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A Spanish Themed Dinner with Williams-Sonoma & Le Creuset

Celebrating the traditional flavors of Spain with a vibrant, yet laid-back spread
September 19, 2016

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Today’s dinner (and MAJOR giveaway) is not only an ode to the traditional, yet vibrant flavors of Spain, it’s a celebration of the Spanish laid-back approach to dining.  Let’s just say they know how to sit back, pour a glass or two of wine, nibble on some tapas and savor really great food.  And since I’m a big fan of all of those things, I decided it was due time I payed homage to the beautiful Iberian peninsula with a casual dinner spread and Spanish inspired menu. 

I tried my hand at two Spanish staples: a seafood paella and hearty spinach with chickpeas.  Both dishes I’ve enjoyed at restaurants for years, but have been nervous about recreating at home.  So to say I was thrilled and just a tad surprised at how simple they actually were to prepare is an understatement.  I’ll be sharing the recipes for my Seafood Paella and Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach & Chickpeas) tomorrow, but I’d be amiss to leave you hanging about the cheese plate.

I knew I had to have a cheese plate when planning this Spanish themed dinner, but I wanted to avoid what seems to be the current cheese plate trend of the “bigger-the-better.”  Yes, we all love cheese and all that accompanies it, but unless you’re throwing a full blown party, when entertaining for 10 guests or less, keep it on the small and simple.  The cheese plate is just something to nosh on before the main event.  You don’t want it to be so complex and filling because it runs the risk of taking away from the meal itself. 

So with that being said, I kept it simple with two Spanish cheeses (Manchego & Mahon), roasted red peppers, a mix of Spanish olives, marcona almonds, two different marmalades and two Spanish meats (Jamon Serrano & Salami).  I arranged it all on this Le Creuset Tray, which is part of a 2-piece casserole dish and tray.  The tray serves as the top of the casserole dish, so you can use them separately or together…genius!  

Speaking of Le Creuset, how wonderful is this cool Caribbean blue?!  I love Le Creuset, that’s all there is to it.  Cast-iron kitchenware is just one of those things you’ll have forever, and Le Creuset is my absolute favorite brand when it comes down to it.  When I saw this collection, I knew I had to have it.  I mean, by now you know my love affair with all things blue and white! See, when it comes to blue, I don’t discriminate.  I’ve found that all blues truly go together, and I knew this bold, island-blue would be the perfect pop to my table for nights like this.  Paired with a mix of other tabletop favorites, the Caribbean dinnerware collection infuses a welcoming, bright feel to any table…something I’ll be looking to do all year ’round.  Truly, MKR

P.S. Because Mondays are always better with giveaways, I’m so thrilled to announce our week-long giveaway today with your chance to score a 16-piece Le Creuset set in the color of your choice!  All the details are listed below in the widget, and I’d love to hear: what color would you choose?!  

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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha  |  This post was in collaboration with Le Creuset, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

5 Tailgate Essentials You Can’t Forget on Game Day

College Football Season is Here, Friends
September 4, 2016

It’s officially FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!  (Okay, I had to find a way to fit that in here somewhere!)  But no matter who your team is, you’ll agree that the excitement of another college football season is simply contagious.  The food, the drink, the culture that surrounds the tradition of tailgating is reason enough for celebrating, and when you pair that with great football (this is our year, Vols)…well it just can’t be beat. 

Hopefully you have some college football games on the books; a long day of tailgating and cheering on your favorite team is just good for the soul.  Before you go though, make sure you have all of the tailgate essentials to ensure that you set up a proper spread.  Check out the slideshow of what I consider to be the five most important tailgate essentials by clicking on the picture above.  Go Vols!  Cheers, Kat

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The Drinks

The Drinks

It wouldn't be a tailgate without a generous supply of beer and liquor. Feeling fancy? Consider mixing up these festive cocktails. And be sure to bring plenty of ice with your cooler.

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The Food

The Food

A great tailgate will never, EVER skimp on the grub! Whether it's homemade or takeout, everyone will appreciate the food throughout the day. For a few great go-to recipes like Dueling Deviled Eggs, Collard Greens & Cornbread Casserole and Chicken Wings, check out this post.

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The Digs

The Digs

Set up shop with a canopy tent, a set of foldable chairs, portable tables and of course, your team's flag. And while you're at it, don't forget the football for a little game of toss among the other fans.

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The Necessities

The Necessities

You'll need the proper utensils to ensure every fan is full and happy before AND after the game! Stock up on Solo cups (they're classic), and bring a set of plastic wine glasses and melamine plates.

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A Game Face

A Game Face

Okay so you have the booze, the food, and the tailgate properly set up. College football season is all about the passion—the upsets, the heartbreaks and the victories—so grab your game face and get ready to have a long, fun-filled day. Because after all, the winners start early!

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10 Block Party Essentials to See Summer Off in Style

A checklist of must-haves for your outdoor bash
August 18, 2016

This week we’ve had a blast sharing scenes from our end-of-summer block party with Pottery Barn, along with a few of our favorite fuss-free finger food recipes and a super refreshing mocktail/cocktail.  We already hit the basics you’ll want to have at your own outdoor bash, but we wanted to round up a final checklist today for you as well.  You’ve got the comfy chairs and pillows covered, but you don’t want to forget about the great playlist, string lights and games.  Click on the image above to scroll through the slideshow of our top 10 block party essentials. Cheers, Kat

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String Lights

String Lights

It's a given that string lights make every outdoor experience more magical, and a block party is no exception.

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Lounge Chairs + Pillows

Lounge Chairs + Pillows

You want everyone to feel like they can stay awhile, so stock up on the comfy lounge chairs and pillows.

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An Outdoor Patio Set

An Outdoor Patio Set

One great patio set is all you really need to set up a food station since the evening won't call for a full sit-down meal.

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Fuss-Free Finger Food

Fuss-Free Finger Food

The key to a great block party is an easy menu full of food you can grab-and-go. Healthy homemade dips are great options, as well as gourmet (but simple!) sandwiches.

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A Mocktail (Easily Turned Cocktail)

A Mocktail (Easily Turned Cocktail)

Whip up a refreshing batch drink that everyone at the party can enjoy (and can easily turn into a cocktail with a little vodka). We're huge fans of Arnold Palmers & John Daly's, and this new Citrus Cooler is one you'll want to try STAT too.

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A Cooler

A Cooler

Keep cool things cool with a galvanized tin party tub or traditional cooler.

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Easy Desserts

Easy Desserts

Find ways to serve sweet treats that are easy to enjoy and mess-free. Watermelon on popsicle sticks and freeze pops are great options!

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Good Tunes

Good Tunes

Crank the summer playlists for everyone to hear with these storage cubes with portable speakers or your favorite Bluetooth player.

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Outdoor Games

Outdoor Games

Great outdoor games like ladder toss and bocce ball can easily be set up in the neighboring yards at the block party for kids and adults alike.

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DIY Activities

DIY Activities

Consider simple ways to incorporate DIY crafts like a Paint & Plant station for the little ones.

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