Claret: NEW 2016 Fiesta Color

 

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It comes but once a year and for Fiesta Dinnerware enthusiasts worldwide, it’s like Christmas morning. Today we announce our new color of 2016!

The 2016 Color of the Year is – CLARET!

How does Claret fit in the Fiesta family of colors? Quite nicely, we must say. Check out the entire spectrum here: Ivory, Slate, Sage, Claret, Scarlet, Poppy, Tangerine, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, Turquoise, Lapis, Cobalt, Paprika, and White.

Fiesta Dinnerware color spectrum for 2016 - featuring new color Claret. Learn more on the blog, www.alwaysfestive.com.

Claret is a high-fashion color that fills a void in the Fiesta spectrum. If you follow our new color introductions closely, you’ll remember we introduced Sage and Slate in 2015. Claret is a beautiful progression into this sophisticated color palette, but it also mixes well with the more vibrant hues, bringing depth and a complementing accent into the Fiesta palette.

Incidentally, without getting into specifics, Claret is actually quite a difficult color to make. As with anything that’s “high-fashion,” it may not be around for all that long, so we would recommend adding Claret to your Fiesta repertoire while it’s hot off the runway!

You can get your hands on Claret mid-June 2016 at better department stores, .coms, specialty stores, and www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

Are you already working on some creative color combinations in your mind? We know you so well! Be sure to share them with us on Facebook or the comment section below. We’ve been coming up with some ideas here at the factory too!

 

For those of you who are true Fiesta color connoisseurs and are wondering what Claret looks like in comparison to some of our similarly hued colors of the past, check out our comparison chart below.

Fiesta Dinnerware 2016 Color Comparison Chart

At any given time, we are only able to fire 15 colors on our kiln, so we usually have 15 colors on our color spectrum. Thus, we bid our friend Plum a happy retirement late last year. So, get your Plum pieces while you still can at www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

Stay tuned on our Fiesta Dinnerware Facebook page over the next few days where we’re coming to you live from the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. We’ll be sharing other new product introductions.

And join us on Pinterest tonight, Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 pm Central Standard Time (8:00 pm EST) for a live Fiesta Pinterest Party! We’ll be pinning all sorts of Fiesta photos featuring Claret, as well as other Fiesta favorites. We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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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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A Guide to Registering for Fiesta Dinnerware

A Guide to Registering For Fiesta Dinnerware at the blog www.alwaysfestive.com.

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in a couple’s lives. But it’s also a time full of a lot of decisions! From wedding planning to registering, it can set your mind spinning with all of the choices. 

Even if you think you’ve narrowed down one aspect of your planning — for instance the casual dinnerware on your wedding registry — to colorful Fiesta Dinnerware, you then need to decide which colors to pick, how many place settings you’ll need, and which accessory pieces to request. Where do you begin? 

We’ve created a handy guide to make the process a little simpler for you or the betrothed couples you know. All of the dishes, bakeware, serving pieces, and more for a lifetime of love, entertaining and Fiesta together!  

To register for Fiesta Dinnerware, visit here: bit.ly/FiestaWeddingRegistry.

A guide to registering for Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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24 Fall Color Combinations

As the season changes to fall, our fashions and color choices likely change. At Fiesta Dinnerware, we think that changing up color combinations is just as important as changing up your wardrobe. After all, that’s why we offer so many color choices, so you can mix and match to come up with your own personal signature set for all seasons and occasions.

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We have a total of 24 fall color combinations for you to be inspired by or use for any of the upcoming holidays.

The first combination is something traditional in color. We were inspired by the Pantone color of the year, Marsala. We created something that felt traditional but still had a pop of color. We paired plum, sunflower and poppy to create this look. We especially like the square dinner plate on the bottom which acts like a charger plate with the place setting. Plum flatware was also used to complete this look.

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In this second fall color combo, we went a bit more modern. We think these colors would be great for someone who likes the idea of non-traditional colors for fall. The color combination looks clean, modern and fresh.

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We continued the feeling of new and modern by tucking the napkin between the dinner plate and the luncheon plate across the top, then took sunflower flatware and tied a fork and knife together with thick gray string and laid it across the fringe Fiesta napkins, also in sunflower.

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This next look is somewhere in-between the first two, modern meets traditional. We took burlap  and draped that down the center of the table, adding texture to the tablecloth linen to create warmth in conjunction with the earthy tones of paprika. The idea of incorporating wheat into this color combo came after we added the burlap and saw how it perfectly fit in with the color combination. A sprig of wheat looks great against the paprika flatware tied together. Don’t you think?

