We asked readers about their favorite holiday dish ... the actual serving dish. Here are some of the responses:
My mama, Mary Lee Bell Douglas (1900-1992), poured out a jar of her home canned sliced peaches into this bowl and put it on the buffet with her homemade pound cake. We all knew it as the “peach bowl.” I only use it on holidays and usually for a salad, but this year, it will have peach slices in it again.
Evelyn Douglas Long
This platter was part of a set given to my grandparents for a wedding gift in 1946 and passed down to my mom and now to me. I hope to, one day, pass it on to one of my four kids!
Jeneca Forman, Swansea
I can serve 40 for dinner, including wine glasses and dishes that create an eclectic setting. My source . . . TJMax, Marshall’s and Home Goods . . . collected one dish at a time over many years. This is one collection.
I live on Main Street and now entertain large groups in a small setting. The ultimate in living a downsized lifestyle.
Lisa Marie Field, Columbia
This holds an entire turkey like something you’d see in a Norman Rockwell painting. This is a beloved Spode platter given by my husband’s mother. Why do I love it? It’s gorgeous! (It’s hard to wash because it won’t fit in the sink.)
Ann Sessions, Lexington
I treasure my Butterball 3000XL Foo Dog edition indoor turkey annihilator dish. I am told it also works well on squirrels, though I cannot find that in the instructions.
John Hearn, Columbia
When I was 5 years old, my father won this turkey platter on a tip board at a local bar. We have used this platter every Thanksgiving since then. This year marks the 65th . Since my children and grandchildren never had the honor to know my father (he died before they were born) this platter holds a memory of him that is special for me. I hope this tradition will be handed down for years to come.
Sharon Torbett, Lexington
This English ironstone platter was a gift from my paternal grandmother, Mrs. B. Lucas (Amy) Webb, to my parents, Thelma & Elliott Webb about 1950. I borrowed it often and my mother gave it me about 1990. It is used at every family feast!
Pearce W. (Tootie) Mackey, Mrs. Dan B. Mackey II, Camden
My mother-in-law gave me this platter. It is bone China and 70 years old. I put our traditional potato latkes on this platter to serve to my children every Hanukkah.
Faye Goldberg Miller, Columbia
The picture is of a very special platter — that is near and dear to my heart. It is one of the few remaining items that I have from my mother. The platter is approximately 70 years old. It is one of the two remaining pieces that I have from my mother’s china. I keep it proudly displayed and ONLY use on rare occassions.
It is special for many reasons:
(1) I have always loved the crimson red border on the platter and the central pink rose...especially at Christmas. The color is so beautiful. The center pink rose – reminds me of my childhood and of a very fragrant pale pink rose bush that grew in the corner of the yard at our home in western North Carolina. I remember picking many bouquets from that bush and bringing them in the house to my mother.
(2) The platter is a very special possession to me to me because I lost my mother suddenly, when I was a very young woman at age 25. As I mentioned, I have very few things to remember her by. I only have two pieces from my mothers China set and this is one of them. A few years ago – I was fortunate to work with a company to investigate the origin of the China, manufacturer, and to see if any pieces of the pattern were still available. Fortunately, the answer was YES. I have decided to share the information with my family – and ask them to honor me on special occassions (birthdays, and holidays) with purchase of some additional pieces to go with my beautiful platter.
Catherine F. Klimek, Augusta, GA
Don’t we all? I have 1 piece of my grandmother’s china. She called it her “bread plate” and I use it for the same thing. I have a few pieces of my mother’s china and I always bring them out for Easter (the cherry blossoms/oriental garden design). But this little plate is my ice-breaker. A friend gave it to me, a couple of years ago. I display it in my foyer, with a few pieces of Fudge or Heavenly Hash. It never fails to put a smile on any face. It’s just Christmas — Southern style!
Forty-four years ago we purchased our first set of dishes, Blue Meissen from England, before our wedding. Today the only remaining piece is the platter we use at Thanksgiving for our turkey. Each year it revives countless memories of family meals with children, grandchildren and guests as well as the early years of marriage.
The other item is a cut glass bowl which belonged to my mother and grandmother. On Thanksgiving we fill it with almonds or Dove chocolate. Mother and Grandmother filled it with mint candies. They still join us for Thanksgiving.
1. Turkey dinner plates used by the Anthony family in Hartsville every Thanksgiving Day for many years as we gathered at the farm to give thanks and enjoy “Miss Amelia’s”“ cooking!
2. Scalloped edge vegetable dish with winter snow scene was passed around the holiday dinner table filled with green beans and toasted almonds. It is a reminder of my family gatherings for the holidays in Virginia.
