Category Archives: Holiday Tablescapes

New Year’s Eve – Welcome 2018

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Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Hanukkah & Christmas.

I on the other hand was so sick on Christmas Eve that my whole day was spiraling downward. I woke up feeling awful, stuffy and congested but I was still ready to cook and start my crab sauce and get the meal completed.

First problem, I burned an entire pot of fregola (a form of toasted pasta) with clams and scallops which didn’t add to my day. Burned so badly that the clams & shells stuck to the sides of the pot and I had to scrape them off with a metal spatula- not a pretty sight and I won’t even tell you what the pan looks like.

Word to the wise, cast iron heats up very, very hot and you have to either watch the pot every minute or adjust cooking times. I was just very thankful that I didn’t have company coming over. 

Christmas Eve, Feast of the Seven Fishes is my favorite meal of the year. I was determined to get that meal on the table and I don’t know how I had the strength to finish, but I did. I posted some pics below of the entrees I completed and just didn’t bother with the shrimp scampi and crab cakes. I ran out of energy.

I made baccala (cod) with potatoes & tomatoes – cold broccoli salad with lemon & garlic, baked clams – linguine with crab sauce, mussels & clams – crab meat stuffed shrimp -coconut shrimp – stuffed calamari (squid) and cold seafood salad with shrimp, calamari, scallops, celery, olives in a lemon oil dressing.

I didn’t have time or strength to prepare a Christmas Eve tablescape or Christmas Day tablescape and Bob put together our traditional Williams Sonoma croissants, Christmas morning breakfast.

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 I am happy to say that I am feeling much better now, so I am posting a

New Year’s Eve tablescape. 

I hope you all had a very nice New Year’s Eve. Since it was 10 degrees in the Northeast, Bob and I stayed home for a cozy dinner.

I made shrimp- clam bisque as the first course.

Photo Jan 01, 2 22 30 AM SOUP

Baked crab cakes with tri-color couscous and a salad for our main course.

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And Chocolate Pots de Creme for dessert.

Photo Jan 01, 1 24 44 PM POTS DE CREME

And at midnight, we had assorted hors d’ oeuvres and Prosecco.

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So, let’s get started on the tablescape…

This year’s theme is all poinsettias! Something I wanted to do for Christmas.

I love poinsettias; such a beautiful flower but it doesn’t love me back as much. If I buy real poinsettias early in December, I usually have a poinsettia twig left in the pot next to the fireplace on Christmas Eve with hopefully one leaf left. So, I decorate with artificial and Bob buys a real plant close to Christmas and takes loving care of it.

I am starting with a very cheery modern take on a traditional holiday tablecloth. The tablecloth has a white background (sorry, looks off-white in the photo) with red poinsettias, of course and shades of green holly branches.

To me, this tablecloth almost looked like a watercolor painting. This is not the usual plaid for the Holiday season. I purchased the matching napkins as well.
Photo Dec 31, 10 36 44 PM TABLECLOTH

I had to have poinsettia napkin rings and shopping online after Christmas last year, these just caught my eye. I think they are perfect with the placemat.

Photo Jan 01, 12 33 32 AM NAPKIN

I bought poinsettia placemats in Pier 1 last year and have been counting down the 12 months to use them with this tablescape. I just couldn’t resist these.

I didn’t want to use any chargers with this tablescape because the placemats were so pretty. Even the glass chargers didn’t work, you couldn’t see the entire poinsettia.

Photo Dec 31, 10 36 22 PM PLACEMAT

 The set of dishes that I am using are porcelain dishes by 222 Fifth (I buy a lot from that company) and the pattern is called “Winter Harmony”.

The dinner plate has a white background and along the border are poinsettias, holly berries and a beautiful flower that looks like a magnolia to me. The dish has a scalloped border outlined in a thin trim of red.

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The salad plate has a white background but the design on the plate is more lush than the dinner plate. This time the entire plate is covered in poinsettias, berries and flowers, all in white and red and it too has the scalloped border trimmed in red.

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This is the complete set…

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I loved this pattern so much, I bought the platters, tiered servers, cake plate and tea pot.

The flatware for this table are my every day silver and gold combination from Towle.

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The glasses are champagne flutes from my Waterford collection.

I just switched to the matching water goblet for the meal.

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As you know by now, I love candles.

For this table, I used mercury glass votive candles scattered on the table.

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My 2018 table decorations will also be my table decorations for New Year’s Day to complete my poinsettia centerpiece. Horns, hats, blowers, eyeglasses and beads. Along with a few small bottles of La Marca prosecco.

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Place Setting

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 My dinner for New Year’s Day will be the traditional Italian “good luck” foods for the new year.

The menu is as follows: 

The first course has to be lentils. The story is that lentils are eaten because the shape resembles coins which hopefully will bring you good fortune and prosperity. My family also adds spinach to the lentils because it is the color of money.

The second course is cotechino. Now this is a large pork sausage (looks like a large salami), made from fatback and pork rind and it needs to be boiled at a low temperature for hours. The story is that the richness of the sausage will bring you wealth.

I was never a fan of cotechino, so I substitute any other pork. Pork sausages, pork loin, etc. This year I am making a broccoli rabe and sausage stromboli. I figured the pork and the green for the color of money has to bring me some good luck.

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And that is my New Year’s Eve /New Year’s Day tablescape to welcome 2018!

