Mother’s Day DIY

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we are bombarded with gift suggestions for mom, from what necklace she’s dying to have, to which chocolates will make you her favorite child. However, we admit that we’re a bit nostalgic of the early school days when anything that was handmade, from the gluey macaroni picture, to the scribbled card, was the perfect gift for mom. It turns out, mothers of all ages still appreciate the gifts that aren’t just hastily bought online, but that require you to put your time and love into them. That’s why for this Mother’s Day, we’re channeling our inner 7 year old, and crafting for mom for her special day. Don’t worry; you can keep the macaroni noodles in the pantry.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

This Mother’s Day, we will be making paper flowers for mom (a DIY adapted from Capitol Romance), which are just as bright and colorful as real flowers, and she can keep them as long as she wants. Along with our faux flowers, we are including a Medium Vase as part of our gift, to display the buds we worked so hard on. What you will need for this craft is:

            -Colored paper

            -Glue

            -Scissors

            -Beads

            -Wire

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To begin, take 3 squares of paper and fold them into triangles, much how like creating paper snowflakes. Hold the triangle by the opening angle and cut into a pedal shape. Next, cut a tiny opening at the bottom of the pedal. This will allow your paper flowers to be strung onto their stems. Repeat this process for the other two paper triangles so that you have three folded pedal shapes.

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When you unfold each pedal, it willresemble a flower. Next, cut out one pedal from the first flower, two pedals from the second, and three pedals from the third. Fold/roll each of these into cone shapes, and glue to secure.

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After you have your flower cones, take one of your wires and fold it loosely in half. Then string one of the beads through the wire so that it comes to rest in the middle of the wire. Twist the wire under the bead to ensure it stays in position. This will also make sure that the pedals stay put on the wire.

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Now it’s time to string your cone shapes onto the wire. Start with the smallest (the cone made of one pedal) and continue through to the biggest, adding dabs of glue to secure their place.

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You might also want to fold the ends of the pedals down on the three larger flowers to achieve a more blossoming look. When you’ve successfully added each cone shape onto the wire, step back and admire your handiwork! 

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When you’ve made enough, transfer your bouquet into our Medium Vase. Add some ribbon to complete the look and watch mom fall in love with these fantastic faux flowers! 

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If paper flowers aren’t your thing, check out our blog on how to make Teacup Candles– another DIY that mom is sure to love. And if you’re too pressed for time to craft, giving mom a Medium Heart Bowl full of Hershey’s kisses is another mom approved Mother’s Day gift to show your love.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Get Fit with Fiesta®

With swimsuit season just around the corner, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite tips on slimming down.  There’s no magic involved (and no forbidden foods!) just good old-fashioned portion control with a little help from our cheery dishes. 

  1. Fiesta Fit Plates Join the Small Plate Movement!  By simply changing plates you can cut back on consumption, leading to steady weight loss.  Proponents of the movement recommend switching to a plate that is around 9 inches in diameter, closer to the size of your grandmother’s china. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306781,00.html  For automatic portion control during meals, go with our 9” Luncheon Plate instead of a standard dinner plate. Your plate will still be filled with food but you’ll be eating less.
  2. Fiesta Fit Plate Single To maximize your plate’s weight-loss potential, scale back on starches.  The trick is to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one quarter of your plate with protein such as meat, fish, poultry, or tofu, and the last quarter of your plate with a healthy starch like brown rice or quinoa. 
  3. Fiesta Fit Ice CreamIn the mood for a cool, creamy treat?  Fill the Fiesta® Bouillon Bowl with one half cup of low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.  The petite capacity of the Bouillon Bowl is the perfect size for a little indulgence. 
  4. Fiesta Fit Orange Bowl Making a good snack choice is easier when healthy, low calorie options are within reach.  Fill a Pedestal Bowl with colorful, nutrient rich fruits like apples, oranges, and bananas and set it out on your kitchen counter for a pretty presentation. 
  5. Fiesta Fit Popcorn For a little gastronomic guidance look to the Fiesta® Ramekin.  With a capacity of exactly one cup (8 ounces), this bowl is your best bet for a simple serving guide. 
  6. Fiesta Fit Tervis Don’t forget to stay hydrated!  Drinking plenty of water is essential to good health and can even help you lose weight.  Guzzling the pure stuff throughout the day can help you feel satiated, warding off snack attacks and overeating at meals. With a 24 oz. capacity, the large Fiesta® Tervis Tumbler makes it easy to stay on top of your (water) game. Simply fill the insulated tumbler with refreshing ice water in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  Consuming between two and three tumblers full of water will provide you with your recommended intake. Fiesta Fit Buffet Tart
  7. Finally, just enjoy yourself!  Eat slowly, savor your food and enjoy the company you are in. 

