September’s Color of the Month

At the beginning of September, we decided to name our first ever Fiesta Color of the Month! Without hesitation, Daffodil, our 2017 new color, was picked from the pack. Why did we choose our brightest, boldest yellow to represent September? We had our Sales and Marketing VP, Rich Brinkman, explain.

“September is the lead up month to my favorite season – Fall. A season that conjures all our childhood memories and senses, specifically taste, smell and vision. Color is a strong part of Fall, as no season is so well tied with color. As we begin to see change, the brightness of summer begins to migrate to the yellow-gold and orange-red families. For me, the first accent of color change is the yellow/gold highlights such as Fiesta® Daffodil, which then migrates to a more dominate fall season palette of bright oranges, rusts, reds, purples and greens. Enjoy all that is Fall, the flavors, scents and beauty of the season!”

-Rich Brinkman

To continue with the theme of Daffodil for the month, we’re including 4 of our favorite Daffodil inspired color combinations for you to try at home!

Celebrate – featuring Daffodil, Scarlet, Lapis, Poppy, Turquoise, Shamrock and Lemongrass.

Coastal – featuring Daffodil, Lemongrass, Turquoise, Lapis, Cobalt, and Claret.

Cottage – featuring Daffodil, Ivory, Poppy, Lapis, and Turquoise.

Spicy – featuring Daffodil, Sunflower, Poppy, Claret, Lemongrass, and Tangerine.

 

To make your own Daffodil color combinations, visit Colorama and make sure to share your creations with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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Discontinued Items for 2018

As we enter the latter half of 2017, it is time for us to say goodbye to colors and items so that we can make room for our new items and the newest color! Though we will miss our discontinued items, we can promise you that 2018 will not disappoint. So without further ado, here is our discontinued list for the new year.

FIESTA® DINNERWARE ANNOUNCES TWO RETIRED COLORS FOR 2018

AND LIST OF DISCONTINUED ITEMS

To make way for Fiesta® Dinnerware’s new color each year, the brand announces the retirement of a color. For 2018, there are two colors that will retire: Tangerine and Claret. Fiesta also released a list of discontinued items.

The new color for 2018 will be announced on January 9, 2018, on the first day of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®. Fiesta Dinnerware, the colorful and iconic Made in America brand, will be exhibiting in Keystone Marketing’s expanded showroom Building 2 #901A on the 9th floor.

Along with the retirement of Tangerine and Claret, Fiesta has discontinued the following pieces from its collection:

● Medium Mixing Bowl

● Beverage Server

● Square Handled Tray

● 3 Tier Server

● Neutral Color Set of 5pc Entertaining Set

● Cake Plate & Server

● Solid Color Pack of Baking/Prep Bowl Set, 2pc

● Solid Color Pack of Baking Bowl Set, 3pc

Fiesta Dinnerware will be taking orders from retailers for Tangerine and Claret until December 31, 2017 for delivery by March 1, 2018. On March 31, 2018, Tangerine and Claret will be added to the “inactive availability” list of colors.

Tangerine, Claret and the above items will be available to consumers at better department stores, independent retailers, at .coms and on www.fiestafactorydirect.com while supplies last.

A staple in the Fiesta color spectrum for several years, Tangerine was introduced in 2003. Claret was in production since 2016.

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Uncle Pete’s Moscow Mules

Nothing says summer like backyard get-togethers with good conversation, and ice-cold cocktails. Our personal drink of choice during these warm summer evenings is a classic Moscow Mule, served in our oh-so-adorable Fiesta copper mugs (a must for Mules)! Our licensed mugs are found at Dillard’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s, and come in both full size (18 oz.), and miniature (2 oz.) for measuring out shots. Luckily for us, we have one of the best Moscow Mule makers in the biz right here at the factory: Uncle Pete!

