This is the only time in the couple's lives when they will receive true luxury gifts from others. Let other people give her practical, mundane gifts like kitchen towels.
This is a momentous occasion, and her gift should reflect that. Our favorite choice is silver. A lovely, classic, silver bowl (of any size) with simple, uncluttered lines, will look wonderful with every décor. Silver is available at all price levels.
At any price it's an elegant, useful, and memorable gift.
Silver is timeless. It is sentimental. Long after her other gifts have given out, she will be enjoying the silver bowl (spoon, box, etc.) she received from you. Have it engraved, in an inconspicuous spot, to commemorate the occasion.
Q: I want to purchase china dinnerware but don't like matched sets. What do you suggest?
Mixing china patterns is a wonderful way to create a table which is totally, uniquely, yours. It must be handled with deftness, however. Finding dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls, cups and saucers, and dessert plates, all from different collections, and all of which look gorgeous combined, can take quite a lot of time to amass. But that's the fun of it!
While the possible combinations are endless, we would suggest these guidelines: Find antiques stores that specialize in china. There is usually a dazzling array of colors and ideas to work with. Stick to either gold or silver accents. Mixing the two can be confusing to the eye. In the case of a casual floral mix, let one color predominate throughout. Don't be afraid of mixing up patterns. Use a bold, banded plate with an all-over floral one. Be daring. Your eye will tell you if it's working. Look for a set of identical dinner plates, then the same number of salad plates in another pattern, etc. The cups and saucers can be identical, or totally different from each other.
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