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Effortless Entertaining with Vietri

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When it comes to designing tabletops for dinner parties I tend to go in one of two routes – casual or elegant. One thing that I strive to do with each is to make sure that it is effortless. No one wants to be a stressed out hostess. This fall I’ve made it a point to fully embrace doing more casual tabletops that have a few key details that guests notice and want to use themselves when hosting dinner parties this fall.


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To kick off the entertaining season I thought I’d share a few tips to making your next dinner party go off without a hitch.


1.) Pick a palette thats seasonal – whether it’s neutral (like this tabletop) or something colorful.


2.) Once you’ve figured out your color palette decide which dinnerware you want to use. I wanted to add plates that had rustic edges to them, Vietri is a great source for beautiful dinnerware.


3.) Add pattern with napkins.


4.) Seasonal touches – I decided that little white pumpkins would be the perfect way to embrace the fall season. Then guests can take them home as a parting gift.


5.) Layers are key, by adding branches down the center of the table adds that extra details that finishes off the entire look. Here I used magnolia branches, but you can use anything – olive branches, eucalyptus, see what your local flower shop or grocery store has in stock.


6.) Lastly, and this might be the most important tip – set everything up the night before. It’ll be one last thing to think about the day of and then you can focus on everything else you have to do. Plus, it always gets me excited to see my guests when it is already set.


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Wondering how you can get this same look – pop over to Vietri for these essential items. I hope that this has inspired you for when you host your next dinner party.


Fall Entertaining with Vietri | Sacramento Street

 

1.) Lastra Grey Salad Plate | 2.) Optical Clear Champagne Glass | 3.) Lastra White Dinner Plate | 4.) Grey Medallion Accent Napkin | 5.) Aladdin White Antique Five-Piece Place Setting


This post is a partnership with Vietri. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Photos by Ashley Batz for Sacramento Street

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Blooms in Season: October

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

 

October is one of those months where I find myself surrounded by friends and family that are incredibly excited for the change of season. As you all know, this is one of my favorite times of year. When Natalie and I sat down to brainstorm ideas for this months arrangement, all we knew was that we wanted to fully embrace fall with the colors and seasonal items that surround us. Well, as you can only imagine Natalie hit it out of the park with this month’s post – the way she used different green hues, pumpkins, acorns, and more is honestly phenomenal. Read on to hear more about what inspired this beautiful post.

 

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What was used for this October’s arrangement:

 

Heirloom pumpkin
white ice king protea
persimmons
scabiosa
casperita white pumpkin
acorns
privet berry

 

I love the color palate. The components are so seasonable but the colors are not the expected orange autumnal colors. What made you decide to use these hues?

 

I love this time of year! October is my favorite month and I love seeing the season change. I wanted to share a look that felt very seasonal yet was still slightly unexpected colors. I was initially inspired by the green persimmons.

 

Blooms in Season by Natalie Bowen Designs for Sacramento Street

 

These green persimmons are amazing, the color is just fantastic. Tell us more about them.

 

I like using under ripened fruit for a couple of reasons. First, I like that it shows the fruit in an unexpected and less common color. Green blackberries also work really well for this reason. I also like using fruit that is not fully ripe because it lasts much longer and does not fall off the stem the way ripe fruit does.

 

I’m always on the hunt for different pumpkins, how did you know we would love them?

 

Yes, I knew you would love the white one. It is called “casperita.” I don’t know the variety of the darker black/green one, but it was grown in Half Moon Bay where the largest pumpkin festival has been held since 1971.

 

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Flowers by Natalie Bowen Designs | Photos by Caitlin Flemming
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Four Favorites: Chambray

Four Favorites: Chambray | Sacramento Street

 

Do you ever find yourself wearing a uniform? It’s been happening to me lately. My new wardrobe staple is chambray shirts – they look good with leggings, dresses, you name it. I find myself rotating through my collection of them, which is quite embarrassingly large. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you and find out if any of you have a daily uniform you’ve found yourself wearing recently?


1.) NLST Chambray


2.) Frame Denim


3.) Chambray Boyfriend Shirt


4.) J Crew Chambray Shirt


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On the Menu: Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros | Sacramento Street

Huevos rancheros is one of my all-time favorite breakfasts. It is on a short list of dishes that I will always order off a menu if I see it. Warm corn tortillas soaked with salsa and black beans all topped with an egg and some cilantro, it might just be my idea of perfection on a plate.


Here is my take on the traditional dish. I added avocado because I can’t seem to ever get enough avocado, as well as some Cojita cheese for a little tanginess. The recipe calls for making your own salsa but you can certainly buy pre-made salsa and skip a step.


Also, I fry my eggs on the stovetop in a non-stick pan then combine the dish before eating and serving. If fried eggs are not your thing, feel free to prepare the eggs your favorite way – regardless of fried, scrambled, poached or sunny side up, these huevos rancheros will be delicious. Enjoy!


~ Amanda


Huevos Rancheros | Sacramento Street

 

Ingredients| Sacramento Street


Serves 4


– 4 Roma or plum tomatoes, about 1 lb., diced (setting a couple tablespoons aside for garnish)

– 1 onion, divided and chopped

– chopped fresh cilantro plus additional for garnishing

– 1 Tbsp. chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo (or more if you like your salsa spicy)

– 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped

– 4 Tbsp. olive oil

– ½ tsp. salt (or more to taste)

– 1 -15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

– 4 large eggs

– 8 corn tortillas, about 5” diameter

– Garnish: Cojita cheese, avocado, jalapeños, lime wedges


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1.) In a blender puree tomatoes, half of the diced onion, cilantro, chipotle, garlic, and salt until smooth. Pour salsa mixture into a medium sized non-stick sauté pan and simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until salsa is slightly thickened, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove salsa from pan and set aside. Carefully wipe out the pan.


2.) In the same sauté pan over medium heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 2 -3 minutes. Add the beans and cook for another 3 – 4 minutes or until beans are warmed through. Remove beans from pan and set aside. Carefully wipe out the pan.


3.) In the same sauté pan over medium high heat, add remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is hot, carefully crack the eggs, one at a time into the pan. (I often crack into a small bowl then slide the egg onto the pan to make sure I don’t break the yolk or miss any eggshells). Cook eggs according to your preference. I like my whites set but my yolks still runny so it only takes about 2 -3 minutes.


4.) Assemble the huevos rancheros by quickly warming the tortillas in the oven or in the microwave. Place 2 tortillas on a plate, top with black beans, salsa and one egg. Garnish with avocado, Cojita cheese, jalapeños, tomatoes, lime wedges and cilantro.


Recipe by Amanda Frederickson for Sacramento Street

 

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Layer It: Apple Picking

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It’s that time of year, where doorsteps are being decorated with pumpkins, days are getting shorter and it’s nearing the end of one of my favorite fall things to do – apple picking. In our house we’re a little more than obsessed with apples. Both of us have an apple a day and this time of year they are better than ever. So we set out and head up north to do a bit of apple picking to make delicious crisps, turnovers, you name it!


Layer It : Apple Picking | Sacramento Street


One thing I love about setting out on this adventure is putting together a true fall look – taking out my fall sweaters, boots and plaid scarves. It truly makes it feel like fall is officially here, even if it is a bit mild this year.


What layers do you love pairing together for outdoor adventures during the fall?


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1.) Broken-in Boyfriend Jean in Traction Wash


2.) Sterling Jacket


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3.) Norway Bootie


4.) Wool Colorblock Socks


5.) Textured Slouchy Sweater


6.) Plaid Scarf


7.) The Shoulder Bag

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