Elegant table décor for the Holiday Season

Elegant table décor for the Holiday Season

Creating a stylish table setting for family and friends is probably one of our favorite things to do during the holiday season. Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or hosting just you and your immediate family, don’t overlook your dinner table. A beautiful table setting will set the ambiance of the evening.

The elegant mix of orange, green, and deep purple was our color choice. It’s a beautiful color palette that adds sophistication to the décor.  We selected cream and green dinnerware for an extra charm to the table. If you don’t have dinnerware with green accents, don’t worry! This table would have looked as beautiful if we had used white plain plates. 

To enhance the appearance of your Holiday table, don’t forget the candles! While white or ivory taper candles are always a classic choice, we also love to add colorful candles on the table for an easy way to add a pop of color. We chose the warm amber taper candles for this setting to bring a glow and coziness to the table. 

One tip is to consider using unscented or lightly scented candles when adding them to your table. The objective here is to create ambiance and not fragrance. You don’t want the candles to overpower the aroma from the meal.   

The centerpiece is filled with roses, waxflowers, safari sunset, hypericum, alstroemeria, poms, and mini calla-lilies. If you don’t master a flower arrangement, you can simply combine alstroemerias and roses or even select just one flower. All you have to do is cut all the stems at the same height and add to a glass container. A brass bowl of clementines would also be a great option in this setting. Do what works for you and with what you have at home!

The clementines and the calla lilies brought a pop of color to each set!

The most important tip to create your table décor is to remember that the table set doesn’t have to be over the top to make a statement. Set the table with care, and your family and friends will certainly feel the love! Happy Holidays!

Warm and Cozy Thanksgiving table

Warm and Cozy Thanksgiving table

This Thanksgiving set a simple, yet a warm and cozy table that celebrates great food and amazing company!

From simple styling to more elaborate looks, there’s always a way to make your table feel festive. No matter the style you choose, setting the table for Thanksgiving should be pleasant and not be difficult to achieve.

This table layer rustic elements for a look that’s cozy and inviting. Glints of copper paired with the wicker placemats created the scene. Here are some elements we added to create this rustic and elegant style:

  • Wicker chargers: rich in texture, the wicker charger adds a welcoming and rustic feel.
  • Traditional turkey motifs dinnerware: To add some festive feelings to the table, we added a traditional turkey motif dinnerware. These gorgeous plates certainly set a warm atmosphere for a traditional dinner.

  • Lanterns: lanterns centerpiece can add charm and elegance to any space. Choose small lanterns that are not too big to make it difficult for guests to talk across the table. If you want to add larger lanterns, make sure to place them on the side of the table, like we did here. In decorating, the rule of 3 is the golden rule, so to create a balance, we paired three lanterns on each side
  • Pumpkins: Complete the look with autumnal elements. The pumpkins with succulents on the side bring natural beauty to the table without crowding the setting.

  • Napkins and Place card: The napkins serve double-duty as elegant placeholders. We ditched the napkin rings for a more personal and creative way to dress up the napkin. We inserted greenery with a tied place card into a pocket folded napkin.

  • The food:  Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that revolves around food, so we reserved the center of the table for the “Hero of the night!”.  A large wood board decorated with roasted garlic, oranges, persimmons, dried apricot holds Turkey. You can find here for more details on how to decorate your turkey platter. The sides were served on the lovely mini copper pans.

If you like this setting, you can use this table décor as a jumping off point for you to create a table that’s uniquely YOURS. Happy Holidays!

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How to Garnish a Thanksgiving Turkey

How to Garnish a Thanksgiving Turkey

We won’t attempt to give the Perfect turkey recipe, as we have no shame to admit that most of the time we order our Turkey for the Holiday festivities. However, we encourage you to make your main dish look good on the server platter!

Check below these two pictures and tell us if it is worth it or not!

The first step is choosing the right serving platter. For a rustic look, feel no fear to serve on a wood large board (as we did here). For a more elegant and traditional look, a white or pattern large platter will be beautiful.

