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!
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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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National Puppy Day

Fiesta Dinnerware Pet Bowls and Pet Lover Java Mugs at www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

Did you know today’s National Puppy Day? If you’re like us, you love an excuse to celebrate puppies. Lucky for you, we have just the right gift for the fur babies in your life! As you can see, two of our favorite pups love these Fiesta Dinnerware Dog Bowls.

Fiesta Dinnerware Pet Bowls and Pet Lover Java Mugs at www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

If you don’t have a puppy of your own, but have considered adopting, National Puppy Day is the perfect time to find a new furry friend at your local animal shelter. Make sure they get a proper welcome as a new member of your family with all the supplies a puppy needs: collar, leash, ID tag, toys, bed, and, of course, their very own Fiesta dishes.

Fiesta Dinnerware Pet Bowls and Pet Lover Java Mugs at www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

But, just because it’s National Puppy Day, that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about all the kitties out there. We love them too! We have bowls for our feline friends as well, so they won’t feel left out.

Fiesta Dinnerware Pet Bowls and Pet Lover Java Mugs at www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

And if you want to show your love for your pets, or if you’re looking for a great gift for your favorite pet lover, check out these sweet Fiesta Pet Lover Java Mugs.

The bowls for pets and mugs for the humans who love them come in a variety of fun Fiesta colors that will get your tail wagging.

Fiesta Dinnerware Pet Bowls and Pet Lover Java Mugs at www.fiestafactorydirect.com.

Have a happy National Puppy Day! Do you have some fun photos of your furry friends with their Fiesta dishes? We’d love for you to share them with us!

 

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A Sweet New Years Eve

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I can’t believe it’s almost 2016? Where did this year go!?

The life cycle of the New Year’s Eve celebration began with watching Dick Clark in Times Square and counting down for the ball drop, then it was all about the party which eventually gave way to sitting up with brave kids who couldn’t quite make it to midnight. Now, we love to gather with friends, play cards, and enjoy yummy food while we ring in the New Year. Does this sound like your NYE? How do you celebrate?

This year is especially exciting since we’ll have our family home. I hope the games run past midnight and the conversation even longer. No celebration at our house would be complete without a dessert table with a treat for everyone.

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When Fiesta Dinnerware introduced Slate, I fell in love! It’s classy and timeless and incredibly adaptive. It was very easy to reach for the White and Slate with an accent of Turquoise; it’s a classic combination that works every time, the unanticipated bonus? It was so much fun creating only black and white desserts! Establishing these parameters was a terrific exercise in producing a cohesive and delicious dessert table for a new years eve.

Without a doubt, the star of this dessert table is the Three Tier Server in Turquoise, and why not? It’s gorgeous. This dramatic piece can be used in so many ways. From all three plates to just one plate or combining different colors of servers makes this piece one of my favorites.

Choosing which sweets to place on each tier, I went by size: smaller items on top and the largest desserts on the bottom. It looks good and feels like a natural choice. Coconut and almond bonbons on the top shelf are creamy and delicious. I baked the brownies and piped on cream cheese frosting then paired them with white chocolate covered pretzels. Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream anchor the base.

The sparkly snowflake on top came from a local art supply shop; I love how it looks and compliments the piece.

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When I visit with friends, sometimes they tell me, they can’t make a dessert table for a party or say they just don’t have time to make all those sweets from scratch. Well, neither do I!

It’s totally acceptable to mix store bought favorites with homemade dishes. Hosting a party is more about genuinely welcoming guests and not standing in the stress of desserts.

Let’s take a look…

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I love the versatility of the Omni Serving Trays – I don’t have to present four sections if what I really need is two. Also, every component of this presentation is store bought – graham crackers, bonbons, and sandwich cookies. And each one is a favorite – that’s a win!

I wasn’t sure how the dark cookies would look in a dark tray, but it totally works. It was fun finding a bonbon wrapped in Turquoise and knew instantly it would be the star of the Omni trays.

As I shared before, popcorn balls are the hot hot hot dessert right now. A variation on that is caramel corn, but I wanted to stay with the color scheme of black and white, so what did I do?

Say hello to my Popcorn and Oreo Gooey Delight.

