A Transitional Table, Paisley Swirls, and Pfaltzgraff Village Dinnerware


I’m at the table with Pfaltzgraff Village dinnerware.


Introduced in 1976 and the year of America’s Bicentennial, Pfaltzgraff Village features an Early American-style design, inspired by early historic Pfaltzgraff earthenware salt-glazed crocks.

You can read more beginnings of Pfaltzgraff and their 200+ year history of pottery and crocks here.


I’d like to believe we’re on the cusp of fall here in the sunny and hot South.

{insert *Ha!* here}


With wishful thinking, I set a transitional table, with darker, richer colors provided by a navy paisley tablecloth with swirls of gold, cranberry and blue as a foundation for the table, to pair with the floral motif design of the Village dinnerware.


 Vienna Flatware by Pfaltzgraff offers scalloped handles with scroll and floral detailing reminiscent of a paisley design.


A  glass vase provides a simple centerpiece, created and gathered from shrubs. Gold and green Abelia foliage is paired with the burgundy leaves of Loropetalum and Elderflower berries for a little texture and color for the table.


A pair of Crackle Ceramic Hurricane by Elements with an embossed fan shape and scroll design offers a contemporary option as a centerpiece for the table.


Along with a Crackle Ceramic Vase by Elements, filled with grasses and berries.


Constructed of stoneware, Pfaltzgraff Village is microwave and dishwasher safe.


Table Details:

*Dinnerware / Village by Pfaltzgraff

*Flatware / Pfaltzgraff Vienna

*Stemware / Amber All Purpose Beverage Glasses, Pfaltzgraff

 *Elements Crackle Ceramic Hurricanes

*Elements Crackle Ceramic Vase

Glass vase / Target, several years ago

Chargers / World Market, several years ago

Tablecloth /  Raymond Waites, HomeGoods

Napkins / Pier1 Imports


*Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.



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  32 comments for “A Transitional Table, Paisley Swirls, and Pfaltzgraff Village Dinnerware

  1. August 17, 2015 at 5:35 am

    I was going to say I see someone is thinking fall… Don’t blame you:@) I’ve always liked this classic design and see stray pieces occasionally at the thrift stores. Your setting is pretty Mary!

  2. Jan
    August 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I remember this pattern in 1976 and still in the 1980’s. If I really date myself i recall it was a Brides choice, very popular!
    Its very pre-fall which is awesome to see and the tablecloth is beautiful with it.
    Ahh..67 here on Wednesday and rain today & tomorrow, the sound of a clap of thunder & patter of rain is welcomed by me~

  3. Sherlie Magaret
    August 17, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful table setting. love these dishes, they are so timeless, they are perfect with the tablecloth.

  4. Ellen Stillabower
    August 17, 2015 at 7:18 am

    At that time, I could not afford those dishes and was envious of friends that had them. Not envious any longer but I still like the pattern. I think the tablecloth & napkins make the table beautiful and pre-fall and yes, I’m on the verge of being ready for fall..a couple of weeks and I’ll get my brown transferware out..but thanks for sharing and have a great day!!!😍😍😍🍂🍁🍁🌰🌋

  5. August 17, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Ah yes, both my Panoply sisters had this pattern! One had it in the browns you show, another had it in blues. Love your textiles.

  6. August 17, 2015 at 7:42 am

    This beautiful table brings back so many memories as this pattern was my very first set of Pfatzgraff!! Beautiful table Mary and thanks for the memories!

  7. Betty Sparrow
    August 17, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I have a hard time finding beautiful tablecloths that are the right size for my round tables. What size do you use? Do you modify them?

    • August 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

      Hi Betty, I buy oblong tablecloths for my round table. I turn them so the longer sides are on the corners and not hanging in a lap! My table is smallish so I usually buy a 60 x 84 inch cloth or use a full/queen size coverlet or quilt on it. :)

      • August 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

        Mary, I’m happy to know that you use a rectangular cloth on a round table. I’m going to try that on ours. Your tables always look fabulous! Love this paisley cloth!
        Hot and dry here, but this afternoon I noticed a Texas sage covered in purple blooms. My mother and grandmother always said that was a sure sign it was going to rain. Sure hope so! ‘-)

  8. Sue
    August 17, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Oh wow Mary…you have presented this with a whole new twist to me! Love this design with the paisley and that beautiful blue! Appreciate the history link to enjoy later. Fall colors are so pretty, thank you Mary.

  9. August 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

    If it makes you feel any better, your post gave me a momentary chill…momentary, mind you….but the chilly early mornings will be here before you know it!

    I like your table. The colors are pretty for autumn, and I like the history behind the pattern!

