MADHOUSE Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

MADHOUSE Hostess Gifts

Black Orchid Melamine Platter / Block Tritan Ice Bucket  / Gray Twig Cutlery
Clear Melon Tritan Goblet  / Lemonwood Melamine Serving Tray / Ocean Melamine Sea Urchin Platter

‘Tis the season for soirees, parties, and gatherings galore! We know your social calendar is full this holiday season, so don’t forget to grab a gift for the holiday hostess before heading to your next event. No matter if it’s a friend, neighbor, coworker, or a family member, showing the hostess your appreciation is the polite thing to do.

But before you grab that go-to bottle of wine, consider a more creative gift that the hostess can use again and again, like one of our melamine pieces! Our trays and platters are perfect for serving cocktails and appetizers and can also double as decorative coffee table trays and even wall art. The twig cutlery is always a hostess favorite, while our Block Collection ice bucket and goblets are entertaining essentials the hostess will put to good use.

How will you say thanks to your holiday hostess?

Entertaining Inspiration: Thanksgiving Gathering

With snowstorms and below-freezing temperatures on the horizon, we’re finding it easy to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Taking to the indoors and tucking into a feast with family and friends is just what Old Man Winter ordered. Today’s entertaining inspiration is all about having a cozy and beautiful Thanksgiving.

Food & Drink

Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail

For food, we believe in not straying too far from the classics: turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, buttered rolls, and pumpkin pie. For a drink that fits the theme, serve up these sparkling cranberry cocktails that combine cranberry vodka, Grand Mariner, cranberry juice, and sparkling wine. For young ones, combine cranberry juice with ginger ale for a special, sparkling drink.

Décor

MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Collection

Make the dinner table the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving decorations. Begin with an elegant linen tablecloth with a lace overlay. Next, set the table with items from the MADHOUSE Fig Leaf collection. For the centerpiece, make a low floral arrangement and set gold candlesticks with white taper candles across the center of the table.

Entertainment

Thanksgiving Entertainment

Get comfortable and stay a while! If there’s ever a day to get a fire going and pull out some board games, it’s Thanksgiving! If weather permits (and there’s not a foot of snow on the ground…), bundle up and get the blood flowing by taking an afternoon walk and playing some flag football. Cap off the evening with a favorite Christmas movie or two. There are only a few weeks until Christmas, so it’s a perfect time to transition into the holiday spirit!

What’s inspiring you this Thanksgiving?

Coffee Table Styling with MADHOUSE

Hosts and hostesses love to use our sizable, handled melamine trays for serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Your Southern Peach used the Lemonwood tray over the summer to serve gin and tonics and finger foods outside, and we have to say that this tray is a workhorse when it comes to entertaining.

Madhouse Melamine Serving Tray

But we also think there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to MADHOUSE melamine trays. Between parties and soirees, why not use your MADHOUSE tray as an elegant coffee table accent:

MADHOUSE Coffee Table Tray

Pictured here is the Fig Leaf serving tray styled alongside a candle, paperweight, geode, fresh flowers, and a stack of magazines.

MADHOUSE Coffee Table Tray

You can add MADHOUSE glamour to your own coffee table by first choosing your tray. Go glam with Black Orchid, chic with Olive Branch, airy with Botanical Leaf, trendy with Lemonwood, or natural with Fig Leaf.

Then, add complementary accents, like fresh flowers, a decorate box for the remote, a candle, trinkets, and coffee table books.

MADHOUSE Coffee Table Tray

And there you have it! How is your coffee table styled?

Table Setting Inspiration for November

MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Collection Thanksgiving Table Setting

  1. Christmas Central Ceramic Pumpkins
  2. Amish Country Furnishing Rustic Candle Holder
  3. MADHOUSE Translucent Gray Twig Cutlery
  4. Michael Aram Fig Leaf Cheeseboard and Fig Leaf Cheese Knife Set
  5. MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Guest Towels
  6. Pottery Barn Vintage Wood Charger
  7. Teleflora Autumn Romance Bouquet
  8. MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Fine Paper Dinner Plates
  9. MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Serving Tray with Handles
  10. MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Melamine Round Platter

Thanksgiving is two weeks away, so it’s time to iron out your menu and table setting plans. Here at MADHOUSE, we’re eager to set the table with the Fig Leaf Collection,which captures the spirit of Thanksgiving beautifully with a wood grain and stamped leaf design in warm hues of taupe, brown, and bronze.The paper tableware in this collection erases the stress of using your fine china — without sacrificing style — so you can focus on what’s really important on this holiday. (We don’t know many hostesses who would say no to less dishes after a Thanksgiving meal!)

Accent the Fig Leaf Collection tableware with touches like wooden chargers, seasonal floral arrangements, candlelight, and ceramic pumpkins. Creating ambiance is a big part of any Thanksgiving meal, and the Fig Leaf Collection makes this easy. For food, go with the classics: Turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and dinner rolls. For dessert, pumpkin pie will round out your traditional meal perfectly. For a complementary wine, go with a sparkling wine or a white like Riesling, sauvignon blanc, or pinot grigio.

