Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tabletop Props: Happy Hour at Home


Happy hour at home can be just as much fun as going out with festive, cocktail-inspired serving pieces and barware. Just add some easy snacks and stiff cocktails and the fun will take care of itself. Check out our Pinterest page for appetizer and beverage ideas.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Sneak Peek at Rosanna Holiday 2014 Collection!

Make Everyone on Your List Happy This Holiday!  Give Gifts That Bring Great Cheer to Every Corner of the Home. 

While summer is heating up, here at Rosanna we’re already thinking about the holidays! We’re pleased to share with you this sneak peek of our new Holiday 2014 collection. Perhaps thinking about the holidays will help you melt away this summer heat and have you dreaming about gifts under the Christmas tree!





Highlights of our Holiday 2014 Collection are our ultra-sophisticated La Cité in 24k gold and our elegant Botanica featuring antique English botanical prints. Both are sure to make memorable gatherings throughout the holidays. Taking center stage this season are decorative accent pieces that can be used throughout the home. Belle Boudoir, a collection featuring nostalgic fashion ephemera from New York and Paris, for example can go from table to living room to boudoir.  These pretty trays are ideal for holding jewelry, soap, makeup, appetizer s and more.

Our Holiday 2014 Collection takes the guesswork out of gift-giving with an array of personalized, playful and affordable pieces that are beautifully packaged. The individually boxed city Pennants make wonderful party favors, stocking stuffers, or hostess gifts. Foodies will also love Rosanna’s two new delicious Farm Belle jam and syrup flavors: Marionberry Pinot Noir or Raspberry Rhubarb. This scrumptious marriage of Oregon’s finest fresh picked berries and Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley is the perfect combination of sweet and slightly tart.

Want to see more of our Holiday 2014 collection? Click here to watch our new preview video on YouTube.

Hope you enjoyed these sneak peeks! Stay tuned for more details on our Holiday 2014 Collection. We'll let you know when and where these products will be available.

Warmly,


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Announcing Rosanna's 8th Annual Tablescape Contest--Dessert Tables!

Show us your sweetest dessert-themed tablescape for a chance to win a Rosanna gift certificate!

Summer is here, which means it's time for Rosanna's Eighth Annual Tablescape Contest! This year, use your imagination and inner designer to create a one-of-a-kind dessert-themed table. Your tablescape could be for a specific event, or simply just because. Get creative and show us how you like to display your favorite treats and sweets.

Incorporating Rosanna pieces is encouraged but not required, but please remember to share your story/inspiration behind your design. Rosanna will personally choose winners, so join in for your chance to win a $500 Rosanna gift certificate, and to be featured on our blog and social media sites.

PRIZES
1st Place: $500 Rosanna gift certificate 
2nd Place: $200 Rosanna gift certificate
3rd Place: $100 Rosanna gift certificate

OFFICIAL RULES

  1. Anyone with a passion for Rosanna-ware and tablescape design is welcome to compete, regardless of age. Show us your sweetest dessert-themed tablescape for a chance to win a Rosanna gift certificate up to $500! 
  2.  No actual food or Rosanna products are required.
  3. Gift certificates are good towards retail purchases only
  4. Contest ends August 31st, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST
  5. Submit up to 2 photos of your tablescape and the story/inspiration behind your design. Digital submissions must come as jpegs, around 4x5 inches, no less than 72 ppi and no more than 180 ppi.
  6. When entering, make sure to include your name, city, and an email or phone number where we can reach you. We respect your privacy and will not give out any of your information.
  7. Photos in hard copy will not be returned.
  8. Rosanna Inc. reserves the right to use and/or publish photos of your tablescape submissions however we see fit. Photos may be published on social media sites. Publishing does not necessarily constitute a winning entry. By submitting your photo, you agree to these terms.
  9. Please email all entries to lindas@rosannainc.com
  10. Mailed entries should be sent to:
    Rosanna Inc.
    Attn: Tablescape Contest
    6755 East Marginal Way South
    Building B
    Seattle, WA, 98108

Good luck!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How To Set A Mix & Match Table!


When people ask about the “proper” way to set a table, I find myself saying the same thing every time: when it comes to table setting, there are no more rules.

This fact is both liberating and daunting. If the sky’s the limit, where do you start?

