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Retro Modern Holiday Table + Vintage Charm Bowls


It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays around here…so let’s kick things off with a *charming* GIVEAWAY and some festive table decorating ideas, shall we?!

The inspiration for this playful holiday tablescape was the Rise N’ Shine collection from Vintage Charm Inspired by Pyrex®. If you’re not yet familiar with Vintage Charm, it’s an adorable line of glass mixing bowls that feature a modern twist on popular Pyrex® designs from the 50’s and 60’s.

The Vintage Charm bowls are great for place settings, baking and gifting. Whether you’re giving to a hostess or baker, they will love these darling bowls! They’re available online and in-store at Target, Macy’s, Walmart, Amazon, and ShopWorldKitchen.com. Use the coupon code: VINTAGE20 to receive 20% off your Vintage Charm set on ShopWorldKitchen.com.

And for a chance to WIN a set of nostalgic Vintage Charm prep and serve bowls, just post a comment here mentioning which Vintage Charm design inspires YOU the most. Full details on the giveaway are at the bottom of this post.

Retro-Modern Holiday Table + Free Printables

Speaking of picking favorites, I was able to select any Vintage Charm pattern to work with for this holiday project, and was super excited to choose Rise N’ Shine! My family recently moved to Northern California (just a few months ago), where my dad has worked in the agriculture and farming business for his entire life. My husband is working with him now too, so farming is a huge part of all of our lives, and there are so many things I’ve come to appreciate about the industry. So, between the farm-inspired graphics and the retro-modern style of Rise N’ Shine, I was instantly smitten with this pattern!

Vintage Charm Rise N' Shine Serving Bowl

Now, I know that when you hear “farm inspired”, a contemporary look probably isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind, but unexpected themes are my favorite! I had a great time dreaming up fun ways to merge farm + modern + holiday, and these dishes were the perfect starting point.

The little “shine” graphics on the bowls that kind of look like twinkles became my key focal point for the paper designs, which can be downloaded for free here: Place Setting Accents | Party Circles | Place Cards.

Retro Modern Red and Aqua Holiday Table

I also took a cue from the corn illustrations on the bowls and made Christmas trees out of maize! You can find maize in most grocery stores this time of year, and you can also order it online year-round. These little guys were really easy to make and are probably my favorite DIY detail from the table…

Corn Cob Maize Christmas Trees

To make the little trees, I removed some of the kernels at the bottom of the corn cob to create the “trunk”, then spray painted the tops and used silver craft paint, applied with a brush, on the bottom. A bamboo skewer is inserted into the bottom of the corn to make it stand up. The jars and tins holding the trees are filled with dry floral foam, and the extra part of the bamboo skewer is inserted into the foam.

I also cut some “shine” shapes from card stock to create a little “holiday magic” above the table! The cut outs are hot glued to fishing wire for more of a floating effect. Here is the tracing template I used.

Retro Mod Christmas Table

Pattern played a key role on the table too. I went to the fabric store and found two prints with a nice retro-mod vibe in my color palette, then cut a table runner and napkins from the fabric. This is one of my favorite, inexpensive ways to customize any table design!

Retro Modern Holiday Printables

These place cards are included in the free printables too – but heads up that the templates are blank (aside from the HAPPY HOLIDAYS text) and most easily used with handwriting. If you’d like to customize them yourself digitally – the font I used for the names here is called Heritage.

The table centerpiece is a mix of painted pomegranates and pears + mini ball ornaments. I also tucked party circles into a couple spots for added detail, but kept the overall look more minimalist as a nice balance to the embellished trees on either side.

Modern Christmas Centerpiece with Painted Fruit

Red and Aqua Holiday Table

Chair backs are often overlooked when it comes to decorating a table, but they seriously make such a big impact on the design! I just did a simple baker’s twine wrap on the chairs here, paired with a couple more of the paper “shine” cut outs.

Retro Mod Holiday Decorations

DIY Maize Christmas Trees

Red and Aqua Painted Fruit Centerpiece

Hope you’re feeling inspired to create a little retro-modern holiday magic of your own! ;) If you have any questions about this table that I didn’t cover, please feel free to ask away in the comments.

And now… who’s ready to win some adorable dishes?!


**Winner Update! 11/28** This giveaway is now closed, and the (randomly selected) winner IS….Patricia Hoffmeister! Congrats, Patricia – Enjoy your adorable new dishes! :)

To enter, just leave a comment mentioning which of the Vintage Charm Inspired by Pyrex® designs you like the most or feel the most inspired by. One commenter (chosen via random selection) will win a Vintage Charm Mixing Bowl Set in the design of their choice.

Enter by Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at midnight PT. The winner will be notified via email & announced here.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vintage Charm™. As always, all opinions & ideas are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way!


  1. JessZ November 15, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I love the Spot On dots. They’re simple, classic, and they’ll work all year in my kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Liz November 15, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful design! I love the trees!

  3. @GirlyGirlPartea November 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    A Retro-Modern Inspired Holiday Table + GIVEAWAY https://t.co/8PwV2spfnb

  4. Maureen November 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    What great designs. I like the Rise and Shine in particular.

  5. Courtney Evans November 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I love the Birds of a Feather series.

  6. Marty November 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I like the Corell Rise ‘N’ Shine bowls. They look weirdly familiar. I think my grandmother actually used dishes with a pattern very similar to these when I was a kid!

