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Selecting a cake set fit for a Royal Wedding

Mikasa Love Story Cake Set

Mikasa Love Story Cake Set

The Royal Wedding may be over for between Prince William and Kate Middleton, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t create your own royal wedding, starting with with a few tips on selecting the perfect cake set.

If you are planning to give a cake set as a gift for a couple on their wedding day, or looking for a cake set for your own wedding,  the process of searching for the right set can be time consuming and difficult without some help along the way.

Below are a few steps to take when searching for the right cake set:

Step one – Choose your Style

When choosing the correct style of cake set for your wedding, whether it is sterling silver, silver plated, or a durable stainless steel, the goal to remember these items will last longer than the cake in preserving the memory of the wedding. Therefore, it is great to match the cake set to style of the wedding and the cake itself.

Step two – Decide on the Design

There are a variety of different shapes, weights, sizes, and patterns you can choose from for your cake set.  Also, as a rule of thumb is if the wedding is featuring a round cake, using a triangle server works best.  A square cake however,  requires a square cake server.  Take in consideration the main theme of the wedding:  the colors, floral arrangements, and anything else that will stand out in helping you pick the perfect cake set.

Step three – Narrow down your Search

Now you have a few favorite cake sets and you have the challenging task of deciding on the right one. Here are a few categories you may want to consider to make the choice a bit easier:

Price – How much you are willing to spend? The range of cake sets can go from $20 to hundreds of dollars. Determine your budget, and then find the highest quality and best looking sets within your price range.

Quality – From stainless steel to sterling silver, wedding knives and cake serving sets are available in many different materials. Some even have plastic or wooden handles. Certain sets are higher quality than others and will last much longer. Determine what you like and what you can afford.

Longevity –  Is the set timeless enough that you could use it again (say, for a special anniversary)?

Step four- Get it Engraved!

Many couples opt to have their wedding knife and cake server set engraved, often with their names, initials, or wedding date. If you have your heart set on engraving, make sure you find out if the retailer you plan to purchase the set from offers engraving services.  This will avoid the additional step of engraving your cake set later.

Hopefully this helps with your hunt to find a cake set fit for royalty. However, if you still have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 800-426-3057

History of the Mint Julep

History of the Mint Julep

The Mint Julep Cocktail has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. In a contract arrangement between the Brown-Forman Corporation and Churchill Downs, the Mint Julep Cocktail was designated “official drink of the Kentucky Derby”. Each year almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, virtually all of them in specially made Kentucky Derby collectible cups.

A Traditional Drink

The term “Julep” is generally defined as a sweet drink, particularly one used as a vehicle for medicine.  A Mint Julep is traditionally made with four ingredients: mint leaf, bourbon, sugar and water. Traditionally, spearmint is the mint of choice used in southern states. This mint and sugar combo is very similar to a mojito.

The Mint Julep Cup

The Mint Julep Cup is very popular throughout the South, and has long been a symbol of achievement, esteem, and prestige. For over 200 years

Mint Julep Cups

Mint Julep Cups

Americans have used their Julep cups at events like christenings, weddings, fairs and of course, the races.  Traditionally, Mint Juleps cups are made in sterling silver, silverplate, or pewter. These cups are held only by the bottom and top edges of the cup, as this allows frost to form on the outside of the cup.

Many of the southern states have their own unique and distinctive cup styles, including Classic, Beaded, and Threaded. Best known is the Classic style from Kentucky; the Classic American beaker was remade into a Julep Cup with a straight body lines and graceful moldings at the base and rim. This Kentucky Mint Julep Cup originates from early American Silversmiths and craftsmen Asa Blanchard of Lexington and William and Archibald Cooper of Louisville.  Nowadays, these  styles are manufactured by the world’s most prestigious silversmiths like Godinger, Empire, and Reed & Barton.

Here are a few links to recipes for different Mint Juleps.  As we approach the Kentucky Derby this year, perhaps you might want to join in the tradition and enjoy a frosty Mint Julep!

A story of custom engraving

Something for the kids | A story of custom engraving

This past year I was blessed to become a mother of two beautiful twin girls. It was love at first sight and since their birth I have been looking for ways to give back to them. I looked for something that would physically connect us even when my husband and I were no longer around. This is when I heard about custom engraving of metals such as silver and thought that I would look into it. When I began to dig deeper into it I immediately fell in love with the idea. Regardless I did not want a generic product with both my daughter’s name in a boring cursive typeface. I wanted something that stood out so I began my search and eventually found custom engraving at silversuperstore done by Silver Superstore.

Custom engraving on the Empire Silver Girl's Brush and Comb Se

Empire Silver Girl’s Brush and Comb Set

When I began to look through Silver Superstore I saw a vast array of different products available that could be engraved and at first it was overwhelming to pick one because they all looked very nice. Then I saw the silver hair brushes that could be engraved. This was perfect for my twin girls. I could just envision years from now taking their engraved brushes and doing their hair and when they got older and my husband and I were no longer around they could continue using the brushes remembering what we gave to them.

When it came to the actual engraving we were presented with a vast array of different styles and fonts. We were not looking for anything boring, rather some fancy handwriting. Silver Superstore had us covered with some great fonts. Even if you like more simple options, the custom engraving also came with some really basic font options as well.

Next we had a great experience with the customer service, our children’s names are a little long so we were not sure if we could fit the name across the custom engraved hair brushes. When we called we spoke to a very polite individual who assured us everything would be fine. Once our orders came in we were actually very impressed with how well they were able to get the custom engraving onto the brushes.

Silver Superstore has done something for me that I will never be able to repay. They have created a beautiful link to their parents that our daughters will enjoy for a lifetime. Not only do they have a wide variety of options of items that you can engrave but you are also able to get different font styles. The friendly service really does top them off as well. I can confidently suggest to all my friends and family that they buy their custom engraved products from Silver Superstore from now on!

SETTING THE TABLE

The Basics

Wedgwood Tabletop Designs by Vera Wang Courtesy of Vera Wang

First off, there are two different ways to properly set a table:  formal and informal. Whether dining out at a restaurant,  dining in another’s home, or hosting guests, there are things you should expect as well as know as it pertains to table settings. For starters,  just in case you have never been properly informed,  the forks, knives, and spoons are placed on the side in which you are required to hold them when cutting and eating. For proper etiquette this means the forks go on the left and the knife and spoons on the right.

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Made in America

MADE IN AMERICA

Made in America text with American FlagSilver Superstore is a local retailer located in Kent, Washington. Since 1998, we’ve been the online leader in flatware and silver home accessories, featuring many pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. Biggest selection, guaranteed lowest price, and the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff in the industry. All of our staff are employed and resided in the United States. With a lot of products being produced out of country it hard to buy locally anymore. Luckily Silver Superstore offers some great U.S. patterns created by U.S. based manufactures. Two of Silver Superstore’s largest U.S. manufacturers are Liberty Tabletop and Empire Silver Company. Just look for the “Made in America” logo on a product page to make sure your buying local!

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