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Dec 25, 2009 04:22 PM

While serving your holiday meals, what did you discover was missing?

I found that I could really use

Silver ...

A carving set
More small forks (luckily Santa brought some)
A large serving fork
More soup spoons
Some kind of server--pie? lasagna?

Dinnerware ...

At least one more cup & saucer

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  1. a real ( with a stem) cake plate ...I know I had one???

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    1. re: capeanne

      Argh ... I'm remember the one I had and broke. There was a quite amazing amount of glass in that thing (stand & cover) ...

      My gravy boat dribbles too ... I guess they all do, but some designs seem to be better than others. What about a restaurantware one?

      1. re: capeanne

        I had a cake stand for the first time this year- new to me, but actually an old one, found on Ebay. I loved it.

      2. An unbreakable, dribble-proof gravy boat. My mom gave me a gravy boat and I broke it the first time I washed it, so I'm back to using a 2 cup Pyrex measure. It's not very classy, but it does the job!

        1. An extra dishwasher would have been nice.

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            1. re: RGC1982

              Actually both. The dishwasher is both slow and noisy and Fortessa's Dragonfly pattern is nice to look at but needs to be immediately dried after washing.

            2. re: wattacetti

              What I need is a dishwasher with two top racks.

              1. re: Jeri L

                And I need one with two bottom racks ;)

              2. I decided to replace my formal china pattern this past year.

                On Christmas Day, I discovered I forgot to get any serving pieces--nary a matching platter or vegetable dish to be found. Duh. So the table, so carefully set with the new stuff, turned out at the last minute to be an amalgamation of this and that. :-D

                1. I don't know if this even exists, but I would love a thermal gravy boat/server. Gravy gets too cool/cold too soon...

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                  1. re: fauchon

                    Bodum may have something like this, though I haven't actually looked; they have a line of two chamber glassware which does insulate the liquid.

                    1. re: fauchon

                      Hi, fauchon. Yes, they do exist, though some of them aren't very attractive. But there are various to choose from, so you might find something that suits your table setting. Just google, "thermal gravy boat", but here's one example for you:


                      1. re: fauchon

                        You might try restaurantware as a compromise ... I don't have a gravy boat, but the thicker walls certainly keep other things hotter longer.