Christian Dior

Christian Dior…the name itself is synonymous to fashion; but did you know that aside from clothing & accessories, fragrance, makeup & skincare, jewelry & timepieces, the brand had a dinnerware line too?

They don’t produce it anymore which makes Christian Dior china collections all the more precious.  Below are two collections you might want to get hold of.  Intricate designs, functional forms, and bold colors with generous 24 karat gold applications is common to both of them.  Truly characteristic of what the Christian Dior brand is all about:  eye-catching designs that are ahead of its time.

Christian Dior Renaissance

Adorned with flowers in bold colors and gold scrolls and rim.

Christian Dior Renaissance Cake Plate & Server

Christian Dior Tabriz

This pattern is named after a city in Iran and takes inspiration from Persian handicrafts and carpets / hand-woven Iranian rugs which are known worldwide.

Christian Dior Tabriz 5-Piece Place Setting              

With Christian Dior china, you will realize that food and fashion do go together!  So give in before it’s gone!

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Ceralene Festivite

True to its name, Festivite, which is French for celebration is a pattern that is ideal for Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings.  Its scalloped design with gold rim, green stripes and garland, and red accents make it so.

This pattern was produced for a decade by Ceralene / Raynaud, the only one left of the eleven original porcelain makers in Limoges, France.

By upholding its time-honored know how from its roots in 1849, Raynaud, at present, has established its global presence and reinforced its image with its intrinsic quality and timeless creations such as the Ceralene Festivite.

Ceralene Festivite Dinner Plate

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Barbecue with Bernardaud!

A perfect match to your coal-powered parties this barbecue season is Antinea Anthracite by Bernardaud.

What’s in a name?  Antinea is a name attributed to the queen of Atlantis, a mythical sunken city while Anthracite is a hard, compact variety of coal that has a submetallic luster.

Just think of all the appetizing dishes you can serve using this collection.

Bernardaud Antinea Anthracite Salad Bowl is a good way to serve a salad of crumbled feta cheese, red onions, basil, and heirloom tomatoes.

Bernardaud Antinea Anthracite Salad Bowl

If you are serving Blueberry-Glazed Ribs, the 16-inch Bernardaud Antinea Anthracite Oval Platter is the best backdrop for it.

Bernardaud Antinea Anthracite 16″ Oval Platter

Or if you prefer individual plating, how about Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce carefully arranged on Bernardaud Antinea Anthracite Dinner Plate?  Or Pork Chops slathered in sweet, peppery sauce?

Bernardaud Antinea Anthracite Dinner Plate

For your cheese-loving guests, a side of grilled cheese roll-ups served on the Bernardaud Antinea Anthracite Bread & Butter Plate will be hard to pass.  This plate is also good for desserts.  Like Berry Cheesecake Bars perhaps?

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Father’s Day Dishes (2nd of 2 parts)

Skip the restaurants!

Invite your dad to a home-cooked Father’s Day meal instead.  By doing this, you are sure to speak to his heart, and not just to his stomach.

How about a seafood-themed dinner to depart from the usual meat fare?  Here are some more suggested dishes.

Roasted Buffalo Shrimp

This delicious and novel twist on Buffalo wings is a terrific way to start the “catching up” conversation with your dad. Serve the shrimp and dip with cucumber spears, celery stalks, and wedges of crunchy fennel.

Lobster Rolls

Dress sweet, tender chunks of lobster meat with lemon juice, mayonnaise, and a sprinkling of chives and tarragon to make the irresistible filling for this classic of New England summer dining. Toast the buttered buns on a skillet just before filling them.

Beer-Battered Fish

This is a dish that your dad will surely love! Served with an ice-cold beer of Dad’s choice and crisp fries, it will make for a satisfying Father’s Day dinner by itself!

For your table setting, how about a sea-themed dinnerware to go with it?  Try the Wedgwood Runnymede – Blue.  It has a dark blue band with a clamshell design then trimmed in gold.

Wedgwood Runnymede-Blue 5-Piece Place Setting

Wedgwood Runnymede is also available in Turquoise.  This collection is by Wedgwood of England – perfect for your dinner which is not only seafood-themed but English-inspired as well!

Have a meaningful Father’s Day celebration!

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Father’s Day Dishes (1st of 2 parts)

One more week before it’s time to pay tribute to that number one man in your life – your father!

Perhaps you have been busy and occupied with the demands of your adult life that you hardly have had the time to spend with this person who is partly responsible for bringing you into this world.  If distance will allow it, why not invite him (and your mom, too!) over for dinner?

Here are some suggested dishes that he will surely love.

Maximize the “barbecue” weather by serving Grilled Salmon Skewers with Garlic and Dijon for your main course.  Lay the skewers on a Wedgwood India 15″ Oval Serving Platter for an attractive food presentation.

