In case anyone hasn’t checked their calendar recently, let this be a wake up call. IT IS NOVEMBER 14TH!! And that means the holidays and rapidly approaching. For some of us, this is when the panic will start to ensue. But for others, who actually have their thoughts together on a daily basis (I’m not on of these people) they will get through the holidays with no burnt meals, no spilled red win and you can bet that every single holiday gathering will have a flawlessly set table. So, being one of these people that has some issues with giving myself ample time for planning, when the opportunity to create a holiday party post with Kaukauna® Cheese arose – I jumped at the chance!
Today I will be sharing with you some photos of my own little holiday dinner I had last week with my family along with a DIY of how to create some super cute pumpkin place settings (as seen in the photo above). I will also be sharing a little recipe of how to make Herbed Artichoke Pull Apart Bread, the perfect holiday appetizer!
The first thing I always take into consideration when setting a table for the holidays is an overall color scheme or mood. This time around, I wanted a darker, moodier theme. I chose some muted light greens in the centerpiece and leafy bits, matte black plates, a dark almost black purple plate charger, and light pink napkins. At first I was nervous about the light colored napkins but after I got everything together I actually think the light napkins accentuate the darkness of everything else. Candles always add a magical touch, so I used two large gold candle holders (with lots of patina!) and several small tealight candles.
And now onto these little cuties! I think this is the cutest idea for little place cards for Thanksgiving or any November holiday party. For December I would probably use something a little more Winter or Christmas themed. But really, these pumpkin name cards could be used any time in Winter or Fall. And what’s even better, can you save and reuse them!
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First, applying painters tape to half of the pumpkin. I chose the bottom half because that way the gold leaf paint wouldn’t be coming into contact with the plate or table. I was worried the paint might have glitter or might fall apart over time, but I actually would have been fine painting this on either side of the pumpkin. Make sure your tape adheres along where you’re edge will be so that you have a nice clean line.
The fun part! Paint! Apply the gold leafing paint to any exposed area of your pumpkin or gourd and allow to dry for however long is necessary. Mine only took about fifteen minutes to completely dry so that I could handle it without transferring any of the color.
And the final step, which is definitely the hardest step, make your name tags using the blank tags, stamps and ink pad. I went through an ENTIRE PACK of blank name tags just to get the four place settings I needed. Since I was stamping individual letters I had to really focus on the spacing I wanted and keeping my line height consistent. So, good luck. I hope you all have an easier time with this than I did. Then attach your name tags to the pumpkins. And voila! You now have your own super cute little pumpkin place card!
Now that we’ve taken care of the table, we can focus on what really matters – the food. Who doesn’t love bread, am I right? I decided to make a shareable appetizer that has every delicious thing. Bread, butter, artichoke hearts, herbs, cheese. What more could you really want?
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen Kaukauna® products around your local grocery store. And maybe it’s just me but I always associate their cheese with the holidays. It’s one of those easy things you can pick up, set on a cheese platter with some crackers, veggies or toast rounds and you’ve got yourself a delicious, 100% real cheddar appetizer that makes entertaining easy. But, Kaukauna® cheese doesn’t have to only be eaten in it’s prepared form. You can also incorporate it into your favorite recipes, like I did here. I normally have a hard time finding the perfect bread loaf but this time around I just went down to my local QFC headed on over to the Cheese Shop where I picked up my Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball and found the perfect crispy bread loaf in their bakery department.
Next you will want to prep your ingredients. There really are no exact measurements, everything is according to your own taste and preferences. You don’t even have to use artichoke hearts if that’s not your thing, you can fill this bad boy with whatever your heart desires. So chop those herbs, slice and shred that cheese, and mince that garlic! As for the bread, you will want to use a sharpened serrated knife to cut diagonally in BOTH directions across the loaf so that you’re almost but not all the way through the loaf. This will create easy to tear little bread diamonds that make this dish so easy to share!
Now, melt enough butter so that you can drizzle it over the entire loaf. Make sure to separate some of the cracks so that the butter gets into the loaf not just onto it. NOW STUFF THAT BAD BOY! Fill the cracks with your cheese, herbs and artichoke hearts and the fuller the better because it will really cook all of those flavors right into the bread itself. Then, wrap in foil and stick in the oven at 350 degrees for about fifteen minutes. Then open the foil and cook for about ten-ISH minutes longer until the top of the loaf is crispy and beautiful.
I served my bread on a cake stand because I’m sorry but by the time this thing was done cooking it was more appealing to me than any cake I could think of and I really felt like it deserved that glorious crystal stand.
Along with the Artichoke Pull Apart Bread I also prepared a brown sugar pineapple glazed ham, a Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Log, asparagus with balsamic tomatoes, candied bacon, a butter lettuce and rocket salad, and tortellini mac n’ cheese. If you’re wondering why you don’t see any of the other food pictured here it’s because, well, I straight up forgot. Until of course I pulled my mini blackberry pies out of the oven after dinner had already been eaten and cleaned up. So, here’s this nice pie photo for you.
Also, just as a tip if you’ve never created a holiday tablescape before, I highly recommend serving your meal buffet style from a different table. That way you can still dine at your stunning table without having to make room for each dish. And now for the fun part, the giveaway! Just enter below to be entered to win a $500 visa gift card, but there are some great runner up prizes! Like $200 visa gift cards or one of the beautiful Kaukauna® Cheese Boards pictured above. There are hundreds of winners being drawn so enter now for your chance to win!
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