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.

Fiesta Frozen Banana Pops
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Ingredients
  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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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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No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Can you ever get enough backyard barbecues over the summer? We didn’t think so. Grilling outside is such a fun way to cook and entertain during the hot weather months. Easy cleanup, plus no need to heat up the oven.

Casual is the key to outside entertaining, so we’re all about buffet style. Here are a few pointers to create a great flow for your guests as they’re filling their plates.

Always set out your stack of plates to the far left at the front of the table. We used a vibrant, summery color palette of Turquoise, Poppy and new color Daffodil.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Then set out your salads and side dishes, like a garden salad, fruit salad and chips or potato salad. Our Bistro Bowls in various sizes are great for serving a crowd!

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Next comes the bread for burgers and hot dogs and any condiments and veggies you choose to serve. We like to make a special All-American Burger Sauce that is sure to “wow!” Our recipe is shared down below.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

All-American Burger Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup mayo
  2. 4 tablespoons ketchup
  3. 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  4. 3 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  5. 3 teaspoons dill pickle relish
  6. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  7. 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients. Chill until ready to serve. Top hamburgers, turkey burgers or any other meat with this delicious sauce.
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Then comes the main attraction — the meat! Place it right in the middle of the table on a special platter like our Square Handled Serving Tray.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Don’t forget utensils and napkins. We wrapped our Fiesta Flatware in a napkin and tied it with a few strands of raffia. That way, guests won’t need to juggle their plates in addition to loose utensils and napkins. Everything’s in a neat little, easy-to-carry package. To keep it super casual, we used colorful bandanas as napkins for this buffet setting.

How to plan a No Fuss Buffet-Style Backyard Barbecue. Plus get a recipe for delicious All-American Burger Sauce. From Fiesta Dinnerware on the blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Last but definitely not least is an icey cold beverage. Our 2+ gallon Beverage Server is the perfect addition to any backyard soiree. It’s great for serving lemonade, fruit infused water or iced tea.  

What are your tips for a no-fuss backyard BBQ? What Fiesta colors do you like to use during summer get-togethers? Share them with us on social media at: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

 

 

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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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A Taco Tuesday Fiesta

It came to our attention recently that our diets were severely lacking in one major food group. Fruits and veggies were covered, as were lean meats and legumes. So what exactly was missing, you ask? TACOS. Now, some of you might say that tacos aren’t a food group, but we say you’re wrong (and also we don’t need that kind of negativity).

Since we are clearly lacking in the taco department, we thought we’d start observing the weekly holiday of Taco Tuesday. We adore this alliterative day for so many reasons, but mostly because we get to combine two of our favorite things: Fiesta and fiestas!

As with any good Taco Tuesday fiesta, we have start with a margarita, because nothing tastes better than tequila when you realize it’s only Tuesday (kidding!). If you choose not to partake in alcohol, there are plenty of virgin margarita recipes on Pinterest. This one from food.com is one of our favorites. For this pitcher, however, we used a tried and true recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

Now, a real Taco Tuesday would be incomplete without one of our favorite sides: guacamole! We’ve tried so many different kinds of store bought guac, as well as guacamole flavor packets, but we’ve found that the best way to make it is from scratch, with fresh ingredients. For a simple recipe, just combine a mashed avocado with red onion, lime juice, salt, and cilantro to your liking. Be warned, though! One serving of this guac can quickly turn into two (and then three, and then four…) 😉

On to the main attraction: the taco! Now, we don’t think we’ve ever met a taco we didn’t like, but this Spicy Shrimp taco is one of our favorites. It’s easy to make and will have you reaching for more (if you’re not already full of that tasty guac, that is). We love this recipe and think you will too!

Spicy Shrimp Tacos
Serves 1
A tasty way to celebrate Taco Tuesday!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  3. 1/4 tsp. cumin
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 8 medium shrimp, thawed and deveined
  6. 2 corn tortillas
  7. 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro
  8. 1 tbsp. roasted pepitas
  9. 1 tsp. diced jalapeños
  10. 1/4 cup purple cabbage
  11. 2 tsp. lime juice
  12. 1/2 avocado, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan to medium-high on the stovetop. Mix the olive oil, chili powder, cumin, and salt in a large bowl. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cook shrimp until translucent, about 1 1⁄2 to 2 minutes on each side.
  2. Pop tortillas in the oven, just to warm up. Place 3-4 shrimp, avocado, cilantro, roasted pepitas, jalapeño, and cabbage on the tortilla.
  3. Top with lime juice and enjoy!
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Last but not least is the décor. We wanted our Taco Tuesday fiesta to be as festive as possible, so we used Sage, Poppy, Daffodil, and White, which is a color combo that we’re currently obsessed with. We picked up a few tiny succulents to be planted in our Loaf Pan and Ramekin for a fun cactus-y theme that goes right along with the “tablecloth”. You can DIY your own Taco Tuesday themed tablecloth with butcher paper and white chalk pens. Finally, pick up some fun cocktail napkins and you’re all set!

