Five Must-Have Antiques For Your Holiday Meals
Let’s think about what it takes to really put together a fantastic holiday meal for you and your guests. There’s a menu, breaking down the main course, the side dishes, desserts and even the drinks. For some dinner hosts, that menu will sometimes need to be planned around the unique tastes of the guests of the meal, and potentially even taking into account some dietary restrictions.
Then, you make your trip to the store, buy all of the ingredients and spend hours cooking away the fantastic recipes that are sure to please your guests. But wait… what are you serving your meals on? This is not an occasion that calls for your day-to-day serving utensils. This is a holiday meal, celebrating the joys of the season and the end of yet another year, while enjoying the company of people that you may not get to spend all that much time with during the year.
Sterling Flatware Sets
If you are serving a meal that has several courses, there is no question that a sterling silver flatware set is essential to the success of your meal. When purchasing antique sterling silver flatware sets, you can go for an extravagantly designed set, or you can go for something more simple. The Lancaster design by Gorham is a great example.
You can also vary the number of pieces in your set, anywhere from three pieces and up. A sample set of five in a sterling flatware set includes:
The number of pieces in the set depends on the kind of meal you are going to be serving but you simply cannot skip out on the flatware when it comes to putting together the best holiday meal yet.
Sterling Silver Spoons
After you have spent hours cooking away in the kitchen and making an amazing meal, you are going to need the right utensils to serve your food. Having the correct sterling silver spoons on hand for each of your menu items will keep dinner running smoothly, and no one will lose their meal spoon to the serving dishes. Consider having sterling silver spoons for scooping servings of vegetables, sauce and most importantly, desert. You will need to make sure that each dish has it’s own utensil so that way you are not combining different parts of your meal with the others. No one wants a pea to end up on their chocolate cake!
Sterling Salt and Pepper Cruets
No meal is complete without salt and pepper sitting on the table and to make the look and feel of your dinner extra special this holiday season, you should definitely invest in buying sterling silver salt and pepper cruets. Having matching sterling silver salt and pepper shakers became popular in the late Victorian era, and it was during this time that designs and unique ornamental shakers came to grace dinner tables everywhere. The antique sterling salt and pepper cruets are a great special occasion element to your holiday meal that you should not pass up.
Sterling Tea Sets
There is something special about sipping on a warm beverage following an extravagant meal. Having sterling tea sets on hand to serve your guests hot tea is another way that you can make that meal and occasion special and different from any other time you enjoy tea. The benefit of a full sterling tea set is that you will have all of the essentials, including a plate to serve the tea and cups on, for your guest to enjoy while sitting around a fire, enjoying a holiday movie, or enjoying each other’s company.
Sterling Punch Bowl
No holiday gathering is complete without great drinks. If you are going to create a festive drink for a special occasion, you need make sure that you have something amazing to serve the drink in. A sterling punch bowl is a perfect addition to your holiday meal and the dishes that you use to tie the meal together. With a sterling punch bowl, your guests can enjoy a fantastic, holiday drink that is served differently than a drink at a typical gathering and celebration.