HLCCA Conference 2015

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From July 16-18th, Homer Laughlin China collectors from all over the country and beyond converged in Pittsburgh, PA to get the dish on one of their favorite things: dishes!

The convention kicked off Thursday evening, and continued through Saturday night with a number of different collecting-inspired events throughout the days. Thursday’s activities were all about welcoming back old friends and meeting new ones, with a mixer celebrating “Four Seasons of HLC=Four Seasons of FUN!” in which collectors dressed up as their favorite season or seasonal activity and got to know each other with the help of icebreaking games (such as “Gone Dishing”) and, of course, a shared passion for HLC dinnerware. After all of the fun and games were over, it was time to turn in, as convention goers had quite a full day to look forward to.

One of the many games set up for collectors during Thursday night’s mixer.

One of the many games set up for collectors during Thursday night’s mixer.

Friday’s festivities started bright and early at 8am, with collectors meeting at the factory outlet for exclusive Shamrock and Poppy polka dot dishes, as well as factory tours. The turn out was unprecedented, with over 300 collectors coming out for deals on Fiesta, exclusive items, and an inside look at how their beloved dinnerware is made. After a quick lunch provided by Homer Laughlin, the members’ next move was the Hall China Company for a tour, and the Hall Closet for some more shopping. A quick trip to the Pottery City Antiques Mall, and the Museum of Ceramics, and it was time for convention goers to board the buses to head back up to their hotel in Pittsburgh.

Exclusive Shamrock and Poppy polka dot plates. Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

Exclusive Shamrock and Poppy polka dot plates. Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

However, the fun did not end there. After a full day of touring the factories and museums, it was time for the Friday night auction. With items ranging from vintage, to P86, and from Fiesta to Harlequin, this was not an auction to be missed. The highlight of the evening was the bidding for the decorated Carafe, donated by Homer Laughlin, with proceeds benefitting the Team Mojo Foundation. Bidding for this beautiful, one of a kind piece started at $1000, and with a room full of anxious HLC enthusiasts, each trying to add the perfect piece to their massive collections, it was easy to see that no one would be giving up easily. Finally, it was sold to Wally Haugen, father of Candy Haugen, for a whopping $3000!

Wally Haugen with his one of a kind Carafe, priced at $3,000.

Wally Haugen with his one of a kind Carafe, priced at $3,000.

 

Saturday dawned yet another full day of events, as collectors went from dealer booths, to seminars on insuring your collection and managing your inventory, to presentations on members’ personal collections (dubbed “Come Over To My House”).

Some of the items for sale at the booths. Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

Some of the items for sale at the booths. Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

 

However, the highlight of the afternoon was the judging of tablescapes and exhibits. In one of the conference rooms housed more Homer Laughlin dinnerware than was fathomable. The different categories of exhibits were tablescape, floral, “microzibits”, and large exhibits, with entrants bringing all of their creativity to the table for each category. These exhibits and tablescapes were not your typical place settings, by any means. Collectors went all out with their exhibitions, including backdrops, moving parts, and tons of accessories. One set up even had a working fountain attached!

  Examples of the floral, microzibit, and tablescape exhibits. Photos courtesy of David Schaefer.


Examples of the floral, microzibit, and tablescape exhibits. Photos courtesy of David Schaefer.

 

The large exhibits were the real showstoppers, though. One group had compared what Fiesta purchasers paid for dishes in the 50s and 60s to what they paid for the same vintage pieces today in an exhibit called “It Cost Only What?” For example, in the 50s, one would only have to pay about $8 for a 4pc Place Setting. However, for the same vintage place setting today, collectors would have to pay upwards to $1000!

Large exhibit comparing prices of vintage dinnerware from the 50s to now.

Large exhibit comparing prices of vintage dinnerware from the 50s to now.

 

After all of Saturday’s exhibitions and seminars had ceased, it was time for the banquet dinner, award ceremony, and vintage costume contest. As always, the tables were set beautifully, with exclusive Green Stripe items, first fire Slate and Sage ornaments, exclusive Shamrock stick handled Demi Cups and Saucers and more.

Table setting at Saturday’s banquet. Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

Table setting at Saturday’s banquet. Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

 

After dinner, awards were given out for the best tablescapes and exhibitions, as well as for the best article in the Dish (HLCCA’s magazine for collectors), most influential member, and more. The Haugen family received another win for the weekend, with daughter Nicole’s victory in the vintage costume contest.

Nicole Haugen with her prize for best vintage costume.

