Fiesta Fall Table Inspo

 

Need some inspiration for your fall table settings? It can be easy to get in a rut and use the same fall color combinations year after year — or not switch out your place settings at all from season to season. But when you have a cupboard full of colorful Fiesta dishes, it’s worth the extra effort to change up your tablescape. We have lots of inspirational ideas for everything from your festive autumnal soirees to everyday dining.

 

Dark and Moody
Whether you’re prepping for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos or just prefer a more sophisticated decor, this tablescape featuring our
Skull and Vine collection is sure to set the mood. We went all black with our linens and added Fiesta flatware in Slate. A few natural elements really allowed the dramatically dark dishes to make a statement. We used a burlap runner, natural basket weave chargers and eucalyptus sprigs.

 

Farmhouse Chic
Using many of the same elements of the tablescape above, we went light and bright for this next setting. Wouldn’t this be gorgeous for Thanksgiving? We used the same black napkins, basket weave chargers, and eucalyptus sprigs and then added pine cones, white flowers, a black and white gingham tablecloth, natural wood flatware, and a galvanized steel tray. White and Sage dinnerware make this tablescape feel rustic, but elegant at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumnal Warmth
Our friends at Sweet Paul Magazine put together the warm colors of fall in a tablescape that’s sure to radiate the joy of the season. New color Daffodil practically glows next to Scarlet, Poppy and Tangerine. Be sure to check out this recipe for Baked Eggs with Potato, Onion and Bacon, the perfect fall comfort food!

 

Back to Nature
This buffet setting brings all the natural colors of fall together for a feast for the eyes. It reminds us of jumping in a pile of freshly fallen leaves! We used Poppy, Scarlet, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, and a pop of Turquoise. And for tips on how to set a buffet table, check out our blog post here.

 

Classic Fall
It’s fun to get creative with fall color combinations, but sometimes you just want the comfort of classic autumnal colors. Poppy, Ivory, Slate, and Sage evoke the warmth of the season. This scene makes us just want to carve pumpkins and sip some cider.

What’s your fall table setting look like? We encourage you to post photos to Instagram and use #fallfiesta.

 

 

 

 

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October’s Color of the Month

We’re excited to give you our second installment of our Fiesta Color of the Month series with October’s shade: Poppy! Poppy was introduced in 2014, and made a splash as one of our most vibrant colors to date. Poppy is reminiscent of our original Red, which was released back in 1936, but bolder and brighter. 

October is one of our favorite months at Fiesta Dinnerware, and if you’ve seen our vast Halloween collection, you’ve probably already guessed that! We love playing around with different colors this season as well, most notably Poppy. You can see our bright orange hue everywhere this time of the year. We pass poppy leaves falling from trees, poppy pumpkins adorning doorsteps, and even Poppy colored candy on store shelves. This color seems like it was made for the cool mornings and crisp evenings of the autumn season. Mix it with green, yellow, and red decor for a fall masterpiece right in your home.

To help you set your table with our Color of the Month, we’ve provided five of our favorite color combos that are ideal for October. Enjoy!

Halloween Eve – Poppy, Lemongrass, Daffodil, Claret, Slate

Harvest – Poppy, Sage, Daffodil, Sunflower, Slate

 

Candy Corn – Poppy, Daffodil, Tangerine, White,

Sienna Sunset – Poppy, Lapis, Daffodil, Turquoise, Sage, Scarlet

New West – Poppy, Scarlet, Tangerine, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Daffodil

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AUTUMN CHEESE PLATTER

There’s so much to be said about the simplicity of a cheese platter.  Whole foods like cheese, fresh fruit, nuts, and bread scattered about to create a feast for the senses.  There are no rules or recipes to follow (unless of course you make our candied bacon recipe below!).  Just arrange the goods on a platter (like our gorgeous Serving Platter) and let your guests do the rest.

