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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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DIY Father’s Day Edition

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and this year, we want to show dad just how much we appreciate him. Nothing shows your dad how much you care like homemade, DIY gifts. Now, we’re not talking homemade cards that we would make in our elementary days; although, your dad probably has a pile of them stashed away to look at from time to time. We’re talking about quick and simple gifts that dads of all ages can and will enjoy, and that we enjoyed making ourselves. So, put away those markers, crayons, and construction paper, and break out the glue guns and scissors; it’s time to channel our inner ten year old and get to crafting!

The first gift that we will be making for dad is the perfect sweet treat that is sure to satisfy any chocolate craving; a bouquet of your dads favorite candy. We found that the perfect piece to display this bouquet is in our Fiesta® utensil crock, which dad can then use to store nuts and bolts in the garage. What you will need for this gift is:

-A foam ball

-A hot glue gun

-Wooden rods

-Candy bars

Bouquet SuppliesTo start, take the hot glue gun and glue the wooden rods halfway up the back of each candy bar, pressing gently to secure the rods to the wrapper.

Glue gun

Once the glue has dried and the rods are secure, place the foam ball into the Fiesta® utensil crock, and firmly press one of the glued rods into the middle of the foam ball. You may want to cut about an inch and a half off of the rods so that they sit lower in the utensil crock. Continue to place the rods into the foam, strategically surrounding the first rod, making sure to press them all the way to the bottom of the foam.

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To finish up this DIY project, fill the remaining space in your Fiesta® utensil crock with pieces of your dad’s favorite bite-sized candy. We chose white chocolate peanut butter cups and chocolate covered caramels. To add another simple touch, chose some ribbon in a pattern that complements the utensil crock, cut it to the proper length, tie it in a simple knot, and watch your dad’s eyes light up as you hand over this sweet treat.

Finished Bouquet

If your dad is more into something sweet and salty, we have just the gift for him! This simple gift can be completed in just a few short steps. What you will need for this gift is:

                -Peanuts

                -Bite-sized candies

Latte

It’s really that simple. For this gift we used our Fiesta® Latte Mug and our 16 ounce Tervis Sunny Dots Fiesta® Tumbler as containers for the peanuts and your dad’s favorite bite-sized candies. Alternating between peanuts and chocolate covered candy, pour layers of each into both the Latte Mug and tumbler.

Finished Latter

Once you have filled both to the brim, dress them up by adding a creative cutout saying “Dad’s Stache.” This gift will leave your dad snacking all day long.

Our next Father’s Day gift is one that we think would be a hit with dads everywhere: shot glasses. These are not just your run-of-the-mill shot glasses, though. We have transformed the timeless Fiesta® AD Demitasse Cup into a shot glass. Pair a few cups with your dad’s favorite liquor and you’re sure to have a winner.

Shot Glasses

Last, but certainly not least, is another gift that is an all-time favorite: a platter of your dad’s favorite cookies. For this gift we used a Fiesta® Medium Oval Platter to display our cookies. We baked the classics for our dads this Father’s Day: chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. How can you go wrong with those? However, if these are not your dad’s favorite, feel free to substitute them for his go-to’s.

Cookies

If these gifts don’t seem to suit your dad, check out some of our Fiesta® Hacks for other gift ideas that are sure to please dad.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Setting the Easter Table

Easter brings a feeling of new beginnings and fresh starts. It is a time we like to welcome spring with homemade meals, mimosas at brunch, or crafting sessions while grazing on peeps and chocolate eggs. This year we are ready for a bit of everything – especially crafts. Here are three ways you can get inspired to create your own DIY Easter tablescape.

Setting the Easter Table1. Revive the art of decoupaging. Decoupage Easter eggs make the perfect centerpieces. This trend has been spotted from Martha Stewart’s blog to Women’s Day, but we are taking this DIY to the table: using it as the perfect floral conversation starter. All you need are your favorite printed-paper napkins, Mod Podge, flowers (real or fake), and eggs. We prefer this step-by-step from blogger Mom Spark to decorate your napkins. Once you have your finished eggs, cut a tiny hole in the tops and turn your creation into mini bouquets. Here we’ve kept the eggs in the original tray, adding an earthy tone to the table.

Fiesta Easter DIY

 

Easter tablescape DIYS from Fiesta Dinnerware

2. Use faux moss as a table runner. Whimsy and wonder are always fun to invite to the party – this grassy detail is a sure way to add that ethereal beauty. For our table we found notes of Turquoise, Lemongrass, Plum and Slate to fit the woodsy scene best. Sprinkle your favorite Easter candy in the moss to make the scene even more delicious. 

Moss table runners and more Easter ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware

3. Use Easter eggs as name placeholders. These chalkboard eggs can be found at most craft stores and make for adorable name cards for guests. We found these tiny clay pots to sit our name card eggs on – guests will adore the creative personalization, and kids can fill their pails with candy after the meal is over.

Easter egg DIYs from Fiesta Dinnerware

Want more ideas for the spring holiday? Follow our Pinterest board for meal ideas, appetizers, home décor and more Easter fun.

Enjoy Easter DIY from Fiesta

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Fiesta Hacks

FIESTA HACKS (3)copyHere at Homer Laughlin, we love thinking outside the box when it comes to using Fiesta. We believe that with our unique shapes and vivid colors, our dinnerware needs to be displayed as often as possible, instead of always being hidden in a cupboard! That’s why we started brainstorming alternative uses for our beloved dinnerware. We want to be able to flaunt our Fiesta, no matter what we’re doing! So get out your pens and paper, you might want to write these down 🙂

 

Cake/Cupcake Stand

Looking for a stylish way to show off your decadent desserts? Try using our Cake Plate with a Hostess Bowl flipped upside down as a stand! For tinier treats, swap the bowl for a Bouillon and the cake plate for a Saucer.

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Office Necessities

Here’s a fun way to brighten up your desk: use a Tumbler for pens, a Bouillon for rubber bands, a Ramekin for paper clips, a Sugar Packet Caddy for post-its, and a Toothbrush Holder for odds and ends. Your desk will be the talk of the office; just don’t forget the coffee in our Square Mug!

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Paint Palette

For all you artists out there, what better way to separate your paints than with our Egg Plate? The bright colors and cool designs of Fiesta are sure to trigger creativity. You can even keep your brushes clean in our Java Mug!

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Flowerpot

Of course you could use our Medium Vase for flowers, but we decided to get a little more creative. Here we used our Toothbrush Holder – perfect for short stemmed flowers! We’ve also seen collectors use Tumblers, Teapots, and even Disc Pitchers as vases. With Fiesta, the possibilities are endless!

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Do you have any Fiesta hacks? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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