Villeroy & Boch Vieux Luxembourg

The Vieux Luxembourg collection is the first pattern ever released by Villeroy & Boch.  Introduced way back in the 18th century (year 1768, to be exact), it is interesting to know that this pattern is still being produced up to now.  It is alternatively called Old Luxembourg, and fittingly so.

Inspired by the Orient of the 16th to 17th centuries, the pattern features a scalloped border with dark blue floral sprays and matching cobalt rim. It is rendered across several useful pieces so you can really have a uniform collection from kitchen to dining room to living room!

Few designs stand the test of time.  Fortunately, Vieux Luxembourg is one of them.  So if you want a piece (or more!) of history, order now!

Villeroy & Boch Vieux Luxembourg Dinner Plate

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Spode Trade Winds Collection

Inspired by the sea, the Spode Trade Winds pattern features a scalloped edge with gold rim and a sailing ship at the center.  Not just any ship, mind you, but one that played an important role in history.  The design team then even went to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to get the exact details and incorporate them into their creation.

This attention to detail by which the Spode Trade Winds series was produced is the primary reason why it is a real collector’s item.  Not to mention the fact that it was manufactured for more than three decades – from 1959 to 1993.

So, if you love the sea as much as we do, get a hold of this nautical-themed collection and be reminded of cruising everyday.

Available in three striking colors:  Black, Blue, and Red.

Spode Trade Winds Blue 5-Piece Place Setting

Spode Trade Winds – Red Dinner Plate

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Are You Ready for Spring?

Winter has left you a lot of things to do around the house for sure. So much repair and maintenance work to do.

But while you’re checking your roof, garden, and other parts of the house for spring work that needs to be done – remember that your table needs attention too.

Grow your china collection this spring with the following timely patterns from Royal Worcester:

Royal Worcester Herbs Green Trim

In production for almost two decades, this collection features assorted herbs so colorful and vibrant that the energy will surely translate during mealtime.

Royal Worcester Herbs Green Trim Dinner Plate (Rosemary)

Royal Worcester Petite Fleur

This pattern was produced for only six years so it’s a real collector’s item.  Adorned with delicate pink florals and trim, its design is so dainty that it would be delightful to use it everyday.

With an updated dinnerware collection, you will be excited to have your family and friends over.  After all, what is a well-kept house if there are no people in it, right?

Order now!

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Royal Doulton Sarabande

The Sarabande collection by Royal Doulton was named after a Spanish dance.  It was in production for more than a quarter of a century (from the early 70’s to the late 90’s) but it can still bring a modern vibe to your table, with its black rings and platinum trim.

Royal Doulton Sarabande 5-Piece Place Setting

Then you might want to accent your table setting with Waterford Lismore stemware which it popular for its diamond and wedge cuts.

Waterford Lismore Fluted Champagne Glass

Combine brilliance with clarity and you’re all set for an enchanted evening.

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Royal Doulton Pairing Ideas (3rd of 3 parts)

This is our last installment of pairing suggestions for your various Royal Doulton collections.

Try matching the Royal Doulton Centennial Rose with the Royal Doulton English Renaissance.

The Royal Doulton Centennial Rose collection with its dainty design of multi-colored floral sprays set on white bone china with dark blue and gold bands…

Royal Doulton Centennial Rose 5-Piece Place Setting

…is just right for the subdued design of the Royal Doulton English Renaissance collection with its predominantly gold band.

Royal Doulton English Renaissance 5-Piece Place Setting

And, with the Waterford Castlemaine as your stemware for this pairing, you’re all set for a formal dinner like no other!

Waterford Castlemaine Champagne Flute

Be adventurous with your table setting!

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How to Prepare for a Romantic Dinner

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone but this should not stop you from planning a romantic dinner with your loved one.

After all, it is February and love is in the air.

And there really is no need for you to make any reservation in some fancy restaurant.  Because there is nothing more intimate than having dinner at home.

Here is a suggested menu:

For starters, try strawberry salad with salted almonds.  Strawberry is a sweet & sexy fruit, and paired with the saltiness of almonds, this lettuce-based salad is a perfect combination.

For main, go for the classic steak.  It is definitely a favorite – especially if cooked to suit individual preference.

