Archive for July, 2010

3 Tabletop Accessories Every Hostess Needs

There’s no doubt about it, tabletop accessories are essential for a party to go off without a hitch. In addition to parties, tabletop accessories can find their way into everyday life, making that easier too—and who wouldn’t want that? Here are three tabletop accessories you just got to have!

Storage Essentials Syrup Dispenser: I always hate not having a neat place for condiments. For my ketchup and mustard, I have distinct bottles that look great on the table, so one day I thought—hey, why not get one for maple syrup? And it really was the best idea I’ve had to date. No more stick plastic syrup bottles on the table. Woohoo!

Cheeseboard: I love cheese. A whole lot. So when I have people over, you can bet that I’ll have a cheeseboard and some crackers set out. I decided to go with the Plume Cheese Set from Classic Hostess. It’s elegant, practical, and you can use it for every occasion.

Jardin Soup Tureen: Serving soup and salads for lunch? Well you can have the soup presented attractively on the table, while keeping it warm, with this super-cute soup tureen.

Never Be Without Fine Tabletop Accessories

I love entertaining. It’s a trait I inherited from my mother, and she from hers. One of the keys to entertaining, something I learned early on, was that a party was never really a party without a full arsenal of tabletop accessories. Some think a party is really about the people and sharing food and having fun. I’m not going to argue with that—that’s what it’s all about from the guests perspective, for sure! But if you’re like me and even something like mismatched cocktail napkins or not having the proper barware to make drinks irks you, it’s about a lot more. So if I’m going to be entertaining, I like to keep a full supply of all kinds of tabletop accessories on hand. Here are 3 things I recommend for every aspiring hostess to have on hand for a party, no matter the size:

-Punch bowl set. A gorgeous crystal punch bowl is something that you don’t really think about using, until the time comes when you need it. Do yourself a favor and always have one on hand.

-Cake servers. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to cut a birthday cake without a cake cutter. Cake servers are another thing, that unless you eat cake every day, are forgettable, but you should always have a sturdy set waiting for action.

-Lazy Susan. These are essential hostess material. They are perfect for any scale party and a must have.

3 Grad Gift Ideas From Classic Hostess

It’s graduation season and that means that you better start looking for the perfect gift for the accomplished recent graduate in your life. In addition to our gorgeous tabletop accessories and practical beverage dispensers, there are other great gifts available at Classic Hostess that are perfect for recent grads. Here are three of our selections that are a great way to commemorate a milestone in a graduate’s life.

Lewis and Clark Compass- A compass to help guide the grad along the way in their new journey of “the real world”. This small wooden compass is a replica of the one famed explorers Lewis and Clark used to find their way through the unchartered wilderness of early America.

Round Wood and Brass Magnifying Glass- A classic magnifying glass is a great gift for a recent grad when it has an inspirational note spouting a little Socratic wisdom, i.e. “the unexamined life is not worth living…” or another quote about seeking knowledge.

Vaugondy Medium Gift Boxed Globe- This inspirational item is a great way to remind a recent grad that the world is now their oyster, and it’s a classy way to decorate their new desk or workspace!

Summer Punch Recipes for Beverage Dispensers

There’s nothing like leaning back in your hammock, perfectly nestled in the shady spot of your yard. To top it all off, you have your beverage dispenser on the table by your side, filled with ice cold punch. To celebrate the start of summer, we’re sharing our favorite recipe for punch—perfect for a glass beverage dispenser.

Sparkling Fruit Punch

2 (750 ml) bottles of sparkling apple cider

1 liter of carbonated water

3 large oranges

2 lemons

1 (6 oz) can of frozen lemonade

1 tablespoon of suger

2 trays of ice cubes

To prepare: Thinly slice the lemons, strawberry and oranges and place in a large punch bowl. Pour in the thawed lemonade. Slowly stir in the seltzer water and sparkling apple cider. Add sugar to taste and put mixture in your beverage dispenser.

Orange Pineapple Party Punch

1 12 oz. can of frozen orange juice

3 cups of water

1 46 oz. can of pineapple juice

1 liter of ginger ale

1 orange thinly sliced

To prepare: combine orange juice, water, and pineapple juice and sliced oranges; chill. Stir in ginger ale just before serving and put in beverage dispenser.