Monday, November 15, 2010

Setting the Holiday Table

The holidays are almost here and it’s time to start thinking about menus, recipes, and decorating. Food is the main focus of holiday meals but we can’t forget about decorating the dining room table. I love to go all out with linen tablecloths and napkins, napkin rings, chargers, china, crystal, and silver.

Setting a festive holiday table begins with the right china. I have been a fan of Mikasa dinnerware for at least 20 years, making it easy to take my table setting from ordinary to extraordinary. Not only is Mikasa affordable, but what I truly love is that it holds up to oven, microwave, and dishwasher use.

Although my favorite Classic Flair design has been discontinued (increasing its value), I’ve been able to supplement beautiful pieces from Mikasa’s extensive selection of patterns such as the two piece serving set from the Red Berries collection; perfect for the Cranberry Orange Cherry Relish or Holiday Sweet Potatoes recipes.

I also love the deep lasagna dish from the Italian Countryside collection that is great for baking and serving the Sausage Stuffing Recipe.

Other ways you can make your holiday table sparkle are to use a vibrant tablecloth with coordinating napkins. The kids can have fun making placecards out of pre-cut turkeys, leaves or cornucopias that can stand alone or stuck into small pinecones. Placecards take the guesswork out of where people should sit and they can also be used to identify specific dishes.

Candles always create the right ambience for the holidays and they don’t necessarily have to be the same size or even the same color. Another idea is to scatter votives around the table for a touch of elegance.

For an easy centerpiece, place oranges, persimmons, pinecones, and walnuts in a large wooden bowl or apothecary jar for beautiful simplicity. Or wrap garland around a soup tureen filled with one of our great soup recipes and place it in the center of the table.

Last, but not least, make sure you have all of the utensils and serving pieces necessary for your holiday meal. A large selection of flatware, drinkware, home décor and other accessories essential for casual entertaining and fine dinnerware are available at Mikasa’s website and in participating stores.

Please check out all of our Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes for some great ideas and tips on how to have a yummy, stress-free holiday meal!

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