 

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5 Tips for a Happy Wedding Registry Experience

If you are recently engaged you are most likely scanning this blog post with a large latte in hand, Brides Magazine (or the male equivalent) in reach of your snack (most likely something on the healthier side) and about fifteen separate tabs open on your browser… all of them Pinterest.

Fiesta Dinnerware Registry TipsWedding planning is exciting, but with the plethora of ideas just a click away now it can often be quite the task. We won’t try to settle all of those wedding engagement conundrums (that’s The Knot’s job!) but we will map out a plan for you to have the happiest registry experience yet.   

Fiesta wedding registry tips and tricks

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1. Register early. Once the word is out on your engagement chances are friends and family are Googling to discover where you are registered so they can get your gift asap. We’re not bluffing. You don’t need to have everything buttoned up, but at least a starting place.

If you are considering registering for our Fiesta Dinnerware, you will be relieved to know you don’t have the pressure of feeling that you need to get all the stuff on your registry because the items are open stock (meaning you don’t have to buy the entire set). In many cases, couples feel a pressure to get everything or their pattern might be discontinued. Not the case!

2. Register for your heart’s desire, but remember your lifestyle. Don’t feel you need to simply register for flatware and household necessities. The skies the limit… within reason. Most stores have wedding registries now so feel free to add whatever you think will make sense for your new life together. Camping equipment, appliances, electronics, but do remember to ask yourself if you will actually use what you are choosing (aka if you aren’t into hosting formal parties, do you really need that crystal punch bowl?). The style of our Fiesta dishes lends itself to a variety of decorating styles from traditional to modern. If you are in search of something versatile and endlessly exciting, mixing and matching our colors may be the ideal route to truly creating your own personal style together.  

Play with our virtual tablescape to see what your future dining experience will look like.

3. Make sure to hit every price point. Register for items in a wide range of price points: under $50, under $75, under $100, under $200, and beyond, so all of your guests can choose gifts they can afford. Today it is also considerate to ensure your chosen registry is available online. Etiquette is to registry at three stores max.

4. Update often. When guests purchase gifts, your registry will update automatically. Make sure you are checking it often during the days leading up to the wedding so you can update with additional selections so guests have something to choose from. The Knot says to aim to have at least twice the amount as gifts on the registry as guests.

5. Say thank you promptly. Most likely gifts will trickle in before your big day. Be gracious to your givers and say thank you early on. Etiquette is to send thank you notes two weeks after your gift is received if it is prior to your wedding day. All gifts received on your wedding day warrant a thank you one month after you lovebirds return from your honeymoon.

Congrats on your big day! Remember that just like your promise to one another, choosing Fiesta can be a lifetime or even generational investment. You can even incorporate your grandmas’ Fiesta or vintage flea market finds over the years together.

Share your wedding registry questions and comments in the section and below. And look out for a major wedding inspired blog post in May. Happy planning!

 

 

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Chicken Pot Pie

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Last month we started playing around with proportions for the sake of our charming Small Pie Baker – a miniature version of our standard pie dish.  The premise was simple enough:  how do classic pie recipes break-down for use with the Small Baker?  

