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Fit To Eat With

Remember when you threw your first dinner party? Perhaps you were in college, or had recently graduated. Perhaps you were a struggling newlywed. At any rate, you may have opened up your silver drawer for that first dinner and realized what a sad semi-collection of mismatched bits and pieces you had. Four forks, two knives, half a dozen teaspoons and a single soup spoon, no two of which bore any resemblence to one another, let alone the rest of the table settings.

That’s sort of to be expected of someone who has just joined the adult world and hasn’t had the time nor the funds to put together all the bits and pieces yet. But if it’s been at least a couple of years since that day and you still haven’t fixed the situation, now would be a great time to do so.

Cooking.com is having a winter blow out sale. There are lots of great deals to be had on all sorts of cookware, barware, and tableware. My personal favorite deal, though, is this handsome 45-piece set of stainless steel flatware by Cambridge Silversmiths in the Gabriana pattern.

Cambridge Silversmiths Gabriana Flatware Set That’s eight place settings and a 5-piece hostess set, all in a style that’s simple enough for everyday but attractive enough for company. The heavy weight stainless is dishwasher safe, and won’t easily bend like stamped, lightweight pieces will.

Oh, and did I mention what a pittance they’re asking? The suggested retail on this set is $199.00, Cooking.com usually carries it for a much nicer $129.99. Right now, though, they’re blowing it out for just $54.99! That’s a savings of $145.00!

If you need new stainless, or you know a soon-to-be grad or bride, this would be a great time to give yourself or someone you love a really great, really practical gift.

And while you’re there, be sure to check out some of the other wonderful deals!

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Silver and Gold Edition

I love the Shine of silver and the glitter of gold. These two lovely metallics add charm to any item and class to nearly any ocassion. Alas, they can easily empty your wallet. Here are a few shimmering goodies to brighten your world without breaking the bank.

Sterling Silver Byzantine Bracelet This 7.5″ Byzantine link sterling silver bracelet looks both graceful and fun on nearly any wrist. So pretty, so timeless…and in this case, so inexpensive. The suggested retail price on it is $200.00, but you can get it from Amazon right now for the pittance of $45.95! That’s more than $150.00 off!

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Flatware That’s Anything But Flat

So, you’ve got the table, the chairs, the plates, and the food simmering in take out containers…but what are you going to use to convey the food to your mouth?

Okay, most of us aren’t really so lost that we never bothered to get any flatware at all. Still, what one has may not be precisely what one would like to have in that regard. If that’s your case, allow me to direct you to Smart Bargains and this handsome 18/10 stainless steel flatware by Tracy Porter:

<>Tracy Porter Evelyn Place Setting The detail of the Evelyn pattern is exceptional, and yet the shape of the handle guarantees a comfortable grip. It would coordinate with many different looks seamlessly, too. Each set includes: 1 dinner fork, 1 salad fork, 1 knife, 1 tablespoon, and 1 teaspoon.

Best of all, it’s on sale at 42% off! It’s usually $69.99 a place setting, but right now Smart Bargains has this fabulous pattern for just $39.99 a setting! Whether you’re looking for one place setting to fill out the set you already have, a new pattern to add to your mix-and-match collection, wanting to upgrade to a new look for the entire table, this pattern would be a great place to start looking.

Something Fishy

Do you love sushi? Do you like to share it with your friends and family?

If you said yes to those questions, then you need some great chopsticks. Luckily for you, I know just where to send you. Head on over to Vivre.com and check out these whimsical Japanese-style chopsticks complete with fish charms and turquoise ceramic rests.

Fish Chopsticks with Rests Whether you prefer sashimi or donburi, these chopsticks will get it to your lips in style. The set of six pairs with rests originally ran $125.00, but right now you can take advantage of Vivre’s big sale and get the set for just $50.00!

Flat Out Fabulous Deal

I don’t know about you, but I think a pretty table makes the food taste that much better. When you can have a pretty table at a great bargain, so much the better!

Spode Flatware set

This handsome stainless steel flatware by Spode is available from QVC at a fraction of the original price.

The forty-five piece set includes:
* eight dinner forks
* eight dinner spoons
* eight dinner knives
* eight salad forks
* eight teaspoons
* one sugar spoon
* one butter knife
* one tablespoon
* one pierced tablespoon
* one cold meat fork
Normally, this would cost you $102.00, but right now you can get all that for just $64.56. At that price, it’s time to invite your friends over for dinner and show off your new silverware.