What’s inspiring your Thanksgiving table setting?

 

 

 

MAD for in November

MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Collection for Thanksgiving

1. Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the pinnacle event for anyone who loves to entertain, and here at Madhouse, you know our love for entertaining runs deep. This Thanksgiving, embellish your table with the MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Collection for a look that’s traditional, yet upscale. The Fig Leaf Collection features a stamped leaf and wood grain design in a color palette of brown, taupe, bronze, and white. It’s a perfect complement to the holiday!

Movember

2. Movember

This November, we’re rooting Madhouse teammate Eric on as he grows a moustache for Movember. The Movember movement’s purpose is to raise funds and awareness to combat men’s health issues. The funds raised by Mo Sisters and Mo Bros like Eric support men’s health programs that fight prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Know someone who’s participating in Movember? Be sure to support him or her with a donation, and check out Eric’s Movember page here!

Fall Floral Arrangement

3. Fall Flowers

Keeping fresh flowers in the house is a guaranteed way to liven and energize your space. This fall, we’re really appreciating Mother’s Nature’s seasonal blooms, like sunflowers, mums, daisies, lilies, and goldenrod. The arrangement above, by JP Parker Flowers, was created in a cleaned-out gourd. You can easily recreate this look at home and use your arrangement for your Thanksgiving centerpiece.

What are you MAD for this November?

How to Update Your Bar Cart for Fall

How to Update Your Bar Cart for Fall

Bar carts are definitely having a moment, aren’t they? From utilitarian to glam, when it comes to bar cart styling, the options are endless. But no matter what style you choose, we think switching up your bar cart each season is as natural as swapping out the rest of your home’s decor. While your warm-weather bar cart should be well-equipped with the appropriate glassware and ingredients for summery drinks like margaritas and spritzers, your fall bar cart should be ready for those warm and rich flavors we love during cooler weather, like the hot toddy and the old fashioned.

Fall Bar Cart Ideas

Stock the Bar for Fall:

Whiskey
Scotch
Spiced Rum
Brandy
Vodka
Gin
Kahlua
Vermouth
Bitters
Simple Syrup
Club soda

Fall Bar Cart Ideas

Fall Bar Cart Ideas

Decor-wise, add seasonal elements through  darker colors and metallic gold touches. This cart features products from the MADHOUSE Olive Branch Collection, which combines onyx black, plum purple, and gold leaf detailing.

Fall Bar Cart Ideas

For glassware, the MADHOUSE Translucent Black Tumblers (pictured above) and the MADHOUSE Translucent Black Goblets have a Gothic feel that’s perfect for Halloween and autumn gatherings.

How have you updated your bar cart for fall?

Entertaining Inspiration: Halloween Murder Mystery Soiree

Halloween is drawing near, which is the perfect opportunity to gather friends for a glamorously spooky Halloween soiree.  Here’s how to throw one that will be a monster hit:

Food & Drink

Halloween Cocktail: Poison Apple Cocktail

To eat, go with sophisticated and classic party fare, such as a cheese board, cured meats, and bite-sized hors d’oeuvres. To drink, consider creating a signature cocktail for the evening, like the Poison Apple drink above by The Little Epicurian. This cocktail combines Crown Royal, apple schnapps, and cranberry juice for a drink that’s very fitting for Halloween. For dessert, go with caramel apples and bowls of candy — this is one day your guests will want to indulge in sweets!

Décor

MADHOUSE Halloween Party Supplies
Lemonwood Guest Towel / Twig Cutlery / Black Tritan Goblet

Halloween décor can quickly become garish if you rely too heavily on faux spiderwebs and decorations from the Halloween aisle. Instead, take a glamorous approach to the decorations by using a black and white color palette and including sophisticated touches. Set the table with plain black linens and adorn it with white bone china and the MADHOUSE guest towels, cutlery, and goblets shown above. For centerpieces, create dark and moody floral arrangements with black magic roses, rip city dahlias, and red majestic calla lilies. Also, flood the room with candlelight. Black and white taper candles placed in cleaned-out wine bottles are sophisticated, but just spooky enough for Halloween.

Entertainment

Flapper Costume

Costumes are a must at your Halloween soiree! Encourage your guests to come dressed to the nines, no matter if they decide to go glamorous or ghoulish. One way to keep your guests entertained is to make it a Murder Mystery Party. To do this, you can write your own story, buy a boxed game, or hire a local professional company to come perform the mystery.

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

Table Setting Inspiration for October

MADHOUSE Olive Branch Table Setting

  1. MADHOUSE Olive Branch Fine Paper Platters
  2. Michael Aram Olive Branch Wine Coaster & Stopper Set
  3. MADHOUSE Olive Branch Melamine Serving Tray
  4. Michael Aram Olive Branch Cheeseboard & Knife
  5. Williams-Sonoma Olive Leaf Wreath
  6. MADHOUSE Olive Branch Melamine Dinner Plate
  7. Uncommon Goods Wine Cork Candles
  8. Pottery Barn Industrial Framed Chalkbaord
  9. MADHOUSE Olive Branch Beverage Napkins

Now that we’re well into fall, the temperatures are taking a chilly turn, the evenings are getting shorter, and we’re spending more time indoors. There’s something about this season that calls for hearty, home-cooked meals enjoyed with friends and family, and we think there’s nothing better than a big bowl of Italian pasta paired with a bottle of wine on a chilly October evening. This fall, why not throw an intimate Italian dinner party for your friends and family?

