At the Table: Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne


I’m at the table with Yorktowne, a classic stoneware pattern introduced in 1967 and inspired by original crocks and jugs from The Pfaltzgraff Company.

 For an updated look for this classic pattern, I paired it with  some fresh details at the table, including a jute runner, galvanized server and silver chargers for a clean, modern feeling.


A galvanized 3-tier serving stand serves as a centerpiece, offering berries, oranges, granola and mini muffins for an easy self-serve breakfast or brunch.


And Le bon lait or good milk is in a carafe

and ready to serve for petit déjeuner.


I  like to play with my dishes setting the table a couple of ways, first with napkins tucked in mugs and then in pewter napkin rings. Blue and white napkins have a fresh cottage feel and are reversible, from floral to a ticking stripe.


Octagonal silver chargers help lend a modern feel, while fresh oranges and Paperwhite blooms add a pop of cheery color and delicious fragrance to help chase away the winter blues.


A blue hand-applied floral motif adds dimension to the

smooth glaze, reminiscent of early salt-glaze techniques.


And stemless wine glasses are etched with the

same floral motif, also convenient for milk or juice.




A platter is a convenient size to

offer an assortment of yogurt.




Help yourself to yogurt, fruit and granola. . .


Or make a breakfast parfait layering blueberry muffins, lemon yogurt and blueberries. Add some granola for texture and crunch.



Yorktowne Table Details:

*Yorktowne Dinnerware & Glasses / Pfaltzgraff

*Flatware / International Silver Forte

Napkins/ Bed, Bath & Beyond, Brighton Blue

 Matelasse Coverlet/  Bed, Bath & Beyond

Le bon lait milk bottle/ World Market

Chargers, Napkin Rings Jute Runner/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

3 Tiered Galvanized Server/ Pottery Barn, used here and here


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided

free of charge in exchange for

promotional consideration.

Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne Dinnerware

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  37 comments for “At the Table: Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne

  1. February 3, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Mary, this brought back fond memories. This was my every day dinner ware for 20 years. I still love it! I gave it to a friend of mine, and she is using it daily. It is timeless! I didn’t have the glassware but love it.

  2. February 3, 2014 at 6:06 am

    A nice classic design! And timely, I wouldn’t mind that assortment for my breakfast now Mary:@)

  3. February 3, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I was just thinking about doing a table with my Yorktowne. Those are the dishes the electric cooperative, J worked for as a lineman nearly 40 years, gave us as a wedding gift in 1983.
    We’ve used those dishes every day in one way or other for over 30 years. I have a few serving pieces, all 8 dinner plates and many of the bowls and extra little plates.

  4. February 3, 2014 at 7:00 am

    PS: I should get some of those glasses….:-)

  5. February 3, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Love the white with blue on these dishes and yes a nice classic design.

  6. February 3, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I’ve always liked this classic design … never goes out of style. Lovely!

  7. February 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Ahhh, so pretty, Mary! Can you believe that I used to have this pattern and got rid of it!? You do make it look so fresh and modern and no one showcases dishes like you! Wish I still had that pattern.

  8. February 3, 2014 at 7:54 am

    No one…I say again…No one does a tablescape like you do! I just sit here in total admiration of your ability of putting these beautiful table settings together! Gorgeous!

  9. February 3, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Oh I wish I had a breakfast parfait!and a plate full of strawberries…and a mini muffin or 3…and a cup of freshly brewed coffee…and a galvanized tiered stand to grab it all from…and some new blue and white crockery style dishes to eat it all on…!

  10. February 3, 2014 at 8:22 am

    This is great fun to look at, Mary — and it certainly does bring back memories. My husband and I were married in 1968, and although Yorktowne was not on my radar screen then, by the early 70’s it was. I remember EVERYONE having to have it! I had service for 12, I think, with lots of serving pieces. I loved it and kept it for a long time, until sometime in the late 80’s when I began buying Dansk’s Bistro. I gave the Yorktowne to one of my sisters-in-law, who still uses it. I love the way you’ve mixed the settings with
    galvanized silver. I did that with Wilton Armetale, which I still use. It’s great stuff and goes with many different styles. Have you ever used that in your blog? The company is in southern Pennsylvania. Another question for you and your subscribers, do you recall the great pottery from Gerald E. Henn? That used to be sold at home parties, which were very popular here. I ended up with a large collection, and then suddenly the word was that there had been a fire at the plant in Ohio, and from there on, it was all downhill. Pieces that you ordered did not quite match what you had, etc. Some of it is still available on eBay, but I believe the company is out of business.

  11. Denise
    February 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    That galvanized stand with all that yummy food is so inspiring! I want all that for breakfast! Yum :)

  12. February 3, 2014 at 8:26 am

    This was my first set of dishes! Back then I thought a person could only have one set of dishes at a time (silly, silly me), and I gave my entire set to a friend because I wanted a new design. Sigh. I’d love to have them back now.

  13. Cheryl
    February 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Wow…I didn’t realize Pfaltzgraff was still making that pattern! It really is a timeless classic, but you’ve made it look so fresh and new. Great breakfast tablescape today…makes me hungry for a yogurt parfait!