It has been my pleasure to spend 2017 with all of you and I look forward to the new year together.

From my house to yours, I wish you many blessings along with love, health and happiness in 2018.

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well, 

Diane

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Gift Wrap Brunch- 2017

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Hi Everyone,

Well the holidays are approaching and I am at my usual point of being backed up and in a panic that I won’t be ready for Christmas. Somehow it all comes together, but this year I wanted to try a little experiment to help myself.

I don’t mind gift shopping (because most of it is online), I don’t mind food shopping, because I love to cook and I especially look forward to the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner each Christmas Eve, but I hate wrapping gifts. I even like baking better than wrapping gifts and we all know that I am not the baker.

I usually wait until the afternoon of December 24th to wrap all my gifts and then I am exhausted.

So this year, I invited a few friends over for brunch early in December and had a gift wrapping get together.

I had Christmas music on and we shared wrapping paper, bows and helped each other wrap all of our gifts. With all the talking and laughing going on, it was the first time I had a pleasant experience gift wrapping.

For all our hard work, I made brunch, and I used a new purchase for the 2017 holiday season that I just added to my collection (and just love). 

 Yes, new dishes of course.

I have been drawn to a very trendy theme for the holidays this year – the ” vintage red truck with a Christmas tree”.

I love vintage looking plates for Christmas and this new plate fits the bill – too cute.

I am sure you have seen the red truck & tree all over the place. I was in Homegoods, Target, Pottery Barn & Pier 1 and red trucks were everywhere.

I received various holiday catalogs in the mail the past few months with red trucks featured as well. Even Stonewall Kitchen had a red truck basket filled with jam. (BTW, Pottery Barn has the red truck as a shower curtain, if you’re interested).

I saw a red truck doormat that was very cute, but I forgot what catalog that was from. (I wish I remembered, I would have made that purchase).

Being the marketers dream that I am, I bought the salad plates, mugs, glasses, platter, salt and pepper shakers and a cookie jar from various stores and put my collection together to mix and match with items I already owned.

So let’s start the “Red truck” tablescape of 2017…

I am using a plaid holiday tablecloth in shades of green, cream and burgundy from my Christmas linens that I have collected over the years. I think the colors match the rim of both the dinner and salad plates perfectly.

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Napkins are dark green to pick up one of the colors in the tablecloth. I don’t know why I never purchased the matching napkins when I bought the tablecloth back in the day.

I am using wooden napkin rings to bring in that outdoor feel.

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Flatware is red to match the truck.

Photo Dec 17, 12 06 29 PM FLATWARE

I decided on NO placemat and only an off white charger. I felt a placemat on the plaid might be one layer too many so I chose a neutral charger instead. I really wanted your eye to be drawn to the salad plate.

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The dinner plates are from 222 Fifth, the “Mount Holly” pattern. It is an off-white porcelain dish with dark red and white plaid (I love plaid) and pine tree sprigs along with a few pine cones around the rim. I bought them in Homegoods last year.

The colors on this dinner plate can really blend in with so many other Christmas dinnerware patterns, so you can change your tablescape with little effort.

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The salad plates are my NEW purchase. They are off-white ironstone and made for Pier 1 Imports as part of their Winter Wonders collection this year.

This plate also has pine tree sprigs, holly and pine cones around the rim and the cutest design of the vintage red truck surrounded by pups playing in the snow. I just fell in love with this plate.

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The complete set of old and new plates.

Photo Dec 17, 12 01 00 PM DINNERWARE SET

My mugs match the plates and then I added acrylic juice glasses with the red truck design found in Target.

Photo Dec 17, 12 04 29 PM MUG

Photo Dec 17, 12 04 37 PM GLASS

I bought the cookie jar from Pier 1 and when it’s not being used as a centerpiece it is proudly displayed on my kitchen counter.

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The truck looked a little lonely as the centerpiece so I placed it on an acacia tray to bring in a woodsy element.

I wanted the smell of fresh pine in the house so I went outside and cut a few sprigs of my pine tree. The sprig I chose had mini pine cones attached (along with a few bugs we had to immediately get rid of) and then I added a full pine cone. Now the house smells wonderful.

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I received a 24 inch pine tree as an early Christmas gift so I set that up on my buffet along with a cute plaque that I found in Homegoods with the red truck design.

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Santa watches over everything! I have had this particular Santa for many, many years since my son was a child and I just have to have him displayed every year.

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I have continued my love of salt and pepper shakers and added the cutest “red truck and tree” set found in Target, as a table accent.

Salt and pepper shakers are the easiest accent to a tablescape to enhance a theme.

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My menu for the red truck brunch was as follows…

French toast – served on a red truck platter that I found in Target.

Spinach quiche – an old standby

Granola – very simple

Fresh fruit– always welcome

BIG pot of coffee -enough said

Apple cider spiced tea– cheated and used a mix

and Cookies & Biscotti

I made biscotti and a few other Christmas cookies, (saving that for another post).

Photo Dec 17, 12 03 11 PM PLATTER

The fun continued and when we ladies get together with food, we forget the time.

This was a successful experiment and a great morning and I know I will be doing this next year. Give it a try.

I am now ready for some serious baking.

All of the Holiday Cookies recipes for 2017 will be posted shortly.

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Place Setting

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Happy Halloween 2017

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Hi Everyone,

Happy Halloween!