Nicole Haugen with her prize for best vintage costume.

 

After one final auction, the weekend came to a close. However, board members of the HLCCA exclaimed they are already starting work on next year’s convention. With this year’s turnout, which was almost double the amount of attendees as previous years, they certainly do have a lot of work ahead of them, but we can’t wait to see what they bring to the table!

The HLCCA is not affiliated with Homer Laughlin. To learn more, please go to https://www.hlcca.org.

Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

Photo courtesy of David Schaefer.

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XL Bistro Bowl Released

Here at Homer Laughlin, we are always trying to create new and appealing dinnerware. One piece that has been very successful is the multi-purpose Medium Bistro Bowl. Introduced in 2014, the Medium Bistro Bowl instantly became one of Fiesta’s bestselling products. Made for individual and shared servings of soups, salads, pastas, and just about anything else the professional or novice chef can dream up, they remain in high demand. It’s only natural that Fiesta would introduce a larger version with the new XL Bistro Bowl, available in 96oz.

The XL Bistro Bowl is sold individually and is available in each of the 15 Fiesta colors and is now available in better department/specialty stores and .coms.

To see the other new items that have been announced, check out our blog post. And to read more about the items that are rolling out this year take a look at our official press release below:

 

HOME ENTERTAINING GETS MORE COLORFUL WITH FIESTA® DINNERWARE

Homer Laughlin China Company™ Expands Fiesta Entertaining Collection at IHHS

Newell, WV – (March 7, 2015) – The Homer Laughlin China Company™, maker of Fiesta® Dinnerware Made in the USA, is proud to announce the addition of several new pieces to its esteemed Entertaining Collection, including: Dip Set with Spreader, Large Covered Casserole, XL Bistro Bowl and Tapered Mug.

See these items and other new pieces, including two new Fiesta colors, at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, March 7-10, 2015, Booth S2003. (#Fiesta2015, #FiestaNewColor)

“Entertainment around food has taken center stage in recent years. The new additions to the Entertaining Collection are functional, versatile and can be used just as easily for brunch with a large group of friends or an intimate family gathering,” says Rich Brinkman, VP of Sales and Marketing for Homer Laughlin. “By expanding our color and product offerings, entertaining from home will deliver even more options for the casual as well as Fiesta enthusiasts.”

As always, Fiesta Dinnerware is Made in the USA since 1936, microwave and dishwasher safe, oven proof, comes with a 5-year chip resistance warranty, is lead free, and available in 15 colors. You’ll find Fiesta Dinnerware at better department stores, .coms and specialty stores.

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About Fiesta® Dinnerware, Made In The USA

Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead in 1936, Fiesta Dinnerware is among the most collected dinnerware in the world. Fiesta was discontinued in 1973 and reissued in 1986 with new contemporary colors to mark its 50th anniversary. The brand is now celebrating its 79th anniversary with no signs of stopping. In fact, it was recently commended in AdWeek for its appeal to millennials. Fiesta, with its unique Art Deco style, is a timeless classic and has landed it in the collections of numerous museums from the Smithsonian Institution to the Andy Warhol Museum. For more information, visit:homerlaughlin.com and the Fiesta blog at alwaysfestive.com. Also visit Fiesta onFacebook: Homer Laughlin China and Pinterest: Fiesta Dinnerware.

 

About The Homer Laughlin China Company™

The Homer Laughlin China Company is the largest major plate, saucer and cup manufacturer in the country, employing more than 850 employees at its factory in Newell, WV. The company has been a dinnerware resource since the late 1800s when it first began production of white “ware”. Backed by a 144-year history in the industry, Homer Laughlin continues to be a leader in dinnerware—committed to its craft, workforce, region, and country. For additional information, visit: hlcdinnerware.com.

 

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Tailgate Fiesta® Appetizer Contest

Appetizer Contest

Summer is in full swing now, and while we are still enjoying the warm sun rays beating down on our skin, some may be looking forward to the cooler days of autumn, which will be here within the blink of an eye. Soon, our weekends are bound to be filled with friends, drinks, and pigskins; but you know what comes with football season…tailgating. And you know what tailgating means…delicious and scrumptious food, free for all to munch on!

Snacks and appetizers are served on nothing better than colorful, lively Fiesta. If tackling game day treats is your style, tell us about it. Submit your best appetizer recipe that utilizes your favorite Fiesta® dinnerware for a chance to win a 2 piece dip set, one square handled serving tray, and 6 appetizer plates.

