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The Timeless Tradition of Holiday Snow Globes
The first snow globe was invented quite by accident. An Austrian scientist named Erwin Perzy was attempting to develop a powerful surgical lamp. Particles floating in a well-lit flask of water sparked his imagination. The snow-globe shop he opened with his brother in Vienna is still a bustling business today.
Snow globes fascinate people of all ages. They’ve been featured in numerous films. The title character of “Citizen Kane” was clutching a snow globe in the opening scene when he mysteriously whispered, “Rosebud.”
You may not need such a plot device, but we have a wide assortment of snow globes for giving as gifts or blending into your holiday décor. Remember to add an engravable silver tag to make your gift more personal and memorable.
Nativity by Reed & Barton – Express your faith with this lovely piece featuring Mary, Joseph and tiny Jesus in the manger. The silver plate base depicts the shepherds and wise men looking on from afar. The musical snow globe plays “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” It is 6 ½ inches tall.
The Distinguished History Of The Elegant Hafnia Flatware Line
Timeless Japanese design and Nordic practicality are a match made in heaven. Just take a look at the Scandinavian-influenced Hafnia flatware line by Yamazaki.
The brushed finish is simply gorgeous. Not only are the pieces unusually striking, but their weight and the curvature of their upturned handles make for the most comfortable silverware that we offer — and we offer more than 500 patterns.
As more and more manufacturers expand their brands to reach diverse markets, Yamazaki remains true to its roots. For 100 years, the fine stainless maker has stuck to its core competencies and catered to its loyal customers.
At Yamazaki, innovation thrives. Service is personalized. There are no compromises on quality. The Yamazaki collection reflects the passion of its leadership and is aptly named “The Art of Dining.”
Ellen DeGeneres is a beloved television host, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and activist. She is best known for her syndicated talk shows Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Her passion for kindness has shown through her humanitarian and animal rights efforts. It is clear that she lives by the saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
In addition to her talk shows and activism, Ellen is also a designer with an interest in mid-century styles. Using a medley of natural materials and finishes, along with a love of handmade African theme designs, Ellen has teamed up with Royal Doulton to create a beautiful line of tableware, ED, including cups, plates, and bowls. From these stylish contemporary designs, you are sure to find something to fit your personal style.
Here are just a few of the amazing designs from ED.
Finding the Perfect Flowers for Your Table Arrangement
Floral table arrangements add a touch of elegance to dinner parties, holiday gatherings and other special events. Creating your own arrangements saves money and allows you to get creative color. You don’t have to be a pro to put together beautiful collections of flowers. A little planning is all it takes to get everything just right.
Consider the Season
The best flowers for any party are those currently in bloom. Instead of driving yourself crazy trying to find “exotic” flowers to grace your tables, look for seasonal flowers the same way you shop for seasonal produce. Some of the most popular flowers by season are:
• Spring: anemones, apple blossoms, daffodils, hyacinths, lilacs, peonies, sweet pea, tulips and ranunculus
• Summer: alliums, chrysanthemums, forget-me-nots, foxglove, freesias, gardenias, hydrangeas, lavender, lilies and snapdragons
• Fall: aster, baby’s breath, dahlias, marigolds, orchids, Queen Ann’s lace, roses, sunflowers and zinnias
• Winter: amaryllis, carnations, holly, jasmine, poinsettias, star of Bethlehem, star gazer lilies and pansies
Keep in mind some seasonal flowers have very heavy scents. Stick with lightly scented or scent-free flowers to accommodate guests with allergies and sensitivities. Tulips, roses, lilies and ranunculus are all good choices.