Fiesta Fall Table Inspo

 

Need some inspiration for your fall table settings? It can be easy to get in a rut and use the same fall color combinations year after year — or not switch out your place settings at all from season to season. But when you have a cupboard full of colorful Fiesta dishes, it’s worth the extra effort to change up your tablescape. We have lots of inspirational ideas for everything from your festive autumnal soirees to everyday dining.

 

Dark and Moody
Whether you’re prepping for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos or just prefer a more sophisticated decor, this tablescape featuring our
Skull and Vine collection is sure to set the mood. We went all black with our linens and added Fiesta flatware in Slate. A few natural elements really allowed the dramatically dark dishes to make a statement. We used a burlap runner, natural basket weave chargers and eucalyptus sprigs.

 

Farmhouse Chic
Using many of the same elements of the tablescape above, we went light and bright for this next setting. Wouldn’t this be gorgeous for Thanksgiving? We used the same black napkins, basket weave chargers, and eucalyptus sprigs and then added pine cones, white flowers, a black and white gingham tablecloth, natural wood flatware, and a galvanized steel tray. White and Sage dinnerware make this tablescape feel rustic, but elegant at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumnal Warmth
Our friends at Sweet Paul Magazine put together the warm colors of fall in a tablescape that’s sure to radiate the joy of the season. New color Daffodil practically glows next to Scarlet, Poppy and Tangerine. Be sure to check out this recipe for Baked Eggs with Potato, Onion and Bacon, the perfect fall comfort food!

 

Back to Nature
This buffet setting brings all the natural colors of fall together for a feast for the eyes. It reminds us of jumping in a pile of freshly fallen leaves! We used Poppy, Scarlet, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, and a pop of Turquoise. And for tips on how to set a buffet table, check out our blog post here.

 

Classic Fall
It’s fun to get creative with fall color combinations, but sometimes you just want the comfort of classic autumnal colors. Poppy, Ivory, Slate, and Sage evoke the warmth of the season. This scene makes us just want to carve pumpkins and sip some cider.

What’s your fall table setting look like? We encourage you to post photos to Instagram and use #fallfiesta.

 

 

 

 

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Rosemary Sea Salt Skillet Bread

 

How many times have you been making dinner, a tasty pasta, or maybe a crisp salad, and realize the only thing to complete the meal would be a hot loaf of fresh bread? We know we’ve been there! Running out to the store is an option, but wouldn’t you rather have a steaming loaf straight from your own oven? Of course you would! Enter Sweet Paul Magazine’s Skillet Bread.

We’ve adapted the original Fennel Seed recipe that Sweet Paul posted, but the core is still the same (and still simple!). We found ourselves daydreaming about Rosemary Sea Salt bread whilst mixing ingredients, and we’re not ones to deny a good salty craving, so we went with it! We also kept to the same baking vessel (our Fiesta Skillet Baker), which is ideal for making this skillet bread.

For first timers, the key to making bread is giving your dough enough time to rise. A vital step is to check the expiration date on your yeast before adding it in. Expired yeast prevents the dough from rising properly, leaving your bread flat, instead of fluffy. And remember, yeast thrives in a warm, moist environment!

Are you planning on making our Rosemary Sea Salt Skillet Bread? If so, be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram. Happy baking!

Rosemary Skillet Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ tablespoons dry active yeast
  2. 1 tablespoon honey
  3. ½ cup+1 cup warm water
  4. 3½ cups all purpose flour
  5. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  6. oil for greasing the skillets
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 4 teaspoons olive oil
  9. course sea salt
  10. 1 tablespoon rosemary
Instructions
  1. Mix yeast, honey, and ½ cup warm water in a large bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should be frothy after 5 minutes, if not the yeast is dead and you have to start over.
  2. Add the rest of the water, flour, oil, and salt and mix until you have a smooth dough.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic and let it rise until double in size. This will take about 40 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  5. Divide the dough into 4 and place each dough into a well-greased skillet, top with oil, and use your fingers to flatten out the dough.
  6. Top with salt and rosemary.
  7. Bake them golden for about 18–20 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack and serve in the skillet.
Adapted from Sweet Paul Magazine
Adapted from Sweet Paul Magazine
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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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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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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Healthy New Years Eve Appetizers

