You Could Win This Pewter Coffee Service!

October 12, 2012 | By | Comments (229)
Tennessee Pewter Coffee Service

Photo: Ralph Anderson

We know that every proper Southern hostess needs a prim Coffee service set. That’s why we partnered with Tennessee Pewter the artisan company behind this handcrafted, pewter coffee service which retails for $550. It’s slightly smaller than a typical coffee service making it ideal for serving after-dinner decaf.

To win this teapot and accompanying creamer and sugar, tell us your favorite after-dinner ritual in the comments section below. The most hospitable answer wins! The contest begins now and ends November 30. Click here for official rules.

Start telling us about your dinner rituals!


  1. Steven B.

    At our mountain house, we have a mason jar full of Mountain Laurel discs (made by sawing a branch into slices); dinner guests write their names & the date on them with a fine Sharpie & they go into the jar – our fun version of a guest book!

    December 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm
  2. Sharon Callis

    Well, I realize the question had to do with after dinner but what I would actually do with this set is use it for “early morning and afternoon” coffee and tea. At work we have a small cozzy group of ten (7 coffee drinkers and 3 that drink tea). Several times during the month we take turns bringing homemade baked goods (OK – two cheat because they don’t cook)and have an impromptu gathering, discuss the days goal or how to assist one another better. And sometimes we just switch recipes. This coffee set would be awesome for us to use!

    December 1, 2012 at 12:44 am
  3. Teresa D.

    We typically have dinner in the dining room, and then we take our dessert or coffee into the living room and sit together to continue conversation. It’s a nice way to keep the family together for a bit longer into the evening, yet still be comfy and relaxed.

    November 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm
  4. Priscilla Kendrick

    An after-dinner ritual that I enjoy is putting on some relaxing music, building a fire in the fireplace, and having coffee and dessert in front of the fire. When I think of what home means to me, this is one of the memories that I treasure.

    November 30, 2012 at 9:19 am


    November 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm
  6. Evelyn Green

    After everyone has finished Thanksgiving Dinner, the children go out to play, the guys begin to watch football and all of the ladies sit down to a good cup of coffee. This is a time to share what has been going on with children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and good friends. As we had 41 for Thanksgiving Dinner and don’t get to see each other often, this is a time to catch up with each other! Having several cups of coffee gives us the time to relax and just enjoy the company of family and friends. Having the piece of pie with the coffee makes the day complete!

    November 28, 2012 at 8:52 am
  7. Amanda Moore

    We are the BIGGEST coffee drinkers you would ever now. We come from a line of coffee makers. Maxwell House so it is part of our gatherings and everyday ritual, just like tea is in the UK. I have even started a coffee talk in my mommy and me group. Depending on the time of day, I will serve at least a little something with the coffee that will compliment the flavors. Homemade cinnamon coffee cake or blueberry muffins for the morning served on my cake stand. Afternoon coffee calls for something a little more light such as a raspberry scone. Dinner is the real treat. I love serving my favorite bread pudding recipe, creme brulee, or chocolate mousse with a strawberry. The treats served with coffee make the whole experience relaxing and enjoyable. A set like this would make it that much more enjoyable. It would certainly look better than the coffee pot. 🙂

    November 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm
  8. Frances Robson

    My favorite ritual is cleaning off the table and washing the dishes with my husband of almost 50 years. Although he has Parkinson’s Disease, he always helps with the dishes and table cleanup. Love in action.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm
  9. Ruth Phillips

    We bought a farm one year and nine months ago, with this decision we also decided on NO TV!! We quaudropled our space so we purchased two red leather sofa’s that set in our great room, after dinner we all move to the couches for conversation!!

    November 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm
  10. Nan Wilcox (@NanWilcox1)

    No matter how many are at our home for dinner, we try to eat at our glass dining room table with candles lit, cloth napkins and warm conversation. Laughter usually abounds and graceful hearts abide. Complete that with coffee or tea served with dessert. Blessed we are!

    November 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm
  11. Christine Davis

    Coffee and dessert served in the sunroom which doubles as a greenhouse. Freinds and flowers combined with lush foliage providing extra oxygen and beauty makes for lively conversation and laughter.

    November 27, 2012 at 10:26 am
  12. Kitty Pevey

    If my adult children are home for a visit my most favorite memory/activity is to get into a board game of some sort. It usually brings on much laughter which helps to digest the meal and raises our endorphins. 🙂

    November 27, 2012 at 10:04 am
  13. Donna

    My husband and I are now retired and our girls grown and off. Our aftr dinner ritual is to have a nice cup of coffee and a sweet. I usually have home baked cookies or cake for him to snack on. Over the years he has developed a sweet tooth. Although we are home for most of the day together- we aren’t . He does his thing and I do mine so our after dinner time allows us to share our thoughts . When we have company the same thing holds true. Sharing brings us all closer. Lingering over coffee naturally provides the opportunity for conversation.

