It Keeps Getting Better!

We know we’ve thrown a lot at you over this exciting week of new Fiesta Dinnerware introductions, but we’re not quite done yet. We promise, these are good!

There’s someone who’s near and dear to our hearts and we’re especially proud to honor her in true dinnerware fashion. The iconic Fiesta Dancing Lady is getting her own collection. Afterall, she’s our brand personified.

Fiesta Dinnerware new collection, featuring the iconic Dancing Lady, will be available in stores in March 2017 | www.alwaysfestive.com

Our Dancing Lady will be available on the following pieces:

  • 9” Luncheon Plate
  • Tapered Mug
  • Large Disc Pitcher
  • Miniature Disc Pitcher
  • 11 ¾” Chop Plate

Look for her in stores and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com in March.

We’re also introducing an Individual Bistro Crescent Plate. It rounds out our recent collection of bistro pieces, including the 3pc Bistro Place Setting, Bistro serving bowls, and Tapered Mug.

New Fiesta Dinnerware Individual Bistro Crescent Plate, available in stores soon! | www.alwaysfestive.com

The Individual Bistro Crescent Plate is so versatile, it can be used for serving side dishes, dips, nuts, appetizers, and more. In fact, it works perfectly nested against a traditional Fiesta Dinner or Luncheon Plate and especially the new Bistro Dinner Plate.

New Fiesta Dinnerware Individual Bistro Crescent Plate, available in stores soon! | www.alwaysfestive.com

It has the following dimensions: 4.375” long x 8” wide x 1.125” tall and will be available in stores and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com very soon in all 15 colors.

Do you love our Baking Bowls, but kinda wish they came in multi-color sets? We hear ya. So we came up with a series of color waves for our 3pc Baking Bowl Set and 2pc Prep Baking Bowl Set. The color selections include:

Bright Colors, 3pc Baking Bowl Set

  • Scarlet, 6 quart bowl
  • Poppy, 4 quart bowl
  • Sunflower, 2 ½ quart bowl

Cool Colors, 3pc Baking Bowl Set

  • Cobalt, 6 quart bowl
  • Turquoise, 4 quart bowl
  • Sunflower, 2 ½ quart bowl

2pc Prep Baking Bowl Set

  • Lemongrass, 2 quart bowl
  • Lapis, 1 ⅛ quart bowl

The multicolor Baking Bowl Sets will be available at retail in May.

You might have noticed we don’t make all of our bakeware in all of our 15 colors. Now we’re adding two more colors to the mix on select pieces: White and Lemongrass. You can find these two colors on the following pieces beginning in February:

  • Small Pie Baker
  • Utensil Crock
  • Deep Dish Pie Baker
  • Loaf Pan
  • Square Baker
  • Rectangular Baker

So, those are all of our most recent introductions. Which items are your favorites? Share your thoughts on social media using #fiestadinnerware. We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest.

If you missed any of our other announcements this week, be sure to check out our blog posts on our New Color Announcement, New Fiesta Floral Bouquet, New Christmas, and New Halloween. 

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New for Halloween 2017

Fiesta Dinnerware's 2017 Halloween collection. Select new pieces available beginning June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Calling all ghouls and goblins! We know it’s quite awhile until Halloween, but we’re so excited to share our new Halloween designs with you. They’ll definitely get you in a spooky spirit!

We’re adding several new designs to our Halloween collection. So without further ado…

Our Geo Pumpkins feature a metallic gold sheen to add some glam to your Halloween festivities. Geo Pumpkins will be available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware's new Geo Pumpkins design, available on a Luncheon Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Ramekin. Available at retail beginning June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Is our Harvest Moon Witch a good witch or a bad witch? It doesn’t really matter because she has lots of style flying across a gold metallic moon. This design also is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Harvest Moon Witch Design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

BOO! Trio of Boo Cats are stealthy but cute. They’ll be featured on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Trio of Boo Cats design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Skull & Vine is hauntingly elegant with its metallic design featured on our Foundry cast iron-like finish. Skull & Vine is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, 11 ¾” Chop Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl (perfect for serving candy).

