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southernMy niece, Tryna, bought this vintage needlepoint piece at an Estate Sale in Tulsa.  I love it so much I have to share…


Chalk Board Prose – What do we say on those fun chalk boards?

3photo[1]I love chalk boards!  And, they are one of my most popular rentals, too.  They are a great tool to show your style and personality, bring humour to an event and, well, even make a big statement if you like.

The boards themselves have personality.  We make them at Southern Charm Vintage Rentals in all sizes and shapes.  Rustic, French, Baroque, White, Cream and soon…colours.

But what the chalk board is really all about is what we write on them!  “Today as two families come together, we ask you to pick a seat, not a side”.  Says so much about the couple.

Or just cute phrases on a sweets table like “Sweet Beginnings” or “Sugah Pie” or everyone’s favourite “Love is Sweet”. I’m trying to work up some that are a little more fresh, but hey, there is a reason these are popular.  They’re good!

One of my all time faves is the one quoting a very old WWII 1940s song.  The lyrics were  :  “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck and a Hug Around the Neck”  Ok, I admit, I love it because when I was itty bitty, my mom sang it to me all the time.  But, your board should have meaning, even if everyone doesn’t get it. Make it yours!

Another oldie but goodie from that era is also my “mom and dad’s” song!  “You are my Sunshine”  Who doesn’t love that timeless sentiment?

Or maybe we look to our faith for inspiration like “What God has Joined Together….”, or simply “Faith, Hope, Love”.

And as I look into my rebel reggae years…the infamous Bob Marley in all of his understated wisdom would sing..”One Love, One Heart”.  Another reggae great, Tony Rebel, would probably write the title of his hit song, “Love ya like a Fresh Vegetable”

Go here to hear this song: (Jah, Rastafari)

Ok, I admit it lacks a little romance.  But if you were really hungry, that would be a pretty big compliment, right?!?!  Moving on, we can always look at the classics for chalk board inspiration. The Beatles boards would tout  “I want to hold your hand” or “All you need is Love” or just put a big celebration message up that says “Twist and Shout”.  I know on my wedding day, that’s what I wanted to do!

Do you have any ideas for Chalk Boards?  Let’s hear your favorites.

Guess I’ll end with a Texas oldie from home.  We love our George Straight, so my chalk board today would say “I Cross My Heart….”

You know the rest.

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Vintage Weddings –

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Making it Vintage – Candy Buffets with Southern Charm

At Southern Charm Vintage Rentals we are all about vintage.  And wow, do we have the dazzling vintage glass for sweets table and candy buffets to prove it!  But today’s most popular and trendy container is the vintage-style apothecary jar.  Who doesn’t love these finial-topped, swoopy, curvaceous babies??!!  But, technically they are not vintage.  So I decided to work on a way to feel better about our huge offering of jars and this is what I came up with.

First, the no brainer.  Add vintage pieces into the display.  This is what we do here.  We add the vintage cut glass compote along side these trendy lovelies and, bingo…VINTAGE CANDY BUFFET!

But I came up with a few more touches to vintage them up and I love the results.  First I added vintage-style ribbon to the jars, then I adorned them with some vintage jewelry.  Peals were the theme.  Vintage round 1940/50s pearl brooches on the large jars look fantastic. Just clip to the ribbon.  Then I added vintage bridal pearl earrings clipped onto the bows so they look like vintage buttons.  Buttons and Bows!  I am feeling more pure vintage by the minute.

Then, to tie into the colour scheme, I added some aqua 1950s pearl earring clips to two more of the jars.  If you want to really make it special (which is what vintage is all about), borrow the vintage jewelry from close family. Mom, Grandmom, and aunties will be very proud you included them, even in a small way.

Then I took a fun-shaped hexagon cut glass 1920s mini plate and tucked it under one of the more plain jane apothecary jars.  Instant interest and layering…and you can add candy or tongs to that plate to give it even more purpose.

Then a vintage sweets table is NEVER complete without a cake stand.  Cake stands by their own right are a vintage symbol.  But we added the real thing.  An aqua circa 1930s pedestal stand is the perfect riser for a smaller jar.  So I tucked it in the middle of the table scape to again bump up the interest of the ordinary apothecary display.

