How to Avoid a Bridget Jones Dinner Disaster

Remember that scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary where Bridget attempted to cook her own birthday menu only to wind up having a disastrous party?  She ended up dishing out blue soup and marmalade!  It’s a good thing that her love interest, Mark Darcy, came to the rescue and helped her make omelets.

If you have not yet committed to menu planning, now is the time to do so because menu planning saves time and money.

Want proof?

About 6 years ago, there’s a story that came out on ABC News of a Texas mom who was able to cut their grocery bills in half because she planned their dinners in advance – one year in advance, to be exact.  Click here for the story.

Before charting your menu, answer the following questions first:

  1. What’s your budget?
  2. How many guests are coming?
  3. Do they have dietary restrictions?
  4. What’s the theme of your party?

Here are some tried and tested tips for your menu planning:

  • List down the ingredients which are in season and work your menu around them.
  • Time should be treated as an ingredient, so if you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, then keep your dishes simple. Remember that you need time to shop, time to prepare as well as time to actually cook.  And these things need not happen all in one day.    Shopping for ingredients can be done as early as 3 days before your dinner party.  Bridget Jones did all 3 tasks in one day – a sure recipe for disaster.     And just imagine if Bridget Jones had kept it simple and stuck to dishes which she CAN cook, she would not have ended with a blue soup!
  • Lastly, don’t forget dessert! Some people even plan their menu around dessert.  A serving of pumpkin pie this autumn season will be very timely, to say the least.

If you have a well- planned menu, you will have a well-stocked kitchen, again saving your resources from emergency trips to the supermarket.

Also, no need to eat out or have food delivered.  When everything is planned ahead, you have one less thing to think about when entertaining.  Everything will be A-OK even if you don’t have a Mark Darcy in your life to help out.

Finally, dinnerware is very important when entertaining so serve everything together in a fine china collection like Minton Consort, and watch your dinner transition from disastrous to fabulous.

Minton Consorty 5 Piece Place Setting

Minton Consorty 5 Piece Place Setting

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How to Set Your Table This Autumn (3rd of 3 parts)

Are you hosting a formal dinner anytime this autumn season?

Well, here’s another mix and match idea that you can explore.

Try combining the Lenox Rutledge and Lenox Westchester and you will have a truly opulent table setting – worthy of any VIP!

The Lenox Rutledge and Lenox Westchester are two of the long-standing collections of Lenox.  Rutledge is close to a hundred years in production (96 to be exact – and counting!) while Westchester is 101 years and counting!

So invest in these collections that have withstood the test of time.

Click on the pictures to avail of the best prices for these timeless pieces.

Lenox Rutledge 5 Piece Place Setting

Lenox Rutledge 5 Piece Place Setting

Lenox Westchester 5 Piece Place Setting

Lenox Westchester 5 Piece Place Setting

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How to Set Your Table This Autumn (2nd of 3 parts)

Here’s another china collection that we are recommending for you this beautiful season of autumn – the Lenox Charleston.

Are you thinking of a dinner menu that is easy to prepare but impressive enough to invite guests over?

Well, for starters, you can toss some salad greens in the Lenox Charleston 9” Round Vegetable Bowl.

Lenox Charleston 9" Round Vegetable Bowl

Lenox Charleston 9″ Round Vegetable Bowl

For your main course, pan-fry some pork chops and serve individually with maple-pear sauce on the Lenox Charleston Dinner Plate.

Lenox Charleston Dinner Plate

Lenox Charleston Dinner Plate

To add an element of fun to your dessert, you can let your guests make parfaits out of some good old store-bought brownies (yes, you don’t have to do everything yourself!) served in Lenox Charleston Pie & Cake Server with Stainless Blade.

Lenox Charleston Pie & Cake Server with Stainless Blade

Lenox Charleston Pie & Cake Server with Stainless Blade

Then warm up the evening by creating your own version of this season’s most popular drink – the Pumpkin Spiced Latte – served in Lenox Charleston Footed Cup & Saucer Set.

