Thursday, March 19, 2015

How To Plan A Tuscany Inspired Dinner

With the days slowly getting longer as we move into spring, you may start feeling the urge for more intimate entertaining with close friends.   For a relaxed weekend get-together, you can never go wrong with pairing a comfort-food favorite like pasta with a nice glass of wine...or two.  Here are few ideas to inspire you to plan a Tuscany inspired dinner.

Set the scene with Rosanna's Pasta Italiana collection, with pieces perfect for serving big bowls of pasta or dipping crusty pieces of bread.

Clean and simple decor are a must for impromptu gatherings; Midwest Living shows us how to create a bouquet of baby artichokes. They make a more fabulous and practical centerpiece than flowers; you can cook them up the next day.

I love any set up that means less work for me and more guest interaction.  With bruschetta made ahead of time, all this bruschetta bar featured on One Charming Party needed was the artichoke dip, bread and crackers at party time.  This is a great way to get the festivities started and have guests hungry for more.

Besides your favorite pasta dish, how about serving Rosanna's Paglia e Fieno (Straw and Hay Pasta), aptly named because the mixture of spinach linguine and plain linguine looks like a mound of straw and hay when served.   Even better, serve the remaining Pinot from the recipe with dinner.

General wine pairing rule of thumb 

Pair with red sauce dishes to match the acidity of the dish with acidic wine
  • Zinfandel 
  • Dolcetto
  • Chianti
Pair with white sauce dishes to cut through the richness of the sauce
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Italian Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio

Of course, you must serve your wine in Rosanna's hand-etched stemless wine glasses.

I love how Tealicious displays beautiful bottles of homemade vanilla bean limoncello in a wine crate; these are perfect to share during the evening or send home as a thank you.

How do you plan a lovely evening in with friends? We would love to hear your tips and ideas.

Buon Appetito!

Dawn Smith (Guest Blogger)
Creative Director

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quick and Easy Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room Supplies!

If you're like me, your craft supplies can take over your design space. To keep your space functional and inspiring, try these creative and simple solutions using Rosanna products. Always look for new uses for old things; the possibilities are endless!

Getting organized is the key to knowing what supplies you have to work with at all times.  It's time to whip your space into shape. 
  • Neatly store your crafts supplies like washi tape, rolls of ribbon, tags and more in White Bungalow loaf pans
  • Use the collection's muffin tins to store and sort small craft supplies like buttons, brads and clips.
  • Don't forget the large lidded storage containers; stack up a few for a stylish, space-saving idea. 
  • Compotes are perfect vessels for bottled items like glitter and glue or small spools of thread.
  • Create a beautiful and functional display with spools of baker's twine by showcasing them on pedestals
  • You can never go wrong with these pretty hobnail bowls in the Farmhouse Pantry collection.

You'll be much more productive by spending a little bit of time and effort to get your supplies in order. Do you have a great way you organize your craft supplies?


Friday, February 20, 2015

Host An Oscar Party At Home!

The 87th Academy Awards are Sunday night -- a good excuse to dress up, have a party and celebrate! 

Rather than bothering with h'ors d'oeuvres or a fancy dinner, why not host an easy and elegant drinks and dessert party instead.

Here are some tips to make your soiree an award-winning event:

Keep with a classic black/white/gold color palette. Find gold stars at a party store and hang them from the ceiling, accented with gold serpentine and black balloons. Red accents and desserts to pay tribute to the “red carpet.” 
Make easy desserts or buy some from your favorite bakery. 

Here's what is on our dessert table:

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
Double Chocolate, Chocolate Brownies
Red Velvet Mini Stacked Cakes
Strawberries Dipped in White Candy Melts 

For trophy cups: Malt balls, dark chocolate covered almonds, and white chocolate dipped pretzels.

Fresh flowers are a party staple - colorful and pretty!

Cute cupcake toppers & themed-colored straws can make it extra festive!

Oscar Ballots are perfect for guessing who you think will win. Make your choices before the show starts and grade your Ballot as the show goes on. When the Oscars are over, just count to see who had the most right for the win! Award a small prize for the person who gets the most answers right, or collect a small donation from each guest and give away the pot!

These fun, free printable Oscar Ballots are from Sugar and CharmDownload 2015 Oscar Ballots HERE.

And since you'll need to toast the victors, get some prosecco, champagne or your favorite spritzer.


Monday, February 2, 2015

How To Host A Galentine's Day Party!


