Serving It Up!
‘Tis the season for your holiday fêtes to commence! Bring out the fine china and sterling and dress up that naked table with some practical pieces from your local shops. There are so many items you can introduce to your table that can become a holiday staple. Add some interesting conversation pieces to pique interest by drumming up an appetite for collecting vintage and antique tableware!
In The Kitchen:
One of the most sought-after kitchen items has to be Pyrex cookware. From refrigerator jars to durable mixing bowls, Pyrex has you covered in the kitchen. We’re so used to the almost unbreakable clear glass variety, but deviate from the norm and seek out the hard-to-find colors. Their mixing bowls often come in sets of different sizes. If you're lucky enough to find a set, snatch it up!
I once had a dinner party where I sat out my “good” butter pats by the bread plates. As I was cleaning up afterwards, I noticed several of my guests had used them as individual ashtrays. Close, but no cigar! I don't know why I thought they would make the connection that the pats matched the master butter dish but it just did not connect at all. #Fail! Another potential fail: leaving your sterling silver salt spoon in the salt cellar! The salt corrodes the silver almost overnight, so unless you're trying to instantly antique it, remember to remove it.
And for heaven’s sake, don't fumble the pecan pie with inappropriate utensils. Instead, invest in a nice pie server with some character. If you really want to get serious, pair the corresponding silver pieces with the right dishes. For example, asparagus tongs with asparagus and a tomato server with tomato slices. These odd pieces are both fun to collect and very useful.
Use this time of the year to add some intriguing pieces to your collection. I guarantee that you will bring them out for every special occasion and celebration. Put a sterling silver fork in it and be done!