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Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton "Femme Fatale"

Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton "Femme Fatale"

Do you know what happens when celebrity fashion designer Monique Lhuillier teams up with dinnerware powerhouse Royal Doulton? Magical things, naturally.

In this stunning collaboration of fine dinnerware, Lhuillier translates her elaborate wedding dress creations into dinnerware that blends luxury, glamour and sophistication in an effort “to inspire the modern woman to use fashionable tableware everyday!”

Our favorite from the collection is the “Femme Fatale” that is at once sultry and sophisticated, carrying a raised croc pattern in a warm pearlescent grey rimmed with bright platinum band. The rich yet neutral tones set against pure white centers are subtle and timeless, while the fashionable motif makes the look “très chic.”

The Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton collection carries the tagline: “Life is short, use good china.” We couldn’t agree more.

Want to see Monique Lhuillier for Royal Doulton? Check out these great patterns: Atelier, Charms, Dentelle, and Modern Love.

With over 150 million pieces sold and produced worldwide, Royal Doulton’s Old Country Roses is probably the most popular bone china pattern of all time. Designed by Harold Holdcroft in1962 for Royal Albert (who merged with Royal Doulton in 1971) its iconic pink and yellow roses were inspired by a 1921 Holdcroft design called King’s Ransom.  The classic design features a lavish 22-carat gold border and has an enduring appeal for those with a passion for florals and a taste for nostalgia and vintage-chic.

Meet Old Country Roses younger sibling: Country Rose Buds. The newest edition to the Royal Doulton dinnerware collection, Country Rose Buds embodies the classic beauty of the Old Country Roses collection, but with a casual, modern feel. Crafted of bone china, the Royal Albert Country Rose buds china pattern features a sprinkling of tiny pink and gold blossoms on a white background. The Royal Albert Country Rose Buds china collection has everything you need to bring this beautiful look to your table, with coordinating sets of dessert plates and mugs.

The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end and with it your last chance at outdoor entertaining. Summertime is perfect for unwinding with your closest friends and families over picnics, bar-b-ques and outdoor parties. Here are some easy way to make your events effortlessly beautiful.

Summer entertaining is by nature less formal than the usual events. Take this chance to explore your creative side and be adventurous with your table setting choices. Mix up your fine china with chunky glasses or use your crystal stemware with your casual dinnerware to add some interest to your table. Another fun idea is to mix up your glassware for a multi height (and color) presentation.

Serving your goodies buffet style is another way to keep your party friendly and low key. And by using some great looking oven-to-table serveware you save on clean up both before and after the party. They come in so many styles and colors these days that it is easy to find a set that suits both your taste and budget.

Drinks are also super easy to display and serve. Give your H2O an extra kick with some slices of lemon, lime or orange (or all three!) served in a simple glass pitcher. Or add some fresh mint and cucumber for a crisp and light refreshment. Cans of soda and bottles beer can look great and stay frosty in colorful tub full of ice.

Keep decorations fun and fresh by using brightly colored bouquets. You can go for a beach theme by using silver colored sand buckets as vases and seashells are great for keeping napkins safe from the wind. For evening parties, try pillar candles in mason jars for a beautiful centerpiece.

Enjoy the last of these warm weathered days!

When it comes to stemware and fine china dinnerware, the options are as endless as your menu selections. Sure using the “right” glasses can seem a little trivial, but if you’re trying to plan a dinner or cocktail party to impress, using the right glassware is crucial. For instance, you wouldn’t want to serve your boss, who graciously came over to your cocktail party, wine in a champagne flute. It’s just tacky! If you’re a little in the dark about which glasses coordinate to which drink, here’s the rundown:

-Highball/Cocktail glass: I always used these as juice glasses until I realized that they were specifically for mixed drinks. It’s straight sided and about 12 to 14 oz.

-Old Fashioned Glass: Also knows as a rocks glass, these are short with rounded sides and are typically 8 to oz. If you’re serving liquor with no mixers, or just a splash of a mixer, it should go in one of these. They are also used for specific types of cocktails like Black Russians, Brown cows, and Old Fashions.

-Wine Glass: This might seem like a no brainer, but a lot of people don’t realize that there are two types of wine glasses—one for reds and one for whites. Red wine glasses are a little larger with a bigger bowl that sort of gradually tapers in at the top. White wine glasses are taller and have a thinner stem.

For the best selection of glasses, stemware, and luxurious Gorham silverware visit SilverSpoonStore.com!

I was invited to an old friend’s wedding a few months ago, and was on the fence about going. It was in Florida, which meant that I would have to fly there and find a hotel, but I really wanted to catch up with my old college friends, and spending the weekend on the beach sounded pretty nice too. I decided to go at the last minute, and was going over my flight info the week before when I realized I had to get her some gifts for bridal shower and a wedding gift! In a panic, I went online to my favorite place to get fine china dinnerware—Silverspoonstore.com.