 

How can you not smile at our Trio of Happy Pumpkins? This design also is featured on our Foundry finish. It’s available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Ramekin, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Trio of Happy Pumpkins design to Halloween collection. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

 

We’re also adding a Ramekin to our existing Halloween designs, including: Ghosts, Spooky Pumpkin, Trio of Skeletons, and Whoo Owl.

Are you pro pumpkin spice? We’re so on that train, so we came up with this adorable design: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice. It is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, Appetizer Plate and Tapered Mug.

Fiesta Dinnerware introduces new Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice design. Available June 2017. | www.alwaysfestive.com

Our Halloween designs will be available at better department stores, independent retailers, .coms, and at www.fiestafactorydirect.com by mid-June 2017.

How do you like to decorate your Fiesta tabletop for Halloween? Share your ideas on social media using #fiestadinnerware. PS: We’re on Instagram now @fiestadinnerware, so be sure to follow and share there in addition to Facebook and Pinterest.

Trio of Skeletons design from Fiesta Dinnerware | www.fiestafactorydirect.com

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Cookie Butter Cheesecake

Cheesecake PN1If any dessert deserves an entire day of celebration, it is without a doubt the cheesecake.  Buttery rich, dense, and creamy, cheesecake is undeniably decadent, yet, somehow it ranks as breakfast appropriate in our book (nothing says good morning like sugar-infused cream cheese and eggs!). 

Cheesecake FB6Over the years, we’ve perfected our classic cheesecake recipe and let us just say, this cake is a real knockout.   It’s thick and rich, yet lighter than your average cheesecake, giving it that perfect mouth-feel.  This ideal texture is achieved through the addition of mascarpone cheese, a versatile Italian cream cheese.

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While a plain cheesecake never disappoints, we felt like getting creative in the kitchen for this special day.  Say hello to an incredible combination you will forever crave: cookie butter + cheesecake.  If you haven’t been introduced to cookie butter yet, we recommend getting an extra jar to eat by the spoonful while making this cheesecake.  It’s that good.

Cheesecake FB5Cookie butter is essentially a peanut butter type spread made with Biscoff cookies.  Think of it as the flavor of cookie dough, with the texture of peanut butter, and no nutritional benefit to speak of.  But what it lacks in protein, it makes up for in deliciousness.

Cheesecake FB3To create the cookie butter element in our cheesecake, we took a bit of our original cheesecake batter and mixed in the cookie butter.  We then swirled the cookie butter batter into the classic cheesecake base.  We swapped out the standard graham cracker crust for a Biscoff cookie crust, to complement the cookie butter.  The resulting flavor combination is simply sublime!

Cookie Butter Cheesecake
This classic cheesecake shines with a Biscoff cookie crust and a cookie butter swirl.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of Biscoff crumbs (1.5-8.8oz packages)
  2. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  5. 16 ounces mascarpone, room temp
  6. 2/3 cup sugar
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  9. 13.4 ounces cookie butter (1 jar)
Instructions
  1. Grind Biscoff cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs. Mix in melted butter. The mixture should be crumbly and hold together when pinched. Press into a 9” or 10” springform pan and chill in the refrigerator while making batter.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream sugar and cream cheese in a stand mixer or with hand mixer. Beat until fluffy. Add mascarpone and beat until fully incorporated. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape down the bowl after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Reserve one cup of batter and set aside. Pour the remaining batter into the crust. Add the cookie butter to reserved batter and beat until incorporated and smooth. Dollop tablespoons of cookie butter batter on top of the plain cheesecake batter to create a dotted surface. Then, take a knife and swirl the cookie butter batter into the plain batter in small circular motions.
  4. Place cheesecake onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for one hour or until it is puffy, dry around the edge but wet in the center. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate uncovered overnight. Serve chilled.
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Italian Easter Bread Recipe

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread Recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Italian Easter Bread Recipe
(Pane di Pasqua all ‘Uovo)

We all have our traditions, and of course holidays bring out those traditions more than ever. Holiday recipes are some of the most beloved traditions in every family. The tastes, the smells. Just thinking about it takes us back to grandma’s kitchen!