  7. Danzel November 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    LOVE! Rise & Shine is my favorite, but I love them all.

  8. Alvina November 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Oh I love this retro diamond design for decorating!

    For Vintage Charm, I like the Birds Of A Feather design!

  9. Lynda McMillen November 15, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I love the Memory Lane 3-piece mixing bowl set!

  10. Julie November 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I like the Memory Lane design!

  11. carol clark November 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Memory Lane 3-piece mixing bowl set

  12. Rivka November 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    There are so many amazing options! I love the Tickled Pink though.

  13. Holly November 15, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I’m loving the Rise n Shine pattern :)

  14. Sharon November 15, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    My favorite is the Vintage Charm™ Golden Days bowls. Thanks!

  15. @AllAboutNuptial November 15, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    A Retro-Modern Inspired Holiday Table + GIVEAWAY https://t.co/qif7ziWU9w

  16. BarbaraMae November 15, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    The bold colors of the Spot On design are my favorite! So fun!

  17. Jeanine November 16, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Well, I love the Pyrex Vintage Charm Rise n Shine, but the Memory Lane is nice too. These definitely take me back to my growing up years. I still shop for vintage Pyrex as it brings back so many good memories.

  18. Randi November 16, 2016 at 4:22 am

    The Rise N Shine is my favorite!

  19. Amy November 16, 2016 at 5:33 am

    I collect the original Rise and Shine bowls. There so cute!

  20. manda November 16, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I like the birds of a feather design.

  21. Christi Bovee November 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

    The Memory Lane design is fun, but the Rise N Shine is super fun and farmy. I’d love adding some farmy feel to my country farm kitchen.

  22. Jenny Dixon November 16, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I love the rise and shine collection. It is simple and full of retro charm. J

  23. Joan November 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Golden Days just makes me smile!

  24. Christy Spurlock November 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Birds of a feather Mixing Bowls (6 pc Black and White)

  25. Stephanie Grant November 16, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I love, love love the Memory Lane design! So classic yet inspiring!

  26. Kelly D November 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I like the Golden Days set.

  27. Jessica Martinez November 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I love the rise and shine collection! I have one of the originals in my Pyrex collection! These would go perfectly in my vintage home.

  28. Lorelai November 17, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Loving the Rise and Shine pattern– These would make my mum so happy!

  29. Marilyn November 18, 2016 at 7:58 am

    I love the Rise N Shine design.

  30. Patricia Hoffmeister November 19, 2016 at 6:34 am

    The Rise and Shine is my favorite.

  31. Kinna November 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Hi there! I adoore you and your parties! Would it be possible to know which fonts you used for the Place Setting Accents?

    Cheers and Warm Wishes x

    • jenn s. November 22, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Thank you, Kinna! That’s so sweet :) The main sripty font on the place setting accents is called “Betterfly” and the smaller font is Gotham. Gotham is pricey – I bought it a few years ago as part of my branding, which helped justify the cost, but Montserrat is a great free alternative to it. :)

  32. Aimee November 22, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Fun contest!
    I’d be happy with any of them (being a 60’s baby) but if I had to choose, I’d have to say, “Rise & Shine”

  33. Jelena November 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Vintage charm. My favorite :-)

  34. Jelena November 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Rise N Shine

  35. tricia zawacki November 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Absolutely mix n match the rise n shine and spot on. Would perfectly match my kitchen. Love it!

  36. Alana November 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I like the rise and shine, I love the pop of color and pattern !

  37. Nicole G. November 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    The rise and shine collection inspires me the most. It reminds me of baking with my grandmother when I was little. Being able to use the bowls inspire me to revisit all those homemade family recipes long since forgotten this holiday season!

  38. Michelle Diaz November 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This is color scheme is one of my favorite :) plus I’m hosting Christmas dinner, I would LOVE to serve everyone in these!

  39. Norma November 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I like the rise and shine

  40. Isabelle November 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    The Rise N Shine is absolutely adorable and definitely takes me back to Christmas dinners at my grandmas’. I actually just redid my kitchen with these colors, using a similar retro vibe. New dishware would be a great finishing touch! Such a fun party, by the way. I love how you kept a holiday vibe, but incorporated a more modern color scheme. Fabulous!

  41. Jennifer Valadez November 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    The farm design pattern is my favorite. I wish I could find a set. Thank you for a chance to win.

  42. Margaret B November 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Rise and Shine is lovely as turquoise is one of my favourite colours. Love the red you incorporated and the maize “trees” are the best!

  43. Lauren November 22, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I like them all but the birds of a feather pattern is my favorite!

  44. Julie November 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Love the Rise and shine collection..This whole spread is to cute for words..

  45. Marisol Arietta November 22, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    LOVE the Rise and Shine:) The colors match my kitchen perfectly!!!!!

  46. Kelly November 22, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    I love Rise and Shine! Welcome to Northern California. I live in Sacramento.

  47. Erika Ojeda November 22, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Definitely Rise N Shine⏰❣️

  48. elizabeth m November 23, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I like “Birds of a Feather” design

  49. @HWTM_Jenn November 28, 2016 at 6:02 am

    It always starts with inspiration! See the fun #holidaytable these bowls inspired here: https://t.co/yMZcdQdCFG… https://t.co/joxf2UJWZs

  50. Dream Wedding DIY December 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Love the choice of colors!

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