I love Elegant Depression, but as anyone who tries to collect it knows, if it was a popular pattern, there are sometimes hundreds of pieces to collect. This is part of the fun and challenge, but why were there so many pieces? They had a compote, also know as a comport, for everything.
Jelly, it gets an elegant compote. Honey, yep, also slice off that cheese, it gets a flat one to go into. If you can think of it, it has a piece for it. Remember this when people talk of consumerism being a new thing, I can see housewives competing by setting tables. Who had the most elegant table, you or the Joneses? I have to admit, I would love to eat at these tables, but not set them up. I have enough to do just by cooking the Thanksgiving dinner, let alone getting a compote ready for everything.
I'm not trying to sound dismissive or harsh of the by-gone era by any means. That's why I love older glass, and vintage in general, there is a quality and elegance. If you're not a collector of Elegant Depression patterns, you can use some of the deeper compotes as pretty candle holders. If you don't need a comport for your jelly, why not add some water and add a tea light. The picture below if for sale at Modred12 at Etsy, and I think it would be a lovely centerpiece. Surround it with flowers for a wedding, or just do a simple votive. The glass is striking on it's own, and with some additions it can be a standout.
By the way, if you are setting any Elegant Depression glass table for any occasion, feel free to invite me.