Breakfast Meets Dinner

 

Brinner

One of the best things about fall is that it’s a time when memories and traditions are made and each year we get to cherish those memories while making new ones. One of our favorite traditions for fall is having breakfast for dinner, which has come to be known as “brinner.” During the fall, we usually seek out comfort, especially as the weather gets colder and colder. Nothing is more comforting than enjoying a dinner of waffles, bacon and fried chicken.

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To start, we made sure that the entire meal isn’t fully comprised of sweets. After all, brinner is a combination of breakfast and dinner. Keeping with seasonal food trends, we made a fig and goat cheese salad. Figs are a great fall fruit that is mild and pairs well with any soft cheese and balsamic vinegar. The medium bistro bowl works perfectly for salad, not too big and not too small to enjoy a good-sized salad.

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The next course of chicken and waffles with maple infused bacon was a delicious combination of sweet and savory, making it a great comfort food combination. Fall is all about comfort and this dish really brings that to the table. We made the waffles with a mix and added sea salt and rosemary to make them a savory addition to our menu. Then we poured them into a waffle maker.

To make brinner even easier, we picked up some fried chicken from our local grocer. The only added touch that we did was infusing the bacon with an espresso and maple syrup glaze, which was a fun indulgence to give that tasty sweet and savory flavor. Our maple espresso bacon was based off our friend Sweet Pauls recipe, Espresso Maple Lacquered Bacon. So delectable. Once the bacon was complete, we were ready to eat!

 

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One of the best things about fall this year is the opportunity to incorporate one of the new colors — Sage — into our fall entertaining collection. Once we paired it with some Ivory and Paprika pieces, we weren’t sure how we lived without this color before. It’s a perfect addition for fall entertaining.

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We couldn’t leave out a tasty beverage; after all, the world LOVES pumpkin spice, so we thought we’d do a decaf pumpkin spice latte for dinner. This has a dual purpose; it’s both  a beverage and dessert! For little kiddos you could do chocolate milk with whipped cream on top, or even hot cocoa with pumpkin spice creamer. The new tapered mug is a perfect match for drinks that call for whipped cream thanks to the larger, tapered rim.

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What are other fall food traditions that you make for your family and friends? Share them with us in the comments below.

Maple Marinated Bacon
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 8-10 pieces of uncured, nitrate free Bacon (about 2 pieces per person), Maple syrup of choice, 3 shots of decaf espresso.
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees, warm 1/2 cup of maple syrup in sauce pan, pour warmed maple and espresso syrup into two separate ramekins and stir together, baste uncooked bacon with warm espresso maple syrup, bake bacon for 15-20 min, remove from oven and baste with the second ramekin of warm espresso maple syrup, let cool and enjoy!
Adapted from Sweet Paul
Adapted from Sweet Paul
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Indoor Tent Sale

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Our outdoor Tent Sales might be over, but our indoor Tent Sales are just getting started! Come join us at our Everything Fiesta outlet in Sutton, WV or our Factory Retail Outlet in Newell, WV for sales on our seconds ware that can’t be passed up.

Indoor Tent Sale dates:

Everything Fiesta Outlet sale will be November 5th – 15th, 
Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm. 

The Factory Retail Outlet sale will be November 5th -15th, 
Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

We hope to see you there!

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Fall Centerpieces

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Here at Fiesta Dinnerware, we have two great loves: decorating and color! That’s why we love to incorporate our own dinnerware into our home decor. However, we also believe that with all the stresses in our busy lives, decorating the home should be easy and fun. That’s why we’ve come up with 6 fun and simple Fall Centerpiece ideas for you to create this season!

 

JamJars

Our Jam Jars are perfect for a centerpiece, or at individual place settings. Tie a bit of twine around each for the perfect, rustic autumn look.

 

3tier

Our 3 Tier Servers aren’t just for food! Pile it with miniature pumpkins and gourds, pinecones and leaves, for a fun fall look at every level!

