Everyone who comes to my house is used to preparations going on during an event. The party always ends up in the kitchen anyway, so you may as well make it a busy, lively place. Just be sure to have nibbles on the counter and a bar nearby.
I fell in love with Pillivuyt when I first laid eyes on Collection Brasserie.
It was designed in the 1920's for restaurants & cafes
who wanted their menus printed on their tableware.
Their glaze on all of their pieces is exceptionally hard making them easy to clean and also allowing them to be used in extremely hot ovens. More importantly (to me at least) is the look. Attention was obviously paid to the details. Delicate handles and lovely pleats abound, creating a very fragile and elegant look to these workhorses.
Louis XVIII Chocolate Pot
Oval Eared Gratin Dishes
Of course for every respectable French kitchen:
Lion's Head Tureens
and last, but surely not least, the famous Cow Creamer.