I have been seeing all the Christmas trees up in Costco, so I knew that we were close to Halloween. Isn’t that how it feels? All of the holidays are so rushed. You don’t even know what month you’re in anymore.

Anyway, back to Halloween. I love decorating for the Fall and Halloween. I still decorate outside with pumpkins, mums, and a few friendly ghosts. (I don’t want to have all the scary decorations and frighten the little ones). I have seriously curtailed the outdoor decorations from when my son was a child, but I still like a festive tablescape and indoor decorations.

Back in the day, my son and his friends in the neighborhood would go door to door trick or treating for a few hours after school and then I would have some of my son’s friends and their parents over for a Halloween party.

The menu was pizza for the kids and Three Bean Turkey Chili with Sour Cream Cornbread for the adults. I still keep the tradition and make chili every Halloween.  

I have collected quite a few decorations over the years which allows me to change the tablescape, except for my favorite table accent that is always on my Halloween tablescapes.

It is a Frankenstein mug that was the base for a floral arrangement I received years ago and Frankie is always a welcomed guest at the table. 

So let’s get started…

The tablecloth this year is what other colors but orange and black. This year the tablecloth is plaid with a few Halloween designs featuring pumpkins, spider webs, black cats, bats and candy corn.

The designs on the tablecloth match my treat bowls.

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The placemat is a black spider web and I put a little plastic spider crawling up the side of the web. No need for a charger plate with this placemat.

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The dinner dishes are solid orange ceramic dishes and I am using a new purchase, black and white melamine salad dishes with the word “Spooky” written over a black & white pumpkin.

I bought them in Wegmans of all places, last year on a visit to see my son. There were only six dishes on a clearance shelf and I took it as a sign they were just waiting for me.

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The flatware is the standard black matte for Halloween.

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Instead of using cloth napkins and glassware, this year I decided to use paper napkins and paper cups.

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The candlesticks are wire spiders holding a black tapered candle. I decided not to use the big candelabra this year. 

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 To continue with the spider theme, I put decorated Halloween cupcakes iced in green and orange frosting with sprinkles in spider cupcake holders scattered on the table for dessert after dinner.

I just love these cupcake holders! They were too cute not to purchase.

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The centerpiece is a combination of cake plates and a pumpkin trio tea light holder taken from the kitchen window (shop your house first) with two sparkle black pumpkins with attached black crows, some glitter ribbon and Halloween paper shred.

This centerpiece was truly a work in progress. I had no plan what I wanted when I started out. It was a little of this and that.

Photo Oct 30, 4 11 16 PM CENTERPIECE

Photo Oct 30, 4 20 38 PM CROW

My table accents are of course a salt and pepper shaker; this time a ghost and black cat, both with pumpkins.

Photo Oct 30, 4 09 41 PM SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS

To add to the table accents, I have four assorted Halloween treat bowls.

I put glass Halloween table scatter in two bowls, paper napkins in another and left one to be filled with candy. 

Photo Oct 30, 4 23 05 PM BOWLS 1

Photo Oct 30, 4 10 39 PM BOWL 2

 The Halloween glass table scatter looks great, especially when the candles are lit.

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And last but not least, “Frankie”.

Instead of holding flowers, Frankie now holds pretzel rods with plastic witches fingers.

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The tablescape is complete and I am now ready for today’s trick or treaters and a piece of candy for myself here and there. I have a weakness for peanut M & M’s and Milky Way bars. (Notice what is in the bowl)?

Photo Oct 30, 8 37 36 PM (1) END CANDY

Have a very Happy and Safe Halloween!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Table Details

Plaid orange and black tablecloth from Homegoods

Black spider placemats from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Orange ceramic dinner plate from Dollar Tree

Black & white “spooky” melamine salad plate from Wegmans

Spider Cupcake holders from Crate and Barrel

Spider candlesticks from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Orange ceramic candy bowl from Homegoods

Halloween treat bowls from Sur La Table

Black pumpkins with black crows from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Pumpkin trio tea light holder from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Black Flatware from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Paper Goods, witches fingers and plastic spiders from Party City

Halloween paper shred and black tapered candles from Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Glass Halloween table scatter from Homegoods

Frankie mug from previous floral arrangement

Salt & Pepper shakers from too old to remember

Photo Oct 30, 8 41 47 PM FROSTED PIC

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4th of July – 2017

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Hi Everyone,

I will be very busy the next few weeks so I decided to post a “4th of July” tablescape a little early.

 I am serving a very American menu and not the usual Italian influenced 4th of July menu I grew up with.

I know it is an American holiday with the standard barbecue fare of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, but being Italian, my family always celebrated the Italian way with antipasto, linguine with crabs, chicken, steak, fish, lamb kabobs, sausage and peppers, caprese salad, roasted peppers, potato/onion/string bean salad, panzanella salad, tomato salad, rice salad, tossed salad, focaccia with olives & rosemary and zeppoles.

I can’t even start to name the desserts we would have…

My American menu this year will be hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob, French fries, apple pie, and ice cream.

This year I even purchased red, white and blue popcorn.

Another Homegoods find.

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I made a test batch of popcorn. The kernels didn’t pop as red, white and blue as I wanted, but it tasted great with a little butter and a dash of cayenne.

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I love decorating for the 4th, but seriously, there is just so much you can do with red, white and blue. I already have two sets of dishes that I use for 4th of July and if you have been following the blog you have seen both of them.