 

Pines

For those candlelit dinners, why not use our XL Bistro Bowl? Fill it to the brim with pinecones, gourds, and whatever else screams autumn to you.

 

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One of our favorite things about fall is the color palette, but it’s also fun to branch out from the oranges and yellows. This centerpiece features our Large Platter and is adorned with tiny pumpkins and ivy for a sleeker look.

 

BreadTray

For smaller tabletops, consider our Bread Tray, decorated with leaves and pumpkins. We suggest Sage, which brings out the bright oranges and reds beautifully, but you can use whichever color you like!

 

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When it gets too cold for your mums to be outside, consider repotting in Fiesta! We used Jumbo Cups and the Small Baking Bowl to take these mums to the next level.

 

Post your own version of our centerpieces (or your very own creation!) on our Facebook page. We’d love to see what you come up with.

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2016 Discontinued Items

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One of our favorite things here at Homer Laughlin is bringing our customers new items and colors every year. The excitement leading up to a color release leaves us feeling like little kids on Christmas Eve! However, to make room for all of these new products, we have to say goodbye to a few of our old ones. Below is the list of discontinued items for 2016:

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Easy Halloween Entertaining

Halloween is always a fun, but busy day for families. Between getting kids in their costumes, making dinner and entertaining friends and neighbors who stop by for some pre-trick or treating fun, there is a lot to take care of. To make your night easier, we gathered some tried and true, easy, and delicious recipes for your Halloween evening.

Most parents agree that getting in a nutritious meal before eating candy well into the evening is  always the goal, especially on Halloween. Chili is a crowd pleaser, even for picky eaters. Plus, it’s a quick meal you can prepare hours ahead of time (we think it’s even better if you make it the day before!).

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We followed a very simple family recipe we like to call “Halloween Chili Brew” that can even be done in the crockpot if you want to prep ahead. Or you can make it in a large stock pot or Dutch oven. Both options are simple and require little time. (You will find the recipe towards the bottom.)

 

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One of the best things about chili is that it’s an easy, casual meal that guests and kids can serve themselves with ease. Then you’re free to mingle with guests dropping by or tend to little ones. We set out the Jumbo Bowls in Shamrock for a nice easy-to-hold bowl for individual servings. We used the Large Bistro Bowl also in Shamrock for blue corn chips. The chili was cooked in a Dutch oven on the stove, then transferred to the Ivory Large Covered Casserole dish and kept in the oven to keep it warm. The Large Covered Casserole dish moves perfectly from the oven to the table and keeps food nice and warm.

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Of course our meal wouldn’t be complete without a beverage and what better beverage to serve than hot apple cider? We kept it wine free so everyone could enjoy it, but we will give you the recipe with with wine or without.

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The hot apple cider took about 60 seconds to prepare. It’s as easy as just pouring all the ingredients into the crockpot, slicing an apple and orange, turning the crockpot on low and waiting for it to get nice and warm.

 

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We placed the crockpot on the buffet table so everything was in one accessible spot. The new Tapered Mugs are perfect for enjoying a warm beverage, especially on a crisp evening.

To dress up the buffet table, we used black burlap strips to create a fun texture in place of a tablecloth. That kept things simple and prevented some of the messes from little ones who would be serving themselves. White pumpkins in three different sizes made for a great addition to the color scheme on the buffet table. Behind the buffet table, market lights and a chalkboard banner hung in the background to add to the ambiance. Simple decor like this is perfect to leave up for the entire fall season, making it even easier to entertain guests at a later date or on a spur of the moment.

 

Final

Fiesta mixing bowls have so many uses outside of the kitchen. We filled the medium mixing bowl with candy for trick or treaters. Just imagine what a lovely fall evening you’ll have sitting on the porch with a delicious cup of hot apple cider warming your hands and passing out candy to the neighborhood kids.

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We hope you have a fun, safe, family filled day with lots of laughter this Halloween.