New Years Eve

The Holidays are no doubt a delicious time of year. It can be hard to not feel like the Grinch when your friends, family or co-workers offer you yummy treats and sweets during the holidays, especially if they are really proud of their creations, so of course we have to do the polite thing and try out that cookie, cake or casserole! But after almost two months of indulging (That’s a lot of cookies and cake!) ourselves, we thought that it would be fun to lighten up some of our favorite dishes for NYE.

Lasagna VS. Zucchini Lasagna Rolls

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Of course you love lasagna! What’s not to love? Cheese, noodles, more cheese and zesty tomato sauce…yum. So we decided to swap out the lasagna noodles for zucchini. Then we rolled them up and baked them making for the perfect bite sized treat to have either as an appetizer or several for a little dinner treat—perfect for a NYE appetizer. We kept the sauce on the side as well to cut out any additional calories or to control your own portions and taste.

The recipe is so easy, just prepare ricotta cheese and spices as you would for regular lasagna. Bake or grill slices of zucchini with salt, pepper and olive oil before you roll them and bake them. We made ours to be a bit like the recipe from Recipe Runner, except ours are bite sized meant for appetizers and we left out the turkey sausage. We used bread trays to serve the appetizers and appetizer plates due to their perfect portion size for individual plates.

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Sriracha Shrimp Taco VS. Sriracha Shrimp Taco Bites

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Sometimes the most important thing about eating healthy is portion control. After all, we love the idea of still being able to eat what our heart desires, especially when socializing during the holiday season.

With this New Year’s Eve appetizer, we basically cut the portion in thirds compared to a regular shrimp taco by getting rid of the tortilla and switching out the sour cream for a nonfat greek yogurt and avocado sauce for the creaminess. Instead of the corn tortilla we used multigrain baked dip chips as our base to hold the ingredients. Then we assembled the little chip cup with some shredded lettuce, a small dollop of the avocado yogurt sauce (recipe at the end of this blog post) a single shrimp topped with cilantro, tomatoes and a little sriracha sauce for a kick. Trust us, it’s wonderful with the creaminess of the yogurt avocado sauce.

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Italian Sodas

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Aside from portion control, sometimes you can cut back on certain ingredients when making your favorite snack or in this case drink. Italian Sodas are a fun treat for a NYE party. They aren’t something that most people have everyday and they are so easy to make. We loosely followed this recipe from A Cozy Kitchen, but swapped out the fruit syrup for sugar free syrup and used coconut milk instead of half and half, then offered a low calorie whipped cream on the side to use at your own discretion.

Full-Soda-Bar

So, whether you decide to spike your Italian soda or drink it sans alcohol, we came up with a lighter version we hope you try and enjoy.

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Dessert

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We know how it starts. One cookie, leads to a bite of fudge, which leads to a small slice of cake and then just like that you’ve had multiple servings of dessert. We love this idea of fresh fruit dipped in chocolate! Of course you’ve had chocolate covered strawberries plenty of times, but how about chocolate dipped clementines with a sprinkles of sea salt? They offer the indulgence of chocolate with a bit of the salty fix mixed with fresh fruit. These sweet little dare we say healthy treats are a wonderful way to cut calories while still enjoying dessert.

This dessert was simple to make. Melt, chocolate melting chips in the microwave and stir every 30 seconds as it melts, then dip half of a clementine in the chocolate. Sprinkle coarse sea salt over the tops then pop in the fridge to let the chocolate harden, then enjoy! We placed these beauties on a small Turquoise oval platter to compliment the orange color of the clementines.

Cheers to a happy and healthy 2016!

