan Ward – thanks Jonathan! We love your candles here at Lovely’s Vintage Emporium.

  • britishbeautyblogger on

    My grandma had a trolley like that.. every sunday afternoon, tea and chocolate arrived on it..!

  • Jonathan Ward on

    Lools amazing. Love the mix of colour and the eclectic yet totally balanced use of antiques working together. And of course the beautiful Kartushya to add some olfactory magic and mood.

  • Lovelys Vintage Emporium - Lynnette on

    Hi Nic, thanks for commenting. How funny that your mum has the same trolley. She needs to get the wheel fixed! Lovely x

  • Nic @Strawbry_Blonde on

    Love it! The cocktail cabinet is gorgeous & my mum has the gold trolley next to it. Always served our Sunday tea on it & still uses it, despite a wobbly wheel!

    Glad to see owls featuring too ;)

    Nic xx

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