112+ beautiful vintage ’70s table setting ideas

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Beautiful vintage ’70s table setting ideas
What were the hostesses with the mostesses setting up on the dining tables back in the seventies? Here’s a look!

These are not re-created table settings, but are all authentic images of vintage ’70s table setting ideas, scanned from a variety of old home and lifestyle magazines.

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (10)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (16)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (15)


Woven basket trays as placemats

The wicker trays give this table texture and an entirely different feel than it would have without

Vintage table settings from 1970 (1)


Vegetables over a colorful patchwork

As carefree a luncheon as you’d ever want mixes real vegetables, Lenox’s “Antique” goblets, Lunt’s “Jefferson” pewter flatware, “Midsummer” range plates by Denby and Stangl’s spongeware, all placed on a runner of patchwork.

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (17)


Simple retro table setting with cabbage centerpiece from 1970

Simple retro table setting with cabbage centerpiece from 1970

 


Retro floral and pink table setting from 1977

Retro floral and pink table setting from 1977


Red geranium flowers color this table

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (7)


Outdoor garden tablesetting idea from 1970

Outdoor garden tablesetting idea from 1970


Pretty vintage ’70s table setting ideas with blue accents

Vintage table settings from 1974 (8)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (9)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (7)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (6)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (7)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (8)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (9)

 

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (11)


Gold-themed party table for eight

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (12)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (13)


At home in the West: Vintage tablesetting idea

Among the many appealing qualities that give zest to the West are easy informality and rugged simplicity. Both have influenced America’s life style; both inspire the setting [below].

Bold pottery and Indian baskets complement Lenox Temper-Ware, incredibly strong ceramic dishes in which you can bake, freeze, heat and serve. Here, a blithe pattem is teamed with textured blue glasses and stainless steel flatware on a gay patchwork quilt turned tablecloth.

Tablesetting: Temper-Ware by Lenox. Dewdrops pattern. Lenox Crystal: Hand-blown Impromptu pattern. Stainless flatware by International. Native American baskets and sculptures from American Indian Arts Center. Candlelites by Lenox

At home in the West - table idea from 1976

 


Sweet, rustic table with fresh daisies

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (2)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (3)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (4)

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (5)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (6)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (5)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (4)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (10)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (3)


Elegant Wedgwood dishes and table setting from 1978

Elegant Wedgwood dishes and table setting from 1978


Rustic table in an eat-in kitchen from the seventies

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (9)


Elegant square table with Asian theme decor

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (8)


Dining on a low table in front of the fireplace

Vintage table settings from 1974 (21)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (2)


Multiple glass party tables, each seating four

Vintage table settings from 1974 (1)


Old-fashioned country-style tablesetting with red & white theme

Vintage table settings from 1974 (20)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (19)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (18)


A Pennsylvania Dutch-style table setup

Vintage table settings from 1974 (17)

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Simple rustic table for two with yellow accents

Vintage table settings from 1974 (16)


Tropical flower theme for a two-person table setting

Vintage table settings from 1974 (15)


Holiday dining arrangement with pear centerpiece

Vintage table settings from 1974 (14)


Fresh indoor garden-themed table

Retro table settings from 1977 (7)

Retro table settings from 1977 (6)

Retro table settings from 1977 (5)


A table setting inspired by art (1977)

A setting inspired by a painting gives a warm glow to a corner with a peachy-orange wash on the wall, the color picked up in the brick-patterned tablecloth. and in the unusual kumquat. navel orange and cornflower centerpieces.

Products: Aynsley “Marlina” china; Kirk “Old Maryland Plain sterling flatware; Waterford Eileen glasses; First Editions Times Square fabric; Fallani & Cohn napkins; napkin rings from Bloomingdale’s; cupboard from David Barrett: chairs from Le Grenter. Painting, “Still Life with Orange and Black Cloth” by Loren Dunlap at Wally Findlay Galleries.

A table setting inspired by art (1977)

English country table settings from 1977


Yellow flowers for a welcoming breakfast table

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (24)


Tulip time (1975)

The tulip, a colorful harbinger of spring, bedecks the breakfast table with a show-off display to cheer the weary and wake up the world. Simple and direct, this table setting revolves around the casual approach and color play.

The tabletoppings by Block China fit into the mood of this breakfast celebration: Hearthstone “Tulip” plates are aswirl with orange and blue on a white ground; crystal orange juice glasses and the “Espana” flatware.

Underneath is a plain blue tablecloth as the backdrop for cheery orange place-mats, appliqued with tulips in dark and light blue, and dark blue appliquéd napkins folded to farm petals, both designed by Kathleen Moore. An arrangement of white tulips in a blue and white jar is a fitting contrast.

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (10)


Elegant golden-themed dining

Pretty ways to set the table - Vintage tips from 1976 (1)


Red & white lobster theme for an outdoor dinner by the water

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (9)


Strawberries everywhere!

