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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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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