Gather Together Thanksgiving Dishes

In preparing and feasting anticipation of traditional and new traditional Thanksgiving dishes sure to impress plate and palate, it is my pleasure to share with you all a collection of company worthy Thanksgiving dishes for your gather together holiday celebration.

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Southern Living – Photo by Helen Norman

how much turkey per person guide

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Better Homes & Gardens

Click on the links for recipe ingredients and directions.

You ain’t seen stuffing yet until you put a Louisiana spin on it.

Creole Roasted Turkey with Holy Trinity Stuffing

Creole Roasted Turkey with Holy Trinity Stuffing

Creole Baked Oyster Dressing

creole baked oyster dressing

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Plymouth Gate Dinner Plates, Turkey

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Autumn-spiced pecans introduce the taste of the season as appetizer or garnish.

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Autumn-Spiced Pecans

Ingredients

1 pound pecan halves

½ cup sugar

1½ teaspoons apple pie spice

1½ teaspoons smoked paprika

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1⁄4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 large egg white

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°.  Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together pecans, sugar, apple pie spice, smoked paprika, salt, and red pepper.

In a medium bowl, beat egg white with a mixer at medium speed until foamy. Add egg white to pecan mixture, stirring until coated. Spread mixture in an even layer on prepared pan.

Bake, stirring twice, until egg white begins to dry, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely, stirring occasionally.

Makes about 6 cups

-Southern Lady Magazine

As lovely as a candy or bon-bon dish is for housing appetizers, Covid-19 safety practices deem individual serving options necessary.

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Potato-Apple Gratin

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Amy Allen

Oven-Roasted Root Vegetables with Spicy Pecan Topping

Oven-Roasted Root Vegetables with Spicy Pecan Topping

Spiced Acorn Squash

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House Beautiful – Photo by Allisonn Gootee

English Victorian gravy boat

Bacon-Caramelized Onion Gravy

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Traditional favorites set our Thanksgiving table, but there’s always a place at the table for new traditional dishes and decor accents and accessories.

New for Thanksgiving 2020 is this wonderfully rustic DIY place card idea.

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Pick up a package of pine wood discs and a permanent marker in your personal choice of color.

Design and decorate to taste and theme and assign the name of each diner to a disc.

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Green Bean Bundles

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear, and Onion

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Pretty Duchess Potatoes

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Coffee-Glazed Carrots

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Apple-Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Apple-Cinnamon Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo Blaine Moats

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Pumpkin-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle

Chocolate and Pecan Tart

Chocolate-Pecan-Tart

Whiskey and Cream Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Butter Shortbread Crust

Whiskey and Cream Pumpkin Tart with Pecan Butter Shortbread Crust photo by Carson Downing

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Carson Downing

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Holiday Kitchen Accessories

Let’s talk getting an idea of the holiday kitchen accessories perfect for the holiday decorating season.

With the present state of health affairs we all find ourselves in I say if we’re spending more time at home let’s start sooner than later decking the halls, dining rooms, and kitchens.

One good thing about staying close to home and being Covid 19 safe is the scads of internet time it affords decoristas to check out the latest and greatest home for the holidays goodies.

It’s never too early in my humble and holiday opinion (think Black Friday).

Besides, who wants to play the waiting game and run the risk of the dreaded sold out and not available notice?

With that thought in mind, coupled with the knowledge Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I’m sourcing and sharing kitchen accessories and accents in holiday and not so holiday finery.

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Images of Christmas from 1900 yesterday depict the hustling and bustling times of the spirited and decorated holiday kitchen.

Check out the back in the day Philco Port-O-Sound Cart.

Music is a key part of my kitchen plan and prep routine, a natural stress reliever, brings back and makes memories old and new, and delivers as a grand communicator.

Vintage wares and groovy sound system style caught my eye, but the apron is sending true kitchen keepsake love my way.

Feast your eyes on Mama Places In The Home modeling her mother’s apron which is almost identical to the one in the image.

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Necessary holiday kitchen accessories for the holiday kitchen 2020 include a sassy apron and face masks in seasonally appropriate colors and patterns.

Little Red Truck Half Apron - Christmas Apron for Women

Little Red Truck Half Apron – Christmas Apron for Women

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Pleated Face Masks for Adults (with Ear Adjusters)

Variety 5-Pack of Triple-Layer Cloth Pleated Face Masks for Adults 

Do you include home decor items on your Dear Santa gotta have it list?

Lost on me is the notion of home decor accents and accessories being off limits for Christmas gift giving and/or receiving.

Who came up with that?

A decoristas love of all things house that make a home does not take a break at the holidays, and  the gift of holiday kitchen accessories and accents is the gift that keeps on giving.

Govan French Country Wooden Barstools with Upholstered Seating (Set of 2) by Christopher Knight Home 1

Govan French Country Wooden Barstools with Upholstered Seating (Set of 2) 

Working with an in the style of premise, let’s look at a few items dripping in vintage chic that classically make the leap from yesteryear to current decor styles.

Holiday Kitchen Accessories

Christmas morning comes early when you find a forgotten set of copper molds bought sometime last year on a Goodwill run.

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Woodward Style Iron Patio Bar Cart

Chic is served in the holiday kitchen in many ways, but I especially like the blending of old with new, classic with current.

The Woodward Style Iron Patio Bar Cart becomes a classic statement piece stylishly prepped for kitchen duty.

 Marari Rattan Bar Cart in Black

Global Caravan Marari Rattan Bar Cart in Black

Option number two is this super chic Marari Rattan Bar Cart.

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Number three gives a nod to the gold accents and accessories throughout my kitchen.

CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan Trevia Folding Cart

CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan Trevia Folding Cart

The addition of a lovely table lamp(s) to your kitchen countertop creates an inviting and cozy aesthetic as well as promotes a curated ambiance.

Vienna Ceramic LED Table Lamp WhiteGold by JONATHAN Y

Vienna Ceramic LED Table Lamp White Gold by JONATHAN Y

Fast forward to today’s music scene and heard options equipped with smart features and full-range sound quality.

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JBL Link View

An audible squeal of delight followed when I saw this image from Leanne Ford’s home as featured in Domino.

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On, Elvis! on, Haggard! on Harris and Campbell!

Elvis That's the Way It Is (Original Soundtrack) (4 LPs)

Talk about two albums (and 8 tracks) that shaped the soundtrack of my childhood into teenage years.

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Parker Light Beige Record Player

Parker Light Beige Record Player 

The Parker Record Player from Victrola captures a vintage style while offering the warm sound of analog recordings through built-in stereo speakers.

Modern technology allows you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

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Lehman’s

Behold this in the style of vintage covered hen dish in jadeite reimagined as a sugar bowl.

