the Manojlovichs head for home, one of the places we tend to end
up is our sister Milisa's, which is always a treat because she
brings out her beautiful service pieces. Milisa tries to make
everyday special by using her crystal and silverware instead of
keeping it stored out of sight. Wedding gifts, shower gifts, family
heirlooms, they all often come in the form of service pieces.
Sadly, they often end up left in their boxes. Consider this Milisa's
wake-up call to you regarding your beautiful treasures: Get them
out of the basement, attic or closet. It's time to get creative!
First of all,
what do you do with a traditional coffee service, especially when
you don't often have guests over? Rather than storing it away,
try to think of other ways in which it might be useful. Do you
have a child who's feeling a bit under the weather and is home
from school for the day? Why not try and make things special for
him or her? Put some crayons in the cream container; paint brushes
in the coffee canister, and markers in the sugar container. Present
them on the silver tray along with a paint set and some coloured
paper. On another day how about making yourself feel special?
Place flowers into the canister and position it on your dining
of your relatives is an avid collector of antiques like our Aunt
Mary, who is always giving us interesting silver pieces. Take
Milisa's suggestion and use that silver dish they gave you as
a butter server or as a soap dish in the guest bathroom. Ever
receive a beautiful sterling silver container like the one we
got from our Mom? Why not use it to present condiments such as
grated Parmesan cheese, alongside a scrumptious spaghetti dinner?
a favourite of Milisa's. A rectangular-shaped crystal dish can
be used to present pickles or pot-pourri, sugar cubes or chocolates.
A tiny silver pitcher can be used for syrup or for milk. A circular
crystal dish can be used for soaps, butter, as a candleholder
or a coaster.
of the piece, the idea is that anything goes and that anything
you envision will probably work. Don't forget that you can always
use something for the purpose it was intended. Whatever you do,
just make sure you use it.