A Piece of Cake

“A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child

 

Mrs. Child and I wholeheartedly agree on the necessity of cake (or another sweet) at a party. My mother-in-law’s birthday was this past Saturday, and she, my brother-in-law and my nephew all came over to our house for a family party. We grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, and I make Paula Deen’s Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake. It lives up to its name. It’s simple to make, but it tastes wonderful (even if you fail to realize you don’t have McCormick Imitation Strawberry Extract).

Considering that I have four patterns of china (Lenox Vintage Jewel Platinum-Banded Bone China 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1, Lenox Autumn Gold-Banded Fine China 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1, Noritake Crestwood Cobalt Platinum 5-Piece Place Setting and Noritake Crestwood Platinum – 5 piece place setting) and two full sets of silver-plated flatware, you would think that somewhere along the way I’d use my silver-plated cake server. I just rarely think to go to my dining room, sadly, to get my utensils. My go-to is a much less expensive set I’ve picked up along the way. It doesn’t match my everyday flatware, which is Oneida Julliard 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4, but that’s completely ok.

I enjoy using my serving utensils, and I love how decadent it feels slicing into a frosted cake. If you do not have a set that currently matches your pattern, here are two lower-cost options I recommend: Reed & Barton 04230800 Lyndon 2-Piece Dessert Set with 13-Inch Knife and 11-Inch Server and Wallace Hotel Pie Server and Cake Knife Set.

Reed & Barton Serving Set

Wallace Hotel Serving Set

Both options include the knife and server, which is my preference over a serated server. I think these options are both beautiful and are a perfect house warming or hostess gift, as it’s sure to get lots of use over the years.

Even if you don’t entertain often, it’s okay to want to enjoy to small things. Sometimes the kids and I will make a cake or pie, and we’ll serve it up on some of my china dessert plates on a random Tuesday.  These are the memories I hope last them for a lifetime. I hope you’re able to make memories like these, as well! Happy eating!

 

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Silver and Gold

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Ok, more silver than gold, but the silver is so tarnished, it has a golden appearance. Today, my mom and I headed east to Jefferson, a place that is near and dear to my heart, as it’s where my husband proposed (swoon). Anyhow, aside from being known for their numerous (though, sadly, declining) bed and breakfasts, a common past time for said B&B goers is, apparently, antiquing. I’m pretty sure I saw an antique store on every corner.

My mom is always on the prowl for a good deal. While she dug through piles and boxes in a search for old cast iron skillets (because there is no such thing as too many cast iron skillets to a Southern cook), I hung around the china area. My spirits were quickly dampened when I saw the prices, and I held my purse a little more closely, just in case.

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Imagine my surprise when my mom stumbled across some wooden boxes. Guess what they held? Anyone? That’s right. Silverware!!!!! I have wanted my own set for ever. Even though most of my mom’s side didn’t have kids, not much has been passed down, yet, so I have been silver-less. We’ve made do with our flatware just fine, but it’s still been something I’ve wanted for years.

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Given the prices I had already seen, my hopes weren’t too high. I still wanted to check things out, though. A perfect set for 12. Wow. Beautiful. The end was perfect for monogramming. I cautiously flipped over the white price tag and thought I missed a zero. It was actually affordable!! Actually, after checking out eBay, it was a steal, even though it’s silver plate, not sterling silver. With 79 pieces in excellent condition, I am still beyond excited for this find. The pattern is 1881 Rogers “Flirtation.” And I cannot wait to use it tduring Christmas. 🙂

Look at how happy my china is knowing it will be joined by this silverware at Christmas.

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I’d love to know your silver pattern! As always, thank you for reading.