Fiesta Pie Crusts

The results our last experiment yielded were both simple and delicious.  One standard pie crust recipe makes enough crust for four of our Small Pie Bakers.  That’s four Mixed Berry Pies prime for consumption! 

Fiesta Pot Pie Crust

But what about all of the other tender, buttery crusts out there?  After all, pies come in all sorts of shells and we firmly believe our Small Pie Baker is perfect for dishing up all variety of pie.  

So we set out for another test run in our Petite Pie Series, this time going for a more savory standby:  Chicken Pot Pie. 

Fiesta Pot Pie Filling

Filled to the brim with ooey-gooey, stick-to-your-ribs creamed chicken, a gravy-like sauce, and bright garden vegetables, this pie has a lot to offer.  But how to crown this king of comfort foods?  

The answer appeared to us from the frosty hollows of the frozen food section:  puff pastry! 

Fiesta Pie Pastry Dough

 

If you’ve never worked with puff pastry before, the frozen variety is definitely the way to go.  It is extremely simple to use and almost as delicious as homemade (almost, we said!).  

We went with an all-butter variety packaged with one 14 oz. sheet of dough, but there are several varieties to choose from.  Once thawed, our frozen puff pastry provided just enough dough to cover four Small Pie Bakers.  

While we did use a rolling pin to squeeze out an extra half inch or so, the pastry was totally unscathed, puffing up to a flaky, golden splendor.  

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Fiesta Pot Pie Bitten

Individual Chicken Pot Pie
A creamy chicken pie topped with flaky puff pastry, perfectly portioned for your small pie bakers.
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For the Chicken Filling
  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into small cubes
  3. 1 large onion, chopped
  4. 2 medium carrots, chopped
  5. 2 celery stalks, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. ½ teaspoon black pepper
  9. ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  10. ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  11. 4 tablespoons butter
  12. 3 ounces flour
  13. 2 cups chicken broth
  14. 1-1/2 cups whole milk, room temperature
  15. 8 ounces frozen green peas
For the Crust
  1. 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
For the Egg Wash
  1. 1 large egg, beaten
  2. 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
For the Filling
  1. Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Lower the heat to medium and add the remaining vegetable oil. When heated, add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and tarragon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add butter and allow to melt. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add milk, stirring well. Add in chicken broth and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the skillet from heat and mix in the frozen peas and reserved cooked chicken. Cover and set aside.
For the Crust
  1. Unwrap thawed puff pastry and lay out on a lightly floured surface. Place Small Pie Bakers top-down on the dough and trace around with a small, sharp knife leaving about ½-inch extra all the way around. If needed, use a rolling pin to gently stretch dough to fit all four bakers.
  2. Cut four small ¼-inch slits in the center of each pastry round and set aside.
For the Egg Wash
  1. Beat the egg in a small bowl and mix in water. Set aside.
To Assemble
  1. Fill each pie baker to the rim with filling (approximately 1.5 cups per dish).
  2. Brush each circle of puff pastry with the egg wash and place, egg-wash side down, on top of each pie baker.
  3. Brush the tops of the pastry crusts with the egg wash and set the assembled pies on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Decrease heat to 400° F and bake until the crust is puffy and golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 15 minutes.
  6. Allow pot pies to cool for around 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Alton Brown
Adapted from Alton Brown
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Fiesta Madness 2015

After weeks of anticipation, this year’s Fiesta Madness tournament has come to an end with Scarlet taking the top spot! The radiant red, which has also been #1 in sales since it’s debut in 2004, was the favorite to win from the beginning. However, it wasn’t smooth sailing for Scarlet on its way to the top, having to endure a nail biter in the final round. Nor was it for fellow championship competitor Lapis, which was almost ousted after Round 1! Read on to see how the votes fell throughout the tournament.

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Round One results: We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of feedback we got during Round One of Fiesta Madness- over 1000 votes! Most match-ups were decisive, except for the Lapis vs. Turquoise pairing. Only 7 votes separated the two blues!

