When Tom and I got married, we combined two households like most couples do these days. We actually did pretty well with furniture as we had plenty of room in our first apartment, but the kitchen was another story – two toasters, more frying pans than we needed and two sets of dishes and glassware.
Because I was in that honeymoon phase of our relationship, I agreed to get rid of my fun, colorful Crate & Barrel dishes for his plain, white dishes. We’ve eaten off of those dishes for 9 years now. The simple white dishes are perfect for every occasion, but I really wanted to see more color when I sat down at the dinner table. I know that must surprise you, right?
I bought my first few sets of Fiesta dinnerware last month when it was on sale at Kohl’s. I combined that sale price with a 30% off coupon I found online, so I feel like I got a great deal on it. I absolutely love the look of my table now.
I bought four sets – Scarlet, Shamrock, Peacock and Sunflower – and we mix and match the plate and bowl colors. I (occasionally) set the table with the square wooden chargers I picked up at Goodwill (LOVE the wood mixed with the bold colors) and cloth napkins made from the left over fabric used on my charmed wreath. I just used my pinking shears on the edges of the napkins, so they are completely no sew. The zig zag cut makes them easy to wash and dry without fraying. The adorable napkin rings are from my friend Lisa’s Etsy shop – Shop24.
The cute placemats I picked up for $1.50 each at Ikea. I really needed something that was easy to wipe down with the kids, and I thought these were super fun. They look cool with my green vintage chairs, too.
For our wedding anniversary this year, my mother-in-law sent us a turquoise Fiesta pitcher. I love to use it on the table as a vase. Doesn’t it make even the most inexpensive mini carnations look darling?
I know that collecting vintage Fiesta is a big deal for some people. I’ll probably stick with the newer stuff since it’s cheaper. Maybe I’ll add in a few vintage pieces here and there if I find a great deal. I still need to pick up four more place settings to complete what we have now, and I’d like some serving pieces, too. I’ll have to keep looking for good sales at Kohl’s!
Do you have any Fiesta ware? How do you style your table with it? It seems like excellent quality dishware, so I’d love to see how yours is holding up.