It was too easy. I popped about ¾ cup white popcorn kernels (I use a hot air popper) and poured onto a baking sheet (with 1” sides). It broke my heart to deliberately break 1 sleeve of cookies and scatter over the popcorn. I melted 4T of butter in a pan, added a bag of marshmallows. Working quickly, I poured the melted marshmallows over the popcorn/cookie mix and using my bare hands (coated liberally with butter – the mix is hot, give yourself permission to use a wooden spoon, wear gloves, wait a moment, etc), I stirred until I couldn’t effectively combine any longer.

Caution: Your mileage may vary, but contents are likely to disappear upon impact.

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The White Pie Plate is sitting on top of a White Bouillon Bowl – it’s a perfect way to raise something off the surface of the table to create visual balance. These two pieces go well together based on shape, size, and silhouette.

When thinking about a theme, clocks felt like a natural choice, to symbolize the passing of time. When I was visiting my BFF in Missouri, we spent the better part of a day visiting antique malls in the area. She took me to lunch and we never stopped laughing. We spotted this larger vintage clock and knew right away I need to bring it home with me. The tag was marked, “as is”, I didn’t need it to work and the price reflected its condition. Unfortunately, a clerk wound it up and it started to tick and was still ticking as I drove myself to the airport. How does this happen with a broken clock? I love my life!

If you don’t have a BFF, find one. My life partner is everything to me. And my best girlfriend tells me when my slip is showing.

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And why not add more clock faces? How about on a cake?! I love a fancy cake. Most of my layer cakes have a simple, rustic but appealing look to them. Rosettes are so lovely for special celebrations and New Year’s Eve is one such occasion.

This triple-layer Vanilla Bean Cake is filled with vanilla buttercream tinted black. Since I already had chocolate cupcakes on the table, I didn’t want to add another chocolate cake. The vanilla is crazy good and worth it to process the whole bean. And I’m in love with this cake!

The roses are made using a large open-star piping tip. I start in the center, draw the buttercream over to the 3 o’clock position, and then continue in a counter-clockwise circle until I reach the 4. Overlapping the roses just a wee bit ensures complete coverage of the crumb coat.

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Because things don’t always work out, my plan for Panda Cupcakes became Panda Inspired Cupcakes. I lost my panda googly eyes, which were found immediately upon completion of the photo shoot, of course. I’m sold on the look.You see pandas, right?

 

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I don’t always prepare party favors or take-home gifts, but I did this time. These little jars are stellar! There is 5.5 Tablespoons of M&Ms in each jar, which becomes the perfect snack for the bus/car/tram on the way home.

We were traveling recently and made it a point to stop in a candy store that offers every color of M&M candies. So an ombre of fun was designed.

After I got these made, I tried several different types of bows/ribbon/string – but nothing worked. I think the ombre look is bold enough and doesn’t need anything else.

How adorable is this for a wedding/shower/birthday party favor?

Go green – reuse it.

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All of the food – delicious! While your guests prepare their own plates, enjoy your own party. It’s a win having friends and family who like spending time together.

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How I use my Fiesta Dinnerware on a daily basis is influenced by what I’m doing – fancy or every day, the Medium Flared Vase is a staple. We have this vase on our Dining Room table almost all the time and certainly when we’re entertaining. It can anchor a dessert table without stealing limelight from the star. This vase is a workhorse and I love it.

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Celebrations mark the passing of time, seasons, change and growth. Traditions, like the NYC Times Square Ball Drop are cultural norms that bind us to a larger group. Or, family traditions like card night and ringing in the New Year cements us to our smaller, inclusive group, that says, “my people, my family”. Traditions and rituals draw us together.

When our kids started going out with friends for New Year’s Eve, I was afraid they’d make the same mistakes I had made as a young person. We’re so fortunate they haven’t done that; I’m grateful they learned from my mistakes. That’s part of change too, parenting adult kids, loving them and being present in their lives.

For now, I get to create and love and experience my little corner of the world. Time keeps on ticking…Happy New Year!