But one of my favourite pieces that I just had to include is a vintage mirror.  Remember those darling vanity mirror trays with the metal lace edge?  Well SCVR has a huge offering in all shapes and sizes, so I chose a silver round one and grouped three of the smaller apothecary jars on top so it reads as one hot little number in the center of the table.  The mirror will reflect candles and light and bring a lot of romance to the tablescape.

I cannot emphasize how important mirrors and candles are on a sweets table.  If you want romance, add them!!  They bring the “WOW”!   (I show two white 1920s style candelabras in the back of the table.)

And, lastly, to echo the silver in one more place, I tucked in a silverplate tray that I made into a chalkboard.  Sitting pretty on a clear easle, you now have a place to write a personal note to your guests….”love is sweet”, M + K,  “how sweet it is”, “Celebrate”, “So sweet of you to join us” or what ever message you want to impart.

NOW, doesn’t this table feel a lot more vintage…and interesting?  But hey…..we left out the best part.  The candy!!!  Well, that’s up to you, ladies. Have fun picking out all the yummie shapes and styles…but remember, for the most impact stick with 2-3 colours max.  White, Chocolate, and your wedding colour ..that’s it!  Now, go make it Vintage, Y’all!!!!!!


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Bringing Back the Punch Bowl — Canadian Style!!!

I totally love the new “old” trends that are coming back in style.  The classics like bundt cakes and home made pie bars at weddings are heartwarming to see.  I don’t think there has ever been a more fun time in history to be a bride.  But one of the good oldies I would just love to see return with a vengeance is the good, old-fashioned PUNCH BOWL.  SO, we’re going to try to help bring her back!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect punch bowl ever since my niece, Tryna, mentioned the concept to me.  It had to grow on me a bit until she emailed me a photo of a EAPG Punch Bowl she just missed buying at an Estate Sale.  Upon researching it, we discovered these little buggars are very valuable.  The one she saw was listed on ebay for $300.  

So there began the idea.  I had to have a punch bowl!  It had to be something spectacular.  Bright. Shiny.  Cut.  And have the wow factor.  Then I got a glimpse at this spectacular beauty.  It had everything I wanted AND the one irresistible feature…the pedestal!!!!!!!!  You could say she was as “pretty as punch”!

I had to have her…and so I did, and today is her debut.  We broke out the champagne for her coming out party.  And decided it might just be fun to BRING BACK THE PUNCH BOWL CANADIAN STYLE!!!  No need to buy ice when we make our own up here!


Here are some great ideas for using a vintage punch bowl:   Champagne toasts, French Macarons, Gourmet Popcorn, Candy Pretzels, Flower arrangements or floating candles/flowers, Sangria, and……well…..PUNCH.

Fill with a colour themed cocktail-style punch for a big splash at a bridal or baby shower.

What ever you wish to feature, this gorgeous bowl will not escape the gazes of your party goers.  Bring on the big bling.  Bring back the punch bowl.  Post your ideas on how to use it.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


No room to store this…well rent it today from Southern Charm Vintage Rentals in Whitby.



New Arrivals at Southern Charm!



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I am in love with our latest vintage find.  A happy, plaid Celtic 1920’s vintage travel cooler.  It’s ready for it’s rebirth at your event as a vintage prop for:



WATER BOTTLES – for outdoor venues keep guest cool

FLOWERS FOR CELTIC WEDDINGS – or a hint of family patriotism 

TOSS ITEMS – a great place to store you bubbles, petals, rice, birdseed, etc.

Just add a little bunting banner and you have a fantastic photo moment!



Vintage Cake Stands Bring Elegant Style to King City Wedding

Cupcakes Cake RECEPTION-233 RECEPTION-016 RECEPTION-231 RECEPTION-019 RECEPTION-017 RECEPTION-018Vanessa and Rick recently tied the knot at the King Valley Golf Course in King City, ON.
Although this was not a vintage themed wedding, Southern Charm Vintage Rentals supplied Vanessa with a gorgeous mix and match combo of vintage cake stands and trays to make a stunning and elegant sweets table display.  The couple had a mixture of styles, flavours, and sizes of yummy cupcakes.  The tiers of vintage glass with their fancy patterns, texture and edging made for an enchanting sweets display.  All the best, Vanessa and Rick…Happy Life!

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