Portmeirion Botanic Garden – Four Fresh Picks for Spring

GiftCollector's top picks for Spring!Spring. This single word is supremely inspirational. (Especially for those of us just beginning to emerge after the epic proportions reached during this most recent winter.)
The word kindles hope and thoughts of rebirth, renewal, resurrection, rejuvenation and regrowth. A starting over and beginning anew. Personally, the moment there is that unmistakable scent of earth in the air again, it frees up all the energy that the frigid temperatures and millions of layers of winter clothing has been stifling. I was curious, and it turns out, this smell is a result of the soil finally reaching a temperature at which the micro-flora can once again thrive and flourish. Continue reading “Portmeirion Botanic Garden – Four Fresh Picks for Spring”

Herend – The Tale of Rothschild Bird

Hörend Rothschild BirdRegardless of personal taste, style or design sensibilities, I would be shocked if any one considering Herend’s Rothschild Bird could deny the charm, beauty and unique appeal of this gorgeous example of hand painted porcelain. GiftCollector is honored to be on the short list of authorized Herend retailers here in the U.S. that offers their collections, among them, this treasure. Continue reading “Herend – The Tale of Rothschild Bird”

New for 2015 – Casafina keeps the new designs coming!

casafina2015Who else is in a purging mood? Out with the old, in with the new, we say! After the Christmas trees, holiday dinnerware, and decorations have been taken down, recycled, or packed up for next year, the need to refine and redesign for the new year takes hold. I personally like to move certain things around the house to open up new spaces and experience my interior in a new way. I consider it just as necessary as establishing and implementing a New Year’s resolution.

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Best Christmas Cookies – Cookies for Santa Plates

Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars
Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars

Out of all the things I love about the holidays it is by far the making of Christmas cookies that gets me in the mood the most for Christmas. I love making cookies to give as gifts mostly.  Of course, I keep a stash on hand for friends  and family that may drop by during the week before Christmas. I have always done this, trying to balance the activity to not get totally over whelmed and start thinking of the process with disdain or as another stressful thing to try and get done during the busy holiday season. Here are a few of my suggestions and tips for making an impressive assortment of cookies that everyone will love and appreciate receiving.
A few questions one should ask is, are you making them as gifts,  are you making them to have a treat on hand,  or are you setting them out for Santa on Christmas Eve? When I am making the cookies as gifts, I like to make it special by coming up with an assortment of cookies. Generally, I like to have one layer-type cookie, something that can be made in a 9″ x 13″ pan, a colorful cookie, and a simple cookie, that helps create contrast between them all.
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Spode Woodland & Our Two Cents on Your Festive Fall Tablescape

GiftCollector shares tips on How to Create a Festive Fall Table
Creating a Fall tablescape can be easy and fun!

A “tablescape” is defined as – “An artistic arrangement of articles on a table”. Creating your own affords SO much room for personal expression as well presenting you with an opportunity to mingle into your decor some of those seldom-used family heirlooms.

It has been said we “eat with our eyes first”, so this year, challenge yourself to create a delectable atmosphere.

As a host/hostess, creating your tablescape deserves real care and attention to detail. It conveys how important the event is to you, as well as expressing your appreciation for your guests’ presence. That being said, this undertaking doesn’t have to require a second mortgage. Frugal can be fabulous. Consider it a chance to flex and expand your creative limits!

GiftCollector’s favorite choice for a traditional Fall/Thanksgiving table is the Spode Woodland pattern. It’s undeniably a classic.

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Top China Patterns – GiftCollector staff waxes poetic about china

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Poppy Salad Plate
Portmeirion Botanic Garden Poppy Salad Plate

This week our staff at GiftCollector shares what their go to pick is for china in their home and why.

JeanMerchandiser/Email marketing manager at GiftCollector for 9 years

“My favorite china is Portmeirion’s Botanic Garden, which I have at home. I love flowers and gardening, so this pattern is the perfect choice for me. Sometimes it seems like a shame to put them away in the cupboards since the flowers are so pretty! I never thought that I would be someone who hung decorative plates on the wall, but it is tempting. Perhaps if I expand my place settings with the new Sunflower or Poppy motifs I’ll give it a try! I also love the weight of each piece. It feels substantial and not like it could break at any moment. They are the high quality I’ve come to expect from Portmeirion. I’ve had the set for years but have not chipped a single piece.” Continue reading “Top China Patterns – GiftCollector staff waxes poetic about china”

Casafina Corsica

Summertime, easy living & Casafina Vacation-ware

Portuguese Seascape
Portuguese Seascape

Summertime for me holds the promise of sun, open windows, fresh air. Gathering & entertaining, squeezing in a little relaxation and maybe (if I am lucky) a well-deserved vacation, preferably seaside. Vacation means many things to many people…

To me, it equals ease.

Taking a short break from day-to-day demands. Whether it’s a break from your job, cleaning the house, endless errands, or taxiing your children to their various lessons/practices/school functions, etc.…it’s a chance to (albeit temporarily) live a slightly less structured life.

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Types of Butterflies – Lenox Butterfly Meadow Dinnerware

lenox-butterfly-meadow-platesEven people who dislike bugs can warm up to butterflies. Sometimes called “flying flowers”, butterflies come in all colors of the rainbow. Butterflies are one of the most treasured insects in the world. We love to decorate our homes, classrooms, work spaces, and even our own bodies with butterflies. This is why we at GiftCollector, would like to share some interesting facts about these beloved creatures.

On Lenox’s Butterfly Meadow dinnerware they feature 5 different butterflies and a dragon fly. We will focus on the 5 butterflies they feature on their dinner and accent plates. Continue reading “Types of Butterflies – Lenox Butterfly Meadow Dinnerware”

Lenox Butterfly Meadow On Sale – #1 US Casual China Pattern

For many years Lenox Butterfly Meadow dinnerware has been the #1 casual dinnerware pattern in the US. At GiftCollector, we have many of the Butterfly Meadow items on sale at 40% off the MSRP. Butterfly Meadow has so many options for making your table setting completely unique.There are six different designs which feature a specific butterfly or insect: Blue Butterfly, Monarch, Dragonfly, Orange Sulpher, Fritillary, Tiger Swallow. Continue reading “Lenox Butterfly Meadow On Sale – #1 US Casual China Pattern”

Do you love Villeroy and Boch dinnerware?

Sale, sale, sale! We are yet again offering many patterns of Villeroy and Boch right now for 50% off regular MSRP. If you need to replace or add to any of your patterns now is the best time to get it!

Villeroy and Boch dinnerware is tough! It is made of vitrified porcelain. What is that, you say? Well, with skipping lots of technical mumbo jumbo, vitrified porcelain is fired at a very high temperature.  It withstands chipping and breaking more than any other material that is used for dinnerware.  So it is good that they make such classic designs that will stay classy and desirable for a long time. Continue reading “Do you love Villeroy and Boch dinnerware?”