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Vintage Corelle Dishes and Table Setting Guide

Updated on September 13, 2014
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Discontinued Corelle Dishes | Vintage Corelle Dishes

My grandmother's dishes have always held a special place in my heart. The design was simple but the love she put into the food she served in her home made them seem magical. I am so grateful every time I find another piece that matches the vintage designs of her dinnerware, service, and table setting patterns.

With so many resources I have found it is getting a lot easier to find replacement pieces for discontinued patterns. It is remarkable how much and how many styles I was able to find on my research mission to find all of my friends their favorite designs from childhood.

Vintage Corelle Dishes are not only fun to collect they are likely still great for everyday or special occasion use. You might be surprised how durable the Corelle brand dishes have been in the past and also how much enjoyment they have brought to their owners day after day, year after year. This page shows Corelle Dishes Sorted By Pattern Name so it will be easy to replace the pattern you love.

Corelle Livingware Squared Design
Corelle Livingware Squared Design

A Family Tradition

Vintage Corelle Dishes

I have owned Corelle dishes most of my adult life. My mother owned them, my grandmother owned them... the brand has been remarkable for generations in my family. I love to have a white set and at least one or two patterned sets. This way you can always add a few of the white pieces into any of the other sets to expand on the number of place settings you have.

You can combine patterned sets as well if you plan ahead. Look at the patterns of Corelle dishes displayed on this page and you'll see what I mean. There are several which would compliment each other so you can use them alone, together, or mix and match for different occasions.

Don't be hesitant to use your dinnerware as part of your decorating plan. A plate on the counter with fruit on it or a cup with a fresh cut flower are only two of a vast number of ways you can use your dinnerware to add decorating elements to your kitchen, breakfast area, or dining room.

Corelle Square 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Pure White, Service for 4
Corelle Square 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Pure White, Service for 4

White Corelle Dishes

The White Corelle Dishes work well with any occasion! You can pair them up with other sets of dishes and an endless number of accents and accessory styles. A must for every dining room so you can also extend other sets when you are having extra guests.

Don't overlook that these are perfect for the kid's table at family gatherings. And just as durable for the adult's table as well for parties. Mix and match some of the different designs available with a set of basic white Corelle in round and in square sets.


Combine Vintage With Other Decorating Styles

When you begin to build your dinnerware collection you can start with a few pieces and gradually build onto it with the pieces you love the most.

Be adventurous and try to use different styles, colors, and eras together on your table. This is a way to make your table setting uniquely your own. When you are combining colors, textures, and styles look for a similarity. While much about the piece can be different, having a similarity will tie them together.

Look for at least one similarity:

  • A similar color in the design.
  • The shape.
  • The finish (shiny, matte, or textured).
  • Combine patterns with solids.
  • Combine patterns when they play off of each other (a leaf on one and a floral on the other often works well together).

As you play with the combination of pieces your table setting will take on a life of its own and show you how to develop even more.

Melange Nouveau Classic Porcelain 30-Piece Place Setting, White, Service for 6
Melange Nouveau Classic Porcelain 30-Piece Place Setting, White, Service for 6

Nouveau Corelle Dishes

This style was just a bit more elegant than the plan white style. I love to mix and match these with just about any other color or style. Imagine this one with the cottage style or the modern deco styles. The details are subtle and the Nouveau will stand alone or combined with other styles as well.

This is my ''classy'' style which can be mixed and matched with another favorite style or design. Consider using a darker dinnerware design with these during the winter and then switch to a lighter colored pattern during the spring.

Combining dinnerware sets for your table setting allows you to change the ambiance of your table with ease.


Que From The Menu

Taking your first step in designing your table setting will be easier when you know what your menu plan is for the gathering. It can be a dinner for two or a large get-together and these ideas will help you to put your creativity to work for you.

Make a list of the items you will serve. Each beverage, entrée, dessert, or side (bread, dipping sauces, etc.) will require two dishes:

  • Serving Dish (pitcher, platter, tray, bowl, etc.)
  • Eating dish (cup, glass, plate, bowl, etc.)
  • Serving utensil
  • Eating utensil.

Also consider, for smaller gatherings, putting the condiments you will have on the table into dishware. For example:

  • Put condiments in small bowls with small spoons (rather than having the bottles on the table).
  • Put breads in a basket or crystal serving bowl or tray.

This is a way to create an elegant table setting and use all of your amazing dishware.

Find Corelle Dinnerware Replacement Pieces

A great set of Vintage Corelle Dishes still makes a fabulous first housewarming or bridal shower gift. They are durable, go with just about any design style, and are sure to provide years of use.

Perhaps one of the best vintage gifts you can buy because they are for daily or special occasion use and you will be remembered fondly every time they adorn the table.

Corelle Replacement Dishes

Corelle Replacement Dishes on eBay

Auctions are another great place to find Corelle replacement dishes. Even if you do not know the name of the pattern you are looking for you can search 'vintage' or 'retro' and find replacement pieces for your set.

Be sure to look closely at the pattern, the condition, the price (bid or buy now), and look at the shipping and return policy.

When buying fragile items online be sure to alert your carrier that you want to inspect the contents before you sign for them. Damage during shipping should be witnessed by the shipping carrier and not accepted.

Combining Dinnerware Patterns

Have you set your table using a combined set of dinnerware?

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© 2013 Deb Bryan

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  • GypsyOwl profile image

    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Thank you, Laurel. I have enjoyed Corelle as well. The memories are the best part. Deb

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    Laurel Johnson 3 years ago from Washington KS

    I've used a set of Corelle dinnerware for 20 years and just love them. I love the pattern of mine, and they hold happy memories from all the family gatherings they've served. Loved the pictures and your writing style on this hub.

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    askformore lm 4 years ago

    Very beautiful! Thank you for showing it to all of us.

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    hotsquid 4 years ago

    Some beautiful dishes...lovely!

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    Deb Bryan 4 years ago from Chico California

    @CCGAL: I had forgotten about the snowflake design. I'll track some down. I remember those.

    Yes, they are so easy to wash. That is another thing I have always loved about Corelle Dishes.

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    CCGAL 4 years ago

    I don't collect Vintage Corelle, but I have loved using them for almost 40 years. I was given a set of the old snowflake design in 1975, but I actually managed to break every darned one of them. Later I started buying and using the plain white design, and I have never tired of them. They go with anything you put on the plate, they have many useful different sizes now, and they are lightweight and easy to wash. I absolutely adore Corelle dishes. Loved this collection!