Serving in Style

Fourth quarter flatware serving pieces vary from holiday-specifc to go-with-anything designs
September 16, 2015Allison Zisko

Wallace Autumn Harvest Wallace Autumn Harvest
Delicious food is a hallmark of the end-of-the-year holidays and an opportunity for consumers to bring out special serveware for it.

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.

Lenox also hopes to attract fans of its 41-year-old Holiday pattern with all-stainless serving pieces carved with the pattern’s iconic holly leaves. “Between our two offerings we have a beautiful pop of color and an homage to our legacy pattern,” said Dahms.

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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After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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