Setting up for a feast
Your personal set of family china is no doubt worth its weight in gold in sentimental value and perhaps actual value, but you're going to need some more blatantly extravagant settings to rub your family's and friends' faces in just how thankful you are this year.
Something like, say, a hallmark crescent engraved into sterling silver flatware containing the initials of the president.
For you and 11 guests, the Continental dinner set presented by Tuttle Silver furnishes 66 utensils for a trim $25,200 -- available at Neiman Marcus. At that price, it may be the first holiday when you actually hope for the dinner conversation to turn political.
Just in case the banter once again trails off, it may be best to under-season all of your dishes. After all, you have your matching "Leon" salt and pepper mills from Robbe & Berking. Not only will your guests begin to notice the running theme of sterling silver as they grind some flavor into the dinner, but you "forgot" to remove the price tags of $1,701 for each mill. "Oops!"
To prove to your guests you aren't solely thankful for sterling silver this year or still bitter about not being invited to the King of Morocco's daughter's wedding, you can simply pull out the gold-themed dining set used at the reception. Designed by Haviland & Parlon, the Scheherazade dinnerware from the 1,000-guest ceremony is available on the site Elegance2003.com at just $7,004 per six-piece dining set. Don't worry -- shipping is free.