Vanilla Bean Layer Cake
A light and delicious Vanilla flavored cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1tsp Baking Soda
  2. 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  3. 1tsp Salt
  4. 1 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  5. 2 2/3 Cup Cake Flower
  6. 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  7. 1 Cup Buttermilk
  8. 2 tsp Clear Vanilla Extract
  9. 6 Egg Whites
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In medium sized mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients; set aside.
  3. Process Vanilla Beans - add seeds to milk, stir. Add vanilla pods to milk and gently warm up to slightly warmer than room temperature. Tend carefully if in the microwave.
  4. In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites. Add sugar – beat thoroughly until smooth. Add oil and vanilla – beat on high until frothy.
  5. Alternating…add flour mix and buttermilk; set mixer to low.
  6. Divide batter among cake pans.
  7. Bake for 22-25 minutes.
  8. Cool completely. Frost with luscious Vanilla Buttercream.
Notes
  1. Note: Batter will be thin
  2. Hot Tip: This doesn't lend itself to substituting half of the oil with applesauce - some of the sparkly vanilla flavor is lost. The cake turns out wonderfully, but the flavor is diminished a wee bit.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

 

 

 

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A Labor Day BBQ

Labor Day BBQ- FB Image and Title ImageIs anyone else in disbelief that summer is officially winding down and Labor Day is upon us? To hold onto summer just a little longer, we came up with some delicious food ideas for the last BBQ of the season.

In this blog post we have a hot dog bar, mini peach pies, a bacon mango salsa fit for any hot dog, classic corn on the cob with a variety of toppings, and a tasty watermelon refresher beverage.With a little prep work, this Labor Day spread is simple to put together and only requires a grill, an oven and your favorite Fiesta Dinnerware. We used Sunflower, Scarlet and Cobalt as our color scheme.
Grilled-Corn

To start with our delicious menu, we lit the grill to get it nice and warm for our corn, hot dogs and zucchini. We suggest grilling the corn with the husk on because it helps to create a steam pocket for the corn and cooks it evenly. We have the half husked corn, but suggest finding the corn with the full husk—trust us, it’s so worth it.

Toppings

Toppings

While the grill warms up and starts to cook our main items, let’s talk about Bacon Mango Peach Salsa. We used Mrs. G’s Hot Pepper Jelly in Mango Ginger Habanero, grilled bacon (yes, we said grilled bacon, try it if you haven’t yet!) fresh mango, and red onion. Simply dice half of one red onion, grilled bacon and fresh mango and mix together in a medium bowl. Add 5 tablespoons of Mrs. G’s Mango Ginger Habanero hot pepper jelly (add more if desired). You can use this to dress up your hot dog, grilled corn or for just eating by itself, it’s that good.

Mrs.G's-Jelly Once we were finished with the bacon mango salsa, we placed all the toppings in Fiesta cups near the hot dog bar on our tablescape. Toppings for the hot dogs are featured in our Labor Day Shopping List at the end of this blog post to make things easier.

Hot Dogs

Hot-Dog-Bar

When we started thinking of classic Labor Day recipes, we of course thought of hot dogs. It doesn’t get more American than that. But we wanted to jazz up the standard grilled hot dogs and surprise family and friends with something unexpected. We think this does the trick.

3-Hot-Dogs Recipes, FIesta Dinnerware

Veggie Italian Dog, Bacon Mango Dog and a Southern Dog.

We did three different hot dog options that included a vegetarian option. We grilled zucchini to take the place of the hot dog and included Italian-inspired flavors to top it off: marinara sauce, grated parmesan mixed with breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings.

Veggie-Dog

For the second delicious dog, this is where the bacon mango salsa comes into major play. Because we already made the bacon mango salsa, all your guests have to do is top their hot dog or zucchini dog with it and enjoy.

Mrs.G's-Dog

Last but not least is the Southern dog. This hot dog requires red onion, cheddar cheese, chives, and bbq sauce. The combination is sweet, salty and delicious.

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Corn

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Who doesn’t love corn on the cob? It’s such a yummy classic summer staple, it’s not a BBQ without it. Continuing with the idea of the hot dog bar, we created a corn bar as well.

Fiesta Entertaining Tip- Giving your guests options makes the process fun for not only you as the host, but for them as the guest.

We used the omni trays in the colors of our color scheme and snaked them across the table instead of a circle to allow for more items on the table. We made four different toppings for the corn that included a Greek Tapenade of feta and olives, a New England option with butter and Old Bay Seasoning, a creamy Mexican cheese topping and an Italian parmesan bread crumb topping. The omni trays were the perfect size to roll and coat your corn with ease.