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Halloween Chili Brew
Serves 12
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs of Ground Beef
  2. 1 Medium white or yellow onion chopped
  3. 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper cut into strips
  4. 1 16oz can of Tomatoes
  5. 2 Cups of water
  6. 1 12oz can of Tomato Paste
  7. 1 cup black sliced olives
  8. 3/4 cup of oats, uncooked
  9. 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of Chili Powder
  10. 2 1/2 teaspoons of Salt
  11. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  12. Tortilla Chips
  13. Cheddar Cheese Shredded
Instructions
  1. Brown meat, Bell pepper and Onion in large skillet, then drain
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to skillet and mix well
  3. Cover and let simmer for 30 min.
Notes
  1. Can also be cooked using a crockpot.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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7th Annual Paint a Plate

We would like to personally invite anyone that will be in the Newell, WV area (or who wants to make a road trip!) to our 7th annual Kids Paint-a-Plate! The event is free to the public, and a way for us to give back to families in the community. Your children will have a blast painting their very own Homer Laughlin plate, and will enjoy the keepsake for years to come. 

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Oh So Delicioso Pumpkin Bread

 

Hi there! I’m Kadee and I blog over on Oh So Delicioso where we loooove food. You’ll find beautiful photography, food tips, party ideas, and lots and lots of delicious recipes. I’m excited to be a guest blogger and share one of my favorite recipes with you all.

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I am a big Fiesta fan and have a particular love affair with the bakeware. There is something about have a beautiful baking dish that makes preparing and eating food so much better. I’m pretty much in love with this beautiful loaf pan in lapis.

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Today I wanted to share one of my favorite fall flavors – pumpkin! I don’t discriminate when it comes to pumpkin. I’ll take the cakes, the cookies, and pies, and the bread! Which is what I am going to be talking about today – bread. I love quick breads – but there is something about pumpkin that is so special. I adore that earthy flavor combined with the spices of the season. For a little punch of creaminess I added in a cream cheese filling. You’re looking at heaven on a plate right here.

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The only thing I don’t like about this recipe is waiting for it to bake! I wish I could snap my fingers and have a perfectly baked quick bread in seconds. There is a plus side though – by the end of the baking time your house will smell like heaven.

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If you can wait long enough for this baby to cool, you’ll cut into perfectly moist, flavorful pumpkin cream cheese bread. This recipes makes 2 loaves, so you won’t have to worry about sharing. You’ll have one for you, and one for a neighbor.

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So without further delay – let me give you this easy, yummy, and perfect for fall recipe.

Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups sugar
  2. 1 cup vegetable oil
  3. 15 oz can of pumpkin
  4. 4 eggs lightly beaten
  5. 2/3 cup water
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. 2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1 tsp nutmeg
  9. 1 tsp allspice
  10. 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  11. 1 tsp cinnamon
  12. 3 1/2 cups flour
  13. 2 tsp salt
  14. 8 ounces cream cheese
  15. 1 egg
  16. 1/3 cup flour
  17. 1 cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. With hand or stand mixer, mix 3 cups sugar, oil, pumpkin and 4 eggs until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, 3 1/2 cups flour and salt.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Spray two Fiesta 9 inch loaf pans with nonstick spray. Add 1/4 of the batter to each loaf pan, set aside.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, beat cream cheese, I egg, 1/3 cup flour and 1 cup sugar until well combined.
  7. Add half of the cream cheese mixture to each loaf pan—making a vertical line down the center of the pumpkin batter.
  8. Top each loaf pan with remaining pumpkin batter.
  9. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

Kadee is a contributor to Oh So Delicioso and provided the recipe and photography for this guest blog post. 

Kadee Morrison, Oh So Delicioso

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Spellbinding Setting Tablescape Contest

Halloween Tablescape Contest

Leaves dot the ground, crunching under the feet of children playing in the crisp autumn air, and carved pumpkins adorn the patios of every home. While children are buzzing with excitement to go trick-or-treating, and eerie decorations are being displayed, there’s only one way to add to the Halloween spirit: by showing off your Fiesta dinnerware for our Spellbinding Setting Tablescape Contest!

