American Thanksgiving is on the way, Christmas and other winter holidays not far behind. I say that in a very benign tone of voice, no cause for alarm. The commercial forces of the world want us to focus on presents and decorations but all I can think is, time to start feeding people.
I was in Crate and Barrel the other day, buying small wineglasses for my Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol project, and white plates for the other key initiative, Not Having To Do Dishes Every Time We Eat. I surveyed the vast landscape of white china, and I thought, how to make it festive?
The secret trick is salad plates. Right? The simplest way to add some color to your table, without shaming the mixed white plates you’ve accumulated over the years, is to go fancy for salad. If you like traditional red hues, this Palladian Salad Plate, from Wedgewood. is on sale.
But you may prefer a more urban palette, i.e. a gray/platinum approach. Maybe these, from Waterford. Hmm, not on sale. City life is always more expensive.
Or go hog wild with enamelware in black and white checks from Mackenzie Childs. You’re looking for a pattern that starts at Makes An Impact, but bows out before Isn’t That A Bit Loud Dear?
Finally, a different approach. to help support the ongoing effort, Eat Reasonably And Fit Into My Jeans. Slightly derivative of the gorgeous, outrageous Hermès Balcon Du Guadalvir china, in a good way. And on sale.
Plates that help you, gently, with portion control. Festive but not overfull. I rather like that idea, as we enter the season of Eating To Get Through Winter In The Old Country, If, And Only If The Old Country Is Very, Very, Very Far North.
Let the Butternut Fairy Dance begin.
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