By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
There’s no better time to start thinking about how your table presents for entertaining. Thanksgiving will soon usher in the holiday season that gives food and drink top priority.
We have searched the latest offerings to find everything from dishes to barware that will help you get inspired. The right tabletop can show your guests that you can entertain in style.
Dishes are just the first step in presenting a beautiful holiday table. The right flatware is the jewelry that completes the design. A perfect solution that will work all year in South Florida is Michael Wainwright’s Truro, a design of high quality stainless steel inspired by the shifting of ocean, wind and sand. The dishwasher safe pattern has the warm luster of a hand-rubbed finish. It sells for $90 for a five-piece place setting at The Regency Collection, 3011 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561-995-2257, regencycollectiongifts.com.
South Florida may not look like fall outside, but you can decorate your table to bring back the memories of leaves changing colors and comfortable times in front of a fire. Pier 1 Imports’ Harvest Tablescape includes a Leaf Glass Salad Plate ($12.95), Painted Berries Goblet ($10), Painted Berries Balloon glass ($10) and Layered Maple Leaves Placemat ($5.95). The collection is available on line at pier1.com and in Pier 1 stores in Aventura, Plantation, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach and Boynton Beach.
One of my favorite items for serving pumpkin soup is this Rustic Pumpkin Soup Bowl ($10) that holds up to 17 ozs. Team it with the Turkey Gravy Boat ($20), Embossed Thanksgiving Serve Platter ($50), Amber Bubble Glass Goblet ($9) and Amber Double Glass Old Fashioned Glass ($9). Available online at surlatable.com and in stores at the Aventura Mall, Mizner Park in Boca Raton, The Promenade at Coconut Creek, Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens and the Shops at Pembroke Gardens.
Little Black Dress
Riedel, the company known for its wine glasses that oenophiles love to own, has come out with a collection aimed at those who prefer the color on their table as opposed to seeing the color of their wine in the glass. Riedel’s Sommeliers Black Series Collector’s Edition is made of black crystal as sexy as any “Little Black Dress.” The limited edition was produced to celebrate Riedel’s 40th anniversary of its Sommeliers Series. They sell for $159 a glass at Bloomingdale’s at the Aventura Mall, The Falls in Miami and Town Center at Boca Raton.
Serving holiday spirits can get an extra dose of panache with the Nachtmann Aspen Decanter and Whisky Tumblers Set, a precision cut collection that is too elegant to hide inside a bar. The three-piece set retails for $99.90 at Neiman Marcus in Miami, Boca Raton and Palm Beach. Tall Tumblers are available for $29.90 for a
set of four at riedel.com.