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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Cinnamon Apple Bread

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We’ve waited patiently throughout the humid and sticky summer months and are finally in one of our favorite seasons: fall! We love smelling fresh baked pie wafting from the kitchen, donning our chunky scarves and sweaters to head out in chill October mornings, and doing every activity imaginable that is associated with autumn. We’re talking hayrides, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and, of course, apple picking.

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Apple picking is a fun event for the whole family, however sometimes we find ourselves coming home with way more apples than we intended! As much as we love keeping the doctor away with our apple a day, we found ourselves craving a different way to use up our orchard loot. That’s why we’re showing you how to make cinnamon apple bread!

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All you need is one of our Fiesta Loaf Pans, some fresh apples (we used honey crisp, but you can use whatever kind you’d like!) and you’re ready to get baking. This apple bread is a tasty treat at any time, especially when you’ve had just one too many PSL’s and are hankering for another fall flavor.

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Need something to wash our Cinnamon Apple Bread down? Click here to find our tips on how to make homemade apple cider! 

Cinnamon Apple Bread
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. ⅔ cup white sugar
  4. ½ cup butter, softened
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  9. ½ cup milk
  10. 1 large honey crisp apple, peeled and finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your Fiesta loaf pan.
  3. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small Fiesta Baking Bowl and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer, combine white sugar and butter until smooth.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat on medium speed until combined.
  6. Add flour and baking powder, then milk, and beat again until combined.
  7. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Cover with half of the apples.
  9. Pat apples into batter with the back of a spoon.
  10. Sprinkle with half of sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  11. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  12. Pat topping into the batter with the back of a large spoon.
  13. Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  14. Cool in pan 10 minutes.
Adapted from The Happier Homemaker
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle and Patoodle Recipe

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Now that the air is getting its first hint of crispness, we are oh-so-ready for fall. It’s time for snuggly sweaters, comfort foods and of course that seasonal favorite…pumpkins. Most pumpkin recipes tend to favor the overly sweet side, but this one we’re about to share is uniquely savory and just perfect for a chilly autumn evening.Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The recipe combines goat cheese with pumpkin puree for a seasonal alfredo sauce that’s out of this world. So the dish is not too heavy, we put the sauce on top of a trio of zoodles (zucchini noodles), squoodles (yellow squash) and patoodles (sweet potatoes) — we made up the words squoodles and patoodles, but they kinda work right?!

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

If you’ve never tried making noodles out of vegetables, all you need is a simple tool called a spiralizer. Or you can simply julienne your vegetables for similar results. There are a few different ways you can make -oodles: steamed, roasted, sautéed, or boiled.

We’ve tried several methods and we prefer to roast them in the oven (and PS, coconut oil worked the best for us).

Zoodles, Squoodles and Patoodles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - zucchini
  2. 1 - yellow squash
  3. 1 - sweet potato
  4. 3 tablespoons - coconut oil
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spiralize or julienne vegetables.
  3. Heat coconut oil in microwave just until melted, about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Spread zucchini and yellow squash on a baking sheet.
  5. Spread sweet potato on a separate baking sheet.
  6. Pour 2 tablespoons coconut oil over zucchini and yellow squash and toss to coat evenly.
  7. Pour remaining tablespoon of coconut oil over sweet potato and toss to coat evenly.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Roast zucchini and yellow squash approximately 15-20 minutes, turning ½ way through.
  10. Roast sweet potato approximately 20-30 minutes, turning ½ way through.
Notes
  1. Tip: Because everyone’s oven is different, you’ll need to watch your -oodles carefully the first few times you make them.
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Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons - unsalted butter
  2. 2 tablespoons - flour
  3. 2 - garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon - thyme, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups - low-fat milk
  6. 3oz - goat cheese, crumbled
  7. 1 cup - pumpkin puree
  8. 1/8 teaspoon - ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon - salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon - pepper
  11. roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, add flour and stir until bubbly, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add milk and thyme. Stir constantly and increase heat if necessary until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add goat cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, stirring until smooth and thickened into a sauce.
  3. Once thickened, remove from heat and serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with pepitas!
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Served up on colorful Fiesta dishes, like our new 3pc Bistro Place Setting, these noodle alternatives are so much fun. If it’s your first time making zoodles, squoodles, patoodles or you’ve tried any other types of -oodles, let us know how it goes! 

Are you a sucker for all things pumpkin? Be sure to check out our other Fiesta pumpkin recipes and some fall favorites: Mini Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Bread, Holiday Butters, Simple Fall Desserts, Thanksgiving Sweet Treats, and Fall “Brinner.” 

