Serving in Style
September 16, 2015,
Wallace Autumn Harvest lifetimebrands.com
Solid and slotted serving spoons, meat forks, pie servers, cheese knives and spreaders are among the popular flatware serving pieces in the fourth quarter. Designs vary from holiday-specific to those created to complement anything.
A strong holiday theme at Lenox is a pop of color, said Trish Dahms, vice president of marketing and product development for Lenox seasonal. One of its big collections is Holiday Jewel, which has bright red acrylic beaded handles designed to go with anything a consumer already has. “They’re designed to be cheery and a workhorse, to go with everything you need.” And although they were created with Christmas in mind, they are versatile enough for year-round use. The collection is sold open stock or as sets in various configurations.
Wallace Silversmiths introduced Autumn Harvest hostess pieces at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market this summer. The collection, which includes a cranberry server, two-piece carving set, gravy ladle and salad-serving spoon, features turkeys, pumpkins, acorns and leaves carved into the handles.
Portmeirion Group offers holiday flatware serving pieces in the Spode Christmas Tree line, a pattern that has graced holiday tables since 1938. New for this year are sets of pastry forks and tea spoons.
Other manufacturers find that certain pieces from their existing lineups work well in the fourth quarter, particularly the gold pieces. Palm is Michael Aram’s top-selling new collection for the season, and was launched so the customer can entertain graciously, said a company spokesperson. Serving sets, pie servers and casserole servers have handles that feature the look of woven palm fronds in gold. Also new for fall is a spreader set in the brand’s popular Black Orchid pattern.
The same trends that draw consumers to Hampton Forge’s flatware are displayed on its serving pieces, including warm metals and mixed material treatments. “Not holiday specific, but it’s elegant,” said Suso Balanza, vice president of sales and marketing. Even younger generations, who are not known for their interest in traditional holiday tabletop, are interested in special serveware, Balanza said. Basic serving spoons are the most important pieces, he said, but noted a resurgence in the cake server.
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