For our cheese platter we started with four cheeses: one soft cheese (Brie), one aged cheese (Aged White Cheddar), one blue cheese (Stilton), and one hard cheese (Asiago).  While these are all great choices, don’t feel limited to these four cheeses.  We recommend visiting the market with the best cheese selection in your area, and poking around to see what they have. 

After the cheeses, we laid down some charcuterie including prosciutto, Italian dry salame, and our favorite, candied bacon.

Next, we tucked in a few stacks of crackers including a multigrain cracker and a plain cracker.  Don’t forget the baguette!  We left ours off to the side on a wooden board for easier cutting.

For the fruit, we went with an early autumn selection of fresh figs, red anjou and bosc pears, and black grapes.  Kalamata olives add a nice salty flavor to the mix.

We also scattered some nuts on our platter for a bit of crunch.  Our picks: roasted, salted pumpkin seeds or pepitas and honey cinnamon almonds. 

Last but not least, we added a jar of apple butter and some grainy mustard, which complimented one another very nicely.  Honey is another delicious option for this platter.

Candied Bacon
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup brown sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  4. 1 pound thick-cut bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix brown sugar rice vinegar, and maple syrup in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place strips of bacon on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Turn slices and bake for another 7 minutes.
  4. Remove tray from oven and brush both sides of bacon with the brown sugar mixture. Return to oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Repeat basting and baking for 5 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp, about 30 minutes.
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Pumpkin Spice Granola

If you’ve seen our vast Halloween collection, you’ll know that we are big fans of fall! We love the crisp air, the changing leaves, and of course, everything pumpkin flavored. That’s why we’ve put together a perfect recipe for those chilly fall mornings that doubles as an afternoon snack to keep your pumpkin spice cravings in check.

We know we’re not alone when we say we love baking when the temperature starts to drop. We’ve been reaching for our Square, Rectangular, and Loaf Bakers for almost every meal over the past few weeks, and there’s no sign of stopping! There’s just something about turning the oven on and having those fall spices permeating our homes that make us swoon.

This pumpkin spice granola is a delicious way to get that fall feeling going. We like to enjoy this sweet and spicy treat with steamed milk in the morning, or when you get that hangry feeling in the afternoons. We’ve kept the processed sugar out too, so there’s no midmorning crash (although we like to add a little honey on top!) Let us know if you tried this recipe on our Facebook page, and share your photos with us on Instagram. Happy fall, y’all!

Pumpkin Spice Granola
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  2. ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  3. 2 tbsp chia seeds
  4. 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. ¼ tsp salt
  6. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  7. ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  8. ⅓ cup maple syrup
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a Square Baker with parchment paper using a sling and lightly spray the paper and the sides of the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together pumpkin, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and mix until dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
  4. Spoon granola mixture into prepared pan. Pack in the granola making sure it's tight and compact by pressing down into the pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Once cooled, remove the entire mixture by lifting through the parchment paper. Cut into squares.
  6. These can be stored in an air tight container for 3 days, or in the fridge for 1 week.
Adapted from Wholesomelicious
Adapted from Wholesomelicious
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September’s Color of the Month

At the beginning of September, we decided to name our first ever Fiesta Color of the Month! Without hesitation, Daffodil, our 2017 new color, was picked from the pack. Why did we choose our brightest, boldest yellow to represent September? We had our Sales and Marketing VP, Rich Brinkman, explain.

“September is the lead up month to my favorite season – Fall. A season that conjures all our childhood memories and senses, specifically taste, smell and vision. Color is a strong part of Fall, as no season is so well tied with color. As we begin to see change, the brightness of summer begins to migrate to the yellow-gold and orange-red families. For me, the first accent of color change is the yellow/gold highlights such as Fiesta® Daffodil, which then migrates to a more dominate fall season palette of bright oranges, rusts, reds, purples and greens. Enjoy all that is Fall, the flavors, scents and beauty of the season!”

