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Your Guide to Hosting the Best Holiday Party Ever

It’s that time again, you guys. Time to dust off those Martha Stewart-style hosting skills and start planning those epic holiday get-togethers. But we all know it takes a village to create an amazing feast, so today we’re teaming up with Nambé to bring you a guide on holiday essentials that will really take your party to the next level. Prepare to wow your friends and family with our tips + fave products below.

Photography: Judy Pak Photography

In our households, an awesome party always starts with the perfect tablescape, and our friends at Nambé truly have you covered with their POP Dinnerware Collection. We’re obsessed with their choice of neutral colors (Ocean, Sand, Slate and Chalk), because they go so well with any and all holiday decor – and really make a statement when paired with the POP Colours accent plates in Citron, Persimmon, Chocolate and Ocean. But what we’re really loving is just how durable the POP Dinnerware Collection is. Because, honestly? Holiday dining is always a little crazy, and the stoneware holds up to pretty much anything, plus it’s dishwasher and microwave safe, which makes clean up a breeze. I mean, no one wants to be polishing the fine china post-dinner when they could be having a nightcap with their friends and family. Amiright?

Products: Nambé Ornaments + Vie Flutes + POP 4-Piece Dinnerware – Ocean + Tilt Wine Chiller + POP Rectangular Platter Slate + POP Creamer Slate + POP Colours Small Bowls + POP Flatware + Savanna Giraffe Salt Pepper Shaker 

We’ve always been obsessed with Nambé for its clean and modern approach to dining – their commitment to designing beautiful and artistic pieces is such a bonus when it comes to creating the perfect tablescape. And their new lineup of whimsical ornaments? A definite must-have. Because nothing says “awesome hostess” quite like a favor that all of your guests will love – it’s the best way ever to send your nearest and dearest off for the evening… after that aforementioned nightcap.

For everything you’ll ever need for the ultimate holiday party, visit Nambé to stock up on all of the beautiful essentials, from serveware to flatware to everything in between. Then be sure to enter their amazing giveaway below. Happy holidays!

What: Nambé is giving one lucky reader four (4) POP 4-Piece Place Settings in the color of their choosing! (Value $240)

How: To enter, simply head to Nambé and leave us a comment below letting us know which POP Dinnerware Collection piece is your favorite!

Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be chosen on Friday, December 15th, 2017.

Official Rules:Click Here

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The secrets to a Thanksgiving #tablescape that will blow up on Instagram

“We usually will pick a place setting and base everything else around that,” Diana said. For this layout, “we were thinking fall colors, mixed metals and woods and warmth” to go with Casa de Perrin’s porcelain plates with a faux concrete finish, placed over handmade Italian glass chargers next to gold-rimmed, smoke-colored glassware. There’s a lot of tweaking that goes into each tablescape, Diana said, but in the end, “we’re visual people and we can tell what works. We eyeball it a lot.”

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How to tell a KMix from a Kitchenaid – which food mixer is right for you?

Treating yourself to a food mixer in the Black Friday sales?

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Whether you’re after a slinky model, a sturdy one, a budget option or some super-cool attachments, there’s a mixer out there for everyone.

The iconic one – KitchenAid Artisan

With a veritable variety of models, colours and sizes to choose from, it’s clear to see that KitchenAid is standing firm at the peak of its artisan baking reputation.

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It looks fabulous with a glossy finish and has long been loved for standing the test of time. Appealing to the more creative bakers who value craftsmanship alongside functionality, the Kitchenaid is made entirely from metal.

And with its 10 speeds and ‘tilting head design’ it will always be the crème de la crème of food mixers to its loyal cake bakers.

The sturdy one – Kenwood KMix

With a ‘Best Buy’ status from Which? and now a coveted position on the Great British Bake Off, the retro styled KMix  is beating off stiff competition from the big baking aids. 

Simple to use and with a range of slightly different models to choose from, the KMix stands firm on your kitchen worktop and is one of the more attractive mixers on the market.

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Loved for its high performance whisking and whipping, a ‘flexi-beater’ that scrapes the bowl as it works its magic and a kneading tool that Which? says results in well-structured bread, it’s an all-round good egg of the food mixing world.

The space saving, budget one – Morphy Richards Accents folding standing mixer

Short on kitchen surface space? Aren’t we all! Complete with six speeds and three tools for dough beating, whisking and mixing, this model cleverly folds away to a third of its erected size.

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And with an ‘orbital mixing function’ that promises no ‘unstirred pockets’ along with easy cleaning, a choice of bright colours and a built in splash guard, this compact mixer could well serve your baking needs for a budget price.  

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The clever one – Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Scrape Mixer Pro


Heston’s mixer boasts a ‘scraper mixer’ which cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl in order to get as much air into the batter as possible for the lightest sponge.

A light-up display means the model is super-easy to use and heavy doughs and batters prompt the heavy-duty mixer to crank up a notch or two to maintain speed. There’s a nice nimble function for lighter bakes such as meringues, too.

The ridiculously expensive one – Kenwood KM080 Cooking Chef Kitchen Machine

For those who take mixing VERY seriously, there’s this ‘machine’. Coming in at just under a grand, this model can beat, whisk, knead and whip with the best of them but it also has in-built heat technology that cooks while it mixes.

