To Serve, With Love
As I’ve mentioned on here before, summertime is one of the primo seasons for stocking up on hostess gifts (the other being the holidays). Between bridal showers and backyard BBQs; dinner parties and weekends away, there are plenty of occasions where having a small token of appreciation on hand is warranted. Today’s gift guide features five fantastic serving dishes which you can fill with the tasty treat of your choice – may I recommend almonds however? These tasty nuts are earning all kinds of healthy accolades for their ability to reduce the risk of heart disease, strengthen your bones and teeth, and provide head-to-toe nourishment for your nervous and digestive systems. Hint: the natural, unsalted, unseasoned almonds tend to pack the most health benefits…but who says you can’t splurge on some candy coated or slow roasted almonds every now and again? With that, feast your eyes and fill your bellies!
Harry Allen Almond Bowl – $105 @ Design Public
First up, a literal interpretation of a ‘nutty’ bowl: the outside of this resin-and-marble concoction is actually cast from the shells of real whole almonds. The neutral white colour makes it an easy fit in almost anyone’s decor, while the texture finish makes it a real conversation starter. Makes a unique wedding present.
Monique Lhuillier Waterford Atelier Metal Bowl – $40 @ The Bay
One of the *big* trends in wedding registry items right now is matching sets for various rooms in your home. My sister, for example, registered for a Kate Spade collection that spanned everything from her dinnerware to picture frames to barware to decor items. Monique Lhuillier (a wedding dress designer herself) has a gorgeous Atelier line of bar accessories including everything from a chrome cocktail shaker to a set of coasters. Play on the classic ‘bar nuts’ when you help a friend round out her collection with this cute little bowl, featuring sleek divets and a classic style that’ll never get dated. Make sure you buy a bag of nuts to round things out!
Las Ramblas Serving Dishes – $5.22+ @ Crate & Barrel
Serving up a fiesta? Doing tapas? These cute and colourful handpainted earthenware bowls are the perfect accessory to liven up your table. Available in a range of sizes, they’re perfect for filling up with spiced nuts, baked chickpeas, and homemade salsa. Plus, they’re so affordable (and currently on sale) you could easily buy the whole set as a thank you, birthday, or housewarming present and call it a day.
Squirrel Nut Bowl With Scoop – $80 @ Vagabond HouseThis adorable little bowl belongs in your mom and dad’s house, doesn’t it? Featuring a pewter squirrel perched on the edge of a mango wood dish, with its own acorn-shaped scoop, it’s the perfect thing to set out for those holiday dinners to keep grimy fingers out of the snacks. Nuts are actually a good snack solution when waiting for the turkey to be sliced or the ribs to finish roasting on the grill – a small scoopful will easily fill you up with healthy fats so you eat less during dinnertime. As an aside? Shipping is an unreal $5.95.
Brown Bone Nut Bowl – $74.78 @ Williams SonomaIf you’re setting up a rustic tabletop, complete with gingham table runners and plates stacked high with sticky ribs and corn bread, consider this elegant-yet-old-timey serving dish to round things out and work as a pseudo centrepiece. With a polished water buffalo bone handle, it’ll give your dinner party a little bit of yeehaw style without coming off hokey. Use your favourite BBQ rub to season some roasted nuts or fill it with sticky toffees for dessert.
You may have noticed a certain nut permeated elements of this post – that’s because the Almond Board of California and I have teamed up to give one lucky reader a gift basket filled with snacks for gifting (or noshing on yourself) valued at $120! Consider the serving dishes above as wonderful accompaniments if someone in your life is so lucky to be given part of your big win :) And with that, here’s how you can enter:
1) Leave a comment by July 23rd with your favourite serving dish featured in this post + your favourite kind of almonds!
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 24th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Tweet about how much you love almonds (@almonds) and tag the Canadian Gift Guide (@cdngiftguide) up to 5 times over the contest period to score yourself up to 5 bonus entries. Just leave a link back to each of your Tweets in the comments below. One Tweet per day please.