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How to Create a Beautiful Mix and Match China Table

Unlock your creativity and elevate your table setting game with these ideas on how to mix and match vintage china pieces for a one-of-a-kind dining experience that will wow your guests. Let’s create something beautiful together!

Hey Friends!

Welcome to the wonderful world of vintage table settings and stunning dinner parties!

If you’re someone who loves playing with different patterns and designs, then you are in for a treat.

In this blog post, we are going to dive into the art of creating a beautiful mix and match china table.

Say goodbye to the days of boring, monotonous table settings and hello to a vibrant, eclectic display that will leave your guests in delighted.

Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or simply want to elevate your everyday meals, we’ve got you covered with some expert tips and tricks.

So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and get ready to embark on a journey to create a table that is uniquely yours.

Let’s get started!

Table setting for ten using a beautiful mix of dinnerware and accessories.  Floral arrangements, birds nests, vintage cloches and lovely gold rimmed glasswear.

Are you tired of using the same old dinnerware for every special occasion?

Do you want to add a touch of elegance and personality to your table settings?

Well, look no further because, we will be sharing our secrets on how to create a beautiful mix and match china table.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply want to elevate your everyday dining experience, this guide will provide you with tips and inspiration to create a table that will leave your guests in awe.  

So, get ready to say goodbye to dull table settings and hello to a truly stunning dining experience that will leave a lasting impression!

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Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl


Are you ready to take your table setting to the next level?

It’s time to say goodbye to matchy-matchy and hello to a beautiful mix and match approach.

Mixing and matching china is a fun and creative way to add character and charm to your dining experience.

One of the best ways to get your collection started is by shopping for vintage dishware at flea markets, an antique market, estate sale and Facebook marketplace.  

Look for vintage pieces with a bold pattern, decorative items, dishes with small prints, solid colors or different shapes, table runners, gold chargers, vintage salt and pepper shakers.  

The more varied you collection, the better chance os setting eye-catching table settings.  

I love this pink place setting. It feels happy. For this lovely place setting, I used a woven grass placemat, a pink charger, vintage dinner plate, vintage salad plate, then I topped it off with a salad plate.

Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

I love the simple elegance of this table setting.

It would be perfect for a dinner with friends.

I used a gold charger, a white cabbage plate from Bordallo Pinheiro, the lovely blue dinner plate, a white cabbage salad plate from Bordallo Pinheiro, then I topped it off with a salad plate.

Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

Wouldn’t this be great for a garden party?

For this fun place setting, I used a faux grass placemat, a green cabbage charger from Bordallo Pinheiro, a vintage dinner plate, a gold rimmed salad plate, then I topped it off with a salad plate.

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Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

The almost monochrome color scheme keeps this place setting peaceful and the woven grass placement keeps it casual.

I used a woven grass placemat, white cabbage plate from Bordallo Pinheiro dinner plate, the lovely blue dinner plate, a lacey white salad plate, then I topped it off with the blue salad plate.

Imagine hosting dinner parties that leave your guests in awe as they admire the unique combination of different china patterns and colors adorning your table.

It’s time to ditch the traditional notion of matching sets and embrace the art of mixing and matching to create a table setting that is as vibrant and individual as you are.  

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Isn’t this gorgeous?

I love the curvy lines of the charger and second dinner plate.

For this beautiful place setting, I used a white charger, a gold rimmed dinner plate, a fine white dinner plate, a vintage salad plate with the sweetest green and gold details, then I topped it off with a salad plate.

I’m a very linear person, so the easiest way for me to mix patterns is to use my everyday plates, with vintage dishware to create a beautiful table setting.  

I use white plates and add a salad plate with  floral pattern and them maybe add a small plate wit yet another pattern.  

Then I use a table runner, floral arrangements, wine glasses, napkin rings and silverware to tie everything together.

Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

This place setting makes my heart smile.

I love the blue dishware so much.

For this pretty place setting, I used a white charger, a green cabbage charger from Bordallo Pinheiro, the lovely blue dinner plate, a white cabbage salad plate from Bordallo Pinheiro, then I topped it off with a salad plate, then I topped it off with a salad plate and a small green cabbage bowl from Bordallo Pinheiro.

