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As the summer draws to a close, New York City becomes a hive of activity for the 2012 Fashion Week. Curious eyes hungrily take it all in, as everyone is excited to see what the styles and colors will be for the upcoming year. Reviewing the photos, we immediately picked up on a beautiful trend, across various runways Deep Jewel Tones stood out amongst the rest.

Gucci Deep Jewel Tones, NYC fashion week.

Gucci Deep Jewel Tones, NYC fashion week.

For us, runway translates into tableware, and dishes in gorgeous ways. Try blues in your crystal, eggplant purple and burgundy contrasting crisp white china, and sapphire greens serveware to infuse your table with colors worthy of royalty. Here are some magnificent takes on some of fall’s most fashionable colors:

Color Studio Blue/Gold by Mikasa

We love this modern take on the classic navy

L'objet Napkin Holder.

Pair this gilded L'object Napkin Holder with clean white linens for an easy way to bring this season's ombres, dusty blue and olive green to the table.

Araglin Prestige Cobalt Bowl by Waterford

Go all out with this ruby bowl by Waterford

Pantone, the official “color people” have picked Honeysuckle to be the color of the year, it was chosen to represent optimism and confidence in these stressful and trying times. It is a pink that is playful without overwhelming, whether it is in fine china in your dining room or a sofa in your living room. Here are some samples of Honeysuckle done right:

Honeysuckle AccentsIf you’re worried about going overboard with the pink, Honeysuckle can be used as the perfect accent color. It fits comfortably with a broad range of colors including neutrals such as grey, taupe, beige, tans and caramel as well as black and white. Try Honeysuckle in napkins, chargers, and candleholders, as seen above.

Lenox Floral Fusion

Lenox Floral Fusion

Lenox incorporated Honeysuckle quite beautifully with their Floral Fusion pattern that can be used during any season to leave you feeling summery.

Petite Fleur Pink pattern If Honeysuckle is a bit much for your tastes, here are some tamer versions of pink tableware. Shown are: pink glass iced tea goblets in the Arlington pattern by Mosser. Cup and saucer in the Petite Fleur Pink pattern by Laura Ashley for Johnson Brothers, vintage dinner plate in the Lollipop pattern, Pastelle line, by Mikasa, and Somebunny mug by Hallmark.

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.


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.

Weddings are a celebratory ritual that allow for the coming together of friends, families, and strangers. Flowers, dancing, food, drink – a wedding is a cause for happiness that few other events in life can equal. The spring and summer are especially popular times to celebrate the union of two individuals. Purity, sanctity, and promise are all virtues that are upheld and honored during this time.

If you are attending a wedding soon, you want to provide the lucky couple with a gift that reflects the seriousness of their decision to come together. Fine china dinnerware or hostess sets make fine gifts for bridal shower too.

These presents, since they are of high quality, will be used by the couple for years. Ideally, even as they age into their golden years, they will remember who gave them such a gift. Wouldn’t you like for your present to be remembered and appreciated until death do you part?

Fine china dinnerware and Reed and Barton silverware make excellent gifts for bridal shower or the wedding celebration. If you are thinking about what to get the couple whose wedding you’re attending, think about giving a true impression of friendship with a lasting present of quality.