Beautiful L.E. Smith Clear Glass Standing Turkey Dish w Lid

Beautiful L.E. Smith Clear Glass Standing Turkey Dish w Lid

Get kitchen creative when it comes to sugar, sweetener, salt, and spice bowls.

kiss-dishGodinger Hershey’s Kiss Crystal Candy Dish

Using a Hershey’s Crystal Kiss Candy Dish as a counter decoration holder for sweetener packets, sugar in the raw, or coarse sea salt is a crystal clear reminder of holiday traditions.

Connected Goods Olive Wood Spice Bowl and Spoon

Connected Goods Olive Wood Spice Bowl and Spoon

Spending an afternoon checking out the many talented artists and wares the internet has to offer is part of the source and ye shall find show and tell.

You never know what unique pieces you’ll find as was the case with these Thanksgiving turkey decoupage oyster shells.

I believe they’ll be focal point worthy as salt and black pepper cellars.

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Decoupage Handpainted Thanksgiving Turkey Oyster Shells

In keeping with the rustic and natural theme associated with Thanksgiving, farmhouse, and a woodland Christmas, this Heritage Lace Artisan Wood Bark Natural decorative bowl becomes an eye catching addition to your holiday kitchen accessories portfolio.

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Artisan Wood - Bark Natural Decorative Bowl

Artisan Wood – Bark Natural Decorative Bowl

Copper in the kitchen is my kind of holiday decoration.

Cook and bake for the holidays in good taste as well as in great style.

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Copper Measuring Cups, Set of 4

We’ve covered copper, now let’s toast this beauty that can pull double duty as a champagne bucket/wine cooler when celebrating and as an anything but everyday utensil holder when not.

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Traditional Aluminum Bucket Wine Cooler

Super stylish decorative pieces is always reason enough to celebrate.

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Fresh Bay Leaf Wreath

Fall into Thanksgiving straight through to Christmas counts as the holidays at our house.

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House & Home – Designer Timothy Johnson – Photo by Virginia Macdonald 

Decorating a kitchen backsplash , window(s), or wall with a wreath is a year round decorative delight, and at the holidays it gives such a festive look.

12" Preserved Natural Boxwood Leaf Christmas Wreath by Ashland

12″ Preserved Natural Boxwood Leaf Christmas Wreath by Ashland

Further the presentation with additions and accents in not just for the holidays colors, textures, and patterns.

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Farmhouse style is a design style darling for today’s kitchen decor, and these mixing bowls in hobnail white are sure to become a favorite kitchen element all year long.

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Victoria Magazine- Photography and Styling by Stephanie Welbourne Steele -Styling by Melissa Sturdivant Smith

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Tabletops Gallery® 4-pc. Mixing Bowl Set

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Mason Cash In The Forest 1 Quart Measuring Jug

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Country Living Magazine -Photo by David Tsay 

Mosser Jadeite Mixing Bowls, Set of 3

Mosser Jadeite Mixing Bowls, Set of 3

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Between traditional convenience and today’s technology and performance lies my hand mixer preference.

The Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology softens cold ingredients with gentle heat while mixing- cutting out the need to bring non-room temperature ingredients to room temperature.

Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology, White

Oster 270-Watt Hand Mixer with HEATSOFT Technology 

Copper is a delightful color complement to the shades of the fall and Thanksgiving color palette, however, I’m thinking the KitchenAid Artisan Empire stand mixer in holiday happening red is the way to mix things up.

Cooking, baking, and delicious treat making goes with the seasonal territory, and remember, Santa does love his cookies.

KitchenAid ® Artisan Empire Red Stand Mixer

KitchenAid ® Artisan Empire Red Stand Mixer

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Nordic Ware Sunflower Harvest Loaf Pan

Nordic Ware Woodland Cakelet

Nordic Ware Woodland Cakelet

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Nordic Ware Premier Gold Classic Fluted Loaf Pan

Nordic Ware Premier Gold Classic Fluted Loaf Pan

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Nordic Ware ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Loaf Pan

Christmas rolling pin

Christmas Theme Engraved Laser Rolling Pin

Stoneware House Cookie Jar Sour Cream - Hearth & Hand& with Magnolia

Stoneware House Cookie Jar Sour Cream – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Old-St.-Nick-Cookie-Jar Old St Nick Cookie Jar

Sweets, treats, and holiday eats.

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Better Homes & Gardens

No time like the present for getting into the holiday spirit.

Fall into winter is the season of cozy, and hot chocolate is the official unofficial warm beverage most of us love to settle in with.

Setting up a hot cocoa bar is easy and never fails to impress and please the home for the holidays crowd.

Holiday Kitchen Accessories

Grab an inexpensive silver tray from the dollar store, fill with equally inexpensive theme of the season mugs, and you’re off to the races.

Black Tree Imprinted Stoneware Mug White - Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Black Tree Imprinted Stoneware Mug White – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Pick your garnishes and place in glass containers, jars, small bowls, porcelain creamers, vintage gravy boats- you get the idea.

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Covid-19 need not dampen your holiday spirits.

Entertain healthy and smart by mitigating to the best of your ability the spread of germs; grand advice at all times, but especially now.

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Snacks, appetizers, charcuterie boards, and yes, a hot cocoa bar/station will still be a part of our holiday sip and snack times with a few tweaks to keep with safe and smart gathering.

Oohs and aahs over presentation is a gift to host, hostess, and guests alike.

Construct a central presentation board, and from there go with individual items, single portions, and serve yourself beverage or cocktail bars.

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Fall into winter themed charcuterie boards dressed with seasonal cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts, jellies, and preserves tempt and delight.

Serving ideas include:

Assemble individual charcuterie boards.

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Layer glass jars with cheese bites, seasonal dried fruits, sweet breads and nuts, a couple of breadsticks, garnish with fresh herbs, and voilà.

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Prepare individual trays for beverages including all items to mix, mingle, spike, and jingle.

Simply and elegantly single serve to guests.

We can’t spread the germs, but we can spread the holiday joy!

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Epicurean Slate Snowman Cutting Board

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White & Red Santa & Sleigh Shaped Cracker Tray

Simple Glass Cloche, 12 Inch

Simple Glass Cloche, 12 Inch

Rustic with a stunning twist is on-trend, and I love these options for year round serving pieces.

Uplifter Cream Pitcher

Uplifter Cream Pitcher

Seasonal fruits, flowers, eats, and treats will entice the eye even more when housed in and on these presentation pieces.

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Johnson Brothers Devon Dinner Plate

Wall art is an excellent way to introduce color into a space, and reproduction advertising prints and posters do just that.

Lady Cirio Canned Food Company Woman Holding Vegetables Fruits

Lady Cirio Canned Food Company Woman Holding Vegetables Fruits

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Pomegranate Pot Roast-Photo by Blaine Moats

Striking cookware and serving pieces top the must have holiday kitchen accessories list.