 

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Round Two results: The fans had spoken, and the Final Four was decided. Slate was the shining star of this round. Our newest color, which started the tournament with a Round One bye, bested Ivory by over 600 votes! 

 

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Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 3.59.02 PMRound Three results: It was clear which colors were the top seeds by this round. Scarlet and Lapis waltzed past Lemongrass and Slate with ease. Now the only question that remained: Which would come out on top?

 

Fiesta Madness Champion

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Championship results: In one of our closest matches of the tournament, Scarlet came out victorious! The veteran trumped Lapis by a mere 17 votes- a heartbreaking loss for fans of the cool blue. However, there’s always next year…

 

Do you agree with the results or do you think another color should have reigned supreme? Tell us in the comments!

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A Fiesta Cruise Around the World

A full-flavored meal needs no translation. In fact, food is probably the most universal language, if we’d only let our taste buds do the talking. That’s exactly what we’re doing in celebration of World Health Day. Escape with us to a culinary cruise-inspired adventure as we taste a bit of India, France, and Italy – all while intermixing healthy substitutes to classic-cultural favorites.

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Bonjour! Paris, France is the pinnacle of “everything in moderation.”  

Happy World Health Day

So we’re having a dollop of crème fraîche and a plethora of the antioxidant powerhouse—berries, and some savory brie cheese with apples. Top it off with a fresh garnish like mint and add a drizzle of honey. Set your very own Parisian tablescape with Fiesta Dinnerware Lapis Dip and Spreader Set, Fiesta Lapis Oval Platter, Scarlet and Lapis Luncheon Plates, Ivory Salad Plates, the Scarlet Medium Heart Bowl, Demitasse Cups and Saucers in Lapis and Scarlet.

World Health Day Dinner Recipes for TonightIf you want to get uber fancy, try your hand at Sugar and Cloth’s DIY Fruit Macaroons.

Happy World Health Day!

Mazay dar is “delicious” in India. The colors of this country are as vibrant as its flavors and spices— and the spices are quite plentiful. We set our India-inspired table with a hearty serving of healthy chicken on top of couscous with coconut curry in our Fiesta Sunflower Small Bistro Bowls and Tangerine and Sage Dinner Plates. Eating Well has a “mazay dar” recipe we think you’ll love. Serve with traditional Indian naan (we found a healthy wheat version).

Happy World Health Day

Wash it down with a fruity cultural favorite like Mango Lassi. Think of this drink like a mango milkshake, but healthier. All you need to get started is this recipe from Jamie Oliver, plus his wise foodie quote.

Fiesta Dinnerware World Health DaySet a table like ours with a few Fiesta favorites: Tangerine and Sage Dinner Plates, Medium Sunflower Bistro Bowls, Cobalt Bread Tray and new Celebrations Flatware (coming soon!).

Fiesta Dinnerware World Health Day

World Health Day

Happy World Health Day

Delicioso! When we think about Italy, our tastebuds and tummies immediately think, “Pasta!” But carb-heavy pasta can leave us sluggish. We jumped on the paleo bandwagon and found a healthy solution that leaves us satisfied and energized — zucchini “pasta”. All you need is a spirulizer to make zucchini ribbons. Saute strands of zucchini pasta in a pan or roast in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. We sprinkled toasted pine nuts and asiago cheese on top for some extra flavor. *Tip: Add lots of flavor with fewer calories by using a sprinkle of stronger cheese like asiago.

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Serve with a satisfying side of antipasto salad and a slice of warm Italian bread. Don’t forget the Pinot Grigio. A glass of wine a day is heart healthy!

For our bueno Italian table setting, we used the new Fiesta Dinnerware Casserole in Turquoise (coming soon!), Individual Oval Casserole in Shamrock, Poppy Flatware, Dinner Plates in Shamrock and Sunflower, and Luncheon Plates in Scarlet and Cobalt.

