How to Use Your Antiques This Holiday Season


There is so much work that goes into planning the perfect holiday meal. Typically, a host starts with a menu, one that fits the unique tastes of the guests of the meal, and potentially even takes into account any special dietary restrictions. Then, there is the trip to the store to get all of the ingredients followed by the amount of time that goes into meal prep. In the end, you will have a beautiful meal, surrounded by your loved ones. While the ingredients and meal prep is pretty straightforward, the dishes and serving utensils needed to round out a complete dining experience, is not as clear but equally as important to the entire meal experience.

If you have a china cabinet in your house with beautiful looking dishes, tea sets, serving spoons and flatware, that you haven’t gotten out since they were passed on to you from a relative or since you opened them at your wedding, the holiday season is the perfect time to either use them, or sell them and give someone else the opportunity to use them. Let’s go through some potential uses for your antiques this holiday season.

Sterling Silver Platters

Any sterling silver platters that you may have lying around your house is perfect for your holiday plans in many ways. Your guests will enjoy a “white glove” treatment as your favorite meals are served in a classy way. Specifically, you could use your sterling silver platters to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks to your guests.

Sterling Mint Julep Cups

Sterling Mint Julep Cups

Mint julep cups are a classic drink in the south that of course, holds the famous mint julep drink. Mint juleps are a mixed alcoholic drink, or cocktail, that consists of bourbon. Sometimes, the drink can have a different spirit in it. Mint juleps also have water, crushed or shaved ice, and fresh mint, mashed so that the mint is very evident in the drink. Because the drink is bourbon based, it is most commonly associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby in particular. If you are serving a fancy and festive drink, or even a mint julep, you should definitely use your sterling mint julep cups instead of a plain glass or even a plastic cup.

Sterling Serving Spoons

Sterling Serving Spoons

Any dishes that you make on Christmas or for any other holiday or special occasion over the winter, may consist of something like a soup, warm casserole or pasta dish which is just too messy to use your hands or a fork. If that is the case, a set of beautiful sterling silver spoons is a great way to serve those dishes with extra class to make the special occasion even more special. Make sure that you have enough sterling serving spoons for each of the dishes that you plan to serve.

Sterling Punch Bowls

Sterling silver bowl

The best way to round out a great meal is to serve a festive drink, fit for the holiday occasion. Punch that is red or green, or something that is a bit more spirited, look great in a sterling punch bowl on a beverage bar with holiday decorations. The punch bowl is a perfect, larger antique piece to round out an entire holiday celebration.

As a leading Sarasota antique buyer, we are happy to take a look at any sterling pieces that you may have for appraisal and value, we buy sterling pieces of all variety. If you want to know the value of your sterling antique collectables and pieces, bring them in for appraisal and we can tell you all about the antiques you have.

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