For the garnishes, we chose items that are not only delicious but also colorful. We chose roasted garlic, sliced persimmons, dried apricots, sage leaves, and dried oranges. Other options are roasted mini potatoes, cranberries, sliced apples, and pears.

There is really no secret! All you have to do is roast the heads of garlic and the oranges. For the garlic, make sure to trim the top off the head of the garlic just enough to expose the garlic cloves and roast them for about 30 minutes. You will need to bake the oranges for a little longer, but make sure not to let them burn. 

As your Turkey is roasting, you can already arrange the items on the corners of the serving platter. When the turkey is ready, all you have to do is place it right in the middle and bring it to the table!

We have also selected below some beautiful large platters that would look beautiful on your table. Happy Holidays!

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Who doesn’t love a creamy burrata?! Add pears, prosciutto, arugula, and toasts topped with the sweet fig preserve, and you will have a great platter that can be served as a salad or even as an appetizer.

This is a great fall recipe and so easy and delicious. As you know, we don’t like to spend hours in the kitchen, so we love simple and delicious recipes. This one combines the creamy burrata cheese with the salty prosciutto and the sweet fig jam and is so amazing!!!

Start by making the champagne vinaigrette. You have probably already seen this recipe a few times in our blog. It’s a simple dressing and so good!  All you need is champagne vinegar, olive oil and

In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the champagne vinaigrette and whisk together until smooth and well combined.

For the salad, you will need: Baby arugula, sliced pears, prosciutto, burrata cheese, fig jam, and balsamic glaze.

In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving. Add the burrata in the middle, the sliced pears, and the prosciutto. Top the toasts with fig jam and add to the sides of the salad. Finish up with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and salt and pepper.

Watch the video, and you will be surprised how easy it is!

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Pear and Creamy Burrata

Who doesn’t love a creamy burrata?! Add pears, prosciutto,arugula, and toasts topped with the sweet fig preserve, and you will have agreat platter that can be served as a salad or even as an appetizer.
Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz Baby arugula
  • 1 Red pear, sliced
  • 1 Burrata Cheese
  • 8 slices of prosciutto
  • Toasts
  • Fig jam
  • Balsamic glaze

Champagne Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the champagne vinaigrette and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  • In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving.
  • Add the burrata in the middle, the sliced pears, and the prosciutto. Top the toasts with fig jam and add to the sides of the salad. Finish up with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and salt and pepper.

Apple and Pear Fall Salad

Apple and Pear Fall Salad

This is a great fall salad that you can serve as lunch or as a side dish. This salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and looks beautiful! It is loaded with the best fresh fall products: apples, pears, and arugula. It is the perfect combo of sweet and savory!!

The list of ingredients is very short! For the salad, you will need: Apples, Pears, Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Candied Walnuts. For the dressing: champagne vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Start by making the champagne vinaigrette. This has become one of our favorite salad dressings, and we make this to drizzle on most salads.

In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the champagne vinaigrette and whisk together until smooth and well combined. In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving and add the crumbled goat cheese and candied walnuts on top.

Next, cut the apples and pears vertically. You want to choose a crunchy apple that isn’t going to brown too quickly when sliced. We have picked Gala, which is extra-sweet, crisp, and juicy, but Cortland is also a great option. When it comes to apples that don’t brown easily, the Cortland is one of the best.

The pears, like the apples, also turn brown quickly after they are sliced and exposed to air. So after you slice the apples and pears, we recommend soaking them in a bowl of cold water and fresh lemon juice for about 3 minutes.

Layer the sliced apples and pears on top of the arugula, and voila, super easy!!

Apple and Pear Fall Salad

Apple and Pear Fall Salad! This is a great fall salad thatyou can serve as lunch or as a side dish. This salad comes together in lessthan 10 minutes and looks beautiful! It is loaded with the best fresh fallproducts.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 red pear, sliced
  • 2 small apples, sliced
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Candied walnuts (as much as you like!)

