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Make Your Table Pop With Holiday Table Runners for Christmas & Thanksgiving

Are you looking for a beautiful holiday table runner for your Thanksgiving or Christmas table?

I love the extra touch that it brings to the table, especially when your “good company” holiday tablecloth is a single color or a subtle pattern that isn’t eye-catching by itself.

You can find details below about the Top 10 Best Sellers at Amazon that you’ve got to take a peek at. I keep this list updated, so when something new and snazzy moves up the list, you’ll see it here right away, too. If you don’t find what you want in the first place, check back, because something new might “pop” for you.

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Top 5 Highly-Rated Gold Flatware Sets – Service for 8

We’ve sourced out some incredible gold flatware for you to drool over. Imagine one of these sets proudly displayed on your holiday table for everyone to “ooh” and “aah” over. Your friends and family might even be afraid to “break them in.” Paired with your best china, any one of these sets will add a shine to your holiday table presentation.

All of these sets are rated well above 4.0 stars on Amazon, and all of them except the Lenox ones come with free shipping. And there’s Amazon’s incredible return policy, of course.

With all Top 5, you will receive:

  • 8 salad forks
  • 8 dinner forks
  • 8 dinner knives
  • 8 dinner spoons
  • 8 teaspoons

Each also has gives you some sort of hostess set for additional value. You don’t often see those with smaller sets or inexpensive ones.

Our #1 “Wowser” Pick: Wallace Golden Aegean Weave Flatware

Beautiful gold-accent fine sterling silver flatware with service for 8 plus 6 piece hostess set

This fine sterling silver flatware set comes with golden accents in a gorgeous weave pattern on the base and top of the handle.

You’ll also get a 6-piece Hostess Helper Set which includes:

  • Tablespoon
  • Pierced tablespoon
  • Sugar spoon
  • Butter knife
  • Pie server

What really makes this set stand out for me is that the pieces are made of fine sterling silver rather than sterling silver or stainless steel. Most flatware sets are sterling silver (not quite as high-grade but high-content silver at over 90%) or even stainless steel of varying grades or silver-plated. But this is well-crafted flatware, with a 99.9% silver content, so they’ll make a classy statement on your table.

My other favorite part is definitely the pattern. I love the weave designed into the top and bottom of the handles. Whether you’re after a stunning decorative set or one for formal dinners, you’ll rake in compliments for them. If you have a fancy china pattern or design, sometimes the “simple flatware” patterns don’t look just right. And if you have gold-rimmed china, these gold sets can be stunning. Be sure to take a close look at this one to see if it is a good match.

About the only downside to this set is pricing, even at Amazon. So if you fall in love, be sure to check out other sellers at the “new” price level.

Sometimes the pricing can be significantly better on some sellers, especially when the set has such exceptional value like this one.

But given the price, make sure you’ve chosen a reputable seller.

Right now, besides Amazon itself, only one other seller — Ava and Lucy — is selling this set and they do have a better price. They also have a great 5-star reputation with over 5,800 people providing feedback. I prefer Amazon as the seller myself, but this gives you some extra insight to make the best choice for you.

This isn’t an inexpensive set by price or quality, but if you’re looking for upscale, high-end, fabulous quality flatware, I encourage you to take a look.

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Our #2 “Fabulous” Pick: Oneida Golden Juilliard Flatware

Beautiful 24K gold electroplate gold-tip accent flatware with service for 8 plus 8 piece hostess set

Looking for something simpler? Try this 18/10 stainless steel flatware — it comes with 24K gold electroplate and has golden tip accents in a romantic fleur-de-lis pattern. If your china or stemware is trimmed in gold and would look good with an understated flatware pattern, be sure to check out this set from Oneida’s Heirloom Collection.

You’ll also get extra value with a better-than-average 8-piece Hostess Set. It includes:

  • Serving Fork
  • Pierced Serving Spoon
  • Serving Spoon
  • Sugar Spoon
  • Ladle
  • Butter Knife
  • Casserole Spoon
  • Servall (like a combination pie server and larger serving spoon)

I especially appreciate the larger hostess set here, with some pieces that five-piece or six-piece sets sometimes don’t include or they swap for another piece you also need, like a casserole spoon, servall, and ladle.

