Le Creuset Tablescape

Spring will be gone before we know it, but that doesn’t stop the warm sunshine, entertaining and get-togethers with friends, brunches, dinner parties, and alfresco dining. This week I set my table with Le Creuset Caribbean Blue dishes for a lovely dinner party. But there’s more … keep reading, because today I’m hosting a Le Creuset Serveware Giveaway that you are not going to want to miss out on!

Planning a party.

Planning a party for me is fun if I’m organized and have a goal. My planning involves deciding who to invite, coming up with a menu, delegating dishes, and thinking ahead to what my table will look like. My organizing involves having my dishes in one area, napkins pressed, and candles, flower vases, and table decor in one place for easy access! I don’t usually spend too much time on the table, even though it’s one of the funner elements of planning a party.

Caribbean blue.

Colors are important, and I recently changed out my almost 20 year white {chipped} dishes for these gorgeous Le Creuset Caribbean Blue sets. I’m very excited to come up with some new creative color combinations for tabletops here on RE with this new blue. Stunning!

Here are some things to think about when planning a dinner party. And, this is where Le Creuset comes in!

Le Creuset Tablescape

What’s your style.

Since our house has a casual northwest feel to it, and is overrun by Haggis/Filly/Hobbes’ activities on a day to day basis, it’s more enjoyable to entertain in a way that makes sense for our daily life. We do not have a formal dining room, so our “great room,” so to speak, is the perfect destination area for entertaining. Le Creuset pieces fit in beautifully with our home’s colors and style!

Set the table.

Will guests gather their plates from a buffet area, or will you be setting the table ahead of time for a more formal ambience? Will you be serving the food family style, or will it be a sit-down dinner where you will serve your guests individually? Do you need a dinner plate and a salad plate? Are you serving soup? How can you dress up the table and make it festive for the season? Do you need water glasses only, or will you be serving wine or other drinks? Paper or cloth napkins?

Using serveware.

Once the menu is set, the next step is to decide how to serve the food at your dinner party! There’s nothing quite like pulling out beautiful serving dishes (just look at these vibrant colors!) to give your food a beautiful presentation. Serveware, such as platters, water pitchers on the side board, pasta bowls, 3-tier stands (I served my Lime Meringue Cups last week on my new yellow 3-tier stand), and casserole dishes – give hospitality such a festive feel.

Le Creuset Giveaway

Planning a party is just my favorite thing to do. Well, that and dishes. And Oregon sunshine.

Dishes and the flowers and extra things are an added touch, and are fun and inviting, but as I always say here on RE, it’s the people who come to our homes that make our lives richer and better. And that is what a successful dinner party is made of.

Now it’s your turn.

Le Creuset Serveware {Giveaway}

Choose your own colors!

One winner wins ALL of the following items ($315 value), and you can mix and match the colors! How awesome is that?

Platter set
Pasta Bowl
Heritage Casserole

**CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! Winner has been contacted. Thank you all for entering!

How to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A winner will be chosen at random on April 24, 2014, and will be emailed with the details. USA residents only. Colors are subject to availability.

This giveaway is sponsored by Le Creuset who also provided me with product. Flowers are from my lovely friends at Penny and LuLu in Medford.