Champagne Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the champagne vinaigrette ingredients and whisk together until smooth and well combined.
  • In a larger bowl, toss the arugula with the dressing until well mixed. Place the arugula on the platter you will be serving.
  • Top with the crumbled goat cheese, candied walnuts, and sliced apples and pears.

Fall White Sangria

This Fall Sangria Recipe is delicious and refreshing! We called it Fall in a glass as it includes the most iconic autumn flavors: apples, pears, plums, apple cider, and cinnamon. Can you imagine how good it tastes???

This recipe is seasonal, simple, and the perfect addition to your Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or any other Fall gathering. You can make this recipe a few hours ahead or even the night ahead serving it. It is ideal to allow a few hours for the flavors to combine.

Here is what you need:

  • Fresh Apples
  • Fresh Pears
  • Fresh Plum
  • White Dry Wine (Pinot Grigio is our favorite for this recipe)
  • Apple cider
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sparkling water or Club Soda
  • Fresh thyme

How to Make

1- This fruity wine cocktail not only tastes amazing, but they are one of the easiest cocktails to prepare.

2- Start by chopping all the fruits in small chunks. You can also make a different fruit combination using this same recipe. Make sure to choose fruits that are in season and ripe, but firm, and you will not get it wrong!

3- Gather a large pitcher and add the fruits. Followed by the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, thyme, and last the wine. We prefer adding the sparling water only when it is time to serve the sangria.

4- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Don’t let it sit for more than 24 hours, or the fruits will start getting brown and the taste won’t be the same.

When it is time to serve, you can add the sparkling water and enjoy this easy and delicious cocktail!

Fall White Sangria

This Fall Sangria Recipe is delicious and refreshing! We called it Fall in a glass as it includes the most iconic autumn flavors: apples, pears, plums, apple cider, and cinnamon. Can you imagine how good it tastes???
Prep Time 5 minutes
2 hours
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 apples cored and sliced
  • 2 pears cored and sliced
  • 1 plum cored and sliced
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Sparkling water
  • Thyme

Instructions

  • 1. Add the chopped fruits to a large pitcher, followed by the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, thyme, and wine. Stir well.
    2. Cover the pitcher bring it to the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
    3. When ready to serve, add a splash of sparkling water, and it is time to enjoy!

How to Dry Hydrangeas

It’s no secret that Carolina and I LOVE Hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are elegant, and their large blooms not only serve as a base for flower arrangements, but they are also stunning on their own. Fresh-cut or dried, hydrangeas are always stunning!

Hydrangea is a popular bloom for dried arrangements. By drying their blooms, we can enjoy their beauty for months. There are a few methods to dry hydrangea flowers, but vase drying is easier and helps preserve their color. There is also a silica method that dries the hydrangea in only 4 days and maintains the original shade. I have never used this method as I have read a few reviews saying it is expensive and risky to damage some of the petals.

There is not much secret to dry the hydrangeas blooms. It only requires patience as the process may take two or more weeks to dry. Follow some of my tips:

  • The first step, and probably the most important, is to identify when to cut hydrangeas for drying. Fresh blooms tend to wilt before they dry, so allow them to remain on the bush past their prime. You should only cut the flowers after they have already changed the color (vintage look) and started to dry while on the bush. But be careful and make sure to cut the flowers before they turn brown. Septembers and early October is usually the best time to cut them to dry and preserve.
  • Cut the blooms 10-15” long. You can even go longer depending on what type of arrangement you want to create. I personally don’t like to prune my hydrangeas too short, so I cut no longer than 15”.

  • Strip off all the leaves and place the blooms in a bucket or in a vase with water (fill the vase ¾ with water). I like to enjoy my hydrangeas before they dry, so I arrange them as I would do with any other flower arrangement and place them throughout my house while they dry. Just make sure Strip off all the leaves and place the blooms in a bucket or in a vase with water (fill the vase ¾ with water). I like to enjoy my hydrangeas before they dry, so I arrange them as I would do with any other flower arrangement and place them throughout my house while they dry. Just make sure to place them out of direct sunlight; otherwise, they will fade very quickly.
  • Monitor the water level and the blooms. Allow the water to evaporate naturally as the flowers dry but depending on the look and feel of the blooms you may need to add more water. If the water has evaporated and the blooms are still supple, you can add more water to the vase. When the petals look like paper, then stop watering and let the water evaporate completely.
  • Once the hydrangeas are fully dried, you can spray them with hairspray to help keep the blooms together. I usually wait until I arrange them in a wreath or a basket, then spray them with the aerosol.