Wedgwood India 15″ Oval Serving Platter

And since you probably still have a hangover from Memorial Day Weekend, and Flag Day is just around the corner, why not prepare a healthy Fruit Flag for dessert?  It’s light and easy to make yet so festive.  Just form a flag using fruits which are so abundant this summer.  Think plump blueberries, blushing cherries, ripe raspberries, and juicy strawberries.  For the white lining, use white chocolate-covered pretzels and voila!  Patriotism never tasted this good.

For your dinnerware, go for Wedgwood India.  Its understated design is the perfect complement to your sumptuous Father’s Day Feast!

Wedgwood India 5-Piece Place Setting

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Memorial Day Menu Suggestions (2nd of 2 parts)

Are you doing last minute preparations for Memorial Day dinner?  Don’t panic.  Here are some more dishes that you can easily make for your potluck.

For your main course, marinate boneless and skinless chicken breasts in taco seasoning splashed with lime then grill them. Serve this Taco Lime Grilled Chicken on a Wedgwood Kutani Crane 17” Oval Serving Platter.

For your side dish, be consistent with your Mexican-themed potluck by preparing elote or Mexican street corn.  This is just grilled corn with barbecue butter.  It’s fast enough to throw together for an easy weeknight dinner and goes well with your grilled chicken.  Serve this on a Wedgwood Ulander-Powder Blue Bread & Butter plate.

For dessert, maximize the abundant fresh berries in season by whipping up a Summer Berry Tart.  Serve this on a Wedgwood Kutani Crane Cookie Plate.

For your table setting, set up outdoors and go for the subdued Wedgwood Grosgrain 5-piece place setting by Vera Wang.  Its modern minimalist design will complement the more elaborate Wedgwood Kutani Crane and the more colorful Wedgwood Ulander patterns.

Enjoy dining al fresco with impeccable tableware in this picture-perfect summer weather!

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Memorial Day Menu Suggestions (1st of 2 parts)

Another significant holiday is coming up.  It’s Memorial Day on May 29.  Another long weekend that will serve as an opportunity to bond with family and friends.  And if there’s bonding, eating cannot be far behind.   After all, what better way to bond than over food, right?

That day marks the start of summer too.  So it’s finally time to bring out that grill and invite friends for some barbecue.

Unsure of what to prepare for your picnic?  Here are some of our best Memorial Day dishes.

A barbecue party will not be complete without Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs and Baked Beans on the side.  Serve this on a Wedgwood Whitehall – White Rim 17″ Oval Serving Platter.  This gilded plate is the perfect support to your main event.

Wedgwood Whitehall -White Rim 17″ Oval Serving Platter

 

For dessert, try baking (or buying!) a Red, White, and Blue America Cake.  It’s a patriotic cake that will surely awaken the American spirit in you.  Show pride by serving this on a Wedgwood Whitehall – White Rim Square Handled Cake Plate.

Wedgwood Whitehall – White Rim  Square Handled Cake Plate

For your table setting, go for the Wedgwood Cornucopia 5-Piece Place Setting.  Cornucopia is a symbol of abundance – which all Americans aspire for!

Wedgwood Cornucopia 5-Piece Place Setting

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What to Give This Coming Mother’s Day (2nd of 2 parts)

Are you still undecided on what to give your mom this coming Mother’s Day?

Here’s another option – the Wedgwood Columbia collection.

This pattern features a combination of dragon and flowers, denoting strength and grace at the same time. And the gold accent makes it even more opulent.  All these details make it a truly endearing design.

Wedgwood Columbia is available in the following colors:

Blue – Produced for 19 years (1978 to 1997)

Wedgwood Columbia – Blue Dinner Plate

Gold – Produced for 15 years (1964 to 1979)

Wedgwood Columbia – Gold 5-Piece Place Setting

Sage Green – Produced for 48 years (1966 to 2014)

Wedgwood Columbia -Sage Green 5-Piece Place Setting

Wedgwood Columbia -Sage Green 5-Piece Place Setting  

White – Produced for 73 years (1924 to 1997).  It is the only Columbia collection that has a medallion in the center.

Wedgwood Columbia – White 5-Piece Place Setting

Give the gift that stands the test of time.

Hurry!  Only 4 days left and counting!

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What to Give This Coming Mother’s Day (1st of 2 parts)

It’s less than a week to go before Mother’s Day – have you picked out a gift for your mom (and all the other mother figures in your life) yet?

You know, whether they admit it or not, women (especially our mothers!) love receiving flowers!  Flowers, especially the fresh ones, beautify and brighten up a home, well at least until they shrivel.

But what if you can give a gift of flowers that do not wither?

Yes, it’s possible!  With the Wedgwood Bianca and Wedgwood Chinese Flowers collection.  Both come with a gold scalloped rim and floral design in a crimson hue that is truly stunning.

Wedgwood Bianca 5-Piece Place Setting

Wedgwood Chinese Flowers 5-Piece Place Setting

For contrast, throw in the nature-inspired Wedgwood Countryware collection and your mom will have a table setting like no other.

Wedgwood Countryware 5-Piece Place Setting

So give a lasting gift – one that will bloom forever.

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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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