Roosters & Hens

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
A few years ago I did a catering job in an old church in Stanchfield, MN. The church was old and had a fully equiped kitchen that was FULL of wonderful vintage things. Stacks of hundreds of Homer Laughlin plates, coffee cups & saucers, jadite items and in 1 cupboard, rows and rows of salt & pepper shakers with bakelite tops. I fell in love the with those salt & peppers. From then on, I looked for similar ones when out antiquing. I have scored a few sets and love using them. Today I am sharing at both Vintage Thingie Thursday and Tablescape Thursday. Thanks to Suzanne & Susan for hosting these weekly events!

My small collection of Salt & Pepper Shakers w/Red Bakelite Tops (yeah, I know that one is not a matched set).

This table also includes Vintage Candlewick parfaits, iced teas and candlesticks, Red plates from the Goodwill, Rooster plates from the Country Living collection at Kmart and a large wire hen with egg holder in the center (a top a vintage cake plate).


  1. Postcardy said...:

    The best part is the salt and pepper shakers.

  1. Cindy said...:

    Please tell me..that after all you go thru to really eat a meal with it set up!! lol

    It is my favorite!!

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  1. Mimi said...:

    I love your red and cream table, especially seeing it has those great rooster plates, Gail! Your crocheted table topper is beautiful.

  1. Coloradolady said...:

    Oh, the red and white is just adorable, but I really love the S&P shakers, I have a small set sorta like these I picked up at an estate sale. I love your rooster dishes too, they are really nice. Have a great VTT!

  1. Maureen said...:

    I love the candlewick glass.

  1. Gail, darling table! I just love red and white. It is so cheery! Your red topped salt and pepper shakers at each setting look wonderful. There is such a vintage feel about your table. Is the crocheted table scarf also vintage?

    You carried the egg/chicken theme so effortlessly in this scape. What a great centerpiece! ANd don't you love your chicken plates... I do!
    As usual, I had a wonderful visit!

  1. Diann said...:

    Hi Gail!

    Oh, I really like this red and white table! It is just so inviting~! It's one of those tables that you just want to sit down and enjoy a good meal with friends and chat the night away!

  1. D said...:

    Love the red and white. One of my fav color combos. Pretty table.


  1. Lovin' the style of your tablescape...thanks for sharing with all of us! Hope you have a FUN Thursday!


  1. I love your wire chicken!!! I have a wire chicken too, but mine is black and opens with a little flap on the top. (I showed a picture back at Easter time. )

  1. Kim Kasch said...:

    I love the red and white and the lace :)

  1. Oh, absolutely delightful! Thanks so much for sharing.

  1. Marie said...:

    I just love your table setting. Out of all the ones I have visited, tis my favourite one of all time! xxoo

  1. Johanna said...:

    Gail, that's a nice table, fresh and inviting. Yes, I know, how one can fell in love with salt+petters sets. I have collected some special salters and bought each of them in ebay UK, because I couldn't find one here. You know that somebody loves this rooster plates as much as you and decorated also in red. Both tables are really cute and very charming.
    Greetings, Johanna

  1. Debbie said...:

    Oh, I LOVE this table with its country check and red pieces! It makes me want to sit down and eat fried chicken.

    (Thanks for the advice on my blog about thinning the brussels sprouts herd. This first garden is such a learning experience!)

  1. Fiona said...:

    What a great-looking table. I love the red and white look gingham ... plus roosters! And your salt and pepper shakers are just cute!

  1. Very inviting, I love the topper!

  1. Angela said...:

    Just beautiful. I love the tablecloth.

  1. Ulla said...:

    Cute little rooster figures.

  1. LV said...:

    You do doubt love red. Te little red top S&P shakers are so cute. I do not recall seeing any this size with a red top. Nice collection.

  1. Vonlipi said...:

    I love those S&P shakers. I see them at fleas but never pick them up. I should! :)

  1. Charlotte said...:

    What a lovely table! I could eat at this table and be perfectly comfortable. I'm a little bit country...:)

  1. katie said...:

    Love your table scape. Love the roosters and your salt and pepper shakers are great.It just reminds me of down on the farm. thanks for sharing it with me.

  1. ~Alison~ said...:

    Beautiful table! I love all of your REDS! I'm currently trying to collect and gather some vintage items to decorate my home. Heading to the thrift shop tomorrow...maybe I'll be lucky and find some old treasure!

  1. Barbara said...:

    Lovely setting, and love the rooster plates too, wish I could find some with the roosters all around the edges, so when there is food on them you still would see the roosters, good post. Hugs Barbara from

  1. Kathleen said...:

    If I ever see any out here I will grab them for you!
    Love the table..and your topper is just wonderful!
    And the food..I know that was yummy!
    Have a great weekend!

  1. Always Nesting said...:

    So beautiful. Love all the red and oh, I can just feel the warmth from this table setting.

  1. Sharon Haynie said...:

    Oh-you have my favorite color-red! I love your setting and I think that I might have a salt shaker just like yours. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Barbara said...:

    I love this red setting and those great s&p shakers. The lace over the gingham tablecloth looks so pretty.

  1. A 2 Z said...:


    This is so cheery and inviting! Love the shakers and the plates. I'm sure there will be a good meal served at that table. Thanks for sharing.