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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 Sugary Halloween With Fiesta Dinnerware

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Hi! I’m Julia Murphy and I’m crazy excited to be guest blogging here for Fiesta Dinnerware. My family has been using Fiesta Dinnerware for generations. My grandmother had a Fiesta teapot on her shelf for decades and I’ve been using Fiesta on a daily basis since 1997.

My husband and I currently live in Heidelberg, Germany. We love to travel, try new things, make new friends, and explore. I’m a self-taught home baker. A few YouTube videos on the magic of buttercream plus work on the science of baking has brought me to a place where I like the look of what I create and how it tastes. New projects and techniques are labeled ‘test kitchen’ on my blog, The Sugary Shrink, so I can remind myself that nothing has to be perfect. My goal is for the outside design to match the inside deliciousness.

I hope you like what I have prepared for you this month.

At the first hint of autumn, I get excited for my favorite holiday season.  It begins with Halloween and continues through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. This year is no different. We love to invite our friends over for fun and spooky-good times!  After an easy dinner of chili and cornbread, a costume contest, and maybe a talent show – we’ll attack the dessert table before settling in for an evening of classic board games.

The Dessert Table

This dessert table was inspired my all-time favorite – Candy Corn! I love the colors, the look and the flavor.

 

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When I prepare a dessert table, I like to offer popular choices so everyone’s happy. It’s also important to appeal all the senses. The scent of the Granny Smith apples, hot cocoa, and fresh fruit kabobs is an additional draw because it mingles with the scent of cupcakes and buttercream.

Combining textures is another great technique to keep things visually interesting. The Fiesta Dinnerware paired with a wooden box next to a wire cake stand allows these different textures to play off one another.

Varying the height of displays helps break up any sense of visual monotony. I aim for visual balance, for example the box with the Slate Large Disc Pitcher on the left is at the same level as the Baking Tray of Jumbo Mugs on the right.  The Appetizer Plates are balanced with the candy corn candle holder while the Bread Trays and Omni Trays establish a solid base.

 

Floral-Arrangement

I’ve stacked the Shamrock Witch Appetizer plate with a Lemongrass Dessert plate to add color and fun. The black and white paper straws are in a Poppy tapered Mug.  This combination, with three different levels, keeps a nice visual balance.

The Desserts!

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I am in love with this omni tray! An omni tray means it’s a party and this time was no exception. I combined two Poppy and two Slate omni trays and added a Poppy ramekin for the center and finished with a Slate 15” Round baking tray. The combination is a real showstopper.

The center is filled with a chocolate, peanut butter, and cream cheese dip to compliment the other dessert items of yogurt covered pretzels, graham crackers, Oreos and Clementine’s.

How about a few Monster Cupcakes?

Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes are perfect for a design like these. I tint the batter to match the cupcake liner. I tinted the FrankenCupcake green, the Purple Periscope is tinted purple and the Chocolate Orange Rose tinted orange to match their respective colored cupcake liners. Monster cupcakes might be the perfect party activity for guests of all ages.

If you make these cupcakes for your party guests this season, consider topping cupcakes with crushed pretzels or nuts, flaked coconut, swirls of caramel, and always remember to add eyes for the monster effect.

Orange Ombre Cake

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This chocolate layer cake is three layers of delicious! The design is forgiving and approachable for the home baker. A Sunflower 12” cake plate is ideal for the 8” round cake and the colors pair very well. The frosting is vanilla buttercream in a light orange ombré finish. I cut out a construction paper Scary Boo Cat, to echo the Lemongrass Boo Cat, and taped a coffee stir stick on the back then gently set him down off-center.

When I first started decorating cakes, I tried to make each and every cake perfect. No lines, no smears, no flaws. But that’s not real life and that’s certainly not me. Now I embrace a more relaxed style when it comes to buttercream and cake and I hope you do too.

I don’t know if I can celebrate Halloween without a candied apple and I’m not willing to find out! These Granny Smith apples are a generous size and not for the faint of heart. The white bread tray is a wonderful showcase for these treats and is perfect for taking from refrigerator to the table.