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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Fiesta’s Fall Must Haves

Fiesta’s Fall Must Haves

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. It seems like summer just started and now we’re already pinning tasty pumpkin recipes on Pinterest, shopping for comfy new sweaters, and seeing Halloween decorations in all the stores. Although we’re lamenting summer coming to an end again, we are excited to enter autumn in style. Today we’re bringing you our top 10 Fiesta Fall Must Haves so you and your kitchen can be prepared for a very fashionable fall!

1. Anything Claret

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Our newest color is a beautiful burgundy hue that is the perfect addition to your collection, especially for fall! Picture Claret, Slate, Sage, and Ivory adorning your dinner table on Thanksgiving, or any autumn day! We can’t wait to see how you set your tables with this beautiful shade.

2. Tapered Mug

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Cooler weather calls for coffee and cocoa, and what better way to enjoy them than in our 15oz. Tapered Mug? The Tapered mug is ideal for hot beverages on chilly mornings, as it holds more than our Java and Ring Handled mugs and fits so snuggly in the hand.

3. Skillet Baker

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The dropping temperatures mean that we can get back to one of our favorite pastimes: baking! We’re tying our apron strings and turning our ovens back on after a summer of ice cream and popsicles to keep cool (don’t get us wrong, we love our cold summer treats, too!). One of our favorite items for making baked goods is our new Skillet Baker! You can find a recipe for Gourmet Skillet S’mores here: bit.ly/2aMEytS

4. Halloween items

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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Fiesta Dinnerware, as you might have noticed if you’ve seen all of our Halloween ware! We have everything you need to celebrate Halloween right this year: scary cats, hooting owls, flying witches, spooky pumpkins and newest of all, our trio of skeletons and ghosts patterns! Scare easily? Don’t worry. These characters are more cute than creepy!

5. Covered Casserole

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The Covered Casserole was one of our favorite new items in 2015, and it still has our hearts this year! Think delicious soups, hearty casseroles, and even fresh baked bread kept warm by one of our most stylish pieces.

6. Tortilla Warmer

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Yes, the much anticipated Tortilla Warmer has made our list of fall must haves. Why? Much like the Covered Casserole, it is able to keep meals hot with its ceramic lid. And you don’t need to be limited to warming tortillas! We love using the Tortilla Warmer for small casseroles, dips, and any sides you need to keep warm. The Tortilla Warmer will be coming soon!

7. Appetizer Plate

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Fall represents different things to all of us. For some it means the start of school, for others it marks the beginning of holiday shopping (yikes!), and still other see the leaves changing and think one thing: football season. Whether you’re a fan or not, we think everyone can get on board with a good tailgate party! We love all the classic foods that go along with cheering on your team, and we have the perfect plate for your viewing party munchies: our Appetizer Plate! Go for the extra point and get a set in your team’s colors.

8. Signature Bowl

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Another of our newest items might just be made for fall dining: the Signature Bowl. Just think of coming home after a blustery stroll outside to a beautiful bowl of hot soup or stew waiting for you. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it!

9. Pie Baker

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Did we mention we love baking already? Well, we’ll say it again. We LOVE baking! Is there anything better than fresh baked goods straight from the oven on a crisp fall day? We don’t think so. Another of our favorite bakeware pieces is our Large and Small Pie Bakers, perfect for pumpkin, apple, pecan, and every pie in between! Check out our recipe for mini pumpkin pies here: bit.ly/2bS7tk3

10. Square Ware

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Autumn is the season of change; the leaves are changing colors, and you’re changing out your dinnerware! If you’re used to the usual round plates, bowls, and mugs, consider switching it up this season with our square Fiesta line. It’s chic, modern, and lots of fun to combine with the classic round pieces to bring a different look to your table.

There you have it; our top ten must have Fiesta items for fall. Do you agree with our list, or are there other pieces you think should have made the cut? Let us know in the comments!

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Gourmet S’mores Skillet for National S’mores Day

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

When we noticed there was an entire day dedicated to s’mores, it didn’t take us long to grab our new Individual Skillet and try some sticky marshmallowy recipes.

We created a Gourmet S’mores Skillet that grownups and kids alike will devour. Warning: you might want to double or triple this recipe.

This spin on a campfire classic can be made right at home in the oven, which means it can be made any time of the year. And that’s just fine with us!

 

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

It starts with a layer of a buttery pretzel crust. We subbed pretzels for graham crackers because, let’s face it, sometimes after eating s’mores we’re left craving a bag of chips. And then you need something sweet again. It’s an endless cycle of salty/sweet. We figured, let’s just put the salt in the sweet and save all the trouble and extra calories.