Do not let the night end without declaring your love – with chocolates!  How about chocolate mousse for dessert?  Dark chocolate in a smooth and creamy texture is a tasteful end to this special meal.

To set the mood, serve red wine in Waterford Araglin for a truly romantic night.

Waterford Araglin Claret Wine Glass

And for your table setting, choose Royal Doulton Carlyle for an elegant touch.

Royal Doulton Carlyle 5-Piece Place Setting

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Royal Doulton Pairing Ideas (2nd of 3 parts)

Who says you can only mix two patterns at a time?

Here are three patterns from The Royal Doulton brand that you can combine to pull off a really elegant tablescape.

Yes, you read that right!  Not two, but three!

The Royal Doulton Biltmore collection with its blue-green marble band and gold trimmings…

Royal Doulton Biltmore 5-Piece Place Setting

The Royal Doulton Harlow with its blue and gold design…

Royal Doulton Harlow 5-Piece Place Setting

The Royal Doulton Stanwyck with its blue marble band…

Royal Doulton Stanwyck Dinner Plate

Their subtle designs complement each other.  Combined, they make your table setting more dramatic and striking without going overboard.   Truly, simple is elegant.

Take it one step further by accentuating with Lalique Langeais crystal.  Created in 1976, this timeless design is a bastion, an icon in stemware.

Lalique Langeais Pitcher

Be bold.

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Royal Doulton Pairing Ideas (1st of 3 parts)

Royal Doulton…a company that is founded on centuries-old craftsmanship.  It has been in the business for more than 200 years.  Their longevity in the industry is a testament to the quality of their products, of which they have a lot.

But just because Royal Doulton patterns are elegant doesn’t mean you can’t be daring with them!

Here’s a suggested pairing from the Royal Doulton collection:

The Royal Doulton Belvedere pattern with its white background and paisley pattern on thick gold-green band can be matched with Royal Doulton Eleanor which has brightly-colored flowers.

Royal Doulton Belvedere 5-Piece Place Setting

Royal Doulton Eleanor 5-Piece Place Setting

Mix fun with the formal, ornate with the austere. Try it!  And make your fine china even more fascinating!

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Royal Doulton Albany

It’s another holiday, another long weekend in this brand new year, and chances are, you plan to spend some time with family and friends.

Why not treat yourself with a new china collection and entertain at home instead?

The Royal Doulton Albany with its predominantly cream color, small floral accents, and gold band is a rare classic you would not want to miss.

Royal Doulton Albany 5-Piece Place Setting

Royal Doulton Albany 5-Piece Place Setting

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What to Cook This Christmas

It’s only 5 days to go before Christmas – do you already know what to cook this upcoming holiday?

Well, if not, here’s a suggested holiday menu:

There’s nothing like cheese to whet one’s appetite so for starters, you can bake camembert cheese with sun-dried tomatoes then serve with baguette slices. Another option is feta cheese and spinach tartlets.

For soup, try sprinkling sweet potato soup with cinnamon then top with maple croutons.

Now for the much-awaited mains. For Christmas lunch, nothing says tradition like the classic roast beef and gravy paired with an interesting combination of pimento cheese potato gratin. If you’re hosting dinner – what’s Christmas without ham, right? Do glaze it for additional cheer. Pair it with something light like mushroom or vegetable lasagna.

For salad or sides, you can opt for an almond-cranberry-spinach salad. Or you might want to roast some Brussels sprouts instead then top it off with sautéed garlic and chopped pecans then drizzle with olive oil. Another option is steamed broccoli topped with sautéed garlic and toasted hazel nuts then drizzled with lemon juice.

And of course, there’s always room for dessert. Delight your guests with either gingerbread cheesecake or chocolate-peppermint layer cake or both!

Now that we have your Christmas menu down pat, the next decision is the dinnerware.

For a feast as regal as this, we recommend the Royal Crown Derby Kedleston collection. With several pieces to choose from, you’re bound to find one for each dish that you will serve. Plus, its gold trim is a perfect accent to your holiday spread!

Royal Crown Derby Kedleston 5 Piece Place Setting

Royal Crown Derby Kedleston 5 Piece Place Setting

Christmas is a time for giving so buy not only for yourself but also for your loved ones.

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