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Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Bakeware Serve Dish, Oven to Table

Cook and Host Ruffled 17.25 in. 169 fl. oz. Ivory Ceramic Stoneware Baker
Staub Ceramics 14″ Oval Covered Baking Dish
Kalihari 9.75-Inch Pie Dish in White
Better Homes & Gardens Porcelain Bakeware Serve Dish, Oven to Table

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White cookware is a personal favorite for its timeless-never goes out of style durability, however, color cooks up a delightfully trendy presentation.

Better Homes & Gardens Ellie Rectangular Baking Dish, Set of 3

Better Homes & Gardens Ellie Rectangular Baking Dish in Sage, Set of 3

High holiday style is deliciously delivered in these gold-tone stoneware cocottes.

Gold-Tone Stoneware Cocottes, Set of 2, Created for Macy'sGold-Tone Stoneware Cocottes, Set of 2, Created for Macy’s

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Pattern makes the case for form, fun and function.

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Haden US 4-Slice Margate Poodle & Blonde Toaster

Home for the holidays can present a whole host of dishes both delicious and dirty.

If you are even remotely considering replacing your current kitchen faucet, there’s no time like the present.

Under consideration for a new kitchen sink faucet is the Bolden-Single Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet.

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Edison Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet 

Multi-purpose warrants consideration when selecting home furnishings and decor pieces.

Romilly 7-Drawer Black and Oak Brown Dresser

Romilly 7-Drawer Black and Oak Brown Dresser

This Baxton Studio Romilly 7-Drawer Black and Oak Brown Dresser checks all the boxes in regards to function, form, affordability, and the signature feature required by decoristas, style.

But wait, Darleen.

Did I understand you to reference it as a dresser?

Good eye, decoristas!

True, it is marketed as a dresser, but the dual tones, serpentine shaped frame design, and ample amount of drawers qualifies it as an excellent furnishing option for use as a sideboard-buffet-server.

Virginia Macdonald Source: House & Home November 2019 Designer: Angela Wheeler

House & Home – Designer Angela Wheeler- Photo by Virginia Macdonald

Striking holiday kitchen accessories bring seasonal appeal as well as year long chic to the heart of the home.

Love your style!

New Year’s Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.

Maybe it’s much too early in the game,

Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella asks it, and revelers answer with a chorus of festive New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.

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As for Dave the Builder and me, hardcore party animals we are not.

Our party of choice is to host a casual come as you are ringing in the New Year open house in at home style with a few family members, close friends and beloved neighbors.

I keep the decorations traditional, festive, sparkly, and inexpensive.

Gold Glitter Ball Confetti

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Gold and silver glamour is the party color palette, and gold glitter ball confetti and silver tissue pom poms signals we’re gonna party in style like it’s 1999 and beyond.

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Speaking of party tunes, here’s our updated New Year’s Eve playlist.

New Year.

Classic tunes.

Good times.

Fun and stylish decorations that you can pick up well in advance or even the day of hit all the right New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining and decorating notes.

Metallic and/or glitter spray paint and a collection Styrofoam balls in various sizes makes a fun NYE DIY project that results in focal point presence.

Holiday clearance sales quickly become a decorista’s best friend.

Hit up a holiday clearance sale for everything from party supplies to glitter accents to string lights and lanterns.

A quick and easy table decoration tip that always looks grand is to intermingle battery operated string lights and flameless LED battery operated candle filled lanterns or glass holders from table end to table end (think table runner).

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Don’t you love the no worries convenience and safety of using flameless candle?  I haven’t used a real candle for luminary purposes in years.

Flameless LED battery operated votive and tea light candles give good style, eliminate safety concerns and unless the batteries die, light the party night.

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A sand timer and clock become perfect centerpiece accents and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.

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Wine corks make a stylish place card holder.

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You know me and leopard- leopard print love it!

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White tie formal with the decorative yet casual oomph party boxes and table decorations are a big hit with the New Year’s Eve party crowd.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Gold glitter favor boxes, white and gold gift boxes, and/or black & cream pinstripe round wine boxes.

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A nice selection of sugar paper™ boxes are on clearance at Target.

Black & Cream Pinstripe Round Wine Box

Fill each box with white and gold paper shreds, black-eye peas, and gold or silver jingle bells (a great take on traditional noisemakers).

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Hobby Lobby

Camellia brand blackeyes

For the table, fill the bottom of clear candle holders with black decorative sand and add a flameless votive and glitter noisemakers.

If decorative sand is not your filler of choice, fill the candle holder about ½ way up with black-eyed peas.

Finish with dollar store silver trays filled with gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies for a festive look and good luck.

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We ring in the New Year and the dinner bell with a buffet style supper.

Our pork and beans Louisiana Lagniappe New Year’s Eve buffet includes baked ham, pork tender, blackeyes, coleslaw, and buttermilk cornbread muffins.

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The closest thing to black tie required at our what are you doing New Year’s Eve gathering will be these Tuxedo and Cheese and Crackers appetizers.

Get the recipe from Kitchen Mason.

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Tuxedo Cheese and Crackers

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Southern Comfort Sparkler

1 ounce Southern Comfort

¼ to ½ ounce peach schnapps

3 dashes black walnut bitters

4 ounces Brut (dry) champagne, chilled

1 dash lemon juice (optional)

In champagne glass combine Southern Comfort, peach schnapps and bitters.  Add cold champagne and lemon juice, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.

~Recipe by Chef Mary Payne Moran via Traditional Home 

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Our New Year’s Eve themed dessert comes to us compliments of this recipe for Chocolate covered no-bake Oreo Cookie Clocks from Pint Sized Baker.

You had me  at chocolate-covered.

And no-bake.

And Oreos.

As the year draws to a close, the question on many a New Year’s Eve  celebrating, entertaining, or relaxing mind is what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

However you celebrate it, enjoy and Happy New Year!

Love your style!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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Southern Living – Photo: Jim Franco

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to each of you for your support, readership, encouragement, follows, likes, and comments.

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 I am truly grateful for you.

Happy Thanksgiving Friends

May the love of friends, family, and the comforts of all things house that make a home bless your life.

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Fetching Friday Thanksgiving to Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the gather together spotlight on Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes.

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Martha Stewart

New takes on classic and traditional Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes as delicious as these are sure to become must-have favorites at the holiday table.

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Pear, and Onion

Ingredients

2 Bartlett pears, about 14 oz, cored and cut into wedges

2 small red onions, cut into wedges

2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 lb), cut into ½ inch-thick half-moons

6 sprigs thyme, plus more for serving

3 tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt

Pepper

Directions

Heat oven to 425°F.  On large rimmed baking sheet, toss pears, onions, sweet potatoes, and thyme with olive oil and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Roast until golden brown and tender, 35 to 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with additional thyme if desired.