To enter, simply submit a photo of your prepared appetizers, along with a description of the dish. Three finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges here at The Homer Laughlin China Company. Dishes will be judged based on creativity, originality, likely taste, and how well the recipe integrates Fiesta® dinnerware.

OFFICIAL RULES:

You must post a photo to our Facebook wall so everyone can easily view them. Please do not post photos to comment threads or send as a private message. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges here at HLC. Note: all photos entered into the contest will be eligible to win. Only one photo entry per person will be accepted.

The first round of the Tailgate Fiesta® Appetizer Contest ends on August 14, 2015.  All entries must be submitted by this time. We will announce the three finalists on August 17, 2015 on our Facebook timeline. In order to advance to the final round, you will need to check our Facebook page to see if you have qualified and then send your recipe to us through a private message. 

We will announce the Tailgate Fiesta® Appetizer Contest winner on August 25, 2015 on our Facebook timeline. In order to claim the prize, entrants must check our page to see if they have won and send a message with their shipping address and contact information.

Contest is open to all US and Canadian residents, 18 years or older. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook. By submitting your photo into the Tailgate Fiesta® Appetizer Contest you are giving Homer Laughlin China all rights to future use of your photo.

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Tapered Mug Release

The Homer Laughlin China Company recently announced a new addition to their ever-so-popular collection of mugs: the Fiesta Tapered Mug.

At 15oz, the Tapered Mug is the largest general purpose mug outside of the Jumbo Mug. A natural addition, this is an excellent mug for early morning caressing, brunch, or evening tea with ample handle width as a full size mug.

The Tapered Mug is available in all Fiesta colors and can be purchased at better department/specialty stores and .coms.

To see what other new Fiesta items we have introduced this year, check out our blog post. And to read more about the items that are rolling out this year take a look at our official press release below:

 

HOME ENTERTAINING GETS MORE COLORFUL WITH FIESTA® DINNERWARE

Homer Laughlin China Company™ Expands Fiesta Entertaining Collection at IHHS

Newell, WV – (March 7, 2015) – The Homer Laughlin China Company™, maker of Fiesta® Dinnerware Made in the USA, is proud to announce the addition of several new pieces to its esteemed Entertaining Collection, including: Dip Set with Spreader, Large Covered Casserole, XL Bistro Bowl and Tapered Mug.

See these items and other new pieces, including two new Fiesta colors, at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, March 7-10, 2015, Booth S2003. (#Fiesta2015, #FiestaNewColor)

“Entertainment around food has taken center stage in recent years. The new additions to the Entertaining Collection are functional, versatile and can be used just as easily for brunch with a large group of friends or an intimate family gathering,” says Rich Brinkman, VP of Sales and Marketing for Homer Laughlin. “By expanding our color and product offerings, entertaining from home will deliver even more options for the casual as well as Fiesta enthusiasts.”

As always, Fiesta Dinnerware is Made in the USA since 1936, microwave and dishwasher safe, oven proof, comes with a 5-year chip resistance warranty, is lead free, and available in 15 colors. You’ll find Fiesta Dinnerware at better department stores, .coms and specialty stores.

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About Fiesta® Dinnerware, Made In The USA

Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead in 1936, Fiesta Dinnerware is among the most collected dinnerware in the world. Fiesta was discontinued in 1973 and reissued in 1986 with new contemporary colors to mark its 50th anniversary. The brand is now celebrating its 79th anniversary with no signs of stopping. In fact, it was recently commended in AdWeek for its appeal to millennials. Fiesta, with its unique Art Deco style, is a timeless classic and has landed it in the collections of numerous museums from the Smithsonian Institution to the Andy Warhol Museum. For more information, visit:homerlaughlin.com and the Fiesta blog at alwaysfestive.com. Also visit Fiesta onFacebook: Homer Laughlin China and Pinterest: Fiesta Dinnerware.

 

About The Homer Laughlin China Company™

The Homer Laughlin China Company is the largest major plate, saucer and cup manufacturer in the country, employing more than 850 employees at its factory in Newell, WV. The company has been a dinnerware resource since the late 1800s when it first began production of white “ware”. Backed by a 144-year history in the industry, Homer Laughlin continues to be a leader in dinnerware—committed to its craft, workforce, region, and country. For additional information, visit: hlcdinnerware.com.

