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Hello and happy? Monday to you…hope you have a wonderful weekend. Ours was pretty low key, with plenty of time to relax, dinner with friends, a little retail therapy and a good amount of work.

Busy week ahead, I am probably in the minority when I say I like Mondays….don’t know why but I like that it is a day for me to get to plot out my week and it is always a day I make no plans but sit at my desk and play catchup. I have a long list of “to dos” which is growing seemingly by the hour…..then there’s the holidays coming.


I am wavering on hosting a holiday party, I really wanted to but with the death of my dear friends son, that enthusiasm and desire has all but vanished. So we may just do our usual family Christmas party, not sure. I will also likely be hosting Thanksgiving which I really look forward to especially since its my absolute favorite meal of the year (and my kids too). No matter what I end up doing….rest assured entertaining is always a subject that gets me excited. I LOVE setting a beautiful table and coming up with new and creative ideas for tablescapes.


I believe you can so easily elevate even the simplest of meals with a beautifully laid out table, gorgeous linens, elegant serving pieces,etc… if you have holiday entertaining on your calendar, then this is a prefect time to start thinking ahead. And Horchow just started their entertaining event with an extra 25% off so no? better time than now.


I placed my order last night for a few goodies and thought I would share some of my top picks for the stylish entertainer…..




This is the deal of the year!! Sferra linen dinner napkins 4 for $35.00 and 6 cocktail napkins for $16..WHAT? Yes it’s true…..unbelievable deal, I stocked up! Click here


These elegant champagne flutes are so pretty and festive, add a little berry and serve these on a tray..beautiful! click here


This flatware looks fit for a king and queen…so regal and elegant, could see this on a beautiful holiday table, click here



Isn’t this a gorgeous service? A set of 12 for only $146..amazing! I know many who would love to see this under the tree:) Click here


Just ordered this for a shower gift that? I am unable to attend, this Ralph Lauren set is so beautiful and timeless elegant, come to think of it, my husband would love this too!? click here


One of my all time favorite patterns that screams elegant fall entertaining, at 25% off this is an excellent time to stock up, need to add a few pieces, click here


I own a few place settings of this fabled Vagabond House service and can tell you? it is beyond gorgeous and does not go on sale often ! Click here


How gorgeous are these covered individual soup bowls…so regal looking! Click here


These favorites are on promo again, what a deal! 12 crochet linen napkins for under $30….amazing and such a beautiful look for a holiday table. Click here


Another amazing deal is this 90 piece set from Towle of the stunning hotel silverware for $262! So beautiful for formal dinners and holiday gatherings, click here


I? love the idea of serving everyone their coffee Christmas morning each with their own personalized letter mug, and at $8 this is so doable! Click here


The elegant Preston barware collection from Ralph Lauren is also part of the sale..super elegant gift idea! Click here


How absolutely beautiful are these glasses? Talk about the crowning touch for a holiday table….just beautiful and so well priced! Click here



I literally want one of each of these spectacular serving pieces offered in two finishes… about adding a crowning touch to any table! Click here


Love this elegant crystal dispenser for any gathering, it just makes serving any drink whether it’s water or a punch so elegant, great price too. Click here


These wonderful chargers are a bargain at $13.50 and are such an easy way to enhance literally any dinner service, click here


Have you ever had a Miss Prindables apple treat? It is an other worldly experience..I kid you not these are heavenly and what a great gift! They are now on sale, wouldn’t’ these minis make the most adorable party favor! Click here

A little tip- it may or may not work on certain items but use the code “welcome” for an extra 20%!! Talk about savings:)

And if those goodies don’t me in the mood for entertaining, these delightful pictures surely will-


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Finally there is a wonderful little giveaway from Horchow. One winner will be the lucky recipient of a set of these beautiful fall themed monogrammed hand/guest towels…in perfect time for the holidays!

To enter just visit Horchow by clicking here and come back and tell us a favorite item or two. A winner will be announced on Friday!