-Good Housekeeping

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan Recipe

Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan 

Ingredients

3 pounds small unpeeled red potatoes, roughly chopped

½  cup whole buttermilk 1 cup salted butter, softened

4 ounces herbed cream cheese (about ½ cup)

4 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground white pepper

¼  cup chopped fresh chives

Directions

Place potatoes in a large Dutch oven with cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high; boil until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.  Drain and return potatoes to Dutch oven over medium.  Cook, stirring once, until potatoes dry out slightly, 30 to 50 seconds.

Place buttermilk and butter in a microwavable glass bowl, and microwave on high until warm, 30 to 60 seconds.  Add warm buttermilk mixture, cream cheese, Parmesan, salt, and white pepper to potatoes, and coarsely mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.  Sprinkle with chives just before serving.

Reheating Instructions:

Slow Cooker:  Spoon potatoes into a 4 to 6 qt. slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high until heated through, about 2 hours.

Oven: Reheat in a tightly covered baking dish at 350°F until heated through, about 1 hour.

-Southern Living

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Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey

Ingredients

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 medium shallot, chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

3 cups frozen corn, thawed

1 teaspoon pure honey

Directions

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate with a slotted spoon; reserve skillet.

Add shallot and thyme to reserved skillet.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add vinegar and corn. Cook, tossing until heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and reserved bacon.

-Country Living

Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce)

Oh my Melting Sweet Potatoes (with Maple-Pecan Sauce) goodness!  Click on over to Dessert for Two and get the recipe for this delicious take on traditional sweet potatoes.  Click here.

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley

Winter Squash-and-Mushroom Medley

Ingredients

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped carnival squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped butternut squash

3 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped hubbard squash

2 (8-ounce) packages wild-mushroom medley

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons olive oil

¾ teaspoon coarse salt

¾ teaspoon ground black pepper

Garnish: fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, mix together carnival, butternut, and hubbard squash and mushrooms.  Add melted butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tender and brown.  Garnish with thyme, if desired.

-Victoria Magazine

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage

Pressure Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Cabbage

Ingredients

6 cups shredded red cabbage

2 cups chopped apples

¼ cup cider vinegar

¼ cup water

3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme, crushed

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Dash ground allspice (optional)

Directions

In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker combine all of the ingredients.

Lock lid in place.  Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 2 minutes.  For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure.  Cook 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.  For both models, quickly release pressure. Open lid carefully.  Stir before serving.

-Better Homes & Gardens

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Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 pounds carrots, rinsed

5 tablespoons butter

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons honey

¼  teaspoon salt

¼  teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

To prepare the honey garlic butter roasted carrots recipe:

Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).  Lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside. Quarter the carrots lengthwise, keep them attached near the base of the stem.

Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.  Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently.  Make sure not to burn the garlic.  Remove from heat and stir in honey and whisk to combine.

Arrange carrots on the prepared baking sheet and brush them with the honey garlic butter sauce.  Toss carrots to coat them evenly and arrange them in one layer.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender.

Remove roasted carrots from oven and transfer to a serving plate.  Adjust seasoning if necessary.  Garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

-Eating Well101

Delicious sets a fetching holiday table, and these Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner side dishes will bring the c’est si bon.

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Home Bar Styling Ideas

Home bar styling ideas serve up a concoction of chic and stylish options for accessorizing a bar cart, accent cabinet or table, bookshelf, countertop, media cabinet,  tailgate, antique armoire, or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

Silverwing Interiors

Silverwing Interiors

Monkey Bar Tool Set

Monkey Bar Tool Set

monkey bottle opener

Monkey Cocktail Shaker

Monkey Cocktail Shaker

StyleCraft-Ravena-Standing-Antique-Brass-Monkey-Table-Lamp-with-Shade-Around-Body (2)

StyleCraft Ravena Standing Monkey Table Lamp 

Gold Monkey & Leaf

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The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion, and placement.

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X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.

styled-blue-bar-cart-blakely interior design

Blakely Interior Design

The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

havilande whitcomb design

Havilande Whitcomb Design

Thornbill 2 Shelf Serving Cart Black

Thornbill 2 Shelf Serving Cart Black

Diamond Decanter with Glass Stopper

Diamond Decanter with Glass Stopper

Punk Whiskey Decanter and Double Old Fashioned Set

Punk Whiskey Decanter and Double Old Fashioned Set

Cheers to the home team.

LaRochere Fleur de Lys tall tumblersLa Rochere Fleur de Lys Tall Tumblers, Set of 6


NFL New Orleans Saints Commissioner Glass Set of 2 NFL New Orleans Saints Commissioner Glass Set of 2

Antique Brass and Glass Ice Bucket

Antique Brass and Glass Ice Bucket

Perley Traditional Glass Bar Cart with Shelves by Christopher Knight Home - Gold

Perley Traditional Glass Bar Cart with Shelves by Christopher Knight Home

It’s all in the bar cart accessories details.

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Polished French Pastry Table With Marble Top and Metal Finials

Polished French Pastry Table With Marble Top and Metal Finials

Vera White Marble Top 36 in. High Bar Table

Vera White Marble Top 36 in. High Bar Table

Banda 14 oz. Acrylic Whiskey Glass (Set of 4)

Whiskey Glass (Set of 4)

Fostoria-fleur-de-lis-dish

Accessorizing the bar cart, cabinet, tray, or tabletop proves an entertaining and easy endeavor when you have a theme to build upon.

artistic designs for living

Artistic Designs for Living

Qualia Artisan Highball Glasses in Black (Set of 4)

Qualia Artisan Highball Glasses in Black (Set of 4)

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Appetizers, anyone?

Easy Gravlax appetizer

Easy Gravlax Appetizer

Play up your cocktail corner of the world by introducing whimsical finds and unique additions.

Ginger Barber Interior DesignGinger Barber Interior Design

West Natural Cane Bar Cabinet

West Natural Cane Bar Cabinet

Tudor Rattan Ice Bucket

Rattan Ice Bucket

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Victoria Magazine – Photography by Stephanie Welbourne Steele
Styling by Jan Ware

Vintage Pewter Goblets and Serving Tray - Set of 5

Vintage Pewter Goblets and Serving Tray – Set of 5

Vintage Hand-Made Hammered Brass 3 Leg Cachepot

Vintage Hand-Made Hammered Brass 3 Leg Cachepot

black-agate-ice-bucket

Dark Agate Ice Bucket

Cocktails and conversation pieces make for a visually interesting mix.

Achieve a smooth and stylish blend by mingling classic barware tools and essentials with accents and accessories of various time periods and decorating styles to create contrast, conversation, and home bar banter.