 

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Girls’ Night: Wine and Dessert Pairing

A night in with our girlfriends is always a good idea, so we decided to host a dramatic wine and dessert party. Enjoying each other’s company over three different courses not only allowed us time to catch up, but we also satisfied our sweet tooth with some unique recipes. Spending time with friends is a perfect addition to our #FiestaSummerResolutions.

Wine and dessert pairings are the perfect excuse to raise a toast to our girlfriends.

Wine and dessert pairings are the perfect excuse to raise a toast to our girlfriends.

One of the best parts of the evening was getting the chance to unplug and connect with our friends in person while making some special desserts with our hands. There’s something comforting about getting back to the basics in the kitchen: the texture of the ingredients, smells in the oven and the satisfaction of enjoying a homemade treat.

 
Course 1: Lavender Rosemary Donuts Dipped in White Chocolate paired with Riesling

Fresh-cut lavender straight from the garden, used in Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe.

Fresh-cut lavender straight from the garden, used in Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe.

This savory-sweet recipe inspired the entire color palette of the evening, with new Fiesta Dinnerware color Slate serving up the backdrop to accent color lavender. Using fresh lavender and rosemary straight from our garden, our kitchen smelled like a dream.

The ingredients for these Lavender Rosemary Donuts are pretty in themselves.

The ingredients for these Lavender Rosemary Donuts are pretty in themselves.

A donut pan makes it simple to whip up some fancy donuts for your guests. We made Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

A donut pan makes it simple to whip up some fancy donuts for your guests. We made Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Sprinkling fresh lavender on the white chocolate before it sets makes a delicate presentation for Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Sprinkling fresh lavender on the white chocolate before it sets makes a delicate presentation for Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Homemade donuts are surprisingly simple to make. All you need is a donut pan and a few basic ingredients. We used a Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe from the blog, Gourmantine, and paired our donuts with a crisp sweet Riesling. What a tasty way to start the evening!

Course 2: Sangria Sorbet

We made this course the night before, so the sorbet had time to set. All it took was three ingredients (ok, four if you count water). Here’s how you make it:

1 cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 bottle sweet red wine (we used a red blend)
3 cups berries (we used raspberries)

Fresh raspberries are the headliner in our Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Fresh raspberries are the headliner in our Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. If you still have chunks of fruit, blend in a blender or food processor. Since we used raspberries, they pretty much dissolved. Push mixture through a mesh strainer to remove seeds.

Strain raspberry and wine mixture to remove seeds and pulp for this Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Strain raspberry and wine mixture to remove seeds and pulp for this Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Pour liquid in a pan (we used the Fiesta Turquoise Loaf Pan). Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. To serve, scrape iced mixture with a spoon or ice cream scooper. Because this is a boozy treat in itself, we opted to pair our Sangria Sorbet with some authentic Cuban coffee. If you haven’t had true authentic Cuban coffee, you must. It’s what coffee is meant to taste like.

Sangria Sorbet -- what a refreshing treat.

Sangria Sorbet — what a refreshing treat.

Course 3: Flourless Chocolate Cake paired with Port

Get ready for this, we’re bringing you another three ingredient recipe. We couldn’t believe how three basic ingredients created this rich decadence. Eggs, chocolate, butter – that’s it! The prep is a bit involved, but well worth it. We found a fail-safe recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake at the blog, Gimme Some Oven. Paired with a port wine, the combination was sheer bliss.

The key to a light and fluffy Flourless Chocolate Cake is whipping the eggs until they double in size.

The key to a light and fluffy Flourless Chocolate Cake is whipping the eggs until they double in size.

Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Prepping the springform pans for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Prepping the springform pans for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Savor a piece of Flourless Chocolate Cake with a full-bodied port wine.

Savor a piece of Flourless Chocolate Cake with a full-bodied port wine.

Port is a sweet wine from Portugal that’s fortified with brandy. It should be served at room temperature. Port is typically served as dessert itself, or with other desserts or cheeses. Click here to learn more about port wine.  

Flourless Chocolate Cake served on a Fiesta Slate Saucer.

Flourless Chocolate Cake served on a Fiesta Slate Saucer.

What do you like to do when you host a night in with friends? Do you plan around a theme? We’d love to hear some of your ideas. Be sure to use #FiestaSummerResolutions in your post. 

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2 Piece Dip Set with Spreader Released

A new addition to Fiesta® Dinnerware’s popular Entertaining Collection has been newly released by The Homer Laughlin China Company. Homer Laughlin announced the new 2 Piece Dip Set with Spreader in March during the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago, Illinois.

