Everyday Entertaining

Waiting On Martha’s Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board

With my very first ever designed product I wanted to put the easy back in entertaining!
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In the 8 years that I’ve had my Blog I’ve written a lot of great posts, I’ve had a lot of amazing partnerships, and I’ve traveled to a lot of dreamy places. Truly, this blog has allowed me to do, see and experience things I never would have imagined in a millions years. But today my Friends, today is one for the books. Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my first ever designed product; a Build-Your-Own Charcuterie Board. Yep, you heard me right I’ve created a map to the perfect meat and cheese board.

With my first EVER designed product I wanted to put the easy back into entertaining! And there’s nothing more entertaining than a great charcuterie board, but easy they are not. Especially lately when it seems boards are becoming larger and more intricate than ever. So I thought, why not create board that had it all laid out, a map if you will. So thats just what I did, with a little help of course.

First we started with my favorite board that we sell at Waiting On Martha Home, a beautiful 30 x 10 maple wood board from Maple Leaf Designs Texas. We then had the map hand stamped/engraved on to the board in our handwritten font that was made just for Waiting On Martha.

Finally, we had the board fired in the kiln until it reaches a deep walnut brown coloring and finished off with butcher block conditioner. While I originally wanted to keep the board its original light maple color I quickly realized it gets messy. By darkening this thermal ash board you can lay everything directly down on the board then simply wash it away at the end of the night keeping it as functional as it is beautiful.

And that’s it, simply follow the step by step instructions engraved on the board and you’ll have the perfect appetizer board every time! And trust me when I say it will be perfect as I tested it many, many times even measuring out cheese wedges to try to make everything the perfect size. And if you consider yourself an expert we’ve got you covered too. The engraving is easily covered up as so you can feel free to get creative. However, you will find plenty of suggestions and definitions on our map such as: olives, vehicles (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), stinky cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite stinky cheeses), honey, sliced fruits (with suggestions of different fruits), salami with definition of salami, seasonal (with some ideas for seasonal foods), hard cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite hard cheeses), jam,  (with suggestions for different crackers & breads), soft cheese (with a listing of some of our favorite soft cheeses), nuts,  and prosciutto with definition of prosciutto.

This really is the perfect gift to give to yourself or to the host you love the most this holiday season. And from the bottom of my heart thank you to all that have supported me on this journey. It’s been a ride! xo, MKR

Setting the Table with Schumacher for Williams Sonoma

A classic print gets a whole new look
Filed Under > Entertaining
Dragon Ice Bucket, Double Old Fashion Glasses, Decanter
Ikat Serving Bowl, Dragon Platter, Cheese Knives
Schumacher Table Cloth & Ikat Ginger Jar
Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Ikat Charger, Ikat Dinner Plate, Dragon Salad Plate, Napkin
Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Ikat Ginger Jar

It’s amazing how a quick change in tabletop can make a room look completely different. Case in point setting the table with the new, jaw-dropping Schumacher for Williams Sonoma Collection.

Have you seen this collection yet? For those of you not familiar at all with Schumacher let me give you a quick run down. Schumacher was founded in 1889 by Frederic Schumacher, and quickly became the industry leader in textiles, wall coverings and trimmings. This legendary American design house is renowned for its unwavering commitment to beauty, artistry and quality and is a go-to for designers all over the world. So when they joined forces with Williams Sonoma, I knew the collaboration would be iconic.

This exclusive collection is the first time ever Schumacher has allowed their iconic patterns to be available in dinnerware and entertaining pieces and by how beautiful the collection turned out they’ve all got to be asking, why didn’t we do this sooner?!?!

I cannot tell you how much fun I had setting this table. This collection, at its heart, is a pattern and color lovers dream which is was waited with bated breath for it to launch.

Not only was I anxious to see which iconic Schumacher patterns were going to make the collection, I loved knowing that I would be able mix and match all of the different Schumacher patterns such as ikat, dragon, and chinois fret and the end result will feel cohesive and effortless. This is what I’m always talking about when mixing patterns…be bold, don’t be afraid friends!

Plus, from an entertaining standpoint this collection is so full and colorful there was no need to crowd the table with additional decor such as candles and loads of florals. I kept it simple by combining an orchid I already had potted at home and a few white hydrangeas from my garden combined in the Schumacher Ikat Ginger Jar.

While the entire collection is stunning, my personal favorites have to be the dragon ice bucket that is literally so large it can hold 3 bottles of wine! The amazingly intricate dragon decanter and matching double old fashioned glasses. And lastly all of the fabrics, specifically the napkin collection. They’re so beautiful and at such a great price!

At the end of the day every Schumacher for Williams Sonoma piece can completely stand on it’s own, but my suggestion…have fun with this one because the collection is truly meant to be mixed, matched, and swooned over. Truly, MKR

P.S. Come back this weekend when I’ll be sharing my recipe for the easiest ever Korean Ground Beef recipe as pictured above.

Photography Rustic White Interiors | This post is sponsored by Williams Sonoma, a brand I love and adore. All opinions and images are 100% my own

Freshly Picked

A Citrus Themed Table Setting Perfect For A Summer Brunch, Lunch or Baby Shower
Filed Under > Entertaining

In all my years of parties thrown and dinner parties hosted I’ve never been one to go all in on a match-matchy theme. Typically, I to like working from a specific color palette, or menu and let things organically flow from there. But if there was any theme I could completely get behind, especially in summer, it would be citrus.

Citrus is a great theme for numerous reasons. First, it’s completely relevant to the summer season. Second, citrus is an extremely easy idea to incorporate into your recipes. From drinks, like a refreshing Aperol Spritz (recipe HERE), to dishes such as a simple fruit salad (similar recipe HERE) the possibilities are endless.

Lastly, citrus is an easier and more inexpensive way to decorate than flowers. Bowls and vases full of oranges, lemons, and limes have never been labeled ” high maintenance” nor will they cost near the price of a few dozen peonies.

Now that we’ve got the food and decor taken care of lets talk about the table itself. For this particular tabletop I kept things light, bright and easy by using paper table runners, placemats and place-cards. I’ve used and carried these paper accents at Waiting On Martha Home since the beginning and I never tire of the way they always add a whimsical and fun touch to any table and because of their price you won’t feel guilty by constantly switching things up.

Being summer and wanting to keep things on the lighter side of fussy I mixed my VIETRI melamine plates, acrylic tumblers and serving dishes with my more formal ceramic melon and orange plates. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love investing in a core white place setting, like VIETRI Lastra, and mixing in fun salad, appetizer, and serving pieces when the mood strikes.

Finally, I topped the look off with the white bamboo flatware I cannot stop using and VIETRI paper cocktail napkins and neon Le Jacquard dinner napkins sure to pack a citrus punch.

I can honestly say this was the easiest, and most fun table I’ve ever put together and it was definitely a team favorite. It simply made everyone happy! So next time you’re thinking about implementing a theme for a dinner party, brunch, bridal shower, or really any time you just want something more on the sunny side of the street I suggest thinking citrus! Truly, MKR

Photography Rustic White Interiors

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