It doesn’t just help with your every baking knead, it can also whip up saucy dishes such as curries, stews and risottos. 

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Magnificent table is dining room worthy

Beautiful display – even when the table’s in the barn – says fall.

Linda was on a mission. She and her husband, Mike, were hosting a farm-to-table feast at their home north of Kansas City to benefit their church. She stopped by on her hunt for the dishes and linens and other supplies she would need to create a beautiful fall table in her barn.

A gourmet cook, Linda is known for her parties. And as she told me about the menu she was planning that would celebrate the fresh flavors of the local farms, dairy, bakery and distillery, she was so excited. But she deflated like a tire with a nail in it at the thought of spending the weekend transforming the barn into a dining room for 12.

Me? As I listened, my mind became a slideshow of tables set to dazzle. We had a match made in heaven. I told Linda, you focus on the cooking, and let us do the decorating.

Linda does everything first class. She’s been a customer, and my friend, since 1989 when she first moved to the area. After they purchased Stony Oaks Farm, a 210-acre stretch of pristine farmland outside historic St. Joseph, the first thing they built was the barn.

They hired an Amish craftsman to construct the building. The second floor was designed for entertaining and has been the site of many a party, including the family’s Thanksgiving dinners and kids’ graduation celebrations. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on it.

As you can imagine, when you work with a team as creative as the visual design artists, everyone had a million ideas for the party, with stacks of Pinterest boards to show. We came up with a vision. Instead of the cliche fall barn images, we set a scene of rustic elegance. Bruce and Dillon brought it all to life.

The table was a tapestry of textures, built with one rich and inviting layer after another, starting with kilim rugs used as tablecloths. Tartan napkins served as placemats. Spode dinnerware gave the feeling of fall.

Guests were welcomed to the table with a unique place card: a tree branch wedge inscribed with their names. The barn is not heated, so we draped tartan throws over the back of each guest’s chair so they could wrap up against the chill of the fall evening.

When there is this much going on in your dining area, it’s best to keep your centerpieces simple. We filled towering glass vases with branches of bittersweet and surrounded them with clusters of votive candles.

Against this beautiful backdrop, Linda wowed her guests with her unforgettable farm-to-table feast that showcased the bounty of the land: butternut squash soup served in pumpkin bowls; a salad of figs, prosciutto, walnuts and parmesan cheese; beer brined grilled pork chops; roasted onions stuffed with caramelized onion potatoes; apple cabbage slaw; bourbon toffee date cake; and a rustic apple tart. My stomach is growling just thinking of it.

It was such a joy for us to be a part of making this benefit dinner such a success. We love all the good things you all are doing out there to make our communities, and our world, a better place.

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The Hall China Company, GMP Reach Labor Agreement | Business …

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three more years of labor accord have been assured at The Hall China
Company as it reached agreement on a new contract with employees,
members of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics Allied Workers Union
(GMP) Local 417. The deal impacts 90 workers and their families from
East Liverpool, Ohio, and its surrounding communities. The Hall China
Company operates its own pottery in Ohio, across the Ohio River from the
West Virginia-headquartered Homer Laughlin China Company, of which Hall
China is a part.

Union President Eric Gorrell and his team worked with Hall China parent
company, HLC, Inc. on the labor contract, working diligently and truly
pressing late into the night as the deadline for the expiring contract
drew near. The new agreement was signed just past midnight on November

Homer Laughlin President Elizabeth McIlvain said, “We are pleased to
have reached a new labor agreement with our Hall China team—a contract
that keeps manufacturing for Hall’s high-quality specialty dinnerware
right here in East Liverpool where it has been a staple since 1903.”

McIlvain added, “Although healthcare prices have continued to rise, we
were able to reach an agreement that suited both parties. This
three-year contract demonstrates that both sides were committed to
reaching a consensus.”

About The Hall China Company

The Hall China Company was founded in 1903 in East Liverpool, Ohio, by
Robert Taggart Hall. By 1930, after three decades of rapid growth, the
company’s three separate operations facilities were consolidated into
the present plant location. Recently Hall China joined Homer Laughlin
China under the HLC Inc. umbrella. Today, Homer Laughlin sets the table
with its vast selection of dinnerware, and Hall completes the setting,
with center-of-table accessories, serving ware, and
freezer-to-oven-to-table cookware. By combining the companies’ design
and manufacturing expertise, the two-plant collective produces products
that are both lower in cost and superior in quality, while continuing to
employ hundreds of Americans working at both operations. For more
information, please contact The Hall China Company, 1 Anna Avenue, East
Liverpool, Ohio 43920. TOLL FREE: 1-800-445-HALL. On the web:

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All Of The Best Black Friday Deals, In One Exhaustive List | HuffPost

We know how overwhelming Black Friday and Cyber Monday can be. From crazy door busters to lightning deals and last-minute steals, it can be hard to know where you’re getting the most bang for your buck, especially on those holiday wish-list purchases like Xbox Ones, Fitbits, KitchenAid mixers and laptops.

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Hudson Grace brings West Coast style to Atlanta

The store: Hudson Grace opened in mid-October in Atlanta’s designed-focused Westside Provisions District. The home décor shop offers a collection of dinnerware, glassware, table linens, candles and other entertaining accessories. The company, founded in 2012 in San Francisco, has five locations in California. The Atlanta shop is the company’s first location outside of California.

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