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Friday Five: Entertaining

November 19, 2010
by thenestinggame

So, when I started the Friday Five, it was never my intention that Fridays would be the ONLY time I post. Alas. We have been busy at the Nest, working on wedding plans and hosting friends and fam. Since we’ve had the house, we’ve had lots of visitors, which we both love. And with the holidays here–they start on Nov. 1 now, you know–I thought I’d share my favorite entertaining doo dads with you.


On our Paris trip, we LOVED these squatty, thin, round glasses that Parisian restaurants used for water and sometimes wine. We brought home 10 of them, but the ones pictured here are from Crate & Barrel. They look super charming. They work great for wine, as they are much less knock-overable than traditional stemware. A glass of milk is also quite yummy in these, plus the opening is wider for cookie-dunking. I also think these would also be great for individual servings of pudding or hors d’oeuvre-sized portions of soup.


I found these cute things on this site. I swear, one of these years I am going to learn how to sew! I have a few fabric coasters from the Williams-Sonoma outlet in Memphis. [This place was like church when I lived there. My buddy, Jackie and I would go at least once a week, it seemed. And about 90% of all my kitchen stuff is from there. I miss it so.] Anyway, my fabric coasters are reversible velvet stars. They’re pretty holiday-themed, so I’m reluctant to pull them out the rest of the year, but I love having friends over, plopping a bottle of wine on the coffee table upon a fabric coaster and yammering the night away.


Also hailing from the Williams-Sonoma outlet, these little dishes are officially for creme brulee. (I was going to try to punctuate that with the appropriate accents, but there are WAY too many.) I like to pull them out for anything and everything. nuts, M&Ms, grapes, slices of apple, olives, pieces of chocolate, lemons and limes, cheese dips, hummus, etc. They are  cute and fun and everything feels more special in a dish rather than in the container it comes in. Seriously. Just put whatever store-bought thing you have in one of these puppies and people will call you Martha.


Confession. I love these things. They are goofy and cheesy and my CB2 membership (if there was such a thing) would probably be revoked if they read this. But. I think spreaders are so fun. You can find them cheap at TJ Maxx.¬†This company makes a ton of silly ones. Fat ladies. Flip flops. Upside down santas who fell in the cheese log. I gave the flamingos above to Taylor’s parents who live in Florida. What is not to love? Funny story: Our realtor is a good friend of our friend, Leigh Ann, and he came by to visit when they were in town last weekend. I pull out my spreaders–I have “daytime” spreaders of French Chefs in chef whites and “evening” spreaders of little moustaschio-ed, tuxedoed waiters and he started laughing and said, “Those are hideous! I … I mean, hilarious!” No, you meant hideous. But it’s okay.


And for the times when we’re not hosting the party, I always like to bring a little something to whomever is. I keep my eyes peeled for pretty dish towels when I’m out and about and stock my goody drawer. (Yes, I have become my grandmother.) These are DwellStudio for Target. Just tie them up with some raffia, or if you’re feeling really festive, wrap it around a bottle of wine. You’ll definitely be invited back next year.

Now you tell me, what are your best entertaining tricks?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine permalink
    November 19, 2010 6:14 pm

    Yes, and we love the flamingo spreaders!
    You are too creative, Molly – love the Nesting Game!!
    Look forward to it every Friday.

  2. lucyglib permalink
    November 19, 2010 8:18 pm

    Whoops. Hood did that very thing (cute dish towel over a bottle of wine) when we had her and J to dinner. And then I washed said towel and RETURNED it. How gauche of me! It was cute …

  3. Jackie permalink
    November 20, 2010 1:13 pm

    Snif. Williams Sonoma outlet.

    I do love the squat glasses – high function for sure! Maybe even good for some bar nuts in a crunch. :-)

  4. kristen fountain davi permalink
    December 15, 2010 12:17 am

    hilarious…i consider myself to have pretty nice taste most of the time, but, i, too, am a big fan of the crazy-colorful and often cheesy spreaders. i have “bread” themed ones, christmas ones, monogrammed ones, santa ones, etc, etc…they are similar to my miniature teapot collection that i had in about 3rd grade or so, come to think of it…

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