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Pie

No holiday is complete without a sweet treat, so we made individual peach pies in ramekins, taking a fun tip from our friend the Sugary Shrink. To keep pies simple and easy to make, we used two cans of peach pie filling and we opted to have minimal crust by only using it on the top in the shape of a star. The result is a warm, gooey treat.

Pies
Hand-and-Pie

Watermelon Refresher

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We’ve all heard that watermelon is mostly water, but have you ever put it in a blender and served it as a beverage? That’s just what we did. It was refreshing, not too sweet, and perfect for all ages. If you want to take your Labor Day BBQ to the next level, you can serve the watermelon refresher in the watermelon itself as a beverage server. All that is needed is a spout.

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We hope that you all have a wonderful Labor Day full of rest and relaxation, but most importantly we hope that you enjoy your friends and family on this holiday as we observe a day of rest for all hardworking Americans.

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To make your Labor Day less stressful, here is a free downloadable shopping list for your very own Labor Day BBQ.

Labor Day Shopping List

Labor Day Shopping List

*Flower arrangements courtesy of Wes’ Flowers in Temecula, California. 

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Girls’ Night: Wine and Dessert Pairing

A night in with our girlfriends is always a good idea, so we decided to host a dramatic wine and dessert party. Enjoying each other’s company over three different courses not only allowed us time to catch up, but we also satisfied our sweet tooth with some unique recipes. Spending time with friends is a perfect addition to our #FiestaSummerResolutions.

Wine and dessert pairings are the perfect excuse to raise a toast to our girlfriends.

Wine and dessert pairings are the perfect excuse to raise a toast to our girlfriends.

One of the best parts of the evening was getting the chance to unplug and connect with our friends in person while making some special desserts with our hands. There’s something comforting about getting back to the basics in the kitchen: the texture of the ingredients, smells in the oven and the satisfaction of enjoying a homemade treat.

 
Course 1: Lavender Rosemary Donuts Dipped in White Chocolate paired with Riesling

Fresh-cut lavender straight from the garden, used in Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe.

Fresh-cut lavender straight from the garden, used in Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe.

This savory-sweet recipe inspired the entire color palette of the evening, with new Fiesta Dinnerware color Slate serving up the backdrop to accent color lavender. Using fresh lavender and rosemary straight from our garden, our kitchen smelled like a dream.

The ingredients for these Lavender Rosemary Donuts are pretty in themselves.

The ingredients for these Lavender Rosemary Donuts are pretty in themselves.

A donut pan makes it simple to whip up some fancy donuts for your guests. We made Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

A donut pan makes it simple to whip up some fancy donuts for your guests. We made Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Sprinkling fresh lavender on the white chocolate before it sets makes a delicate presentation for Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Sprinkling fresh lavender on the white chocolate before it sets makes a delicate presentation for Lavender Rosemary Donuts.

Homemade donuts are surprisingly simple to make. All you need is a donut pan and a few basic ingredients. We used a Lavender Rosemary Donut recipe from the blog, Gourmantine, and paired our donuts with a crisp sweet Riesling. What a tasty way to start the evening!

Course 2: Sangria Sorbet

We made this course the night before, so the sorbet had time to set. All it took was three ingredients (ok, four if you count water). Here’s how you make it:

1 cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 bottle sweet red wine (we used a red blend)
3 cups berries (we used raspberries)

Fresh raspberries are the headliner in our Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Fresh raspberries are the headliner in our Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. If you still have chunks of fruit, blend in a blender or food processor. Since we used raspberries, they pretty much dissolved. Push mixture through a mesh strainer to remove seeds.

Strain raspberry and wine mixture to remove seeds and pulp for this Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Strain raspberry and wine mixture to remove seeds and pulp for this Sangria Sorbet recipe.

Pour liquid in a pan (we used the Fiesta Turquoise Loaf Pan). Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. To serve, scrape iced mixture with a spoon or ice cream scooper. Because this is a boozy treat in itself, we opted to pair our Sangria Sorbet with some authentic Cuban coffee. If you haven’t had true authentic Cuban coffee, you must. It’s what coffee is meant to taste like.

Sangria Sorbet -- what a refreshing treat.

Sangria Sorbet — what a refreshing treat.