With Easter just around the corner, we’ve decided to share an Italian Easter Bread recipe that’s been a secret for generations. But we feel such a close bond with you, our Fiesta friends, that we feel compelled to share it with you. However, this recipe comes with a fair warning. It’s not for the faint of heart: be prepared to set aside about half a day to prepare it. Trust us when we tell you, it is so worth it!

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

But really, the waiting and preparation is all part of the fun when you turn it into a family group effort. They’re the moments you’ll cherish forever. 

So tie on your Fiesta apron strings, bring out your Baking Bowl Set and get ready to make a family tradition. It’s Easter Bread time!

With the colorful eggs and sprinkles in this recipe, it really is quite Fiesta-y. We like to coordinate the sprinkles with the color of the eggs and our Easter tablescape. For a Fiesta enthusiast, it’s kind of a dream come true.

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

After you dye your eggs, it’s time to activate the yeast and get to the bread baking. If you’ve never made bread using active dry yeast, don’t be afraid! It’s not nearly as daunting as it might seem. 

After some mixing, setting and rising, the next “challenging” moment, if you haven’t done it before, might be kneading the dough. If you don’t have an experienced aunt nearby who can show you the art of kneading dough, a simple look up on YouTube will have you well on your way. 

Easter Bread Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 5 eggs
  2. 2 packages active dry yeast
  3. 1/2 cup warm water
  4. 1/2 cup warm water
  5. 1 1/2 cups sifted flour
  6. 3/4 cup shortening
  7. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  8. 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  9. 1 cup sugar
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 1 egg white
  13. 4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted flour
  14. 1 egg yolk
  15. 1 tablespoon milk
  16. Tiny multicolored candies
Instructions
  1. Lightly butter a Fiesta Pizza/Baking Tray.
  2. Dip 5 uncooked eggs in food dye to color (follow directions on package) and set aside.
  3. Soften 2 packages active dry yeast in ½ cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F). Let stand 5-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile pour 1/2 cup warm water into a large bowl and blend in 1 ½ cups sifted flour.
  5. Stir softened yeast and add to flour-water mixture, mixing well. Beat until very smooth. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let stand in warm place (about 80 degrees F) for 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  6. Cream together until shortening is softened: ¾ cup shortening, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel.
  7. Add gradually, creaming until fluffy after each addition, a mixture of: 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.
  8. Beat until thick and piled softly: 2 eggs and 1 egg white. Add beaten eggs in thirds to sugar mixture, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add yeast mixture, mixing well.
  9. Measure: 4 ½ to 4 ¾ cups sifted flour. Add about one-half the flour to yeast mixture and beat until very smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface.
  10. Select a deep bowl just large enough to allow dough to double. Shape dough into a smooth ball and place into a greased bowl. Turn dough to bring greased surface to top. Cover bowl with waxed paper and towel and let dough rise until doubled (about 1 ½ to 2 hours).
  11. Punch down with fist. Divide dough into two equal balls. Let stand covered for 10 minutes.
  12. Roll each ball out into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Place on the prepared Fiesta Pizza/Baking Tray. Place colored eggs into the spaces of braid. Cover loosely with towel. Set dough aside in a warm place until doubled.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  14. Brush bread with a mixture of: 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon milk.
  15. Sprinkle with tiny multicolored candies.
  16. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or more or until bread is golden brown. (Eggs will be hard-cooked.)
Adapted from Italian Cookery
Adapted from Italian Cookery
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

Fiesta Dinnerware Easter Bread recipe on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

You’ll notice a lot of downtime during this process, which is perfect for family games or making Easter baskets. If you do end up making Easter Egg Bread a part your Easter family tradition this year, please share photos with us on Facebook and tell us about some of your Easter traditions too!