As some of you may know, Homer Laughlin is a family owned and operated company. Pete is an in law of the family, with his wife, Jeannie, being a 4th generation owner. He works as VP in the company and helps to oversee the manufacturing of our beloved Fiesta Dinnerware. During family parties on their back porch, you can always count on Uncle Pete to bring his famous Moscow Mules to the fun. He’s been making this recipe for years, and now we’re sharing it with all of you!

Pete’s tips for this concoction are to always use copper mugs, and to make sure you get a good ginger beer that’s not too bitter, and not too sweet. His ginger beer of choice is Gosling’s. Now drink up and enjoy!

Uncle Pete's Moscow Mules
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  1. Ice
  2. 1.5-2.0 oz Vodka
  3. 6oz. Ginger Beer
  4. ¼ fresh lime
Instructions
  1. Fill copper mug with ice
  2. Add vodka and ginger beer
  3. Squeeze lime into drink mix
  4. Wipe rim of mug with lime and throw it in
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Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Ready for a simple summer treat that’s fun to make? Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops are such a crowd pleaser for kids and grown ups alike. All it takes is just three ingredients and a few toppings.

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  1. 2 bananas, cut in half
  2. 6 oz chocolate chips
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. Popsicle sticks
  5. Toppings
Instructions
  1. Cut bananas in half.
  2. Slide popsicle stick about halfway through each banana.
  3. Place in freezer overnight.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and vegetable oil in microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until chocolate is smooth.
  5. Dip frozen bananas in chocolate.
  6. Roll in toppings before chocolate sets.
  7. Set on wax or parchment paper until the chocolate sets.
  8. Enjoy!
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This recipe is so easy, we can’t believe we never thought to make Frozen Banana Pops sooner. You’ll definitely want to bring your family and friends in on the fun. Make a party of it!

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

First, cut the bananas in half. Then insert popsicle sticks about halfway through each banana. (You can find popsicle sticks at any craft store.) Freeze the bananas overnight.

Next, melt the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in the microwave. For best results, heat for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is smooth. Be sure not to overheat because chocolate will become grainy and lose its smooth consistency.

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Immediately dip the bananas in the chocolate while the chocolate is warm. We put our melted chocolate in a Fiesta Tumbler. The shape allows for perfect dipping!

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Then dip each chocolate covered banana in your choice of toppings. You’ll want to do this before the chocolate sets or the toppings won’t stick. We dipped our bananas in colorful sprinkles, crushed walnuts, chocolate candies, and shredded coconut. Our Fiesta Fruit/Salsa Bowls made it easy to rolls the bananas in the toppings.

Place bananas on wax or parchment paper until the chocolate sets. Or you can enjoy right away, but the chocolate will be a little messier.

This recipe for Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops is so easy and fun to make. What a delicious summer treat! Check it out on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

That’s all there is to it! We hope you enjoy this summer treat. Be sure to let us know if you make it and what kind of toppings you use.

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The Importance of American Made

We’ve been seeing a lot about the Made in America movement over the past week, and have even been in on some of the conversations that have surrounded it. But what does being American Made really mean? Why is it good for our country? Why should you be worrying where your plates and other goods are made? We talked to a couple of family members of The Homer Laughlin China Co. to break it down for you.

First off, we’d like to take a minute to brag about ourselves (that’s okay, right?). The Homer Laughlin China Co. has been making dishes since 1871, and every dish with an HLC backstamp is American made. That’s over 145 years of American dishes! We began making Fiesta Dinnerware in 1936, and similarly, every dish with a Fiesta backstamp is  Made in America. We’re pretty proud of that.

Katie Bricker and Pete Wicks show off Homer Laughlin dinnerware in the White House.

 

So, after all these years, why have we stayed at our Newell, West Virginia factory while so many of our competitors have moved their business over seas for cheaper labor? Easy. It’s because we are completely committed to our community. We talked with Katie Bricker, Marketing Manager at Homer Laughlin China and member of the team that attended Monday’s Made in America Product Showcase at the White House, who agreed emphatically.