Course 3: Flourless Chocolate Cake paired with Port

Get ready for this, we’re bringing you another three ingredient recipe. We couldn’t believe how three basic ingredients created this rich decadence. Eggs, chocolate, butter – that’s it! The prep is a bit involved, but well worth it. We found a fail-safe recipe for Flourless Chocolate Cake at the blog, Gimme Some Oven. Paired with a port wine, the combination was sheer bliss.

The key to a light and fluffy Flourless Chocolate Cake is whipping the eggs until they double in size.

The key to a light and fluffy Flourless Chocolate Cake is whipping the eggs until they double in size.

Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Fold the chocolate into the egg mixture for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Prepping the springform pans for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Prepping the springform pans for Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Savor a piece of Flourless Chocolate Cake with a full-bodied port wine.

Savor a piece of Flourless Chocolate Cake with a full-bodied port wine.

Port is a sweet wine from Portugal that’s fortified with brandy. It should be served at room temperature. Port is typically served as dessert itself, or with other desserts or cheeses. Click here to learn more about port wine.  

Flourless Chocolate Cake served on a Fiesta Slate Saucer.

Flourless Chocolate Cake served on a Fiesta Slate Saucer.

What do you like to do when you host a night in with friends? Do you plan around a theme? We’d love to hear some of your ideas. Be sure to use #FiestaSummerResolutions in your post. 

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Fiesta Summer Resolutions: Hosting a Clambake

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Summer is meant for spending extra time with family and friends and making memories to last a lifetime. So why not try something new and bring an east coast New England summer classic to wherever you are? After all, our #FiestaSummerResolutions challenge still stands and we are determined to try new things. From the west coast to the east coast and everywhere in between, create your own clambake summer tradition.

Set the Table:

Set your table and make it the focal point of the clambake. After all, that’s where the action is going to be. Decide what colors you’d like to focus on and go from there. This is your time to bring the style from New England to wherever you are or to take that style and make it your own, like we did. We decided to incorporate the classic blues, Lapis and Cobalt with a modern take on red, so we used Poppy and crisp classic White.

Landscape-Tablescape

Tablescape

Plan a Festive Drink:

Lemonade

 

Find a fun drink recipe that will delight your guests’ tastebuds and that has the flavors of summer. We couldn’t think of anything more summertime than a delicious lemonade. We love this recipe from The Chic Site for her Sparkling Peach Lemonade. Trust us, it’s really, really delicious.

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Deciding on the Menu:

If you look up what food to serve at a clambake, chances are there are going to be several different suggested menus, but a couple of things are for sure: lobster and clams. Some like to include potatoes, andouille sausage or chorizo, and corn-on-the-cob. If this is your first clambake, don’t focus on making it “perfect”. Your family and friends will be so grateful that you are feeding them such delicious food and spending time together it shouldn’t matter if everything is perfect. We did add in artichokes for color, texture and variety. We loosely followed this recipe from Ina Garten which is listed on The Food Network’s site here.

Food-Served
Utensils:

The best part of a clambake is that you mostly eat with your hands and it’s perfectly acceptable. This being said, make sure that you have the proper utensils to eat the lobster and clams. To make the lobster easy to enjoy, make sure to have lobster crackers available to get the lobster meat. However, make sure to set out forks in case you do serve sausage or potatoes so your guests can decide if they’d like to eat with their hands.

Texture

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Clean Up Fast:

A clambake has one of the best perks of summer entertaining—easy cleanup. Because you took the time in the beginning, you get to reap the rewards towards the end of the party. If using a disposable tablecloth, just pull each side towards the middle and remove everything that doesn’t go into the trash and then discard the rest. Easy peasy. Or in our case, we used newspaper as the table runner just for this purpose.

Have you joined us yet in making summer resolutions? Just use the hashtag #FiestaSummerResolutions to share what you’re doing to spend more time outside with family and friends on social media or share in the comments below. Happy summer!

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A Fiesta Inspired Baby Shower

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When it comes to throwing a celebration, we always have tableware covered. With 15 colors to choose from, the festive Fiesta color spectrum instantly becomes an integral part of the party decorations. This week’s blog post is all about throwing an intimate baby shower — with Fiesta front and center, of course.

