Pink Dinnerware Makes for Table Setting Charm

by kimbesa

China, glassware, table linens and other accessories can be used to add fashionable pink to your table settings. Entertain with pink for girl birthdays, ladies tea parties.

Cool pink or warm pink?

Honeysuckle pink is a cool blue, the 2011 Color of the Year

Pink dishes and glassware

Blue pinks go well with my dinnerware set, because I favor blue and white when it comes to dinnerware, with a smattering of other colors.

When the Pantone color specialists declared Honeysuckle Pink as Color of the Year for 2011, I knew it would be interesting to see how this color could be incorporated into a table setting,

I pulled together some samples that I have found, and compared them to the Pantone color swatch I printed on plain paper.

I haven't seen many sets of pink dinnerware in my travels, though Fiesta by Homer Laughlin includes solid color pink dishes, and is made to mix and match colors. Then there is the Pastelle line by Mikasa, though that is vintage and I've rarely seen it when I'm out scouting for dishes.

When pink is your color, it won't matter whether it's on anyone else's "official" fashion list. One of the great things about mix and match table get to make your very own unique style.

Honeysuckle Pink | Honored in 2011 With Color of the Year

Honeysuckle pink is a vibrant pink, leaning to the blue end of the spectrum. Not blue enough to be confused with purple, but noticeably cool when compared to warm coral pinks.

The easiest, fastest way to get some pink into your table setting is to find accessories, such as glassware, candle holders, napkins or table cloths in the shade of pink you're looking for.

I suggest starting with what you have, taking a quick inventory, and deciding on what pieces you want to add. Then make a list. Even in thrift stores, estate sales and other secondary marketplaces, you might be surprised how the items on your list seem to come up.

You can take along some photos of your dinnerware, to compare or match colors. Or, assemble a set of paint chips from the hardware store to help you make decisions when shopping for pink dishes or accessories.

Pink holds its own as a pretty color to use for spring and summer parties, Mother's Day dinner, birthday parties, and ladies tea parties. Anytime you want a light, airy and casual vibe to complement your special event.


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Choose Piece Types for Your Menu

The menu for your event can also figure into the decision about what new (or new to you) tableware items to purchase.

  • If you're having a ladies tea party, for example, a floral pattern with the right pink tones might be perfect to complement your existing china set. Dainty pink roses, rose buds and other flowers are featured on many china patterns.
  • For a girl's birthday party, pink candles, candle holders and petite dessert plates might be just the ticket to make it a fun and stylish party. You could even have the cake iced or decorated in the shade of pink you're looking for.
  • If you're serving champagne, glassware flutes come in pale pink. Goblets for water and iced tea, as well as tumblers for juice, are also made in pink glass.
  • A tablecloth in pink will create a pretty, feminine mood to your table setting in a very short time. Once it's on the table, your canvas is ready.

Setting a creative table can be like painting with dishes. The plates, cups, glasses and other accessories are the tools to help you carry it off in style.

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Updated: 10/04/2013, kimbesa
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Is Pink Dinnerware For You?

kimbesa on 07/05/2013

There are a lot of choices to make a pretty pink table setting, especially when combining new and vintage dishes. The rich pink pieces tend to be the vintage ones, but there are some new wares that go for saturated color, too.

WriterArtist on 07/05/2013

Love the pinkish tinge on the tableware, especially the dark pink shade. They do look stunning on a table that has pink and blue centerpieces, tablecloth and other accessories.

kimbesa on 06/25/2013

Pink dishes could be your special tea party set, used for when you get together with female friends!

Guest on 06/25/2013

I love pink and wouldn't mind owning a few pieces..My husband well..not so much.

kimbesa on 06/17/2013

There are a lot of pretty plates in paper, too. I am more a fan of the green, when it comes to Depression Glass. It's too bad that stuff is not more in vogue than it was 30 years ago, because it is so pretty on a table for a tea party, or as part of a collection of dainty things.

paperfacets on 06/17/2013

Well, no I am not so much into pink for the dinner table, but I do have a collection of depression pink glass. It looks more orange than pink, though. The truth is I hardly set a table, when guests are over lots of times paper is in order.

kimbesa on 05/10/2013

Pink dishes have never gone out. There's a Sophie Conran set by Portmeirion that's very contemporary, too.

belinda342 on 05/10/2013

You know, I don't think I've ever seen an entire set of pink dishes before now. I love them! These would be great for those romantic candle lit dinners.

ohcaroline on 07/09/2011

I like pink dinnerware. So refreshing and different.

CorreenK on 06/15/2011

This gal would love pink at her place setting anytime...ooh for the KitchenAid set you have featured above. :)

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