ARDMORE, OK -- With the start of autumn a little more than a month away, it's not too early to prepare for indoor family gatherings. This Moms Everyday Home segment, looks at ways to spice up your dinnerware.
With the variety of dinnerware out there, decorating your table for all occasions may seem hard to do. Sue Fernando, owner of The Brown Paper Bag in Ardmore, breaks down different options, not only to simplify this task but make it fun.
For the formal dinner Sue recommends a colorful collection made in Germany.
"The colors are bright and vibrant," she said. "A lot of people mix and match the colors."
For convenience and durability, Sue points out some Lennox patterns.
"These are their 'Simply Fine China' which they've made chip resistant, microwave safe, freezer-to-oven and dishwasher safe so that they are beautiful, they're light weight like a china and they're easy to use as far as being functional."
Wanna keep it simple? Sue says to try classic dinnerware like Juliska.
"It's made in Portugal and it's handmade and it comes in all these pretty, muted colors."
For the informal, country kitchen at a reasonable price, Sorrento is one of Sue's choices.
"It mixes and matches in all the different colors and very affordable but very pretty to either mix the colors or do all of the same colors."
And dinnerware even comes from shoe and purse designers.
"Kate's Bag came out with some fun little patterns that are for desserts and coffee," said Sue. "I just think they're really cute and fun."
Once you've decided on your dinnerware, you don't have to buy the whole set. The store owner recommends mixing it up.
"At my house I have lots of salad plates and basic colors of dinner plates and then I mix and match the whole thing," she said. "It just makes it fun for whatever kind of party you're having, whatever kind of dinner you're having or just fun even for your kids to set the table."
For more information, call or visit them at:
THE BROWN PAPER BAG
1704 McLish Street
Ardmore, OK 73401
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*Some footage provided by Abby Powell.