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Fiesta Dinnerware New Products: Foundry Collection, Holiday & Halloween

We sure have been busy at the Homer Laughlin factory! Not only did we release our new 2016 color – Claret – this week, but we’re also announcing several new items. Boy, are we excited to share them with you!

We’re casting a new light on traditional dinnerware with something completely different: the Fiesta Dinnerware Foundry Collection. Foundry has a matte textured charcoal glaze with the distinct look of a cast iron piece that has seen many meals and memories over time. It has the characteristic feel of seasoned cast iron, yet the ease of use of rust-free ceramic dinnerware.

Many people like the aesthetics of serving their meals on cast iron, but let’s be real…caring for cast iron can be high maintenance. The Foundry Collection offers the best of both worlds!

Fiesta Dinnerware Foundry Collection at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.

The Fiesta Foundry Collection will be available in the following pieces beginning April 2016 at department stores, .coms and www.fiestafactorydirect.com:

  • Skillet/Baker
  • Pizza/Baking Tray 12″
  • Rectangular Baker 9×13”
  • Square Baker 9×9”
  • Individual Oval Baker
  • Loaf Pan
  • Bread Tray
  • Ramekin 8oz
  • Jumbo Bowl 18oz

In other exciting news, there’s going to be a lot more to celebrate around the holidays this year because we’re expanding our Christmas and Halloween patterns.

The Christmas Tree collection is in its tenth year of production (can you believe it?!) and continues to grow in popularity. We’re adding the following pieces:

The first set in a series of three of the Twelve Days of Christmas collection was introduced last year, including Days 1-4. This year, we’re introducing the next in the series, Days 5-8, in a Set of 4 Mugs and a Set of 4 Salad/Dessert Plates:

And Halloween’s getting much spookier with the addition of Ghosts and a Trio of Skeletons:

The Halloween collection will be available for purchase in July and Fiesta Christmas Tree and Twelve Days of Christmas will be available in early August at better department stores, .coms and www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

Keep checking www.fiestafactorydirect.com and our Fiesta Facebook and Pinterest pages for more information. ‘Tis the season for Fiesta new product introductions!

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Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Crumble Truffles

Strawberry Oreo Truffle ScarletIt’s safe to say that, by now, almost everyone has tasted (and fallen in love with) the Oreo Cookie Truffle.  It’s also safe to say that Oreo Cookie Truffles might just be the ultimate no bake dessert.  Seriously, those tasty little bites of heaven couldn’t be simpler to make. With only a handful of ingredients and minimal effort, you are rewarded with darling confections that will tempt even the staunchest dessert adversary.

Strawberry Oreo Truffle IngredientsAdding to this list of accolades, we must point out that the Cookie Truffle is also endlessly adaptable.  Just think of all of the special edition sandwich cookies that call to you from super market shelves every season, and you’ll see what we mean.  Cinnamon Roll Cookie Truffles? Yes, please!  Red Velvet Cookie Truffles?  Did you even need to ask?  But we are getting ahead of ourselves here (read: look out for more of our Cookie Truffle recipes!).

Strawberry Oreo Truffles Plates x2With today being National Strawberry Day, we’ve decided to make a special edition of our own: Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Crumble Truffles.  These charming truffles capture the flavors of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and golden cookie crumbs to create a two-bite, shortcake-turned-truffle that will leave you asking for at least one more.

Strawberry Oreo Truffle DoughSo how did we manage to get all of those authentic shortcake flavors into our truffles?  Well, we simply stuffed our truffles with diced fresh strawberries and whipped cream. The truffle’s base of crushed cookies and cream cheese is exceptionally easy to work with and lent itself to molding into a slight bowl shape.

Strawberry Oreo Truffles BerriesFrom there, we spooned teensy bits of whipped cream and finely chopped berries into the center and then covered with another flattened round of dough to form a sandwich of sorts. At that point, we gently squeezed the sides together and rolled into a ball shape.