Here is a little reminder….

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I try to mix it up every year with the standard stars and stripes, but this year I happened to wander into Sur La Table one afternoon and it changed my 4th of July decorating world.

Instead of the usual stars and stripes, Sur La Table is featuring a new design called “Fireworks” and I love it. I bought the platters, plates, napkins, serving bowl and salad tongs. This is a very cheery pattern. I think you will like it…..

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I am starting off with a navy tablecloth with white stars that I use quite often for my 4th of July and Memorial Day tablescapes. It has always been a “patriotic” favorite of mine. 

(PHOTO looks black with the lighting but the tablecloth is navy)

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To that I am adding red woven placemats and galvanized metal chargers. You have seen this combo before, but I think this combination looks best with the tablecloth.

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My dinner plates are a solid navy melamine plate with a white star border. Very bold and matches the tablecloth. 

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The salad plates are also melamine and they are my new “Fireworks” purchase from Sur La Table. Red, white and blue fireworks bursting across the plate. I think they are great with the dinner dishes.

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I also bought the “Fireworks” napkins and I am using a red, white and blue spray napkin ring made out of glass and plastic beads. 

The napkin rings also remind me of a fireworks display.

Photo Jun 21, 1 41 35 PM.jpg NAPKIN AND RING

Cutlery is red enamel by Cambridge.

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I usually use red and blue striped glassware, but this year I am using cobalt blue goblets for a little change.

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 I have used this centerpiece before for the 4th of July and I just love it.

The centerpiece is a crème, red and blue water pitcher with stars and “America the Beautiful” written around the neck of the pitcher. 

Adding a Flag with some red, white and blue carnations and Gerber daisies makes it complete. Simple and perfect for the table.  

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Table accents for this tablescape will start out with mini galvanized pails that I found in Dollar Tree. I am going to use the pails as votive candle holders with just a little bit of sand in the bottom of the pail to hold the candle in place.

Photo Jun 21, 12 05 24 PM.jpg PAILS FOR CANDLES

You can also string a tag on the handle and use the pails as place-cards instead of candle holders.

Photo Jun 21, 1 45 16 PM.jpg PAIL PLACE CARD

Next, a flag salt and pepper shaker set added to the table. Remember, salt and pepper shakers are great for a tablescape to enhance the theme and small enough not to get in the way of the serve ware.

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The last table accents are patriotic table scatter and a wooden sign that reads “God Bless America” which I found at a spa gift shop of all places. You never know where you’ll find things.

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The serving pieces are quite large so I am setting them up on the buffet server and not directly on the table.

The first piece of serve ware is the large “Fireworks” melamine platter. The platter is 14 x 20. I will be using this platter to serve hot dogs and hamburgers. 

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The next piece of serve ware is a large “Fireworks” melamine serving bowl and I am using stars and stripes melamine salad tongs. I didn’t want to use the Fireworks  salad tongs and have them blend into the design on the bowl.

This serving bowl is 14 x 4 and has the capacity to hold 5 quarts.

I will use this bowl to serve my 4th of July potato salad.

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 Since I got married, the first day of the year that I make my potato salad has always been 4th of July and never a day sooner. It has become a family tradition.

I will repost the potato salad recipe for you at the end of the post, absolutely delicious.

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Along with hot dogs and hamburgers you have to have French fries. I will be serving Tuscan French fries* and serving them in mini fry baskets along with condiment cups for ketchup.

* Tuscan Fries are made with garlic & fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage) added to hot oil and drizzled over the French fries.)

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 I am lining the fry baskets with red and white check basket liner tissue. This tissue is food grade so it doesn’t leak or fall apart (especially with greasy French fries).

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I just love mini serve ware of any kind. It must go back to the days when I had mini everything in a doll house. I just find the mini items too cute to pass up.

Remember the mini colanders?

For the corn on the cob, I will be using another melamine platter, but this one is  white stars on a navy background with a red border. 

This tray is 7 x 15.

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The main dessert has to be red, white & blue of course, so I will be serving vanilla ice cream with strawberries and blueberries along with some apple pie.

Bob needed a dessert sampler ahead of time, so here are the photos. 

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I have one more 4th of July family dessert tradition to tell you about.

Every year we purchase Friendly’s Watta -Melon roll. It just isn’t 4th of July without it. My son came up with this tradition many years ago and it has been going strong for decades.

Watermelon and lemon sherbet with chocolate chips as the seeds. To me, this means Summer has arrived.

I bring it to the table on a platter with fresh watermelon cut into the shape of stars (using a cookie cutter) and the addition of some sparklers. 

I love sparklers.

Reminds me of my Uncle Vinny. He brought sparklers every 4th of July.

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And that completes this year’s 4th of July tablescape. I hope I gave you some inspiration for your own 4th of July celebration.

Have a wonderful holiday and take this opportunity to make beautiful memories with your family and friends.

