So I figured out the perfect hostess must-have that you really will use when you have people over. It's something that I completely overlooked when compiling my own wedding registry and have resorted to things like big mixing bowls and pots to compensate... A nice pitcher. If you make any kind of cocktail, mixed drink or juice for more than 3 people, you really do need something to serve it out of.
And I realized this just in time. I was having a pirate- themed birthday party for my son and invited a bunch of my own friends. Since the party was in the middle of the day, I figured people wouldn't really drink wine, so I made a "pirate punch" and served it out of the pitcher.
It is a beautiful Pfaltzgraff 2.5 quart pitcher that holds a lot more than it looks. The design is beautiful and the quality of the pitcher is also top notch- especially for $27.95 (list price $43.00). And I also have to give them props for getting it to me within 2 days from ordering it. A lot of their stuff has free shipping, too, but this wasn't one of them.
However, there was one little snafoo. Although the pitcher was wrapped in bubble wrap and seemed to be handled well, there was a little chip around the mouth of the pitcher. I thought about returning it and having them send me a new one, but I wanted to use it for the party and decided that it wasn't all that noticeable.
So, I'd say my experience with CSN stores was average. I love the pitcher, love the price, but don't love the chip :( I would definitely give them another chance, though. I'm sure it was just a one time glitch. Check out their site to see the variety of household items they offer (at great prices)...