About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Easy entertaining: a New Year’s buffet

Friends and family gather on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Special gatherings sometimes supplemented by television programs – the ball drop in Times Square, the Tournament of Roses parade, or football games galore – also provide entertainment and a reason to party.

Of course you will want to feed this crowd, and make it easy on yourself at the same time. Year end is a time to wind down from Christmas, Hanukkah and the mad rush of holiday shopping. Plan for a New Year buffet to make entertaining easy.

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Plates in all sizes make table setting easy

Dinnerware sets include various plate sizes for various uses, taking their names from the foods they are commonly used to serve. Bread, salad or dinner plates are just some of the possibilities.

Names for different sizes vary between manufacturers, or even within the product lines of a single manufacturer over time. Diameter alone will not tell for sure what name a particular manufacturer is using for a specific piece in a particular pattern or product line.

Bread plates are usually the smallest size. These are used for dinner rolls or pieces of bread at the place setting. Diners can . . . → Read More: Plates in all sizes make table setting easy

Tips for proper care of glassware

Embossed cherry pattern footed glassware

A wonderful set of new glassware is now yours, perfect to add sparkle and shine to your table settings.

Whether the pieces are goblets, tumblers, sherbets, coolers or any of the other glassware shapes, you will want to use them often. Here’s how you can take the best care of them:

Glass is softer than it looks. We often see clear glassware that has developed “dishwasher haze,” a milky white film that disappears when the glass is wet, only to reappear when the glass is dry.

This is microscopic etching of the glass by dishwashing over the years. Colored . . . → Read More: Tips for proper care of glassware

Holiday table setting: Red and green are Christmas traditions

Red green Christmas dinnerware glassware

Setting your holiday table can be a snap when you choose red and green as your color scheme. So many of us grew up with bright red and green as the holiday decor at home, in shops and at school. These colors will bring back happy Christmas memories from times gone past.

Start with the red and green dinnerware you already own, and evaluate which pieces you need to add, based on your menu and the number of guests.

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Use bowls to serve comfort food: hot dishes for cold winter days

soup bowls comfort food

Winter cold outside means time for chili indoors.

Frigid weather has arrived in many places. Keep warm inside with a hot bowlful of your favorite casserole, or have some hot chili, soup, stew or chowder. Comfort classics, like apple crisp also serve up well in bowls.

Things you always wanted to know about bowls:

Cereal bowls are deeper, to allow for the bulky flakes or squares, while soup bowls are often shallow. Some soup and cereal bowls have rims, and others are a coupe shape. That is, sleek without rims. Rims on soup bowls are often wide, while rims . . . → Read More: Use bowls to serve comfort food: hot dishes for cold winter days

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