Strawberry Oreo Truffle ScarletOf course, a truffle isn’t really a truffle until it is enrobed in rich chocolate.  We kept things light, and dipped our cookie balls in melted white chocolate, which complimented the strawberry shortcake flavor we were aiming for.  A colorful mix of pink and red sanding sugars gilded the lily and provided a satisfying crunch to these otherwise creamy confections. 

Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Crumble Truffles
Yields 10
Crushed vanilla sandwich cookies and cream cheese united with fresh strawberries, dipped in white chocolate.
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Ingredients
  1. 20 vanilla sandwich cookies
  2. 4 oz. cream cheese
  3. 3 strawberries, finely diced
  4. ¼ cup fresh whipped cream
  5. 8 oz. white chocolate, melted
  6. Red sanding sugar or sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, crush cookies with their filling. Add cream cheese and pulse until a dough forms. Alternately, crush cookies in a plastic zip-top bag by rolling with a rolling pin. Mix in cream cheese.
  2. Refrigerate dough for at least 20 minutes, until firm.
  3. Line 2 large baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside.
  4. Using a small spoon, scoop out about ½ tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, then flatten. With your thumbs, create a small indent in half of the flattened rounds and carefully spoon a tiny dollop of whipped cream onto each.
  5. Add about 3 or 4 cubes of the diced strawberry then cover with the other, un-topped dough rounds.
  6. Pinch the sides of the dough together then carefully shape into a ball. Place truffle balls on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet and chill in the freezer for a few minutes until firm.
  7. Meanwhile, melt white chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler, following package directions. Using the coldest truffle ball first, dip each into the melted chocolate using a fork. Roll around in the chocolate and then scoop up with fork, tapping to allow excess to drip through the fork prongs.
  8. Place white chocolate dipped truffle on the second waxed paper lined cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle with colored sanding sugar or sprinkles.
  9. Refrigerate truffles for about 10 minutes until firm. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 5 days.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Pear Persimmon Galette Recipe

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, all we want to do is snuggle up with a warm pastry and a hot cup of tea until we bring out our flip flops again. For this week’s blog post, we did our best to beat the winter doldrums with some vibrant warm Fiesta hues and yummy seasonal fruits. We made a rustic Pear Persimmon Galette and shared it with our friends on a palette of Scarlet, Poppy, Sunflower, and Tangerine Fiesta. 

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiesta tip: By the way, did you know all Fiesta Dinnerware is oven proof up to 350 degrees and bakeware, like the Poppy Pizza/Baking Tray featured here, is safe up to 500 degrees? 

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pear Persimmon Galette
Serves 8
A delicious rustic seasonal winter pastry, perfect for entertaining or a special treat for your family.
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For the crust
  1. 1 1/3 all purpose cups flour
  2. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 teaspoon whole milk
  6. 1 stick unsalted butter, cut in small chunks
  7. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  8. 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
Fruit mixture
  1. 2 pears (we used Bosc), peeled and diced
  2. 4 persimmons, peeled and diced
  3. 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  4. 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  5. 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1 egg yolk (mixed with 1 teaspoon water, as egg wash)
  8. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  9. Parchment paper
For the crust
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk together. Add the butter to the flour mixture and pulse until you have pea-sized chunks of butter. Continue to pulse while drizzling egg mixture until the dough just starts to come together. Mix in lemon juice and zest.
  2. Place dough on a floured surface and flatten into a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for two hours.
Prepare filling
  1. In a bowl, mix pears, persimmons, lemon juice, brown sugar, corn starch, and ground cinnamon. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.
Assemble galette
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet or a Fiesta Dinnerware Pizza/Pie Baker, like we used.
  2. Remove dough from refrigerator. Place on a floured surface and roll to a 12 inch round. Place the dough on the prepared parchment paper. Place fruit mixture in the center leaving a generous 2 inch border. Fold the pastry over the fruit, pleating it as you go around. Remember, this is a rustic dessert, so it doesn't have to be perfect.
  3. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Adapted from SippitySup
Adapted from SippitySup
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

 

 

Fiesta tip: Like the linens you see featured here? They’re all Fiesta! You’ll find some dish towels, oven mitts, placemats, and tablecloths here. That Fiesta apron’s pretty cute too, right? Find it at Dillard’s or Bealls

Pear Persimmon Galette recipe from Fiesta Dinnerware at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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A Sweet New Years Eve

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I can’t believe it’s almost 2016? Where did this year go!?