Thanks for stopping by…..what’s your favorite here? Any favorite tried and true entertaining tips you want to share? Then tell us all about it and leave a comment in the comment section. Hoping you have a wonderful day and great start to your week…..crazy that we are just rounding the corner to November!! How did that happen? Until next time….

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my favorites on HOrchow.. now that is hard to do.. Vetro gold glassware.. I’ve been lusting after these for a while. And MacKenzie Childs tartan table linens. All of them!! Thanks so much for a chance. I would love these. Your blog rocks! Marlis

The Montpelier Flutes and the Copper Moscow Mules are wonderful; however I have found so many great deals at Horchow, love them!!

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Horchow is one of my all time favorite retailers and always read their catalogue cover to cover. They also offer great online opportunities. Their “tick tock” limited time offerings are always fun and a great value!

Great post as usual! Since I am finally finishing up my butlers painter the Emerson Dinnerware by Juliska would do very nicely!! xo Karolyn

Absolutely loving those champagne flutes!
My absolutely favorite blog. Always read it first!

Everything in Horchow is just to wonderful !! My blue and white obsession wants the Moroccan-Style Tray! Big enough for an ottoman tray I think.
The Nutcracker Door Mat is perfect for our home which is decorated with a nutcracker holiday theme !!!

As always, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading today’s blog and shopping on Horchow’s website. My favorite things are the Spode Woodland bird and hunting dog dinnerware, along with the Vagabond House stag horn place settings. Have been eyeing them for quite a few years now.
As far as entertaining tips go, I try to prep as much as possible ahead of time so that I can enjoy my guests.

I love the Ralph Lauren decanter and bar glasses. Will be ordering those for my son for Christmas. Horchow always has such a wonderful assortment of things.

A new grandbaby arriving in a few weeks means I’ll need another needlepoint stocking from Horchow.

Mirage flatware, covered soup bowls and anything MacKenzie- Childs ‘Courtly Check’.

The Mirage flatware, the covered soup bowls and anything ‘Courtly Check’ by MacKenzie-Child’s are my favourite picks.
And you…..well you’re my Monday morning tonic. Just love your postings so much.
Thank you.

“You had me at Spode”.
At the very top of my Wish, Hope and Dream list is the Spode Woodland Bird Dinnerware.
(Even a photo of it is my screensaver)!

I love the Spode dinnerware ~ it looks so very fall! Horchow deals were SO good again! Thanks for sharing on your wonderful blog!

Love the crochet lines dinner napkins, champagne flutes, stockings and pretty much all the items Horchow has to offer. Thanks once again for sharing information regarding the sale. I have already started my Christmas shopping today. As far as a tip for Thanksgiving, I always serve pumpkin soup in small glass bowls. I also serve the soup with toasted bread cutouts, made with a pumpkin shape cookie cutter. The pumpkin soup recipe can be found on web page and serves 10 or so. Top the soup with toasted pumpkin seeds before serving. Bon Appetit!

Tina, you are our personal shopper..
OH man.. … I cannot get this out of my head now that I have seen them on your fabulous entertaining post.. the Vagabond House service…..
Have been stalking these for forever @ Horchow to go with my Spode Woodlands set all time favorite dishes in my collection)! The Vagabond House stag horn place settings are hanging in my head like that haunting song “It’s a Small World” from the Disney ride !! GREAT blog post, Tina, everything we need to get us going for the holidays…

Love everything Horchow. It’s one of my favorite places to shop. I love their soup bowls and those beautiful Christmas stockings.

Perhaps the Thanksgiving holiday is nearly everyone’s favorite.
I’ve been planning mine for several days and have my menu decided. Now I can begin prepping ahead. Table settings are a favorite too. Horchow has many fabulous items to choose. The
Vagabon stag horn flatware, made in America, and the crystal
Drink dispenser would round out my antique bird plates to set the mood as we give thanks for all our blessings in this great land we share.