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These candy apples have natural sticks that I cleaned, blanched, and then twisted into the center of the cleaned, dried apple until firmly in place. After the apple was dipped in caramel sauce, I rolled it around several different kinds of coating. This is where the fun begins!

Though peanuts are a traditional choice, not all my guests can eat nuts – so I crushed a few pretzels instead.  It’s a terrific crunch and is a flavor buddy to caramel and apples; the candy corn screams party. Other options to be included next time could be cupcake sprinkles, mini-chocolate morsels, toasted coconut and toffee chips.

Bread-Trays-

These three Bread Trays: White, Poppy, and Sunflower continue the theme of candy corn and Halloween.

The Poppy bread tray has two different kinds of treat, fresh fruit kabobs of dark grapes and kiwi chunks. The color of the fruit supports the Halloween theme and is a wonderful alternative to baked goods and is a beautiful contrast to the Poppy.

Sugary Shrink tip: After completing kabobs, go back and cut away the pointed end of the stick to reduce the risk that anyone is harmed with a kabob skewer.

On the other half of the Poppy bread tray is a chocolate mocha ball with coconut. I bought this at the store because it looked festive and offered a different flavor.  When it comes to dessert tables– it’s about the hosts’ comfort level and reduced anxiety. If baking at home is too much, consider attempting one item. If that’s still too much, buy all the things! It’s a party and what matters is time spent with family and friends.

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You didn’t know how badly you needed these in your life until this very moment. They are as fun and easy they look. For this dessert table, I used my 10” cake round, which required about one and a half times the standard marshmallow treat recipe. Add color just at the very end of the marshmallows melting, remove from heat, stir in cereal, and press into pan. Placing a round of parchment paper at the bottom of the pan and liberally butter the sides made for a very easy release onto the cutting board.  I scored the entire round with my cake slicer and sliced the wedges apart with a heavy knife.

These Jumbo Mugs are the hit of the party!  They’re so much fun and it seems everyone has their favorite. Halloween is a perfect time for hot cocoa with marshmallows and this mug can handle anything you throw at it.

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Five jumbo mugs fit very nicely on the White 15” round baking tray sitting on an upended Poppy Hostess Bowl.  This combination adds color, height, and provides a great base for these hot mugs. Watch as your guests match their mug to their appetizer or luncheon plate, adults and children alike.

Quite frankly, this Jumbo Mug is one of my favorite, go-to mugs.  I might turn right around and have cereal or oatmeal in one or later in the day, a bit of soup. It’s like a bowl with a handle.

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Once the cake is sliced, the plates fill up.  There are very few rules when it comes to party guests serving themselves.  It’s about creating a welcoming atmosphere filled with love and acceptance and fun. Fiesta Dinnerware does that, it brings fun and says, “You’re family here.”

The best part of Fiesta and Halloween is the amusement and the memories. So many years of helping our kids get dressed up for Halloween, the occasional family costume (In 2005 we went as Yahtzee) or those drizzly nights my life partner dressed up as a mummy to hand out candy. Halloween has nostalgia and traditions.These are the same words I use when it comes to Fiesta Dinnerware. Fiesta is fun and each family has unique traditions that keep time anchored. This year as I add the Halloween Bats and Whoo Owl design to my party, I will also be adding a new tradition that extends the good memories of past years with the new memories of today.

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How to Style the Perfect #Shelfie with Fiesta Dinnerware

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Capturing images and sharing them with our friends and family on social media is one of the most fun aspects the digital age. Afterall, we are proud and love the items we have in our lives, especially if it has anything to do with Fiesta Dinnerware. In this blog post, we decided to play around with the digital trend known as a “shelfie” — decoratively styling the shelves of your cabinets and show you our three best shelfies along with some tips on styling your own.

