Throwing the Perfect Movie Award Night Party

 

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

At Fiesta Dinnerware, we’ll take any opportunity to throw a party. Food and friends – it’s what life’s all about! So with the biggest movie award night just around the corner, we decided it’s lights, camera, action for a party themed around one of our favorite movies of the year…La La Land. Our décor, food, drink, and party favor all are inspired by this beautiful film about a jazz musician and actress searching for fame in LA.

Here are some ideas to plan your own movie award night viewing party:

Lay out the red carpet. Since our theme is based on La La Land, we’re rolling out a “piano carpet” that we found online. Ask a few friends to act like the paparazzi as your guests arrive.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Dress for the occasion. How often do we get a chance to dress up? Do like the stars do and dress to the nines! You could even go a step further and ask your guests to dress like their favorite actor or actress.

Provide a star-studded backdrop. Try using a giant movie poster as your backdrop. And don’t forget plenty of props like hats, boas and sunglasses.

Make show stopping snacks. Set up a buffet table with gourmet snacks. Be sure to coordinate your dinnerware and serveware with the theme of your party. With our La La Land theme, we’re using a Fiesta Dinnerware color palette of Lapis, Cobalt, White, and new color Daffodil (look for Daffodil in stores and online this June!).

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

We’re serving a variety of simple foods, but it’s the extra touches that make each dish special. Our menu includes:

Truffle Oil Parmesan Popcorn: Make or buy premade popcorn. Drizzle with a combination of melted butter and truffle oil. Sprinkle with shaved parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. We found some fun glammed up movie theater popcorn bags in which to serve the popcorn. People can scoop it right out of a Fiesta Signature Bowl.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Chicken on a Stick: At one point in the movie, the main character Sebastian mentions that he’d like to open a jazz club called “Chicken on a Stick” in honor of Charlie Parker. It’s a no brainer what we’re serving after a comment like that!

We’re grilling chicken skewers and serving them with a variety of sauces, like barbeque, honey mustard and peanut sauce. Our friends at Oh So Delicioso have a recipe for a yummy Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Serve the Chicken on a Stick on a Medium Oval Platter with the dipping sauces in our Bouillon Bowls set on top of a Small Bread Tray. Three of the bowls fit perfectly in the Small Bread Tray.

Cheese Tray for a Star: We’re having some fun with a set of star cookie cutters in various sizes to get our cheese tray Hollywood ready. Just cut different types of cheese into star shapes and serve with crackers and some dried fruit. We served our cheese tray on a Square Handled Serving Tray.

The new Bistro Crescent Plate is the perfect size and shape for serving small bites at a party. Don’t you think?

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Camera Ready Cupcakes: Is it possible to have a party without cupcakes? It would be hard to convince us otherwise. Vanilla cupcakes are always a hit. Need a recipe? Look no further than The Sugary Shrink. We’re sprinkling ours with gold stars to dress them up.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Here’s a fun Fiesta hack: turn a Cup upside down and place an Appetizer Plate on top to make a mini cake stand. Or a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down topped with any plate or platter for a larger cake stand.

Create a signature drink. Champagne will always do in a pinch, but creating your own signature drink makes the party all that more glam. We’re serving a La La Lapis Martini (recipe below).

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

La La Lapis Martini Recipe

Ingredients:
Lemon wedge
Ice cubes
1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) citron vodka or vodka
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) blue curacao
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 

Directions:
1. Moisten rim of chilled martini glass with lemon wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto small plate, and dip moistened rim into the sugar to coat lightly. 
2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curacao, and lemon juice; cover and shake.
3. Strain into martini glass and garnish with lemon wedge.

* Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

Cast your ballots. Before the show starts, provide a ballot sheet listing all the nominees. Ask your guests to cast their votes. Whoever predicts the most wins, gets a prize of their own!

Present your party favors. After the best picture is announced, give your guests some swag. We decided at our party, everyone goes home a winner. It’s golden statues all around: chocolate pops decked out in edible gold, of course!

Plan an Oscar worthy Academy Award party with some simple tips from Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Are you planning a movie award night party? If so, please share your party ideas with us by tagging Fiesta Dinnerware on Facebook or Instagram.