Lenox Charleston Footed Cup & Saucer Set

Lenox Charleston Footed Cup & Saucer Set

Lastly, pair your dining set with the Lenox Charleston Crystal / Stemware and you’re all set to entertain!

Lenox Charleston Water Goblet

Lenox Charleston Water Goblet

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How to Set Your Table This Autumn (1st of 3 parts)

Goodbye, Summer!  Hello, Autumn!

And to spice up your table during this colorful season, we are offering a 3-part series on table setting ideas for autumn.

Again, mixing and matching is the key, even for formal occasions. Try Lenox Castle Garden and Lenox Eternal and you’ll have a table setting fit for royalty.

Lenox Castle Garden 5-Piece Place Setting

Lenox Castle Garden 5-Piece Place Setting

Lenox Eternal 5-Piece Place Setting

Lenox Eternal 5-Piece Place Setting

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How to Celebrate after Labor Day

Do you still have a hangover from the Labor Day weekend?

Well, who says that the barbecue parties and picnics have to stop?

And for your dinnerware, choose from our stunning Lenox collections. Be adventurous and mix and match Lenox Brookdale and Lenox Opal Innocence pieces.

For appetizer, a serving of summer tomato soup will look more appetizing in the Lenox Opal Innocence 9” Soup Bowl.

Lenox Opal Innocence 9" Soup Bowl

How about Lenox Opal Innocence salad plate for your pasta or salad dish and Lenox Brookdale dinner plate for your main course of salmon or steak cooked to your preference?

Lenox Opal Innocence Salad Plate

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If you’re serving ribs with corn on the side, the Lenox Brookdale 16” Oval Serving Platter is a good match.

Lenox Brookdale 16" Oval Serving Platter

Down everything with a fruity mojito or sangria in a Waterford Colleen Short Stem Highball glass.

Waterford Colleen-Short Stem Highball

Waterford Colleen-Short Stem Highball

 

And for dessert, cool down with ice cream in a Waterford Colleen Short Stem sherbet glass.

Waterford Colleen-Short Stem Tall Sherbet

Waterford Colleen-Short Stem Tall Sherbet

Work hard. Play hard.

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Menu Ideas for Autumn

And just like that, it’s almost autumn.

To some, it’s a sad end to summer. But to many, it signals the start of festivities starting with Labor Day followed by Halloween then Thanksgiving.

The season of autumn is famous for its colors which are simply breathtaking. Why not replicate those colors in your home? Invest in a Lenox Autumn collection for your dinnerware.  This is a pattern that has been around since 1918 but still very much in demand, even until now.

For starters, serve your pumpkin soup in the Lenox Autumn rim soup bowl.

Lenox Autumn Rim Soup Bowl

Lenox Autumn Rim Soup Bowl

Having turkey for your main course? You can use either the round or oval platters for a most palatable presentation.

Lenox Autumn 13" Oval Serving Platter

Lenox Autumn 13″ Oval Serving Platter

Lenox Autumn 12" Round Platter

Lenox Autumn 12″ Round Platter

Apple pie for dessert? Dish it out in the Lenox Autumn dessert plate.

Lenox Autumn Dessert Plate

Lenox Autumn Dessert Plate

Of course, a meal is not complete without drinks to match. Pair the Lenox Autumn collection with Waterford Glenmore stemware for a more stylish table setting.

Waterford Glenmore Goblet

Waterford Glenmore Goblet

 

So get ready to bundle up!  Autumn is almost here.

 

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How to Add Elegance to Your Table Setting

We are still in the thick of summer and it’s not yet too late to add to your china collection.

Want to add some elegance to your table setting this summer? We suggest the   Hutschenreuther Brighton, which is our featured pattern for the week.

Hutschenreuther Brighton 5-Piece Place Setting

Hutschenreuther Brighton 5-Piece Place Setting

Hutschenreuther is the surname of the family that established the production of porcelain in Northern Bavaria, Germany in 1814. The company is known for their gilded porcelains.

Match this china with our Waterford Curraghmore crystal collection.  It adds fine to fine dining.