The MADHOUSE Olive Branch collection is the perfect accompaniment to your Italian feast. Not only does the collection capture the essence of Italian entertaining, but its deep onyx black and jewel tones complement autumn beautifully. Begin the feast with a cheeseboard filled with traditional antipasto, and for the main, serve a hearty dish like spaghetti and meatballs, pasta fagioli, lasagna, or portobello ravioli. And of course, a complementary bottle of wine is a must.

For décor, welcome your guests at the front door with an olive leaf wreath, and write the menu on a chalkboard, just like an Italian bistro. Inside, flood the room with candlelight, and for an authentic touch, use wine bottle drip candles.

Round out the evening with some limoncello and storytelling. It will be an autumn evening to remember!

 

 

MAD for in October

Glamorous Pumpkin Decorating

1. Gilded Pumpkin Decorating

This year, your traditional jack-o’-lantern is being replaced by more glamorous pumpkin decorating. Gilded pumpkins are all the rage, which can be achieved with gold spray paint, gold glitter, or gold leaf. Stencil your address on the front of the pumpkin in black for a seasonal, yet chic, addition to your front porch.

Chic Halloween Party

2.  Stylish Halloween Parties

Halloween parties aren’t just for kids. Throw a stylish, adults-only Halloween bash by skipping traditional Halloween décor and incorporating more sophisticated touches. Make it an intimate, candlelit affair with all spooky-white decorations. Use a cleaned-out, painted-white pumpkin as the wine chiller and use MADHOUSE Clear Melon Tritan Goblets for beverages.

Pink Peony for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

3. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Everyone is affected by breast cancer in some way at some point in their lives, and October is a month for raising awareness about the disease. Pink has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness, so we recommend sending a bouquet of pink flowers to anyone you know who has or has had breast cancer. It’s a simple act that will brighten their day.

What are you MAD for in October?

Image sources: Em for Marvelous, Style me Pretty Living

Entertaining Inspiration: Harvest Home

Harvest Home Gathering

Autumn gives us many reasons to celebrate, so why not round up your friends and family for a Harvest Home gathering? Traditionally, Harvest Home is a feast at the end of harvest when farmers enjoy the bounty from their crops. The celebration is all about being thankful, and in many cultures, food is distributed among the needy or used to raise money for charity.

While you may not be a farmer, we suggest you take this opportunity to share supper with family and friends and do your part to give back. This might mean gathering guests to learn about and support your favorite charity — or, asking your guests to bring non-perishable food items to donate to a local food pantry. Here are some ideas to inspire your own Harvest Home gathering:

Food & Drink

Individual Apple Pies

In celebration of fall harvest, focus on in-season foods like butternut squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, pears, figs, apples, and kale. Your delicious, autumn-appropriate menu could consist of:

Appetizer: bourbon bacon apple tarts served on MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Luncheon Plates
Soup: curried sweet potato soup
Salad: baby greens with pears and candied walnuts
Entree:  spaghetti squash with sausage served on MADHOUSE Fig Leaf Dinner Plates
Side: mashed new potatoes
Desserts: individual apple pies, carrot cake
Drinks: hot apple cider, seasonal beers

Wood grain and stamped leaves in brown and taupe hues make the MADHOUSE Fig Leaf collection perfect for serving your Harvest Home feast.

Décor

Fall Gathering Decor

Let mother nature take the lead with your Harvest Home gathering décor. Go to your local pumpkin patch and scoop up pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. Use seasonal flowers like mums and sunflowers for floral centerpieces. Arrange the flowers in a hollowed-out pumpkin filled with water. If you’re asking your guests to bring food donations, set out bushel baskets to collect the donations.

Think primitive and rustic with the rest of your décor with crates, whiskey barrels, and horse troughs. For seating, set hale bales around in a circle and cover them with quilts. Include lots of candlelight with old-fashioned lanterns tea lights in mason jars.

Entertainment

Pumpkin Carving

Set the mood with some toe-tapping bluegrass music. Either hire a local group to play at the gathering, or hook the bluegrass Pandora station up to your speakers. Set up a pumpkin decorating station that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Provide kid-friendly pumpkin-carving knives and craft paints that can be used to decorate pumpkins. Turn it into a friendly competition and vote on the scariest pumpkin, cutest pumpkin, and most creative pumpkin.

Once the sun begins to set, start a roaring bonfire for your guests to gather around. Set out s’more ingredients, keep the hot apple cider on-hand, and chances are a great story telling session will unfold.

Your guests will delight in your Harvest Home gathering, not only because of the fall fun, but also because of the opportunity to help others in need. Who knows, your Harvest Home celebration might turn into a yearly tradition!