Strawberry, Turkey & Spinach Summer Salad Recipe

Summer is just around the corner! Many of us choose to host backyard gatherings with friends and family during the summer months; these backyard get-togethers allow us to come together over delicious food and refreshing cold beverages—all under the gorgeous summer sun.

Though BBQ may be the first thing that comes to mind when coming up with a menu for your next backyard celebration, how about choosing a lighter option that’s perfect for the season, a summer salad?

Artesano Original Salad Set

Adding fresh, in-season fruit is a great way to transform your salad into a bright and refreshing one perfect for the warmer weather. The strawberries add a vibrant pop of color against the spinach and the turkey adds a protein-packed punch that helps this salad go from side dish to main dish!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of baby spinach
  • 2 cups roasted turkey breast, julienned
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 small sweet yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 4 green onions, sliced

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tbs. water
  • 4 tsp. natural honey
  • ½ tsp. dried minced onion
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

Mariefleur Gris salad serving set

A summer salad, with its vibrant colors, can easily become the focal point of the table—especially if you serve it in an eye-catching bowl! We recommend serving this salad in our Artesano Original Salad Bowl and Serving Set. The crisp white is perfectly complemented by the rustic Acacia wood spoons in the set, making this set a great addition to any summertime soiree! If the rustic look isn’t for you, try the feminine garden styling of our Mariefleur Gris Basic Salad Set. The floral motif is perfect for any spring or summer table!

Celebrate the Wedding of the Year with a “Royal” Viewing Tea Party!

What is arguably the “Wedding-of-the-Year” is set to take place this Saturday! Everybody is all a buzz, getting their favorite fascinator hats ready for the event. If you’re one of the millions that’ll be tuning in to the nuptials, why not have a celebration (or sleepover, for those of you on the West Coast!) with you and your closest friends?

tea party

The ceremony begins at noon local time in England, but for those of us in the United States, here’s when we can catch the main event:

  • 7 a.m. EST
  • 1 a.m. PST

We think having an “Afternoon Tea” themed soiree is a fitting idea. As Americans, many of us are probably a bit unfamiliar with the idea of Afternoon Tea, so what exactly is it? Afternoon Tea was introduced in Britain in the early 1840s as an afternoon tea-related ritual that involves a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of that evening’s meal. Typically, Afternoon Tea is a meal composed of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries, cakes, and of course, tea.

While the news outlets are covering all of the events leading up to the ceremony, why not enjoy some Afternoon Tea (or very early morning tea in America’s case) with your guests? Choose a delicate tablecloth to set the scene, and use elegant tiered stands to showcase the finger sandwiches and assorted sweets.

Old Luxembourg porcelain teapot

The tea is the main event, so it should be the star of the table. Choose an eye-catching tea service, like that from our Old Luxembourg collection. Old Luxembourg will give your tea party that classic, fine china look! Old Luxembourg was our first and oldest porcelain pattern. Designed in Europe, Old Luxembourg has been cherished for 250 years! A collection with such rich heritage sets the perfect mood for such a historic event!

Of course, if you prefer a different style, Villeroy & Boch offers a number of tea sets in a variety of different patterns.

French Garden collection by Villeroy & Boch

Enjoy a tea party fit for a royal with your closest friends this Saturday!

Rhubarb Jelly Recipe

rhubarb jelly recipe

Collections featured: Anmut Bloom dinnerware, Maxima glassware

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 lbs. rhubarb
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 3/4 cups orange juice
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 vanilla bean pod

Directions:

  • Wash the rhubarb and dice finely
  • Add the water and rhubarb to a sauce pot and bring to a boil
  • Once boiling, allow to simmer until the rhubarb falls apart
  • Pass the mixture through a strainer and allow to cool
  • Mix the orange juice with the sugar and the juice of 1 lemon in a pan and bring to a boil
  • Once the mixture begins to bubble, allow to cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously
  • Dice 1 vanilla bean pod and add it to the pan
  • Allow to simmer for a few more minutes then remove any foam with a ladle
  • Pour the finished jelly into a screw-top jars

We recommend using a cocktail glass to serve the jelly in a fun way! We used a martini glass from our Maxima glassware collection. This jelly is the perfect accompaniment for any brunch table, and our Anmut Bloom dinnerware collection sets the perfect springtime table!