Entertaining with Vintage Serving Pieces + My Eezy Peezy Bruschetta Crostini Recipe

entertaining with vintage serving pieces

If you like having dinner and cocktail parties, you know how important it is to have a decent stockpile of serving ware, platters, casserole dishes, trays and such to present your culinary masterpieces on.

And, in case you haven’t been out shopping for serving pieces lately, let me tell ya, they’re not cheap. Check out Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Bed, Bath and Beyond, or any of those large home goods stores. The average cost of serving platters runs from $30 to over $100!

For someone who enjoys entertaining the cost can really add up for serving pieces, especially if you like menus and presentations based on a theme or season.  You’ve got to have so many options.

Which brings me to the reason for my post.  Shopping thrifts and flea markets for vintage serving pieces is a great way to build up your “hostess with the mostess” inventory for a fraction of what you’d pay for new.

You’ll also often find better quality goods, often USA Made, and it’s a way more fun way to shop.  For example, I recently purchased the Atlas China 12k gold plated dishes for $5 at an estate sale, the two toleware trays $1 each at a thrift store and at a flea market scored the cool mid-century Taylor Smith Taylor (Walter Dorwin Teague design) platters and casserole for $22, for a grand total of only $29!

vintage serving dishes and trays

Now, unlike new stuff, you’ll sometimes see scratches, dings, chips, or other blemishes. Or you may find odd number pieces from what were once a set.   But if the price is right, the design is great and there are no super detracting imperfections,  then don’t pass it up. You’re not buying for investment purposes. You’re just looking for some inexpensive,  interesting things to put your food on.

I actually prefer to mix and match stuff. Besides, nothing wrong with a little “shabby chic” right?

Now onto the recipe part. I had some friends over last week for snacks and cocktails before going out to dinner. I made my eezy peezy bruschetta crostinis, which has been a favorite recipe of mine for years, all the way back to when I used to cook for a living. Not only is it simple to put together, it tastes yummy and  looks great.  And if you make extra of the bruschetta, you can use the rest later. Add in fresh chopped basil. It’s delicious mixed with pasta, or spooned over  grilled chicken or fish.

Bruschetta crostini

6 plum tomatoes, chopped, drained
1/2 can artichoke hearts, chopped, drained
3 tbsp capers
1/4 chopped pitted kalamata olives
3 tbsp chopped scallions
1 chopped garlic clove
2 tbsp Balsamic glaze
Crostini toasts
Pesto sauce
Shredded three cheese Italian blend

ingredients bruschetta crostini recipebruschetta

1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl.
2. Crostini toasts are now available already made up in the deli or bakery section of many supermarkets. Otherwise you can slice up a baguette into rounds, brush with a little olive oil and toast in the oven.
3. Smear some pesto sauce on the crostini, top with the bruschetta, then sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
4. Broil until cheese it melted. Keep an eye on this, it happens very quickly!
5. Arrange on a vintage platter or tray. Then mangia, mangia!

brushcetta crostini toasts

I only made about a dozen crostini that night. But the recipe makes enough bruschetta for probably triple that, or to use in another dish later. Also, the proportions of olives, capers, etc can be adjusted to your taste.

And I was also able to use my Atlas China dishes for a little cheese platter and hor’s deouvre plates, along with some pretty vintage napkins, which are also nice to collect for entertaining.

Those little jelly like rectangles are apricot fruit paste. If you’ve never tried it with cheese and crackers, you don’t know what you’re missing!  Comes in other flavors too. Very, very yummy.

cheese platter


Till next time…..



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By | 2017-07-28T18:02:48-04:00 July 26th, 2017|Entertaining, Lifestyle|4 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell July 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Heck, Vix. I wish I was your neighbor. I’d be happy to come to one of your parties! What are Spanish senorita table mats? Do they have pictures of senoritas on them? Sounds cool. The app recipe is really yummy and vegan! You should give it a try 🙂

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    Vix July 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I love vintage partyware, I’ve got a cupboard groaning under the weight of Spanish senorita table mats, 1950s ceramics, terribly gaudy tablecloths and god knows how many cruet sets. If only I didn’t have normal friends who are only free at weekends when we work then we could throw a party or two like we used to!
    Your recipe looks and sounds divine! xxx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell July 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Now why am I not surprised? I have seen pix of your tablescapes and they are gorgeous!

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    Suzanne July 26, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I like an eclectic table with vintage tableware. They are so much more interesting than anything bought new.


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