Inspired by Fire King’s Gingham Garden pattern, this printable menu template will bring some vintage charm to your Thanksgiving table. The text is editable so you can add, subtract or change categories as needed. Here’s a closer look with and without menu items (yes, that’s pretty much our actual Thanksgiving menu this year — no turkey!):
Download the Word document here: Thrifted Kitchen Thanksgiving Menu Template. Enjoy!
Pictured: Pyrex Woodland 77 Gravy Server with Saucer
Vintage Pyrex is so pretty, it’s a shame to store it inside a kitchen cabinet. Instead, collectors often arrange their wares on open shelves, carts or hutches using a technique designed to show off each individual piece: stacking.
My own stacking preference is a mix of form and function: I want to be able to see and enjoy the patterns and colors, but I also want easy access so that the items in my collection are actually usable for cooking. So, precarious towers of Pyrex are not my thing. Another consideration: preventing rattles and other noises.
One fun thing about stacking is that it gives you an opportunity to mix and match complementary pieces. Recently I finally acquired enough round mixing bowls to put together my own custom set: (from top to bottom) Spring Blossom (x2), Spring Blossom 2, Verde.
Since the mixers are nested bowls, you need a little something between each one to lift it up and make the pattern visible (I used folded sheets of bubble wrap). There are lots of ways to do this for different sizes and shapes of Pyrex, so here I have gathered the best ideas I’ve seen on the internet, on social media and in collector groups:
- packing peanuts
- bubble wrap
- Ziplock containers
- bags of rice, beans, popcorn, etc.
- empty packing tape rolls
- inverted lids
- glass tumblers
- cheap plastic bowls
- Jell-O boxes
- chunks of lumber
- slices of pool noodles
- tuna cans (or similar)
- berry baskets
- paper bowls
- small plastic food containers (e.g., sour cream, margarine, yogurt, deli containers)
- cut up egg containers
- squares of non-skid rug protector (for stability)
- styrofoam blocks
- floral foam blocks
- old washclothes
- canning rings
- plastic coffee cup lids
Of course, these methods can work for any kind of vintage kitchenware, not just Pyrex. Corning Ware, for example, stacks really easily on inverted lids. Over the weekend we installed some new shelves to house my collection, so stacking all kinds of dishes has been on my mind.
Corning Museum of Glass: Search the collection or the library for all sorts of models and patterns, even vintage advertisements.
The Pyrex Collector: Lots of information on Pyrex patterns, colors, model numbers, cleaning tips and more.
Hot for Pyrex: Pattern library for rare or hard-to-find pieces as well as international variants.
That Retro Piece: Info on Pyrex from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Pyrex Love: Another good pattern reference, plus cleaning tips and other useful info.
Pyrex Passion: Pattern reference plus some interesting information on specific models and Pyrex history.
Other collectors! Join a Pyrex Facebook group and you will be blown away by the collective knowledge of your fellow enthusiasts. Be mindful of group rules (such as no selling) and dig into resources like photo albums and shared files. Also, a group search can often produce the information you’re looking for.
Pictured: Pyrex Spring Blossom 045 Oval Casserole