  1. Diane H said...:

    Lovely! It's great learning all about what to watch for. Thank you.

  1. Miri said...:

    Very sweet table! I love that you designed the table around the wonderful Bakelite salt and pepper shakers.!

  1. I love it all, Gail. The colors and the overall feeling is so warm and charming!!

    Barb ♥

  1. Kristen said...:

    Those salt & pepper shakers are just too cute - I love how everyone has their own!!

  1. Tricia said...:

    LOVE the red and white -- so pretty! And I really like the way the wire hen's texture echoes your crocheted tablecloth. Just lovely!

  1. Sandra said...:

    Beautiful Table. The salt and pepper shakers are great too - and as Marth Stewart would say, its fun to mix and match items on a table.


  1. Love your table setting, and the shakers are wonderful! I have a set of them, that I picked up in the thrift store. Don't know if the tops are lucite though.


  1. Maryrose said...:

    Love the red and cream, it makes such a pretty table. Love the rooster dishes and that darling chicken wire centerpiece. Great pics.

  1. Elizabeth said...:

    What a beautiful country table! Red is great for encouraging eating!

  1. Love your tablescape. Your red plates accented by by the red checked tablecloth so great. I bet you couldn't believe your eyes when you found all those treasures in the church cupboards. Love your S&P shakers. I love the mismatched ones the best. Thanks for sharing your great tablescape.

  1. Shelia said...:

    Hi Gail! Oh, I love your little collection of s & p with the red tops!
    Now your Rooster table is adorable. I love the yard birds! I've seen these cute dishes on other blogs and would love a set, but we don't have a K Mart anymore! :( Love how you've set the table and added the crocheted piece.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  1. Donna said...:

    That is my kind of table, It is just lovely!!

  1. Debbie said...:

    Those dishes are fabulous! I really love the centerpiece filled with eggs, so clever!~

  1. Gail, loved your red and white country table. I have eyed those plates at K-Mart and you might have given me the nudge to do something more than eye them! Love the S and P shakers too! Joni

  1. Joyce said...:

    Adorable plates and now I want to know what time are we eating?

  1. Hello Gail, That is a great table setting! And a nice collection of chicken plates. Thank's for dropping by...Julian

  1. Oh how fun! I love the red and white and the whole vintage feel.

  1. I'm a huge fan of red! so of course I love this post and all your wonderful red. It was fun visiting. I'll be back!

  1. I love your S&P collection - how fun they have bakelite tops!

    Happy VTT,

  1. xinex said...:

    What lovely dishes and tablescape. I really like the crocheted topper too!...Christine

  1. CC said...:

    Oh My!!!!! I love it all..from the red and white checkered cloth to the crocheted piece atop..the salt and peppers..the hen, it's all just wonderful and adorable. Happy VTT....

  1. ellen b. said...:

    hello Gail! What fun your rooster and hens table is. I really like the red checked cloth and the plate layering. I wonder why I'm craving an omelete???

  1. Sue said...:

    Oh how I like the red/white combo and the rooster dishes! Just so sweet a table...

  1. What! You must be kidding KMart for those plates they are too great! Wonder if I can get over there tomorrow? Your table looks devine I adore red what more can I say.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  1. Sarah said...:

    What a neat idea to have a mini salt and pepper set for each spot. This is a really cheery tablescape...thank you for sharing!


  1. Oh how fun! We used the same dishes this week -- and isn't it fun to see a different way of setting the table -- your's is a MUCH more elegant farm that Old McDonald's - LOL~ Love what you've done here.

  1. Nancy said...:

    I have the same little dessert or sherbet cute. I love the crochet layered over the checks!

  1. Adorable post!

    Thanks so much for coming to visit.

    - The Tablescaper

  1. Sarah said...:

    Beautiful pieces! I LOVE red! :-)

  1. Nothing is so crisp as red & white. Love the vintage mixture.

  1. I love the clean crisp look of red and white. Everything looks beautiful!


  1. Love your table! I forgot that I have those same Kmart Country Living rooster plates. I haven't done a table with mine yet. I can feel one coming up now. And I love the S+P shakers. They are fabulous. Even if not matched sets. That is what makes them fabulous. Thanks for visiting my table & leaving me a comment.

  1. Sue said...:


  1. Cathy said...:

    I love your pretty red and white table, especially the red and white check and those great rooster plates. This would make me smile every time I looked at it.

  1. Brownie said...:

    Beautiful! You, North Dakota Kitchen, and GrassStain Farms inspire me to do a bit better in my own home. Thanks!

  1. OhPioneer1806 said...:

    Gail: That is a fun and lovely table. I adore the salt and pepper shakers and have just started collecting candlewick glass pieces myself. And of course the color scheme is my favorite.

  1. I love your table setting! It looks so welcoming and I adore red. I think my mom has that cake plate. Thank you so much for sharing how all these things can go together and look so wonderful.

  1. Kim said...:

    This looks so cozy and inviting. The hen with eggs is adorable.

  1. Sherry said...:

    What a lovely and inviting table. I enjoyed your story about all of the Homer Laughlin plates and cups and saucers. I have several and they are my favorite dishes to look for.

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