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Summer Entertaining Essentials

Whether you’re entertaining at home for two or a few, there’s nothing quite like sharing a meal and drinks with loved ones. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite home essentials for making those get-togethers extra special. Bon appetit!

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1.OXO Good Grips® Steel Bottle Opener – Keep the beers and soda pop flowing for your guests.

2. Artland “Iris” Pitcher – From lemonade to adult beverages, everything looks better served in this gorgeous pitcher.

3. 10 Strawberry Street “Love Collection” Cooler Glass Set – Up your bartending game with these chic highball glasses.

4. Vitamix CIA Professional Series Model 1709 – Whip up frozen drinks, sorbets and even soups with this powerful blender.

5. Joseph Joseph Hands-On Salad Bowl & Servers – The sleek and modern design allows you to keep your salad servers always at hand and out of the way.

6. Oenophilia Recycled Bottle Top Tealight Holders – Set the mood for your tablescape with this unique centerpiece.

7. Emile Henry Flame® BBQ Kabob Grilling Stone – Evenly grills your meats and veggies for picture-perfect kabobs!

8. Joseph Joseph Triple Dish Set– Serve chips and dip or other appetizers in this lovely setting.

9. Waring Pro Professional Drink Mixer – Make delicious summer drinks with this retro-style fountain mixer.

10. Picnic Time Formaggio Oval Bamboo Cheese Board – Fancy cheeses deserve a beautiful serving board!

11. Emile Henry 9” Pie Dish There’s nothing more inviting than a homemade pie!

12. Oenophilia Perfect Stemware (Red Wine) Set of 6 – Serve your favorite vino in these perfectly balanced glasses.

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At-Home Cocktail Party

Turn your home into the most exclusive hotspot for cocktails with the help of a few pieces from our Home Shop. Invite a few of your closest friends, serve up some delicious appetizers, shake up some martinis and toast to good times ahead!

Who needs expensive cocktails at pretentious bars when you can enjoy your very own cocktail party right at home?

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1. Riedel Vinum Martini Glass (Set of 2)

2. OXO Steel Cocktail Shaker

3. Oenophilia Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers

4. Cuisinart Electric Fondue Set

5. BIA Cordon Bleu Ramekins Set of 12

6. Gorham "That's Entertainment" 5-Piece Cocktail Prep Set

7. Oenophilia Bamboo Cheese Set

8. OXO Steel Ice Bucket & Tongs Set

9. Riedel Nachtmann- Aspen Longdrink- Set of 4

10. Riedel Ouverture Magnum- Set of 8


Check out these handy tips for hosting a great at-home cocktail party with a special touch:

Choose a theme: It doesn’t have to be as crazy as a pirate theme! Choose something tasteful such as a color theme or regional flavor (e.g.: French Flair, Wear White After Labor Day, Americana)

Pick the perfect playlist: Even if you don’t have a distinct theme, set the ambiance with a pre-made music playlist. You can even set the pace & mood by starting out with slower tempos, ramping up to a faster tempo as the party gets going, and then slowing down the pace as the evening winds down.

Serve up special hors d’oeuvres: While chips-and-salsa is an easy option, it’s not the most exciting. Treat your cocktail guests with more scrumptious options like fondue with exotic cheeses, or downsize your old favorites like lobster bisque served in shot glasses or potatoes au gratin served in cute ramekins.

It also helps to label your appetizers accordingly so everyone knows what each delicious dish is!

P.S. Remember to check your guest list to accomodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions.

Offer glass stickers: Help your guests keep track of their glasses with little ID stickers. You can even pick ones that fit your party theme!

Enjoy responsibly: As the host, your prime responsibility after making sure the guests have a good time is to make sure everyone gets home safely. It doesn’t hurt to collect keys before you get the party started and hand them to designated drivers after the party winds down. Be prepared to call for taxis if need be, or if you have the extra room, offer a bed or couch just in case.

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Home for the Holidays: Wine and Small Bites

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1.Riedel Happy "O" Wine Tumblers, 2. Swissmar Noirmont 10-Piece Meat Fondue Set, 3. BIA Cordon Bleu Cheese Markers, 4. BIA Cordon Bleu Wavy Cake Stand, 5. OXO Stainless Steel Winged Cork Screw, 6. Oenophilia Bamboo Cheese Set, 7. BIA Cordon Bleu Jumbo Egg Plate

With the hectic holiday season upon us, it’s even more important to remember to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life, like enjoying good wine and good eats with your closest friends.

We suggest throwing a little wine and appetizer party in lieu of (or in addition to) a big Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a great way to spend some quality time catching up with friends on a smaller scale amidst all the big holiday festivities you all have going on!

Try this delicious and easy recipe for deviled eggs for your next get together:

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs by USEREMILY3260*

12 eggs

½ cup mayo

4 slices of bacon

2 tablespoons of finely shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon mustard

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover,and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, and cool. To cool more quickly, rinse eggs under cold running water.
  2. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Alternatively, wrap bacon in paper towels and cook in the microwave for about 1 minute per slice. Crumble and set aside.
  3. Peel the hard-cooked eggs, and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks to a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, crumbled bacon and cheese. Stir in mustard. Fill egg white halves with the yolk mixture and refrigerate until serving.

*Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com®

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Staying In: Entertain Your Guests in Style

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When it comes to entertaining at home, the little details really count. That’s why we’re all about fun accents and chic dinnerware when having friends over for a casual dinner.

Impress your guests with these picks during your next in-home get together!

1. Le Creuset 4.5 Qt. Rectangular Stoneware Casserole with Lid: This timeless casserole dish goes from oven to tabletop quite perfectly!

2. Highbury Whittier Square Dinner Plates (Set of 6): These chic dinner plates add a restaurant embience to any dinner table.

3. Le Creuset Screwpull Corkscrew: This solid corkscrew also makes for a great gift to a wine connoisseur host!

4. Oenophilia Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers (Set of 4): Add colorful style by sipping your favorite beverage out of these fun glasses.

5. Highbury Caribbean Tray: Make a lovely fruit or floral centerpiece atop this tropical-inspired display tray.

6. BIA Cordon Bleu Chantilly Cream & Sugar Set: This charming set dresses up your after-dinner coffee.

7. BIA Cordon Bleu Cheese Plate w/ Knife: Why serve those fine artisan cheeses on just any old plate? Add a dose of French style to your dinner setting with this vintage-style set.

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