Be safe and keep your pets safe too.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Place Setting

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Table Details

Navy tablecloth with white stars from Macy’s

Red woven placemats from Homegoods

Galvanized chargers from Pottery Barn

“Fireworks” cloth napkin from Sur La Table

“Fireworks” serving bowl from Sur La Table

Star and Stripes salad tongs from Sur La Table

Large “fireworks” platter from Sur La Table

Stars oblong platter from Sur La Table

Navy and white star dinner plates from Sur La Table

“Fireworks” salad plates from Sur La Table

Mini fry baskets and condiment cups from Sur La Table

Mini galvanized pails from Dollar Tree

Red, white and blue glass spray napkin rings from Pier 1

Patriotic pitcher from Homegoods

Patriotic artificial flowers from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Patriotic table scatter from Pier 1

God Bless America wooden sign from Drew Patrick Spa

Red, white and blue popcorn from Homegoods

Blue goblets from Crate and Barrel

Red flatware from Amazon

Food grade basket liners from Amazon

Ice cream dishes from Williams Sonoma

Ice cream spoons from Chefs Catalog

NOTE: ALL melamine serve ware is indoor/outdoor and is ONLY top rack dishwasher safe.

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Potato Salad Recipe

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Ingredients:

5 lb bag of red potatoes- NOT PEELED – boil whole until a fork can pierce the skin but not mushy – DRAIN

2 ½ C         Hellman’s mayo – NOT LIGHT  

5 TBSP      Red Wine Vinegar

3 ¾ tsp       Kosher salt

2 ½ tsp       Sugar

¾ tsp          Pepper

2 ½ C         Celery (chopped)

1 ½ C         Red onion (diced)

1 dz            Hard boiled eggs

(Shredded carrots are optional)

* Safety check…

Check your eggs for signs of cracks. Since fresh eggs are harder to peel it is best if you purchase your eggs a week prior to boiling. You can test the freshness of the eggs by placing them into a glass of water. The freshest eggs will lie on the bottom of the water on its side. As an egg ages the air pocket inside grows so your egg will start to stand up on end. An egg that floats to the top should be discarded.

Directions:

Mix mayo and vinegar together—Add salt, pepper, and sugar and mix thoroughly.

Add celery and onions—Next add potatoes WARM  (cut into bite size pieces)

Add eggs (sliced) and fold all ingredients together.

ENJOY!

*Cooks Note: I think the potato salad tastes best after it has cooled in the refrigerator for a few hours and all the flavors have blended together. 

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017

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Hi Everyone,

Wow, Mother’s Day is here already. It feels as if I just packed up the Christmas decorations……

Every year when Mother’s Day approaches, I never think of myself as being one of the mom’s to be celebrated with that great honor of being a mom; even though I have been a mother for almost 27 years.

Instead, I think of the other mother’s and strong women in my life. My grandmother, my mother, and my sisters. I wish they were here today, so I could show them how much I love them and tell them what they mean to me.

I am fortunate to come from a long line of strong women who taught me great lessons.

They taught me unconditional love, family traditions, all about my heritage, perseverance, and gave me a strong work ethic to get things done.

Another important lesson I learned from these women, “If you don’t want to fail, then you don’t give up”. This is something that I remind myself of when life gets a little overwhelming.

I told you they were strong women.

So today’s tablescape, honors these women in my life who made a difference along with my mother-in-law who gave me the love of my life.

Bob is an angel on earth and I couldn’t imagine a day without him.

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When I think of a Mother’s Day tablescape, I think it should be very feminine.

The first set of dishes that immediately came to mind were a set of floral dishes from the Kathy Ireland collection.

So let’s get started…

The dishes are the Georgian Estate pattern by Kathy Ireland and they are porcelain with a cream background with various flowers and leaves in shades of pink, lilac and green.

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I am starting the tablescape with a dusty rose tablecloth. This color goes so well with the flowers on the dishes and it is also one of my favorite colors.

(It looks a little more coral in the photo due to lighting, but it is a deep rose in person).

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Since my mother of pearl charger plate is so detailed and beautiful on it’s own, I am not using a placemat. The charger looks great against the dusty rose tablecloth.

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This tablescape gives me a great opportunity to use my new purchase, pearl napkins rings. The pearls add to my very feminine theme and also remind me of my mom and her pearls. They will be used along with blush pink napkins.

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Flatware will be off white pearl to match the chargers.

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My glassware will be Waterford Marquis goblets. 

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The centerpiece can be no other than roses. What mom doesn’t want to receive flowers on Mother’s Day?

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You know how much I love candles, so I am using mercury glass votive candle holders and champagne scented candles.

Absolutely wonderful fragrance from Pier 1.

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What is more feminine than pearls and diamonds?  So I am mixing pearl and crystal table scatter along with glass pebbles in shades of pink, frosted white and burgundy to decorate the table.

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My centerpiece, along with the flowers have little mementos that remind me of my mother, grandmother and mother-in-law.

A strand of pearls for my mother; she wore pearls every day. 

She was such an elegant lady, full of love and a warm heart.

A trinket box for my grandmother and a pair of gloves.

The handbag trinket box was a gift from my grandmother and every time she took me out for a special day to the Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court restaurant in NYC for afternoon tea, she always bought me a new pair of gloves to go with my dress. I see gloves and I think of grandma.

Fruit jelly slices for my mother-in-law.

Jelly slices were her favorite candy in the world. We just bought them for her whenever we saw them- no special occasion necessary. When I see them I think of the smile on her face whenever we gave her a box.

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These memories help to make the centerpiece complete.

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Now that I spoke of them, I have to take this opportunity to share a few pictures with you of these beloved women…

This is a photo of me (I am the youngest) and my sisters with my mom in 1961.

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Me with my beautiful mom ( and her pearls).

