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    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.


    How to Decorate for Fall October 10, 2014 06:28 1 Comment

    The fall tablescape is such a fun one to plan with oranges, yellows, browns and golds at your fingertips. If you think about how to decorate for fall, your ideas can last you from September through November with slight changes to the theme. From your tables to your mantles, harvest themes of bountifulness, pumpkins, cornstalks and fall leaves are so much fun to design. Below are our tips for how to decorate for fall by maintaining a simple, but stunning fall table theme.

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    First, keep the basic theme simple. Drape some burlap of autumn colored cloth across the mantle to act as bunting and your backdrop.

     

    Next, a simple glass or ceramic bowl can act as your centerpiece to have apples in September and pumpkins or gourds in October and November. Edible centerpieces are great for the kids too, since they can grab those apples as an afternoon snack or you can make the most of a rainy fall day and put them together for an applesauce recipe. Just grab some more at the store the next week and you’ll have that fall tablescape filled again.

    Our burlap pouches are great for a fall theme and can be used in so many ways. Use them to set your table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Have them be a spot to leave messages for the kids on the weekend for a surprise field trip. What a reveal that could be each Saturday or Sunday when the kids rush down the stairs to find out what the mystery destination is! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, a fall music festival, a haunted house, the local football game, a corn maze, etc. could all be possibilities. The surprise fall fun could be endless!

    Finally, add some glitter and shine to your table with mercury glass figurines, sparkled pumpkins and gold spray painted gourds are great ways to make the fall tablescape pop and shine. We love these tablescapes pictured above and have more fun ideas linked on our Fall Pinterest Board. We hope you have a great time checking them out!

    What’s your favorite thing on your fall table?

    How to Use Simple Table Decorations That Your Guests Will Love August 10, 2013 18:05

    Set the Mood with Simple Table Decorations

    Whether it's a wedding reception or a small birthday party, simple table decorations can bring a certain mood to your event. It's not always about the money you spend or how expensive the decorations are, but how creatively you've decorated your table. Often it's not required to spend a lot of money to make your table decor stand out.

    Getting inspiration for designing your table can come from an internet website like Pinterest, or from craft stores or magazines and will depend on the size of the event as well as the mood of the occasion. Often it’s wise to plan out your simple table decorations on a piece of paper by listing all the items that should be included on the table. These may include any table settings, crafts, confetti, candles, and objects from nature, or decorative items that may already be available in your home.

    Don't Overlook Table Coverings

    An often overlooked aspect of simple table decorations is table coverings. For casual occasions, wrapping paper or vibrant colored plastic tablecloths usually suffice. Even inexpensive bed quilts can be used. Elegant linen tablecloths are usually reserved for more formal occasions. These can be layered with complimentary colors, or opposing colors such as black and white.

    Centerpieces Can Steal the Show

    Special attention should be given to the centerpieces since they are one of the most important features of a well-decorated table. They shouldn’t be so overwhelming that guests have a hard time talking to each other across the table. The centerpiece arrangement should be dictated by the occasion. A formal event such as a wedding may not warrant bold colors, but rather subdued colors such as whites, creams, pinks or peaches. Making your own centerpiece can be less expensive and can show off your flower arranging talent if you are one to take on such a task. You can choose flowers from your own garden or buy them from a local florist. If you have many tables to decorate such as with a wedding reception, alternating high and low centerpieces throughout the room is more pleasing to the eye. Sometimes positioning your centerpiece on a mirror adds another dimension to the table decor. You can also add loose "gems", "pearl" strands or other items on the mirror, circling your centerpiece.

    Silverware Pouches Add a Special Touch

    One of the simplest things that add a touch of elegance and class to an event are beautifully designed silverware pouches by Cutlery Couture. They can include a beautifully folded napkin, a fork, knife, and spoon or a variation of those items. Often people ignore an accessory like this, but a well-designed silverware pouch can greatly enhance the look of any table. You may have an apprehension that the use of silverware pouches may be too formal for your simple table decorations but they are generally appropriate for all kinds of events. For instance, they can be used at informal dinner parties, family picnics or barbecues. The Summer Brights silverware pouches are great for such occasions. For special celebrations like weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or more formal dinner parties that demand great table décor; you might consider the Wedding Whites silverware pockets. These are just two of the Collections Cutlery Couture offers.

    To see all Cutlery Couture's silverware pockets Collections, visit CutleryCouture.com and make your next event one to remember!


    Summer Entertaining July 19, 2013 13:27

    As you can imagine, summer is one of our busiest times of year.  Outdoor entertaining sparks a lot of interest. We had so much fun designing our summer styles, and are excited that they've been well received.  Part of the fun is also finding unique vessels to hold our pouches.  Some of our flea market finds have been wood cheese boxes and this antique lunch box.  How cute is this?  Use your imagination as you look around.  There are so many everyday items that would work great as a pouch holder.  Enjoy!!