Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Extrodinary Formal Christmas Dinner

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. 


katie said...

Beautiful table setting.
I so understand regret of selling something and wishing you had not.
My mother had scads of those glass salt cellars. After her major stroke we moved them from a house they had been in for 40 years to a small place close to me here at the Lake. So many things we have regretted letting go at auction. I can only hope they made someone else happy.

Andrea said...

It is hard sometimes to know what to keep and what to get rid of...
Blessings, andrea

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is beautiful...love your china. And yes, I'd love to collect salt cellars too. Wouldn't it be great to run into a whole set of 12?? Maybe at an estate sale.

Now, my sugar scuttle. Oh, I love that and it took me a long time to snap that up!!


I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

what an amazing dinner setting, Quite extraordinary, but very beautiful, Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

Regina said...

Love the formal table setting. Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Oh Janean .. just lovely indeed.

I love formal holiday's.. hubs does not. He has to do the dishes and fine china and crystal gets hand washed only.

Herb crusted standing rib roast this holiday and yes the crystal salt cellars with their wee spoons.

I feel for your loss on the ah.. 'temporary insanity' sale. But something will come your way very soon indeed.

Enjoy the eve my dear.


Suz said...

have 'em......but not for Christmas
more New's Years...when the table is less full....
Very very nice table you set...That's the kind of table I like to see for dinner.....lucky guests!

Deanna said...

So glad you've shared. I have turned lose of things at garage sales and not long after I begin to miss the items...hum. I have only a few salt cellars. I like formal salt'pepper shakers.

May you have a blessed Christmas as we say Happy Birthday Jesus!

This table setting is gorgeous. Enjoyed seeing it.

God bless,
d from homehaven