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Me and my sisters.

Every year I dressed in the same color as one of my sisters for Easter.

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The next two photos are of my grandmother. The first picture when she was 19 years old and the second picture when she was 90 years old with my son. 

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The next picture is of my mother-in-law with my husband Bob (on the left) and his two brothers.

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Bob and his mom.

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I miss them all dearly, but I am blessed to have had them in my life…

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This year Bob wanted to take me out for Mother’s Day, but I decided to stay home for Mother’s Day dinner instead and Bob will be helping me cook. My son will not be able to come home for a visit, so Bob and I are planning our day driving out east on Long Island to some of the farms to get some new plants for the flower garden as well as my vegetable garden before returning home for dinner.

My menu for Mother’s Day 2017 with be some of my favorite dishes…

(Bob helped prepare and taste test the recipes for me last night so I could take the photos and share the recipes with all of you today).

(recipes at the end of the post)

Starting with a …

Mimosa or Bellini 

1st course: Shrimp and Champagne Bisque soup with Gruyere Cheese

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2nd course: Tart with Pancetta and Green Onions

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Spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, goat cheese and sliced almonds.

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Dessert: Chocolate cake with chocolate and dulce de leche mousse, served on a pink glass vintage cake stand.

(purchased- no recipe)

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Maybe, if I have room left after dinner, Bob and I will go out for some homemade ice cream and return home to relax on the patio.

Sounds like a perfect Mother’s Day for me.

I wish all of you moms, moms to be, grandmothers, godmothers, stepmoms and pet moms a wonderful, happy and joyous Mother’s Day.

Enjoy your children, grandchildren, family and friends and make great memories.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well.

Diane

Place Setting

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Table Details

Kathy Ireland dishes – pattern, Georgian Estate from Dinnerware Depot

Dusty rose tablecloth from Amazon

Blush napkins from Amazon

Pearl napkin rings from Amazon

Mother of Pearl chargers from Pier 1  

Goblets and Champagne flutes from Waterford

Off white Pearl flatware from Amazon

Mercury glass votive candle holders from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Champagne scented votive candles from Pier 1

Pearl and crystal table scatter from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Shades of pink glass table scatter from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Pink vintage cake plate from Pier 1

White cake plate to display centerpiece from Target

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RECIPES

Shrimp and Champagne Bisque with Gruyere Cheese

Makes about 6 cups

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter
½ cup minced shallots
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups clam juice
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 pound Medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup Champagne or other dry sparkling wine
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh chives
Garnish: Gruyère cheese, chives

Directions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Gradually whisk in clam juice and stock; bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. (At this point, soup can be refrigerated up to 3 days.)

Cut shrimp into ¼-inch pieces. Over medium-low heat, add cream and Champagne. Return soup to a simmer, and slowly whisk in cheese ¼ cup at a time, letting melt between additions. Stir in chives and shrimp, and cook for 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Garnish with shredded Gruyère and chives.

Note: Clam juice can be replaced with chicken stock for a milder flavor.

Recipe courtesy of the Cottage Journal

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Breakfast Tart with Pancetta and Green Onions

Ingredients

  • Butter, for the pan
  • Flour, for the pan
  • 1 — 9-inch unroll-and-bake refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded gruyere cheese
  • 3 scallions, white and pale green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Butter and flour the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Unroll the pie crust and gently press into the bottom and sides of the pan. Trim any excess from the top.

With the tines of a fork, prick the bottom of the pastry. Using a pastry brush, brush the crust with the beaten egg white. Put the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until the egg white has set. Let cool 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes, until browned and crispy. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Whisk in the mascarpone, gruyere, scallions, salt, pepper and the pancetta. Pour into the cooled crust and bake for about 18 minutes, until the mixture has set and the top is golden.

Cool the tart for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove from the pan. Cut the tart into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis from “Weeknights with Giada” for Food Network Magazine

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There is no recipe for the salad….I just mixed some fresh spinach with fruit, almonds and poppy seed dressing. 

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Easter Bunny Breakfast

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Hi Everyone,

Many of you who know me personally, know that I can get an inspiration for a tablescape from the oddest sources. (Remember the garage sale juke box that led to the 1950’s tablescape?). Well you won’t believe this inspiration.

I surprised myself.

I was recently shopping in my favorite grocery store, “Wegmans” and the inspiration hit me. I could give you a million guesses and you just won’t believe this.

Hint, I was in the dairy section. Give up?

Butter!

Yes, I said butter. I passed the butter section and there was the cutest little butter sculpture of a bunny right in front of me. I turned around and said to Bob, “Wouldn’t this be adorable with my bunny dishes for an Easter breakfast?”

Of course there was silence from Bob, just a smile; because he is used to me getting these crazy ideas for a tablescape and he goes along with everything.

Love that man!

And with that, the Easter Bunny Breakfast tablescape was born.

I am posting this tablescape today because I already set my table for Easter breakfast and I will be too busy tomorrow to stop and take pictures.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Easter filled with many blessings, good food, and precious family and friends. 

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Here is the photo of the Bunny butter sculpture before I unwrapped it, in case you want to look for it in your grocery store.

The company is Keller’s Creamery. 

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Okay, let’s get started.

 I wanted a neutral tablecloth, so I am using a new purchase, a burlap tablecloth.