The Fiesta Dip Set with Spreader makes a great addition to any gathering. Whether it’s a sour cream and green onion dip with chips for game-day or a decadent French bread and cheese spread, the set is sure to be a focal point for any soiree. The ceramic 8oz ramekin measures 4” x 2 1/8”.

The Dip Set with Spreader will be available in Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Lemongrass, and Lapis, and can be purchased in better department/specialty stores and .coms now.

To see the other new items that have been announced, check out our blog post. And to read more about the items that are rolling out this year take a look at our official press release below:

HOME ENTERTAINING GETS MORE COLORFUL WITH FIESTA® DINNERWARE

Homer Laughlin China Company™ Expands Fiesta Entertaining Collection at IHHS

Newell, WV – (March 7, 2015) – The Homer Laughlin China Company™, maker of Fiesta® Dinnerware Made in the USA, is proud to announce the addition of several new pieces to its esteemed Entertaining Collection, including: Dip Set with Spreader, Large Covered Casserole, XL Bistro Bowl and Tapered Mug.

See these items and other new pieces, including two new Fiesta colors, at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, March 7-10, 2015, Booth S2003. (#Fiesta2015, #FiestaNewColor)

“Entertainment around food has taken center stage in recent years. The new additions to the Entertaining Collection are functional, versatile and can be used just as easily for brunch with a large group of friends or an intimate family gathering,” says Rich Brinkman, VP of Sales and Marketing for Homer Laughlin. “By expanding our color and product offerings, entertaining from home will deliver even more options for the casual as well as Fiesta enthusiasts.”

As always, Fiesta Dinnerware is Made in the USA since 1936, microwave and dishwasher safe, oven proof, comes with a 5-year chip resistance warranty, is lead free, and available in 15 colors. You’ll find Fiesta Dinnerware at better department stores, .coms and specialty stores.

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About Fiesta® Dinnerware, Made In The USA

Designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead in 1936, Fiesta Dinnerware is among the most collected dinnerware in the world. Fiesta was discontinued in 1973 and reissued in 1986 with new contemporary colors to mark its 50th anniversary. The brand is now celebrating its 79th anniversary with no signs of stopping. In fact, it was recently commended in AdWeek for its appeal to millennials. Fiesta, with its unique Art Deco style, is a timeless classic and has landed it in the collections of numerous museums from the Smithsonian Institution to the Andy Warhol Museum. For more information, visit:homerlaughlin.com and the Fiesta blog at alwaysfestive.com. Also visit Fiesta onFacebook: Homer Laughlin China and Pinterest: Fiesta Dinnerware.

About The Homer Laughlin China Company™

The Homer Laughlin China Company is the largest major plate, saucer and cup manufacturer in the country, employing more than 850 employees at its factory in Newell, WV. The company has been a dinnerware resource since the late 1800s when it first began production of white “ware”. Backed by a 144-year history in the industry, Homer Laughlin continues to be a leader in dinnerware—committed to its craft, workforce, region, and country. For additional information, visit: hlcdinnerware.com.

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Fiesta Summer Resolutions: Hosting a Clambake

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Summer is meant for spending extra time with family and friends and making memories to last a lifetime. So why not try something new and bring an east coast New England summer classic to wherever you are? After all, our #FiestaSummerResolutions challenge still stands and we are determined to try new things. From the west coast to the east coast and everywhere in between, create your own clambake summer tradition.

Set the Table:

Set your table and make it the focal point of the clambake. After all, that’s where the action is going to be. Decide what colors you’d like to focus on and go from there. This is your time to bring the style from New England to wherever you are or to take that style and make it your own, like we did. We decided to incorporate the classic blues, Lapis and Cobalt with a modern take on red, so we used Poppy and crisp classic White.

Landscape-Tablescape

Tablescape

Plan a Festive Drink:

Lemonade

 

Find a fun drink recipe that will delight your guests’ tastebuds and that has the flavors of summer. We couldn’t think of anything more summertime than a delicious lemonade. We love this recipe from The Chic Site for her Sparkling Peach Lemonade. Trust us, it’s really, really delicious.

Hands-on-LemonadeTasting-Lemonade

Deciding on the Menu:

If you look up what food to serve at a clambake, chances are there are going to be several different suggested menus, but a couple of things are for sure: lobster and clams. Some like to include potatoes, andouille sausage or chorizo, and corn-on-the-cob. If this is your first clambake, don’t focus on making it “perfect”. Your family and friends will be so grateful that you are feeding them such delicious food and spending time together it shouldn’t matter if everything is perfect. We did add in artichokes for color, texture and variety. We loosely followed this recipe from Ina Garten which is listed on The Food Network’s site here.