I am a pillow addict….THOSE PILLOWS are just…,enticing. I’ve shopped HORCHOW for years and the anticipation has never changed. The latest catalog is pure chocolate (another addiction….) franki

I have always loved Horchow, and I used to stock Pine Cone Hill in my shop in Folsom. So I have to go with Pine Cone Hill’s
Queen Anatolia Print Duvet Cover

Ahhh,I love the Vagabond steak knives.Wouldn’t they look wonderful with the Woodland Spode?I have never missed a single one of your blog entries~keep them coming :-))

Well, there are so many things I would love, but my favorite is the Spode Woodland China which I have been wanting to add salad plates to my dinner plates forever. This is the time, I think! And the julistka dinnerware is lovely. Great sale to stock up.

Everything Horchow has is beautiful. The pink and cream dinnerware would be gorgeous with the crochet edge napkins πŸ™‚ Great giveaway – as usual!!

Love the Donabella round dining table. Horchow is an amazing company. Thanks for the chance to win!

Loving the Jacqueline mirror and the classic fireplace screen, also the crochet napkins. Always a fun place to shop.

It’s hard to believe November is almost here, but you find the most amazing items out there, and it almost makes me want to throw a party. Your table always looks so beautiful too. I like the Ralph Lauren old fashioned glasses right now. My husband likes to drink bourbon and these glasses would be a nice gift for him. And by the way, I love how you said you enjoy Mondays! You got me thinking that this is a good way to start the week?by blocking out Monday and enjoying that day.

Hi Tina,

I admit, I have an obsession with dinnerware! My favorites are the Baroque dinnerware in all 3 colors and the Baroque wood chargers! I’m having 12-15 for Thanksgiving (My favorite holiday) so anything from Horchow is amazing, I could order everything! Thanks for the chance to win the napkins.
Pam Jacobs

The Forest Walk dinnerware would be fun for the fall meals! But those linen napkins are really calling my name!

Horchow – my secret obsession. Love the Sferra linens; great jumping off point for a ‘new’ holiday table setting.

The Horchow Golden Candlerail was decorated so wonderfully that it drew me in instantly. So many ways to decorate it or just display it by itself. Definitely my favorite. Wish me luck in the giveaway!

Love, love, love the pink and white plates and bowls. I have a daughter that would FLIP over those!

I love the Christmas collections! The Classic Elegance Christmas Garland is to die for and the Highland Fling Topiary lend a traditional flair to a Christmas hearth.

Thanks for shopping for me!

I really love the Juliska “winter frolic” party plates ~ puts me in the mood for Christmas just looking at them!

I am the kid in the Candy Store!!! Nose prints all over the place! On my “Wish List” would be 3 sets of the Woodland Bird or Hunting Dog Sets!! Lots of mouths to feed for Thanksgiving!

I need a new mirror for my bathroom. I’m thinking of the pagoda shaped mirror. They all look pretty. Trudi R.

?Thanks so much for introducing us to the Horchow website! The last time you sent out some Horchow favorites I ordered the RL towels and Sferra sheets with the free monogram. I absolutely love them, they are such high quality and were on sale! Had it not been for your blog I would never have known they had such great stuff! Thank YOU! I looked at the site and love the silver chargers, the champagne flutes, white square baroque and the blue Leonar dinnerware. They have such lovely things?..

I just love Horchow, and have for years since they were a very small mail order company in Texas! I am loving the MacKenzie Childs small Highland Tray right now!

The boys have a collection of snow globes and Horchow has a wonderful selection to choose from! Monogram guest towels are always good to have during the holidays, especially with family in town. We hope your week is wonderful and that you check off a lot of your “to-do’s”.
C + C

I love anything Horchow has. I have the Napolean Bee flatware. I would like the Ralph Lauren decanter and bar glasses. Good post as always.

