Having friends over for coffee and dessert? Maybe you’re pulling out all the stops for a family dinner this weekend or want to create a lovely display for your dining table or buffet. If you share my love of collecting and decorating with vintage dishes and glassware, you'll enjoy this DIY project.
This quick and easy project will beautifully display your fruit, desserts, or hors d’oeuvres. A trio of vintage serving pieces at graduating heights makes a beautiful centerpiece arrangement.
How to Make a Pedestal Serving Dish
For the base: a footed sherbet, wine glass, or a vase (see photo above.)
For the top: a complimentary plate
Tube of Glass, Metal and More permanent glue (available at craft and hobby stores)
Following manufacturers’ instructions apply glue to the rim of the glass or vase.
Press the two pieces you want joined together.
Then, set a heavy book on top and allow the glue to dry and a bond to form.
Prefer a Non-Permanent Bond?
Want to use your fine china, without permanently gluing the plate and stemware together? Instead of glass glue, use sticky, floral adhesive where the two pieces make contact, for a temporary bond that is easy to remove.
Garden, Tea Party, Spring, & Bridal Themes
For a garden or tea party theme, select bread and butter or luncheon size dishes with a floral motif and use a matching teacup for the base. Be creative. Finish the look with coordinating napkins and tablecloth. In our first example, we used vintage violet pattern plates atop forest green Depression glass vases.
You can also use your pedestal creations to display a bird nest and eggs, or other festive spring decorations.
Vintage milkglass is another ensemble we pair often as serving pieces as it works well in winter decorating and gives any spring or summer table, a lovely, fresh, crisp look. It's the perfect serving pieces for bridal showers and wedding receptions.
To achieve this look, as shown in the photo, at left, glue one, footed milkglass sherbet to the underside of a milkglass luncheon plate.
Shopping for Pedestal Dishware
No milk glass or vintage floral plates on hand? Clear or colored glass items work well too as does ceramic, china or crystal. Browse consignment shops, dollar or thrift stores, antique shops, and estate sales for unique serving pieces to dress up your table this season.
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