We stuck to a color palette that was bright, bold and crisp. Lemongrass was the perfect color to make that statement and White serves as a clean accent color. Throw in a splashes of pink, Sunflower and gold and we were ready to start planning!

 

Fiesta Entertaining Tip: Always choose a color palette before you start getting into the details of planning any get-together. This will help you stay organized and visualize the overall look.

 

More and more baby showers are concentrating less on color coded gender parties and opting to reflect more upon the mom’s style. The theme doesn’t necessarily have to reflect the gender, unless that is the wish of the mom-to-be! We love this baby shower that Style Me Pretty covered. The mother-to-be was expecting a boy, yet the shower didn’t reflect the baby’s gender. Rather, it reflected her personal style and showed that hosts can break the rules by pampering the mom-to-be with a baby shower that celebrates her becoming a mother in different ways.

In the case of our Fiesta shower, we went full steam on the gender reveal by incorporating a touch of pink into this baby girl themed shower. We included a pink and white banner from Jules and Kenna to showcase the excitement of the baby’s gender.

 

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One of the more recent baby shower trends is renting unique furniture for parties and events. This event decor idea was made popular with weddings, but the trend is now seen at many baby showers as well. Rental furniture certainly adds to the ambiance and overall theme of the baby shower. This Victorian-styled couch is in a soft pink color that fit perfectly with the color palette of Lemongrass and White—It felt ultra feminine.

We also rented all the chairs and tables from the Touched by Time Vintage Rentals. If you choose to host a baby shower at a unique venue or the venue doesn’t have seating, this is a great option, especially if you’d have to rent chairs and tables anyhow. We vote for fun furniture. It really adds that special something and the mommy-to-be will be so touched that her shower was especially unique.

 

Fiesta Entertaining Tips: Try and have at least two face-to-face conversations during the planning process for the baby shower with the soon-to-be mom. You want to make sure that she likes the general direction that you’re going in. Email and texting are great, but nothing beats seeing a smile in person. At the very least, a phone call will do.

 

For the tablescape (our favorite part!) we decided to forgo any bright colored flowers because we didn’t want to take away from the vibrant colors of the Fiesta Dinnerware. Instead we used soft greenery and white flowers down the center of the table. We loved the idea of the centerpieces draping off the sides of the table. This is where we added some pops of color and got a little extra creative.

Instead of using a traditional table cloth, we opted to use butcher paper. Not only is this an affordable option compared to the plastic throw away tablecloths, but we could draw on it. We first saw this idea on Pinterest from The Kitchn. They used it for Thanksgiving, but we adapted it for this occasion to show how versatile butcher paper is. We love the idea of adding unique touches in unexpected ways for guests.

We used a white chalk marker from art and craft store, Michael’s, to draw around the place setting as if creating a rounded placemat. This frames the place setting and gives it an extra special touch. We drew simple flowers and leaves, but feel free to get as elaborate as you would like!
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Fiesta Entertaining Tip: For celebrations large or small, assigning seating is always a wonderful way to keep the conversation and the laughter flowing. Seating a talkative person next to someone who may be shy is a great way to make sure that everyone feels included.

 

What baby shower would be complete without a party favor? It wouldn’t be! For this shoot we showcased a unique, yet simple, idea that added a special touch and didn’t take much time or money to make. Thebump.com gave us the idea for fabric-covered lolipops as baby shower favors.

Just purchase a yard or two of fabric, a bag of lollipops and some ribbon to tie off the fabric. Once you have the bag of lollipops and know the size (we opted for an assortment of sizes) then you will know how much fabric you will need for each favor.

 

Cutting the fabric into squares is the best shape to ensure that the favor will be completely covered with fabric. Make sure that the square of fabric is larger than the lollipop, you want the entire piece of candy to be covered with a little bit of the fabric bunched together at the bottom. This allows you to tie the fabric together over the lollipop and allow it to stay secured.

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We hope this styled shoot inspires you to include Fiesta Dinnerware in the next baby shower you host or any special event that includes family, friends and laughter.

Join us on Pinterest and Facebook for more tips and tricks on different ways to utilize your Fiesta Dinnerware. We created a special Fiesta baby shower Pinterest board here. Remember to use #SummerFiesta to share your summertime celebrations with us.

Don’t have Fiesta Dinnerware yet? Visit our website and take a look around.

 

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