Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tips for An Easy Pre-Trick or Treating Party!

It’s Halloween time! With roots in trickery and getting a good scare, Halloween offers the best opportunities for playful celebration all year long. Not to mention all the fantastic design possibilities that come with the holiday’s color palette and all the to DIE FOR seasonal treats!

Halloween is a great time to throw a party that brings the neighborhood together; all the witches and ghosties are already roving the streets in search of sugary treats. And good news: this year Halloween falls on a Saturday—no school the next morning!

If you have little ones who can barely wait to fill their bags with candy, throw a pre-trick or treating party for your children’s friends and their parents. If you don’t have any goblins at home, plan a party during prime time trick or treating hours. Guests can mingle and enjoy the fashion show as trick or treaters appear at the door.

Of course, nibbles must include Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (recipe below). Mix up a fun, blood red cocktail—Sangria, maybe?—and serve in the elegant and luxurious Soiree Glass Large Coupe. Scatter bowls of your favorite candy around the house, using new Chez Elle bowls, in mint green, pale coral, and ghostly white.

Soiree Glass Large Coupe
(Coaters by Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Photo by Abby Jiu. Styled by Lauryn Prattes.)

Chez Elle Bowls in White

Cook a quick pot of delicious and hearty Lentil Soup (recipe below) and ladle in to our Comfort Food bowls, and accompanied by simple green salad dressed in extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish the salad with persimmon bits, pomegranate seeds, and chopped hazelnuts. Serve the greens on elegant black and gold Soiree Noire appetizer plates, or channel your inner Beetlejuice and serve on boldly black and white Soiree Noire dessert plates.

Comfort Food Bowls

Soiree Noire Dessert Plates
For dessert, bake up a batch of darling Owl Cookies (recipe below).

Rococo Noir Pedestal & Dauphine Candlesticks

Mix and match these recipes and patterns, and we guarantee your guests will have a frightfully good time! Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Last Minute (No-Carve) Pumpkins!

It’s not too late to carve your pumpkins!

Or, not, if carving’s too time-intensive or messy or dangerous (those knives!).

For all you 11th hour pumpkin decorators out there, consider some no-carve ideas.

Here’s a potential supply list…

Spray paint
Nuts or seeds
Candy corn

Take a look below for some of the best ideas we’ve seen lately around the Internet for inspiration:

There’s only one problem we see with the no-carve designs: no roasted pumpkin seeds! (Let us know which is your favorite design.)


Friday, October 16, 2015

A Note From A Rosanna Fan!

I love hearing from customers about how they first starting collecting our products and seeing pictures of their favorite products.  I just received this nice note and picture from Rosanna Fernelius, last week's Freebie Friday giveaway winner, holding the first Rosanna piece given to her by her mother years ago.

Hello Rosanna,

I’m so excited to be the Freebie Friday winner of the Leave Green dishes!! I received my first Rosanna piece from my mom as a graduation gift from high school.  She thought it was cool that my name is also Rosanna and is spelled the same, which is very unique.

As the years went by others noticed this same similarity and got them for me as gifts. One day on the way to a Seattle Mariners baseball game my husband and I drove by a warehouse in Seattle that said “Rosanna” on the building.  So later I looked it up on the Internet, and sure enough it was your company.  How amazing is that? Not only do we have the same name, it's spelled the same, and the warehouse is located near my hometown. Now that's pretty cool!

I love Rosanna dishes and use them a lot for special occasions. 

Just had to share and say thanks,

Rosanna Fernelius
From Arlington WA

We'd love to hear from more of our fans. Please send your pictures and stories to so we can share them too.  Looking forward to hearing from you!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Don't Just Eat Local--Drink It As Well!

I recently posted about how I'm obsessed with sweet, juicy peaches right now. They are a guiltless splurge when you want something sweet and succulent. I like to buy them at my local farmers market. (When looking for peaches at the peak of perfection, give them a sniff, not a squeeze.)

But don't just eat local -- drink it as well with this Peach Breeze cocktail from It's a refreshing and hydrating drink, ideal for the dog days of summer.  Make it with alcohol or without, so anyone can sip and enjoy. 

Lattice Glass

  • 4 large ripe fresh peaches
  • 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄3 cup water
  • 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle cold dry white wine (or 3-4 cups lemonade)
  • 15 ml orange liqueur (optional)

  1. Peel, pit and coarsely chop peaches; place in blender
  2. Add sugar and ginger; puree until as smooth as possible.
  3. Whirl in water, then lemon juice; puree until mixed.
  4. In 2 freezer containers, stir together peach puree, wine and orange liqueur, if using.
  5. Cover surface with plastic wrap.
  6. Freeze for about 30 minutes or until very cold, stirring once or twice.
  7. For a non-alcoholic drink, stir in lemonade immediately after pureeing, then serve over ice.Garnish with grapefruit slices, peach wedges, or fresh mint.
Peaches are in season through late summer so enjoy today -- and in the weeks to come!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Announcing Our 2016 Tablescape Contest!

Be sure to take pictures of your holiday entertaining (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's)! We can't wait to see your submissions in January!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Refreshing Peach Pie Smoothie!

Peaches are in season and nothing would be more refreshing than a Peach Pie Smoothie on a hot summer day!

Kashmir Glass HighballsSausalito Small Bowl Ocean; Sausalito Saucer Ocean
Smoothies are my favorite drinks in the summer as they are cold, refreshing, and made with loads of fresh fruit. I love all kinds of fresh fruit during the summer months but one of my favorite fruit is the peach. I especially love ripe peaches that are juicy and sweet.

The other day I was craving a cold, refreshing smoothie and was inspired by Better Homes & Gardens' Peach Pie Shake recipe. This delicious, refreshing smoothie can be whipped up in minutes. 

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In my version, I omit the pie topping, and top it with whipped cream and a cherry instead. I prefer to eat my pie on the side! Enjoy!

Sausalito Saucer Ocean; Kashmir Appetizer Plate


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Fresh, Fast Summer Salad

In the hot, hot summer weather after a long day of work, all we really want to do when we get home is snap our fingers and have a delicious, healthy meal appear magically before us.

This salad requires a little bit more than the snap of one finger…but not too much.

The vibrant colors of summer produce look fabulous against the clean white background of the Savour collection, and the deep blue of the turquoise Saturn Votive mirrors a clear summer sky.

Savour Salad Bowl

Ingredients for Summer Salmon Salad:

Mixed greens
Salmon—smoked or lox
Lemon Wedges 


1. Cut the tomatoes and cucumbers the way you like best, and toss with the greens in the Savour Salad Bowl.

2. Dress the salad with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

3. Dot the salad with chunks of smoked salmon or slices of lox.

4. Serve in Savour Pasta Bowls.

Savour Pasta Bowls and Napoleon Flatware