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.

Shop at our site and get huge discounts – whether it’s Labor Day or not!

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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

Summer nights can be classy with Classic Replacements. Visit our website for more options. The possibilities are endless!

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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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6 Tips in Decanting Wine

Now that you know Why You Should Decant Your Wine, let’s go to the how:

  1. Let the wine bottle stand for at least one night before decanting so the sediment will settle at the bottom of the bottle.
  1. Insert your cork screw fully as some corks can be very long, delicate, and crumble easily. Pull out slowly and carefully.
  1. Pour the wine with the bottleneck over a candle or flashlight. This way, you can see if the sediment is already approaching the mouth of the bottle, and stop so you don’t transfer it to the decanter.  Else, it will defeat the purpose of the process.
  1. Let the wine rest before drinking it. For how long?  The rule of thumb is 1 hour of decanting for every 10 years of wine.
  1. Next, enjoy your wine which now smells and tastes even better than before.
  1. Lastly, when cleaning your decanter, make sure to use a fragrance-free soap so as to avoid altering the taste of your wine in your next use. Wash the outside with hot water first and rinse the inside with cold water.  This is to retain the clarity of the glass.

Now that you have the know-how of wine decanting, do select from our many decanter options including the item below:

Baccarat Massena

Baccarat Massena

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Why You Should Decant Your Wine

You probably have the best stemware for your chosen wine by now.  Not yet?  Then read this blog:  How to Select the Best Wine Glass.

Now, do you want to know how you can make your wine taste even better?  Well, the secret is in decanting.

You’re probably wondering what decanting is and why it is necessary.

Well, decanting simply means transferring liquid from one container to another.  In our case, we pour out the red wine from its original bottle to a wine decanter.  Why is this necessary, you ask?  In this way, you separate the wine from the sediment; and what you get is wine in its purest form.  Wine sediment is composed mostly of grape skins and potassium bitartrate, also known as cream of tartar, which is a byproduct of the fermentation process that wine goes through.

Decanting also allows for the elimination of any unpleasant odor, making the wine more palatable.

This step is usually forgotten but it is really the one thing that will greatly improve the flavor of your wine, whether you buy an affordable wine or an expensive fine one.

You’ll learn more about decanting wine in our next blog.  In the meantime, do select from our many decanter options including the item below:

Waterford Lismore Decanter with Stopper

Waterford Lismore Decanter with Stopper

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How to Select the Best Wine Glass

In the blog 4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Crystal Stemware, we have established that crystal works best with wine.

But did you know that the shape of the glass you use for your wine also affects how it tastes?

In a study that came out in February 2015, a Japanese group of chemists (Yes, there is a science to wine tasting in case you didn’t know.) developed a special camera that captured the images of ethanol vaporization of wine using three different glasses:  a cocktail glass, a straight glass, and a wine glass.  In the study, the wine glass shape performed the best for delivering aroma in a consistent ring around the rim.  Remember that wine glasses are thin at the rim.  The thin rim allows for better circulation of the aroma as well as taste.

And this is why it is very important to pick the right-shaped wine glass to ensure that your wine tastes the best it possibly can.  But with so many glass shapes out there, how do you know which is best for you?  Well, as a rule of thumb, remember the following:

Red Wine

Red wines (full-bodied, light-bodied, rose or spicy) are typically served in larger bowled glasses.  The larger surface area allows the ethanol to evaporate more quickly.  In so doing, it delivers more aroma and you smell less of the ethanol since it is farther from your nose.  In the process, you taste less of the bitter, minty, spicy flavor too.  The wider opening simply makes make the wine taste smoother.

Varga Verona Bordeaux Wine Glass

Varga Verona Bordeaux Wine Glass

White Wine

White wines (fortified sweet, light-bodied, or sparkling) are typically served in smaller bowled glasses.  This is to preserve and deliver more floral aroma and also to maintain cooler temperature.

Varga Imperial Wine Glass

Varga Imperial Wine Glass

And there you have it.  Wine glass shopping simplified.

Select your crystal stemware collection now so you will be prepared to host your own wine tasting.

Then you will experience for yourself the difference glass makes.

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