Any holiday dinner needs to be extra-ordinary, and I prefer to lean toward formal. When hostessing a holiday dinner, i use my best china, crystal, flatware and silver. Here is what a formal table setting looks like.
i also used individual salt cellars for my extra-special touch. It took me a couple of years to find twelve sets of cut glass cellars. Don't ask me why, but when we moved from Georgia to Missouri, i sold them all at a garage sale! Temporary insanity is my plea. This is a decision i've regretted over and over. Now i see the silver cellars pictured below and the inexpensive individual shakers (pictured below the cellars), and wish i had mine again. I didn't have all the little spoons yet, so we allow "pinching" the salt. If you have either cellars or shakers, may i suggest keeping them even if you don't think you'll use them again? if not, you can find them for a few dollars each up to nearly $1,000 a set like the silver pair below. No matter the cost, they add that "little extra-ordinary" touch to any table. Anyone else have salt cellars or individual shakers? The sterling silver salt and pepper cellars are available at goantiques.com.