Antoine vintage creamer

I use my vintage Antoine’s creamer as a jigger which never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

Eclectic Home Bar, New York

Nicole Forina Home

Dorsette Captains and Ships Wine Decanter

Dublin 5-Piece Wine Set

Dublin 5-Piece Wine Set

John-Derian-home-Provincetown-Domino

Domino

Decorative items steeped in whimsy garnish the home bar with a splash of fun.

transitional home bar

Davenport+Resin+Rhino+Sculpture

vintage-english-beefeater-yoeman-ceramic-gin-decanter

Chairish

Set of 4 Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Set of 4 Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Houston Bottle Opener

Houston Bottle Opener

rabbit-ice-bucket

Rabbit Head Ice Bucket

a priest, a rabbit, and a minister

Cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories house well in  candy dishes.

Cillian Rabbit Dish, Pink

Cillian Rabbit Dish, Pink

old-man-by-the-sea-home-barDomino

Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

a-weathered-sea-captainA Weathered Sea Captain Oil Painting Reproduction Print

 

Jeffords+Hammered+Stainless+Steel+Double+Wall+Beverage+Tub

Hammered Stainless Steel Party Tub with Carrying Handles

clear-whiskey-decanter

Godinger Whiskey Decanter

McKenzie Anchor Ice Bucket

porthole ice bucket

Theme decorating is a Bahama breeze when it comes to coming up with decorative touches to bring the look together.

White and Gray Clam shell

Consider using a decorative clam shell for housing cocktail garnishes, stirrers, or salt/sugar rimmers.

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Tugboat Bar Tool Set

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Addison 3 Shelf Cart 

Seaside Moby Whale Bottle Opener

Seaside Moby Whale Bottle Opener

Reimagine the purpose of a dresser, chest or console as a distinctive home bar piece.

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Martha Stewart – Photo by Pieter Estersohn

Drawers become excellent housing options for barware, tools, linens, and glassware.

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House Beautiful

Italian Walnut Chest Or Commode

Italian Walnut Chest

Spode Kinglsey Wine Glass-Set of 4

Spode Kingsley Wine Glass-Set of 4

Glassware and decanters cut heavy in color, pattern and texture introduce a curated quality.

cranberry glass decanters

EBTHInverted Thistle Glass Pitcher, Amethyst

Inverted Thistle Glass Pitcher, Amethyst

bar-cart-on-patio-cocktails

Better Homes & Gardens

Vintage Etched Goblets

Vintage Etched Goblets

Vintage Etched Wine Decanter

Vintage Etched Wine Decanter

Godinger Dublin wine decanter

Godinger Dublin Wine Decanter

Transitional Home Bar, Richmond

Bella Designs Studio

Pour, mix, and mingle in modern style.

Tall-Arched-Antique-Gold-Metal-Framed-3-Tier-Mirrored-Shelf

Tall Arched Antique Gold Metal Framed 3-Tier Mirrored Shelf

Bar shelves- love it!

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Handmade Blown Glass Blue Blossoms Glasses Set of 6 Handmade Blown Glass Blue Blossoms Glasses Set of 6

Godinger-Dublin-goblet

Godinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

You’ll never make a decor misstep with classic blue and white porcelain vases and accents.

Plum Blossom Ginger Jar Plum Blossom Ginger Jar

Jennifer 25.25" Ceramic LED Table Lamp, Blue (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Jennifer 25.25″ Ceramic LED Table Lamp, Blue (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

round-sterling-silver-bar-tray

 AGK Design Studio

Top Shelf 12.5-Inch Double Wall Round Bar Tray

Top Shelf 12.5-Inch Double Wall Round Bar Tray

The secret to successful entertaining is creating ambiance.

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 Zoe Feldman Design

A space drenched in simple yet elegant ambiance is festive, comfortable, cozy, and inviting- an entertaining cocktail hour/party win.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Aluminum Stand-alone Wine Cooler

Aluminum Stand-Alone Wine Cooler

Etched Floral Coupe Glasses, Set of 4

Etched Floral Coupe Glasses, Set of 4

barware-glass-collection

DesignStyles-Acrylic-Folding-Tray-Table (1)

DesignStyles Acrylic Folding Tray Table

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

Faron Console - Distressed Copper Base

Faron Console – Distressed Copper Base

Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral

Murano Cranberry Blown Glass Bowl

Murano Cranberry Blown Glass Bowl

 

Viv-all-purpose-big-wine-glass

Viv All Purpose Big Wine Glasses, Set of 8

Palm Beach Tray Red - Johar Furniture

Palm Beach Tray Red – Johar Furniture

Console, cabinet, chest, or cart- cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.

Gabor Gold Bar Cart with Lower Shelf 1

Gabor Gold Bar Cart with Lower Shelf 

dorset-martini-mixer

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Dorset Martini Mixer

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Real Simple

Rondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. DecanterMajestic Gifts Inc. Crystal Decanter

DIY-ice-bucket

DIY Ice Bucket Project Perfection from Rachel Hollis

Pryce Gold Rocks GlassPryce Gold Glassware

vintage-heisey-gold-accent-candy-dishVintage Heisey Paneled 22 kt Gold Accent Candy Dish

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angelo:HOME Alcott 3-Tier Gold Metal Bar Cart

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Hand Cut and Polished Orson Decanter

Hand Cut and Polished Orson Decanter

Ceska Century Whiskey Decanter

Godinger Ceska Century Whiskey Decanter

Antique Dudson Dancing Hours Pitcher

Antique Dudson Dancing Hours Pitcher

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.

Holiday-Happy-Hour-Bar-cartHouse & Home

For the holiday season, entertain replacing decanter tops with glass ornaments for a festive touch.

Christmas-ball-ornaments

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

blush-pink-rose

Marilyn-Monroe-whiskey-decanter

EBTH

bottle-brush-pink-Christmas-tree-snow-globe

Bottle Brush Trees Water Globe

allison elebash interior designAllison Elebash Interior Design

pemberly-row-modern-glass-metal-bar-cart

Pemberly Row Modern 3-Shelf Glass and Metal Bar Cart in Satin Gold

Set of 6 Exquisite Bohemian Crystal Style Cut Czech Drinking Rock Glass Cups Tumbler SetSet of 6 Bohemian Crystal Style Cut Czech Tumbler Set

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living

boxwood-wreath-ribbon

antler=decorative

8x10 Oil Painting of a Rooster

8×10 Oil Painting of a Rooster

rooster-table-lamp

Rooster Table Lamp

vintage-rooster-tole-tray

Vintage Rooster Tole Tray

Poulan Tray Bar Cart

Frisco Tray Table in Slate

Old Colony Furniture Co. Faux Bamboo Butlers bar cart

Old Colony Furniture Co. Faux Bamboo Butler’s Bar Cart

Light Woven Oval Tray

Light Woven Oval Tray

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Scallop Deep Ottoman Tray

Rattan Scallop Deep Ottoman Tray

S/6 Whiskey Neat Note CardsSet of 6 Whiskey Neat Note Cards – Lana’s Shop

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-

Bar-Cart-Tray-Photography-by-Cassandra-Monroe

Domino – Photography by Cassandra Monroe

Handcarved Land & Sky Buffet By Anthropologie in Grey

Handcarved Land & Sky Buffet By Anthropologie in Grey

White Stoneware Plates with Gold Rims, 8 in.

