Ah, Valentine’s Day. When love blooms and cupid’s flawless aim brings together even the most unlikely pairs. We love a good love story, and are excited about these design couple goals that will have you singing simple love songs.
February is Black History Month, and we’re excited to celebrate. Black History Month officially became recognized by the U.S. government in 1976. It is a time to reflect on all of the past and present accomplishments of black Americans to U.S. society.
You may have seen this word scattered around your Pinterest page, or maybe you heard it mentioned on HGTV. The hype about this word is real. The word is “Hygge”. Hygge is a design style that creates an atmosphere that evokes feelings of coziness, warmth and ease.
Hut, hut hike! As football season gets underway, where will your family and friends gather to watch the hoopla? Get your game on and prep a room to enjoy the excitement, food and camaraderie. Score a touchdown in everyone’s playbook with this checklist of 10 pregame changers for home.
Pop, fizz, clink! Here’s to ringing in 2018 in style. A new year will be here before we know it and this year we’ve decided to countdown to midnight at home with some of our closest friends. For inspiration on how we’re getting the party started, click here:
ON THE MENU
First things first, let’s talk eats and drinks. Let’s be honest, you know all of your friends’ first question after RSVP’ing will be: “what are we having?” And can you blame them? The holidays are a time to really treat yourself and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Break out your most fabulous dinnerware and serve the thing that tastes best with champagne: Lobster. Mac. And. Cheese. Is there anything more special than lobster and bubbly? We think not. Here’s a fabulous recipe we’ll be whipping up:
LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE
yield: SERVES 8
total time: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
- 3 (6 to 7 oz) lobster tails thawed or fresh
- 1 to 2 pounds noodles of your choice, macaroni or fancy.
- 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded gruyere cheese
- 1 1/4 cups shredded parmigiano-reggiano cheese
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4-5 oz cream cheese
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1 chopped shallot
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 350.
Shell, clean, and coarsely chop lobster meat. Have patience. Set aside.
Grate all 3 cheeses. Add 2 cups of heavy cream to a double boiler, followed by cream cheese. Add small amount of the shredded cheese to the double boiler, mixing with a whisk. Repeat until the cheese is gone.
Boil water and cook your pasta. Set aside.
Add olive oil and butter to a skillet on med-high. Add chopped shallot and minced garlic. Add lobster meat and saute for 1-2 minutes or until meat becomes opaque. Add 1/4 cup white wine. Saute for another 1-2 minutes then set aside off heat.
If cheese mixture needs thinned out, add white wine in 1/4 cup increments, whisking it in.
In a baking dish, layer pasta, lobster mix, and cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Before your guests arrive, plan out where you’d like everyone to mix and mingle before dinner is served. We love the idea of having everyone hang out in the living room. You can put on your favorite music hits of 2017 or even a classic movie everyone will love. This is also where you can set out nibbles. Place trays of appetizers atop ottomans or poufsOpens in a new window. This will bring a cozy element to your party, and keep everyone out of your hair while you put the finishing touches on your epic pasta dish in the kitchen.
THE FESTIVE TABLE
To really set your dining tableOpens in a new window apart, decorate it with a New Year’s Eve theme in mind. Make a centerpiece out of noise makers, place flowers in an empty champagne bottle and give everyone a fun hat or tiara to wear. Once the lobster mac and cheese is golden brown and ready to be served, have everyone sit down and raise a glass.
Here’s to 2018. May all your pain be champagne. Cheers!
You know what time it is–it’s that time in life when everyone is getting married. Whether it’s your kids or your friends or your friends’ kids, church bells are ringing, toasts are being made, and merriment is all around.
Finding the perfect gift for your adorable couple can be difficult, especially if you’ve waited till the last minute. Suddenly, the registry list is dwindling and you’re running out of options. Worry not, though. Here are some fun ideas on practical items you can pick up to help the newlyweds turn their house into a home.
A Spreader Set to Make Them Smile
Usher in their many years of holiday togetherness with these spreaders. With heartfelt messages, they’ll always keep you close to their hearts when they use them.