Show us your best Taco Tuesday Fiesta photos by sharing on our Facebook page, or on Instagram with @fiestadinnerware.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Caring for Your Fiesta

 

There’s no doubt about it, Fiesta Dinnerware is durable. But throughout daily life, over time all dishware takes a beating. A little TLC goes a long way in helping your Fiesta to always look its best and stand the test of time.

How to remove gray marks from your Fiesta Dinnerware

Removing Gray Marks

Gray marks on pottery are very common, especially on lighter glazed colors. This is not an imperfection in the ware. It is simply caused when metal flatware comes into contact with glazes that are actually a harder substance than the metal itself.

Glazes look and feel smooth to the touch, but there are actually microscopic divots in all glazes where the marks collect as the flatware is moved over them. Many people may think the marks are scratches, however they are similar to pencil marks; usually with no damage to the glaze or pottery itself.

How to remove gray marks from Fiesta Dinnerware

Metal markings can be removed by a wide variety of products on the market today including Zud, Bar Keepers Friend, and porcelain cleaners. The product recommended to us by several customers and one we find works best is Wrights Copper Cleaner which can be found at most grocery stores.

How to avoid "scratch marks" on your dark glaze dinnerware.

Avoiding/Removing “Scratch Marks” on Dark Glazes

Dark glazes may show surface abrasions more readily. Using felt, paper towels or paper plate dividers between your dishes that have dark glazes will minimize any of those abrasions.

How to remove coffee stains from your Fiesta Dinnerware mugs

Removing Coffee or Tea Stains

After extended use, it is not uncommon for coffee or tea stains to appear in cups or mugs. This can be very easily cured by placing warm water in the cup with a very small drop of regular household cleaner containing bleach.

How to remove coffee stains from your Fiesta Dinnerware

Simply let the pottery soak for a while, rub with a dish cloth and rinse thoroughly. Follow by washing normally in the dishwasher or sink to remove any residue. Or you may choose the cleansers mentioned above to remove stains.

How to get rid of rough patches on the bottom of Fiesta Dinnerware bakeware

Rough Surfaces

Some of our bakeware and other pieces may have a rough unglazed surface on the bottom. You may lightly sand with a fine-grain sandpaper to remove any rough patches. Often one of the easiest fixes to remove slightly rough bottom surface is rubbing the two bottoms against each other in a circular motion.

Oven/Microwave/Dishwasher/Freezer Safe

Did you know ALL Fiesta is fully oven, microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe? Fiesta Dinnerware is made to accommodate the foodservice and hotel industry, providing a broad range of functionality.

Fiesta can safely go from the freezer to the oven, oven to table, table to the dishwasher, and use in the microwave. So, get creative with your recipes and do not be afraid to use your dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware is safe up to 350 degrees, while bakeware can reach 500 degrees. While all pieces are temperature safe to 500 degrees, we do not recommend placing your dishes above or under a direct flame.

And it can go in a freezer down to -500 degrees — brrrrr!

All about the Fiesta Dinnerware 5 year chip replacement warranty.

5-Year Chip Replacement Warranty

We are so confident in the durability of our dishes that we offer a warranty against chipping under normal usage conditions for a period of five years from the date of delivery. We will replace any pieces found to be defective with identical or equivalent pieces on a one-for-one basis. Simply send our customer service department a photo.

And just a note, our warranty does not protect against dishes that are dropped on floors or counters. Fiesta is strong, but not invincible. All breakage and chipping caused by abnormal or abusive use is expressly excluded from this warranty. We reserve the right to determine whether or not the chipping is from normal usage.

The Fiesta Dinnerware factory, proudly making fully vitrified ceramics here in the USA since 1936.

Fully Vitrified Ceramics

Fiesta Dinnerware is made at the Homer Laughlin China Company factory in Newell, WV. We make fully vitrified ceramics, meaning our dinnerware is super strong and nonporous. Fiesta is industrial strength and will not absorb odors or moisture.

There’s a reason Fiesta often is passed down from generation to generation — it’s strong and timeless! Just a few simple steps will keep it looking like new for many years to come. If you have any questions about caring for your Fiesta Dinnerware, feel free to reach out to our customer service department at fiesta@homerlaughlin.com or 800-452-4462.

 

 

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Skull and Vine Pattern

Photo and cake by our friend Julia Murphy at www.thesugaryshrink.com

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here: our new Skull and Vine pattern is now available for pre-sale and will begin shipping within 30 days!

Skull and Vine is the hauntingly elegant new pattern from Fiesta Dinnerware that features a metallic design on our Foundry cast iron-like finish. Based off the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, this pattern also makes a great accompaniment to our Halloween line, or even your every day dishes! Skull and Vine is available on a 9” Luncheon Plate, 11 ¾” Chop Plate, Appetizer Plate, Tapered Mug, and Pasta Bowl.

