Cocktail Parties, Entertaining, Holidays

How to Create the Perfect Place Setting

Perfect Place Setting

Easter is right around the corner and you may be wondering how to properly set your dining table.  Because you know there is always one guest who is going to judge (probably your mother-in-law). Seriously though, setting the table in an eye-catching way will make a beautiful presentation for your Easter dinner or any other gathering you may have in the future.

If you are like me you err more on the casual side when it comes to setting the table for dinner.  Actually, we are really relaxed around here…with our busy schedules we barely get 1 or 2 meals a week together as a family and alot of those are just grab it off the stove and go sit at the table type of affairs.  However, every once in awhile I will properly set the table for a basic everyday dinner.  Just follow the guide in the picture below and you will be all set!

Basic Table Setting

Now, if you are having a little dinner party you can go a bit fancier than what is pictured above.  And adding a nice centerpiece will accent your table beautifully.  Below is pictured a step above the casual table setting.

Casual Setting

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Ok, now on to the fancy schmancy table setting.  I don’t think I would ever need anything as complex as this one, but then again most of our meals involve paper plates sooo….Ha! Ha!  But just in case you decide to channel your inner Martha Stewart below is the Formal table setting.

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To be honest, if I am eating a meal that requires that many utensils and plates had best be served to me rather than me serving it.

If you are in the mood to add some cool retro high-quality wine glasses to your table setting you should check out these beautiful aqua wine glasses.  The etched detail is stunning and will look fabulous for Easter dinner or any spring or summer dinner party.

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Wow!  I may just set the table for dinner tonight.  And I think I will skip the paper plates and go for the everyday dinner plates that are in my kitchen cupboard somewhere.

Until Next Time,

Kathie

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Christmas, Cocktail Parties, Entertaining, Holidays, New Year's Eve, Recipes, Thanksgiving

15 Fabulous Cocktails You Must Make This Holiday Season

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By now you probably have your Christmas dinner menu planned, but have you thought about what cocktails to have?  If not, don’t sweat it! I’ve compiled some of the most delicious and unique cocktails for you.  Because let’s face it…sometimes the only thing that gets you through dinner at the in-laws is a steady supply of alcohol!

Christmas Cocktails

1. Blackberry Ombre Sparkler from thecookierookie.com

This festive cocktail is perfect for the holidays and I just love the name!  Sort of like a mimosa, this would be perfect for sipping while opening gifts on Christmas morning.

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2.  CRANBERRY LIMONCELLO SPRITZER COCKTAIL from thesnappygourmet.com

Quick and easy to make this cocktail will wow your guests!

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3.  White Chocolate Snowflake Martini from Lulus.com

This cocktail looks so yummy and will add a touch of sophistication to your cocktail display!

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4.  Christmas Punch from sugarandsoul.co

This Christmas Punch recipe can be made with rum or vodka or keep it kid friendly and skip the alcohol!

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5. CRANBERRY CLOVE SPARKLING MARGARITA from suchthespot.com

Both tart and sweet this holiday cocktail will soon become part of your holiday traditions!

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6. Sparkling Christmas Cosmo from happyhealthymotivated.com

Light and flavorful, this cocktail will please everyone – even those guests who aren’t big drinkers.

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7. Santa Claus-Mopolitan from BlueRibbonKitchen.com

Oh my this cocktail looks so gorgeous!  And it’s the perfect signature drink for your holiday parties.

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8. Jack Frost Cocktail from theblondcook.com

Sweet and tropical this cocktail adds a yummy twist on holiday drinks.

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9.  The North Pole Cocktail from halfbakedharvest.com

Vodka, Kahlua, and chocolate syrup?  Um yes, please!

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10.  Cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour from Bakerbynature.com

A yummy twist on an old classic.

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So, these should get you through Christmas, but what about New Year’s Eve you ask?  Don’t worry we have you covered!

New Year’s Eve Cocktails

11. Tart cranberry gin sparklers from hollyandflora.com

 

 

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12. Sparkling Holiday Flirtini from Thecookierookie.com

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13. New Year’s Eve Champagne Punch from sugarandsoul.co

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14.  Cake Batter Martini from thenovicechef.com

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15.  New Years Eve Champagne Cocktails from Suziesweettooth.com

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There you have it!  15 fabulous cocktails to take you through the entire holiday season!  Let us know which ones you tried and which ones were your favorites.

Until Next Time,

Kathie

Entertaining, Holidays, Mid Century Modern, Thanksgiving

Top 7 Reasons to Have a Mid-Century Style Thanksgiving

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Happy November! This is the perfect time to start decorating your home with festive Thanksgiving flair. Here are the top 7 reasons to have a Mid-Century style Thanksgiving!

1. Mid-Century items add interest and act as conversation pieces.

Thanksgiving is one of the few times of year when you host friends and family at your home, so give them something interesting to look at and talk about. Items like this vintage mid-century Murano Art Glass Vase would be great conversation starters:

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These items add fun and whimsy to every party.

  1. You may find more Thanksgiving items.

It can be difficult to find many Thanksgiving items in the store nowadays, so look for items like this vintage Autumn Leaf  serving platter to add to the holiday ambience:

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  1. Your relatives will relate to the Mid-Century style.

Your older relatives may have first-hand knowledge of Mid-Century style, and using Mid-Century items will let them feel nostalgic. If they are bringing a dish to Thanksgiving, encourage them to bring it in one of their own unique vintage pieces. They will likely have a great story about the item!

  1. There are unique Mid-Century style items that we just don’t have now.

Items like this vintage mid-century modern cocktail set can’t be found in stores now:

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These items are perfect for Thanksgiving and will make serving easier and more fun! Since hosting parties was all the rage back in the 1950s and 60s, most of these items are made for parties and for sharing.

  1. It is easier to mix and match items!

How many people really have enough place settings of one china pattern to use for one event? Most people end up having to mix and match china patterns. Mid-Century modern style barware and serving items are perfect for mixing and matching. By picking the same era of designs, they all coordinate, but then you have the freedom to mix items. These Fostoria Argus Ruby Rock Glasses

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would look great on the same table as these vintage striped rock glasses.

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  1. Mid-Century items are elegant!

Items like these vintage atomic star champagne coupes are so elegant and add a touch of class to any party:

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  1. These vintage pieces will never go out of style!

Vintage items are great because they have stood the test of time and they continue to be popular. These are classic, timeless pieces that will look beautiful year after year!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and check back on the blog in a few weeks when we will give you some great Mid-Century Christmas design ideas, as well!

Until Next Time,

Kathie