The life cycle of the New Year’s Eve celebration began with watching Dick Clark in Times Square and counting down for the ball drop, then it was all about the party which eventually gave way to sitting up with brave kids who couldn’t quite make it to midnight. Now, we love to gather with friends, play cards, and enjoy yummy food while we ring in the New Year. Does this sound like your NYE? How do you celebrate?

This year is especially exciting since we’ll have our family home. I hope the games run past midnight and the conversation even longer. No celebration at our house would be complete without a dessert table with a treat for everyone.

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When Fiesta Dinnerware introduced Slate, I fell in love! It’s classy and timeless and incredibly adaptive. It was very easy to reach for the White and Slate with an accent of Turquoise; it’s a classic combination that works every time, the unanticipated bonus? It was so much fun creating only black and white desserts! Establishing these parameters was a terrific exercise in producing a cohesive and delicious dessert table for a new years eve.

Without a doubt, the star of this dessert table is the Three Tier Server in Turquoise, and why not? It’s gorgeous. This dramatic piece can be used in so many ways. From all three plates to just one plate or combining different colors of servers makes this piece one of my favorites.

Choosing which sweets to place on each tier, I went by size: smaller items on top and the largest desserts on the bottom. It looks good and feels like a natural choice. Coconut and almond bonbons on the top shelf are creamy and delicious. I baked the brownies and piped on cream cheese frosting then paired them with white chocolate covered pretzels. Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream anchor the base.

The sparkly snowflake on top came from a local art supply shop; I love how it looks and compliments the piece.

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When I visit with friends, sometimes they tell me, they can’t make a dessert table for a party or say they just don’t have time to make all those sweets from scratch. Well, neither do I!

It’s totally acceptable to mix store bought favorites with homemade dishes. Hosting a party is more about genuinely welcoming guests and not standing in the stress of desserts.

Let’s take a look…

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I love the versatility of the Omni Serving Trays – I don’t have to present four sections if what I really need is two. Also, every component of this presentation is store bought – graham crackers, bonbons, and sandwich cookies. And each one is a favorite – that’s a win!

I wasn’t sure how the dark cookies would look in a dark tray, but it totally works. It was fun finding a bonbon wrapped in Turquoise and knew instantly it would be the star of the Omni trays.

As I shared before, popcorn balls are the hot hot hot dessert right now. A variation on that is caramel corn, but I wanted to stay with the color scheme of black and white, so what did I do?

Say hello to my Popcorn and Oreo Gooey Delight.

It was too easy. I popped about ¾ cup white popcorn kernels (I use a hot air popper) and poured onto a baking sheet (with 1” sides). It broke my heart to deliberately break 1 sleeve of cookies and scatter over the popcorn. I melted 4T of butter in a pan, added a bag of marshmallows. Working quickly, I poured the melted marshmallows over the popcorn/cookie mix and using my bare hands (coated liberally with butter – the mix is hot, give yourself permission to use a wooden spoon, wear gloves, wait a moment, etc), I stirred until I couldn’t effectively combine any longer.

Caution: Your mileage may vary, but contents are likely to disappear upon impact.

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The White Pie Plate is sitting on top of a White Bouillon Bowl – it’s a perfect way to raise something off the surface of the table to create visual balance. These two pieces go well together based on shape, size, and silhouette.

When thinking about a theme, clocks felt like a natural choice, to symbolize the passing of time. When I was visiting my BFF in Missouri, we spent the better part of a day visiting antique malls in the area. She took me to lunch and we never stopped laughing. We spotted this larger vintage clock and knew right away I need to bring it home with me. The tag was marked, “as is”, I didn’t need it to work and the price reflected its condition. Unfortunately, a clerk wound it up and it started to tick and was still ticking as I drove myself to the airport. How does this happen with a broken clock? I love my life!

