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    Valentine's Dinner Ideas February 6, 2015 10:05

    Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate with a special dinner with loved ones. It's an opportunity to dress up the table, make a special meal and enjoy some down time in the busy winter. It's a time to refresh, refuel and tell the ones you love that you appreciate and cherish them.

    So, what meals and table settings have struck our fancy this year?

    For starters, we love a well laid out table. From setting something up to set the mood for your spouse or loved one to having a great family table that includes the kids, our chalkboard pouches (pictured above) can be personalized in so many ways. 

    Set the mood with some DIY letters that will brighten up the dining room for a romantic dinner at home.

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    A cute family friendly party option comes from Hostess with the Mostess and we love how peppy and perky it all is.

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    A fun twist to a dinner with a Valentine's Day theme is to serve heart shaped sushi. Too cute!

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    You can also add a special Valentine's Day Touch to sides like these adorable potatoes. 
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    Sweet treats and chocolate covered strawberries are always a hit and The Gunny Sack has a great DIY way to create them.

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    Nothing tops Valentine's Day off better than some hand written letters of love. Take a moment to write down how you feel about your significant other and/or your kids and read them aloud after dinner. You can even tuck them into our silverware pouches before everyone sits down to dinner!
    So, how are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year?

    Christmas Decorations and Tablescapes December 23, 2014 14:35 1 Comment

    Christmas is in the air! Christmas decorations are gracing tables and mantles and Christmas recipes are being reviewed ahead of the big day! How are you going to be decorating your home this Christmas? What recipes do you reach for or do you try out something new?

    We scoured Pinterest and looked for great Christmas decorations and recipes to find some gems that match the Cutlery Couture Christmas pouch styles. We love the look of rustic, handmade and DIY ideas. So much of Christmas can be about bringing the winter outdoors in and sprigs of holly and evergreen branches are such a fun way to decorate your home for the holidays. Of course, we also enjoy a well wrapped present. Some of these ideas are stunning, but also simple to pull off. Take a peek through our choices and let us know which would be a great fit for your Christmas style!
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    Ornaments
    DIY ornaments are such great Christmas memories to make. Rustic and classic, these ideas are sure to give you some holiday cheer.
     
    Christmas Wrapping
    A beautifully wrapped gift can sometimes be as good as the gift inside!
    Christmas Recipes
    As you get ready to set the table for Christmas Eve dinner, take a look at this adorable idea from Simply Sweet Soirees.
    Christmas breakfast would be extra special with this Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake recipe from OMG Chocolate Desserts.
    Get Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinners rolling with yummy options like these.
    Great holiday desserts can make everyone jolly!
     
    This Peppermint Punch recipe, from Kara's Party Ideas, is perfect as a cocktail before or after dinner.
    Need someting with a light kick? A Winter Sea Breeze like these from Catch My Party is fun and festive.
    Of course, Christmas cooking would be nothing without Christmas cookies. We love these whimsical and unique takes from The Gunny Sack and In Katrina's Kitchen.
    Can't you see the kids giggling as they set these out for Santa?
    We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to hearing about how you decorate and celebrate at your home. Check out our Christmas Pinterest Board for these and other ideas!

    Thanksgiving Recipes & Ideas Destined for Traditions November 26, 2014 12:55

    Thanksgiving traditions are such an amazing thing to create with your family. From the ways that you set the table to the Thanksgiving recipes that grace your table year after year, there are so many memories to make. We've been combing the web to find some great inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast and to help you start some new traditions.

    Gilded table settings, incorporating the kids into decorating the Thanksgiving table with their crafts, and turkey and the trimmings are some of the ideas that have made our list. 

    Table decorations can set the stage for your Thanksgiving celebration. The color palette of fall is so fun to incorporate golds, oranges, browns and yellows into your dinnerware, table runner, placemats and silverware selections. We love these next few ideas and think you will too. Check out those sales at your local craft stores over the next few days and keep a few of these inspirations in your back pocket for next year too.

     
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    Our Burlap Pouches come in a variety of colors perfect for Thanksgiving
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    What is Thanksgiving without great food? We know families have recipes that date back generations. But, it's also fun to try at least one new recipe each year to see what might become a new, family classic. We've got you set with Thanksgiving recipes from the turkey to the desserts. We even threw in a great Thanksgiving cocktail recipe so you can relax after preparing for the big day.

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    Last, but not least, what do you do with the leftovers? We thought these Thanksgiving Handpies were a great way to enjoy the meal at lunch or dinner the next day.

     
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    So, which new idea will you be trying this year? What Thanksgiving traditions do you share with your family each year? Need more ideas - check out our Thanksgiving Pinterest board.


    Crockpot Dinners for Halloween October 29, 2014 06:56 3 Comments

    We all know that Halloween can be a fun and crazy night. But, it doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice a good home cooked meal because of the craziness. The crockpot is your friend and we are here to make sure that you have some great options up your sleeve to have a warm meal on the table on Halloween night. Another tip from us is to set the table. Take those fall decoration ideas that we had from a couple of weeks ago and set the table on Halloween to welcome the kids home to a cozy house where a hearty crockpot meal awaits. It will help them to recharge and give you another family dinner night to anchor your family.
    Below are our top 15 crockpot meals for Halloween night for your family. Soups and stews are a great meal to come home to after walking miles for candy on Halloween night. These crockpot dinners for Halloween are a great way to go.
     
     

    You can also use your crockpot to whip up some sides to pair with simple sandwiches to refuel the kids, and yourself, after your neighborhood Halloween walk is complete. This Slow Cooker Stuffing recipe may be such a hit that it shows up again at Thanksgiving.

    Casseroles and full meal slow cooker options are always a good family dinner choice on busy nights and we think some of these will be swiftly making their way onto our weekly meal plans throughout the winter. 

    Crock Pot Tater Tot and Egg Bake from Julie's Eats & Treats

    Chicken Enchilada Casserole from The Savvy Bump

    Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dal from Cafe Johnsonia

     
    Desserts and sweet treats can also be a fun way to have crockpot dinners for Halloween have a fun ending to a fun night. We're thinking that candy can even be dipped in this Apple Dip. Ok, we may be saving this for ourselves after the kids head up to bed. 
     
    Do you have any traditional Halloween night dinners that you make? Which of these great slow cooker options will you be trying out this Friday?