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Fab Find Friday: Labor Day Entertaining

Happy Holiday Weekend Everyone!

If you are entertaining this weekend I hope the following Fab Find Friday selections will inspire you to do it with style!

Each week our staff reviews hundreds of new products from the fashion, design and cooking worlds and we love sharing our finds to help you live a more expansive and joyful life through design.

So let’s get this party started shall we?!

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Who doesn’t love delicious dessert that’s healthy right?! This Cooking Light recipe for Seared Figs and White Peaches with Balsamic Reduction is just the ticket and will surely impress your guests. And the best part?! It only requires eight ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Just reading the recipe gets me excited: “an intense balsamic vinegar pan sauce mixed with creamy and tangy creme fraiche atop seared fruit with carmalized sugars with….” Ok, ok, I have to stop! I’m not going to finish entering this post. You get the picture. It’s delish! Here’s the recipe

Now no party is complete without charming serve ware and flatware. I was fortunate growing up as I had this instilled in me at a young age. My sweet Mother (who’s currently 89! Bless her heart) was the ultimate hostess always creating a beautiful table with flowers, decorative plates, unique flatware and colorful candles. Yes, I caught the bug. I actually have more fun setting the table than preparing the food sometimes.

With that in mind, I thought I would share two selections discovered this week: Vietri’s sea-inspired Maremisto dinnerware reminiscent of the nautical flags on ships off Italy’s Amalfi Coast (be still my heart) and the eye-catching wood-and-bone cheese knives from Two’s Company.

Vietri’s products are hand-made and the charming graphics of sea life featured on these plates are hand painted adding to their casual elegance. Wouldn’t they be darling with some blue-and-white indigo cotton napkins?!  Well good news friends, this dinnerware is on sale right now.

Also fun are Two’s Company’s sheesham wood and bone cheese knives (top right) featuring graphic chevron and square patterns. Part of their Natura Collection, these pieces are perfect for casual entertaining and MUCH more interesting than a standard stainless steel cheese knife.

Speaking of cheese….oh how I love a nice charcuterie and wouldn’t that look nice displayed on the crimson and white, three-tier rustica epergne (pictured right) from the Sundance catalog. The mango wood serve ware has a charming craft appeal and could be used for numerous different holidays.

And finally, the best part about entertaining….selecting something to wear that makes you feel fabulous! Parties are always a nice excuse to do a little shopping right?!

And Nanette Lapore’s Summer Solstice Blue Embroidered Maxi caught my eye. The exquisite detailing, one of Lapore’s signature design elements, makes this a beautiful choice for day or evening entertaining. Available at Bloomindale’s, this dress would look terrific with the hand-crocheted Rio Raffia clutch by Calypso St. Barth. Inspiration for this bag came from vintage patterns and ocean waves. Don’t you just love the leather zipper pull accented by a mosaic shell?! Ahhh the details!

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend everyone! And do it with style!

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