“Homer Laughlin is one of the largest employers in our area and the loss of jobs would be catastrophic to a community already suffering from loss of industry. Our dedicated local employees have supported Homer Laughlin for over 145 years, it only makes sense to offer them the same commitment.”

Our President, Liz McIlvain, is equally enthusiastic about keeping our dishes in West Virginia, even though she’s been given plenty of chances to move the company over the years.

“The Wells family, owners of  The Homer Laughlin China Co., has been approached throughout the decades to sell the company to many different entities,” says McIlvain. “For example, other dinnerware companies, other tabletop companies, capital investors, etc.  It has been important to keep our dinnerware manufacturing jobs here in USA to provide employment for those living in the Upper Ohio Valley and contributing to the economy.  Our commitment to our workers and their families has kept us operating in the state of West Virginia.”

A view of our Newell, West Virginia factory.

It’s more than just a commitment to our community that keeps us in America, though. We’ve made a promise to our customers to keep manufacturing in the country, and we don’t intend on breaking that promise.

“To me, there is no other option than continuing to produce our dishes in America,” says Bricker. “Betraying the trust of our customers that we’ve worked so hard to build over many, many years is not an option. Manufacturing in America is such a large part of what Homer Laughlin is, we’d be betraying ourselves as well.”

By now, you might be wondering what producing goods in America has to do with you, the consumer. Why should consumers buy American made products instead of going for the cheaper alternative? How does buying American Made impact Americans?

“Buying American is essential for supporting industry in the United States,” says Bricker. Buying American made products allows companies to stay on American soil and offer high quality goods to American consumers. If you want to support the American economy and create American jobs, the choice is easy, buy American goods!”

Liz McIlvain, President of Homer Laughlin China Co.

 

“The more that people buy American made products, the more jobs that will be maintained, or created, in the U.S.A. We Americans have to support ourselves,” agrees McIlvain.

As you can tell, there is a certain pride and purpose that goes into creating our American made dinnerware. We do it for our community, our customers, and our economy. So the next time you’re deciding whether to go with a high quality American made product or not, remember to go with USA.

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Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

All the best summer memories happen around a freshly baked pie, or at least at Fiesta Dinnerware we like to think so. But gone are the days of grandma’s basic pies (sorry grandma). With fancy decorative pies posted all across social media, we often feel pie envy. Do your pies stack up to what you see on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram?

Fear not, friends. We have some simple pie crust tips and tricks that will make your pies the star of every summer party. And, don’t tell, but we didn’t even make our pies from scratch! Just grab a can of fruit pie filling, add some fresh fruit to the filling, and unroll some pie crust from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. None of these fancy pies took longer than 20 minutes to make. However, all you baking pros out there can feel free to go the homemade route if you choose.

Roses
Roses are so simple to create, but really make a beautiful statement. And in our Large Heart Bowl, how sweet is this pie? Use a knife to cut strips about ½ inch thick. You’ll only need each strip to be about 4 inches long. Create a rose-like spiral, taking care to curl out the “petals” as you wind the dough around itself. Pinch the bottom, but keep the top portion of the petals loose. You’ll make the most realistic roses that way. We took some extra dough to make rose petals, freehand with a knife. Add the roses and leaves to the top of your pie filling. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Then bake the pie according to your recipe.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Shapes
You could easily just cover your pie with a flat crust and poke some holes in the top. But what fun would that be? We think this is the simplest trick of all. Use some cookie cutters to cut shapes out of your freshly rolled dough. Lay them out in a haphazard pattern across the top. Voila! We used star shapes for our summer celebrations, but you could really use any shape at all. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Painted Dough
For those who have an artistic flair, this technique is sure to impress. And it’s so easy! We made a cherry pie in our Square Baker. We used a knife to freeform some cherries, stems and leaves. A little egg wash “glued” them to the lattice crust. Then, using a paint brush, we “painted” our cherries with some red and green food coloring. We used our food coloring straight out of the bottle, but you could dilute it with a little water for a watercolor effect. Bake your pie in the oven.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Braided Crust
Isn’t this braided crust adorable? If you can braid hair, you can pull this off. Cut thin strips of dough, about ¼” thick. Roll each strip to make a smooth snake-like tube. Take three at a time and pinch them together at the top. Then braid them together and pinch at the bottom. You might need to do this 2-3 times to fit the braids all the way around your Pie Baker. Brush the bottom crust with a little egg wash and lightly press the braids onto the bottom crust. Brush the braids with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake as usual.

