Entertaining on Glass

I have always had a love of entertaining guests at home, particularly over food or serving a nice spread over wine. Since becoming an engaged woman, my appreciation for classic and useful food platters, serving pieces and other entertainment-focused items has grown, as I have built and revised my own bridal registry.

One of my favourite types of entertainment pieces are items that are made from glass. Glass is gorgeous for many reasons. It is simple to clean, it shows off the colour and beauty of the food you are serving, and it puts the attention purely on the delicious meal or canapes you spent hours slaving over or received after dealing back and forth with a catering company or takeout counter from a restaurant.

Here are some beautiful glass pieces I have come across on my bridal registry missions…

For your pre-meal snacks with dip (perfect for veggies or chips with the dip of your choice):

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Mikasa Napoli Glass Chip N Dip, $39.99, sold at The Bay and at Mikasa.com

For nice cold ice water, served right at the table:

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Nachtmann Bossa Nova Jug, $48, sold at William Ashley

For your fresh dinner salad – a beautiful piece that is a stunning design that shows off the colours of the vegetables:

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Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Glass Bowl, $99.99, sold at The Bay

For your main course, presented nicely on this simple yet beautifully patterned glass platter:

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IVV Wave Platter, $365, sold at William Ashley

For your juicy and sweet fruit salad delightfully served as part of the conclusion of the meal:

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Miranda Trifle Bowl, $32.95, sold at Crate & Barrel

For your mouth-watering, delicious cake – a sweet way to end the meal for your guests and you:

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Luigi Bormioli Footed Cake Plate With Dome Cover, $59.99, sold at The Bay

Did I miss any great glass recommendations? Share your glass item suggestions with me!

 

Brightening up your desk with Poppin

My business partner and I moved our team and our business into an office of our own just before 2015 kicked in. It has been an excited time for us and our firm as we grow in size and space. Over the holidays, my partner, my partner’s husband, and our associate did a beautiful job decking the office out in our company colours and style. After some inspiration stemming from Pinterest and a few trips back and forth to IKEA and other home and office decor stores, our space came to life. Since then, I have thought – how can I bring my desk to life? The answer is Poppin!

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Poppin is a company that creates slick, vibrant office supplies, in which they term as “workstyle products.” This brand designs  work tools that are beautiful to look at and provide items that help to dress up basic, boring or sterile workspaces. They are all about the idea of working happy and being surrounded by colour can truly contribute to your mood and how to approach your work.

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As many of you may have noticed in my previous posts, I am a HUGE fan of colour. My closet looks like a rainbow, I wear the brightest shades on my nails, and I enjoy incorporating different colours and colour patterns into decor ideas – from a single throw pillow to floral arrangements to a shade of paint.

When I first discovered Poppin in Chapters/Indigo, right away I purchased one of their soft cover notebooks. As someone who takes a lot of notes and asks a lot of questions, I needed something to write in and something that was small enough to fit in the majority of my purses and computer bag. I bought the Poppin soft cover notebook in the medium size, in one of my favourite colours – bright blue (or referred to as Pool Blue by Poppin):

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Here are some other notable items created from Poppin to add colour and happiness to your work space, such as portable filing cabinets, mouse pads, multi-purpose desk organizers, pens, and vibrant folders:

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Aside from my trusty soft cover Poppin notebook, I am currently in a great debate about which route to go – select one uniform colour and outfit my desk with Poppin products in that colour OR go for the rainbow concept. Such hard decisions. As I continue to debate (and eventually come to a decision), I will continue to enjoy my notebook and keep you posted on my final answer. Until then, I recommend Poppin!

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My Friendship with Tea: Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert

A fun thing I have experienced since becoming a bride-to-be is creating my wedding registry. As I figure out the needs of my future kitchen and in-home entertainment, my mom has been there every step of the way to guide me as I debate over the shape of my china, which food processor I should get or what colour my Kitchenaid Mixmaster should be. Through this process, one thing is clear – I am my mother’s daughter when it comes to my love of gorgeous serving pieces. In particular, my mom and I both share a great love of tea and pretty tea pots and tea sets to go with our hot beverages.

Even though I have tried to keep my wedding registry as practical as possible, I discovered an adorable tea collection and decided to indulge by adding a few pieces to my potential wedding gifts list:  Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert.

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The Friendship Tea Collection by Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert is a delightfully feminine collection of fine bone china inspired by Miranda’s love for peonies and butterflies. The white and pastel backgrounds of the beautiful pieces provide the perfect canvas for blooms and butterflies to really stand out. These pretty pieces are a great addition to any afternoon tea party or adding some lovely colour to your everyday dining.

Here are some of my favourite selections from this collection:

ASSORTED TEACUPS AND SAUCERS

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THREE PIECE TEA SET

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TEA PLATES

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 THREE TIER CAKE STAND

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This charming tea collection has a variety of items on its roster:  from full tea sets, cups and saucers, mugs, dessert plates, cake stands (both single and three-tiered stands), tea caddy, coasters, and adorable tea tips. Pricing ranges from $23 to $192, depending on the item.

For more information on this tea set and this brand, CLICK HERE 

Gifts for The Guys for the Holidays and Beyond

The holiday season officially kicks off next week and everyone is getting excited! On top of the warm gatherings and delicious food, the inner child in everyone tends to come out as they receive gifts from family, friends, and colleagues. However, the selection process during gift shopping can be tricky, particularly for the favourite men in our lives.

I have had a few friends ask for my opinion on what to buy for their fathers, brothers, husbands, fiancées, boyfriends, etc. After advising a few on this, I thought I would share some gift ideas that one could use for the holidays… and beyond for birthdays, anniversaries and special surprises.

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Here is my guy gift rundown (starting from the top left corner, going in clockwise fashion):

1) Bugatchi Thick Bright Stripes Mens Socks, Socking Behaviour, $25 – Bringing personality from ankle to toe. This is a cute way for men to brighten up those dark and simple suits.

2) Cashmere Scarf, J.Crew, $110 – Soft, warm and in a trendy plaid print. This scarf is great for the winter and offers cashmere at a mid-level price.

3) Gents Rolex Stainless Steel Watch, Invaluable.com – If the guy is a fan of high-end watches, Invaluable.com allows you to enter premier online auction and win items such as Rolex watches at a better price.

4) Utopia Paisley Pocket Square in Teal, The Tie Bar, $8 – Gorgeous pocket squares in great fabrics at amazing prices. What could be better?

5) Ziegfeld Collection Cuff Links, Tiffany & Co., $435 – For a truly special gift or for someone who wishes to splurge on their fave man. Classic, classy, cuff links.

6) Dustin Pebble Leather Wallet, Danier Leather, $35 – A genuine leather wallet is a practical and sharp gift that any male could use. Also, it is under $50.