Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Sunshine Diner

It's time for another Saturday Night Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.
Come see all the great projects!

I'm joining Susan's Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps On The Porch.
Join the fun and show us your tables!

Show us what you do with your vintage thingies!

Be sure to stop by for Indigo - Rainbow Summer School with Jenny Matlock

Do you have memories of a favorite diner?
Did you wait all week for that special treat of French Fries and a Cherry Coke?
Or was it a Green River soda you craved?
A piece of pie? A BLT?
Step into the past with me and perhaps a memory or two will come to mind.

I remember a lunch counter just off of Times Square in 1949, we were on our way home
to Kansas from Germany.   It was so crowded, it smelled so GOOD, and it was the
first time I saw a TV.  It was a golf tournament!  Later that week we went to the Automat
and I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Welcome to The Sunshine Diner


There is some vintage included here, but lots of contemporary items too.
You can achieve that vintage or retro look by mixing all kinds of elements.
The metal advertising sign is vintage and has been in my
collection of vintage Fiesta go-alongs for many years.

The early plastic pitcher and glassware are vintage.

Can you pick out the truly "vintage" things?

I've shown a couple of ways to use the Homer Laughlin contemporary line of "Diner" dishes mixed with contemporary Fiesta.  With a Scarlet salad plate and Sapphire dinner plate above.

And with just the Sapphire dinner plate here.

The chargers are contemporary acrylic.

The glassware used on the table is contemporary.
Red tumblers from Home Goods and the faux "crystal" came from Pier 1 summer 2009.

Vintage syrup pitcher with red Bakelite handle.

Contemporary pieces that give the table a vintage look.
These all came from Cost Plus over the years

The straw dispenser is vintage.  Pulling up on the knob attached to a rod, dispenses a single
straw without fail each and every time.  The straws are not vintage, but back in the day,
these would have been perfect!  Do you remember paper straws?  

One of a series of exclusive Fiesta Juice Pitchers offered by the Homer Laughlin
Collectors Association. Information on the HLCCA  This one seems appropriate for 
The Sunshine Diner and the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Thanks for coming by to visit The Sunshine Diner, may I take your order?

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  1. Oh I love anything vintage Americana, and this is just full of it. Love every detail. You do have some of the most fun things and you always surprise me with such lovely tables. Makes me feel like I am in a drugstore soda bar and a road side cafe. Fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  2. Lovelly tablescape! The pieces are wonderful.Fatima-Scrapart.

  3. What a wonderful kitchen. Your pieces are fantastic, your displays attractive and inviting. And the music sets the tone. You took me back in time. (Maybe not as far back as paper straws...)

  4. I love the vintage look! That's also a very impressive looking table setting :)

  5. That is the most adorable tablescape I've ever seen- those chairs are to die for! What a gorgeous collection you've got, I'm amazed every time I come visit. Happy VTT!

  6. Wonderful table! I love this era, and am so glad to know that I don't have to spend a fortune on true vintage (though that would be my dream, being a history buff and antique nut) to achieve this colorful, inviting look. I found you through Jenny's indigo. If you don't mind, if you visit, would you read back one post? I posted about some dishes I'd inherited and would love to know if you know anything about them. To make it easier...
    Indigo here.
    Dishes here.

  7. Candy, another wonderful table full of a fun mix of vintage and contemporary. Yes, I remember those straw dispensers and paper straws. I think most things taste better through a straw! Love the red, white, and blue! ~ Sarah

  8. Wonderful! I love it all! It is just so beautiful all together like that!

    Happy Vintage Thingie Thursday!

  9. Hey Candy, this is just TOO FUN! You are very clever. Your signs are so neat and look great in your kitchen with all your pretty things. The music is perfect with your post.

    Thank you for another good time at your blog! It is always a treat!


  10. I just LOVE all your HL items, Candy! You do such a great job of displaying & teaching the history of them.
    Did I tell you my DD & her DH toured the HL factory before buying their Fiesta ware? They bought me 2 oval plates with golf motifs on them. I 'll have to dig those out!

    You & I had the same colors in mind for this holiday weekend. GMTA LOL
    Enjoy a relaxing Labor Day weekend!

  11. Adorable Diner! And Diners are my favorite type of restraurant! The colors are so cheerful and I know my waitress will just be so sweet. And the food delicious. I must say the tablesetting is the most upscale diner I have ever seen!

