Tag: dishes

New kitchenware, definitely not for minimalists

I tend to gravitate towards white kitchenware and serving pieces, but once in a while you just need something with more impact to liven up all that neutral. The new kitchenware from Isak, a longtime favorite design company of ours (love Sandra Isakson’s kids counting poster!), delivers in spades with their trademark combo of color, whimsy, retro-styling, and just enough Scandinavian quirkiness to make guests excited to get a better look at just what’s hiding under the Gouda on the serving tray. I love all the designs, but the family breadboard and porcelain cups might be my favorite–I could...

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The kids’ table is the place to be with Marimekko’s fun, fancy dishes

I love using colorful matching dish sets for my kids’ snacks and meals. Not to mention, I swear it makes my kids eat better. And now, there’s a new line of children’s dinnerware from Marimekko–yes, the design house responsible for the iconic bold prints that may be on your couch cushions or even baby clothes–that I’m totally in love with. Made from durable porcelain–so not for babies–the four different kids’ dish sets include a plate, a bowl, and a mug. On the plus side, porcelain means microwaves, dishwashers, ovens and freezers are all fair game.   Now I will...

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How to make a holiday mug gift more special. (You weren’t just going to give a mug, right?)

While yes, mugs make good fallback holiday gifts for teachers and coaches and colleagues and your mother-in-law, on their own they’re not necessarily…special. (Although we did find one in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide in the gifts under $16 category that’s pretty darn cool.) Here, I thought of 6 ways to give your mug gift a little more oomph. 1. Include your favorite tea bags I always look at Tea Forte for gifts each year because not only are the teas great, but they’re always so beautifully packaged and ready for gifting. (No offense to Lipton, yo.) This year there’s a new...

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Serve up some very happy holidays with personalized plates

I adore everything about the holidays, especially decorating. Growing up in my family, prepping the house pretty much stopped at setting out the menorah. Now that I’m in charge, I love decking out our home with a cozy all-holidays-welcome vibe–especially when it comes to the all-important yummy focal point of every holiday season: the table. Hanukkah-themed tableware can prove to be a challenge to find, though. So this year, I am tickled to have come across some very fun and festive personalized plates from CMP fave Little Uni.  {Keep reading for an exclusive holiday discount for CMP readers!} A year doesn’t go by...

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Pretty bowls make great hostess gifts. Especially when they’re on sale.

With Halloween an entire day behind us, our thoughts at Cool Mom Picks already turn to the best holiday gifts. (We can’t help it!) So when I saw these beautiful little Japanese bowls on sale, I thought, ooh…hostess gift. The modernist Japanese bowls at West Elm are now just six bucks each. I love the contrasting patterns on the inside and outside, although the grey floral with the turquoise rim is especially elegant and simple. I could imagine wrapping up four of them with a nice package of steel-cut oatmeal and some maple syrup. I’m only bummed that the mugs...

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Relief from teething pain–and baby mealtime drama

Getting babies to transition to solid foods can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. But while this new set can’t make the taste of rice cereal more appealing, it can make mealtime more enjoyable for both of you.  The Oogaa baby mealtime set is so clever. Instead of plastic or wood, it’s made of a super soft silicone that is BPA and toxin-free, and delightfully bendy. Your little teether can even gnaw on the spoon for relief. Then, as your toddler gets older and transitions to more foods, the design is still smart with spoons shaped like an...

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What’s the best sippy cup? We may have just found it.

The sippy cup. Ah, how I wish we were past this stage of life. For now I accept my fate that is the avalanche of cups and lids falling on my head every time I open the cabinet. My disdain however only makes me more appreciative of those times I find a sippy cup that is easy to manage and stands up to the elements- and by elements I mean aggressive toddler. We love pretty much everything that inventive company Zo-li does, which is why they’re a mainstay in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, and this new entry is...

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Dan Zanes in a most unexpected place: your own kitchen

Dan Zanes is happiness squared. His music puts me in a great mood each and every time I give it a spin–even without the kids, when I’m alone in the minivan. So I’m excited to see his new project that didn’t come out of a sound studio, but a ceramics studio. [after the jump, learn more about a special Dan Zanes event for families this week!] The new new Dan Zanes pairing with one of my fave shops, Fishs Eddy, the quintessential funky New York restaurant-quality tableware shop, makes so much sense. One look at the quirky tubas, cellos,...

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A mug of one’s own

As my kids get older we are (gasp) transitioning away from the non-breakable plastic wear and gingerly setting down proper plates and drinkware at their table settings. They still have their personalized placemats so it’s not like I’m turning them into little adults, and in fact we’re not quite out of the HOW COME SHE GOT THE BLUE PRINCESS CUP? I WANT THE BLUE PRINCESS CUP! stage. So what a genius solution these tumblers are. The espresso mugs from Pigeon Toe Ceramics all look beautifully uniform on the outside–but turn over the bottom and a colorful painted bottom reveals...

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The best mugs for gift-giving

Okay, so we sometimes make fun of mugs as gifts around here. But only because when most people think of mug gifts, they think of some awful “world’s greatest____” thing in comic sans that was nabbed off the bargain shelf at the last minute. The truth is, a gorgeous mug can be a fabulous hostess gift, especially if you fill it with a bag of gourmet hot cocoa, a special loose leaf tea, or a huge bouquet of candy canes. Here, just a few mugs that I think can make the gift really special. Japan’s Kinto makes beautiful mugs,...

