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Entertaining, Living Room Ideas, Party & Event Ideas for the Home Published: January 31, 2017 | Updated: August 26, 2020

Put Your Game Day Plan In Motion

The Super Bowl is the most highly anticipated game of the year. If you’re watching the big game from the comfort of your own home, here are ideas to prep your space, kick back and enjoy optimal Super Bowl LI watching.

Company’s Coming – The Pre-Game Plan

Guests feel more welcome when your space is organized and cleared of clutter. Provide them with a dedicated spot for coats, keys and totes. If you’re short on space, a coat rack or wall rack with hooks works like a charm.

Entryway Rack

Showing an example of a wall rack for guests to hang their coats on.
Isa Industrial Corner Hall Tree

Entryway Bench

An entryway bench gives guests a comfy spot to remove shoes or heavy snow boots. This vintage-styled bench is just the right size and includes storage hidden beneath the seat.

An example of an entryway bench that is great to help guests remove their shoes and is great for storage.
Abbonto Accent Bench

Company Seating Plan

When it comes to watching the game with a crowd, nothing beats the comfort of a reclining sofa. This sectional multiplies the reclining comfort four-fold. Simply press the power button to go from stretching out and relaxing to sitting up and noshing. What you’re seeing is simply for starters—there’s a wealth of reclining sectional shapes and sizes to give everyone something to cheer about.

Sectionals

If you prefer fabric over leather, reclining sectionals like this wow with a wide scale and plush pillow top cushioning. The seats recline at the press of a button, too.

An example of a reclining sofa that is comfortable for the living room.
Pittsfield 4-Piece Reclining Sectional with Power

Individual Seating Plans

As important as choosing a style, the size and scale of a recliner will have a big impact on how you relax. Look for recliners in regular to extra-roomy sizes and choose one that’s a comfortable fit. If you’re watching the big game with a friend, a loveseat with separate reclining seats keeps the two of you comfortably in the game. Grab a remote, kick back and let the Super Bowl viewing begin.

An example of a reclining loveseat sofa for the living room.
Stoneland Power Reclining Loveseat with Console

Large-scale Upholstered Recliner

An example of a large upholstered reclining chair for the living room.
Ferncliff Swivel Glider Recliner

Large-scale Faux Leather Recliner

An example of a faux leather recliner that can be used for living room furniture.
Tambo Recliner

Extra-roomy Leather Recliner

Example of an extra roomy leather recliner for living room furniture.
Ricmen Oversized Power Recliner

Extra-roomy Upholstered Recliner

An example of a large upholstered recliner that makes for great living room furniture.
Krismen Power Recliner

Upholstered Dual-reclining Loveseat with Console

An example of upholstered dual-reclining loveseats that makes for great living room furniture.
Krismen Power Reclining Loveseat

Leather-Look Dual-Reclining Loveseat with Console

An example of a dual reclining loveseat with a console in the middle.
Darshmore Glider Reclining Loveseat with Console
Entertaining, Home Accessories Ideas, How To Published: January 17, 2017 | Updated: October 5, 2018

Let’s Get Poppin’ for National Popcorn Day

Did you know that Americans consume enough popcorn a year to fill the Empire State Building 17 times? Well we didn’t know that either until we met the experts at Chef Inspired PopcornChef Inspired Popcornin Tampa, Florida. They can make any variety of popcorn you could ever imagine from caramel and blueberry, to bacon mac & cheese and buffalo ranch. Yes, they do it all and did I mention they are gluten free and nut free?  But most importantly, they ship nationally. Hallelujah!

We were excited to visit the shop where all the magic happens. The owner, Lizette, showed us how to make a popcorn bar with a vintage flare. Oh and did she nail it!

Lizette mastered the old fashioned soda shop feel when she added red baskets to hold pre-made packs. This is a great idea if you want to avoid a mess. She even labeled each bag with its appropriate flavor which makes it easy for guests to grab and go.

After the basket was filled we decided to take our display to new heights with a three tier food stand.

 


Then, we added tiny mason jars of samples in case guests wanted to try a flavor before they picked a pack.  We also accessorized with an antique clock and vase.

 

We reached our dream popcorn bar vision and are ready to dig in. What’s on the menu today you may ask? Windy City, which is a combination of cheese and salted caramel, Birthday Cake and Salted Caramel.

But wait, there’s more…

Now it’s time for you to grab a bag, and start filling. Happy National Popcorn Day!

 


Follow the fun @ChefPopcornCompany on Instagram and Twitter. You never know what flavor might pop up next.