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

Next is a layer of creamy dark chocolate fudgy goodness. We traded the milk chocolate that’s traditionally used in s’mores for decadent dark chocolate because here at Fiesta Dinnerware, we’re colorful and different. Our recipes are a little different too! The saltiness of the pretzels combined with the richness of the dark chocolate is completely divine.

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

The final layer is simply marshmallows. That’s what ultimately makes a s’more a s’more, right? We chose mini marshmallows, but you could use larger marshmallows if you’d like. The marshmallows toasted to a perfect golden brown under the broiler in our Individual Skillet, featured in the new Foundry cast iron-like finish.

Gourmet S'Mores Skillet
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For the pretzel crust
  1. 1 cup finely crushed pretzels (about 3 handfuls)
  2. 4 tablespoons sugar
  3. 12 tablespoons melted butter
For the chocolate filling
  1. 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
  2. 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
For the marshmallow layer
  1. 1 (10.5 ounce) bag marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two Fiesta Individual Skillet Bakers or 1 8x8" baking pan with butter.
  2. Make the pretzel crust. In a medium bowl, stir together the pretzel crumbs, sugar and melted butter until all of the crumbs are evenly moistened. Pour half into the prepared Fiesta Individual Skillets or the full amount into an 8x8" pan and press evenly into a tight, compact layer. Bake until it is lightly browned and has a faint toasted smell, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  3. Make the chocolate filling. Place the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a heatproof bowl and set it over a small pan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until it is completely melted and smooth. Immediately pour it over the pretzel crust and spread it into an even layer.
  4. Immediately place the marshmallows on top of the chocolate filling, pressing down slightly. When ready to serve, turn on your oven's broiler and place the pan on the center rack. Broil until the marshmallows are puffed and browned, 1-2 minutes. Removed from the oven and let cool briefly.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

Fiesta Dinnerware Gourmet S'mores Skillet recipe

While it’s still warm and melty, be sure to share this special treat with someone you really love. It’s a good thing this recipe makes enough to fill two Fiesta skillets! 

 

 

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Just the Basics: Essential Dinnerware for a First House or Apartment

At the height of spring, graduation and wedding announcements abound. Many young people are on the verge of living on their own for the first time – or at least with a roommate or domestic partner.

That feeling can be overwhelming. What do they really need when they’re first starting out? Well, when it comes to their first dinnerware collection, Fiesta Dinnerware’s got ‘em covered!

When someone’s short on cupboard space, but big on style, durability and value, these are the first few pieces they’ll need to get going in their first home sweet home of their own.

Fiesta Dinnerware Sage Luncheon Plate - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The Fiesta Luncheon Plates are the perfect sized plates when there’s not much space for both dinner plates and salad plates on the shelves. Plus, here’s an extra benefit, they’re really good for portion control!

Fiesta Dinnerware Turquoise 3pc Bistro Set - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

If there’s a little more space in the cupboards, might we suggest the NEW Fiesta 3pc Bistro Set? It comes with a Dinner Plate, Salad Plate and Small Bistro Bowl. The Dinner Plate and Salad Plate have a slightly different design than the traditional Fiesta Dinner and Salad Plates. They have a wider and flatter surface area and deeper rim, giving them more of a “bistro” or café look – hence the name!

Fiesta Dinnerware Scarlet Medium Bistro Bowl - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

This Fiesta Medium Bistro Bowl is a great go-to bowl for nearly every meal. It’s pretty much ideal for everything from salad to pasta to stir fry to cereal. Trust us on this one.

Fiesta Dinnerware Sunflower Tapered Mug - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

For any type of hot drink, the Tapered Mug should be on the list. At 15oz., it’s just the right size and it feels comfy to hold.

Fiesta Dinnerware Foundry Baking/Pizza Tray - one of the perfect pieces for someone's first house or apartment. For more starter dinnerware ideas, visit the Fiesta blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The Baking/Pizza Tray is a must-have. Yes, frozen pizza can be made on it, but that’s not the only thing. It can do double duty in place of a cookie sheet. We’ve shown it here above in our new Foundry finish (coming soon!). It has the look of cast iron with the ease of use of ceramic.

So, those are the basic Fiesta Dinnerware items we’d recommend to get started for anyone who’s moving into a place of their own for the first time. Fiesta’s a fun graduation, shower or wedding gift, especially for Fiesta enthusiasts who love to pass the passion down to a new generation!