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The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Are you hosting Thanksgiving, or perhaps a “Friendsgiving” this year? Planning, delegating and cooking can be quite stressful! Something that’s often neglected in the midst of all the Thanksgiving prep is how to set your buffet table.

Well, we have your back with a “Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table” that is pretty, colorful and provides a simple flow as your guests load up their plates.

It all starts with the buffet table itself. We used a basic six-foot folding table covered with a tablecloth that complemented our color scheme. To add visual interest and height to the dishes toward the back of the table, we placed two boxes underneath the tablecloth. This not only looks more pleasing to the eye, but it makes it easier for people to reach the food that isn’t right up front.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Next, we outlined our menu and pulled the serving pieces we’d be using for each dish.

We started with a stack of dinner plates in a variety of seasonal colors: (from top to bottom) Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower, Scarlet, Shamrock, Tangerine, Claret, and Lemongrass. It’s a good idea to place the dinner plates in the front corner where the buffet line will start.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Then we used a 3 Tier Server for rolls and other breads, followed by salad, a side dish and casserole. The salad and side dish will be served in our multipurpose Bistro Bowls in Medium and Large sizes. And the casserole is featured in a traditional 9×13” Rectangular Baker. (PS: All of our dishes can be heated safely in the oven up to 350 degree and bakeware can go up to 500 degrees.)

At the center of the feast is the star of the day: turkey! Depending on how large your bird is, we have a variety of serving platters in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. We’re planning for a lot of leftovers, so we used the Extra Large Oval Platter.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Condiments like cranberries and butter are next. We used the Individual Casserole for our cranberries and the Extra Large Covered Butter for the butter.

Napkins and flatware are best placed at the end of the line so your guests aren’t juggling them while piling up their plates.

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

Finally, it’s time for dessert. Yum! We made room for a pie and a cake. For the pie, we used the Deep Dish Pie Baker. For the cake, we spiced it up with a little Fiesta hack to create a “plate stand.” We turned a Hostess Serving Bowl upside down and placed a Baking/Pizza Tray on top. To serve dessert, a stack of Salad Plates finishes off the assortment of dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware Hostess Bowl in Turquoise

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We sprinkled in some mini pumpkins, flowers and greenery to decorate and soften the tablescape. With the buffet table set, we’re ready for full bellies and naps!

The Fiesta Guide to Setting a Thanksgiving Buffet Table

We’d love to see how you like to set your buffet and dining tables for Thanksgiving. On Facebook, feel free to send us pictures or post them in the comments.

Fiesta Dinnerware wishes you and your your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you take this opportunity to count your blessings. We certainly are thankful for you!

 

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A Christmas Dessert Table

 

A Dessert Tablescape

I love this time of year and I’m so happy to be back with a Christmas post full of sweet delights! I have wonderful, sweet memories of kids when they were younger and stockings and decorating a tree. And, there are certainly the memories of our early married years which includes Christmas mornings featuring upcycled toys, hand-stitched gifts, and stockings with more fresh fruit than chocolate candy.

No matter where we are today, it’s the time together that matters most for me. This year is an especially exciting since all our people will gather together and those with a partner are bringing them along for the fun.

What’s a family gathering without delicious food and a dessert table to pick from all day long? This year, I wanted to focus on the fun of Christmas and created a mixed bag of desserts to choose from while incorporating the new 12 Days Of Christmas sets.

I am crazy about the new Fiesta Twelve Days of Christmas Salad Plates and Java Mugs! This first in a series of three is gorgeous and functional – which is right in my butter zone. My favorite feature of this design is the liberal use of color I can pair with it – Lapis, Sunflower, Scarlet, Shamrock, Slate, and Tangerine.

The Lapis Luncheon plate looks amazing with the four Calling Birds. Right away, the start of the dessert table begins with a personal-sized Cherry Pie baked directly in the Bouillon Bowl. I love baking in this shape and the ramekins for portion control and ease of serving.

Individual Pies in Bouillon Bowls

 

So much of the fun of being a kid at a family gathering during the holidays – nobody is paying too much attention to a houseful of children running through the place.

This Lollipop Tree is an ideal distraction from the chocolate and offers an alternative to some common allergies. It’s made with a Styrofoam cone hot-glued to a round piece of cardboard (I used a cake board) and stuck with nearly four pounds of DumDum pops. It’s a party all by itself! A shiny bow on top finishes the look.

