Fabulous Fall FĂȘte

October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I can not wait to share with you all the fun details of the recent girls’ lunch that me and my mom hosted at The Plantation House! We wanted to just have a fun yummy lunch for our amazing and wonderfully creative friends. A little intimidating…yes.

We wanted to keep the base color scheme very simple with caramel and cream colors. That way the food and other little touches of color really popped out.

Each place setting had a Cymbidium orchid and an artichoke for the name cards beautifully done by Millie Skidmore

We used Bosc pears and honey crisp apples throughout our decor and meal

Apple-Pear Salad with Maple-Pecan bacon & Cranberry Vinaigrette

Oven-roasted cherry tomatoes for our pizza bar

Olive oil brushed flat bread

Sparkling autumn punch

Pizza bar complete with flat bread, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, Canadian bacon, baby arugula, basil, and roasted cherry tomatoes. Food cards are held by the Bosc pears.

Everyone got to create their own pizza. So fun and yummy!

Of course, we had dessert. Angel food cake with caramel whipped cream.

A little apple pie on a stick. You know, for when everyone gets hungry again.

Beautiful, simple flowers done by Luanna Cole, The Plantation House

Thanks to all our fabulous friends for joining us for lunch and giving us a reason to throw a fun fall-inspired fĂȘte!

Apple-Pear Salad with Maple Bacon

Makes: 10 servings

8 thick bacon slices

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans

2 (5 oz.) packages gourmet salad greens

1 large Bartlett pear

1 large Honey Crisp apple

1 cup halved seedless red grapes

4 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. Dip bacon slices in syrup, allowing excess to drip off; press pecans onto both sides of bacon. Arrange bacon slices in a single layer on rack, and bake 20 minutes; turn bacon slices, and bake 5 to 10 more minutes or until browned and crisp. Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes. Cut bacon crosswise into 1-inch pieces.

2. Place salad greens on a serving platter. Cut pear and apple into thin slices; toss with salad greens. Top with grapes, cheese, and bacon.

3. Serve salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette.

Cranberry Vinaigrette

Makes: 2 cups

Whisk together 1 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce, 1 tsp. orange zest, 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, 1/4 cup each balsamic vinegar and olive oil, 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar, 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth.

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Everything tastes better when eaten on fine china

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are some fun tabletop ideas for entertaining. I love everything about these trends. Colored and patterned plates, glasses, and linens are so bold and eye-catching.

Mix and Match Patterns

Blue and white always look so fresh and neat. Anchor contrasting patterns with a white background.

Go Mono

Chromatic, that is. Having a table set in the same color family is perfect for a romantic themed event. Especially the pinks.

Let the Flowers do the Talking

Setting the table in earth tones allows the floral and the food to pop.

Non Place Mat Place Mats

Anything goes. If you can place it under a plate, it can be a place mat.

Colored Cutlery

Silver ware doesn’t have to be the color silver.

Stemware For Stems

Take a break from having to fill a large vase with an excessive amount of flowers.

If you want the latest in dinnerware design, take a look at http://cru-intl.com/

Those are just a few of my favorite patterns from the cutest dinnerware line I’ve ever seen!

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