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5 Essentials for Entertaining

Deputy Director of Jewelry and all-around and bon vivant John Colasacco enacted a “takeover” of The Gentleman’s Auction. John’s lifelong interest in antique and period jewelry is matched by his love of antiques — particularly the accoutrements of entertaining. With his passion and trained eye, John appraises decorative arts & silver for the PBS series Antiques Roadshow.

Cocktail glasses can be both both stylish and versatile

Vintage Cocktail Glasses

I love how they look, you can find unique sets almost anywhere, or you can mix and match. I don’t always use them for cocktails either- depending on the shape they’re wonderful for ice cream or fruit desserts.

Silver flatware adds a timeless elegance to entertaining

Silver Serving Pieces

They add sparkle and elegance to the table. Even though my flatware is stainless, I use my George III serving spoons and a 19th century silver salver all the time. For more special occasions I grace the table with a pair of George II sauce boats. I like sleek and simple pieces, which has always attracted me to Georgian silver.

Colored cut to clear wineglasses enliven a table


I’m obsessed with vintage glassware, probably to a fault, and I can’t stop buying it. When the table is set for an informal dinner or lunch, vintage glassware is the perfect accent.

Blue and white dinnerware is perennial favorite

Blue and White Porcelain

I’m mad for it. I pick it up all over the place (I just bought another ginger jar) and use Blue Onion plates for hors d’ oeuvres and the ginger jars look perfect with hydrangeas for a spring tablescape.

The Gentelman’s auction always offers a selection of whiskeys and spirits

A Good Bottle of Whiskey

I always like to have one on hand- I had a friend pop in one time unexpectedly, and all I had were goldfish crackers and some scotch. It was the perfect afternoon!

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