3 Ways to Set a Beautiful Holiday Table

Our friends at Kitchen Stories  came up with three unique ways to set a beautiful holiday table (using some of our favorite Villeroy & Boch dinnerware!). Check it out and be inspired to set gorgeous holiday tablescapes of your own:

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How to Make the Perfect Cheese Board

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Is there anything better to set out at a party than a cheese board? We think not! The variety of the flavors that live on a well-crafted cheese board will excite your guests’ senses, while the casual service of it encourages mingling. It’s perfect for any cocktail or appetizer hour.

The trick to putting together a truly wonderful board is to vary the tastes and textures on it, and not just any old cheese combination will do. Below are all of the elements you need to create a rave-worthy cheese board for your next party.


The Cheeses

When it comes to the star of your cheese board, variety will be the name of the game. Varying flavors and textures will keep everyone’s taste buds excited. Choose a hard cheese such as parmigiano-reggiano to sit across from a soft goat cheese. Choose a mild brie to sit across from a heady gorgonzola. Be sure to purchase quality cheeses, and skip on flavored cheeses; buffalo cheese spread has no place on a gourmet cheese board.

As far as quantity, we recommend serving to four-five quality cheeses.

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The Sweets

Figs, sweet grapes, thin pear slices, honey spreads and preserves are a must on your cheese plate. The sweetness of these accompaniments provides a brilliant contrast to the saltiness of the cheeses, guaranteeing a wonderfully flavorful experience.

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The Salty and Savory

On the opposite end of sweet, salty and savory are also staples in a great cheese board. Savory truffle spreads and chutney across from a variety of olives and cured meats will add the perfect options for picking and pairing. And, of course crackers and a sliced baguette will complete the board perfectly.

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Cheers to That!

Take your party to the next level by providing wines that pair well with each of the cheeses you have chosen to serve. If you’re serving a parmigiano-reggiano, offer a Chianti. Have a sharp aged cheddar on your board? Open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Serve brie with a chilled Chardonnay.

Wine, cheese and hand-selected accompaniments means a delicious experience for all- and what better way to warm everyone’s hearts? Enjoy!


A Midsummer’s Night Barbecue

A Midsummer’s Night Barbecue


Hosting a wonderful summertime barbecue that will be remembered for its fabulous style as much as its fun is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way to true barbecue bliss.


1. Set the Scene

All barbecues do not need to be casual backyard get-togethers. Your summer BBQ can take on any life that you desire; simply create a specific ambiance for your event by selecting décor that will create the feel you want to convey. Set out pillows, lanterns and short tables to create a dreamy vibe. Set your table near a pool or body of water to craft a tropical feel. Decorate a garden with bird cages and lace for a vintage whimsical setting. You can create any feeling- whether whimsical, exotic or otherwise- right in your own backyard with a carefully crafted setting.

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2. Let the drinks flow

The mood you’ve created is taken to the next level when you pay special attention to the details. Soda, craft beers, white wine, sangria or tropical cocktails- whatever you will be serving, serve it stylishly! Fill an oversized flower vase with ice and drinks, and litter an eclectic mix of glassware around it for a playful event. Stack colored glasses and vintage bottles (filled with liquor and mixers, of course) into an antique wooden box for a rustic theme. And if romance is in the air, a champagne and wine bar is the way to go.



3. Serve fabulous food

The food, of course, makes the BBQ! Of course the normal hot dogs, hamburgers and steak would do. But this summer, serve something that your guests won’t soon be forgetting. To get you started, below is a recipe for four seriously unique and tasty BBQ skewers that you can really wow your friends with.

BBQ Passion Skewer

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  • 1 veal cutlet
  • 3 slices of deli ham
  • 2 slices semi-mature gouda
  • 1 small bundle parsley
  • 1 tbsp red pepper seeds
  • 1 lime
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 breast and leg from a spring chicken
  • 1.8 ounces thin chorizo
  • Green paprika
  • 4 ounces saddle of lamb, cut into large cubes
  • 4 ounces pork loin, cut into large cubes
  • 3 marshmallows
  • Sea salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 tbsp roasted coffee beans
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander kernels
  • Juice of one lemon



1. Pound the veal cutlet thin, cover with the ham and cheese and roll up firmly into a roll. Finely chop the parsley and mix with the lightly pounded red pepper flakes. Coat the roll in the herb-pepper mixture and cut into 2 centimeter-thick slices. Place on a barbeque skewer.

2. Wash the lime and the cherry tomatoes and cut the lime into thick pieces. Separate the chicken leg at the joint and place on a barbeque skewer in alternation with the chicken breast and the tomato and lime pieces. Cut the chorizo into thick slices and divide the washed paprika into large pieces.

3. Place the lamb pieces onto the grill alternately with the paprika and the chorizo. Lightly oil the hot grill and grill the skewers for approximately 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Grill the pork pieces separately and place onto a skewer alternately with the marshmallows, then return to the grill for a brief amount of time.

4. Season the veal cutlet skewer and the lamb skewer with pepper and sea salt. Season the pork-marshmallow skewer with crushed coffee beans and sea salt. Finally, season the spring chicken skewer with crushed fennel seeds, coriander kernels, and sea salt.

5. Sprinkle each of the skewers with lemon juice, plate, and serve immediately.


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