-Rich Brinkman

To continue with the theme of Daffodil for the month, we’re including 4 of our favorite Daffodil inspired color combinations for you to try at home!

Celebrate – featuring Daffodil, Scarlet, Lapis, Poppy, Turquoise, Shamrock and Lemongrass.

Coastal – featuring Daffodil, Lemongrass, Turquoise, Lapis, Cobalt, and Claret.

Cottage – featuring Daffodil, Ivory, Poppy, Lapis, and Turquoise.

Spicy – featuring Daffodil, Sunflower, Poppy, Claret, Lemongrass, and Tangerine.

 

To make your own Daffodil color combinations, visit Colorama and make sure to share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Discontinued Items for 2018

As we enter the latter half of 2017, it is time for us to say goodbye to colors and items so that we can make room for our new items and the newest color! Though we will miss our discontinued items, we can promise you that 2018 will not disappoint. So without further ado, here is our discontinued list for the new year.

FIESTA® DINNERWARE ANNOUNCES TWO RETIRED COLORS FOR 2018

AND LIST OF DISCONTINUED ITEMS

To make way for Fiesta® Dinnerware’s new color each year, the brand announces the retirement of a color. For 2018, there are two colors that will retire: Tangerine and Claret. Fiesta also released a list of discontinued items.

The new color for 2018 will be announced on January 9, 2018, on the first day of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®. Fiesta Dinnerware, the colorful and iconic Made in America brand, will be exhibiting in Keystone Marketing’s expanded showroom Building 2 #901A on the 9th floor.

Along with the retirement of Tangerine and Claret, Fiesta has discontinued the following pieces from its collection:

● Medium Mixing Bowl

● Beverage Server

● Square Handled Tray

● 3 Tier Server

● Neutral Color Set of 5pc Entertaining Set

● Cake Plate & Server

● Solid Color Pack of Baking/Prep Bowl Set, 2pc

● Solid Color Pack of Baking Bowl Set, 3pc

Fiesta Dinnerware will be taking orders from retailers for Tangerine and Claret until December 31, 2017 for delivery by March 1, 2018. On March 31, 2018, Tangerine and Claret will be added to the “inactive availability” list of colors.

Tangerine, Claret and the above items will be available to consumers at better department stores, independent retailers, at .coms and on www.fiestafactorydirect.com while supplies last.

A staple in the Fiesta color spectrum for several years, Tangerine was introduced in 2003. Claret was in production since 2016.

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Uncle Pete’s Moscow Mules

Nothing says summer like backyard get-togethers with good conversation, and ice-cold cocktails. Our personal drink of choice during these warm summer evenings is a classic Moscow Mule, served in our oh-so-adorable Fiesta copper mugs (a must for Mules)! Our licensed mugs are found at Dillard’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s, and come in both full size (18 oz.), and miniature (2 oz.) for measuring out shots. Luckily for us, we have one of the best Moscow Mule makers in the biz right here at the factory: Uncle Pete!

As some of you may know, Homer Laughlin is a family owned and operated company. Pete is an in law of the family, with his wife, Jeannie, being a 4th generation owner. He works as VP in the company and helps to oversee the manufacturing of our beloved Fiesta Dinnerware. During family parties on their back porch, you can always count on Uncle Pete to bring his famous Moscow Mules to the fun. He’s been making this recipe for years, and now we’re sharing it with all of you!

Pete’s tips for this concoction are to always use copper mugs, and to make sure you get a good ginger beer that’s not too bitter, and not too sweet. His ginger beer of choice is Gosling’s. Now drink up and enjoy!

Uncle Pete's Moscow Mules
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Ingredients
  1. Ice
  2. 1.5-2.0 oz Vodka
  3. 6oz. Ginger Beer
  4. ¼ fresh lime
Instructions
  1. Fill copper mug with ice
  2. Add vodka and ginger beer
  3. Squeeze lime into drink mix
  4. Wipe rim of mug with lime and throw it in
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Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Ready for a simple summer treat that’s fun to make? Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops are such a crowd pleaser for kids and grown ups alike. All it takes is just three ingredients and a few toppings.

Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas, cut in half
  2. 6 oz chocolate chips
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. Popsicle sticks
  5. Toppings
Instructions
  1. Cut bananas in half.
  2. Slide popsicle stick about halfway through each banana.
  3. Place in freezer overnight.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and vegetable oil in microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until chocolate is smooth.
  5. Dip frozen bananas in chocolate.
  6. Roll in toppings before chocolate sets.
  7. Set on wax or parchment paper until the chocolate sets.
  8. Enjoy!
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
This recipe is so easy, we can’t believe we never thought to make Frozen Banana Pops sooner. You’ll definitely want to bring your family and friends in on the fun. Make a party of it!

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

First, cut the bananas in half. Then insert popsicle sticks about halfway through each banana. (You can find popsicle sticks at any craft store.) Freeze the bananas overnight.

Next, melt the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in the microwave. For best results, heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is smooth. Be sure not to overheat because chocolate will become grainy and lose its smooth consistency.

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Immediately dip the bananas in the chocolate while the chocolate is warm. We put our melted chocolate in a Fiesta Tumbler. The shape allows for perfect dipping!

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Then dip each chocolate covered banana in your choice of toppings. You’ll want to do this before the chocolate sets or the toppings won’t stick. We dipped our bananas in colorful sprinkles, crushed walnuts, chocolate candies, and shredded coconut. Our Fiesta Fruit/Salsa Bowls made it easy to rolls the bananas in the toppings.

Place bananas on wax or parchment paper until the chocolate sets. Or you can enjoy right away, but the chocolate will be a little messier.

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

That’s all there is to it! We hope you enjoy this summer treat. Be sure to let us know if you make it and what kind of toppings you use.

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The Importance of American Made

We’ve been seeing a lot about the Made in America movement over the past week, and have even been in on some of the conversations that have surrounded it. But what does being American Made really mean? Why is it good for our country? Why should you be worrying where your plates and other goods are made? We talked to a couple of family members of The Homer Laughlin China Co. to break it down for you.

First off, we’d like to take a minute to brag about ourselves (that’s okay, right?). The Homer Laughlin China Co. has been making dishes since 1871, and every dish with an HLC backstamp is American made. That’s over 145 years of American dishes! We began making Fiesta Dinnerware in 1936, and similarly, every dish with a Fiesta backstamp is  Made in America. We’re pretty proud of that.

Katie Bricker and Pete Wicks show off Homer Laughlin dinnerware in the White House.

 

So, after all these years, why have we stayed at our Newell, West Virginia factory while so many of our competitors have moved their business over seas for cheaper labor? Easy. It’s because we are completely committed to our community. We talked with Katie Bricker, Marketing Manager at Homer Laughlin China and member of the team that attended Monday’s Made in America Product Showcase at the White House, who agreed emphatically.

“Homer Laughlin is one of the largest employers in our area and the loss of jobs would be catastrophic to a community already suffering from loss of industry. Our dedicated local employees have supported Homer Laughlin for over 145 years, it only makes sense to offer them the same commitment.”

Our President, Liz McIlvain, is equally enthusiastic about keeping our dishes in West Virginia, even though she’s been given plenty of chances to move the company over the years.

“The Wells family, owners of  The Homer Laughlin China Co., has been approached throughout the decades to sell the company to many different entities,” says McIlvain. “For example, other dinnerware companies, other tabletop companies, capital investors, etc.  It has been important to keep our dinnerware manufacturing jobs here in USA to provide employment for those living in the Upper Ohio Valley and contributing to the economy.  Our commitment to our workers and their families has kept us operating in the state of West Virginia.”

A view of our Newell, West Virginia factory.

It’s more than just a commitment to our community that keeps us in America, though. We’ve made a promise to our customers to keep manufacturing in the country, and we don’t intend on breaking that promise.