To complete your Skull and Vine set, we will be releasing textiles, table linens, and Tervis Tumblers in the future as well! Until then, check out our Foundry 3pc Bistro Sets which pair excellently with the Skull and Vine line, or mix and match our bright colors for a real Dia de Los Muertos theme. Based on the overwhelming interest, additional items may be added, too. Let us know which items you’d like added to the line and show us how you’ll decorate your table with Skull and Vine on our Facebook page or on Instagram at @fiestadinnerware.

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New Fiesta Porcelain Tiles!

We have big news for all those who can’t get enough Fiesta in their kitchens. We’ve teamed up with Limelight Tile and Ceramics to make Fiesta Porcelain Tiles!

These porcelain tiles will be available in Spring 2017 in 14 of the 15 current Fiesta colors (with Shamrock coming soon)! Tiles are made in USA and you will be able to choose from a variety of different tile combinations. Prices range from $5-$9 per tile, depending on which size and collection you choose. The right is reserved to make changes on pricing.

For product inquiries, pre-orders, and questions, please contact FIESTA_Tiles@limelighttile.com

Tell us which tiles you can’t wait to get your hands on in the comments below, or on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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Throwing the Perfect Movie Award Night Party

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La La Lapis Martini Recipe

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

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

* Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

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

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

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

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

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Hummus: Healthy Homemade Comfort Food

Healthy homemade hummus recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

While we’re still in the throes of winter, spring is just around the corner. If you’re anything like us, our minds are thinking beach, but our tummies are thinking comfort food.

For a delicious snack that’s healthy, nourishing and comforting, we turned to our friend Chef Maria Loi of New York’s Loi Estiatorio restaurant and author of The Greek Diet for her famous Hummus recipe.

Chef Maria Loi's healthy homemade hummus recipe from the book The Greek Diet (featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog) | www.alwaysfestive.com

We served our hummus with fresh veggies and warm pita bread. In the spirit of the Greek Islands, we went with a color palette of blues and white for our Fiesta dishes. Lapis, Turquoise and White are as crisp and fresh as the carrots, celery and snap peas we served for dipping.

This recipe makes plenty for a party. Using our Appetizer Plates, Square Handled Serving Tray and 2pc Dip and Spreader Set, it’s simple to serve a group.

A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

If you’ve never made your own hummus, it’s nothing like the kind you buy in the grocery store. It’s so simple to make.

In this recipe, while you’re welcome to use canned chickpeas, we encourage you to try using dried chickpeas instead. Served slightly warm along with fresh warm pita bread — you’re in for a treat!

Maria's Hummus
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Ingredients
  1. 1 red bell pepper
  2. 2 cups dried chickpeas or one 16-ounce can chickpeas
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda (if using dried chickpeas)
  4. 1 medium onion, quartered
  5. 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  6. 1/4 cup tahini
  7. 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  8. Red pepper flakes (optional)
  9. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  10. Salt
  11. Warmed whole-grain pita bread and/or vegetables, for serving
Instructions
  1. Roast the pepper by placing it over an open flame at medium-high heat on your stovetop. Rotate it consistently using tongs until the entire outside is charred, about 10 to 15 minutes. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to steam for 15 minutes. Remove the pepper from the bowl, peel the skin using your hands, remove the seeds, and chop. Set aside.
  2. If you're using canned chickpeas, skip to Step 4. If you are using dried chickpeas, place them in a medium pot. Cover the chickpeas with water, stir in the baking soda, and allow them to soak overnight.
  3. The next day, rinse and drain the soaked dried chickpeas. Heat a medium pot over medium heat until hot. Add the chickpeas, onion and enough water to cover the contents of the pot by 3 inches. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook the chickpeas for about 45 minutes, skimming as needed to remove foam, until soft. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the onion. Allow the chickpeas to cool.
  4. If using canned chickpeas, saute the onion over medium heat until translucent, about 5 minutes. Combine the roasted pepper, garlic, and tahini in a food processor or blender. Process, scraping down the sides of the processor as necessary, until smooth. Add the chickpeas, sauteed onion (or reserved onion if using soaked chickpeas), lemon juice, and pepper flakes (if using). Process, scraping down the sides again if necessary, until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the 1/2 cup olive oil and process until the mixture is emulsified. Add salt to taste and more pepper flakes, if desired. Spoon the hummus into a serving dish.
  5. To serve, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and pair with warm whole-grain pita brea and/or fresh vegetables, including celery, carrots, and sliced red and green peppers.
Adapted from The Greek Diet: Look and Feel Like a Greek God or Goddess and Lose Up To Ten Pounds in Two Weeks
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A healthy homemade hummus recipe, featured on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog | www.alwaysfestive.com

Do you have any healthy comfort food recipes you enjoy during the winter? We love to hear what our Fiesta community has on the menu. Please share with us on social media at Facebook and Instagram.

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