  14. February 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I love how you have taken jute the perfect natural element and layered color and texture on it with fruit and flowers to showcase this timeless dinnerware pattern. You have given us the scent of the narcissus and the taste of the cool yogurt with fresh fruit and inspired us to eat a healthy breakfast. Blue and white does chase away the winter blues.

  15. February 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

    When I bought my blue and white dishes as Goodwill, some of this pattern was included in the mix. I love how you have added color and texture making the ordinary something special.

  16. BamaCarol
    February 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

    This was our dish pattern when we got married, almost 32 years ago. I finally sold it in a garage sale when I got some new white dishes. Of course now I have all kinds of sets much to the dismay of my husband. I just wonder where you keep all of these beautiful dishes? I’ve run out of space and husband has requested no more dishes for a while. :-)

  17. February 3, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I never had this set, in those days all I could afford was MELMAC:):) Pfaltzgraff was WAY out of my league back then:):) But I knew several paople who had it and I always loved it since I loved BLUE anything!!! Love how you paired it with the silver. LOVE that 3 tired stand, need to find one!! Thanks for another inspiring table, Mary. PS, it is SNOWING here AGAIN:(:(

  18. Sharon Pace
    February 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Oh how I wish I still had the multitude of pieces I had for many years! I have learned the hard way!  

  19. Pam
    February 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I really like how you make this timeless classic look young and fresh again! Great job! I have the Pfaltzgraff brown drip, and love it still. An oldy but a goody. Would love to see you work your magic with that classic pattern!

  20. February 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    well you pulled this off with flying colors, brava! fresh, clean and modern, looks fabulous, again, they scored gold with you!

  21. Madeline
    February 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I have had my Yorktowne dinnerware since the ’70s and still love it! I like to use pewter and “Fiesta” cobalt blue accessories with it. Thank you for you beautiful photos! I love your site!

  22. Patty Wareham
    February 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I would not part with my Yorktowne! My sister-in-law had it and it went so well with her Williamsburg home décor in the early seventies. I searched everywhere to find a set for myself and finally found one at an upscale consignment store. The bonus was that the set included so many of the serving pieces that are no longer available. Thank you for your beautiful photos and for telling us where you got some of the accessories.

  23. February 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Blue and White is my most favorite combination…so fresh looking!

    I have a carafe, very similar to your Le bon lait milk one, but mine has a bright yellow top and vertically, on one side the word Lemon is spelled out, also in bright yellow…I found it at our local Sally Store and was told when I got it that the day before they had 5 of them and someone had bought 4…sure wished I had been the first one to spot them, but…oh, well… I am happy with my one.

  24. February 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    What a cheerful table to start the day! I love the Yorktowne pattern, and you can never go wrong with blue and white! Lovely with the galvanized server, too.

  25. February 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    That was one of my very first sets of dinnerware many years ago…wish I still had them…they look so beautiful with the accessories and the way you always style the table so fabulously…I spy my favorite yogurt…it is actually my ice cream substitute lately!…

  26. February 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    My sister had that set of dishes, but they never looked as good as your presentation – A+. It is so welcoming.

  27. February 4, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Hi, Mary! For people like me who are forced to eat food they wouldn’t voluntarily choose (in other words, HEALTHY!), this is a table setting that could get me to the table no questions asked! That breakfast parfait it beautiful! I would imagine even children could be coaxed to eat healthy foods when presented like that!

  28. February 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Oh, what memories!!! My first set of dishes when I was married back in 1969…….long gone now, but still a favorite of mine. Loved the salt glaze look and the blue!!!

  29. Lori C
    February 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    What a nice surprise to see this pattern! I started collecting pieces in the mid 80’s and I’m still using it!

  30. February 4, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    You always do such an amazing job. Great take on an oldie but goodie.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  31. February 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Wow, you take breakfast of yogurt and fruit to a whole new level! Those oranges against the blue and white dishes are amazing. Yes, I remember this pattern from the 80’s too. It is still stunning.

  32. February 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    What a beautiful table. I love the way the dated china pattern looks updated in the setting you have. Cute matching glasses too!

  33. February 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I have always loved this pattern! My best friend chose it as her everyday pattern when she married the same year I did — 1972. We marveled over all the pieces available. Your table really shows off this gorgeous pattern to perfection!

  34. February 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I love your table, Mary! I also have the same set and use it everyday. My glasses are blue. I think it shows off your country breakfast and says Yorktowne is timeless. Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings My Friend,

  35. Bev
    February 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Beautiful. You’ve really made these dishes look so special, and I love them with the orange.

  36. February 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Mary, this is a beautiful and charming breakfast table. Blue and white is a favorite with me, and it really showcases the fresh blueberries, oranges, and strawberries. I can almost smell the oranges and the paperwhites. :) My sister had a Pfaltzgraff pattern when she first got married,and this looks a lot like it; I’ll have to ask her. Yours looks so pretty!! I also love your table linens and the milk bottle. I might have to make a trip to the World Market now. :-D

    Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday — have a great week!



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