If you don’t have a BFF, find one. My life partner is everything to me. And my best girlfriend tells me when my slip is showing.

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And why not add more clock faces? How about on a cake?! I love a fancy cake. Most of my layer cakes have a simple, rustic but appealing look to them. Rosettes are so lovely for special celebrations and New Year’s Eve is one such occasion.

This triple-layer Vanilla Bean Cake is filled with vanilla buttercream tinted black. Since I already had chocolate cupcakes on the table, I didn’t want to add another chocolate cake. The vanilla is crazy good and worth it to process the whole bean. And I’m in love with this cake!

The roses are made using a large open-star piping tip. I start in the center, draw the buttercream over to the 3 o’clock position, and then continue in a counter-clockwise circle until I reach the 4. Overlapping the roses just a wee bit ensures complete coverage of the crumb coat.

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Because things don’t always work out, my plan for Panda Cupcakes became Panda Inspired Cupcakes. I lost my panda googly eyes, which were found immediately upon completion of the photo shoot, of course. I’m sold on the look.You see pandas, right?

 

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I don’t always prepare party favors or take-home gifts, but I did this time. These little jars are stellar! There is 5.5 Tablespoons of M&Ms in each jar, which becomes the perfect snack for the bus/car/tram on the way home.

We were traveling recently and made it a point to stop in a candy store that offers every color of M&M candies. So an ombre of fun was designed.

After I got these made, I tried several different types of bows/ribbon/string – but nothing worked. I think the ombre look is bold enough and doesn’t need anything else.

How adorable is this for a wedding/shower/birthday party favor?

Go green – reuse it.

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All of the food – delicious! While your guests prepare their own plates, enjoy your own party. It’s a win having friends and family who like spending time together.

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How I use my Fiesta Dinnerware on a daily basis is influenced by what I’m doing – fancy or every day, the Medium Flared Vase is a staple. We have this vase on our Dining Room table almost all the time and certainly when we’re entertaining. It can anchor a dessert table without stealing limelight from the star. This vase is a workhorse and I love it.

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Celebrations mark the passing of time, seasons, change and growth. Traditions, like the NYC Times Square Ball Drop are cultural norms that bind us to a larger group. Or, family traditions like card night and ringing in the New Year cements us to our smaller, inclusive group, that says, “my people, my family”. Traditions and rituals draw us together.

When our kids started going out with friends for New Year’s Eve, I was afraid they’d make the same mistakes I had made as a young person. We’re so fortunate they haven’t done that; I’m grateful they learned from my mistakes. That’s part of change too, parenting adult kids, loving them and being present in their lives.

For now, I get to create and love and experience my little corner of the world. Time keeps on ticking…Happy New Year!

Vanilla Bean Layer Cake
A light and delicious Vanilla flavored cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1tsp Baking Soda
  2. 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1tsp Salt
  4. 1 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  5. 2 2/3 Cup Cake Flower
  6. 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  7. 1 Cup Buttermilk
  8. 2 tsp Clear Vanilla Extract
  9. 6 Egg Whites
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In medium sized mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients; set aside.
  3. Process Vanilla Beans - add seeds to milk, stir. Add vanilla pods to milk and gently warm up to slightly warmer than room temperature. Tend carefully if in the microwave.
  4. In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites. Add sugar – beat thoroughly until smooth. Add oil and vanilla – beat on high until frothy.
  5. Alternating…add flour mix and buttermilk; set mixer to low.
  6. Divide batter among cake pans.
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  8. Cool completely. Frost with luscious Vanilla Buttercream.
Notes
  1. Note: Batter will be thin
  2. Hot Tip: This doesn't lend itself to substituting half of the oil with applesauce - some of the sparkly vanilla flavor is lost. The cake turns out wonderfully, but the flavor is diminished a wee bit.
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A Summer Citrus Fiesta Wedding

 

Fiesta Dinnerware Citrus Summer Wedding

This styled shoot shows just what can happen when Fiesta Dinnerware has a wedding moment—hint hint, the results are amazing!