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The color combination we used here is paprika, slate, tangerine and turquoise. The way that we paired it was to layer the lighter, brighter colors on top of the darkest shade, slate. The idea of a holiday brunch brought out the cream and sugar set along with a cup and saucer. The medium bistro bowl is perfect for just about anything.

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We have even more fall color combinations ahead for you, all based on fall color trends as well as some of our favorites. We hope that these fall color combinations inspire you to create your own fall color combinations. If you do, we’d love to see them. Share your color combinations with us on Facebook and Pinterest and we will feature them on our color combination board.

Here are the other 21 fall color combinations we created using Colorama on the Fiesta website. Share your favorites with your friends!

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Top: Scarlet, Ivory and Sage. Middle: Shamrock and Slate. Bottom: Slate and Sunflower

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Top: Scarlet, Sage, Slate and Ivory. Middle: Sage, White and Cobalt. Bottom: Sage, Paprika and Turquoise.

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Top: Shamrock and Slate. Middle: Shamrock and Cobalt. Bottom: Ivory, Plum and Sage.

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Top: Black and White Middle: Sage and Tangerine. Bottom: Lapis and Slate.

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Top: Slate, Sage and Sunflower. Middle: Slate, Plum and Lemongrass. Bottom: Cobalt and Sunflower

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Top: Slate, Lapis and Cobalt. Middle: Slate, Sunflower and Poppy. Bottom: Lemongrass, Plum and Shamrock.

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Top: Poppy, Plum and Ivory. Middle: Paprika, Slate and Turquoise. Bottom: Poppy, Tangerine and Slate.

 

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#SummerFiesta Challenge…Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

Fiesta Tent Sale, before the crowds.

Fiesta Tent Sale, before the crowds.

The Fiesta Tent Sale is a popular event...be prepared to wait in line!

The Fiesta Tent Sale is a popular event…be prepared to wait in line!

Don’t forget to bring a towel or (Fiesta Tent Sale insider tip) put a sock on your hand to wipe down dust from the factory.

Don’t forget to bring a towel or (Fiesta Tent Sale insider tip) put a sock on your hand to wipe down dust from the factory.

At Fiesta Dinnerware, we’re always up for a challenge. So we’re challenging ourselves and you, our faithful Fiesta fans, to a series of summer resolutions. We’re not talking about the standard types of resolutions like losing weight, these resolutions will be fun!

For the month of June, we challenge you to make a summer resolution to “be a tourist in your own backyard.” Be sure to follow along with #SummerFiesta to read all about our adventures this summer. And post your adventures too, using the same hashtag. We can’t wait to see where your #SummerFiesta takes you!

Since our first resolution involves being a tourist in our own backyard, it’s just in time for the next Fiesta Tent Sale. So if you happen to be in our backyard or coming into town for the tent sale, we’ve created a fun list of places to go and things to do, just like a true tourist.

A Tourist’s Guide to the Fiesta Tent Sale

The Fiesta Tent Sale will be held June 18-21 and is at the home of Fiesta – the Homer Laughlin China Company in Newell, West Virginia. For some, that means a quick jaunt across the Ohio River. For others, it might mean traveling through several states to get there.

Either way, the tent sale is a unique experience. Aside from grabbing some great bargains on your favorite dinnerware, you might as well make a vacation out of it and enjoy all there is to offer in the beautiful region surrounding the factory.

We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tourist destinations in a tried and true travel guide. There’s literally something for everyone!

When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale, why not take some time to see the local sites? Laurel Caverns is a must see for nature lovers.

Photo courtesy www.laurelcavernspark.com.

For Nature Lovers

  • Tomlinson Run State Park– New Manchester, WV
    Enjoy nature in a couple of different ways; either wilderness in its original state or more recreationally with boating, miniature golf, swimming, and a campground.
  • Beaver Creek State Park– East  Liverpool, Ohio
    Wildlife and history all rolled into one; explore Gaston’s Mill, pioneer village and abandoned canal locks while you’re here.
  • Hocking Hills State Park – Logan, Ohio
    Waterfalls, caves, ziplining, stunning views. Do we need to say more?
  • Blackwater Falls– Davis, WV
    A five story high waterfall that travels through an eight-mile long gorge. Gorgeous!
  • Beech Creek Botanical Gardens– Alliance, Ohio
    Butterfly house conveniently opens June 22…perfect timing.
  • Oglebay Resort – Wheeling, WV
    1,700-acre resort and lodge that has golf, dining, shopping, gardens, museums, and even a zoo on its grounds.
  • Laurel Caverns Park– Hopwood, PA
    Home to Pennsylvania’s largest cave, there are over three miles of passages to explore.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? Spread Eagle Tavern is a must see for history lovers and foodies.