  12. I love this table setting, as much as I have loved each and every one I've seen on this table. The checks make it!!! I love that you showed mixing old and new and how well it plays together in the same sandbox.

  13. Great table as always Candy! I fell in love with the "american Bistro" dinnerware when it came out. You've amazed me again, thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh what fun! This reminds me of an ice cream parlor I loved "The Clover Room" -- Loved their shrimp salad sandwiches and cinnamon Ice cream!

  15. OH this is just superb! What a fun table and you have it set just perfectly!
    I remember having a green river as a little girl oh how I loved those!
    This was a blast to see!

  16. I am a blue person anyway so my post would have been more fun for me had I felt better! But you did a nice job here and I like all the vintage stuff. Very cool. Anne

  17. You really have some amazing things here and great music! Awesome eye candy, you really captured a little time capsule. Great post.

  18. super delicate stuff...
    love your indigo post plus more...

  19. What a fun table setting!!

    Susan and Bentley

  20. What a fun and bright table!

  21. This is so neat! I love your vintage table...Christine

  22. This is just dreamy, Candy! I especially love how you've combined your ephemera collection with the tablescape. Now I'm craving a milkshake and fries!

  23. I just want it all, how amazing. You did a fabulous job setting up and taking photos. Thanks for sharing. I know it was a lot of hard work.

  24. Your tablescape is stunning!! Just gorgeous, and full of fun and life and texture, and color, and I could go on and on and on!!! You always have the best tables - such inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

  25. What a fun table. I love red, white, and blue. Uh...I, white, and indigo!


  26. I love diners. If your meatloaf and mashed potatoes are as good as this table looks, I would stop by your diner anytime.

  27. Fun,Fun,Fun! I especially like it with the music. It puts me in the mood to enjoy your table. The whole theme was carried out to perfection. I love it!

  28. What a wonderful stroll through the sunshine diner! Your displays are always so much fun!

  29. What a totally fun stop for Rainbow Summer School!

    I love everything and am super excited to learn that Homer Laughlin is doing those diner dishes still. I am going to look into ordering some of those for sure!

    I really enjoyed looking at all the treasures in this picture...and finding out what was true vintage vs. repro was really helpful information.

    Thank you for linking.


  30. Hi Candy, these colors and mixed dishes looks awesome. I love the entire tablescape. It is so Americana and full of fun. Yes, I can pretty much pick out the vintage items. I used to sell antiques. I miss it!

    Happy VTT
    Hugs, Jeanne

  31. What a fun, adorable table! I love it all and yes, it brings back memories of when I was a child and had cherry cokes and fries at Woolworth's counter in Philly!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the memories! I LOOOVE your kitchen. This is my first visit so I am going tot search your blog and try to find more pics of the kitchen!!!!! Have GREAT weekend! XO, Pinky

  32. The red and white is marvelous. I think that I remember something similar to this table as a child. The green chairs are a wonderful contrast. Thank you for sharing another great design. Cherry Kay

  33. Another fun and interesting setting - thanks as always. This sure brings back childhood memories. We had striped glasses that probably matched your rainbow striped pitcher. Sadly, they are all gone, now.

  34. I love your blog! I found you over at SNS! I'm your newest follower. Visit me at Sassy Sites! xoxo

  35. Another cute tablescape! I love that sign! How perfect with fiestaware.

  36. Well done! your dinner theme is perfect right down to every little detail

  37. Thank you all for the lovely comments on my little diner tablescape! Truly was fun and pretty easy to put together with things both old and new.

    For those of you interested in adding some "diner" disher to your own dining experience, check out Macy's for some good prices using their discount codes.

    Their labor day sale:


  38. The setting is so much fun. I can almost smell the burgers and taste the malt.

  39. What a fun place you have! I just adore your kitchen and your tablescapes are amazing!

    Stopping by from Funky Junks SNS. It's been a pleasure visiting with you.


  40. Thanks Laura and Kristal! I have a taste for an old fashioned malt! Chocolate please. :-)


  41. What a fun table! I love the mix of old and new...and I love your kitchen!!

  42. Thanks Sandi, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

    Happy New Year,

  43. Candy, Do you have any information about the tablecloth you used? I love checks.


Thank you for your lovely comments.

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