They have a great selection of bridal gifts for unbelieveable prices. I ended up getting her the Bellina by Lenox Frame, the Bellina by Lenox Ringholder and the Floating Hearts by Lenox Champagne Flutes. They were shipped to my apartment before I left for the trip which was such a relief. She ended up loving my gifts and everyone at the shower was asking where I found such great stuff. Since there’s no sense in keeping a great place like SilverspoonStore.com a secret, I told them all about my favorite site!

When we’re setting the table for a dinner party or just a nice family dinner, presentation is key. We pull out all the stops to get the table looking its best whether it’s by bringing out the fine china dinnerware, making a nice floral arrangement for the center of the table, or bringing out your finest table linens. Sometimes though, all of those lovely things can be incredibly time-consuming to get together and even more so when it’s time to clean up. If you’d love to have your fine china dinnerware presented it’s best for your next family meal or dinner party, you can use charger plates.

Chargers add a certain air of drama to your table without the production of a fully dressing your table with a fine cloth and a center piece and usually come with your fine china dinnerware set. They are larger than a dinner plate and usually have a contrasting rim that sticks out when placed underneath the corresponding dinner ware. Using the charger plate really dresses up a table and has a refined feel about it without going over the top. So next time you’re looking to spruce up the table a bit, bust out your complete fine china dinnerware set and start polishing those charger plates.

So you agreed to host a dinner party and are panicking because you’ve never thrown one before and really can’t cook. Well, fear not. There are tons of ways you can impress your guests for a dinner party (even if you’re secretly plating take-out). With the right combination of fine china dinnerware, sparkling silver and stemware and nice crisp table linens, your guests will be so dazzled the food will be secondary.

Plates:

If you’re going for a classy, upscale dinner party you’re going to need matching plates. Fine china dinnerware would be ideal, but if time is of the essence, any cohesive set you have that matches would work. Chargers also are a classy touch to otherwise simple plates.

Hostess Sets:

If you don’t have a hostess set or have no idea what constitutes a hostess set, you should start your research. They are a really elegant way to serve the food and is a subtle way of tying the table together and many are available at your dinner party headquarters, The Silver Spoon Store.

Table Linens:

If you want to really impress, and protect your table at the same time, you’re going to need some nice table linens. One to cover the table and then individual napkins for each place setting.

There is tons of variety when it comes to fine china dinnerware, whether it’s the design, the pattern, the brand or the materials. With all this variety comes a lot of terminology. It’s wedding season which means people are going to be buying a lot of fine china dinnerware and hostess sets. If you’re looking for the perfect dinnerware set, here is some information on how to distinguish bone china from stoneware:

•    Bone china- the strongest of the fine china materials. Is lightweight, dainty, and gleams in light. Bone china is a double-fired combination of porcelain and bone ash. It is semi-opaque and has a pearlescent quality about it.
•    Porcelain- Often confused with bone china, porcelain is luxurious, lustrous, and has an impermeable finish.
•    Ironstone- This fine material is created as a slightly more durable alternative to porcelain. It is less formal and suitable for formal and informal events.
•    Earthenware- One of the most popular materials, earthenware is slightly heavier than the other materials and has a simple appearance that makes it perfect for daily use.
•    Stoneware- This heavyweight, non-porous material is also perfect for everyday use. It can withstand years of use and when taken care of can last for years to come.

Gorham knows a thing or two about fine silverware; they’ve been at it since 1831! The Gorham line got its start when Jabez Gorham began making coin silver spoons to respond to demand throughout New England.

Gorham’s dedication to unrivaled quality that you can only get through old world craftsmanship shines in each and every piece of Gorham silverware that has been produced over the last 170 years.

The Gorham line features some really gorgeous flatware designs, and if you’re buying gifts for bridal shower or weddings, you can be sure that your gift will be well-received. Here are three Gorham silverware styles that are sure to please even the pickiest bride-to-be:

Blossom by Gorham 65 Piece Set

The Blossom designs are akin to a more classic, simple style playing on the Gorham’s original designs.

Golden Criteria by Gorham 45 Piece Set 

The Golden Criteria design is clean and simple and the subtle gold edging as a bit of style, without being over-the-top.

Marabella by Gorham 65 Piece Set

Marabella’s design is sleek, deco, and contemporary. The square handles really add a modern touch to traditionally beautiful flatware style. 

My little sister is getting married in December. Odd time of the year to get married, but she kept pushing the date back to accommodate everyone’s schedule. I told her to have it anytime she wanted, and to forget about all of the other people, but she’s very proper about these sorts of things.

When I was placed in charge of her bridal shower, I knew that gifts for bridal shower would be a hot topic among all of our family. Since I had first dibs, I decided to get her something that she would really appreciate, something classy and elegant. I decided to go in with my mom on some fine china dinnerware. Mom bought the plates, and I bought the Gorham silverware.

Well, we had the shower last week. I was impressed with all of the gifts for bridal shower that people bought – there were some really nice things! But I have to say, none were as nice as the Gorham silverware and fine china dinnerware that Mom and I bought Mel. She loved our gift the best, and not just because of the family ties. Of course they were nice presents, but the real reason she liked them is because it matched her character. So if you have an upcoming bridal shower, buy something that fits the bride to be.