Waterford Curraghmore Claret Wine

Waterford Curraghmore Claret Wine

And if you’re hosting cocktails, we suggest sausages paired with traditional German beer or bold red wine. Serve it in Hutschenreuther Brighton Oval Serving Platter and Waterford Curraghmore Claret Wine Glass.

Hutschenreuther Brighton 13" Oval Serving Platter

Hutschenreuther Brighton 13″ Oval Serving Platter

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How to Set Your Table This Summer

With the onset of summer, this is again an opportune time for you to update your china collection. Summer is about letting go so be adventurous. You need not use one pattern alone for your table setting. Try mixing and matching them and release your inner creative vibe. Your guests will surely appreciate it.

Want some inspiration? Read this blog by our design collaborator: 5 Tips to Create a Pretty Mix and Match Summer Table (With Classic Replacements)

5 Tips to Create a Pretty Mix and Match Summer Table (With Classic Replacements)

5 Tips to Create a Pretty Mix and Match Summer Table (With Classic Replacements)

Want some more ideas? Take a look at our suggested summer picks:  Mix & Match Summer Chic.

Summer is usually characterized by the sea and the birds that fly above it such as seagulls. Take a look also at our featured pattern for the week:  the Bing & Grondahl Seagull.  If you want to achieve a more tranquil feel at meal time, this will work for you.

Bing & Grondahl Seagull 5-Piece Place Setting

Bing & Grondahl Seagull 5-Piece Place Setting

Just like the seagulls that seek warmth, try to make your home a cozier place by playing with your table setting. Subdue the elegant by pairing it with casual dinnerware. Upgrade the modern by pairing it with a classic. Contemporary with country? Well, why not? It will work with the season!

Visit our website Classic Replacements and have a summer blast with our options. The possibilities are endless!

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Focus: Bernardaud

Our focus for the week is Bernardaud, a porcelain company headquartered in France.  The company has been in existence for more than 150 years now – thanks to the visionary apprentice and sales person extraordinaire Leonard Bernardaud.

Leonard took it upon himself to expand out of Europe, into the United States, which is why we can enjoy their quality products now.

His sons, Jacques and Michel are credited for working with various artists to expand their collection.

The company’s productivity and artistry has since been sustained.

Take a look at our featured patterns for the week.

Bernardeau Chateaubriand Blue

Bernardeau Chateubriand Blue

Bernardeau Chateubriand Blue

Bernardeau Grace

Bernardaud Grace

Bernardaud Grace

Bernardeau Madison Platinum

Bernardaud Madison Platinum

Bernardaud Madison Platinum

All patterns are works of art, bearing distinct designs to match your sophisticated taste.

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Food and Wine Pairing

Are you preparing to host a cocktail party? Then it is important to know what food goes best with the different kinds of wine.  Here’s a rundown as culled from the Wine Folly site:

  • Dry white wine is best paired with vegetables, especially roasted ones, starches such as bread, and fish.
  • Sweet white wine is a perfect match for cheese (both soft and hard cheeses), cured meat, and sweets.
  • Rich white wine goes best with soft cheese, starches, fish and other seafood, and white meat.
  • Sparkling wine is compatible with cheese, starches, and fish.
  • Light red wine can be complemented by roasted vegetables, starches, seafood, white meat, and cured meat.
  • Medium red wine can be partnered with roasted vegetables, hard cheese, and with meats (white, red, and cured).
  • Bold red wine is best paired with hard cheese and red & cured meats.
  • Dessert wine goes best with soft cheese, starches, cured meat, and sweets of course.

Lastly, as important as the food and wine that you will serve at your cocktail party is the china and stemware that you will use. We suggest John Aynsley Pembroke Oval Serving Platter with Gold Trim and Waterford Araglin Claret Wine Glass.

John Aynsley Pembroke with Gold Trim 15" Oval Serving Platter

John Aynsley Pembroke with Gold Trim 15″ Oval Serving Platter

Waterford Araglin Claret Wine Glass

Waterford Araglin Claret Wine Glass

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