A Dinnerware Set to Create Memories
There’s something so satisfying about having a dinnerwareOpens in a new windowset for entertaining. Your newlyweds will appreciate the artisan touch of this set. It also helps that this set is microwave and dishwasher safe, too, so clean up’s a breeze.
A Sofa for Long-Term Comfort and Warmth
Give the gift of comfort with a durable sofaOpens in a new windowand your newlyweds will be ready to handle anything life throws at them. Whether it’s kids, at-home entertaining or simply day-to-day living, they’ll be thankful every time they sink into sumptuous, long-term durability and softness. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving.
A Dream-Come-True Comforter for Restful Sleep
A classy comforterOpens in a new windowis a surefire way to make the newlyweds’ bedroom look more upscale and refined. You’ll love the price point, and they’ll love that it’s both machine washable and reversible. Practical and beautiful just got a whole lot easier for them.
A Pub Glass Set for Hearty Drinks and Laughs
Have them entertaining in style for years to come with these trendy handblown glasses. With the freedom to fill it with lager, ale or even cider, there’ll be something new for everyone involved. You can’t go wrong with these 20-ounce glasses.
A Butler Table for Styling Entertaining
Serving food at dinner parties and holidays is a blast with this two-tiered butler tableOpens in a new window. Newlyweds will love its utility from kitchen to table, and the locking casters offer easy movement in case both tiers become too heavy or cumbersome to move. They’ll definitely appreciate the thoughtfulness this gift has to offer.
An Accessory Set to Remember the Good Times
If the newlyweds are moving into a new house or apartment, chances are they don’t have a lot of the decorative accessories that make a house a home. Liven up their space by gifting an accessoryOpens in a new windowset, complete with picture frames, decorative sculptures and a box, as well as a candle holder. It’s a perfect combination to gaze at wedding pictures by romantic candlelight.
An Accent Sculpture Made to Dazzle
The marriage of antiqued silvertone and abstract art is sure to be loved by the couple. Sculptures are a great decorative accent and match well with a variety of existing pieces and furniture. Go ahead–dare to dazzle their senses with a touch of the unusual.
A Pouf for Everyday Use
What a handy–and multifunctional–gift for a new married couple. Not only is it perfect as a foot rest or, when topped with a tray, a coffee table, it’s also easily movable.. A double, triple… even quadruple whammy.
A Table Lamp to Illuminate Their Smiles
Add to their bedroom or living room elegance with this table lamp. Not only does light make a space look bigger, but it also accentuates the decor and adds a pop of color to a neutral palette.
A Jewelry Box Set for Trinkets
Help her store jewelry, souvenirs and keepsakes in style with these glass and metal boxes. Whether it’s dried flowers from her wedding bouquet or a family heirloom, she’ll love knowing her treasures are safe and sound.
A Mirror to Reflect Good Vibes
Give the newlyweds a decor piece that helps them reflect in fashion. This mirror’s trendy, weathered look will add character to their new space, while also making a room look larger. It’s easily movable, with minimal upkeep. Now that’s a gift we can get behind.
An Accent Pillow for a Burst of Personality
It’s that finishing touch to a space that seems unfinished or lacking. Bring a lofty sense of home to the newlyweds with this accent pillow, complete with feather fill and zipper closure. They’ll have no problem letting their dreams take flight together with this in tow.
A Wall Clock to Track Quality Moments
This wall clock is a classic reminder that time is what we make of it. Newlyweds will enjoy it as a statement piece on the wall with its distressed finish and bold Roman numeral design. One thing’s for sure–with this clock, they’ll always be ready for the day by keeping an eye on the time.
A Tray Set for Styling Serving
With these antiqued trays, they’ll never have to worry about their hands being full again. It makes serving drinks and snacks a breeze. Saving on space and adding convenience is a fantastic thing to gift for newlyweds, who are most likely overwhelmed with appliances and other bulky kitchenware.
We’d love to hear which gift you’re planning on getting for any soon-to-be newlyweds in your life. Give us a shout by using the hashtag #MyAshleyHome on Instagram, or view the full gallery here.Opens in a new window.
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