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Holiday Entertaining with Brylane Home {Review}

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Raise your hands if you’re hosting a party, expecting company, or entertaining family or friends this month!  Isn’t hosting fun!?  I’ve always loved throwing parties and trying to impress my guests with the attention to detail and decor.  Holidays are no exception and I can’t wait to invite people over to use our new 66-Pc. Gold-Plated Flatware Set from Brylane Home!brylanehomeOh how these gleam!  They actually arrived on our anniversary, which was absolutely perfect, because according to the anniversary gift guide, “silverware” is the gift to exchange on your 5th Anniversary!  It couldn’t have been more perfect!  We ooh-ed and ahh-ed over every piece together as we took them out of the packaging and placed them in the box.  It was a good morning 🙂

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This set is adequate for as many as 12 guests, as there are twelve dinner knives, twelve dinner forks,  twelve salad/dessert forks, twelve teaspoons, and a 5-pc. hostess set.  We’ve already had the chance to use the whole set for our Thanksgiving meal last weekend!

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Having a full 12-guest set was just perfect for our Thanksgiving crowd.  I love how uniform everything looked and how the gold looked next to the Fall colors and flowers.  My family loved the fine silverware!  We agreed that this is a stunning set for $99.  Clearly, they are not pure gold, but who can tell the difference?

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I once taught a lesson to my junior high students about hospitality and offered cake slices on different kinds of plates and with different silverware, and then asked which one they would prefer.  With similar pieces of cake, of course, you’d like to eat it on fine china with a gleaming silver fork instead of with a plastic spork on a paper towel!  People notice and care about what they eat with!

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Imagine eating with a piece of gold in your fingers.  These look like works of art, and the color is just brilliant.  Someone could have told me that these were solid gold, and I’d believe them.

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These arrive in a wooden storage box that is just as high class as the flatware.  It feels like solid wood and it is lined in plush material with slots that keep the flatware separated and stationary during storage.

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This flatware set is only one of many beautiful dinnerware and entertaining products and decor that are perfect for the holidays.  Look at these gorgeous placemats, Christmas trees, and even a Christmas comforter set!

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Our family has been able to review several items from Brylane Home, and we are more and more impressed with each one.  Everything has arrived quickly, well-packaged, and built-to-last.  Brylane Home will be the first site I recommend to anyone furnishing a new home.

Visit Brylane Home and stock up on holiday decor in time for Christmas!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Tabletops Unlimited Fine Bone China Dinnerware {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Since I am the oldest grandchild, my grandmother has promised me her fine china!  It is a beautiful set, and I can’t wait to inherit it!  My sweet grandma is still so young and healthy, however, so I might be quite an old maid before I ever get to use it!  In the meantime, I still think a set of fine china dinnerware is a treasure for your kitchen and for your guests!  Even with small children in the home, the holidays alone make enough occasions to want to own a lovely set!

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I had the honor and privilege to review an exquisite set of fine bone china from Tabletops Unlimited!  I pulled them out of the box for a romantic dinner I made my husband on Valentine’s Day last weekend!  I was instantly impressed with the quality of the china.  This Emilia 16-piece Fine Bone China Dinnerware Set contains four 10-1/2-inch bone china dinner plates, four 8-inch bone china salad plates, four 6-inch bone china cereal bowls, and four 12-ounce bone china mugs.

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These dishes are ultra strong, ultra white, and ultra thin.  They are not all all clunky and they still have a decent weight and a beautiful feel to them.  U.S. market standards for bone china require a 25% bone ash content, but this set from Tabletops Unlimited meets the higher European standard of 45% bone ash.  The difference makes these dishes extra white in brightness and show off a maximum translucency.

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I love that this set has intricate details in the lines around the rims of the plates and up the sides of the bowls and cups, but the pattern isn’t overwhelming or interfering with the function of the dishes.  The delicate grooves are clearly visible and smooth to the touch, yet the design can accompany almost any decor.  The classic white goes with everything, and I think this set works well for both casual and formal settings.

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So what’s the big deal about fine bone china?  Bone china is a type of soft-paste porcelain known for its high levels of whiteness and translucency, very high mechanical strength and chip resistance.  The surface becomes repellant to moisture, odors, and colors and practically chip-resistant.  Fine bone china is typically quite expensive, but this set sells for $79.99 and is fired for 18 hours at 2,300° F to maximize moisture removal and creates a stronger, thinner bone china with a surface like glass.

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Isn’t it beautiful!?  I think this set would be a great addition to your dinnerware collection, and would also make a great wedding gift!  Check out the other beautiful bone china dinnerware sold by Tabletops Unlimited!

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And one lucky winner will receive their own Emilia 16-piece Fine Bone China Dinnerware Set from Tabletops Unlimited!  Valued at $79.99!

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Tabletops Unlimited Porcelain Bread Basket {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I used to teach Home-Ec, right?  And one of the topics I taught was hospitality–how to treat your guests, how to eat at a 5-star restaurant, how to set the table, etc.  We focused a lot on table settings, and I loved stressing the importance of setting out your finest dishes when you are serving guests!  With two tornadoes in the house, our fine serveware is slowly disappearing into higher and higher shelves, but when company comes over, I pull out the good stuff!  You know, matching plates, real cups, and most recently, my beautiful new porcelain bread basket from Tabletops Unlimited!