And if you’re not the first person in your family to own Fiesta Dinnerware, or if you’re gifting Fiesta to someone just starting out on their own, then you’ll know the many benefits of using it as your starter dinnerware:

  • Even though it has a 5-year chip replacement warranty, it’s an investment you’ll most likely have for the rest of your life.
  • By using Fiesta Dinnerware, you’re supporting workers at a family owned factory in Newell, West Virginia, USA.
  • Fiesta is lead free and microwave, dishwasher, freezer, and oven proof.
  • Fiesta has a long history – 80 years – of timeless, classic design. It was as stylish in the kitchens of 1936 as it is in the modern homes of today.
  • If you’d like to add to your Fiesta Dinnerware collection, pieces are easy to find at thousands of retailers, including better department stores and specialty retailers nationwide, .coms, and fiestafactorydirect.com.

Essential Dinnerware Pieces for A First House or Apartment - learn more at the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com

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Fiesta Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

Shelves are the perfect place to display your personal style, photos of loved ones and favorite collections. And if you’re browsing the Fiesta Dinnerware blog, we have a sneaking suspicion about what one of your favorite collections might be.

Spring is a great time to freshen your shelves up with a new look. We styled our shelves three different ways to give you some inspiration for the season.

Palm Springs

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

Palm Springs is having a comeback moment right now. What’s not to love about all the colorful architecture Palm Springs is known for? And so many interesting desert plants! We centered this design around a fun “Butterfly House” print we found on Etsy.*

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

We combined vibrant colors like Poppy, Tangerine, Sunflower, and Claret (available in June 2016), inspired by the whimsical colorful front doors sprinkled all throughout the neighborhoods of Palm Springs. Then we added Lemongrass and Shamrock in honor of the beautiful succulents of the desert. Don’t forget some touches of gold, because let’s face it, you can’t have Palm Springs without some bling.

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

Botanical

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

The botanical theme is one you might be seeing in all the design blogs and magazines this season. Why not try it out in your spring shelf design? To achieve this look, think lush greenery, jewel tones and natural wood.

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

We used a “Tropical Banana Leaf Art Print” from Etsy* combined with actual banana leaves and a banana leaf bowl. Then we added some basket weave items, a hand-carved wooden bowl and a pop of metallic with some copper Moscow mule mugs. Next, of course, we displayed a glorious range of rich hued Fiesta Dinnerware in Claret, Turquoise, Sage, Lapis, and Cobalt.

Retro Kitchen

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

Spring has us thinking ice cream and ice cream has us thinking vintage kitchens. So that’s the inspiration for our spring shelfie #3.

Fiesta Dinnerware Spring Shelf Decor Ideas

We found this cute replication ice cream sign at a hobby store. We combined Claret, Turquoise, Scarlet, Slate, and Ivory Fiesta Dinnerware for a classic retro kitchen look. A simple red tray holds a sweet little gingham trimmed basket filled with red and white paper straws and Fiesta flatware. A milkshake mixer and soda glasses complete the theme.

Need some more tips on how to get the perfect look when styling your shelves? Refer back to our former blog post How to Style the Perfect #Shelfie. Now, we want to see your Fiesta shelves. Be sure to share your photos on the Fiesta Facebook page.

*Art is published with permission from the artists. Please visit links to purchase and download prints.

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Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes

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One of our favorite things about Fiesta Dinnerware is the versatility of our pieces. For instance, you can transform a bowl into a cake stand, a pitcher into a vase, but have you ever tried baking in Ramekins? Our Ramekins are designed to be bakeware and able to withstand high oven temperatures, however we have found that many people will use their Ramekins as a small bowl (which is perfectly acceptable!), so we wanted to give you all another reason to use them – for baking cupcakes, of course!

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In our opinion, cupcakes are the perfect dessert; they’re neat, petite, and oh so sweet! Consider the Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes for when you’re craving a little dessert just for yourself, or have guests to entertain and really want to knock their socks off.

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We used a confetti cupcake recipe for these little devils, which we believe is ideal for baking into our Ramekins. The bright sprinkles in the cake look even more appetizing when paired with colorful Fiesta!

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Though we love confetti cake in our Ramekins, if you’re more of a red velvet fan then feel free to try it out! Send us photos of your own Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes on Facebook – we’d love to see your take on them. Until then, happy baking!

Fiesta Ramekin Cupcakes
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A colorful take on cupcakes.
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For the cupcakes
  1. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  5. 1/2 cup sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  9. 1/4 cup Sprinkles
For the icing
  1. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  3. 2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  6. More sprinkles for the top
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 4 Ramekins with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a Small Baking Bowl. Whisk together.
  3. Add melted butter to a Medium Baking Bowl and mix in sugar with hand mixer for about 30 seconds. Add eggs one at at time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately. Stir in sprinkles. Divide batter among Ramekins. Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
For the icing
  1. Beat butter until creamy, then beat in salt and 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time. Beat in vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
  2. Frost cupcakes however you like, but don't forget the rainbow Fiesta sprinkles!
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Italian Easter Bread Recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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