Bedroom Ideas, Dining Room Ideas, Party & Event Ideas for the Home Published: December 19, 2016 | Updated: October 5, 2018

Wrapping up a Year of Making Kids’ Dreams Come True

Once upon a Hope to Dream, we slept better because a child slept better. Fortunately, we’ve been sleeping a whole lot better because this year has been filled with giving! Participating Ashley HomeStores delivered approximately 6,293 brand new twin mattresses to wonderful, deserving children in the US and Canada in 2016. Along with the mattress set, each child received a pillow and comforter to call his or her own. These donations took place in various cities across the United States. Thanks to the help of many of you and our associates, we were able to be on site for several of the deliveries to see each child’s happy face. Their smiles and gratitude truly warm our hearts and remind us to be thankful every day. Take a look at the inspirational photos below as we wrap up our 6th year of making kids’ dreams come true.

March Pajama Party, San Antonio, TX, in partnership with San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs players and jubilant Hope to Dream families.

June Home Delivery, Orlando, FL. Look at that smile!

August Delivery, Corpus Christi, TX, in partnership with Corpus Christi Hooks & Victoria General Baseball teams.

August Sleepover, Jacksonville, FL, in partnership with Jacksonville Jaguars

December Home Delivery, Tampa, FL. Their excitement can turn any day into a great one! Go behind the scenes for a peek at this special holiday delivery…

A portion of the proceeds from every mattress purchase at a local Ashley HomeStore is donated to Hope to Dream, program benefiting deserving children. Since launching in 2010, approximately 40,000 kids have received free beds.

Know a child in need? Please visit ahopetodream.com for more information.

Entertaining, How To, Party & Event Ideas for the Home Published: November 23, 2016 | Updated: October 5, 2018

HUNGRY? TURN YOUR TURKEY LEFTOVERS INTO GOBBLE UP GOODIES

Need to grab something fast before you head out to shop? Skip the fast food routine and use your turkey leftovers to make an easy meal. It’s a healthier, more affordable option that will get you to the store faster. Find out the basics for transforming your holiday dinner into two amazing meals you’ll all flip for.

TIPS FOR SAFELY STORING LEFTOVER TURKEY

When handling cooked turkey, follow these general guidelines:

  1. Carve the meat from the bones and refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving.
  2. Divide and store meat in smaller servings for flexibility.
  3. Keep leftovers three to four days in the refrigerator.
  4. Leftovers can be kept in a freezer for two to three months.

Here are two easy recipes for using up those leftovers:

Recipe 1: Turkey Flips

Prep Time: 5 minutes           Cook Time: 7 minutes

Fast, simple and delicious.

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Ingredients: (makes enough for 4)

  • Leftover turkey, thinly sliced
  • 8 small dinner rolls, 4 croissants or 8 slices of bread
  • Butter, softened
  • Black pepper
  • Lettuce, 8 pieces
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • Cheese, any type: Monterey Jack, Muenster or cheddar are great choices.
  • Mayonnaise, if desired
  • Cranberry sauce, on the side

Watch our video to find out how to make turkey flips.

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Butter one side of roll/croissant/bread, and place buttered side up on the baking sheet.
  4. Place sliced turkey on each slice, add pepper, and then cover with your favorite cheese.
  5. Heat in oven for 7 minutes, just enough time to melt the cheese.
  6. Remove from oven. Add lettuce, tomatoes and any other favorite toppings.
  7. To make the “flips”−flip the two open-faced sandwiches together and slice into two pieces. Serve with leftover cranberry sauce on the side.

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It’s sure to become a holiday favorite in your household!

 

Recipe 2: Cream of Turkey Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes         Cook Time: 30 minutes

Easy to make, then warms quickly when on the run!

Use turkey leftovers to make a hearty soup that will keep you warm and energized for decorating the house inside and out.

Ingredients: (makes enough for 4)

  • 1 package mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper or peppercorn mélange
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, cleaned and diced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Turkey, chunked–add as much as you want

Directions:

Step 1:

  • In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or whatever kind of oil you prefer) and add 1 clove of garlic (saving the other for later), and all of the celery and carrots.
  • Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add water and garlic powder, stir.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until carrots and celery are tender, but not soft.
  • Drain and set aside.

Step 2:

  • In a medium fry pan, combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil and the remaining garlic, add mushrooms and cook over medium heat.
  • Stir occasionally until mushrooms are tender and cooked. Set aside.

Step 3:

  • In a stockpot, melt butter on medium high heat and whisk in flour to form a roux.
  • Add whipping cream and chicken broth to the pot, whisk together.
  • Add salt, pepper, sage, thyme and garlic powder–whisk together.
  • Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.
  • Lower heat to medium, simmer until thickened, stirring every few minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, carrots and celery. Continue to stir.
  • Add turkey and stir for approximately 5 minutes to warm it.

Serve with warm bread.

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If you have more ideas about what to do with turkey leftovers, we would love to hear them!