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Tabletops Unlimited carries the most beautiful collections of cast iron, non-stick, porcelain, dinnerware sets, and bone china.  Not to mention tools, cookware, bakeware, serveware, dinnerware, storage, and organization!  Talk about a one stop shop for all your kitchen needs!  (And what a great place to shop for wedding gifts!)  Here are some lovely pieces of serveware that Tabletops Unlimited carries:

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I had the privilege of reviewing two beautiful porcelain bread baskets from Tabletops Unlimited!  Beautiful, beautiful!  The fantastic thing about high fired porcelain is that it can be a great hot or cold conductor.  You could preheat this basket in the oven and then pull it out with the rolls to keep them warm on the table.  You could also chill it in the freezer to keep fruit or treats cold.  They are resistant to thermal shock (so they won’t shatter with sudden temperature changes), and are quite durable!

IMG_1978And they are just so pretty!  I decided these bread baskets were too lovely to keep stored away for only when company comes, so they have become our fruit bowls that are always out on our counter tops.  The large basket holds a LOT of fruit, and the aerated holes help keep the fruit from spoiling.  These baskets are not as high maintenance as you might think!  As I mentioned, they are oven, freezer, microwave, AND dishwasher safe!  Music to my ears!

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I keep thinking about how this would be such a great wedding gift idea!  I imagine every young married couple would love such an intricate basket in their kitchen, or even as a trinket basket used for home decor.  Tabletops Unlimited sells these bread baskets here for $19.99!

And one lucky winner is going to win a set of their own porcelain bread baskets!

Be sure to follow Tabletops Unlimited on facebook!

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Rock Candy Life {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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The smell of clean laundry is one of my favorites.  Doing the laundry is not such a chore when it smells so lovely!  One of my least favorite smells is that toxic plastic scent of PVC.  I recently bought a toddler backpack for “Rocket” off eBay from a retailer in China, and it has been reeking of plastic all week.  Poor choice, mom.  Pretty gross to think of all the chemicals it is releasing into the air.  Have you ever noticed that same smell in a new shower curtain?  Have you ever looked for  “green” products like shower curtains, but were disappointed with the selection available?

Rock Candy Life has beautiful shower curtains in the savviest prints, so you don’t have to compromise on design or your eco-friendly lifestyle!  Design and eco-friendly can co-exist!

Completely odor free, and all eco-friendly materials, these shower curtains are 100% recyclable, cholorine and PVC-free.

I LOVE the design of the Royal shower curtain we received!  Exactly my style and something I love looking at every time I’m in the bathroom.  These are limited edition prints, so once they’re out, they’re out for good.

I’ve never owned such a sturdy, substantial, and beautiful shower curtain.  The best part is that this arrived the day before I had company over, and I loved the pick-me-up it gave my bathroom!  Look at these before and after pictures.  Sure, tidying up a little helps, but oh what a difference my new curtain from Rock Candy Life makes!  Instant make-over!

The Into the Woods curtain rod hooks are also adorable, and designed in the colors of all three shower curtains so they’ll coordinate with any pattern you choose.  A hook occasionally comes loose off of our rod, but I think its because our tub is a mini—maybe half the length of a regular tub, so the curtain is a little more gathered than it would be in a normal bathroom.  Besides that, they’re sleek and pretty dang cute.  I love my bathroom 300% more than before Rock Candy Life helped spruce it up!

Designed in the USA!  Also, free flat rate shipping on orders to the US.

One lucky winner with receive a Rock Candy Life shower curtain and a set of Into the Woods hooks ($39.98 value)!

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Dinner and a Murder {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery dinner?!  The perfect activity for a cold winter weekend with friends!  My family grew up on games of lying and role playing, like “Mafia”, and my brother actually directs the annual murder mystery event at BYU every year!  So ya, we’re murder-game enthusiasts :).

My husband and I were giddy with excitement about our murder mystery kit from Dinner and a Murder!  I pretty much squealed when I saw the box in our mail.  We got right to work inviting friends to the event.  A neat feature with Dinner and a Murder games is the ability to manage your game online.  I was able to email my guests their invitation, collect their RSVPs, and also email them their character backgrounds.  This was so helpful to keep organized, and it allowed everyone to prepare ahead of time.

This party kit was quite all-inclusive!  It contained character booklets, which gave everyone background information, instructions on how to participate in a murder mystery (which was helpful for a few of us who have never done a murder mystery before), and a guest list so that we could keep everyone else straight.

There was also a confidential booklet for each of us, full of more secrets to spill.  Weapon cards, a host guide, guest list worksheet, evidence presentation, full size evidence, whodunit cards, game money, name tags, solution, tribute, and even certificates for “Best Performer”, “Best Costume”, “Super Sleuth”, and “Wealthiest Player”.

At first I was a little overwhelmed with all the papers and things to read, assemble, and organize, but I’m glad there was so much material to make it a good story—enough to keep guests entertained with things to do and discover for a full 2-3 hours.  Nothing is worse than pinning the murderer 15 minutes into the game!

The night went so well!  We had some excellent actors in attendance, so there was plenty of entertaining moments, including a surprise murder!  What a night!

 Dinner and a Murder carries 8 different murder mystery kits.  We tried “A Killer Reunion“, and I so appreciated that it was a clean version, without affairs or the possibility of really offending a guest.  I’d say it would be appropriate for church groups, teenagers, and even family reunions.  Can’t you just imagine hosting your own murder mystery game?

One winner will receive a $39 eGift Certificate for one Dinner and a Murder game!  Happy Halloween!!

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*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Dinner and a Murder, but all opinions are strictly my own

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