White Stoneware Plates with Gold Rims, 8 in.

Large Gold Hammered Serving TrayLarge Gold Hammered Serving Tray

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSH YÖUNG DESIGN HOUSE

Domino- Photography by Josh Yöung Design House

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Altered Vintage Oil Portrait

Dublin Triangle Decanter

Dublin Triangle Decanter

Early 20th Century Williamsport Furniture Company Chinese Chippendale Dresser

Early 20th Century Williamsport Furniture Chinese Chippendale Dresser

Preserved Cedar Foliage

Preserved Cedar Foliage

DIY chic is always in old-fashioned fashion for a curated home bar cart, cabinet or corner.

pink champagne brush strokes DIY ice buckets

DIY Painted Abstract Brushstroke Ice Bucket 

Majestic Gifts Inc. S/6 Glass Highball TumblersMajestic Gifts Inc. S/6 Glass Highball Tumblers

Thorold 2 Door Square Accent CabinetThorold 2 Door Square Accent Cabinet

Dublin 5-Piece Wine Set

Dublin 5-Piece Wine Set

red-pinecone-cut-glassware-collection

 

Red Pinecone Cut Goblets

Qualia Bling Martini Glasses (Set of 2)

Qualia Bling Martini Glasses (Set of 2)

cocktails-on-dining-table-holidays-HG-photo-DEAN HEARNE

House & Garden – Photo by Dean Hearne 

Wilshire Decanter, Red

Wilshire Decanter, Red

santa mini espresso mug

Small his and hers Santa mugs become super cute shot glasses.

pink santa claus face mug 1

Winter Wonderland-

winter-wonderland-theme-bar-accessories

Snacks go well with seasonal cocktails, and the clear candy kiss dishes house nuts, pretzels, etc… in holiday fashion.

bar mix

Snacks go well with seasonal cocktails, and the clear candy kiss dishes house nuts, pretzels, etc… in holiday fashion.

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

festive bar cartSouthern Living – Photography by Kat Teutsch / Big Leo

dark magnolia wreath

brass-finish-novogratz-bar-carts

Stud decanter

Stud Decanter

Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4   4pk Porcelain Wexford Dinner Plates

Letters+Snack+3+Piece+Nut+Bowl+Set

Haglund Bar/Letters Snack 3 Piece Nut Bowl Set

mint julep cups set

Acopa Alchemy Hammered Stainless Steel Mint Julep Cup- Set of 4

bar menu mirror Southern Living

faux boxwood garlandBoxwood Garland

Hudson Grace Double Champagne Bucket

Hudson Grace Double Champagne Bucket

Luttrell Indoor Aluminum Handcrafted Champagne Cooler

Luttrell Indoor Aluminum Handcrafted Champagne Cooler

home bar styling ideas

Viv Champagne Glasses, Set of 8

HomArt - Long Match Box Set of 2 - Oh, Christmas Tree - Gold Foil - GreenHomArt – Long Match Box Set of 2 – Oh, Christmas Tree 

3 Gallon Dispenser

3 Gallon Dispenser

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.

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I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha

Queen+Anne+Small+Oblong+Gallery+Tray

Cyan Design Roscoe Tray Roscoe 18.5" Diameter Metal Tray Made in India - Nickel

Cyan Design Roscoe Tray Roscoe 18.5″ Diameter Metal Tray – Nickel

crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

The art of farmhouse style courtesy of casually elegant pieces.

Henriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar CabinetWeathered  2 Door Bar Cabinet

Saluti II Black Metal Frame Cage with 3-Wood Shelves Oval Bar Cart

Saluti II Black Metal Frame Cage with 3-Wood Shelves Oval Bar Cart

Vintage Seltzer Bottles

Vintage Seltzer Bottles

American Icon Buffalo Sculpture

American Icon Buffalo Sculpture

cow-oil-on-canvas
Clear Dark Leather Strap Wine Cooler

Clear Dark Leather Strap Wine Cooler

Standing Squirrel Nut Bowl

Squirrel Candy – Nut Bowl

Squirrel Wood Bowl

Pumpkin Wood Bowl

Pumpkin Wood Bowl

Caballero horse spoon rest

Caballero Horse Spoon Rest

Thoughtful bar accessories include accents to set the tone for home bar styling ideas.

Antiqued Copper-Finish Shaker & JiggerAntiqued Copper-Finish Shaker & Jigger

Acopa Alchemy 14 oz. Straight Sided Hammered Copper Moscow Mule Mug - 12/Pack

Acopa Alchemy 14 oz. Straight Sided Hammered Copper Moscow Mule Mug 

Tuscany Classics - Whiskey 3pc SetTuscany Classics – Whiskey 3pc Set

This cow cheese board with rooster knife covers the cut, slice, or spread of farmhouse, garnishes, and cocktail bites.

Godinger Cow Cheese Board with Rooster Knife

Brushed Buffalo Plaid Plates, Set of 4

Brushed Buffalo Plaid Plates, Set of 4

Super cute idea for a farmhouse style home bar shot glass or jigger.

Pewter Cow Creamer

Pewter Cow Creamer

Home Bar FYI:

Shot glasses range in size from 1 to 1¼  to 1½ ounces.

A pony shot equals 1 fluid ounce.

A jigger equals 1½ fluid ounces.

Tom Beckbe

Tom Beckbe

Olive Wood Lemon Reamer

Olive Wood Lemon Reamer

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

Icy Pine Clear Champagne Ice Bucket

pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

silver-12-Diameter-Aluminum-Ice-Bucket-with-Scoop

12″ Diameter Aluminum Ice Bucket with Scoop

antler-tongs

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

antler-bar-set

Handcrafted Silvertone Duck Decanter

home-bar-ideas-hb-Douglas-Friedman

House Beautiful – Photo by Douglas Friedman

Lodge+Pewter+Elk+Wine+Charm

Lodge Whiskey Glass

Lodge Whiskey Glass

Forest Elk Head Nut Bowl

 

horn+handled+Ice+Scoop

Horn Handled Ice Scoop

Fashioned after a classic.