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Fruit Shapes
We love a crumble topping on a fruit pie. But it’s difficult to determine what flavor is being served until you cut into it. Eliminate any confusion with this easy trick. We made a mini peach pie in our Fiesta Ramekin. But before we put it in the oven, we sliced a peach and created a negative space star, again using cookie cutters (they’re so useful when making pies!).

Simple decorative pie crust ideas from Fiesta Dinnerware

 

Simple Decorative Pie Crust Techniques from Fiesta Dinnerware

Do you have any tips for making Instagram-worthy pies? We’d love to hear them! Better yet, share your pies with us on social media at Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

And be sure to check out some of our previous posts for Fiesta pie recipes: Mini Confetti Cream Pies, Confetti Cream Pie, Mini Pumpkin Pies, Chicken Pot Pie, and Petite Pies. 

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Fiesta Rainbow Foods

As you’ve probably already guessed, we love color here at Fiesta Dinnerware! So it only makes sense that after we’ve set our table with our rainbow of dinnerware, we’d include a rainbow of foods to go with it! We thought we’d share with you our favorite foods that really get us in the Fiesta spirit. Think radiant red strawberries and peppers, and bright blueberries and blackberries. The best part about these festive fares? They include tons of fruits and veggies!

We’re kicking this colorful feast off with a healthy smoothie bowl. We love testing out different smoothie flavors, but find ourselves reaching for berries and bananas (and even a handful of spinach!) most often for a pretty purple hue. Our Small Bistro Bowl from the 3pc Bistro Set is the ideal size for this snack. Top with a spectrum of fruits for a beautiful breakfast treat!

Next, it’s appetizer time with our Rainbow Salsa! Chop up tomatoes, orange and yellow peppers, jalapeños, cilantro, and red onion. Add black beans, corn, lime juice, and your favorite spices and you’re ready to enjoy. We like serving this salsa up in our Lapis Signature Bowl. Shout out to Gimme Some Oven for this idea!

Finally, the main course: pizza! We piled on peppers, onions and broccoli to make this masterpiece. Store bought pizza crust makes this meal easy to throw together and enjoy in a pinch, and our Baking/Pizza Tray is the perfect size to hold it, not to mention oven proof up to 500 degrees!

What are your favorite foods for Fiesta? Let us know on Facebook and share your rainbow photos with us on Instagram by tagging @fiestadinnerware.

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Colorful Wedding Season Tips & Inspiration

Wedding season is in the air! As the top casual dinnerware brand in the U.S. for bridal registries, Fiesta Dinnerware is a match made in heaven for betrothed couples. From tabletop inspiration to registry tips, we’ve gathered lots of ideas to put you on a colorful Fiesta path to wedded bliss.

There are so many steps to planning a wedding. The date, venue, décor, officiant, the dress! And of course, don’t forget the registry.

Creating your bridal registry can be an overwhelming experience. We have some tips below to help you get organized and remain stress free. For more details, about creating your registry, click here.

One of the highlights of any wedding is the table décor. Incorporate lots of color, lush flowers and greenery, accessories, and linens that portray your taste and personality as a couple.

We had some fun planning an outdoor summer wedding that included a range of citrus-inspired Fiesta colors: Poppy, Sunflower, Sage, Turquoise, and Slate. Click here for more about this wedding décor.