I sat the tree on a Shamrock Luncheon plate and hot glued it to an upended Shamrock Tapered Mug. Later when you want to take these two apart, let them soak in a sink of hot soapy water or pop the whole thing into the dishwasher, if you have one.

Sugary Shrink Tip: If you need to take a dish to a community holiday gathering – take one of these! I’ve seen one get destroyed in less than 10 minutes, it was amazing.

(Caution: watch for choking hazards with the wee ones.)

 

A Christmas Dessert Table

 

 

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I think the star of this table is the Scarlet Tiered Serving Center with a Red Velvet Cake on top. From top to bottom, this focal point is filled with fun and deliciousness.

This structure is pieced together with Hostess Serving Bowl as the base, 12” Cake Tray, Ring-handled Mug, and a Luncheon Plate.

The Triple-Layer Red Velvet Layer Cake is filled with Cream Cheese Buttercream and finished with a light crumb coat. I topped it with everything but the kitchen sink! There are three snow-covered trees with red ornaments: ice cream cones, buttercream, and mini-M&Ms. Yogurt covered pretzels, Hershey Kisses, Peppermint Bark, and a few Raffaellos complete the look.

When contemplating the fussiness of the top compared to the simple frosting I realized the look was quite balanced.

The Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream will keep that family member happy who says, “Just give me chocolate and everything will be ok.”

Remember, to cover the buttercream with the sprinkles connect with the frosting, treat each cupcake immediately after the swirl. Don’t wait until you’ve piped a whole tray, the buttercream will likely set and the sprinkles will slide off not sticking to the frosting.

A Christmas Cake from the Sugary Shrink

 

Popcorn balls and cupcakes

Popcorn Balls is this year’s hot, hot dessert. One thing I love about making popcorn balls is that you can get creative! Add in your favorite candy, nuts, dried fruit, crushed pretzels, toffee bits, etc. Don’t be afraid of this classic. In the past I was nervous about boiling sugar, but a few successes with my candy thermometer helped reduce the anxiety.

Another option is to treat the popcorn like you would Rice Krispie treats and make the popcorn balls with butter and a bag of marshmallows. Did you know you can do that!? It’s simple and easy and your family and friends will go bonkers wanting more.

If adding chocolate, wait until the marshmallows are fully integrated and the pan has begun to cool – just as it’s time to start forming the balls.

For a dessert table, I chose to form smaller treats – a bocce sized ball instead of a traditional softball size.

My Omni Trays look like a Wreath this year!

Shamrock is such an amazing color and ideal for creating a wreath with a Scarlet center with the Omni tray. This combination is a classic and makes for a perfect platform for all those Christmas Cookies scored at your annual cookie exchange.

I didn’t attend one this year, so I decided to fill the trays with some of my favorites – mostly homemade goodies.

Holiday treats in an all Shamrock Entertaining Set

In the 12 o’clock position are two amazing donuts I found at the bakery – tinted glazed donuts. They were stunning and almost too pretty to eat.

The Rice Krispie Trees are one my favorites – the design is very approachable and the result is Christmas fun. I used a triangle cookie cutter, piped on very thin buttercream, sprinkled the non-pareils, and chocolate-glued a wafer cookie on for a trunk. I promise you these will disappear.

The Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Star) Cookies are a classic in Germany. The cinnamon goodness gets even more delicious year after year. The light glaze is just enough sweetness to this very moist and slightly spongey cookie.

The Sugar Cookie Marzipan Wreath is a new one for me this year. I’m not much of a cookie baker at all. I can prepare of pan of dropped cookies or no-bake yumminess – but I begin to fall apart at the step “roll dough flat.”

My cookies have a more ‘rustic circle’ quality to it, so I needed some cover-up. Marzipan holly leaves worked great as a cover and a wreath was born. Each cookie only needs a few mini-M&Ms, which means anything remaining is a reward for yourself, just some of the perks of baking.

Sugary Shrink Tip: Don’t be stingy with the tinting gel, be bold and your creations will be the talk of the party.

