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No Prep Needed Appetizers

Nut and Chip Bowls

Recently I got an email from one of my readers asking about easy, no-prep appetizer recommendations, and it occurred to me that with the Holidays around the corner, it’s great to be prepared at a moment’s notice. I wanted to share my response on the blog so all of my hostesses are equally as ready to entertain! Here it is:

  1. I would recommend always having a fresh cheese in your fridge, specifically brie because you can serve it cold with a few figs on top {see this FH recipe}, or if you have a bit more time and a package of crescent roll crust, you can bake it {see this FH recipe}.
  2.  Of course, an array of crackers are a must in your pantry to accompany your cheeses. I love Carr’s Crackers, Kale Chips, or Baked Sweet Potato Chips {I have a great recipe for ones I made with coconut oil here}.
  3. Want to be more health conscious? A crudite platter – mini carrots, celery, and peppers in a range of colors served with either hummus, salad dressing like ranch, or even salsa. Have some extra time? Make my Home-made red pepper hummus.
  4. Nuts and dried fruits are yummy and healthy too. I like to put out a couple of different options – a bowl of almonds, a bowl of cashews, and a bowl of figs, similar to my picture above. I usually stay away from Pistachios because the shells get my coffee table all messy!
  5. For those of you who rarely go to the grocery, you will need some options that won’t spoil. My girlfriend recently introduced me to Plantain Chips which last forever in the pantry, are a yummy snack, and need no dipping accompaniment.

I would say the most important thing to remember in entertaining on the fly is the presentation. Make sure you have a fabulous cheese plate, cocktail napkins, and pretty glasses for these special occasions. I always set my glasses out on a tray like in this FH post, dim the lights, and light a few candles!

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Bespoke Global Giveaway

Fashionable Hostess :: Bespoke Curated Picks

I’m teaming up with Bespoke Global to bring you an amazing $200 Giveaway!

Bespoke Global is an international e-commerce site that connects artisans & designers with consumers to bring unique, customizable, designer pieces to your home. From large scale home furnishings to luxury accessories, every item they carry has its own bespoke options available to you – it’s easy to customize the size, color and even material to exactly what you want. Whether you collaborate and customize your own bespoke item, or go with the work of its best-in-class artisans from around the world, Bespoke Global has endless options to make your space beautiful and unique. 

I went through the site and choose some of my favorites that can double for entertaining and decor, here they are: Up in the Air Somewhere Zag Tray, $98 // Gregg Hessel Group 1- The Collection, $1,514 // Heather Palmer Nest Bowl, $410 // Simon Orrell Circular Box in Paua Shell- Small, $416 // Heather Knight Cerulean Blue Coral Bowl, $48 // Heather Knight Amber Large Geode Bowl, $150.

All you need is an email for a chance to win, click here for entry. Good luck!

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8 Things to Buy for Fall Entertaining

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As the cold weather approaches do you find yourself hosting more often? I sure do… let’s be serious, I want to be social but I would much rather not leave the house! So what’s on my checklist for Fall entertaining? Make sure you have each of these eight fall entertaining essentials so you are ready to host guests at a moment’s notice.

  1. Fancy champagne flutes {I love my Juliska Amalia Flutes!}
  2. A great cheese tray {I am always asked who makes the Julia Knight tray I feature constantly on my Instagram.}
  3. Cheese knives {I love this Barard one for $20.00 or this Dubost set of 3 currently on sale for $40.00 – hint, hint, also makes for a great Hostess gift!}
  4. Small bowls for nuts and dried fruits on your cheese platters {I use my Michael Aram Molten bowls in square and circular constantly.}
  5. Carafes for serving water {Yes, I said water! I don’t remember the last time I used one for wine! It looks so much more elegant to have your water in a carafe than a bottle or Britta.}
  6. Fall-colored cocktail napkins {My go-to’s are printed paper napkins for $4.95 at Pier1 Imports}
  7. A cake stand {I use mine for desserts and appetizers – see how I used mine for apps at this FH party}
  8. A fun flower vase {I love buying flowers for entertaining, so it’s nice to have an updated way to display them; I love my Jonathan Adler Studded Vase and probably use it a tad too often, woops!}

Elegant Cheese KnifeJulia Knight Trays and BowlsCarafes for water and wine

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