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Monday
Apr012019

update your every day dinnerware for spring with fete home!

Spring has officially sprung and I couldn't be more excited!  Of all the wonderful things I love about the season, entertaining is one of my favorites.  Setting a beautiful table for friends and family to enjoy a meal and some yummy cocktails while the kiddos play is my grown up idea of a wild and crazy Saturday night.  I love adding little spring touches to my every day dinnerware and entertaining pieces (in case you missed, I posted my favorites here, here and here), so, of course, I was thrilled to discover Fete Home, a new online boutique specializing in tableware and home accessories!  Bamboo dinner plates, basket weave tumblers (I'm OBSESSED) and a striped marble cheese plate are just of few of the chic, modern pieces that are gorgeous compliments to every day dinnerware and serving pieces that bring a feel of warmer months to the table.  And best yet, they're generously offering 15% off their site with code BLUE15!  Here are some of their pieces that are on my radar:

Bamboo salad plates - Such a beautiful classic!  These come in dinner plate size, as well, but how pretty would the salad plates look on top of a plain white dinner plate to mix it up a little? 

Two-toned bone napkin rings - such a pretty way to add a little formality to the table for special gatherings.

Striped cheese board set - Stripes are a quintessential summer detail and this cheese board set is just divine.

Bud vase - Love the simplicity (and the hue) of this simple vase!

Bone candle holders - the perfect, finishing piece!

Brass bottle chiller - such a striking piece and a great way to add a little warmth to the table! (This would also look stunning stored in glassfront cabinets!)

Bamboo salt and pepper set - How chic is this set?  The perfect hostess gift, too!

Bamboo servers - Clearly, I have a thing for all things bamboo...this set is gorgeous and would look amazing paired with an oversize white salad bowl!

Octagonal placemats - A beautiful way to add texture and interest to the table and the navy stripe is the perfect detail!

Tortoise flatware - These would be a gorgeous compliment to simple white dinnerware and would look just as pretty displayed handles up in a pitcher or vase when on the counters!

Oversize glass tureen - the most versatile centerpiece!!  Display blooms, a single candle or pieces of fruit.

Striped condiment bowl - Black and white stripes have never looked more chic!

Basket weave tumblers - My love of texture knows no bounds so, naturally, I LOVE thise set of tumblers!  They would be equally as pretty lined down the center of the table with simple white votives!

Be sure to head over to Fete Home to see more of their beautiful tableware and don't forget to use code BLUE15 for 15% off your entire order!  Happy Monday!

Monday
Jan212019

a new favorite entertaining staple

If you follow me on Instagram you proably have seen I've added a new favorite to my collection of entertaining staples - these gorgeous rectangular water hyacinth placemats from Pottery Barn that Santa left under my tree for Christmas!  Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Ina Garten and these placemats remind me so much of the ones she uses to set her table.  I figure, I already have French wine glasses similar to hers (mine are dupes from Crate and Barrel), why not add these, too?  I love the texture they bring to the table but I especially love how adding these beneath simple white dinner plates just makes dinner feel a little bit more special.  I've used these for takeout as well as homecooked meals and they make me so happy, every time I pull them out of the pantry! 

I've gotten so many DM's about these and so I'm excited to share them here on the blog, as well!  Right now, they're 25% off with code REFRESH at Pottery Barn, if you're interested!  Maybe an early Valentine's Day treat???

I have mine styled here for dinner with the hubby a few weekends back; the navy linen napkins are from Hobby Lobby, the bamboo flatware is from Harold's Finishing Touches (these are going to be back in stock very soon, so if you're interested in these, send them a DM!), the dinner plates I bought at TJMaxx a few years back and the wicker vase was actually a candle that I cleaned out in the oven (see how I did it here). 

Wishing you all a great start to your week!

Sunday
Sep232018

adding fall touches to your entertaining basics

I'm probably the only person on the planet that isn't high fiving fall's impending arrival (I'm always holding on to the end of summer with both hands), but this year, despite the steady 90 degree temps, I've already started to introduce little touches of fall to my daily dinnerware and serving pieces.  I always keep my entertaining basics pretty neutral with lots of texture so that I can make small changes with the seasons without having to buy all new stuff (think rattan chargers, simple white dishes and serving platters and my favorite French wine glasses).  Something so simple as swapping out my woven tumblers for tortoise double old fashioneds goes a long way to bring a touch of fall to my table.  To get the most bang for my buck, I look for pieces that can do double duty, like an ice bucket that can also double as a beautiful vessel for flowers or a maiden hair fern (I'm also completely OBSESSED with these mixed metal planters; they would look amazing down a center of the table with myrtle topiary or maiden hair fern).  Bamboo serving pieces are a great way to add a little texture without having to invest in a whole set of flatware and wicker casserole dishes are festive year round!  I've rounded up some of my favorite basic entertaining pieces, mixed with some pretty touches for fall:

 

Rattan chargers / French wine glasses / Tortoise double old fashioneds / Myrtle topiary

(a great fake option here, too) / White serving platters / Bamboo serving set / Mixed metal planters

Tortoise ice bucket / Marble wine cooler / Wicker wrapped casserole dishes

How are you welcoming fall??

Tuesday
Jun122018

summer entertaining must-haves

Summer is in full force around here and there is nothing I love more than having friends over for a swim, a bite to eat and a few cocktails.  While most times it's impromptu and usually eaten off paper plates while chasing kiddos, there are still times I like to put a little more effort into a chic table setting, even if dinner is going to be buffet-style.  I always pull out my favorite pieces that I use year-round, like simple white serving platters, my budget-friendly water hyacinth chargers, bamboo servers and woven tumblers and add even more natural textures for the warmer weather with wicker wrapped serving dishes, a rattan ice bucket and a chic chip and dip tray.  To keep everything simple and easy, my oversize clam shell adds interest and a coastal, summery vibe and is a great alternative to flowers as a centerpiece.  With all the natural textures, I like to keep plates and serveware white; it's such a laid back but beautiful feel for a summer get together! 

Ada woven carafe / Simple white platters / Woven tumblers / Wicker wrapped serving dishes /

Soare chargers / Atlantis large clam shell / Bamboo servers / Rattan ice bucket / Votives

Rope bottle opener / Water hyacinth chip and dip tray

What are some of your favorite summer entertaining essentials?

Friday
Mar302018

easter table 

One of my favorite parts of any holiday is going all out with my table setting; it's one of the things my family has grown used to anticipating whenever it's my turn to host and I love it!  I always loved helping my mother set out dining table growing up and now I am thrilled to do the same with Lydia - she loves to put the flatware out and pick which kind of flowers and napkins we will use!  With Easter only two days away, I'm still finalizing what I'm actually going to be serving but, after a little run through a few days ago, I know exactly what my table will look like. I'm sticking with my favorite basics that I use all year round - water hyacinth chargers, my beloved bamboo flatware and woven tumblers and dress them up a bit with a gorgeous linen runner, a handful of hydrangeas in my favorite woven vase and a navy and white color scheme in honor of this glorious weather we've been having lately!  Blue and white and green is so fresh for spring and my favorite color combination; and, let's face it, stripes are always a good idea! When you have beautiful basics as your foundation, you can elevate your every day table setting so easily with some flowers and table linens!

Water hyacinth chargers / Bamboo flatware / French wine glasses / Navy linen runner

Plates, napkins, woven tumblers, vase all from TJMaxx and HomeGoods.

Happy Easter!