Styling by AGK Design Studio www.agkdesignstudio.com and photography by Ryan Garvin Photography www.ryangarvinphotography.com.

Styling by AGK Design Studio www.agkdesignstudio.com and photography by Ryan Garvin Photography www.ryangarvinphotography.com.

Our friend, The Sugary Shrink, created the most beautiful wedding cake display utilizing our Mr. and Mrs. Java Mugs and Slate accessories to showcase this masterpiece of a tiered cake. Be sure to click here to view all of the shots from this gorgeous shoot and learn how to make the cake.

Photo run with permission from The Sugary Shrink www.thesugaryshrink.com.

Photographer, Brook Tyson, featured the tablescapes from her wedding on her blog. Isn’t it stunning? It features retired color, Flamingo, but this look can be accomplished with any number of colors if you’re not able to get your hands on this pretty discontinued color. Click here for more photos and inspiration from her wedding.

Photo run with permission from Brooke Tyson Photography www.blog.brooketysonphotography.com.

Photo run with permission from Brooke Tyson Photography www.blog.brooketysonphotography.com.

Want to wow with lots of color? Check out these festive displays. Click on the images to see more from each shower or event. 

Photo run with permission from Events By Social Graces eventsbysocialgraces.com.

Photo run with permission from Events By Social Graces eventsbysocialgraces.com.

Photo run with permission from HGTV www.hgtv.com and Courtney Ortiz at Courtney Studios www.courtneystudios.com.

Photo run with permission from HGTV www.hgtv.com and Courtney Ortiz at Courtney Studios www.courtneystudios.com.

Photo run with permission from HGTV www.hgtv.com and Courtney Ortiz at Courtney Studios www.courtneystudios.com.

Photo run with permission from Storyboard Wedding www.storyboardwedding.com, Blest Photography www.blestphotography.com and styling by Swanky Elephant Planning and Design www.swankyelephant.com.

Photo run with permission from Storyboard Wedding www.storyboardwedding.com, Blest Photography www.blestphotography.com and styling by Swanky Elephant Planning and Design www.swankyelephant.com.

Do you have any wedding planning tips or color combination suggestions to set the scene for an unforgettable nuptial celebration? We’d love to hear them! Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Instagram. And don’t forget to visit our Pinterest page’s “Wedding Bliss” board for many other ideas.

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Fiesta Floral Bouquet Collection

Back in January, we showed you all our newest Fiesta decorated collection: Floral Bouquet. The pattern was perfect to get us through those dreary winter months, and now that it’s spring, it’s an absolute tabletop essential! While we’ve featured our Luncheon Plate in the collection, we wanted to show off  all of the elements of our Floral Bouquet line up.

You’ve already seen (and fallen in love with) our fabulous floral Luncheon Plates, but how about those floral insulated tumblers? These are ideal for the upcoming weather when you’d give anything for an ice cold drink! You can find them here in a 16 oz Tumbler, 9 oz Stemless Wine Glass and Stemmed Wine Glass.

When you find your table could still use more flowers, reach for our Floral Bouquet linens. You can take your pick between Napkins, Placemats, multiple sizes of Tablecloths, or all of the above! These linens are for indoor and outdoor use, so feel free to use them for pretty picnics and indoor celebrations alike.

Once you have all of the accompaniments, you won’t want to forget the Luncheons! At 9 inches, these beauties are perfect for any meal, and give your table the perfect pop of color and whimsy. 

Do you have your Fiesta Floral Bouquet items? Show us how you style them on Facebook or Instagram!

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2017 Fiesta Cut Sheet

Every year we create a new cut sheet for the Fiesta dinnerware line that lays out all of our products, each represented by a little line drawing.  The 2017 edition features our newest items, including the Bistro Crescent PlateLarge Heart Bowl, Baking Bowl Sets, and of course, our newest color, Daffodil. 

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