Color Scheme: Our first tip is to decide what your color scheme will be. Once you decide on the colors you are going to display, then you can select the items you want to have on your shelves. In our three different shelfies, we created three different looks:

 

  1. an ombre scheme of greens and blues
  2. a collection of retro mod style
  3. a citrus color theme

Fiesta Tip: Have more items than will fit on your shelves? Fret not! The idea of shelfies is that they are a fun ever-changing piece of functional art in your home that can easily be switched out.

Functionality: If you’re styling a shelfie with Fiesta Dinnerware, chances are it will be somewhere close to your kitchen or dining room. Deciding how functional you want your shelfie to be will help you decide what accessories you will want to add to the shelves. We added coffee beans, sugar and a french press to one of our shelfies because it’s close to our breakfast nook.

 

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Horizontal and Vertical: To keep your shelfies looking visually interesting, use a variety of sizes of items and place them either in a horizontal or vertical manner. It creates interest and shows personality.

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Size: While it’s important to show off your own personal style, be practical about the extra items that you add to your shelfie to be the most aesthetically pleasing. For example, don’t add in any accessories that are bigger than the largest dish on each shelf. Extra items should generally be small to medium sized for best results.

Books: Regardless of the type of shelfie that you decide on, books always make it better. Since our shelfie consists of dishes, we decided to add cookbooks and magazines.

 

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Grouping and Layers of Colors: The idea with this rule is to create variety within the color scheme that you choose. In all of our looks, we have shown groups of like colors and/or layers of color but have varied the amount of each. By doing both, you get to show off your Fiesta collection and sense of color style.

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Plants and Flowers: Add in plants or flowers to your shelfie. It adds a soft touch and keeps your shelfie looking natural and real.

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Take A Step Back: Once you completely style your shelfie, take a step back and remove one or two items off each shelf. The idea here is that you don’t want it to look cluttered. If any item seems to be out of place, remove it and reassess. If you are pleased with what you see, you’re done! Enjoy and use #FiestaShelfie so we can see your best shelfie!

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The Lemongrass deep dish pie baker is discontinued (Bottom Left Corner) , however we do have some stock still available online. So if it caught your, eye get one while you can!

 

 

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Summer Fiesta Desk Makeover






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We love coming up with fun new ways to incorporate Fiesta Dinnerware into your everyday life. So we thought of several creative new ways to incorporate Fiesta into your workspace. We used new color Slate along with Poppy, Turquoise, Sunflower and Tangerine to brighten up this desk space. These colors are a great reflection of the colors of summer and bring an energetic burst to this Fiesta inspired workspace.

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We used the entertaining set in one side desk drawer for colorful organization of common office items. Mints, keys, highlighters, sticky notes and business cards are all organized in it’s own space with easy and clear access to items. We used a custom mix of Slate, Poppy, Tangerine, Turquoise and Sunflower. The Slate is now available in the omni tray.

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Thinking outside the world of folders, the rectangular baker works perfectly to keep all your notes, documents and other paperwork in place and organized. We use the Tangerine rectangular baker pictured here.

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Mosts desks have a top middle drawer that usually ends up being the catch-all drawer for everything. We came up with a solution for that.

 

Turquoise and Poppy napkin holders with the small bread tray make the perfect contained spaces for journals, phones, wallets and any other larger office supplies that need the perfect home. We took advantage of the size of the Sugar Packet Caddy for rubber bands, push-pins and paperclips. The coordinating colors used are in Poppy, Turquoise and Slate.

 

Are you someone who likes having a few items right on your desk to grab and go? We thought you might need some office supply organization on top of your desk as well.

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Another small bread tray in Slate is used to hold the more often used items with a Turquoise ramekin for paper clips. Having these items easily available will help you to stay more organized throughout your day. And we bet make you smile.

 

We also thought of a great way to dress up a square box planter. Perfect for bringing in some outdoor elements. You’ve probably also noticed the Fiesta Dinnerware table runner that we have used to run across the desk to add more color and texture.

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The square handled serving tray in Turquoise is layered with a Sunflower napkin holder to bring out the color of the succulents. The layering effect gives the plant a little extra oompf and helps to balance out the other side of the desk.