Cookie-Wreath with Marzapan

A Fiesta Wreath full of sweet treats

The Java Mugs are intended to coordinate perfectly with the Christmas Dessert Plates. I love the level of detail in each design – the clear colors, numbers, and aesthetic of each day represents the quality of the work that has gone into this new series. Who else is anxious to see the next set?!

A Christmas classic in a non-drinking household is hot apple cider with extra cinnamon. It’s as if these mugs were made just for me! And of course for you too! Nothing says holidays in the cold like coming into a warm kitchen with apple cider on the stove.

12 Days of Christmas Mug Set

I couldn’t find a real Poinsettia plant anywhere, however, this silk arrangement looks terrific in my Sunflower Large Disc Pitcher. The colors coordinate with the Twelve Days of Christmas and looks incredibly Christmassy.

A holiday arrangement of Poinsettias in a Sunflower Vase

There was room on my 15” White Baking Tray for a few brave Christmas Trees. These inverted ice cream cones are covered with buttercream and sugar pearls to make these adorable Christmas Trees. I then placed them to sit on a chocolate cupcake with a base cover of white vanilla Buttercream. Aren’t there always-young ones running around who would gladly tackle this beauty?

Christmas Tree Cupcakes full of Buttercream

 

As many parties as I’ve attended, slicing the cake is the tell-tale sign that “desserts have started!” My favorite aspect of slicing and serving a cake is watching my family and friends jab their fork into that first bite and returning with “hmm…mmm… oh yeah…mmmm.” It’s cake talk for, “how soon is too soon for seconds?”

12 Days of Christmas Plate Set

I simply love all the color on this Christmas dessert table. It’s welcoming and inviting, but mostly sweet thanks to the desserts and the family that will share them with us.

The holidays are loaded with individual, family, and cultural traditions. I know we each carried the traditions of our youth into our new family and we had an opportunity to start our own traditions. Now, it’s very rewarding to watch our family develop some of their own Christmas traditions.

I love that Fiesta has been and continues to be a part of our holiday celebrations – right alongside the Christmas Tree with too many ornaments, the Christmas present that was put away in a “safe place” in August that no one can remember where, and the regifted decorative candle.

I appreciate the relationships I enjoy with our people and do not take them for granted. Mostly, I am joy-filled in my walk today.

 

DIY Fiesta Tiered Cake Stand

 

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving Planning Tips

 

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Two weeks before

  • Plan your menu: Don’t make more food than you need. While it’s ok to make sure you have more than enough food, don’t make so much that you will have trouble eating or storing it in your kitchen. This will save you the stress of unnecessary prep and money spent.
  • Write Your Shopping listsWhile you’re writing your shopping list, this will give you a jumping off point of what other things you will need to plan for. Having your shopping list done early will help you plan out which dishes you will need ahead of time. For example, will you need a rectangular baker or a XL serving platter?
  • Plan your tablescape: Take out items from storage and wash them, if needed.

Monday Before

  • Go grocery shopping for all items.
  • Write out on post-it notes which serving dishes will be used for which recipe.
  • Set your table to create a beautiful, yet functional tablescape.

Tuesday Before

  • Let turkey thaw.
  • Prep food ie, cut veggies and ingredients up to get them ready for your recipes.
  • Prep pie crust if making from scratch.
  • Cooking a fresh turkey? Pick it up from the store or local farm.

Wednesday Before

  • Cook side dishes that can be made early.
  • Peel potatoes and store in water in fridge.
  • Chill wine and/or alcohol.
  • Bake pies in oven early in the day.

Thanksgiving Day

  • Put appetizers in oven or finish preparation.
  • Take turkey out of fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Allow for at least four hours time for the turkey to cook (check recommended cooking times for the size of bird you have).
  • Make mashed potatoes 45 minutes before dinner.

These steps will help you do a little each day and prevent you from spending hours on your feet in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, allowing more time to be with your family enjoying food and laughter.

Thanksgiving Planning Tips

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How to Style the Perfect #Shelfie with Fiesta Dinnerware

Portrait-Citrus

Capturing images and sharing them with our friends and family on social media is one of the most fun aspects the digital age. Afterall, we are proud and love the items we have in our lives, especially if it has anything to do with Fiesta Dinnerware. In this blog post, we decided to play around with the digital trend known as a “shelfie” — decoratively styling the shelves of your cabinets and show you our three best shelfies along with some tips on styling your own.

