I’m trying to create the perfect dark dining experience (to push us to use the dining room, lol!) so I’ve been shopping around for some precious jewels in the dining world lately. Being nearly July, the pickings are quite slim for the style I’m shooting for.
I’m finding tons of melamine. Melamine plates and bowls have no place in my kitchen. Plastic is great if you have kids; but I have no children at this time. I think breakable, heavier dinnerware is exactly what separates the seasonal “Halloweeny” items from the extraordinary, serious-spooky-business sets (for long-term, every day use). My struggle is that it’s really tough to find the stuff I prefer outside of the Halloween season that isn’t tacky, or cheap. Basically, if it can be thrown across the kitchen like a frisbee and survive, I avoid. A little different with flatware–if it can be stepped on and bend or break, that’s a big ol’ nope.
1. Elegant black flatware from Hampton Forge – this is described as stainless steel covered in black oxidation coating. Comes in a set for four: 4 dinner knives, 4 forks, 4 spoons. $99.99 on amazon. I’ve not once seen any black flatware at a store in person. I’d love to get my paws on these, even just for a minute or so. I’ve got questions: are they smooth? Does the coating come off? I’m pretty picky, but I have a feeling these will meet my needs handsomely.
2. Dark dining utensils of my nightmares – we quite enjoy nightmares around these parts. I first saw this set on Pinterest a few years ago, but I’ve successfully tracked it down again– skeleton cutlery designed by Andre Lassen, handmade by Raven Armoury. Comes in a set of three: a knife, a fork and spoon for $1,900 or individually for about $709 a pop. The waiting list for this company is a few years out, and they’re mighty pricy… but if I could, I’d be all over them like angry on a wet cat.
3. Laura Zindel’s “Spiders” dinnerware collection. I co-exist with spiders in my home because they get rid of the peskier flies that slip in from the backyard. We toss each other warm glances, wave a hairy leg and go about our merry way. I like spiders enough to have them on every kitchen item I own. Okay, maybe just a few items.
4. Vampire salad plates from Pottery Barn, these were available a while back for Halloween and are no longer for sale, unfortunately. But I love the style and nosferatu-esque font and quotes. I’m wondering if these can be easily replicated. On ceramic, not melamine, of course.
5. Vintage derby silver as drinkware found on Etsy. These have a very dark, medieval, we-drink-red-wine-by-candlelight feel that I love. Fun fact: we’ve eaten dinner by candle light with Funeral Dusk playing in the background, and a crooked candelabra as our centerpiece. I think you know exactly what look and feel I’m going for here.
Wanted dead or alive: rainbow-titanium flatware. Seen it around? I had a dream about it a while back and I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled ever since.