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We even found a way to store your umbrella in a way that will prevent the carpet around your desk from getting wet on a rainy day. The large canister in Slate was a the perfect choice for our color combination.

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We hope you get creative and find a way to fit Fiesta Dinnerware into your deskspace at home or at work. It just may make you want to hang out at your desk and enjoy your coffee in one of our new tapered mugs, the one featured here is in Tangerine.

 

We also wanted to give you a special bonus for your workspace. Did you notice the wallpaper on the computer monitor in the images? If not you can see it and download the wallpaper below.

 

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The new tapered mug (available now) and Slate trivet are the perfect mug and coaster option for your deskspace. The trivet could double as a paper weight. We also love the size of the sugar bowl. It’s another great accent that can hold supplies. Unless you decide you need your personal sugar bowl for work, either way it works as a stylish functional element.

 

We hope that you enjoy using Fiesta Dinnerware in different ways. If you decide to organize your home or work office space with Fiesta, share the details in our comments section below or on our Facebook and Pinterest pages!

 

Download the wallpaper here. 

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5 Ways to Get Creative with Fiesta’s New Colors

Why release one new color, when we can release two? That was our idea heading into this year’s International Home + Housewares Show 2015 as our Fiesta family proudly revealed Slate and Sage.

The two muted neutrals are a chic nod to the vintage styling so richly seen sprinkled in to today’s modern tablescape. They also playfully accent the bold colors that are so classically Fiesta, and loved by all of you (thank you by the way!).

Think of Sage as the plush greenery that so elegantly makes backyard flowers pop, while Slate’s moody hue highlights and livens virtually any other colorful palette it comes into contact with. We knew we couldn’t have one without the other; in fact, we don’t know how we ever lived without them at the dinner table.

So grab your current Fiesta favorites, and come with us on a journey to five new Fiesta worlds using the newest members of the family, Sage and Slate.

1. Mediterranean

5 Ways to Get Creative with Fiesta’s New Colors Fit for a Greek god or goddess, the Mediterranean tablescape uses the deep hue of Slate and the softness of Sage to accent notes of Turquoise, Lapis, White, and Tangerine to create a crisp and delicious vibe. Invite some cool succulents to the party for a truly on-trend lunch or dinner with friends.

2. Mid-century Modern

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Don and Betty Draper would kill to be at this fondue soiree. In this tribute to late 50s and 60s sleek retro, we’ve used both Slate and Sage to accent Poppy, Turquoise, and Ivory in a quintessential scene straight out of “Mad Men.”

3. A New Fiesta Morning

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Wake up your senses with a modernized retro diner vibe. This one is one of our favorites; using simply Slate, Sage and White, we sweetly offset metallic golds and pinks found in rose champagne, delicious raspberry donuts from one of our favorite eateries on the west coast, E.A.T. Marketplace, and gold flatware. Succulents are, again, a perfect guest to invite to the tablescape party.

4. Dakota Lodge

5 Ways to Get Creative with Fiesta’s New Colors Dreaming of sheer coziness during these past chilly nights? This chic cabin, breakfast-in-bed setting uses Slate and Sage Java Mugs to accent Cobalt, Sunflower, Plum, Paprika, and Poppy for the perfect lodge getaway. Don’t you just want to cuddle up with a good book and a hot cup of cocoa?

5. Sunny Daisy

5 Ways to Get Creative with Fiesta’s New Colors This cheery tablescape feels as fresh as that first bite of citrus in the morning. Here we’ve used the warmth of Sage and the depth of Slate to accent notes of bright Sunflower and crisp White. Enjoy your morning cup of joe or favorite tea with a must-read magazine like Domino to kickstart your productivity.

The color combos are limitless. Follow us on Pinterest and Facebook to see more color stories. What will you create?

Slate and Sage will be available to consumers when we begin shipping the new colors to retailers in mid to late June. 

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