If there was ever a time of year when you want your table to look spectacular then surely Christmas is it.
|Will yours be a truly magical Christmas worthy of the Weasleys? Image via.|
From the centrepieces and the candlesticks to the serving dishes and utensils right down to the cutlery we eat with; silver, silver, silver!
Most of use lead such busy lives now that we probably don’t make everyday dining a formal event, but come Christmas our desire to wow and impress shines through. A well dressed table turns dinner into an occasion.
You could pretty much dress the entire table in silver, but that might be a little over the top. However, accents of silver add just the right amount of elegance to the proceedings.
So with this in mind, I will offer up some ideas for setting the perfect scene. Choose as many as you see fit, to give your table the wow factor.
|An Edwardian set of 12 sterling silver plates. Click here to view on our website|
Naturally, these are available in silver and silverplate.
Surrounding the plate we have the cutlery. Many of us have silver cutlery which, sadly, often gets put away and only brought out when there is a special occasion. This is a shame because using it everyday would surely make every meal that little bit more special. We are experts in flatware here at I.Franks. Whether you’re looking for a full set, wishing to enhance an existing set or maybe just adding some serving pieces; we are here to help.
Many households have a tradition of adorning the napkin with a napkin ring. A lot of people choose to mix and match the styles so that each family member has their own unique one.
We have a huge selection of styles and they make ideal stocking stuffers. A lovely gesture to welcome a new member to the family. We have a great selection of menu holders and place card holders too.
Glasses and goblets can all be had in silver. We have a range to choose from. We've got plain Georgian ones or more decorative Victorian styles, as well as options to suit modern tastes.
We sell individual pieces and have a selection of sets as well.
Once your table settings have been decided you can then consider touches, such as how to offer up the condiments.
|A pair of Georgian silver salt cellars. Click here to view on our website.|
|Victorian Cruet Set. Click here to view on our website.|
We have a vast selection of sauce boats, butter boats and gravy boats. You could take a leaf out of the fifth Duke of Argyll’s book; he so disliked being served cold gravy he created a vessel to keep it warm. It looks like a silver coffee pot with a hot water chamber and this became known as an Argyll. Genius! Check out our website to view a selection.
|An Edwardian sterling silver Argyll from our website.|
You could choose a tureen with a separate compartment for hot water thus helping to keep the food warm. Of course, there are numerous trays and platters to be had, from the simple to the elaborate.
Or, for a real touch of theatre, is there a better way to present the bird than to appear at the table with an impressive silver domed meat dish cover and dramatically reveal your culinary masterpiece? Tah dah!
|A very impressive silver-plated meat dish and cover. Contact for details.|
Next week I will show you some stunning centrepieces to add that final pizazz.