2 Door Accent Chest with Molded Rectangular Accents, White and Black

2 Door Accent Chest with Molded Rectangular Accents, White and Black

Lismore Black Collection

Lismore Black Collection

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Accents by Jay Square Tray with Handles

Accents by Jay Square Tray with Handles

Cheer Collection Luxurious Highball Cocktail Sparkling"Diamond" Studded Glasses

Luxurious Highball Cocktail Sparkling”Diamond” Studded Glasses

Chanel-Jean-Leymaire

LIFVER-Ceramic-Coaster-Set-with-Holder

bar-cart-lucite-chair-leopardBliss at Home – Bloglovin’

Regency-eagle-convex-mirror

Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

acorn finial glass top cart on wheels

Brass and Glass Bar Cart with Acorn Finials

Voyager Pink Turntable

Voyager Pink Turntable

Elyx Copper Gnome Cocktail Shaker

Elyx Copper Gnome Cocktail Shaker

Leopard Accent Plates - Set of 4Leopard Accent Plates – Set of 4

Emma J Shipley Des Animaux Coaster

2xhome Designer Transparent Dining Chairs

2xhome Designer Transparent Dining Chairs

leopard lumbar pillow coverLeopard Lumbar Pillow Cover

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Round Brass Decorative BoxPlanter

Round Brass Decorative Box/ Planter

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Whetzel Bar Cart

Whetzel Bar Cart

decorative-head

Drinking-with-Chickens

Drinking with Chickens:  Free-Range Cocktails For The Happiest Hour

Jax Double Old Fashion - Set of 4Jax Double Old Fashion – Set of 4

S/6 Las Flores Coaster Set, Ivory/Multi

S/6 Las Flores Coaster Set, Ivory/Multi

Fred Press 22K Gold Curtain Tassel Rope Design Mid Century Highball Tumblers

Fred Press 22K Gold Curtain Tassel Rope Design Mid Century Highball Tumblers

Bohemian Crystal Colored Glasses, 6-pc Vintage PINK Brandy Cognac Snifters

Bohemian Crystal Colored Glasses, 6-pc Vintage PINK Brandy Cognac Snifters

hand clip

Large Brass Hand Clip

Victorian chic at the cocktail hour- this large brass hand clip will be clever and chic as a cocktail napkin holder.

American Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter CarafeAmerican Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter Carafe

 

Ellipse Decanter

Ellipse Decanter

 

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket

Dublin Ice Bucket

Dublin Ice Bucket

Badash Hemmingway Pitcher

Badash Hemmingway Pitcher

Glam meets old Hollywood meets modern day must have.

Carson Carrington Ullnasnoret Scalloped Velvet Arm Chair

Carson Carrington Ullnasnoret Scalloped Velvet Arm Chair

Oliver Gal Press For Cocktails Decorative Throw Pillow

Oliver Gal Press For Cocktails Decorative Throw Pillow

Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.

StyleCraft Grey with Whitewash Wooden Cabinet with Mirror Design

StyleCraft Grey with Whitewash Wooden Cabinet with Mirror Design

Alligator Bottle Opener

Alligator Bottle Opener

arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop

alligator-Pilsner-glasses

Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

High Chancellor Crocwell portrait Serving Tray

High Chancellor Crocwell portrait Serving Tray

Crocodile+Bookends

Crocodile Bookends

croco ice bucket

Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.

Cocktails on the front or the back porch strike a chord of Southern charm.

I love how a bit of imagine results in an outdoor grill becoming a Bloody Mary bar accessorized with vintage serving pieces of silver, crystal, pottery, and porcelain.

rattan-wrapped-carafe

Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

Sea Grass Sleeve Tumblers

Sea Grass Sleeve Tumblers

Magnolia+Foliage+in+Glass+Vase

 

Arthur Court Designs Magnolia Ice Measuring Scoop

Arthur Court Designs Magnolia Ice Measuring Scoop

Libbey Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers circa 1968

Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers

Libbey-bloody-mary-set-hurricane-glasses-pitcher

smoked bloody mary cocktail mix (1)

Southern Living Idea House - Crane Island

Southern Living Idea House – Crane Island

Trolly Rattan Wicker Serving Cart Handmade Woven w/Wheels, Colonial

Trolly Rattan Wicker Serving Cart Handmade Woven w/Wheels, Colonial

rattan-bar-serving-cart

Global Caravan™ Marari Rattan Bar Cart in Natural

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

 

Gold+Accent+Tray

table-top-bar-Caitlin-Moran

Glitter Guide

A Mardi Gras mambo always adds Louisiana style to the mix and the mingle.

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass - Green - Large

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass – Green – Large

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses 

Banda 14 oz. Acrylic Whiskey Glass (Set of 4)

Whiskey Glass (Set of 4)

elixir-bottle-clear

Glass “Elixir” Bottle

French Pierrot Jewelry Box, Ceramic Sad Clown Figure Trinket Dish

French Pierrot Jewelry Box, Ceramic Sad Clown Figure Trinket Dish

Swint+Appetizer+Plate Swint 6.5″ Appetizer Plate (Set of 4)

Mitchell-Gold-apartment-home-bar

Domino

Everything old is new and in style again.

Ryker-Chestnut-Brown-Stain-and-Pale-Satin-Gold-Panels-Two-Door-Cabinet

Ryker Chestnut Brown Stain and Pale Satin Gold Panels Two-Door Cabinet

Nourison 17" Sleek Modern Iron Mushroom Table Lamp - Silver

Nourison 17″ Sleek Modern Iron Mushroom Table Lamp – Silver

Jack Nicholson @ China Town Framed PrintJack Nicholson @ China Town Framed Print

 Nambé Barware Collection

Furniture-of-America-Sene-Contemporary-Rolling-Buffet (1)

Furniture of America Sene Contemporary Rolling Buffet

race car cocktail shaker

Race Car Cocktail Shaker

tortoishell-look-resin-wine-cooler (1)

Tortoiseshell Resin Wine Cooler

Marq burl wood trays

Marq Burl Wood Trays 

Man Walks Coasters

Man Walks Coasters

Jaxson-barware

Jaxson Barware

burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray

Multiwood Serving Board

Multiwood Serving Board

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

Steven Sclaroff

Steven Sclaroff

Accents mix well together to create ambiance and flow.

simple-designs-mini-ceramic-globe-table-lamp-black

Simple Designs Mini Ceramic Globe Table Lamp, Black

A small accent lamp layers a enhanced soft light, and a chic set of appetizer plates (salad plates work well, too) frame a tasty nip and nosh.

Thyme & Table Dinnerware Black & White Medallion Stoneware Salad Round Plates, 4 Pack.

