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New Italian Ceramics from VIETRI

New Italian Ceramics from VIETRI
We have a beautiful selection of new Italian dinnerware and serving pieces from VIETRI. Wedding season is upon us and this entire collection makes an excellent Bridal Shower Gift and Wedding Gift.  All items are available on here our website and in our brick and mortar shop in Little Washington, VA. 
All VIETRI products are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. Easy to use for both everyday and for special occasions.

Stacking Incanto Stripe Bowls in three sizes, handmade from dark Italian Stoneware with an applied milky glaze. Just a glorious design.

Balancing Act: Choose Lastra White or Lastra Grey Espresso Cups for simple elegance and a more contemporary style. 

Our large and unique Incanto Turtle Platter is a perfectly whimsical yet practical serving tray. Each platter handmade in Italy.

Incanto Fish Platters are a fun way to serve anything, including fish!

A new design and shape from the Lastra Collection, Stacking Bowls in 2 sizes. 


Finally, the Incanto Stripe Collection finishes off with a large Pitcher with a wide handle that has a substantial and beautiful look.


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Planning the Perfect Dinner Party

Planning the Perfect Dinner Party

Group of friends enjoying home dinner party in brick loft

Home cooked meals aren’t as common as they used to be, but they are still very well loved and appreciated. Although it helps, there doesn’t need to be a special occasion to make and enjoy a good meal. Gather your family and friends and host a good, old-fashioned dinner party.

The Preparation

Once you’ve decided to host a dinner party, it’s important to get started as soon as possible. Make a guest list and send out invitations. Handwritten and mailed invitations are classy and fun, but an email or a phone call work well too! Avoid sending and invitation via text, though, as it will downplay the importance and atmosphere of the party.

In the invitations, be sure to ask guests if they have any dietary restrictions you should be aware of. When the RSVPs have been received, the fun can begin!

The Décor

While you wait for responses to your invitations, plan a party theme if you want one. Even if you don’t choose to go with a theme, you should choose a color scheme to stick with when planning decorations. Our Le Jacquard Francais linen collections feature beautiful, quality linens perfect for entertaining or to simply make a statement.

Dishes should also be considered when planning décor. Whether you have the perfect set of china or are looking for new statement pieces like our Vietri Lastra White to add to your collection, dishes can play an important part in the overall look and feel of your dinner party.

When it comes down to party time, set the table the night before (even if you’re planning to serve buffet style). This will help eliminate extra and unnecessary work for the next day when you’re busy cooking and prepping the meal’s courses.

The Food

The moment the RSVPs are received, you should start planning the menu. It’s important that you go shopping within a week to three days before the event to ensure that you have all of the ingredients you need and that everything is fresh.

The night before the party can be used for prep work or to make any dishes that can be stored overnight. Avoid making anything that will need to be reheated, though. Any cold desserts, raw vegetables, or salad can be prepped the night before (just leave off the dressing).

Good luck and bon appétit!

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