Sunday, September 15, 2013

Libbey Review

To say I'm a fan of housewares is an understatement.  I'm drawn to them like a moth to a flame.  One of the first departments I scout out in any department store is the housewares. Pots and pans, kitchen gadgets, and bakeware all have a special place in my heart.  I truly can't get enough of them!  There's just something about a new muffin pan or blender that makes me smile.  Libbey knows all about housewares love.

Libbey is a major retailer of stemware, beveragewear, entertainment sets, desserts, food storage, serveware, dinnerware, and more.  Whether you're looking for beer or cocktail glasses, everyday drinking glasses, cake or cupcake stands, pitchers, or much more, Libbey is your one stop housewares shop.  My love affair with Libbey began when I was creating my registry.  I stumbled upon the Just Tasting products and went nuts.  I marveled at their adorable size and knew I had to own every item available.  It was kind of sick.  My obsession grew from the Just Tasting products to the glassware and serveware, and beyond.  When I received Libbey wedding presents, I squealed in delight.  There's truly no love like Libbey. My husband makes fun of me for how much I adore this brand.  He just doesn't get it!

I was kind enough to be allowed to do a review.  I was also beyond excited at this opportunity.  There's always room in my heart for more Libbey!  I perused the website, my eyes growing bigger from looking at each category. What should I choose? It was a hard decision, but in the end I chose the Selene Glass Cake Plate with Dome, the Frost 16 piece set, and the Yucatan pitcher.  I was very happy with my choices and couldn't wait for the items to arrive to use them!

The Selene Cake Plate with Dome is a baker's paradise to me.  For a long time now I've been wanting a new cake plate.  I love to display my baked goods and this would surely make my cakes the star of the show.
Chocolate cake, cheesecake, or red velvet cake? 

The design of the cake plate is simply beautiful.  The glass is durable, high quality, and strong.  It can hold a large cake with ease.  I recently baked a peanut butter and chocolate 10" cake and it fit perfectly inside. The cake plate's surface area is large, so no worry about running out of room.  My favorite feature about this is the dome.  Put any cake inside and you can marvel its beauty from afar, all while it stays fresh for days! This doesn't have to be just for cakes. Why not put cupcakes, brownies, or even cookies inside? Anything you want to serve would work well in here. The best part is that the product is dishwasher safe, so clean up is a breeze.  I am looking forward to making a cake for Thanksgiving and serving it in the cake plate with dome, I think everyone will love it! 

Before I moved to my new apartment a year ago, I had a 16 piece glassware set that I loved. The glasses had a really cool circle pattern on them.  Everyone complimented the glasses whenever I served them a drink.  Several of the glasses broke and my 16 piece set soon turned into 11.  I didn't like having an uneven beverage set, and I knew I had to find the perfect new set.

Who wants lemonade or iced tea?

When I stumbled upon the Frost 16 piece set, I knew this was the set for me.  The set contains 8 large glasses, and 8 small.  The frost pattern is awesome and I absolutely love it. I've never seen anything like it before. The glasses are durable and sturdy and hold liquid with ease. This is a perfect everyday glass set that is ideal for serving water, juice, soda, iced tea, or lemonade in.  My family is very jealous that I have this set and I think they will be placing an order for their own set very soon! The glasses are dishwasher safe and wash extremely well. Sometimes I catch myself opening my kitchen cabinets just to admire the beauty of the glasses every so often.  Hey, I can't help it.  The set is so easy to love!

The last thing that I've been on the lookout for recently is a new pitcher.  I love to entertain, but I don't do it enough.  I have so many serving pieces just waiting to be filled with yummies for my guests to snack on. What I don't have is a quality pitcher.  
Would you like a refill of the extremely refreshing lemon water? No problem.

When I was searching for pitchers online, I came across so many I wasn't fond of.  They didn't have the right shape, or I didn't like the handle.  When I found the Yucatan, I knew this was the kind of pitcher I was looking for all along.  I liked the heavy rounded bottom and the large chunky handle. It also had a pattern similar to the Frost glasses.  What should I serve in it first, I thought? Lemonade, iced tea, or cucumber water? The beverage choices were practically endless.  I had some friends over that day and decided to serve them lemon water.  Who doesn't love lemon water? I'm a big fan myself.  The pitcher holds a lot of liquid, so it's ideal for serving a crowd.  The pitcher is sturdy and secure.  I can tell it's made to last.  I served the iced tea in the Frost glasses, which actually was a great choice and complimented the pitcher well.  Everyone thought the pitcher was beautiful.  Since summer is over, I look forward to using the pitcher next summer.

If you're looking for a housewarming present, Libbey is the ideal source for you.  Also, anything from Libbey makes a great birthday present too, or gift for any occasion.  Why not treat yourself today to some Libbey love? Your kitchen will thank you.

*DISCLOSURE* I received these complimentary items in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

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