Airstreams are emblematic of classic design, retro style, and are downright funky.
So, how does one outfit their Airstream in a style befitting the brand?
Let's start with tableware. Corelle Livingware may be lightweight and durable, but does it really compliment an Airstream trailer? Not in my books. There is also paper/plastic plates; I don't use them in my home. Why would I want to resort to them in my home away from home?
So, this newby has been on a quest to stock her kitchen cabinets with tableware that truly deserves its place in my new trailer. It had to be a bit retro, lightweight, durable, cheap, and I also love a pop of colour.
Come along with me on this photo journey as I go on a quest to find the kind of tableware that befits the Airstreamer style. I hope you will have as much fun as I did. Some of you may find it inspirational and will want to incorporate my ideas into your Airstream, new or old.
Airstream trailers remind me of those classic metal diners from the 1950s. Some Airstreams have even been turned into diners or catering trailers.
When I found these diner-style salt and pepper shakers, sugar and vinegar dispenser in a dollar store, I couldn't resist. I also found the metal plate in the dollar store and liked them so much that I bought six. They can be used as a charger plate or serving tray. I tried to find trailer things with potential for multi-use. Since my trailer's name is the "Fly at Night" and I am an aviation geek, I plunked the retro airplane there too. Cost for all pieces (excluding airplane) was $5.
Here are some more metal dollar-store finds which are lightweight, durable, and cheap! The metal ice bucket could be used for a myriad of things - vase, storage, etc. I love the little metal oval tray and egg cup.
Again, found these at the dollar store. The little metal cups could be used for dips or ? I found these spring-green linen napkins at Safeway of all places, for $1 ea. Paper napkins on the road are okay, but heck, sometimes you might want to do a special dinner and use linen. They aren't hard to wash in a sink and dry fairly quickly. Spring-green is a great pop of colour, and goes with the upholstery in the Flying Cloud.
Found these ceramic bowls and male/female cups at Safeway. I love the polka dots on the bowl. The coffee cups are a bit wacky and retro too. Both are durable. Heavier than metal, but I am only stocking the trailer for one or two people. The little metal toaster is filled with spreaders and are colourful and fun. The placemat is bamboo weave - again, light and durable. I liked them because they are round and fit the curved and rivetted Airstream design.
Love these melamine plates and bowls. A great pop of colour and can be used for many things: appetizer plates, small dessert/salad bowls etc.
Okay. I can live with plastic and acrylic as long as it is colourful and wacky. Here is a swimming pool chip and dip bowl. The pitcher is acrylic and has led lights in the bottom which can be turned on and off. This looks great when the lights are out or you are sitting outside - the pitcher flashes red, green, and blue. The margarita glasses are acrylic, but I love the wacky neon colours. RV park pool party anyone?
Some of my finds all together. I think every piece compliments one another...and best of all, the Airstream culture which should never be taken too
I hope you have enjoyed my tableware tour.
Would love to hear about some of your tableware ideas too. Please post picures!
My next project is the Airstream sitting area. Stay tuned for part 2!