Color Scheme: Our first tip is to decide what your color scheme will be. Once you decide on the colors you are going to display, then you can select the items you want to have on your shelves. In our three different shelfies, we created three different looks:

 

  1. an ombre scheme of greens and blues
  2. a collection of retro mod style
  3. a citrus color theme

Fiesta Tip: Have more items than will fit on your shelves? Fret not! The idea of shelfies is that they are a fun ever-changing piece of functional art in your home that can easily be switched out.

Functionality: If you’re styling a shelfie with Fiesta Dinnerware, chances are it will be somewhere close to your kitchen or dining room. Deciding how functional you want your shelfie to be will help you decide what accessories you will want to add to the shelves. We added coffee beans, sugar and a french press to one of our shelfies because it’s close to our breakfast nook.

 

Retro-Mod--Tall

Reto-Close-up-Top-Two

 

Horizontal and Vertical: To keep your shelfies looking visually interesting, use a variety of sizes of items and place them either in a horizontal or vertical manner. It creates interest and shows personality.

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Size: While it’s important to show off your own personal style, be practical about the extra items that you add to your shelfie to be the most aesthetically pleasing. For example, don’t add in any accessories that are bigger than the largest dish on each shelf. Extra items should generally be small to medium sized for best results.

Books: Regardless of the type of shelfie that you decide on, books always make it better. Since our shelfie consists of dishes, we decided to add cookbooks and magazines.

 

Reto-Middle-Close-up

Grouping and Layers of Colors: The idea with this rule is to create variety within the color scheme that you choose. In all of our looks, we have shown groups of like colors and/or layers of color but have varied the amount of each. By doing both, you get to show off your Fiesta collection and sense of color style.

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Plants and Flowers: Add in plants or flowers to your shelfie. It adds a soft touch and keeps your shelfie looking natural and real.

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Take A Step Back: Once you completely style your shelfie, take a step back and remove one or two items off each shelf. The idea here is that you don’t want it to look cluttered. If any item seems to be out of place, remove it and reassess. If you are pleased with what you see, you’re done! Enjoy and use #FiestaShelfie so we can see your best shelfie!

Ombre-Pieces-

The Lemongrass deep dish pie baker is discontinued (Bottom Left Corner) , however we do have some stock still available online. So if it caught your, eye get one while you can!

 

 

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Summer Fiesta Desk Makeover






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We love coming up with fun new ways to incorporate Fiesta Dinnerware into your everyday life. So we thought of several creative new ways to incorporate Fiesta into your workspace. We used new color Slate along with Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower and Tangerine to brighten up this desk space. These colors are a great reflection of the colors of summer and bring an energetic burst to this Fiesta inspired workspace.

Entertaining-Set-in-Desk

We used the entertaining set in one side desk drawer for colorful organization of common office items. Mints, keys, highlighters, sticky notes and business cards are all organized in it’s own space with easy and clear access to items. We used a custom mix of Slate, Poppy, Tangerine, Turquoise and Sunflower. The Slate is now available in the omni tray.

Fiesta-Rectangular-Baker

Thinking outside the world of folders, the rectangular baker works perfectly to keep all your notes, documents and other paperwork in place and organized. We use the Tangerine rectangular baker pictured here.

Inside-Top-Desk

Mosts desks have a top middle drawer that usually ends up being the catch-all drawer for everything. We came up with a solution for that.

 

Turquoise and Poppy napkin holders with the small bread tray make the perfect contained spaces for journals, phones, wallets and any other larger office supplies that need the perfect home. We took advantage of the size of the Sugar Packet Caddy for rubber bands, push-pins and paperclips. The coordinating colors used are in Poppy, Turquoise and Slate.

 

Are you someone who likes having a few items right on your desk to grab and go? We thought you might need some office supply organization on top of your desk as well.

Bead-Tray

Another small bread tray in Slate is used to hold the more often used items with a Turquoise ramekin for paper clips. Having these items easily available will help you to stay more organized throughout your day. And we bet make you smile.

 

We also thought of a great way to dress up a square box planter. Perfect for bringing in some outdoor elements. You’ve probably also noticed the Fiesta Dinnerware table runner that we have used to run across the desk to add more color and texture.

