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Fine Tableware - It's Not Just Gor Thanksgiving Anymore

Contributed by: NAPSA

You remember what it felt like. Family meals, special occasions. The table was set with the best china, crystal, and silver. Everyone settled in. Grandma served her famous pot roast and scalloped potatoes.

Now fast forward. Replace the dining room with the patio. Dishes are set buffet-style on the deck. The pot roast is replaced with fajitas. But the china, crystal, and silver remain.

Life doesn't need to be complicated. There are so many reasons to celebrate! Just make sure you take your fine tableware along for the ride. Nothing sets the mood like fine china, effervescent crystal, and sparkling silver to say "Let's celebrate!"

Now, how do you pull it all together? Be creative! Use the basics and add some fun pieces to create the ambiance.

Lenox Tuscany Classics Balloon Set Of 4
Pasta night? Make sure you have the proper accompaniments to serve a spectacular meal. Most Lenox fine china patterns offer coordinating pasta/rim soup bowls for just this type of occasion. Add a large china serving bowl to present the pasta "family style" in the center of the table using oversized, alternative metal serving forks and spoons. Add Lenox Tuscany Classics Balloon Wine Glasses for your favorite Chardonnay or Chianti. And don't forget a Lenox bread tray to keep your garlic bread warm on the table. A gravy boat and ladle work as a quick container for grated cheese.

Tuscany Classics Beer Mugs and Pilsners
Cheesy nachos and 10-alarm chili? This calls for a laid-back atmosphere. Throw some pillows on the floor and drape a tablecloth over the coffee table. Let everyone serve themselves picnic-style and get comfortable in front of the TV. Your pasta bowls can do double duty for chili. Or, you can simply use some great Butler's Pantry Gourmet oversized mugs to give your friends a better handle on the situation. Bread and butter plates or accent plates are the perfect size for nacho appetizers. And don't forget the Tuscany Classics beer mugs and pilsners for your favorite microbrews.

Lenox Butterfly Meadow Monarch Dinner
Spring at last! Take your best tableware out of doors and celebrate the glory of eating surrounded by nature. Fill a large crystal pitcher with fresh juice or sangria. Throw a couple steaks on the barbecue. Don't forget platters in china or silver for tapas, traditional burgers and hot dogs, grilled fish or vegetables. Use some Butterfly Meadow iced beverage or all-purpose glasses to add some whimsy to the table. A large Butterfly Meadow alternative metal bowl is perfect for chilling fresh fruit salad. Also, set the mood with candle lighting. China, crystal or silver votives will provide some sparkle for the table, while citronella candles will help deter unwanted guests.

There's a myriad of ways to spend your days. Don't let your dinnerware define what occasions are worthy of being special. Choose the occasions that are special to you, then use your fine tableware to emphasize the point. It's all about gracious living and showing an appreciation for the finer things in life. Whether your idea of special includes a baby shower for your best friend, a holiday dinner for the entire family or celebrating the first snowfall of the season, use your own unique style to enjoy each and every occasion.



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