If you’re looking for a classic pattern that will never go out of style, I believe this will be your icing on the cake for an enviable holiday display. The big thing with formal place settings is that it always comes down to your china design. You want a good match. So check out this pattern if you think it might be a good complement to your china set or stemware and add elegance to each place setting.

Do you want something less expensive than fine sterling silver as the base metal (Wowser #1 above)? Or even sterling silver? Then the 18/10 stainless steel you see here is the next best bet. The metals in this alloy help reduce corrosion, increase durability, and provide a soft sheen that looks similar to silver. (For more technical information, read here.)

The 24K gold electroplate is a thin sheen of 24K gold added to the stainless steel to provide some additional “amazing” to the basic pattern.

For 18/10 stainless steel with gold electroplate, the price is surprisingly reasonable at Amazon. I looked around and Bed, Bath, & Beyond carries the service for 4 but without a hostess set, and the comparative pricing isn’t anywhere as good there. Target and Walmart don’t carry it at all.

So for a quality offering in high-end stainless steel with gold trimming, I like the looks of this one. I think you will, too, if you like the simpler touch.

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Amazon also sells this set with service for 8 without the additional hostess items. If you want to go that route, you can find them here. I just find the full 48-piece set to be a much better investment with more value.

Our #3 “Larger Than Life” Pick: Oneida Golden Michelangelo Flatware

Elegant and expansively decorated 18K gold electroplate gold-twined accent flatware with service for 8 plus 6 piece hostess set

This 18/10 stainless flatware comes with 18K gold electroplate and has golden accents twined throughout the handle. It’s an elegant pattern worthy of Michelangelo himself and it’s sure to go well with the fanciest china. This set catches attention the moment you feast your eyes on the table and decorations. And, if you’re big on fancier gold patterning, it’s probably the best set of the five.

You’ll also get a 6-piece Hostess Set which includes:

  • Serving Fork
  • Pierced Serving Spoon
  • Serving Spoon
  • Sugar Spoon
  • Butter Knife
  • Ladle

The 18/10 stainless steel, as I mentioned in the Oneida above, is the best stainless steel choice for your flatware. Unlike the 24K gold electroplate in the Golden Juilliard, this is a step down with 18K gold. My guess is that this is to keep the cost down because the gold plating is more extensive.

As a reviewer put it, “Even more beautiful than the picture, and we’d buy again in a heartbeat.”

With that recommendation, you owe it to yourself to take a look.

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Our #4 “Subtle Elegance” Pick: Lenox Eternity Gold Flatware in Box

Subtle decorations with gold electroplate and top/bottom handle banding accent flatware with service for 8 plus 5 piece hostess set

This 18/10 stainless flatware comes with gold electroplate and has two golden bands on the handle. This is a true Lenox quality set. Although the name here (“Eternity Gold”) differs slightly from the set sold on Lenox’s site (“Eternal Gold”), one reviewer confirmed that the difference is mainly a design change for weight, and a slight flattening of the flatware angles. This is sold under the Eternity Gold name (instead of Eternal Gold, which is a slightly different set) only for this 45-piece set.

If you check out Amazon’s comparison chart on this set’s page, you’ll notice the price difference as well. Eternal Gold sold on on Amazon as well as Lenox’s site would cost 2-3 times more respectively, and without the hostess set to boot! Other than the slight difference in weight, as one reviewer said, some of that is apparently because the Eternity Gold is limited to a specific piece count and configuration packaged for retail sale. I suspect that the gold might be a slightly lesser gold quality than 24K like Eternal Gold although I couldn’t confirm that. But from reviewer comments, that doesn’t appear to be an issue affecting the presentation or use of this set.

My guess is that Lenox will charge through the nose for the hostess set for this one or make you buy single pieces. So if you like this 45-piece with service for 8, then you should consider your options here.

If you have gold-rimmed china or gold-banded crystal glassware, this set looks like it will be a beautiful but understated complement to them.

You’ll also get a 5-piece Hostess Set which includes:

  • Serving Fork
  • Pierced Serving Spoon
  • Serving Spoon
  • Sugar Spoon
  • Butter Knife
  • Ladle

One reviewer researched the name, warranty, and other issues with Lenox themselves, and confirmed the packaging and warranty information. This set comes with the Lenox lifetime warranty as part of their Breakage Replacement Program.