  10. Donna Barber
    August 17, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Love the use of the elderberries. My husband makes jelly with them every year. The grands call it “Grandpa Jelly”. It is so good. Great table, as usual.

  11. August 17, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I really learned a great deal from this post, Mary & got some delightful ideas for quilting designs, too. Classic & Timeless! LOVE that tablecloth!!!

  12. August 17, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Thank you for this lovely table, and beautiful pairing with the linens. My husband still has a complete set of this dinnerware, and I’m talking every casserole dish, completer piece, butter dish, hurricanes, etc. Maybe I’ll surprise him this fall and get it out to use. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. August 17, 2015 at 8:50 am

    The Village pattern has withstood the test of time for sure, Mary! You displayed it so beautifully on the gorgeous tablecloth and with your centerpieces. Good luck with your wishful Fall thinking!!!

  14. August 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Love the rich colors and traditional pattern you used.

  15. Ellen
    August 17, 2015 at 10:43 am


  16. bobbi duncan
    August 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Love how you put a new twist on a lovely old design–beautiful! I have gotten so many wonderful ideas from your blog, Mary. Thanks for sharing this lovely table setting.

  17. ANNIE
    August 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

    I love the centerpiece with the rocks in the vase. They add so much to it. I am going to use that idea.

  18. Kathi
    August 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    OMG…FLASHBACK!!. I had this pattern and I believe every piece they produced in this pattern in the late 70’s and into the 80’s. I specifically bought this pattern becuase I had just bought my first house and everything in the kitchen was Harvest Gold. And of course, my glassware was in the amber/gold family. Boy I thought I was COOL! I’m so glad those Harvest Gold, Avacado Green and Bronze days are over…whew. I’m definately into the lighter shades these days!.
    Thanks for sharing this nostalgic pattern.

  19. August 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I am in love with your paisley tablecloth, the rich dark colors do harken back to fall’s beauty. My brother lives in Charlotte and calls almost everyday to tell me (over and over again) how hot it is there this summer. I do feel for you!

  20. August 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    As usual, you have found the perfect (updated) setting for a timeless design. Love the transitional colors of the paisley linens and the solid napkins. Adding the woven chargers to blend in the richness of the paisley with the simple and classic design of the pottery was a true inspiration… Well done, Mary…very well done.

  21. Robyn
    August 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    My MIL had this pattern and we added to it for her on special occasions. After her passing, I wrapped each piece with bubble wrap to send to my SIL in NJ. Every piece made it without so much as a chip. She loved these dishes and I am sure she was watching over their journey to remain with her daughter. Thanks for the post. I cannot wait to share your post with my SIL in NJ…..Happy Monday!

  22. Chloe
    August 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I’m not a fan of the dish pattern, but you worked a miracle to contemporize it with the use of the richly patterned paisley cloth and beautiful berry centerpiece. I want you to come and merchandise my home, please…lol.

  23. August 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Loved reading the history of this pattern and celebrating Pfaltgraff’s 200 year anniversary! Your tablecloth and napkins really make this dinnerware pop Mary, and the Element hurricanes and vase are fabulous with everything! I will be popping over to check those out~ If it makes you feel any better about the heat, your table looks like it’s feeling a touch of an autumn breeze blowing off the lake :)

  24. Paula
    August 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm


    I was a bride to be in the early 80s and this was my first set of dishes :) , wish I would have kept a few of the pieces!


  25. August 17, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Love those Fall colors. That tablecloth is so pretty and with the dinnerware set. I still have my complete set in the blue and love it. I collect old crocks and I think this pattern looks good with crocks. Your table setting is Beautiful because I love color.

  26. August 18, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Paisley is one of my favorite patterns ( I painted the entire floor in my den in paisley LOL ) That tablecloth is just gorgeous !!!
    Your husband must feel like like he’s on vacation every night for dinner !!!

  27. August 20, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Mary, I am so happy to be thinking about fall even it if I know it is far away! I just love that paisley. So rich and beautiful. I had these same dishes, in blue. My first dishes. I am so so sorry that I gave them away. I broke a few and needed a bigger set so I gave these away. What was I thinking?? I still have the matching little tea set that belonged to my daughter. The brown is so pretty too.

    Barbara, dreaming of fall

  28. August 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    What a wonderful setting for your table and you created the perfect tablescape. Pam Please drop by to see my seascape.

  29. August 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Those are the best I believe Pfaltzgraff ever produced. They’re classic in design and very durable. My mother in-law has the Yorktown set. Your floral centerpiece is wonderful.

  30. Deb Bosch
    March 19, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Since I have the pattern this display makes me proud to be an owner. I think I’ll start to us it again. Just moved to new home so I should just break it out

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