With Fiesta Dinnerware serving up a citrus-inspired color palette against breathtaking views of a Southern California Vineyard backdrop, you have the perfect setting for an intimate Fiesta wedding celebration that will impress your guests!

We incorporated new colors Sage and Slate into the wedding setting along with Fiesta favorites— Poppy, Sunflower and Turquoise. Our friends from Bravado Design created the lovely floral arrangements and styled the Fiesta products to give us this beautiful presentation.

The Beverages

Fiesta Dinnerware Beverage Servers - wedding drink station

 

We served lemon and lime water in the sunflower beverage server and raspberry limeade in the turquoise beverage server to tie in the citrus theme.

Fiesta Dinnerware Large Disc Pitchers in Sunflower, Poppy and Turquoise. Great for weddings and events!

 

Fiesta Dinnerware Large Disc Pitchers: Sunflower, Turquoise and Poppy. Perfect for your next summer party!

Disc Pitchers in Poppy, Turquoise and Sunflower set in a Slate oval platter were used to fill up with beverages to take back to the table for dinner.

Fiesta Dinnerware Beverage Server. Beautiful display for cold summer drinks at hot summer parties!

 

Orange paper straws were a great compliment next to the Sunflower and Turquoise Beverage servers, not to mention fun.

 

 

The Cake and Food

Fiesta Dinnerware stack of Omni Trays. So pretty for serving up appetizers.

 Appetizers were set up in unique ways with the entertaining collection to show off the colors, while bowls of citrus were used to add to the feel of the citrus theme. 

Fiesta Dinnerware cake stand hack: Hostess Bowl turned upside down with Pizza/Baking Tray on top. Genius!

The citrus theme was also carried over to the appetizers as well. Mason jars were filled with a wild salmon ceviche with layers of citrus and small bowls made out oranges were filled with wild tuna and avocado with pickled red onions.

Fiesta Dinnerware Hostess Bowl topped with Pizza/Baking Tray. The perfect cake stand!

Using a Fiesta hack to create a beautiful cake stand, we added kumquats instead of flowers to top this cake by Nothing Bundt Cakes. We love the contrast of the cake against the Poppy color.

The Tablescape

 

Who's ready for a summer wedding? Crisp and clean, this Fiesta Dinnerware color palette of Sage, Slate, Sunflower, Poppy, and Turquoise is beautifully set off against a vineyard backdrop.

 

 

Keep flowers simple when you're dressing up your wedding table with colorful Fiesta Dinnerware.

Bravado Design used Mason jars, a variety of white flowers and greenery to give a crisp look to the table. Kumquats were placed in the arrangements for a surprise pop of color.

Fiesta Dinnerware wedding tabletop. Poppy Flatware, Fiesta Sunflower Napkin, and Sage, Turquoise and Poppy plates.



A natural place card stands out against colorful Fiesta Dinnerware at this outdoor summer wedding. Fiesta Napkin, Flatware and Dishes in colors: Sunflower, Poppy, Sage, Slate, and Turquoise.

 

A wedding tablesetting that makes a statement. Fiesta Dinnerware in Sage, Turquoise and Poppy.

Each place setting had a variety of combinations in Slate, Sage, Turquoise, Poppy and Sunflower to create unique setting for each guest.

 

So pretty and cheerful! Wedding tablescape in Fiesta Dinnerware colors: Slate, Sunflower, Turquoise, and Poppy.

Fiesta napkins were layered with other fabric to add dimension and even more color—true to Fiesta form!

Get inspired by Fiesta Dinnerware’s rainbow of colors for your next party, wedding, or BBQ decor.

 

Have a Fiesta styled celebration you’d like to share with us? Share on Facebook or Pinterest.

Venue: Falkner Winery

Photography: Ryan Garvin Photography

Catering: E.A.T Marketplace

Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Temecula, CA

Styling, Furniture and Floral Design: Bravado Design

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