Suuculents-Square-Tray

The square handled serving tray in Turquoise is layered with a Sunflower napkin holder to bring out the color of the succulents. The layering effect gives the plant a little extra oompf and helps to balance out the other side of the desk.

Umbrella

We even found a way to store your umbrella in a way that will prevent the carpet around your desk from getting wet on a rainy day. The large canister in Slate was a the perfect choice for our color combination.

Focus-Tapered-Mug

We hope you get creative and find a way to fit Fiesta Dinnerware into your deskspace at home or at work. It just may make you want to hang out at your desk and enjoy your coffee in one of our new tapered mugs, the one featured here is in Tangerine.

 

We also wanted to give you a special bonus for your workspace. Did you notice the wallpaper on the computer monitor in the images? If not you can see it and download the wallpaper below.

 

Full-Desk-Shot

The new tapered mug (available now) and Slate trivet are the perfect mug and coaster option for your deskspace. The trivet could double as a paper weight. We also love the size of the sugar bowl. It’s another great accent that can hold supplies. Unless you decide you need your personal sugar bowl for work, either way it works as a stylish functional element.

 

We hope that you enjoy using Fiesta Dinnerware in different ways. If you decide to organize your home or work office space with Fiesta, share the details in our comments section below or on our Facebook and Pinterest pages!

 

Download the wallpaper here. 

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Fiesta Hacks: Bathroom Edition

In our first post on Fiesta Hacks we showed you how to introduce the vivid colors and classic shapes of Fiesta® dinnerware into your home in some pretty unique ways.  From a toothbrush holder vase to egg tray paint palettes we wanted to add a dash of Fiesta to the unexpected and encourage you to do the same.

This time we’re coming to you with a very special series of hacks, all taking place in one of the most heavily used (and often neglected) rooms of the house: the bathroom.  

Fiesta Bathroom

This is the space where we go to get clean and polished, yet many times the bathroom can fall into a state of chaos, cluttered with outdated knickknacks and expired products. These simple solutions will help you breathe new life into your bathroom with an injection of bright, bold Fiesta dinnerware. 

Fiesta Bathroom Sink

Simplify your Sink

There’s no need to pile products onto your sink surround.  Clear the countertop clutter and you will be rewarded with a soothing backdrop for soaps and an easy space to clean.  

Our picks for a perfectly polished setup:  the colorful Soap Dispenser, Toothbrush Holder, and Soap Dish

Fiesta Bathroom Commode

Clean up the Commode

Let’s talk toilettes.  As far as we’re concerned, the best ones are always clean and well stocked.  Keep the essential supplies within easy reach by displaying in eye-catching Fiesta dishes.  

Fiesta Tank

Load a Bread Tray up with fragrant staples like room spray and a candle and perch the platter on top of your tank. A spare roll of paper is another welcome addition.

For extra credit, stow your toilette brush in a colorful container.  Ours is housed in a Poppy Medium Canister.

Fiesta Brush Holder

Fiesta Bathroom Window

Organize the Essentials

Bathroom shelves deserve love too!  No matter what your grooming routine consists of, Fiesta has got a vessel to contain it.  

Fiesta Bathroom Beauty

Corral your creams with a Fiesta Bread Tray.  The intense dose of color and structured profile can unify a mixed lot of bottles and tubes.  The high sides of a Loaf Pan will also do the trick. 

Fiesta Essentials

Stock up on cotton balls and swabs.  The Utility Jar is the perfect size for a supply of either of the soft white staples.  Another great pick is the Sugar Packet Caddy which holds cotton swabs upright and at the ready. 

Fiesta Vanity Top

Up the Style of your Vanity

We love collecting colorful cosmetics.  Be it cream or powder, those little gems can breathe life into your complexion and add a sparkle to your eyes.  Return the favor by displaying your beauty booty in cheerful Fiesta dishes.  

The flat, rectangular design of the Sugar Packet Caddy is perfect for holding tubes of lipstick, nail polish, or small cases of eye shadow.  

For larger items, reach for the exotic fan shape of the Omni Tray which will really make a statement if two or more are joined in a circular or snake-like assemblage.  

Fiesta Vanity

And who could forget the brushes?!  Round up your long-legged tools with the help of our curvy Tumbler.  You’ll be surprised at just how many you can squeeze in!

