Plates, glasses and serving pieces


Tablecloths, runners, placemats and napkins


Seasonal and thematic items for your table


Furniture, trunks, crates, china, and much more

Welcome to
Playing in the Dishes

My name is Susan Nowell, and I’m here to help you create a memorable event for your guests. I begin with my love of china, vintage linens, and beautiful tables (and decades of collecting) then add my training and experience in the field of Interior Design.

The vision you have for your event becomes my inspiration!

Mismatched China

What do you do when you want beautiful vintage mismatched china for your event, but you don’t have any—and you don’t have time or money to source and purchase dozens of plates and serving pieces only to have to re-sell them after your event?

You let us help!

We rent mismatched china (and glassware) for weddings, tea parties, baby and bridal showers—any event you can dream.

Table Linens

What do you do if you want vintage table linens for your event, but you don’t own any—or you don’t have time to launder and iron yours in time for your event?

You contact us!

We rent table linens for weddings, elopement events, showers, dinner parties, holiday events—and more.

We also sell antique and vintage linens for use throughout your home.

Table Decor

What do you do when you want to set a nice table for your guests—or have a unique tabletop display in your entry—but you don’t own the linens, napkin rings, or centerpiece vases?

You let us help!

We rent china, vases, candlesticks, serving pieces—whatever you need to set a welcoming table. We also offer seasonal, one-of-a-kind tablescapes, so check here often to reserve the one you want before someone beats you to it!

If you wish, we will work with you to create a custom table setting or tabletop vignette for purchase.


What do you do when you want something unique in your photo shoot? Or you want Victorian chairs for your sweetheart table? Or antique crates for your barn wedding? Or a vintage ornament wreath for your Christmas wedding?

You contact us!

We rent one-of-a-kind props to make your photos and events unique. Furniture, crates, trunks, textiles, china, vintage ornament wreaths, and much more. We will work with you and your photographer to find objects large and small that bring your personality to your special day—and give your guests a visual treat while we’re at it!

Contact us about your event.
We’ll help you work out the details!

Our Clients

From our location in Jefferson City, we serve rental clients in the beautiful East Tennessee region—and sell to clients anywhere.

We begin with integrity and excellent customer service—and end with happy clients.

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what some of our clients say.

My mom and I had the vision of what we wanted our tables and decor to be, but we weren’t sure about execution. Susan helped our vision come to life with her linens, props, and expert tablescape recommendations. Everything came together smoothly and beautifully with her help!


Susan was a lifesaver when planning our daughter’s wedding. She has a plethora of inventory in all styles. We simply shared our big ideas, and Susan knew the perfect suggestions to bring our dreams to life. Her pieces helped us accomplish the look we wanted and helped tie our efforts up with a great big bow!


We’re here for you!

We’re really easy to work with—and extremely professional—so contact us today and tell us about your event. No occasion is too small to celebrate around a beautiful (or fun!) table.

Your vision is our inspiration!