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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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August is National Coffee Month!

A cup o’ joe, java, bean juice, the daily grind. Whatever you call it, a good cup of coffee is as individual as the person savoring it. Whether you need that mid-day jolt of energy or that crucial morning pick-me-up, this beloved beverage certainly deserves its share of accolades.

To celebrate National Coffee Month, treat yourself to a new coffee maker, espresso machine and coffee accessories to enhance your daily caffeinated bliss! (or decaf, if that's your thing)

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1. BIA Cordon Bleu Latte Mugs (Set of 4)

2. Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

3. Capresso Café Espresso & Capuccino Machine

4. Breville The YouBrew® Thermal Coffee Maker

5. Le Creuset Cappucino Cups & Saucers (Set of 2)

6. KitchenAid Pro Line Burr Coffee Mill

7. Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffee Maker

8. Bodum Travel Mug

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Picks for Summertime Entertaining

One of the great joys in life is entertaining at home for friends and family. With BBQ season in full swing, we’re excited to fire up the grill, serve up some refreshing cocktails and share some yummy summertime fare with those we love! From good ol’ homemade apple pie to salads and burgers, great food is meant to be enjoyed with great company.

Check out some of our favorite dining and kitchen gadgets for pulling off the perfect lunch or dinner get-togethers in your backyard this summer.

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1. Lenox Tuscany Classics Beverage Pitcher

2. Echo Design Latika Seafoaf 4-Pc Place Setting

3. Vitamix CIA Professional Series

4. Dansk Classic Fjord All Purpose Serving Bowl

5. Gorham That's Entertainment Bar Set

6. Riedel H2O Classic Bar Long Drink 2-Pc Set

7. Lenox Chip & Dip Serving Plate

8. Le Creuset Bistro Grill

9. BIA Cordon Bleu BIAmboo 4-Pc Salad Plate Set

10. BIA Cordon Bleu 2-Pc 3-Section Server Set

11. Spiegelau Beer Tall Pilsner Glass Set

12. Emile Henry Le Grande Pie Dish

For a refreshing summer treat for the whole family, try this delicious smoothie recipe from Vitamix®!

Citrus Smoothie

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1 orange, peeled and quartered

¼ lemon, peeled, quartered and seeded

½ cup fresh pineapple chunks

¼ cup fresh mango chunks

1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the Vitamix in the order listed. Start at Variable 1 setting and turn on the machine. Slowly increase the speed to 10 then to High. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!

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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.