Penny and Tim Anthony, Hartsville
Our favorite turkey platter! It has been around a while but nobody knows where it came from. It does hold a lot of gobble, gobble, and it is fun.
Jane Shuler, Orangeburg
I’m standing at my family’s Christmas party table. The punch bowl was my grandmother’s and I always remember how pretty it was during the holidays when I was growing up. When all the family had gathered around the table she would serve her delicious London Fog Punch. Hope you’ll try the recipe, it’s delicious and so simple. I think you’ll enjoy it. Happy Holidays!
London Fog Punch
2 quarts lime sherbet – soften in punch bowl
Add 1 liter bottle of ginger ale
Stir mixture well
Place a dish of maraschino cherries with stems alongside the bowl as a garnish for each cup of punch.
Kathy Hawkins, Columbia
My Wedgewood platter will be retired this year. It will hold no more Thanksgiving turkeys or Christmas hams.
I was tired anyway of cleaning the raised pattern of the wedding set I had received over 57 years ago. After downsizing I had less space to show it off and decided to offer it to children or grandchildren.
But the platter was to have one last grand presentation. My granddaughter, in planning her wedding reception, asked significant family members (I was one) to provide significant desserts on significant china at her wedding reception. My chocolate peanut butter bars (Heathwood Hall’s “Food for the Soul” Cookbook) were a big hit and looked lovely on the blue and white china pattern.
After the reception, we two octogenarian grandparents made our way in the dark to the car, carrying the platter laden with leftover goodies of all kinds. We were carefully holding on to it and each other on the unfamiliar path. Suddenly a bale of hay sprang out in front of us ad we both went sprawling ... cookies, wedding cake and platter flying in all directions
After assessing our old bones and finding no major new aches or pains we lay there on the ground in our wedding finery, laughing while alarmed children came flying to help us up!
The platter, however, did not fare as well and will live on now as just a funny memory that was part of a wonderful celebration.
Betty Kornegay Kaneft, Columbia
This is our pattern when we got married 38 yrs ago. Flying Cloud. I have always used it on all holidays. I love this with pewter goblets.
Jean Wallace McClean, Wallace
This was my mother’s turkey platter when we lived in Connecticut. There is a chip on one edge that I glued back on, so I only use it on Thanksgiving Day....very carefully! It depicts a Biblical scene called “Tadmor in the Desert.” I believe the maker is Longport.
Meg McLean, Columbia
Platter (over 100 years old) from the Hotel Zinzendorf, Winston-Salem, N.C., rebuilt in 1904 after original hotel burned in 1898. It has been in our family for decades as my father (Wallace G Dunham) owned the hotel until it was torn down in 1972 to make way for new federal courthouse. I always picture it being used in a fine dining situation in the once elegant and beautiful hotel restaurant. Now it’s just a prize possession, brought out each holiday season to be set in a place of honor under our turkey.
Margaret Whittle, Pawleys Island
This 100-year-old Limoges plate was used by my grandmother and mother to serve spiced peaches at Thanksgiving. Since inheriting the plate, I continue the tradition of my maternal family.
Mimi Reese, Lexington
Spiced Peaches: Place a large can peach halves in a mixture of 2 sticks cinnamon, teaspoon whole cloves, teaspoon allspice, cup sugar, half cup vinegar. Bring to a boil and cook on medium low for 5 minutes. Refrigerate overnight. The liquid may be reused for a long time. The longer the peaches sit in the bath the spicier they become. Yummy.
This milkglass deviled egg dish was given to me by my Mama, Audrey Betsill. She made the most amazing eggs for our family and now I make them for her. The secret, which I’m sure is shared by many readers, is fabulous Dukes Mayo and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
This turkey platter was handed down to my husband by his grandmother, Mrs. Angus E. Bird. The pattern is Johnson Brothers’ “Home for Thanksgiving” pattern in their Historic America Series. It is quite large – 15-by-20 inches. These days I doubt we could afford a bird big enough to cover the entire platter! We enjoy using it on Thanksgiving and Christmas and wash itvery carefully
after each use.
When I told my grown daughter that I had submitted a photo of our family turkey platter to The State, she was deeply offended that I had chosen the platter over the Oinking Pig Dish that she gave me for Mother’s Day many years ago. I am taking the liberty of submitting a photo of the pig as well, but if you have to choose, I prefer the turkey platter (don’t tell her). The charm of the pig dish is that it is motion activated, so when one reaches for a treat from within, the pig makes a sort of combination snort and oink (snoink?) sound. It does amuse the grandchildren...
Cary Lafaye, Columbia SC
My grandmother left my mother her set of Christmas china when she passed away 17 years ago today. It is a special edition of Cuthbertson China.