Post a photo of your Halloween tablescape featuring Fiesta dinnerware for a chance to win 6 items of your choosing from our Halloween Collection!

 

***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 ten entries with the most “likes” will be selected as finalists. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges here at HLC.

The Spellbinding Setting Tablescape Contest ends October 26th at 8am and we will announce a winner on our Facebook timeline later that day. All entries and votes must be submitted by this time. 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, contact information and what colors they would like.

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

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A Sugary Halloween With Fiesta Dinnerware

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Hi! I’m Julia Murphy and I’m crazy excited to be guest blogging here for Fiesta Dinnerware. My family has been using Fiesta Dinnerware for generations. My grandmother had a Fiesta teapot on her shelf for decades and I’ve been using Fiesta on a daily basis since 1997.

My husband and I currently live in Heidelberg, Germany. We love to travel, try new things, make new friends, and explore. I’m a self-taught home baker. A few YouTube videos on the magic of buttercream plus work on the science of baking has brought me to a place where I like the look of what I create and how it tastes. New projects and techniques are labeled ‘test kitchen’ on my blog, The Sugary Shrink, so I can remind myself that nothing has to be perfect. My goal is for the outside design to match the inside deliciousness.

I hope you like what I have prepared for you this month.

At the first hint of autumn, I get excited for my favorite holiday season.  It begins with Halloween and continues through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. This year is no different. We love to invite our friends over for fun and spooky-good times!  After an easy dinner of chili and cornbread, a costume contest, and maybe a talent show – we’ll attack the dessert table before settling in for an evening of classic board games.

The Dessert Table

This dessert table was inspired my all-time favorite – Candy Corn! I love the colors, the look and the flavor.

 

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When I prepare a dessert table, I like to offer popular choices so everyone’s happy. It’s also important to appeal all the senses. The scent of the Granny Smith apples, hot cocoa, and fresh fruit kabobs is an additional draw because it mingles with the scent of cupcakes and buttercream.

Combining textures is another great technique to keep things visually interesting. The Fiesta Dinnerware paired with a wooden box next to a wire cake stand allows these different textures to play off one another.

Varying the height of displays helps break up any sense of visual monotony. I aim for visual balance, for example the box with the Slate Large Disc Pitcher on the left is at the same level as the Baking Tray of Jumbo Mugs on the right.  The Appetizer Plates are balanced with the candy corn candle holder while the Bread Trays and Omni Trays establish a solid base.

 

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I’ve stacked the Shamrock Witch Appetizer plate with a Lemongrass Dessert plate to add color and fun. The black and white paper straws are in a Poppy tapered Mug.  This combination, with three different levels, keeps a nice visual balance.

The Desserts!

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I am in love with this omni tray! An omni tray means it’s a party and this time was no exception. I combined two Poppy and two Slate omni trays and added a Poppy ramekin for the center and finished with a Slate 15” Round baking tray. The combination is a real showstopper.

The center is filled with a chocolate, peanut butter, and cream cheese dip to compliment the other dessert items of yogurt covered pretzels, graham crackers, Oreos and Clementine’s.

How about a few Monster Cupcakes?

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Vanilla Cupcakes are perfect for a design like these. I tint the batter to match the cupcake liner. I tinted the FrankenCupcake green, the Purple Periscope is tinted purple and the Chocolate Orange Rose tinted orange to match their respective colored cupcake liners. Monster cupcakes might be the perfect party activity for guests of all ages.

If you make these cupcakes for your party guests this season, consider topping cupcakes with crushed pretzels or nuts, flaked coconut, swirls of caramel, and always remember to add eyes for the monster effect.

Orange Ombre Cake

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This chocolate layer cake is three layers of delicious! The design is forgiving and approachable for the home baker. A Sunflower 12” cake plate is ideal for the 8” round cake and the colors pair very well. The frosting is vanilla buttercream in a light orange ombré finish. I cut out a construction paper Scary Boo Cat, to echo the Lemongrass Boo Cat, and taped a coffee stir stick on the back then gently set him down off-center.

