Archive for the ‘Entertaining’ Category


        Thanksgiving is so close and I was remembering I adopted the job as a kid (and favorite task to this day) to set the Thanksgiving table.  I got really Martha Stewart on everyone the year I pulled out my Mom’s leaf-shaped cookie cutters, traced and cut them out of earth-tone colored paper.  Then I lightly decorated them with colored pencil and wrote everyone’s names in my best script.  Perched next to my Grandmother’s Johnson Brother’s English China, antique sterling, and burlap and linen table runner, they looked pretty darn spectacular.

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Comments from onlookers ranged from “she’s crazy” to “well, aren’t you creative!”  It might just be the plight of every creative person on earth to teeter on crazy in other people’s eyes.

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Moving on… I was flipping through our Match Pewter book and realized that this company may as well have been created to set Thanksgiving tables.

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And host Fall-time parties.

Set the Table | Kent Kitchen Works Blog.

Can’t you just imagine how great this footed casserole would look overflowing with Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola and Crispy Fried Sage

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The Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts sat next to it in here…

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And this Mushroom Bowl piled high with homemade dinner rolls

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The turkey cradled by roasted potatoes and onion, rosemary and sage beautifully staged here…

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And, because I am a fabulous hostess, one of these little trinket boxes to go home with each of my guests…

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There are punch bowls and cocktail shakers and jiggers.  Pewter stemmed wine glasses and delicate flatware for every occasion.   I’d love to set the Thanksgiving table this year with Match and possibly even more leaf-shaped place cards.

Maybe next year since most of what I would want to use will land on my Christmas list before the table.

-A.

PS:  I did those cookie cutter leaf place cards before Ms. Stewart did.  My mom called me a couple of years later when she saw Martha copying my idea.  I just thought you should know.    : )

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I don’t know about where you are, but Connecticut has rushed headlong into fall.  I woke up on Monday and the drive was covered in leaves.  It smelled like fall and I needed real shoes and another layer of clothing.  Immediately I thought, “Ok, its time to re-decorate!”  The grocery must have been studying their almanac because they set up a table of those tiny pumpkins and clusters of dried cornstalks at just the right time.

Autumn is the time of year that I don’t remember that I love until its here again.  I dislike that it is the end of warm and wonderful summer, but then again, it is something of a relief to turn off the AC and snuggle under the covers with the windows open at night.  Plus, it is so beautiful.  Vibrant, saturated ruby and mustard colored leaves are shockingly surreal.  (They were just green!!!)  

Of course, the weather will break for at least another week and we will again be in summer, but it will be short lived and Autumn will fully encompass us all.   It isn’t too far now.  Are you ready?

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 It is nearly time for apple orchards and decorative gourds and Hot Toddies.

fall apples and a bird.

Falling leaves and rosy cheeks,  football and tailgating.

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young black dog with a leaf in its mouth.

Flannel blankets and plaid shirts, thermoses and apple pie.

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autumn picnic.

Sweaters and scarves and boots and wool socks.

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sweater weather.

Earth tones and natural wonders.

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Kent, Connecticut in the Fall, by Randy O'Rourke.

I’m ready, if a little sad to see this summer go.  Maybe an extra Hot Toddy to push this bittersweet feeling away.

Yes.  That’s exactly what I need.

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My Favorite Hot Toddy:

1 good sized mug

1-1/2 oz. Jameson

1 bag of Lipton black tea

Top with hot water

2-3 lemon slices

honey to taste

Sip for about 10 minutes then feel the warmth that reaches all the way to your toes.

MMMmmmm…..mmmmm….mmmmm

-A.

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Just a month after I post a mass appeal for an at-home cocktail hour resurgence, I find this website dedicated to bringing the bar cart back.  Society Social appears to be THE lifestyle company for happy hour.  They sell everything you could possibly need for a fabulous private soiree including bar carts…

Tipple Trolley Bar CartThe Tipple Trolley

(this style is available in 11 colors and silver and gold metal finishes)

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…outdoor & indoor furniture…

The Cocktail Party table and chairs

The Cocktail Party table  &  chairs

(available in 13 colors)

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…vintage bar accouterments…

Vintage Cane Highball Set

Cane Highball Set

(only $65, thank you very much!)

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…irreverent happy hour attire…

Society Social Signature Hostess Gown in Yellow the Society Social Signature Hostess Gown

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… & even the requisite bling!

"On the Rocks" Cocktail Rings from Society Social“On the Rocks” Cocktail Rings

(Made in the USA – love that!)

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I am sure you have heard of her, but in case you have not had the opportunity, Mrs. Lilien is the poster girl for imbibing luxuriously.  She has her Cocktail Swatchbook, which far exceeds Old Mr. Boston’s version, and now she has released a bar cart of her own…

The Mrs. Lilien Bar Cartappropriately named The Mrs. Lilien and being sold by Society Social.

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I have a deep urge to re-outfit my own bar cart with a number of things from this wonderful little company – that set of Cane Highballs to start – but today I just don’t have the time.  However, it is safe to say that everything here…

The Sedgewick from Society Socialwould look just fine in my humble little home.

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What do you think of the caftans?  Could you slip into one of those the next time you play Hostess?

I am undecided.

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Visit Society Social to peruse all of their classy cocktail merchandise, then come back here and tell me what you purchase.  I am very curious!

-A.

 

 

 

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Are you a happy hour reveler who pays no heed to location or hour?  A home bar is required for the enthusiastic seeker of liquid merriment & here is inspiration for your own…

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Bar carts – charmingly functional pieces of patio adornment.

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bar trolley.

feminine and elegant bar.

Marble Top Bar.

Butcher Block Bar.

Vintage geometric highball glasses, bar setupI would gladly take this charming home bar set-up as my own.

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My Mixed Metal Home Bar Picks:

Gold Leaf Bar Cart from Zinc DoorThe Bar Cart

(also available in Nickel)

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Red Fleur De Lis CoastersThe Coasters

Sterling Liquor Tag

The Liquor Label

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Vintage Stella Artois Pint GlassesThe Pint Glass

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vintage metalyte rocks glassesThe Rocks Glass

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gold scaled highball glassesThe High Ball Glass

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Platinum Band Martini Glasses from Williams Sonoma

The Cocktail Glass

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stemless champagne flutes The Champagne Flute

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Hotel Rose Champagne Bucket

The Champagne Bucket

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Gold Bottle Opener

The Bottle Opener

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metals straws in a wood block

The Cocktail Straw/Stir

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gold Japanese style jiggersThe Jigger

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Mrs. Lilien's Cocktail Swatchbook via MetropolisMag.com
The Mrs. Lilien Cocktail Swatchbook

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And a recipe of my own:

The Blueberry Screwdriver – 1 Part Blueberry Vodka to 2 Parts Orange Juice.

Yummy!

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This is fun & I could go on forever, but I think it may be time for a cocktail.

Enjoy your Happy Hour!

– A.

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