    November 27, 2012 at 8:59 am
  14. Juanita Clark

    After dinner coffee and dessert mark the end of the meal and a push back of our chairs for the story telling to begin. The conversation can cover many topics as it flows from person to person. We get to know each other better and with that comes understanding and love. And it all begins with a cup of coffee, poured by a beautiful pot.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm
  15. Cindy Bertin

    I am a Southern girl who lives in East Texas, and sometimes it makes me feel like an old lady! I’m only in my early 40’s, but I like things done the way my Grandmother did them. And that includes coffee with dessert! There’s just nothing like a civilized cup of coffee with cream (or without if the dessert is sweet enough) and dessert. I’ve even started drinking coffee with cups AND saucer’s – that really makes me feel like I’m channeling my Grandmother Bert. And I love this coffee set because it makes an old custom look more modern. I’m betting my Grandmother would approve!

    November 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm
  16. Heather Gibbs

    My family of five have a High and Low conversation after every dinner together. Me, my husband and our children McKenzie 17, Henson 15, and Maddie Grace 10, share our highs and lows of the day. Its just a great way to catch up on each others day since we all go in some many directions with work, school and sports. 🙂

    November 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  17. Lesley Pew

    Some of us Northern belles also like to have fancy coffee/tea sets … the one featured here is beautiful.

    November 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  18. Sheryl Pimentel

    Family game night accompanied by coffee for the adults and hot chocolate for the grandkids is a treasured time after weekly Sunday dinners. It’s the one night there is no sports practice or dance lessons. Bonding, learning, loving rolled into one – a true gift.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm
  19. Antonia White

    Our family has an after-dinner tradition that started after our father’s death in 1966. As a man who loved to laugh we wanted to honor his memory by keeping the humor alive. After Thanksgiving dinner when we have cleared the table and dessert and coffee or tea is served we take turns telling an anecdote about Daddy or one of his favorite jokes. Even though we all know the details and can quote them word for word each sibling gets their “go” without interruption. The younger generation has taken a cue from this and on their own will then tell “funny stories” of their parents, aunts, uncles. It is always a loving, fun time and pulls the family together. My father was a gregarious, family-centered Italian and I can always feel his smile at these times.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:25 am
  20. Cathy Anderson

    After Thanksgiving dinner, my mother, sister and I gather up the grandboys and head out the door for a walk around the neighborhood. The men stay behind, watching whatever football can be found. Between us, my sister and I have six grandsons ranging from 6 to 16 in age, so you can imagine the running, jumping, and jostling going on down the street and around the block. Returning to the newly cleared table, a slice of pie and a fresh pot of coffee, a lively game of Spoons or Wahoo soon takes the place of turkey and dressing. In between the laughter and “strategic moves”, a steady stream of conversation is threaded between us, about happenings in our lives. And once again, the simple beauty of a family shines.

    November 20, 2012 at 9:50 am
  21. Susan L. Ellis

    Although it may not happen as often as we would like, our favorite after-dinner ritual is what we call our “camp out”! We light a fire in the outdoor fireplace and draw chairs up close. Everyone gets a blanket to stay warm and I usually have my 2 daughters snuggled in a lounge chair with me, which keeps us extra warm! We roast marshmallows and often make s’mores, a mug of coffee or hot cocoa in hand. Even though we live in the suburbs of a city, we feel as though we are out in the woods with the stars overhead. Many grown-up girls-nights-out have been spent around the fireplace, and groups gravitate outside when we entertain if it is lit. Friends love this retreat as much as our family does-the more the merrier!

    November 20, 2012 at 8:00 am
  22. Tanya Stewart

    After dinner, as my husband cleans the kitchen and washes the dishes, I bathe my 5-yr old great neice that lives with us. Then we both say her bedtime prayers with her and tuck her in, and then one of us (because we alternate nights) reads her a bedtime story and the other makes coffee or chai tea for two, and we retire to our own bedroom to talk about the day, maybe listen to some music, or watch “The Andy Griffith Show” on tv and sip our cup, usually with a biscotti or a cookie or three. Lol!! It’s a good time for us to reconnect, address any issues or problems, discuss the next day’s schedules, or hopefully just have quiet time to relax and unwind.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:34 am
  23. Susan Brewer

    We always walk the dog either around the block or down to the bridge to watch the boats at the put in!

    November 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm
  24. Stacy

    My husband always comes and gives me a kiss. To me it shows so much appreciation.

    November 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm
  25. Rev Melinda Melhus

    oops…I made a typo with “served” in my comment!

    November 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm
  26. Rev Melinda Melhus

    Good coffee and conversation with friends and loved ones follow every special meal or time together, usually served with dark chocolate or favorite family treat. Both my Norwegian and Southern grandmother’s always said everything tastes better when seved in nice dishes with a lovely table setting, a tradition my mother and I too continue to follow.
    [This pewter service would be a meaningful treasure for me as my grandparents gave me money to buy a pewter coffee service when I graduated from college–but it was spent
    on the works for a grandfather clock built by my ex-husband–which he obviously took with him!]

    November 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm
  27. Gwen Brooks

    My favorite after dinner ritual is to just sit and talk a little longer! I love the catching up, jokes and just having a lovely time with friends before the cleaning up begins.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:44 am
  28. Laura Lawrence

    After dinner coffee in the living with friends served with a selection of cordials (or just cream) to add to your cup. Little extra choices always makes a guest feel welcome!

    November 18, 2012 at 7:16 am
  29. AnnaMarie

    My favorite after dinner ritual is to sneak up on my husband and give him a big hug while he does the dishes. If a guest steps in to help, they get the same treatment!

    November 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

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