Black & White Medallion Stoneware Salad Round Plates, 4 Pack

Radius Barware Collection

 

radius-decanter

Radius Decanter

Hendrick+InteriorsHendrick Interiors

Gemmill 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Serge 2 Door Accent Cabinet

airplane-glass-snifter

Godinger Airplane Glasses

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

 

Brixton 12-Ounce Rocks Glass

Brixton 12-Ounce Rocks Glass

Arzola+Cocktail+Stirrer

Arzola Cocktail Stirrer

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray

Hip Vintage Rod Hand Cut and Polished Glass Decanter

Hip Vintage Rod Hand Cut and Polished Glass Decanter

Hollywood Cocktails - by Cider Mill Press (Hardcover)

Hollywood Cocktails – by Cider Mill Press (Hardcover)

Hollywood cocktails Top Gun

Airplanes and hotels go together like…

Luggage Cart Winerack Gold

Luggage Cart Winerack Gold

hammered-bar-ware

 

Steady-Temp 8 oz. Martini GlassSteady-Temp 8 oz. Martini Glass

Stainless Steel Martini Picks (Set of 6)

Stainless Steel Martini Picks (Set of 6)

Degroff silver cocktail shaker

Degroff Silver Cocktail Shaker

Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape.

Mid Century Ceramic Shoe Ashtray

Mid Century Ceramic Shoe Ashtray

A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

Home Brew At Bat Baseball Player Wine Holder Bottle Display

biscuit-barrel

Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

Hammered Candy Nut BowlHammered Candy / Nut Bowl

stovetop sugar free candied nuts Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts 

Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style, and one part fabulous now being served.

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Places In The Home For The Holidays: Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes Ideas

Thanksgiving dinner shines the spotlight on Thanksgiving side dish recipe ideas.

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Corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, green peas with mushrooms and pearl onions, buttermilk cornbread, and cornbread dressing pleases the Southern faithful.  Pondering Thanksgiving side dish recipes ideas provided me with delicious inspiration for dishing a new holiday side dish.

Cane Syrup-Roasted Carrots with Garlic-Herb Yogurt Sauce

Cane Syrup-Roasted Carrots with Garlic-Herb Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients

¼ cup cane syrup

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

¾ teaspoon ground cumin

2 (16-ounce) packages peeled small rainbow carrots with tops (halved, if large)

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

¾ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

1 small clove garlic, grated

½ teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

½ teaspoon lemon zest

Garnish: fresh mint leaves, chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, stir together cane syrup, melted butter, lemon juice, and cumin.  Set aside.

Divide carrots between prepared pans. Toss carrots with ¼ cup oil, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.  Roast for 15 minutes.

Brush carrots with cane syrup mixture, and roast until tender, about 18
minutes more.

In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, 2 tablespoons water, mint, garlic, parsley, and zest.  Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining ¾ teaspoon salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper, stirring to combine. Drizzle yogurt sauce over carrots.  Garnish with mint and parsley, if desired.

-Louisiana Cookin’

Potato-Apple Gratin

Potato-Apple Gratin

Ingredients

8 medium Yukon gold or other yellow-flesh potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick (8 to 10 cups)

2 cups shredded or finely chopped Granny Smith apples (2 or 3 medium)

2/3 cup sliced green onions (6) or thinly sliced leek

4 slice bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled

1 ½ teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

3 cups shredded Gruyere, provolone, Swiss, or Jarslberg cheese (12 ounces)

1 1/3 cups whipping cream

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

Green onion slivers (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Layer half of the potatoes, half of the apples, half of the sliced green onions, and half of the bacon in prepared dish. Sprinkle with half of the salt and half of the pepper. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat layers. In a medium bowl combine the cream, garlic, and, if desired, nutmeg.  Pour cream mixture over layers in baking dish.  Cover with foil.

Bake for 1-1/2 hours. Uncover; bake for 15 minutes more or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork and top is golden.  Let stand for 10 minutes.  If desired, sprinkle with green onion slivers.

-Better Homes & Gardens

field-peas

Classic Fresh Field Peas

Ingredients

2 Smoked Ham Hocks or purchased smoked ham hocks

1 ½ cups finely chopped onion

3 tablespoons bacon drippings

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups shelled fresh field peas (about 1 lb.)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

Bring hocks and 2 qt. water to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; simmer 1 ½ to 2 hours or until meat is tender.

Meanwhile, sauté onion in hot drippings in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 6 minutes.  Add garlic; sauté 1 minute.  Add peas and onion mixture to Dutch oven with ham hocks; bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes or until peas are tender.  Remove hocks; drain peas, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Remove and chop ham from hock bones; discard bones.  Stir ham into peas, if desired.

-Southern Living

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple-Bacon Drizzle

Ingredients

2 large acorn squash

¼ cup butter

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

1 tsp. Kosher salt

5 black pepper bacon slices

1 tbsp. chopped rosemary leaves

½ cup maple syrup

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

fresh rosemary leaves

freshly ground pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Combine butter and next 2 ingredients.  Coat squash with butter mixture; arrange on baking sheets in a single layer. Bake 20 minutes; turn squash over, and bake 10 more minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, sauté bacon in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Drain drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon in skillet.  Cook rosemary in hot drippings 1 minute. Stir in syrup and vinegar and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until reduced by almost half.  Arrange squash on a serving platter and drizzle with warm maple mixture.

Crumble reserved bacon over squash and sprinkle with additional rosemary leaves and pepper.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

-Good Housekeeping

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Butterscotch Pears

Ingredients

4  large firm pears

1  tablespoon lemon juice

¼ cup packed brown sugar

3  tablespoons butter, softened

2  tablespoons all-purpose flour

½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼  teaspoon salt

½  cup chopped pecans

½  cup pear nectar

2  tablespoons honey

Directions

Cut pears in half lengthwise; remove cores. Brush pears with lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon and salt; stir in pecans. Spoon into pears; place in 4-qt. slow cooker.

Combine pear nectar and honey; drizzle over pears. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Serve warm.

Taste of Home

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Crispy Sweet Potato Roast

Ingredients

5 tablespoons butter, melted and divided

5 large sweet potatoes, washed

6 cloves garlic, smashed

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground black pepper

Garnish: fresh thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°.  Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray; add
2 tablespoons melted butter to bottom of dish.

Using a mandolin or knife, slice sweet potatoes to 1⁄8-inch-thick rounds. Holding slices together, place in pan. Tuck in garlic among slices. Brush sweet potatoes with remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake until potatoes are tender and crisp, about 1¼ hours. Garnish with thyme, if desired.

-Victoria Magazine

Seasoned Italian Green Beans

Visit the canned good aisle at your favorite grocery store.  There you will hopefully find several cans of Margaret Holmes Seasoned Italian Green Beans.

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Buy them.  We are six for Thanksgiving dinner, so I go with three (3) cans, allowing for leftovers.  I add a heaping tablespoon of bacon grease (a staple of the Southern kitchen) and 1½-2 cups of water.  Pearl onions and/or sliced mushrooms dress up this side dish for the holiday table.

Delicious.

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