“To me, there is no other option than continuing to produce our dishes in America,” says Bricker. “Betraying the trust of our customers that we’ve worked so hard to build over many, many years is not an option. Manufacturing in America is such a large part of what Homer Laughlin is, we’d be betraying ourselves as well.”

By now, you might be wondering what producing goods in America has to do with you, the consumer. Why should consumers buy American made products instead of going for the cheaper alternative? How does buying American Made impact Americans?

“Buying American is essential for supporting industry in the United States,” says Bricker. Buying American made products allows companies to stay on American soil and offer high quality goods to American consumers. If you want to support the American economy and create American jobs, the choice is easy, buy American goods!”

Liz McIlvain, President of Homer Laughlin China Co.

 

“The more that people buy American made products, the more jobs that will be maintained, or created, in the U.S.A. We Americans have to support ourselves,” agrees McIlvain.

As you can tell, there is a certain pride and purpose that goes into creating our American made dinnerware. We do it for our community, our customers, and our economy. So the next time you’re deciding whether to go with a high quality American made product or not, remember to go with USA.

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Summer Berry Salad with Whipped Coconut Cream

Berry Salad Whipped Coconut Cream Recipe

Sweet, juicy berries are naturally delicious, but we’ve gilded the lily with this homemade whipped coconut cream to top them off.   Serve up this colorful berry salad in one of our Chip and Dip Sets and you are well on your way to an easy (and healthy!) treat to serve during your next summer get-together.

For the Summer Berry Salad dice about three pounds of strawberries.  Add in one pound of blueberries and six to twelve ounces of raspberries.

The Whipped Coconut Cream requires a bit of additional prep as the cans of coconut cream or coconut milk must be refrigerated for 24 hours before whipping for best results. Coconut cream and coconut milk can usually be found in the international section of your local grocery store with the Asian foods. We used Thai Kitchen coconut cream, although their coconut milk has also been known to produce good whipped cream as well. 

Once the cans have been refrigerated for 24 hours, open and carefully scoop out the thick, white coconut cream that has risen to the top, trying to avoid the coconut water at the bottom of the can.  You can save that liquid to add to your next smoothie, or simply discard.

After whipping your coconut cream, spoon into the Fiesta Dip Bowl, or similar high-sided bowl, and place in the center of a large, round serving bowl like the Fiesta Chip Bowl.  Spoon those glorious berries into the serving bowl and your healthy dish is ready to go. 

Berry Salad Whipped Coconut Cream Recipe

When serving, we set out a variety of small bowls such as Bouillons and Ramekins alongside the salad, so that guests can easily assemble a single serving of this colorful treat.  

Believe us when we say, that even amidst a sea of pies and cake, this Berry Salad will go fast!  If you’re lucky enough to have left overs, blend the berries up for a post-celebration smoothie the next day.  You can even put that leftover coconut water to use!

Summer Berry Salad with Whipped Coconut Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds fresh strawberries, cut into bite-sized pieces
  2. 1 pound fresh blueberries
  3. 6 to 12 ounces fresh raspberries
  4. 2 cans coconut milk or coconut cream, refrigerated for 24 hours
  5. 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Refrigerate cans of coconut milk or coconut cream for 24 hours.
  2. Cut strawberries into bite-sized pieces and combine with other berries in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Remove coconut milk from the refrigerator and open with a can opener.
  4. Carefully scoop out solid white coconut cream from the can, being sure to avoid any coconut water in the bottom half of the can.
  5. Put coconut cream into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  6. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined then add vanilla extract.
  7. Beat until soft peaks form and then spoon into a small, high sided bowl such as the Fiesta Dip Bowl.
  8. Place bowl of whipped cream into the center of a large, round serving bowl such as the Fiesta Chip Bowl.
  9. Spoon berry salad mixture into the large bowl surrounding the dip.
  10. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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