My advice is simple: mix and match. It’s probably no surprise to find out I have a large collection of porcelain and ceramics. I love to showcase the breadth of my collection by combining different pieces in one tablescape.

Using the Rosanna design Rue du Bac as the basis of my palette, here are six mix and match tablescapes I hope will inspire you.

After you’ve chosen one pattern around which to build your tablescape, look in your own collection to see if you have any pieces that play on the colors in your base dishes.

 


In this case, the burnished silver of the napkin ring and flatware pull the eye back to the driftwood-colored background of Rue du Bac. In fact, a driftwood arrangement scattered through with tealights would make a lovely centerpiece for this table.

You can also design a tablescape that plays on the pattern of the plates, like this:


The textures of these two chargers make the 1-dimenstional pattern on the Rue du Bac appetizers plates pop off the field.

You can also experiment with surprising yet complimentary colors:



Lastly, you can layer in eclectic or antique pieces to create a conversation between contemporary and vintage designs:


The flowered plate is a Limoges pattern from France. The plate picturing the woman is a rustic ceramic set I found in a flea market in the Umbrian region of Italy. 

As you set your table, think about colors, patterns, and shapes that are complimentary, and about those that provide contrast. Survey your own dish collection and decide whether pursuing contrast or compliment will create the most unique and cohesive look.

Be creative and have fun! 


Monday, June 23, 2014

Dining Al Fresco!


Now that summer is here, it’s time to take advantage of the balmy weather and spend as much time as we can outside—including mealtime.

If you have a beautiful garden or deck space, these are the first spaces you should go for dining al fresco.

If you don’t, seek out a nearby green space. Neighborhood parks and arboretums are great options. Here in Seattle, some of my favorite spaces are Gasworks Park


  and The Japanese Gardens.




Another place you might consider for a picnic is your local college campus. Universities often maintain gorgeous green spaces. Summertime, when most students have left and campus is quiet and empty, is the ideal moment to enjoy these beautiful public spaces.

This is Seattle’s gorgeous University of Washington campus:




When mid summer hits, it’s broiling hot, and the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or stove, consider making meals that require just a little bit of assembly.


At home, make a big salad with seasonal vegetables like tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, carrots, and green onions. At your favorite deli or market, buy a roast chicken or some good quality cold cuts.


To complete the menu, pre-make iced tea. Set aside some of the brew and freeze it into iced tea ice cubes, which you can add to the pitcher when you’re ready to enjoy the drink with your meal.




 Or, make Sangria with seasonal fruit for a refreshing option that’s a little more festive.




Now, you have a complete, low-stress, easy meal to take outside.

Enjoy. And don’t forget the sunscreen! 

Best,

Monday, June 16, 2014

Girls' Night In!


Sometimes, the perfect way to have fun and feel connected with your girlfriends is to have a girls’ night in.



Instead of putting on your favorite outfit, settle in together to watch your favorite chick flick (or TV show…my girlfriends and I adore Downtown Abbey).



Instead of gourmet cocktails, set out an array gourmet food women love—great quality red, white, or sparkling wine accompanied by delicious crackers and rich cheeses and a big, fresh salad followed by very special chocolate and fruit at the peak of the season.



Rather than wine, you could also pick one fun cocktail to prepare for the group. In the summer, I love bellinis—fresh peach puree mixed with champagne—and in the winter I savor expertly made hot toddies—with good cognac, cloves, cinnamon, and a lemon rind.





I love the way an intimate home setting and small number of friends gives rise to higher quality conversation and deeper connections. Next time you’re planning a get together with your nearest and dearest, instead of going out, consider staying in.


Rosanna products featured in this post: Savour Collection



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Table Wear: Voyage

We have so much fun developing our Voyage collection that we expand on it every season. Rosanna personally collects old labels and vintage ephemera from Paris and other parts of Europe, as well as bits of vintage Americana that we assemble into porcelain trays of various shapes and sizes. 

If Voyage were a room, we imagine it would contain found items from a long life of travels, along with vintage furnishings for an eclectic and perfectly aged look. Every piece would have a story to tell that can be passed down to future generations, just like the trays themselves.

art | chair | lamp | rug | trunks | pillow | bar cart