AN ARRAY OF COLORFUL GLASS ACCENTS THE DINING EXPERIENCE

By: John Hogan

Whenever or whatever the occasion colored glass always gives effervescence to ones dining experience. The beauty of colored glass is that it was made in many shapes and forms and in an array of color.

AMERICAN, VINTAGE CRANBERRY GLASS PITCHER, C. 1960-80

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AMERICAN, FENTON VINTAGE CRANBERRY GLASS BASKET, C.1960-1980

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CHALET CRANBERRY & BLUE CRYSTAL CENTERPIECE, C. 1960-80

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MURANO AQUA BLUE RUFFLED GLASS VASE, C. 1960-70

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CLAPPERTON, CANADIAN BRILLIANT CUT GLASS COMPOTE, CIRCA 1905

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ENGLISH TRIPLE DEPOSIT ANTIQUE SILVER PLATE OVAL TRAY, C, 1900

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Consequently many glass forms are multi functional and versatile depending on the innovative ability of the host. For example, a cranberry jug does not have to be used to serve liquid which was its intended purpose; it may also be used for a beautiful floral arrangement to grace a side dessert table or as a center piece on the main dining table. Little bonbon baskets may be used for after dinner mints. Vases other than being used for floral arrangements may also be used for celery sticks at the bar when one may request a Bloody Mary during the cocktail hour prior to the main course.

To give extra bounce to the environment, several pieces of Chalet and or Murano art glass pieces may sprinkle little tables, dressers or counter tops. Always make sure that they capture good lighting - for then they will become exuberant and capture the eyes of your guests.

Life would be rather boring without color. This is why especially during the holiday seasons one should bring on the colored glass and punctuate the traveled areas where ones guests will be frequenting in your home during the invited event. In addition always add silverware pieces to compliment the colorful glass. Interesting shapes and forms like champagne pails, jugs, tea and coffee services, vases and especially interesting large trays give dimension and pzazz to the full presentation. Silverware gives richness and texture when combined to the experience. Above all don't forget the crystal and brilliant cut glass! All of these incorporated will give a full bodied experience to your classy entertainment affair. Finally don't forget to hit up the florist. He or she can make recommendations for floral types and arrangements.

Hopefully with the cordiality of your hosting skills and these suggestions supplemented by the appropriate music at different intervals of your party, you will have presented and orchestrated a classy and fun filled affair that will make your party an event to remember.

To the right of this article there are illustrations of a variety of shapes and colors of glassware. To see a larger photo, click each photo. For more detail information, click each link below.

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