As a reviewer put it, “Everything is beautiful. I was afraid they could look barroque but instead this flatware looks elegant. I was concerned also about the weight; however they are not too heavy or too light, and perfect weight for my taste…” (read more reviews here).

If you’re looking for good quality, nice-looking flatware with a reasonable price, be sure to consider this one.

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Our #5 “Unique Design” Pick: Mikasa Cameo Gold Flatware

Subtle ridged decorations with gold electroplate and handle banding with tapered design - flatware with service for 8 plus 5 piece hostess set

This 18/10 stainless flatware comes with 24K gold electroplate and has an outer ridging on the tapering handle. If you favor Mikasa and its designs, you’ll like this simple set. For gold flatware designs, this one’s a little different. Both the look of the rolled edge and the tapering lend themselves to an interesting look and feel.

If you have gold-rimmed china or gold-banded crystal glassware with an unsual edge, this might complement them better than complicated designs or overly traditional simple designs.

You’ll also get a 5-piece Hostess Set which includes:

  • Serving Fork
  • Pierced Serving Spoon
  • Serving Spoon
  • Cold Meat Fork
  • Butter Knife
  • Sugar Spoon

As a reviewer put it, “The gift recipient was very pleased with the quality of the flatware set, its simplicity and beauty as well as the contrasting gold…” (read reviews here).

If you’re looking for high quality, brand-name, nice-looking flatware with a reasonable price, be sure to check this one out further.

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Our Final Recommendations — Care and Handling

Most people are aware that fine sterling silver and regular sterling silver flatware require careful handling. But it’s worth repeating when you’re spending a fair bit and wanting them to last.

You should always handwash these pieces with a softer, less-abrasive soap. Dry them right away to avoid spotting, and use a soft chamois or soft cloth to prevent scratching or damage. Also, silver needs to be polished regularly, at least twice a year even if you don’t use it. That will help keep it in top shape for years to come.

While people believe stainless steel is dishwasher safe because it is “stainless,” I strongly believe — just like cooking knives — that it is still a good idea to wash them by hand. Like silver, you should also immediately dry your good flatware. Long experience has taught me that even “stainless” items can spot and corrode in the dishwasher no matter what they say.

And since gold is a softer metal, even in electroplate, it can damage more easily. Not to mention the terrible potential for bending or distorting items put in the dishwasher just because they were pushed against other residents of your dishwasher.

So take a look at some of these if you’re looking for gold flatware with service for eight. They’re gorgeous, with a nice ranging of prices, and a good place to start in your hunt for excellent table settings.

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Top 5 Carving Knife and Fork Sets For Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday Dinners

Carving Knife and Fork Sets are generally not included in even the best knife sets or knife blocks, and are often the top choice among home cooks for a Christmas gift, wedding present, birthday present, or holiday or Easter dinner ensemble.

And when the holiday season approaches, with Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas dinners on the horizon, many of us turn thoughts to having a good carving knife set to carve the perfect turkey, ham, prime rib, or roast for our holiday dinner.

And to be honest, I strongly recommend a carving set rather than just a carver. An effective carving knife really needs a well-designed meat fork to balance out the carving chore. I’ve even heard of people buying a carving knife set just to get a great meat fork.

How Did We Choose Our Top 5 Carving Knife Sets?

In order to find you the best carving knife and meat carving fork, we’ve sorted through a large number of brands, knife lines, and characteristics to find you the best carver sets. We gave prominence not based on price or brand recognition, but for the quality construction needed to make a long-lasting knife set, the best balanced knife and fork, the knife set’s overall functionality, and most importantly, the sharpness and slicing capability in the knife.

So let’s get to it — Our Top 5 Carving Knife and Fork Sets

#1 Choice — Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Ground Carving Set
The Wusthof Classic Carving Set is our top rated carving set for a few reasons. It provides the best mix of brand, quality, price, and sharpness that we found among all of our candidates for best carving set.

Wusthof’s manufacturing process for the Classic line is among the best rated in the world, with solid test results in competition and side by side reviews. It beats out even the Shun lines for sharpness, with the edges ground to 14 degrees on both sides, compared to a slightly less 16 degrees for the Shun carving knife set.

