Vintage Americana Patriotic Kitchen Decor

Patriotic Kitchen decor

My American History plate collection makes perfect red, white & blue patriotic kitchen decor displayed in an antique corner cabinet.

Welcome to another fun Pinterest Challenge, hosted by the lovely Cindy from County Road 407!

If you’re stopping by from Everyday Edits, I’m so glad you’re here! And wasn’t Laura’s American flag basket wreath just gorgeous?

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This month’s challenge is all about creating beautiful patriotic decor featuring the American flag.

Our inspiration comes from Liz Marie Blog. Liz has an amazing decorating talent and her patriotic displays are some of my favorites!

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I love decorating for the patriotic holidays. The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.

You can see some of my other patriotic home decor here:

You just can’t go wrong with a little red, white & blue.

My American History Plate Collection

For about 20 years, I was in charge of taking middle school students to Washington, D.C. for a spring break trip each year. My first trip had about 30 kids, and toward the end, we took more than 200. It was quite an adventure for sure.

Mount Vernon was my very favorite place to visit, and one year I spotted this gorgeous Staffordshire plate in the gift shop and just knew I had to bring it home with me.

Mount Vernon plate Patriotic Kitchen Decor

The next year, I came across a similar plate at Jefferson’s Monticello and another year a small plate from Michie Tavern, so I added these to my collection.

Patriotic Kitchen decor

Then, one day out thrifting, I discovered a gorgeous blue color version of my treasured red Mount Vernon plate. Of course, it came home with me for a total price of $1.49!

Blue Mount Vernon plate Patriotic Kitchen Decor

That’s when it occurred to me that these plates in patriotic colors would make an easy display in the antique corner cabinet in my kitchen.

I’ve been adding to my collection ever since.

Cobalt Blue Goblets

A while back we went to my favorite outdoor flea market in What Cheer. This brilliant blue little pitcher caught my eye on a $1 table. I picked it up and immediately recognized the picture of Mount Vernon!

Mount Vernon pitcher Patriotic Kitchen decor

At another booth down the row, I spied a goblet in the same blue color with a silhouette of George Washington. Some quick research on my phone told me that these were made by Avon for America’s Bicentennial.

They originally came in a set of three: the pitcher with Mount Vernon ✔, one George Washington goblet ✔️, and one MARTHA Washington Goblet! Obviously, this set me on a mission to find Martha!

The gorgeous cobalt blue color was easy to spot amongst miles of vintage dishes and other treasures at the flea market, and luckily it wasn’t long before I spied more. This time, a set of SIX– three Georges and three Marthas!

The lady at this booth was asking $20 for the set, but one thing I love about flea markets is the negotiating. She noticed the other pieces in my wagon and told me to make an offer. I said, “Well, I only paid a dollar each for these other two.”

I did a little happy dance when she said, “Deal“. Can you believe it?

The set of 3 is going for about $25 on eBay and Etsy right now (PLUS shipping), so a buck apiece is a pretty good deal I’d say.

George & Martha Goblets
Patriotic Kitchen Decor

Don’t they look so pretty against the white beadboard in this old corner cabinet?

I’m still short one Martha goblet to make a perfect set of 8, but I’m on the lookout!

Independenc Hall plate
Patriotic Kitchen Decor

Oh, and there’s my Independence Hall plate from Boston on our New England trip last fall.

Patriotic Kitchen Decor

The vintage plates and goblets make perfect patriotic decorations for my kitchen.

Patriotic Corner Cabinet
Patriotic Kitchen Decor

To complete the patriotic theme, I mixed in some of my vintage white ironstone pieces, and of course several USA flags.

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Patriotic Kitchen Decor

Next, I hope you’ll head over to Cottage in the Mitten to take a look at Kim’s easy patriotic rag wreath. Then, be sure to scroll down to enjoy all of the other amazing creations that are linked below!

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18 thoughts on “Vintage Americana Patriotic Kitchen Decor

  1. I love the story about how all of these pieces came together Niky, and $1? How can you beat it? They look fabulous on your corner cabinet, perfectly placed.

  2. Niky, what a wonderful finds. Collecting over the years is such fun. The blue glasses are such a pretty shade for any display or table. Thank for sharing the history and your search.

  3. Oh wow, your collection of plates is amazing and those goblets are stunning. What fun and fabulous finds. You’ve displayed them all so beautifully on the hutch. Love it all.

  4. Wow Niky, your corner cabinet is perfectly patriotic! I adore those Martha goblets, the color is so pretty! How fun to have the memories of your trips to Washington memorialized with those beautiful plates! Hope you’re having a fun summer!!

  5. What a fun, meaningful collection, Niky! I’d think there would be plenty more to find now that you’re keeping you’re eyes peeled for them. Such a fun Patriotic collection to display in your kitchen; love it!

  6. I thought my transferware chargers were a steal of a deal but you take the cake with the goblets! That is amazing and I love that you have the entire set now. I remember Avon. My aunt used to sell it. I’ll have to google to see if it’s still around. For whatever reason, we had a ton of Skin so Soft. LOL! Now I actually wish we had some. It’s great for keeping flies off of horses. Anyway, love your collection of dishes too. Everything looks great in your corner cabinet. Hope you have a wonderful celebration!

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! My grandmother was an AVON fanatic. She had nearly one of everything they sold I’m pretty sure, including Skin so Soft! We used to put it on for the fireworks on July 4th to keep the mosquitos off. :-)
      Thanks for hosting, Cindy, as always!
      Niky

  7. Love this whole story, Niky!!! It’s amazing how when we go on a trip we find something perfect for our homes… I’m glad you went so many times to Washington, DC. My son wanted to go on the trip after his 8th grade year but we just didn’t have the money at the time. I hope we can all go together as our grandson, his son, gets older and can appreciate it. Charles and I went the spring after we were married during our first year as honeymooners. He was attending Officers Candidate School at Quantico the first half of the year with the USMC. Loved the cherry trees in blossom though it was still freezing cold!!! Oh, and I have a few of my RWB china pieces out, too, in my china hutch. Perfect for summer and our American holidays. <3

    Happy 4th to you and your family,
    Hugs,
    Barb :)

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this story with me, Barbara! It sounds like D.C. is a special place for you, too! I love the Cherry Blossoms, but yes, it was often cold when we went in March every year! Only got to see them in FULL bloom a couple of times.

  8. HI Niky,
    Love the red, white and blue hutch. Love the dishes. I need to go looking for red, white and blue dishware! Great job! Pinned! laura

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