Happy World Health Day

What are your favorite healthy substitutes in your go-to meal? Share with us in the comments!

*Keep an eye out for new colors Sage and Slate, which will be available in June at better department stores, .coms and of course www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

 

 

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Bright, Bold Easter Eggs

Fiesta Egg RingWhile we love the faded pinks and purples of traditional Easter pastels, here at Fiesta® headquarters we can’t help but go bold when we add color to our festivities.  A simple way to punch up the color at your Easter celebration is in the form of a very traditional, very delicious holiday staple: the Easter Egg.  

Egg Dying IngredientsTo achieve intensely vivid Easter eggs we used food coloring from a box of standard food colors (red, blue, green, yellow) and a box of neon colors.  

For each egg combine 1 cup of just boiled water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a Fiesta® mug.  

Add in the appropriate amount of dye (listed below) and stir.  

red

  • 10 drops of neon pink
  • 1 drop of neon purple
  • 2 drops of red

orange

  • 20 drops of yellow
  • 5 drops of red

yellow

  • 15 drops of yellow
  • 2 drops of neon green

green

  • 20 drops of neon green
  • 2 drops of neon blue
  • 1 drop of green

blue

  • 6 drops of neon blue
  • 1 drop of blue

Dipping Fiesta Eggs

Carefully place one egg in the dye mixture and allow to soak for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through. 

The dye mixture will only cover one egg at a time.  If you plan on reusing the dye, let the second egg soak for about 5 minutes longer. 

Fiesta Eggs Drying

Remove eggs from the dye and dry on a baking rack or on a cardboard box with 1-1/4″ holes cut in it.  We made ours from Fiesta packaging!

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Once you have achieved beautifully bright eggs, why not go a step further?  We adapted the concept of coloring book illustrations to help us customize our eggs.  

Fiesta Easter Eggs vTo adorn your eggs with colorful Fiesta items, first print out our Fiesta clip art.

Fiesta Egg Ingredients

 

Carefully cut out the Fiesta illustrations you would like to use with a pair of small scissors. 

Paste the illustration on a fully dry, dyed egg with a bit of matte decoupage finish applied to the back of the paper with a brush.  Smooth over any wrinkles with your fingers. 

Allow to dry for at least an hour.  

When dry, use fine tipped markers to color in the illustrations in whatever fun hues you’d like.  

 


 

 

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Introducing Scented Fiesta® Dinnerware

Scented Dinnerware by Fiesta

The Homer Laughlin China Company™ is pleased to announce the introduction of scented dinnerware to the popular Fiesta® dinnerware line.  Well known for its bright and cheerful colors, the Fiesta line will be the first in tabletop ceramics to harness the power of scent.

     With a color palette reminiscent of a rainbow, the Fiesta line is already a treat for the senses.  Adding fragrance to the mix was a natural next step for the brand, allowing for an overall sensory experience for users.  

     “With color names like Tangerine and Poppy, it was only a matter of time before we started integrating the Ceramiscent technology into our dishes,” says Sales Manager Jane Doe.  Ceramiscent, a revolutionary advancement in fragrance technology, was originally developed to freshen bathroom ceramics in spas across Europe.  The Homer Laughlin China Company is the first tabletop manufacturer to adapt the technology for dinnerware use.  

     What sets Fiesta dinnerware’s scented ceramics apart is the use of organic fragrance compounds which are completely food safe and non-toxic, a necessity for the manufacturer of healthy dinnerware.  Each of the fifteen Fiesta scents was meticulously chosen to coordinate with its color namesake.  “Pairing scents with colors like Tangerine and Plum was easy, but deciding what Scarlet would smell like was much more involved,” says Doe.  

     The scented items will hit store shelves next month and are expected to sell quickly.

Cobalt

Ivory

Lapis Lemongrass Paprika Plum Poppy Sage Scarlet Shamrock Slate Sunflower Tangerine Turquoise White  

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