Ranked #3 in Carving Knives at Amazon, with a 5.0 Star Rating on 17 reviews, we aren’t the only ones to like this carving set.

Reasons We Like This Wusthof Carving Knife and Fork:

  • This carving knife is designed with a Granton edge, often referred to as a hollow-ground edge. This adds slight scalloped bubbles in the knife’s edge, preventing food from catching on the knife, which can provide a smoother slice than other blade types.
  • Wusthof has designed a carving knife that reviewers claim has near perfect heft and balance, making your carving task easier and less of a strain on your hand and arm. And the fork is 6″ long and slightly curved, which improves your handling of the meat after slicing.
  • With its extremely sharp edge, your turkey slices will be extremely thin while the blade maintains enough heft to handle larger cuts of meat just as easily.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof 2-Piece Set?

Thanks to the slightly lower price compared to other similar options, this fits the budget a bit better than some, and its features give you an exceptional carving set.

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And if you would like a presentation box in order to give a carving knife set as a gift, you could take a look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon Creme Hollow Edge set, which comes with a gorgeous Walnut case. You can also find this Classic Ikon carving set with black handles here.

Classic Ikon Hollow Edge in CremeClassic Ikon Hollow Edge in black

#2 Choice — Shun DMS200 Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set

Shun DMS200 Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set
The Shun Classic 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set is our solid #2 rated set. While not quite as sharp as the Wusthof carving knives, this Shun knife set is a quality offering. Like the Wusthof set, it has an 8-inch carving knife with a 2-prong carving fork. I also like the presentation and look of this set, with its Damascus-style finish and beautiful presentation box.

As a Christmas gift or wedding present, this Shun carving set has a lot to offer with the presentation and storage box.

Shun has done a solid job designing this boxed set, with a comfortable D-shaped handle and the Damascus look to the blade without the rusting problems experienced by a true Damascus steel blade. And if you prefer the lighter Shun knives over the heft of a Wusthof blade, this carving knife is probably the sharpest you’ll find compared to most European knife sets.

Like the Wusthof Hollow-Ground Set above, this Shun set has a 4.0 Rating on Amazon, although with only 5 reviews as yet it may rank upwards soon based on the reviews I’m seeing.

Reasons We Like This Shun Carving Knife and Fork:

  • The Damascus style blade reduces drag on the knife’s slicing performance by creating microscopic air pockets built in during the cladding process. Combined with the knife’s sharpness, you’ll get an excellent carving slice.
  • I think the presentation and foam insert storage box here is a plus. Storing a carving knife set properly requires a little something extra — a storage box, knife sheaths or guards, or a knife block that can handle the size of the carving knife and meat fork.

Who Should Buy This Shun Classic Boxed Carving Set?

While I do love that box, it prices this set a lot higher than the comparable Wusthof sets in our Top 5 Carving Sets list. But if you are shopping for a gift, the Shun knife and meat fork here may be the best fit for you, and it is an equally solid offering.

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And if you would prefer a longer carving knife, you can take a look at the Shun Premier 2-Piece Boxed Carving Set (rating 4.9 at Amazon), which costs a little more, but gives you the same performance and presentation with its 9.5-inch carving knife.

#3 Choice — Zwilling J.A. Henckels Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set

J.A. Henckels Zwilling Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set
You may wonder why I’d choose the Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set instead of a Four Star II set for our #3 choice in top carving knife and fork sets. Basically it comes down to two things: better reviewer ratings and a far more reasonable price for what you get.

Like the Wusthof Classic, this Henckels carving set doesn’t include a storage box, but given its slightly more “budget” pricing, that makes sense. If what you really want is a reasonably-priced set, the J.A. Henckels carving knife set is worth considering.

Manufactured in Germany, using the same kind of excellent blade steel as Wusthof knives, Zwilling uses their SigmaForge and Friodur ice hardening to produce an excellent knife set. With bonded handles, full tang knives, and laser-controlled sharpening, this is a well-made carving knife and meat fork. With a 4.8 rating on Amazon, it’s definitely worth a look.