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Love Bottle. Yep, we love it.

I’m not one to compromise my design taste because I have kids, but I do generally pass by the fancy dishes or ceramic vases at my favorite stores, not having a lot use for them these days. Still, that doesn’t mean I have to rid my table of all the pretty things I love.[don’t miss a great giveway after the jump!] I admit that I was a little skeptical about Love Bottle, but after seeing them, I’m completely sold. Not just because I like the idea of keeping water in a glass bottle and not in plastic, but because...

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Pretty, pretty porcelain

I always love those artist and free thinking types who commit to something like wearing a different dress every day for a year, or cooking a different vegetable every day. And now there’s one more–UK mom and artist Lisa Stevens who’s creating a different beautiful porcelain dish every day for a year as a way to experiment with new techniques. In her day job, Lisa is a model maker with Aardman Animation (of Wallace and Gromit fame) so it’s no surprise that she has a wonderful eye. Her 356 project on Etsy and on Flickr features her collection of...

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Ice cream season, Martha Stewart style

There has been a perceptible increase of ice cream consumption in our home over the last week. In fact, once the weather gets warm, I don’t think a day goes by without my kids asking for ice cream. (Yeah, it’s for the kids.) The folks from Martha Stewart were kind enough to send me this little set of ice cream bowls recently as a way of saying Happy Summer, and we’ve been giving them quite the workout. They really are very pretty, and the small size keeps portions in check. While the accompanying spoons are a little small for...

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Nothing says spring like a bunny on your plate.

Even vegetarians can get behind this pick. Because the well-plated rabbits that have captured my heart are from our clever friends at Le Papier Studio– you know, the folks who brought us that ingenious Easter Egg Silhouette tutorial and end up in our gift guides year after year? They’ve got a whole mess of pretty stuff cooking up for spring. The Spring Silhouette Plates are one of six Easter plates available, each custom made in melamine just for you. You can choose your silhouette image, background color, font, and text, making each plate a phenomenal heirloom. And for a $10...

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Sipidee doo dah

I just saw the cutest ever sippy cups–so cute in fact that despite the fact that my girls are (thankfully!) almost past the sippy cup stage, I immediately thought about whether I could justify owning them. The sippy cups from SugarBooger (I know, ignore the name) are minis–just 6 oz–making them great to grab on the go. The designs are just fabulous, from the pretty butterfly design seen here, to the sleek vintage alphabet, and the funky Day of the Dead motif. But what I really love is that they work just fine without that BPA-free sippy lid too,...

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Tie one on

I am generally a coffee drinker, mostly out of habit, but lately I’ve made the switch over to tea and I’m not sure I’ll go back. I enjoy the ritual: brewing the water, selecting the tea of your choice, burning your fingers as you try to fish the tea bag out of the scalding hot mug. Well maybe not that part. Here’s another thought, buy one of these Tie Tea Cups and anchor your tea bag around the tiny “cleat” before pouring the water into the cup. The tea steeps while the string and label stay securely attached. I’m...

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Look ma, there’s a monkey in my food!

My son is the proud owner of a Skip Hop Zoo Backpack (a froggie, in case you were wondering), so when I found out they were making a line of tableware to match, I got excited about the idea of luring my son to dinner with something besides bribery. Skip Hop’s new collection of children’s tableware feature matching plates and bowls, which come in bee, monkey, owl and dog. (For some reason the frog didn’t make the cut. They’re BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free, but because they’re made of melamine we’d still recommend hand-washing. And if you can’t get enough...

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You can even eat the dishes

Having recently introduced my girls to the joys of Willie Wonka (yes the original. Sheesh.) they became instantly fascinated with the idea of a teacup that you could actually eat. I had to explain that it was just a movie, and that no, we can not actually eat our dishware. But wait! Turns out you can. A clever group of entrepreneurial Parsons grads calling themselves The Way We See The World devised some fabulous edible cups from a vegan JELL-O substitute, aptly named Jelloware. I’m not sure about Rosemary-Beet, but Lemon-Basil and Ginger-Mint sound pretty darn good to me....

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Mama’s got a new tattoo. On her plate.

I admit that I completely poo-poo’d the idea of registering for fancy pants dishes when I got married. I also used Chef Mic (aka the microwave) for most of my meals back then too. But after seeing the amazing place settings by Ink Dish, I’ve come to learn that it was the stuffy, traditional designs I wasn’t digging – not necessarily the idea of owning fancy dishes. Too bad I hadn’t discovered these awesome dish sets featuring the artwork from some of the most renown tattoo artists in the world. I’m just dying to get my hands on the...

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Keep your mitts off mommy’s forspecial mug

There’s just no comparison to the feel of handmade ceramics, knowing that an artisan’s hands shaped the clay and followed inspiration to decorate something just for you. Don’t moms deserve little islands of peace and beauty in our hectic lives? If I needed a new mug right now, I’d be browsing the yogagoat shop on Etsy. Artist Amanda Ryznar also has bowls, vases, wedding gifts, and lovely, custom fortune cookies. But what really catches my eye and makes me mutter Serenity Now are the carved plates and bowls, which would be perfect for a slice of my birthday cake...

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