Made famous by Leslie Knope of Parks And Recreation, celebrate Galentine's Day with your bestest lady friends on February 13. Since it falls on Friday this year, host a special evening with your girlfriends.

Whether you are married ladies or single and loving it, your gal pals are your support system so get together and celebrate girl power at its best.  Here are a few ways to celebrate a girls' night in.

Get the party started with lovely invitations; Ephemera's featured on 100 Layer Cake are a great way to start.

Set the party space by making this lovely and super simple XOXO painted tablecloth from Walk In Love.

Another lovely DIY, Hank &  Hunt's floating heart backdrop is perfect for group shots or hanging over a table.

I always have a craft at my parties, even for my grown-ups! Being creative is a perfect way to break the ice, especially if you have a mixed group who don't know each other.   I love this card-making table from The Glitter Guide...set out paper, markers, tape and stickers and let the creativity flow.

Have a few laughs and flirty fun with Rosanna's Vice Dice.

Sweets are a must...this lovely set up from 3 Little Picks showcases how to use Rosanna's Large Decor Bon Bon Footed Round Pedestals for pretty treats.

Another fabulous idea, serve gorgeous and homemade Fruity Dessert Pizzas from Peaches, Please.

Don't forget the libations...check out my 10 Ways To Style A Bar Cart for great tips for setting up a cocktails area.  For the non-drinkers, dress up drink bottles with easy-to-make origami hearts and paper straws.

A sweet printables from The TomKat Studio tied to nail polish bottles.

How do you celebrate with your girlfriends?

Dawn Smith
Creative Director
Not Just A Mommy (Guest Blogger)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stylish Super Bowl Party Tips

Our guest blogger, Dawn Smith, Creative Director of Not Just A Mommy, has put together these fun party tips for us on creating a Stylish Super Bowl Party!  However you celebrate, we hope you enjoy the big game -- and Go Hawks! 

Here in Seattle, we are still in shock and awe over our Seahawks' amazing victory in last Sunday's game, putting us on the road to the Super Bowl! If you are rooting your team onto victory by hosting a Super Bowl party, here are a few stylish tips that are fabulous yet won't offend your menfolk...mix and match to your heart's content.

Lighten your workload and feed your game day crowd by inviting a few friends to bring their favorite chili recipes. Set up a chili bar complete with all the fixings and serve in Rosanna's aptly named Comfort Food Bowls.

Don't just set out bags of snacks and cans of nuts; class up the joint and serve your finger foods in Luxe Moderne trophy bowls.

Cover your table or counter with black butcher paper or chalkboard paper, and write in chalk to mimic a playboard.

Toy trophies are easily found at party supply store; turn them into fabulous place cards and food labels with Glitter Guide.

Frog Prince Paperie's very clever DIY football centerpiece repurposes many items you may already have around your home.

As if your guests weren't engaged enough during game-watching, download free bingo cards from Better Homes & Gardens to keep them on their toes.

Make and fill Super Bowl cascarones from Camille Styles with confetti, raffle tickets or game-day fortunes.

Dawn Smith
Creative Director

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Simple Ideas for Updating Your Living Spaces in 2015

After months of celebrating back to back holidays from Halloween to New Year's, doing loads of shopping, visiting family and friends, and entertaining, it's nice to get back to the routine of everyday life.  The new year always seems to bring a need for change, especially around the home.

But, if you don't have the time or resources for major overhauls like purchasing new furniture, small changes can create a big impact.

Here are some easy ways  to update your living spaces in 2015 with Rosanna collection pieces.

Kitchen counter tops and shelves are valuable real estate; our Stockholm canisters are an excellent accent to a contemporary kitchen or a fabulous way to breathe new life into your kitchen.

For a more rustic feel, our American Orchard collection, with authentic produce crate labels on porcelain, can create striking art for kitchen or pantry walls.

Instead of tossing personal items into bathroom drawers, display them in Alhambra canisters. With its Moorish architectural flourishes combined with 60's revival style, they will provides lovely pops of color in your space. 

The Belle Boudoir Volnay tray on a bedside table or bathroom counter makes a fabulous catch all tray for jewelry, loose change and more.

It's the small, one-of-a-kind details that make your visiting guests feel extra special  We love how Waiting On Martha put together a gorgeous welcome tray with a 'house' cocktail featuring our Luxe Moderne double old fashioned glasses.  Have your own version waiting in your guest room for the VIP treatment.

Create a playful statement in your child's bedroom or play area with Vintage Postcard trays.

How do you plan on updating your living spaces? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear about it.