Reasons We Like This J.A. Henckels Carving Knife and Fork:

  • If you like the German knives and their construction, ergonomic handles, and balance for your kitchen knives, but prefer a lighter blade like the Shun set, you’ll appreciate this knife and fork.
  • The Henckels carving knife produces wonderfully thin slices, but the real find here is the meat fork. With its length and design, you’ll love moving your turkey from sliced bird to serving plate.

Who Should Buy This J.A. Henckels Zwilling Four Star 2-Piece Carving Set?

I wanted to provide at least one somewhat budget-minded option that still offers an excellent carver and fork. I think this was the best of those options, and it appears that the meat fork may be an even better find than some of the other choices here.

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#4 Choice — Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set

Wusthof Classic 2-Piece Carving Set
The Wusthof Classic Carving Set is the straight-edge blade version of our top rated carving set. Like its friend chosen as the best-rated carving knife set, it provides the solid quality of the Wusthof Classic line and best blade sharpness that we found among all the sets we reviewed.

While it only shows a 4.6 Star Rating on 11 reviews, its rating really is skewed by a 2-Star review. Apparently the reviewer was unhappy that they got the wrong knife set in their order too close to Thanksgiving. And rather than return it, they gave the carving set (that they kept) a 2 star rating. My feeling is that this distorts the rating downward to some degree as they had no complaints about the knife set in general.

Reasons We Like This Wusthof Straight-Edge Carving Knife and Fork:

  • The carver is designed with a straight edge. Often a straight edge blade provides an extremely smooth slicing experience with most meats because it doesn’t catch on meat fibers.
  • Wusthof’s carving knives, like pretty much all the reviews I’ve seen on the Classic line, are lauded by reviewers as nearly perfect in their heft and balance. And this carving fork, like our #1 choice, is 6″ long and slightly curved to improve meat handling.

Who Should Buy This Wusthof 2-Piece Straight-Edge Set?

Like the Hollow-Ground version, this is your best option for a seriously sharp carving knife and useful meat fork. It’s a little more expensive than the Hollow-Edge, which is why I ranked it lower in this list.

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And if you’d like to have a presentation box for a gift or for storing your knives, you can take a look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon Creme Hollow Edge set, which comes with a gorgeous Walnut case. The Classic Ikon line is somewhat more expensive, but it still falls in line with the Shun line carving knives and their presentation boxes while being slightly sharper.

#5 Choice — Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set

Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set
The Zwilling Pro Carving Set is our #5 choice for top carving sets. Other than price, the reason it rates #5 is simply the lack of good reviews. With only 6 reviews, the 4.8 Star rating is just a tad uncertain, but nearly 85% of the reviews are 5 Star and the others are all 4 Star, so I’d trust the overall rating myself.

This Pro set has the same solid German manufacturing as the #3 Four Star set, and has a forged blade, contoured and arched bolster and ergonomic handle for comfortable use.

Reasons We Like This Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Carving Set:

  • The 8″ slicing knife has a straight edge for smooth slicing with most meats because it doesn’t catch on meat fibers. Henckels blades tend to need additional honing to keep their sharpness, so I recommend solid honing before tackling your holiday dinner turkey, roast, or ham.
  • German manufacturing tends towards knives with solid heft and handling, and this knife is no exception. If you prefer a lighter carving knife that is still well-balanced and a little thicker than Shun knives, this may be the best brand for you.

Who Should Buy This Zwilling Pro 2-Piece Carving Knife and Fork?

With a mid-range price, German quality, and solid performance, I think this is an excellent choice if you want a German carving set that is a little lighter-weight than the Wusthof lines.

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Our Recommendations and Why

All of these carving knife and meat fork sets are top-rated carving sets to consider for yourself or as a gift. I can say that the Wusthof brand knives seem to have the most reviewers where people mention buying for one person and then buying again and again as gifts.

If you like the solid heft and balance of the German knife offerings, combined with the incredible sharpness of the Wusthof Classic line, I’d definitely suggest either the Classic Hollow-Ground or Straight Edge 2-Piece Carving Set.

If your main purpose here is to find a carving knife set for a gift, I’d go with either the Shun Classic or Premier Sets, or take a close look at the Wusthof Classic Ikon carving set.

Lastly, if you are looking for a lighter-weight carving set, you’d probably be most interested in the Zwilling Carving Knife Sets (Four Star or Pro) on the budget end or the Shun Carving Sets on the higher end of the budget scale.