November 11, 2011

Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude:
The Fancy Pants Edition

Note: Fridays of Intestinal Fortitude is a weekly(ish) feature about food, food and more FOOD. No, I do not necessarily want to be a food blogger, but I do LOVE to talk about food prep, cooking food, eating food and making sweet love to food.

Okay, maybe not the "sweet love" part. After all, this is not meant to be an homage to 9 1/2 Weeks.

I love, love frilly, pretty dishes.  Lucky me, I have grandmothers and great-aunts willing to donate to the cause.

Honestly, the dishes I appreciate do not have to be in grand fashion or even very expensive.  Some of my favorite dishes are the cheap molded glass sort that are supposed to imitate a fine cut glass.

Last year, my grandma gave me 3 sets of her Serva-Snack trays.  She used them for functions at her church, but people use paper these days.  I think I may have squealed out loud when I opened them up, still in their original packaging.  Since I was wanting to move away from paper plates anyway, I was excited to have a solid set of appetizer dishes.  Now, I almost always use these now when hosting parties -- they are durable, dishwasher friendly and the perfect size for serving appetizers. The cups are actually too small, but the plates are awesome.  I also adore the simplicity of the Colonial Lady pattern. For my Bridesmaids Watch party, I made hand-molded cream cheese mints that were TO DIE FOR.  I cannot wait for someone to have a baby or bridal shower just so that I have an excuse to make these again.

I wish my photo skillz could do justice to how pretty this all looked.

When I was in high school, I commented once that I really liked my grandma's silver pattern -- it is the Prestige Grenoble pattern.  While I was an undergrad, my great-aunt Joan came across the pattern at an estate sale and picked it up for me.  Later, my grandma gave me her collection.  I now how have enough silver to easily host a 40+ person dinner.  Ridiculous, I know.
This is my very favorite piece.  It is a tomato server.

I love the simplicity of this pattern.  When I was in college, this was my everyday silverware since I did not really have the money to waste on buying an stainless steel set.

Even for a SuperBowl party, I love getting out my fancy dishes.  

Buffalo chicken dip never looked better, folks.


Moderndayhermit said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE dishes and service sets.

Olivia said...

That silver pattern is divine. I get a chuckle that there is a specific spoon for serving tomatoes. Is it only for tomatoes prepared in a certain way, or for any tomato?

Amanda said...

I love those kinds of dishes as well. I used the grape dishes that my grandma gave me for a candle party one year, and everyone was afraid to use them.

If you ever want to have a silver polishing "party" let me know. I've inherited enough of my own to spend quite a bit of time polishing it all!

The Hunter's Prize said...

I have no silver! That is sad, but maybe someday.

Cream Cheese mints are the best things EVER.

MLE said...

I never had silver or used silver growing up, but Dan's grandma gave us one of her THREE silver sets (I think the least fancy one) when she moved into assisted living, and I absolutely love it. It's been in storage, along with most of our nice kitchen stuff, for over a year now, and I miss being able to pull it out and marvel over the weight and patina of it.

kreed said...

I have been soooooo close to buying appetizer trays at garage sales more times than I care to count. I just can't figure out where I can store them!

And for the record, I am still sad I missed the Bridesmaids watch party.

kreed said...

Except for the food poisoning part, of course!