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I was thinking bunnies out in a garden, so just for some fun, I used silk cabbage placemats. I bought them in Pier 1 last year and I never had the chance to use them.

(I think they are available again this year.)

The cabbage placemats will be used with glass chargers so you can really see the cabbage placemat.

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For breakfast I decided not to use napkins and instead use 13 X 13  green cotton dish towels along with silk cabbage napkin holders that match the placemats.

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Now the dishes….

I am using goldenrod dinner plates. I think this color picks up the color on the bunny salad plates. 

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This dinner plate is a 10 inch plate rather than the usual 11 inch dinner plate. I like this size when using a glass charger because it allows you to see the rim of the charger and it’s design.

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The salad plates are the cutest.

Various designs of bunnies in different poses surrounded by flowers welcoming spring.

These are by Susan Winget. I love her designs.

The dishes are porcelain with a solid creme background with brown bunnies and soft shades of green and yellow flowers.

Just perfect for the occasion.

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Flatware will be my ever-day set of gold and silver.

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I am using matching mugs to the salad plates. 

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And to serve breakfast, a green ceramic cabbage serving bowl and a cabbage platter.

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Now for the centerpiece… It’s that time of year again when my adorable white ceramic bunnies come down from the attic. You will see these bunnies on all of my Easter tablescapes.

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Since the bunnies on the salad plates are surrounded by flowers, I am adding some flowers to the table. Nice and cheery.

Bob and Michael bought me these flowers for Easter.

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Completed Centerpiece

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And for a few table accents, I am starting with the adorable white porcelain  “LOVE bunnies” ….. Clover and Poppy.

They too make an appearance on all my Easter tablescapes.

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My table accents continue with a few salt and pepper shaker sets…

A bunny with a flower pot & a crate of carrots.

I love using salt and pepper shakers as a decoration on the table. Small enough not to be in the way, yet they keep the theme going.

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My white ceramic bunny bowl that is usually filled with jelly beans will be filled with some paper carrot table scatter.

The carrot scatter is another Pier 1 find and too cute. Plus, I think I have already eaten enough jelly beans this week- a weakness.

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 A few additional cloth carrot trios on the table and I have enough carrots.

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And the star of our show, the “Bunny Butter Sculpture”.

Delicately placed on it’s very own white ceramic bunny shaped plate surrounded by butter lettuce (“butter” lettuce- get it, I couldn’t help myself).

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(I really hate to use it, it is so cute).

Now breakfast…

This year I will be making a “Dutch Baby”

(see previous post on 4/2/17 for the recipe)

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along with some scrambled eggs and the usual Williams Sonoma croissants.

I have to tell you, I cannot be the first person to use the butter….. 

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It has been a pleasure sharing this Easter Breakfast tablescape with all of you.

Once again, have a very Happy Easter, Buona Pasqua in Italian!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

Place Setting

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Table Details

 Burlap tablecloth from Amazon

Green dishtowels from DII @ Amazon

Silk cabbage napkin rings from Pier 1

Cabbage placemats from Pier 1

Ceramic cabbage serving bowl from Pier 1

Ceramic cabbage platter from Pier 1

Glass charger plates from Crate and Barrel   

Goldenrod dinner plate from Dollar Tree

Bunny salad plates from Susan Winget Designs

Flatware – from every day set

Mugs from Susan Winget Designs

Two white ceramic bunnies from Pottery Barn

Carrot table scatter from Pier 1

Cloth carrot trio from Pier 1

White ceramic bunny candy dish from Target

Bunny and flower pot salt and pepper shakers from Pier 1

Crate of carrots salt and pepper shakers from Pier 1

White ceramic bunny shaped salad plates from Pottery Barn

Love Bunnies from Pier 1

Bunny butter sculpture from “Keller’s Creamery” in the dairy aisle at Wegmans

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St. Patrick’s Day 2017

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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well.

I can’t believe that it is St. Patrick’s Day already and we are right around the corner from Spring; although here in the northeast, it feels like winter won’t go away with frigid temperatures and snow. 

Hopefully the weather will get warmer for the St. Patrick’s Day parade down Fifth Avenue in NYC.

For St. Patrick’s Day, I am becoming “a little bit Irish” and making the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes.

This year instead of boiling the cabbage with the corned beef, I made fried cabbage with bacon, onions and garlic. We liked it much better than boiled.

The non baker in me, even made an Irish Soda bread.

(All recipes at the end of the blog).

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I set my tablescape and celebrated a little early this year because St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday; and if you are like me and follow Lent, there is no meat on Friday so I celebrated on Thursday night to enjoy the corned beef.

I know there is dispensation to eat meat on Friday this year, specifically for this holiday, but I just can’t do it. I have to follow my Lenten rules that I have been following since I was a child.

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It is very hard to make a completely different tablescape for “annual holidays” so you might see some familiar items on my table from past years along with some new purchases.

So let’s get started.

I love my juniper green lace shamrock tablecloth overlay so I am using that again. This year, instead of a white tablecloth underneath, I am using gold.

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My placemat is woven in various shades of green around the border and a solid kelly green center.

To compliment the gold accent from the tablecloth, I am using a gold charger.

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The dishes are my annual St. Patrick’s Day choice. Moss green dinner plates and a darker pine green salad plate.

I’ve added another layer of dishes and it is a paper dessert plate with a rainbow, shamrocks and a pot of gold. The shades of green on the paper dish match the placemat border.