Photo courtesy www.spreadeagletavern.com.

For Foodies

  • Spread Eagle Tavern & Inn– Hanoverton, Ohio
    Experience fine dining surrounded by Federal Period architecture; built in 1837!
  • Church Brew Works – Pittsburgh, PA
    This former church is now a local brewery and foodie spot.
  • Salt of the Earth– Pittsburgh, PA
    Modern American dining with communal tables, locally sourced.

For Antiquing & Shopping Enthusiasts

  • Pottery City Antique Mall– East Liverpool, Ohio
    Antiques galore! You might get lucky and find some vintage Fiesta.
  • Roger’s Sale/Flea Market– Rogers, Ohio
    Voted “The Best Flea Market in Ohio”, it’s the largest open air market, featuring more than 1,600 vendors.
  • Centre Market – Wheeling, WV
    Built in 1853, an eclectic mix of shops and dining.
  • Amish Country– Millersburg, Ohio
    Explore the unique culture of the Amish in central Ohio.
  • Tanger Outlets – Washington, PA
    An open-air outlet mall that’s any outlet shopper’s dream.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? The Museum of Ceramics is a must see for history lovers.

Photo courtesy Wikipedia.

For History Buffs

  • Homer Laughlin China Company Factory Tour– Newell, WV
    Be sure to check dates because tours are not available during the dates of the tent sale. If you’re in the area for an extended stay, we invite you to stop by for the behind-the-scenes inside scoop.
  • The Museum of Ceramics– East Liverpool, Ohio
    Thousands of examples of pottery created in and around East Liverpool.
  • The Hall Closet, Hall China Factory– East Liverpool, Ohio
    Founded in 1903, Hall China is the largest manufacturer of specialty dinnerware. It recently joined Homer Laughlin under the HLC Inc. umbrella. Behind-the-scenes factory tours are available between 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. You must have a reservation in advance. Call 330.385.2900 ext 2147 to RSVP or for more information.
  • Grave Creek Mound – Moundsville, Ohio
    Built more than 1,000 years ago by the prehistoric Adena Native Americans, it’s nearly 62 feet high and 240 feet wide. It’s one of the largest mortuary mounds anywhere in the world.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? Falling Water is a must see for history and architecture lovers.

Photo courtesy www.fallingwater.org.

For Pop Culture Fans

  • Falling Water– Mill Run, PA
    Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous work melding nature and architecture.
  • Kentuck Knob – Chalk Hill, PA
    Very close to Falling Water, this is another Frank Lloyd Wright house located in the Laurel Highlands.
  • Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, PA
    An extensive collection of the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon, this is the largest museum in the country dedicated to a single artist. Did you know he was a Fiesta enthusiast?
  • The World’s Largest Teapot– Chester, WV
    How often do you get to see something like this? Count us in!
  • Hilltop Drive-In Theater– Chester, WV
    Drive-in theaters are as rare as Medium Green Fiesta. We’re lucky to have this retro gem in our area.
When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? Mountaineer is a must see for gaming lovers.

Photo courtesy www.moreatmountaineer.com.

For Those Who Love Gaming

When you visit the Fiesta Tent Sale in Newell, WV, why not take some time to see the local sites? The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is a must see for ghost hunters.

Photo courtesy www.wboy.com.

For Ghost Hunters

  • Mothman – Point Pleasant, WV
    Made popular by the book and movie starring Richard Gere, you can now experience a Mothman Festival and museum to keep this ghost story alive.
  • Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – Weston, WV
    Day and nighttime tours. Even stay here overnight…if you dare!

For more tourist attractions, please visit the following websites: www.topofwv.com, www.visitpa.com, www.discoverohio.com. Visit the Fiesta Dinnerware Pinterest board for more, too!

*If it’s your first time at the tent sale, be sure to check out this article from our friends at The Charleston Daily News, “6 Tips for a Fiesta Tent Sale First-Timer.” 

 

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