When I first started decorating cakes, I tried to make each and every cake perfect. No lines, no smears, no flaws. But that’s not real life and that’s certainly not me. Now I embrace a more relaxed style when it comes to buttercream and cake and I hope you do too.

I don’t know if I can celebrate Halloween without a candied apple and I’m not willing to find out! These Granny Smith apples are a generous size and not for the faint of heart. The white bread tray is a wonderful showcase for these treats and is perfect for taking from refrigerator to the table.

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These candy apples have natural sticks that I cleaned, blanched, and then twisted into the center of the cleaned, dried apple until firmly in place. After the apple was dipped in caramel sauce, I rolled it around several different kinds of coating. This is where the fun begins!

Though peanuts are a traditional choice, not all my guests can eat nuts – so I crushed a few pretzels instead.  It’s a terrific crunch and is a flavor buddy to caramel and apples; the candy corn screams party. Other options to be included next time could be cupcake sprinkles, mini-chocolate morsels, toasted coconut and toffee chips.

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These three Bread Trays: White, Poppy, and Sunflower continue the theme of candy corn and Halloween.

The Poppy bread tray has two different kinds of treat, fresh fruit kabobs of dark grapes and kiwi chunks. The color of the fruit supports the Halloween theme and is a wonderful alternative to baked goods and is a beautiful contrast to the Poppy.

Sugary Shrink tip: After completing kabobs, go back and cut away the pointed end of the stick to reduce the risk that anyone is harmed with a kabob skewer.

On the other half of the Poppy bread tray is a chocolate mocha ball with coconut. I bought this at the store because it looked festive and offered a different flavor.  When it comes to dessert tables– it’s about the hosts’ comfort level and reduced anxiety. If baking at home is too much, consider attempting one item. If that’s still too much, buy all the things! It’s a party and what matters is time spent with family and friends.

Rice krisp Candy Corn Wedges

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You didn’t know how badly you needed these in your life until this very moment. They are as fun and easy they look. For this dessert table, I used my 10” cake round, which required about one and a half times the standard marshmallow treat recipe. Add color just at the very end of the marshmallows melting, remove from heat, stir in cereal, and press into pan. Placing a round of parchment paper at the bottom of the pan and liberally butter the sides made for a very easy release onto the cutting board.  I scored the entire round with my cake slicer and sliced the wedges apart with a heavy knife.

These Jumbo Mugs are the hit of the party!  They’re so much fun and it seems everyone has their favorite. Halloween is a perfect time for hot cocoa with marshmallows and this mug can handle anything you throw at it.

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Five jumbo mugs fit very nicely on the White 15” round baking tray sitting on an upended Poppy Hostess Bowl.  This combination adds color, height, and provides a great base for these hot mugs. Watch as your guests match their mug to their appetizer or luncheon plate, adults and children alike.

Quite frankly, this Jumbo Mug is one of my favorite, go-to mugs.  I might turn right around and have cereal or oatmeal in one or later in the day, a bit of soup. It’s like a bowl with a handle.

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Once the cake is sliced, the plates fill up.  There are very few rules when it comes to party guests serving themselves.  It’s about creating a welcoming atmosphere filled with love and acceptance and fun. Fiesta Dinnerware does that, it brings fun and says, “You’re family here.”

The best part of Fiesta and Halloween is the amusement and the memories. So many years of helping our kids get dressed up for Halloween, the occasional family costume (In 2005 we went as Yahtzee) or those drizzly nights my life partner dressed up as a mummy to hand out candy. Halloween has nostalgia and traditions.These are the same words I use when it comes to Fiesta Dinnerware. Fiesta is fun and each family has unique traditions that keep time anchored. This year as I add the Halloween Bats and Whoo Owl design to my party, I will also be adding a new tradition that extends the good memories of past years with the new memories of today.

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