Saturday, February 25, 2017

Reader Question for the Community: What do you do with your crystal?


Reader Question for the Community:
We received quite a bit of crystal for our wedding and have added to our collection at various anniversaries.  I love taking it out and looking at it but we haven't used it in decades.  We could use it for more casual events or I could put some out for decorations.  What do other people do with their wedding crystal?

23 comments:

  1. Like you, I use the crystal for special occasions. It is not getting much use. Now I am thinking about using it for dinners on Sat. or Sun. At least it would get more use and I would enjoy it. Susan

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  2. Same problem here. At one time, it was used almost weekly. I have mostly Waterford crystal ordered in the 1960's (purchased when I was in Ireland) and Coalport China from England. Silver service from Ireland also. Nieces and nephews claim to be minimalists. Not much interest. Would prefer not to consign. Too sentimental.

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  3. We use ours daily and enjoy the sparkle.

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  4. All too often we have such beautiful dishes and glassware and don't go to the trouble to use them. It doesn't take a special occasion. Changing things up at mealtime once in a while adds to the overall pleasure and heightens the dining experience - it becomes more than just about the food. Try serving juice at breakfast in a stemmed crystal glass. Pull out some special pieces when inviting friends for tea or dessert. Invite the kids for a family style meal, the way it used to be done on a Sunday, and use your crystal serving bowls. As in the photos above, a crystal pitcher makes a beautiful vase for flowers. The nice thing about adding those special touches - no one rushes through a meal as quickly because they respect your efforts. Oh, and don't forget to add some nice linens into the mix!

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  5. Sun catchers for the kitchen windowsill that splay out beautiful rainbow of patterns, tall vases are for wooden matches/pine cones/ fire starters for the hearth and mantel. Creamers/jam/condiment/vases/bowls/pitchers/punch cups, stem and barware are used for winter/Christmas forced bulb starter receptacles. Candles into punch cups/creamers-anything with a handle and flat sturdy base that easily you can transport. Relish plates catch all from car keys to found shells on front hallway table.
    Now is the time, even empty and glowing on the table to admire...

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  6. I've been using mine a lot more ever since Downton Abbey (and especially with friends my age and older). Besides I may as well get the enjoyment from my nice things because my nephews sure as heck don't appreciate them and will probably put them in a yard sale when I'm gone.

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  7. Use it. You won't wear it out. If you chip the rim of a tumbler or goblet have the edge ground down a little and polished and keep using it. Just don't dishwasher it. When you are old, and so is your crystal, you will both look like you had lived a good life together.

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  8. Hi, love your blog and don't generally comment but love crystal and we use it often for family dinners. We want our children to appreciate beautiful things and to know they are to be used every day if they give you joy, not locked away in a cupboard. We use the footed bowls especially to float flat flowers like camellias in the centre of our table, and like another commenter, we use the glasses at breakfast - it makes our friends feel special when we pull out all the 'good stuff' just for them. I too aspire to a minimalist lifestyle - but my crystal and nice china will be the tableware I use every day just as soon as my children are a little older and I can be sure it won't all be broken in the first six months! Thanks for the inspiration, Sam

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  9. Use it! No one will enjoy it as much as you.

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  10. I cut up celery stalks and put them in the water pitcher and store it in the fridge

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    1. Celery stalks in water in a beautiful glass in the fridge is such a reminder of my childhood - thank you, I may just resurrect that tradition! We never had a Sunday meal without the "relish tray". My mother would cut up celery and carrots then add olives and pickles and lay them out in her cut-glass crystal dish.

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  11. We use ours at every meal and have for the last 30 years. I inherited quite a lot of old Irish crystal and received Waterford for our wedding. We enjoy the sparkle in the candlelight. It's a true pleasure. Jane Keller

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  12. I also say use it as often as you want, everyday even. But I'm so glad to hear others' comments about family not appreciating nice things or being minimalist so to speak. I have beautiful crystal that I inherited from a dear aunt, and my only daughter doesn't care about "that stuff" that she calls it. I tried to teach her about nice things but lost that battle. My husband and I use it wherever and whenever we can, and I'll pass it on to someone whom I know will appreciate it when I'm gone. Now I don't feel so alone about there.

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  13. I hope my children or grandchildren will want all the beautiful crystal and china we have. In the meantime, we enjoy our fine things everyday, even using the crystal bowl for popcorn!

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  14. Not a fan (gasp). Have given away or sold most of what I have. Use a candy dish to hold seashells from a memorable trip to Hilton Head. Otherwise, prefer the glasses from Williams Sonoma that are practically indestructible. I do tend towards minimalist.

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  15. It seems pretty well documented these days that our children/grandchildren don't want what we registered for and received as wedding gifts and they find burden in ownership of such things! I say use what we love, get rid of what we don't. And now, I'm giving it away gradually, as gifts. A bottle of champagne and a couple of flutes in a basket, tiny cordials filled with candy and tied up with bows, vases with flowers of course, sugar bowls with brown sugar cubes and tongs, etc.

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  16. We used it once in 35 years. It sits in a china cabinet, I can see it from where I sit writing this message.

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  17. Absolutely no reason not to use it daily if you like.

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  18. I freely admit that at times I try too hard. However, I guarantee that no one knows just how hard. For instance, I am that person who buys new loafers and ages them by walking back and forth on a soccer field. A soccer field because concrete might add too much wear and age too fast. Crystal might blow my cover.

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  19. We use ours weekly and especially enjoy the pieces we have inherited from family! I can't imagine not wanting to use family pieces! We so enjoy telling amusing stories about great Aunt Ann when St. Patrick's Day comes around and we use her quirky shamrock patterned glasses. We toast her memory and sometimes allow the children to ring her small porcelain bell which reads, "Ring for a Refill."

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  20. Carpe diem. As a gardener I put my blooms in glasses, long stalks in the water glasses, short ones in the old fashion size. Old crystal is to be admired, and not just at the dinner table although we still do use at table. Wedding gifts & inherited sets mean lots of pieces & room for imagination. E.g., since we don't decant our spirits, we put fruit juices in our beautiful Waterford & Galway, a bit of blasphemy, but they sure look pretty. We enjoy our crystal all over the house. Our grand kids love it.

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  21. Love all the comments. Glad to see I have company, but you all are very creative. Thanks. I have to post Anonymous as if I try anything else, it doesn't work. Best. Anne

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  22. I enjoy using crystal, bone china and silver at holidays; it's part of the experience and worth the effort.

    Jrandyv
    Vancouver WA

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