Holiday Tabletop Décor

By Karen Parr-Moody


Decorating for the holidays can be great fun – especially when given GasLamp’s vast choices for tabletop décor. Like few other occasions, holidays invite us to bust out those fabulous – if rarely used – serving pieces and unusual items of silver or other metals. In fact, with all of GasLamp’s wares, a host or hostess can get positively Victorian in the attention to detail.


Silverplate items are must-haves that bring food to the table in a variety of presentations. While GasLamp has enough silverplate to do any hostess proud, who could resist this covered dish (photo right, $45; Booth T-101)? It is engraved with a beautiful embellishment has a pretty domed lid. It would be a fitting showpiece for delicacies from stuffing to sliced ham. It will no doubt add elegance to any buffet or dinner table.


GasLamp has so many items that would be appropriate for “hostess gifts” during this season. One such item is a vintage-style bottle brush tree, as seen in the photo, left (from $2.50 to $9.50; Booth T-395). They would look lovely scattered across a dinner table. Then guests can take one when the party is over.


Most hammered aluminum pieces arrived in homes from the 1930s through the 1950s. Popular collectible names include Arthur Armour, Continental Silver Company, Everlast, Buenilum, Pamer-Smith and Rodney Kent. In the photo, below right, is a two-piece aluminum covered dish ($21; Booth T-365). Yes, some called it “poor man’s silver,” but aluminum was also designed so that it would appeal to the affluent, with well-made handles and beautiful floral patterns. This dish has delicate floral trims to accentuate its hammered surface.  


Depression glass, while known for a range of colors, including yellow, green, amber, red, blue, black and white, was most popular in pink when it first hit the scene during the Great Depression.  This machine-made pressed glass was used as promotional marketing during that era, given away in boxes of food or household products, such as oatmeal or soap flakes. It was also sold in five-and-dime stores. The color pink has remained popular among collectors to the present day and, as seen in this serving bowl and candlestick holders (below left), it is as lovely as ever (bowl, $45; candlestick holders, $35; both at Booth T-105).  


When entertaining with vintage flair, the result is always unusual, so this season, opt out of the usual by shopping for tabletop items at GasLamp.




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