Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Outdoor Entertaining with the New GG Collection

As spring approaches and temperatures warm, the air is buzzing with ideas and plans for spring and summer outdoor entertaining. Whether you have a patio, garden or other setting to host a relaxing event outdoors, ensure you are properly prepared to entertain with the latest GG Collection dinnerware and serveware.

The GG Collection is known for their wrought iron details which wrap artistically around glass and ceramic dinnerware, making the perfect combination of luxurious, yet sturdy and outdoor-appropriate pieces. For those in cooler climates, the wrought iron home décor works well indoors as well as outdoors.

Below are our top five picks from GG Collection to use in outdoor entertaining, with helpful tips and hints to make the most of each piece.

  1. GG Collection Pedestal & Planter
  2. This stone cast planter is a gorgeous piece that augments the elegance of any outdoor space. Place this ornate two-piece pedestal within a flourishing green garden and the natural stone color will stand out subtlety. Because lightweight materials like crushed stone and fiberglass make up the pieces, it weighs one-fourth that of a cement or stone pot, making it easier to move and rearrange.

    Fill the stone cast flowerpot with vibrantly colored blooms; the delicate petals show up beautifully against the sturdy stone. Or, forgo filling it with flowers altogether. Perhaps the weather’s nice but your favorite flowers aren’t in bloom yet; fill the pot with ice and chill a few bottles of wine within.

  3. GG Collection Double Beverage Server – Provence Collection
  4. If you’re looking for a sophisticated beverage server with the capacity to dispense two different types of beverages, this GG Collection double beverage server is perfect. With two adjacent glass dispensers, this server becomes a versatile must-have piece for an entertainer. Buy one of these elegant wrought iron double beverage servers as a house warming, engagement or wedding shower gift; it will certainly be appreciated. With the easy pour spouts and decorative feet elevating both servers, you can dispense 1.5 gallons of 2 different beverages effortlessly.

    You can use this GG Collection beverage server in a variety of capacities – simply fill one side with ice and purified water; on the other side, add sliced cucumbers – or any other appropriate fruits or veggies - to give a fresh flavor twist to the water while adding to the aesthetic of the server. For an adult party, keep ice water on one side for hydration and fill the other dispenser with a fun, fruity cocktail. The possibilities are endless with this popular double beverage server!

  5. GG Collection Pedestal Serving Platter with Ceramic Plate
  6. Display your desserts, pastries, hors d’oeuvres and much more on one of these elegant serving platters from the GG Collection. With the intricate cast aluminum designs signature to the brand, this piece is chic, yet durable enough to use for outdoor events. This serving platter comes with a ceramic plate 19 inches in diameter for plenty of space to display your treats.

    Pair the platter with our footed bowl to add additional space to the serving dish, or as a way to separate dressings or dips from the chips or hors d'oeuvres.

  7. GG Collection Rectangular 3 Glass Candle Holder
  8. This is one of our favorite, and most multi-functional, pieces to use when entertaining. With three individual textured glass containers hoisted by a gorgeous cast aluminum votive holder, this candle holder can also function as a serving dish. At 15” long and just under 6” wide, you can place this unobtrusively in the center of a dinner table or on a smaller coffee or end table.

    Fill each glass with a votive candle and create a romantic environment for your outdoor event. Or for a unique twist, fill each container with a different finger food – like caprese skewers, olives on a skewer, long pretzels, sweet potato fries, antipasto kabobs, dips and more! Buy two of these candle holders and place each on the end of a long table to create balance. If you find you need more space for candles or your appetizers, we have a sister piece that holds 7 lights.

  9. GG Collection Chip and Dip Server, Cream, Baroque
  10. This baroque chip and dip server helps you serve tasty pairings beautifully. With intricate designs in cast aluminum holding up chip resistant ceramic serving pieces. Additionally, the dip server comes with a lid, to keep dips and spreads fresh longer.

    Branch out from serving just chips and dips with this server – try arranging crisp sliced vegetables on the serving platter and putting hummus or dip in the dip server. Or, do a Mexican dip medley with guacamole, sour cream and salsa on top with tortilla chips below. Enjoy entertaining with this fun piece from the GG Collection.

There’s no time like the present to begin acquiring your GG Collection serveware and to get ready for hosting on your patio or in your garden. For even more designer home décor, serveware and gifts, visit Chelsea Gifts Online.

About the Author: Edward Cain is the co-owner of Chelsea at the Grove, a luxury boutique specializing in luxury designer gifts and home décor located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey in the heart of picturesque Monmouth County. Chelsea at the Grove is proud to feature the highly sought after Juliska Berry & Thread Series, L'objet dinnerware and the Ralph Lauren Home Collection.

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