I bought this vintage 3 QT oval gratin dish a couple of years ago but it simply languished in an upper cupboard, never once having been used as a baking vessel. A couple of months ago I was organizing the kitchen and knew that I either had to part with the dish or find a way to use it. I set it on the coffee table to get it out of the way while I continued my work and voila! the dish revealed its true purpose to me:
I purchased river rocks and clear glass tealight holders at the craft store and within five minutes I had a lovely centerpiece. It's on the mantel for now, but I'll move it to the dining room table once we finish our remodel.