First things first, choose a color palette.

Decide on a base color that will tie everything together and then add in a few accent colors to give your table depth and interest.

Don’t be afraid to play with different patterns, textures, and shapes. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your unique style and personality.

Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

Blue is my favorite color.

I adore this table setting. It makes me happy.

For this elegant place setting, I used a gold rimmed blue charger, a gold rimmed dinner plate, gold rimmed salad plate, then I topped it off with a salad plate and the tiniest little vintage bowl. Isn’t it so cute?

When it comes to selecting plates, start with your dinner plates as they will be the center of attention.

Look for plates with different designs and patterns that complement each other.

Don’t be afraid to mix floral patterns with stripes or geometric designs.

Just make sure the colors work together.

Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

For this delightful place setting, I used faux grass placemat, a gold rimmed dinner plate, the lovely blue dinner plate, a white cabbage salad plate from Bordallo Pinheiro, then I topped it off with a salad plate.

Next, add in some salad plates.

These are a great way to add more color and texture to your table.

Look for plates that have a different pattern or design than your dinner plates but still complement them.

This is also a great opportunity to mix materials like glass, ceramic, and even wood.Mix and match your bowls too!

Soup bowls, pasta bowls, and even dessert bowls can all be different and still work together.

Just make sure they have a similar shape or size so they look cohesive.

Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

This might be my favorite, at least for right this minute.

It makes me think of summer breezes and dinner outside on the patio.

For this colorful place setting, I used a green cabbage charger from Bordallo Pinheiro, the lovely blue dinner plate, a pretty floral plate, a vintage salad plate, then I topped it off with small green cabbage bowl from Bordallo Pinheiro. .

Finally, add some finishing touches like napkins, placemats, and centerpieces.

These small details will tie everything together and make your table feel complete.

With these tips and some creativity, you can create a beautiful mix and match china table that will impress your guests. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun.

After all, the most important thing is to enjoy the company of your loved ones around a beautifully set table.

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Five layers of china-placemat, charger, dinnerplate, salad plate, bread plate and bowl

For this cute place setting, I used a white charger, white cabbage plate from Bordallo Pinheiro dinner plate, a dainty white vintage dinner plate, a blue and white salad plate, then I topped it off with a salad plate.


Mixing and matching china is an easy and creative way to add character and charm to your table settings.

By following our tips and incorporating your own personal style, you can create a beautiful table for any occasion.

From vintage-inspired patterns to colorful plates, the possibilities are endless.

So why settle for boring dinnerware when you can elevate your dining experience with a mix and match approach?

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We can’t wait to see the gorgeous tables you’ll create! Say goodbye to monotony and hello to a table that will impress even the most discerning guests.

Embrace your creativity and let it shine through every aspect of your life, including your dining room!

Keep exploring and never be afraid to mix things up – your dining table will thank you.

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Barbara at Mantel and Table

Thursday 12th of May 2022

All gorgeous! I love that analogy about the kids - you're right, it's impossible to choose a favorite! :) Thanks for the great inspiration!

Lindsay

Saturday 15th of January 2022

I always find beautiful tablescapes intriguing and enjoy setting my own for luncheons and dinner parties. While the mix and match patterns were very pretty, how do you use them? There are far too many pieces stacked to be practical (unless you have a butler whisking away courses lol). Do you set a table and leave it as part of your decor? I have a friend that does this, but personally it's not for me. Just curious?

Renae Frey

Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

If I am having a dinner party. I will serve whatever goes in or on the top dish first. Oftentimes, I set the table for pure enjoyment-there is definitely NOT a butler here.

Tammy Gilleland

Friday 10th of December 2021

Renae, I absolutely love mix and match dinnerware. How you style the table looks stunning. One of the small blue rimmed plate with the roses in the center, I have some tea cups that match that plate. I picked them up years ago in an antique store. Loved this post!

Cecilia

Thursday 9th of December 2021

Oh, I love your mix and match place settings! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!