HORCHOW items tug at my
The serving pieces are fabulous .
I adore the Godinger Collection of “pierced” serving pieces – especially the flatware caddy !
Great post as always !

The Ralph Lauren decanter set you ordered for your friends is amazing. It’s the perfect gift for anyone. It’s elegant yet understated, and can even be given as a wedding gift. I’d love to have this to sit on my bar cart!

One entertainment tip I’d like to offer is to always, always, have a parting gift for your guests. No matter how small, a little something that says “you are special to us” is a lovely way to let folks know you appreciate them.

And oh yes, I think your husband would love to get this as a gift! πŸ™‚



I love the King Monfort floral dust skirt. I love many things from Horchow and would be thrilled to win the guest towels!?

I regularly get their emails. Love their linens! Right now I am enjoying the holiday collection.

Thank you for your lovely and beautiful blog. Horchow has the most elegant products.
Our sons have been giving me “Woodland Spode” ever since We started collecting it back in 2001.
Every Thanksgiving they would bring me a piece. A plate, mug, bowls…etc. I just love every piece because they were given in love. But for some reason we never got the Turkey platter. So that is what I need.
The 19″ Turkey platter and the 90 piece set of the Towel Hotel Flatware in Gold.
Thank you again!

So many lovely items. Would love the Pavoes dinnerware. Gorgeous! Also want the Iris glassware. I love creating beautiful tablescapes!

So many things to love! The Mercury glass candlesticks, the Christmas tree skirts, and the Spode dinnerware are all fabulous finds for the holidays!

I love Horchow’s and have lusted after many items. I adore the individual covered soup bowls in white! And also the crocheted linen napkins! Horchow’s really has the best items to make a home beautiful. Thank you for posting your favorites. I love looking at them and dreaming of my holiday gift giving!

From the paper products to beautiful china, crystal and flatware. Horchow has it all for Holiday Entertaining. I have been purchasing from them for years and they never disappoint! But I really love the Fall theme guest towels that are the give away prize!

I have been a fan of Horchow for years so what a wonderful giveaway! It’s so hard to choose just a few favorites but I am in love with those personalized mugs, they are going to be my go-to gift this year for teachers and co-workers…just add a little packet of hot chocolate mix and wrap it up pretty and it’s good to go! I also love the advent calendars that Horchow offers, I have one very similar and I love bringing it out each year!!

Love love love Horchow catalogues!!! Met Roger many years ago at a Green House event in Texas. The set of twelve blue/white dinner and salad plates – seen in several of your posts – are calling my name! Also the M&C checkerboard S&P set. Divine!!!!

A nifty little gift is the monogrammed cheese board with spreader. And who wouldn’t like the sweet, happy little elephant lamp?

Love Horchow. Have to say that the bamboo and Wallace flatware sets are calling my name!


I absolutely love the red velvet tablerunner–so gorgeous for a holiday table! The monogrammed napkins are a delightful prize–thank you for the contest, Tina!

Horchow’s bedding is superlative. Take a look at the new arrival of the Legacy Toile! Classic at it’s best….

I agree, entertaining with lovely things makes every event special. For the past two Decembers I have looked for 20″ or larger holiday-red linen napkins and table runner to no avail–always sold out. I’m ordering the Sferra linens today!
One of the things I do for myself when entertaining is to hire a serving helper (or two) and a bar tender– reeeeally makes a huge difference in the flow of the party and how much more time I can spend celebrating with my guests.

I love the courtly check kitchen and dining sets. My floors are black and white checks they would fit right in. Love your blog it is so inspiring.

I had decided on the Louis Phillip mirror until I saw the Animated Advent House. Well, it looks like I’ll be buying an item for my granddaughter and an item for myself. Thanks so much for helping me decide I need to shop Horchow more often.