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For napkins, I am using pine green bandannas with kelly green and white shamrocks; and lime green woven napkin rings.

(You can use items for more than it’s original purpose.)

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The glasses are my Marshalls find back in the day. Clear glass with shamrocks and this year I added some white and green shamrock straws.

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 The flatware is pearl white.

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Now for the centerpiece. The main focus of the centerpiece is my Leprechaun.

The little”unfriendly” Irish fairy that hides his pot of gold; but this leprechaun looks friendly enough for the table.

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Next to him are two emerald green garland shamrocks that came on stands.

(Usually they are a front window decoration).

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And next to the shamrocks are small potted four leaf clovers, for some “good luck”.

(Of course they are artificial because I kill all live plants)

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All together I think they make the cutest centerpiece.

There is a lot of GREEN on this table in all shades, with Leprechauns popping out all over the place.

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For some table accents, I scattered kelly and pine green glass and gold nugget table confetti along with some glittered shamrocks.

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Each guest receives their own pot of gold at the top of their place setting…

(You could use gold chocolate coins in the cauldrons too.)

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I saw these fans in the Oriental Trading catalog this year and I just had to make the purchase.

 Kelly green paper shamrock personal fans.

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Dangling from the chandelier are three darling Leprechauns.

Photo Mar 17, 1 08 06 AM DANGLERS

With the table set, I am now ready for my corned beef and cabbage dinner. As I said, this year was fried cabbage with bacon instead of boiled. Good choice.

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I am happy to say that I did find a recipe in the New York Times for Irish soda bread and gave it a try. It came out a little flatter than I expected but I think that my pan was just a little too wide. All in all not bad for a first try. I’ll get a different pan next year.

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Photo Mar 16, 9 35 08 PM SLICE SODA

The suggestion in the recipe was to serve the bread with apples and Irish cheese. I bought apples and some Irish Dubliner cheese and went one step further and purchased Kerrygold Irish butter.

Photo Mar 16, 9 42 20 PM CHEESE AND APPLES

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And that finishes my St. Patrick’s Day tablescape for 2017.

I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day !

Have a green bagel, wear green clothing, watch a parade and have a great day!

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(Remember, ALL recipes at the end of the post)

Until my next post, make everyday a celebration!

Diane

Place Setting

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Table Details

Gold tablecloth from Party City

Juniper green lace shamrock tablecloth overlay from Amazon

Green placemats from Homegoods

Gold charger from Pier 1

Moss green dinner plate from from Amazon (by Gibson- pattern: Green Aruba)

Dark pine green salad plate from a long time ago…Had them too long to remember the pattern or where I purchased them

Pearl white flatware from Amazon

Pine green shamrock bandannas from Oriental Trading

Leprechaun danglers from Oriental Trading

Lime green woven napkin rings from Bed, Bath & Beyond

Shamrock glasses from Marshalls

Shamrock straws & St. Patrick’s dessert plate from Oriental Trading

Kelly green paper Shamrock fans from Oriental Trading

Kelly & pine green glass and golden nugget table confetti from Pier 1

Glitter shamrock paper table scatter from Party City

Mini black cauldrons with pots of gold coins from Party City

Emerald green glittered shamrocks on stands from Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Four Leaf Clover plants from Michael’s Arts and Crafts

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Recipes

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 8 1/2 hours

Optional cooking time: 2 hours LOW – then 2 hrs HIGH – then 1 hr LOW)

Ingredients

6 red potatoes or fingerling potatoes, halved

4 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1 (4 to 5-pound) corned beef, rinsed

3 large bay leaves

1 tsp ground thyme (or 1 sprig of fresh thyme)

1 teaspoon black pepper corns

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or dark mustard with horseradish

8 ounces beer (any unflavored kind will do; you can substitute water here, as well)

2 cups low sodium chicken stock or water

1 medium head of cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges

Directions

  1. Place potatoes, carrots, and onion in the bottom of a large slow cooker pot.
  2. Rinse the corned beef and lay it over the vegetables. Add in bay leaves, pepper corns, and Dijon mustard.
  3. Pour beer and stock over everything. Make sure liquid covers most of the corned beef; if not, add more water or stock. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours.
  4. Add the cabbage to the slow cooker and cook until cabbage is just tender (about 30 minutes).
  5. Remove the meat to a cutting board, cover with foil and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
  6. Slice on the diagonal against the grain
  7. Serve with the veggies and extra mustard

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion and Garlic

Recipe By: Kathi Richards Smith…. from 2017 All Recipes.com

Ingredients

    • 6 slices bacon, chopped
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 large head cabbage, cored and sliced
    • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

    Directions

    1. Place the bacon in a large stockpot and cook over medium-high heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion caramelizes; about 10 minutes. Immediately stir in the cabbage and continue to cook and stir another 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes more.

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Irish Soda Bread

Recipe by: Melissa Clark…The New York Times

INGREDIENTS

  • Butter for greasing pan plus 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 ½teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 ½ cups raisins or currants
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • Good aged Cheddar cheese, for serving
  • Tart apples, cut into slices, for serving

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch oven-proof skillet and line with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Stir in the raisins or currants and caraway seeds.
  3. Pour batter into skillet. Brush top with remaining butter. Bake until golden and firm to touch, about 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving with Cheddar and apples.

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