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (8)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (6)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (5)


Table with a blend of old and new (1975)

Designer Richard Himmel created a commanding dining room by using white in many of its subtle dimensions and using it authoritatively. It’s a room that’s so clearly attuned to the times — uncluttered, streamlined.

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The pristine union of new forms with classic style is most evident in the glass-topped dining table and regal balloon-back side chairs. The princely table setting glitters with silver place plates, brown lustre dishes, vermeil and silver dining accessories.

The focal point changes from fine art to a splendid view of the grounds.

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (4)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (3)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (2)


Vintage ’70s table setting ideas: Iris theme

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (1)

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Spring floral dining table from 1975


A sweet tiny flower table setting

Pretty floral placesetting from 1977


Vintage ’70s table setting ideas: Egyptian splendor

Create a regal setting with Egyptian accents. Graceful ‘Gold Heron’ china; ‘Weave’ gold-plated flatware. Gold-plated goblets and gold mats.

(Editor’s note: Honestly, we don’t know what’s inside those little scarab beetle boxes on the plates.)

Elegant table settings from 1978

Country-style tablesetting from the 1970s

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (7)

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (6)

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (5)

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (4)


Old Southern-style tablesetting idea

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (3)

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (2)

Air of country charm - Retro table settings from the 1970s


Sunburst, straw and stoneware (1975)

A sunburst of wheat inspires a setting of Pfaltzgraff stoneware, straw mats and Oneida pewter.

Sunburst of wheat and pewter from 1975


Classic sandwich glass and natural materials

Imperial’s “Cape Cod” Sandwich glass, an American classic, is combined with dried grasses, turkey feathers, a shell napkin ring.

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (21)


Simple pewterware, fruit & nuts

The rich simplicity of Colonial life is seen in Gorham’s “Charleston Reproduction” pewter and a basket of fruits and nuts.

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (22)


Ruby red and artichoke green (1975)

Viking’s “Ruby Epic,” is patterned with the crewel print of the underlying tablecloth of Stroheim & Romann fabric. Stainless and pewter are by Oneida.

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (18)

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Apple & ivy harvest theme (1975)

Apple twigs and ivy weave this harvest theme with Franciscan plates, Denby flatware and glasses from Fostoria.

Apple twigs and ivy table settings from 1975


Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (20)


A slight variation on the above theme

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (19)


The first dinner party (1976)

Whether the guests are the maid of honor and best man, the bride’s parents, the young couple across the hall — that first dinner party is very special.

The bride shows off her gleaming new silver, uses her bold china and delicate crystal, splurges on food, wine, flowers — and dares to set her table with flair.

Lenox China: Interlude pattern. Lenox Crystal: Evening Star pattern. Wine decanter by Imperial Glass. Candleholders and salt arid pepper set by Taunton Silversmiths with Lenox column candles. Flatware by International.

Tablesetting for the first dinner party 1976


Red and white tablesetting with fine china

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (14)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (13)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (12)

Vintage table setting ideas from the 70s - 1975 (11)

Christmas holiday table setting from 1974

Vintage table settings from 1974 (13)

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (1)

Vintage tablesettings from 1976 (10)

Retro table settings from 1977 (4)

Retro table settings from 1977 (3)

Retro table settings from 1977 (2)


A cozy low table setup with pillow seating

Retro table settings from 1977 in country blues


Dining room and summer terrace (1977)

For a party that grows, a winter dining room flows onto a summer terrace. like this one in St. Louis. The dining room window wall slides back completely, so the space stretches as far as you need it. 

Retro table settings from 1977 (13)

Retro table settings from 1977 (12)


Country summer dining table with kumquat centerpiece

This was back when people sometimes put cigarettes on the table for their guests

Retro table settings from 1977 (1)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (12)

Vintage table settings from 1974 (11)


Colorful tablesetting inspiration from the seventies

Colorful tablesetting inspiration from the seventies - 1972 (2)


Black & white party table settings from 1972

Black and white party table settings from 1972


Christmas table setting ideas from 1972

Christmas table setting ideas from 1972


Vintage table setting with eggs from 1972

Vintage table setting with eggs from 1972


Colorful tablesetting inspiration from the seventies

Colorful tablesetting inspiration from the seventies - 1972 (1)


Simple garden table settings from 1970

Simple garden table settings from 1970


Elegant formal vintage table decor from 1970

Elegant vintage table decor from 1970

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Fancy vintage tablesettings for a large party 1970

Fancy vintage tablesettings for a large party 1970

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Vintage table settings from 1970 (2)

Vintage table settings from 1970 (3)

Luncheon party table from 1970

Vintage table settings from 1970 (5)

Vintage table settings from 1970 (4)


Retro Christmas table setting from 1970

Retro Christmas table setting from 1970


Vintage party table decor from the 70s – 1970

Vintage party table decor from the 70s - 1970


Fancy luncheon table setup from 1970

Fancy luncheon table setup from 1970

MORE: 112+ beautiful vintage ’70s table setting ideas

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