Show your holiday hospitality this season with festive serving pieces, tabletop decorations, and helpful gadgets that the MyRecipes editors discovered at the holiday market.
November 09, 2011
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Wine Charm Tree
There’s no reason to keep your wine charms stuffed in a drawer. Bring them out and make them part of your holiday decorations. Give this wine charm tree from LS Arts as a fun girlfriend gift, or keep it for yourself to use during the holidays.
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Tile Place Cards
Show your style when entertaining with these elegant place cards from Placetile Designs. We love the simple elegant design and the fact that you can use them over and over again. You can also order tile wine markers, cheese markers, and menu tiles.
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If you love Champagne and sparkling wine but are a little anxious about popping the cork, this is the tool for you. With this Champagne opener from Zyliss, you can easily open bottles of sparkling wine by removing the cage, foil, and cork in one swift motion. Cheers! Let the parties begin!
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Cotton Napkins on a Roll
If you love the idea of using cloth napkins when you entertain, but hate the idea of getting them out and ironing them, these cotton napkins on a roll from My Drap are a clever alternative and good for the environment as well. They’re available in all kinds of colors from bubblegum pink and turquoise to a more sedate ecru and black. In addition to regular dinner napkins, they also have cocktail and luncheon napkins. Just unroll and tear off at the perforated edges. You can wash and reuse these up to six times.
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Old St. Nick Serving Pieces
Bring your holiday table to life with the spirited character of Old St. Nick on an array of holiday serving pieces from Vietri including dinnerware, mugs, platters and trays. The pieces are nice enough for company but informal enough for everyday use during the holidays.
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Happy Christmas Plates
Nod to nostalgia with dessert plates, trays and platters from Rosanna that are inspired by vintage holiday stickers. You can mix and match them on a holiday dessert buffet or fill them with homemade cookies and offer as a hostess gift.
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These vintage designs paper placemats from Cake Vintage are both elegant and practical. These tear-off sheets come in a pad of 50 and you can choose between a number of classic vintage designs such as an illustrated table setting or illustrated flatware.
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Inspired by the catering trick of using a watermelon rind as a clever way to serve food on wooden picks, these ceramic arches are cute, clever, and functional. The arc-en-ciel set comes with tree sizes of arches and a tray for the used wooden picks. We love this serving piece for fruit, cheese cubes, olives, or really any bite-size treat. For more fun serving ideas, see 12 Savvy Ways to Serve Finger Foods.
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Music for Your Menus
Music and food are always a good match, and these menu-inspired CDs and cookbooks make planning both easy. Sharon O’Connor, the founder of Menus & Music Productions is a professional musician who has packaged specific recipes and menus with music to match to mood of the food. Choose an Italian cookbook paired with romantic Italian music, French jazz for bistro menus, sizzling salsa to go with Latin menus, or, our favorite, music from The Nutcracker Ballet to go with Christmas cookie baking recipes.