Food-Served
Utensils:

The best part of a clambake is that you mostly eat with your hands and it’s perfectly acceptable. This being said, make sure that you have the proper utensils to eat the lobster and clams. To make the lobster easy to enjoy, make sure to have lobster crackers available to get the lobster meat. However, make sure to set out forks in case you do serve sausage or potatoes so your guests can decide if they’d like to eat with their hands.

Texture

PlaceMat

 

Clean Up Fast:

A clambake has one of the best perks of summer entertaining—easy cleanup. Because you took the time in the beginning, you get to reap the rewards towards the end of the party. If using a disposable tablecloth, just pull each side towards the middle and remove everything that doesn’t go into the trash and then discard the rest. Easy peasy. Or in our case, we used newspaper as the table runner just for this purpose.

Have you joined us yet in making summer resolutions? Just use the hashtag #FiestaSummerResolutions to share what you’re doing to spend more time outside with family and friends on social media or share in the comments below. Happy summer!

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Introducing Halloween 2015

Fiesta Halloween 2015This year, Fiesta is setting the scene for a colorfully spooky Halloween featuring a new cast of characters that will liven up any party.

Each design features a sophisticated reverse black silhouette for modern appeal, but the characters all lend themselves to a unique style. 

Fiesta Spooky Pumpkin Spooky Pumpkin is as classic as they come, with a creepy carved face reminiscent of the iconic Halloween Jack O’ Lantern. Pair Spooky Pumpkin’s Poppy plates with Tangerine and Ivory to recall the colors of a pumpkin patch.

Fiesta Witch Go glam with the stylish Moonlit Witch design. Her billowing dress and dainty pointed hat are at once chilling and chic. Accentuate her Shamrock coloring with a posh backdrop of Cobalt blue dishes and golden foil-wrapped chocolates.

Fiesta Bats The simple black and white palette of Halloween Bats is intensified by steely Slate grey dishes, bringing a modern graphic style to the table.

Fiesta Spooky Cat Play up Boo Cat’s retro appeal with intense Poppy and bright Sunflower for a truly happy, Halloween setup.   Deck the table with vintage linens and old-fashioned toys for an even more thrilling throwback.

Fiesta Whoo OwlFor a rustic vibe, Whoo Owl can’t be beat. Featuring a classic owl rendering atop Sunflower yellow, this pastoral design brings to mind hayrides and corn mazes. Pair with autumnal earth tones like Paprika and Ivory for a natural setting.

Fiesta Halloween

Look for Appetizer Plates, Luncheon Plates, Java Mugs, and Jumbo Cups in five different patterns and colors. They’ll be available in better department/specialty stores and .coms starting around September 1st.

All are decorated with a reverse black silhouette image:

  • Whoo Owl on Sunflower dinnerware
  • Halloween Bats on White dinnerware
  • Spooky Pumpkin on Poppy dinnerware
  • Witch on Shamrock dinnerware
  • Boo Cat on Lemongrass dinnerware

 

 

 

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Fiesta S’mores Dip

 With summer upon us, and the wonderfully, smoky smell of campfires filling the air, we can’t get our minds off one of our favorite summer time treats: S’mores! The melty chocolate, the gooey marshmallow, and the crunchy graham crackers, all come together to make one dessert we just can’t get enough of.

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However, sometimes we get a craving for these sweet treats even on rainy days, which is why we are presenting our own variation of S’mores Dip from Spend With Pennies, baked right into our Ramekins! This delicious concoction is for sweet tooths of any age. All you need is 5 minutes and a few simple ingredients:

½ cup of milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon of milk

8 marshmallows

Graham crackers

chips and marshes

To make the dip, combine the chocolate chips, milk, and 2 of the marshmallows into a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir the mixture until melted, and carefully pour into the Ramekin. Top with remaining marshmallows, and put into the oven to broil for one minute.

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When the marshmallows have reached the perfect shade of golden brown, take the Ramekin out and cool for a few minutes. Set on top of the Bread Tray with graham cracker sticks to serve.

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Finally, dig in!

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Luckily, this tasty snack is easy to make, so if you find it is disappearing too quickly, you can prepare another in minutes! Our Fiesta S’mores Dip is the perfect recipe for casual snacking, or for your 4th of July cookout. Enjoy!

 

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