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Entertaining Tips With SYW

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we understand the importance of gathering with friends and family, especially during the holiday season, to share joy, hugs, good news, and lots of great food. Here we have compiled a few of our favorite ways to ensure that your gatherings are worth every bit of time and hard work that you put into them.

Country Stoneware, Poinsettia Napkin Rings Captains Dining Place Setting
Coordinating Items For a Festive Gathering

Whether you are attending a dinner party, or hosting one of your own, it is always fun to have coordinating pieces, especially for themed parties. Perfect for the holidays, our Marching Santa Placemat, Cheese Board with Decorative Knife, and Coaster Set will offer plenty of holiday charm when put on display this season.

Marching Santa Cheese Board

Marching Santa Reversible Placemats Marching Santa Coaster Set

Snowman and Cardinal Glass Cheese Set Extend the Life of Your Kitchen Coordinates With Multiple Options

Not just for the holidays, this friendly snowman motif will work well all season long! The placemat reads, “In winter snows, friendship grows.” It really does not get any simpler than that! Give this set to a friend, or, better yet, invite them over for supper on a cold January night to warm their heart and soul with good company. The Coasters and Cheese Board complete the look!

Snowman And Cardinal Coaster Set

Serve It Up With Lots of Charm

When you are hosting, it can be a bit daunting keeping everything organized. To help with the appetizer course, try preparing your dips and cheese plates in advance, so that on the evening of the dinner you simply have to fill the serving dish or platter with the pre-made appetizers. That way, you can spend more time relaxing with your guests, and less time in the kitchen!

In addition, something like our handy Butcher Block Cart will offer additional counter space, and appetizers on the go for whichever room you choose!

Mouse And Cheese Board
Chip Dip Platter Butcher Block Cart

Mini Ivory Taper Candles Enhance the Mood

Mood lighting is not just for romantic dinners for two; create the same sense of warmth and welcome for every gathering you have at your house. Mood lighting creates a calm, open atmosphere where people are more likely to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves. With items like our Bird Wine Topper, mood lighting is easily achieved, with a sense of whimsy, in this charming topper designed to re-purpose that old wine bottle on the counter. Other options, such as our Mini Ivory Taper Candles, or the Iron Taper Candle Centerpiece, will offer elegant lighting options for even the most fashionable of gatherings.

Iron Taper Centerpiece Bird Wine Topper

Finally, if you are in need of a little inspiration, take a peek at these two great cook books, for hosts in a pinch (for time and ingredients!).
5 Ingredients or Less Cook Book Super Fast Slow Cooking Cook Book

Made in the USA: Harvest Home Accents

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Peace, joy, and holiday cheer. These are three important qualities shared around the world this time of year.  We are already in the holiday spirit, and spreading season’s greetings all around, by featuring some of our made in the USA harvest items.

Turkey Gourd Bowl Gourds Are Great For Many Things!

Start the harvest season of right with themed decorative accents made right here in the USA.  We first draw attention to the Turkey Gourd Bowl, crafted by hand in Pennsylvania.

The gourds are grown, dried, and carved into a multitude of shapes fit for every use and season.  This particular shape conveys a folk art representation of the classic turkey.

We recommend utilizing the hollowed out gourd bowl to showcase potpourri, shelled nuts, or wrapped candy at this year’s harvest gatherings.

A Bold Print Says It All

To showcase the colors of the season, take a look at our made in the USA Give Thanks framed print, by artist Ellen Stouffer.

Featuring a primitive Americana scene, the muted colors of the harvest on this farm are complemented by pops of color in the recently picked vegetables in the foreground. Pumpkins and gourds abound as the residents of this farm prepare for market day.

Give Thanks Framed Print

Dinner On the Run Framed Print Bonnie White Captures the Charm of the Season

If artist Bonnie White is the preferred American artist of choice, take a peek at our large collection of her artwork, including the new Dinner On The Run framed print.  Vivid colors, whimsical landscapes, and smiling faces are all features that combine to create Bonnie White’s signature style.

Brightly clothed families gather in the foreground to share the joys of the season as wisps of smoke rise from the homes in the town.

Vintage Imagery For Rustic Appeal

For timeworn appeal, with a rustic feel, the Turkey Time Linens feature a vintage image of a turkey superimposed atop old fashioned script.

Soft polyester, with the look of burlap and the feel of cotton, complement the overall look of these American-made treasures.

With a pillow, runner, and placemat available, redecorating an entire room is a breeze.

Turkey Time Runner

Adding Accents Makes A Big Difference

We have plenty of ideas for enhancing the harvest theme with small accents, and our Lacey Oak Iridescent Ornament is a perfect example.

We recommend creating an elegant appearance by hanging multiple Oak Leaf Ornaments from the backs of guest’s chairs, or creating a magical arrangement when the iridescent oak leaves are hung from the ceiling with ribbon or fishing line.

Look closely at this copper plated leaf and it can be seen that this was once a real leaf plucked from nature.  A shimmering copper coating protects the leaf, while enhancing the veins and details throughout.

We are proud of the vast selection of items that are made right here in America.  Beautiful home accents and seasonal gifts are easier to enjoy when they feature quality American craftsmanship. Browse through more made in the USA items on our website by clicking here.

~ Holiday Entertaining Made Easy with SYW

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have lots of ways to help you with your Holiday Entertaining needs. Entertaining family and friends during the holiday season can surely be stressful, so let us ease the burden with some of our useful products featured below. The assortment of our coordinating serving dishes, utensils, handy serving tools, and classically styled dining furniture is one that we are proud to offer our customers. Let’s take a look below.

Coordinate Your Serving

Add cohesiveness to your serving trays and utensils, for a polished look while entertaining anytime of year. To the left we feature our Artichoke Serving Bowl; perfect for serving a salad or small side dish. Made of heavy duty, restaurant grade china, this white serving bowl displays a photo realistic image of an exposed artichoke heart. Artichoke is written numerous times in various shades of green throughout the background and pairs well with our matching Artichoke Bread Tray.

At SYW we also have some utensils that are simply perfect for your holiday gatherings. Our Vintage Reserve Spreader is made of stainless steel and is complete with an antique looking wine cork as the handle. This spreader makes serving soft cheese or cheese spreads, with crackers or toasted bread a breeze. Coordinate with our Bordeaux Vineyards Corkscrew for a wine or vineyard inspired holiday. Furthermore, both of these items would make a thoughtful hostess gift, as they come packaged for gift giving.

Convenient Entertaining

Preparing dishes, even just the appetizers, ahead of time can save you time later on, to better be able to enjoy the party with your guests. At Sturbridge, we have a variety of kitchen tools that you’ll find handy on many occasions, but the items presented here are sure to become your ‘go-to’ when entertaining for the holidays. To the left, our Stay Cool/Warm Dip Server is made of durable white stoneware. The dual functioning dip server, keeps both cold dips and hot dips at the desired temperature.

Other must-have items this holiday season, are none other than our Embroidered Crackers and Bread Baskets. Displaying the baskets contents, your guests will enjoy the homemade feel of the hand woven, pine wood baskets with an exclusive “wave-weave.” The convenience here is the washable, cream linen liner inside each basket. And to round out the collection, we also suggest our Salt & Pepper Basket. We hope entertaining will be a little easier this year, with the use of any of these quality made products. Happy Holidays from all of us at SYW.