What to Do with Leftover Holiday Food

We are in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas and chances are, you still have not consumed all the food you prepared for Thanksgiving.  It will not be long before you prepare your Christmas feast too.

So what to do with all those leftover food from Thanksgiving or Christmas?

If you have leftover potatoes (sweet or otherwise), you may make them into biscuits or pudding. Leftover mains such as turkey can be used as a filling for croquettes, potpies or turnovers. Cranberry can be made into muffins, tartlets, and other pastries.

Serve them in fine china and they will hardly look like leftovers.  Try the Derby Panel (Green) by Royal Crown Derby.  It is a collection that is fit for royalty.

Derby Panel (Green) by Royal Crown Derby 5-Piece Place Setting

Derby Panel (Green) by Royal Crown Derby 5-Piece Place Setting

All you have to do now is invite your guests over for tea time to savor the food and gloss over this pristine collection.

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3 Ways to Set Your Table for Thanksgiving

Just like an altar is to the church, the Thanksgiving table is to your home.  It simply sets the mood for your Thanksgiving dinner because it is the first thing that your guests will see and not the food that you are preparing.

Here are three ways you can go about setting your table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Basic

You will only need the following:  Dinner Plate, Cloth Napkin, Fork, Knife, Spoon, Water Glass, and Wine Glass.  Cloth napkins are ideal for the occasion because it sends the message that dinner is going to be special.  Just fold the napkin in a rectangle, with the cloth’s spine facing right. You may place this on the plate itself or under the fork which is on the left of the plate. The knife and spoon go to the right side of the plate with the knife’s blade facing inwards to indicate a lack of aggression toward one’s tablemate to the right.  Water and wine glasses go above the knife.

  1. Informal

Just add the following pieces to your basic table setting:  salad fork and a bread plate & butter knife placed above the forks.

  1. Formal

Place a charger under your dinner plate then add a dessert fork & spoon above it.  Add a salad plate on the left side of the forks.  With a formal table setting, you can also go all out on your stemware so bring out the red wine glass, white wine glass, champagne flute or sherry glass.

It goes without saying that you should start with a tablecloth.  You can also place a runner across the tablecloth to add color to your setting.

Accessorize with unscented candles to add some glow (to the table and your guests too) as well as flowers and fruits in season.  Keep the centerpiece low though so as not to obstruct eye contact and conversation among your guests.  If you still want to have a tall centerpiece, keep it slim so as not to distract your guests.

Do create place cards so your guests will know where to navigate, taking into account the personalities and sensitivities of each of your guests.  Play some music too in order to fill in any awkward silence that might ensue especially if your guests are meeting each other for the first time.

Now that we have covered the “how”, let us tackle the “when”.  If you can set the table the day before Thanksgiving, the less frazzled you will be.  This way, you can focus on preparing the food and still have time to freshen up before your guests arrive.

Of course, keep in mind that holidays such as Thanksgiving is the time to showcase your best dinnerware.  And nothing is more suitable for your Thanksgiving table than our Richard Ginori Palermo collection.  Available in black, blue, green, and red (rust), its minimalist design will go with any table setting plan you choose to adopt.

Richard Ginori Palermo -Black  5-Piece Place Setting

Richard Ginori Palermo -Black
5-Piece Place Setting

 

Richard Ginori Palermo - Green  5-Piece Place Setting

Richard Ginori Palermo – Green
5-Piece Place Setting

Richard Ginori Palermo - Red (Rust) 5-Piece Place Setting

Richard Ginori Palermo – Red (Rust)
5-Piece Place Setting

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Will You Be Home for the Holidays?

Whew!  What a week it has been!  The recent elections almost overshadowed the celebration of Veterans Day, and rightly so.  The intensity was very high and we’re still feeling the aftershocks.

Veterans Day is significant because it commemorates the end of war.  The Veterans Day this year is especially timely for it signals that we should again give peace a chance.

And though it’s the hardest thing to do, there is really no other way to go but to set aside differences, move on, keep working (as Mark Zuckerberg succinctly expressed in his Facebook post), and just look forward to other upcoming holidays, like Thanksgiving!  Surely, despite the uncertainty of the times, we all have a reason to be grateful.  If we can be home for the holidays, that is already one big thing to be thankful for.  Not all get to experience this luxury.

So when you celebrate with your family this holiday season, pull out all the stops and use tableware that is fitting for the occasion – like the Minton Stanwood collection.  Its festive design is sure to cheer everyone, regardless of their political opinion.

Minton Stanwood (Gold Trim) 5 Piece Place Setting

Minton Stanwood (Gold Trim) 5 Piece Place Setting

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Do You Have a Hangover from Halloween?

Admit it.  You still have that hangover from Halloween, don’t you?

Did you get tired from preparing your kid’s costume (or perhaps even donning your own) as well as from trick-or-treat-ing?

Well now that the kids had THEIR weekend, why not plan your own post-Halloween get-together?

Come on, you know you deserve it.

By this time, your kids must have finished all their candies and you won’t have any more hyperactivity to contend with.  It’s time to spend some leisurely dinner with family and friends.

Here’s a suggested post-Halloween menu:

For soup, try pumpkin with chestnuts for added texture.  Pair it with bread shaped like a Jack-o-Lantern served in Minton Jasmine Bread & Butter Plate.

Minton Jasmine Bread & Butter Plate

Minton Jasmine Bread & Butter Plate

For main, you can go for either roasted pork loin or ribs served in Minton Jasmine Dinner Plate.

Minton Jasmine Dinner Plate

Minton Jasmine Dinner Plate

For side, serve a nutritious spinach salad with the season’s harvest like cranberries, pears, and walnuts.  Dish it out in Minton Jasmine Salad Plate.

Minton Jasmine Salad Plate

Minton Jasmine Salad Plate

For beverage, serve spiced warm cider in Minton Jasmine Footed Cup and Saucer Set.

Minton Jasmine Footed Cup & Saucer Set

Minton Jasmine Footed Cup & Saucer Set

For dessert, classic caramel apples will do the trick!

So what are you waiting for?  Just click and treat yourself now!

With its dainty design, the Minton Jasmine collection is a refreshing change from the usual spooky stuff.

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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.

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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