Love your blog with or without give-always! Beautiful photographs! My pick–Woodland Spode!!!

another awesome giveaway!! monogrammed hand towels make every trip to the bathroom the best day of my life. And Horchow- I especially love all of the Safavieh rugs. Perfect for any room. =)

I placed a recent order for some of the Sferra napkins in green – the color is gorgeous! Think I need another set, or two. Great selections!

There are a number of lovely things that I admired from the Horchow website. Today I am leaning toward the bar area for entertaining. I would like to have the squirrel nut bowl from Vagabond house sitting on the counter of my wet bar for a bit of whimsy. I also thought the Michael Aram matching “Rock” bottle opener, ice scoop, and ice bucket in gold would be fun for drinks “on the rocks”. Thanks for the guest towels- great choice for the give away!

Love the website and will definitely return. They have some very beautiful pillows – I especially love the blue pattern ones. The Jungle Double Old Fashioned glasses are great as are the Amalia Full Body Red Wine glasses. I really liked the Elysian Brandy Glasses too but a little out of my price range.


Well have to say it took me some time to go through Horchow’s website. Such beautiful things. My favorites though are the kaleidoscope placemats, beaded floor mirror, Adriana chevron mirror.

Oh my! What to choose as favorites! It would have to be the Patina Vie Emerald rocks glasses and the goblets. I know just who I’d love to give those to for Christmas!
Thanks for putting my name in the pot!

Oh, Gosh…it’s so hard to choose just one or two items from Horchow! I get my bath towels from them (Kassatex Parisian and Kassatex San Marco), and I adore everything they feature in the MacKenzie-Childs line. But my absolute favorite at the moment is the Jay Strongwater Cake Knife. It’s just to.die.for! Thanks for the chance to win those lovely hand/guest towels.. this was fun!

I love these Silver Lake Ikat Paisley Pillow! They would look great in my blue living room ^_^

That gold Towle hotel silverware. Wow!!!! Gorgeous. Would love a pair of the fall guest towels

I’m loving the set of three “ironwork” tapestries at Horchow, and I’m always a sucker for anything GG! Of the items you shared, I think my favorite would be the champagne flutes–lovely!!

Love the Vagabond House
Five-Piece Medici Place Setting
$199 25% OFF : $149.25

I think I have seen them on your table settings, too. They are so substantial.

I absolutely adore everything on Horchow. I lust for everything Mackenzie Childs, furniture and rugs, but I love the simplicity of the monogrammed napkins. Thanks for always bringing our attention to their fun goodies!

On a separate note…hope you have seen the blue and white ginger jar Christmas ornaments Frontgate is offering this year. Very elegant.

Horchow has to be one of my all time favorites for holiday gift giving. I eyeing the Waterford elegance stemless wine glasses and dreaming about so many other goodies for the upcoming season.

I liked the Godinger Serving Pierced Serving Pieces. In fact, I ordered the Flatware Caddy! It is perfect for my needs.

I would like the GG Collection Antiquity Serving Pedestal topped with any one of their decadent, designer cakes. It would look good and taste good!

Hi, Tina,

I adore Horchow! This is such a wonderful giveaway! πŸ™‚ My mom has had her eyes on the tortoise silverware for yeeeeeaaaarrrsss, so I decided that I would finally get it for her birthday in November. I’m still undecided as to which of the three styles to get, but that’s my favorite Horchow article right now. Aside from that, those little covered soup tureens you shared are just darling!

LOVELY BLOG! Always a pleasure to visit πŸ™‚


Love the Safavieh moonglow rug—gorgeous and a great price! And of course, I’m also in love with the Sofia fringed cashmere throw—even if my budget is not. πŸ™‚

I need a kitchen Chandelier and love the Solento Chandelier. All the linens are beautiful also. The give away is wonderful and thank you for offering it.

Love the Michael Aram Palace Pedestal Server–perfect for every day elegance and the holidays. Also, love the Back Bay rug. It’s colors are serene and soothing. Thanks for the beautiful give-away and extensive resource of inspiration!

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