Now, you are ready to enjoy your dry hydrangeas for months, even years! They look lovely in wreaths, baskets, and Fall arrangements. Enjoy!!!

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

It’s apple season!! Have you gone apple picking yet!? It’s one of our favorite fruits to pick and a great family activity! We, like everyone else, always end up with so many apples. There are countless recipes you can make with them. However, if there is a single recipe that embodies the spirit of fall baking is a good apple crumble. Do you prefer yours with oats or without oats? We have always debated which one is our favorite, but we always end up without the oats. We find that the combination of cinnamon and sugar, held together by flour and butter, is just perfect.

Jump to Recipe

Ingredients
·  5 large gala apples, peeled or unpeeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
·  Juice of half of a lemon
·   1/2 cup of white sugar
·   1/2 cup of brown sugar
·   ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
·   2 tsp pf cinnamon
·   6 tbsp of butter

In a medium bowl, whisk together both sugars, flour and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and use your fingers to rub the mixture together until the butter is incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the apple filling.

Place the sliced apples in a baking dish. Squeeze juice of half a lemon over the apple and toss it together. Sprinkle crumb topping over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is nicely browned and apples are done.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (non-negotiable our my opinion)

Apple Crumble

Ingredients

  • 5 large gala apples peeled or unpeeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • Juice of half of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp pf cinnamon
  • 6 tbs of butter

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together both sugars, flour and cinnamon. Add the butter pieces and use your fingers to rub the mixture together until the butter is incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the apple filling.
  • Place the sliced apples in a baking dish. Squeeze juice of half a lemon over the apple and toss it together.
  • Sprinkle crumb topping over the apples.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is nicely browned and apples are done.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Sunflower Tablescape

Sunflower Tablescape

As we approach fall, do you get that itch for the new season but also want to hang on to summer just a little longer? Then, this transitional tablescape is perfect for you!

Let’s start with the flowers, our favorite element when setting the table. Annual sunflowers bloom from summer into autumn, and they are easily accessible. You can find them at floral shops and most grocery stores. We even saw a bunch of them at Target a few weeks ago. Sunflowers can brighten up any table decor and lift anyone’s spirits. They stand out in any setting with their long and strong stems and their large and bright leaves. Less is more when it comes to this type of bloom, by just adding a few of them to your table will add such an impact. They sure will cheer your decor and your guests.

They have such a strong presence, that we like to keep them solo and never mix them with other flowers. Their stems are so unique, long, and strong that they deserve to be visible. We don’t like to cut them too short, but also be aware of their height as you don’t want to block your guests’ line of sight and obstruct conversation. We used these Pottery Barn bud vases, which also help prevent obstruction. If you are using taller arrangements, narrow and clear vessels are best.

Now, let’s talk about the chargers; the Juliska rustic rope natural chargers add warmth and an autumn vibe to the decor. This hue of brown is perfect for the fall.

Go neutral with the plates. Since the sunflowers, chargers, and napkins have three different colors, it’s best to keep them simple. We love Juliska Berry & Thread dinner and salad plates; they go so well with nearly everything. A set of neutral plates like white and ivory solid pieces is timeless and versatile. You can dress them up or down with different napkins, placemats, and chargers. Keep it in mind when purchasing a set of dinnerware.

What we love the most about these Serena and Lily napkins is their neutral color. They are so versatile and can go with nearly any table decor. They are simple but yet add so much charm to the tablescape.

Finally, candles! These small CB2 tea light candle holder are subtle and informal but still adds that touch of warmth and intimacy to the ambiance.


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