Fiesta Vanity Jewelery

Elevate your Baubles to a Display Worthy of their Splendor

The Three Tier Serving Tray is not just for petit fours.  This elegant space-saver is just as comfortable perched on your vanity.  Fill up the spacious plates with your favorite jewelry for a stunning display.  

 

Of course, these are just a few of the possible ways to integrate the cheerful good looks of Fiesta into your everyday routine.  How do you use Fiesta?

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The Perfect Vase

With spring in full bloom and Mother’s Day just around the corner, everyone is looking for the perfect arrangement of freshly cut flowers to brighten their homes. However, since the focus of these springtime bouquets are usually on the blossoms, we thought we’d switch up the conversation by discussing a different aspect of the flower arrangement.

Vase

So, we scoured our product line to find the perfect alternative vases to double the cheeriness and up the ante when you bring those bright buds home. Although it was tough to pick our favorites (as Fiesta made every arrangement look flawless!), our faves are as follows:

 

Demitasse Cup

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For those shorter stemmed flowers (possibly the ones your kids find in the backyard), you need a smaller, yet still super stylish, vase. No need to fret, we’ve got you covered with our Demitasse Cup.

 

Tumbler

tumbler

If you’ve got a Tumbler lying around, you’ve got a ready-made vase. Keep it in the bathroom to freshen things up, or bring it to the kitchen counter to show off!

 

Utensil Crock

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The Utensil Crock is perfect for the biggest bunch of blossoms you’ve got! A Small Canister would also work wonders if you don’t have the crock handy, as it’s about the same size.

 

Hostess Bowl

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We just had to include the Hostess Bowl in our vase lineup, as it’s one of our favorites to show off! The elegant design on the side is the perfect accompaniment to these pretty blooms, and the Shamrock shade gives an earthy feel to the arrangement.

 

Bouillon

bouillon

When the kids go out to pick dandelions, our Bouillon bowl is the ideal vessel to have waiting for them. Watch these yellow pests go from weed to chic inside this little bowl!

 

Disc Pitcher

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We can’t forget about one of our most popular pieces- the Disc Pitcher! The unique shape of this iconic item, paired with your favorite fragrant flora, will make for the flower ensemble of the season.

 

Medium Vase

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Although all of these options are fun and creative, there’s nothing wrong with opting for the classic: our Medium Vase, the perfect choice for Mother’s Day or any day 🙂

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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!

Fiesta Eggs Scattered

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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DIY Tea Cup Candles

DIY Tea Cup Candles

There’s nothing quite as homey as the low, flickering light and heady aroma of a burning candle.  Especially when it’s a homemade candle, hand-poured into a Fiesta® Tea Cup.

This charming craft is super simple to make and the results are so beautiful you won’t want to stop with one batch. Nor should you!  Try coming up with intriguing scent and color combos by pairing a luscious fragrance with a complementary Fiesta® hue.  For instance, fill a Fiesta Tea Cup in Lemongrass with a tropical coconut lime scent.  A Paprika cup would be the perfect vessel for a caramel apple candle.  

To get started on this candle-making mission you will need the following:

3 Fiesta Tea Cups

1 lb. soy wax flakes (microwavable)

3 candle wicks with metal base

1.5 oz. candle scent (about 0.5 oz. per candle)

1 microwaveable mixing container such as a measuring cup

Hot glue gun

Thermometer 

Tea Cup Candles Ingredients

First, thoroughly wash and dry your Fiesta Tea Cups.  Adhere the candle wick to the bottom of the cup with a dab of hot glue.  You can also use some melted wax to adhere.

Tea Cup Candles Wicks

Next, heat the soy wax in your microwave for 3 to 4 minutes, until the wax reaches a temperature of about 170°.  When the wax has cooled slightly (to about 160°) add candle fragrance.  

Pour the mixture into your tea cups. Gently adjust the wick so it is centered, using two pens to help prop it up.  

Tea Cup Candles Pouring

Let the candles sit until the wax is cooled and solid. 

Tea Cup Candles Setting

Trim wick down to about ¼”. 

If you can help it, allow the candles to cure for several days before burning to allow for the best scent throw. 

Tea Cup Candle Lemongrass

Tea Cup Candles Lighting

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