Spotlight: Footed Bowls

What makes us fall in love with our dinnerware? First comes pattern design and color, then the overall body shape and lastly it’s the details. Ahh, the details! Those unique touches that show craftsmanship and artisanal design…that special flair that shows care and thoughtfulness.

One detail that we live for is the footed bowl. The larger serving pieces add height and function to your tablescape. (great for flowers, candles, ornaments, fruit and family style dining). The individual pieces are comfortable, easy to handle and perfect for everyday dining (ice cream, chili, cereal, soups).  Whether your style is classic, country chic or modern, footed bowls are a charming detail to your collection.

Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Touch

Farmhouse Touch Relief Individual Bowl

Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse Touch Blue Flowers

Farmhouse Touch Relief Blue Flowers Individual Bowl

Villeroy & Boch Audun Lion Bowl

Audun Individual Lion Bowl

Villeroy & Boch Althea Nova

Althea Nova Serving Bowl

Villeroy & Boch French Garden

French Garden Centerpiece Bowl

Villeroy & Boch Modern Grace

Modern Grace Individual Cereal Bowl

Villeroy & Boch Boston Crystal

Boston Crystal Individual Bowl

Villeroy & Boch Boston Crystal

Boston Crystal Color Individual Bowl

Villeroy & Boch French Garden Stemware

French Garden Individual Fruit Bowl

Villeroy & Boch Modern Grace Crystal Compote

Modern Grace Crystal Serving Compote

Villeroy & Boch Urban Nature

Urban Nature Pasta Bowl

Isabelle von Boch: Serving With Style

With Thanksgiving around the corner, being prepared is an entertainer’s best defense. Right about now, I’m thinking about stocking my pantry with gourmet olives and nuts, yummy and quick go-to nosh that I can pull out at a moment’s notice. My bar is soon to be stocked with the essentials. And my linen closet is close to ready with a few sets of ironed linens, candles of varying sizes and dried flowers. Being prepared with all the right serving pieces is just as important. Now is a great time to do a kitchen inventory and figure out what you will need to entertain with style and ease.

Question #1: Do I have enough platters and bowls for side dishes, buffets and cocktail parties? If you are reading this blog, then we’ve all answered together, it’s never enough! How we love our fellow china gurus! Serving pieces are a great way to add style without investing in a new pattern. And are also a fun way to break out of the mold and shake it up a little by mixing the formal with the casual, the modern with the classic, the florals with the checks. When it comes to serving pieces, use what you love.

While serving pieces are essential to entertaining, I use mine on a daily basis. I even store all my leftovers in Villeroy & Boch porcelain. The next day, when I open my fridge, I see leftovers in a beautiful bowl, I want to eat it. I never use plastic containers because it just doesn’t look appetizing. In a beautiful bowl, leftovers look loved and ready to eat.

Below are some of my favorite serving pieces for holiday entertaining.

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Villeroy & Boch Toys Delight

Villeroy & Boch Toy’s Delight Cake Plate

Cellini Vegetable Bowl

Cellini Vegetable Bowl

French Garden Serving Platter

French Garden Serving Platter

Audun Vegetable Bowl

Audun Vegetable Bowl

Switch 3 Sandwich Tray

Switch 3 Sandwich Tray

Home Elements Covered Vegetable Bowl

Home Elements Covered Vegetable Bowl

Home Elements Vegetable Bowl

Urban Nature Vegetable Bowl

Cottage Platter

Cottage Platter

Design Naif Vegetable Bowl

Design Naif Vegetable Bowl

Urban Nature Serving Platte

New Cottage Basic Serving Platter

My Garden Vegetable Bowl

My Garden Footed Fruit Bowl

New Wave Serving Dish

New Wave Serving Dish

Petite Fleur Vegetable Bowl

Petite Fleur Vegetable Bowl

The Thrill of the Little Plate

Sized to easily hold a few hearty bites, these little gems bring the wow factor to any party. Somewhere in between a salad plate and a tea cup saucer is the multi-functional “little plate”. Officially referred to as a “bread and butter plate”, this piece often gets overlooked as a lifestyle must have.

For starters, it’s the quintessential cocktail plate. The average bread and butter plate is 6.5” in diameter, which makes them a great “go to plate” throughout the day. Perfect for quick snacks and healthy grazing…a “little plate” helps to keep the portions in check.

And of course, there is the obvious use of bread and butter at each place setting, desserts (cause the salad plates are dirty from the salad course) and so much more! I use them all the time when serving a compote or fruit salad in a stemmed glass. Simply place underneath…and they are as functional as they are fabulous!

Here’s a collage of some of our favorites. Feel free to match your pattern, or break all the rules and go for something different.

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Villeroy & Boch Cocktail Plates

Pictured from Left to Right: Switch 3 Quadro, Petite Fleur, French Garden Macon , Twist Alea Quadro, Design NaifNewWave Acapulco, NewWave, NewWave Ethno, Dune LinesAudun, Urban NatureCountry Heritage, My Garden, Bakery DelightFlora