Sunday, December 12, 2010

"Entertaining with Style" by Jorge Pérez and a Fabulous Waterford Crystal Giveaway!

Me & Waterford Crystal Spokesperson, Jorge Pérez
I recently attended a special signing event at Bloomingdales in Boca Raton honoring Vincent Rellis, Master Cutter for Waterford Crystal. Fresh in from Ireland, Rellis spoke to us about his remarkable family history with Waterford and also hand signed crystal purchases made at the evening's event.

Joining him was National Spokesperson for Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal DoultonJorge Pérez, who gave a wonderful presentation and shared fabulous entertaining tips that had us "oohing and ahhing" and lining up to purchase all the Lismore we could carry! You may recognize Pérez from his appearance on the Real Housewives of New York City and he also designs a fabulous wedding gown collection  - click here for more info!

Vincent Rellis, Master Cutter for Waterford
Pérez was kind enough to agree to do a guest post for my blog and share some great advice on "entertaining with style." This time of year we could all use a little brushing up on our entertaining skills! In addition to his sage advice, he ALSO offered to provide some fabulous Robert Mondavi Waterford stemware for a giveaway to 2 lucky readers! Please read below for instructions on how to enter to win a pair of fabulous crystal glasses, but first, check out these amazing and timeless tips for entertaining:


Entertaining with Style!

1. Always begin with the perfect invitation. It’s the first point of contact with your guests and your first opportunity to set the tone of your soiree/dinner/event.
2. Plan ahead. Stock up on your entertaining essentials: Platters, extra dinner plates, serving bowls, candlesticks, pitchers, stemware, flatware, barware and linens.
3. The perfect table deserves the perfect menu. But don’t be a hero and try to make all new recipes. Go with what you know and try one or two new things. Remember, it is not just the recipe but how you present it that makes your gathering so memorable. Display your menu in a classic Waterford or modern Vera Wang frame.
4. All good parties begin with a glass of champagne. I like to set a champagne bar near the front entrance with a variety of Waterford Crystal fluted champagnes to greet my quests with a splash of bubbly the moment they arrive. Your champagne welcome will be an added dimension and it says so much about your entertaining skills.
5. Your table’s centerpiece should represent the theme of your event. Keep it low (to see your guests) and fragrance-free. For your holiday centerpieces, be more festive and creative by layering in gold and silver accents, like opulent tassels. Sprinkle Waterford Holiday Heirloom ornaments throughout the table. Be sure that each guest leaves with one as your gift to them.
6. Festive, non-fragrant candles help to set the perfect mood. In addition to having candles on your table, also place them in interesting, but safe, locations both inside and outside. Crystal candlesticks add elegance, grace and sophistication to any table.
7. Be creative, Use your Wedgwood or Royal Doulton fine china teacups and saucers to serve soup, shrimp cocktail, dessert or even use as beautiful individual votives or vases. You’ll score points for creativity!
8. If you are serving finger foods, offer a small bowl with lemon water to use as a finger bowl. Your guests will think you “thought of every detail!”
9. Having a buffet? Wrap your 3-piece flatware set (knife, fork, spoon) with a colorful cloth napkins and place inside your Waterford Iced Beverage glasses, then stack them at the end of your buffet. Fun and functional.
10. No matter what type of function you’re having, be courteous to your neighbors. Let them know you will be hosting a party and apologize ahead for any disturbance it may cause. (or just invite them!)
Always Entertain With Style!

To qualify to win a pair of Robert Mondavi Waterford Crystal Wine Glasses (that retail for $50 per pair), all you need to do is leave a brief comment saying what your favorite wine is and why - it’s that simple!

This giveaway is open to bloggers worldwide; however, if you live outside the United States you will be responsible for shipping your glasses (shipping is free within the US). The contest will end December 30, 2010.

For TWO chances to win, if you follow Stephanie Savors the Moment, please leave a second comment saying so.

For an ADDITIONAL TWO chances to win, blog about this giveaway on your blog or put it on your Facebook page.

There will be two winners of this giveaway and each will receive a pair of glasses. Best of luck, thanks for reading and happy entertaining!

Cheers,

16 comments:

  1. I always love following Stephanie Savors The Moment!
    XO,
    Jean

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  2. oh wow whats my favorite wine has to be - lewis cellars Russian river valley!

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  3. Waterford produces such intricate and special glasses of wine. I like Jorge's tips for entertaining with style which offers some very good advice

    My favorite wine is the 2003 Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge pinot noir because it was the one that my then fiancee opened when we got engaged. This is closely followed by the 2004 Bond from the Melbury vineyard, the one we opened when we got married.

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  4. So many favourites! If I had to narrow it down:

    White- Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
    Red- J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

    I also love California's Gnarly Head Cellars and 4 Vines Winery, as well as Casa Lapostolle in Chile and Sandbanks Winery in Ontario.

    Yep, definitely too many to choose!

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  5. I'm not here for the giveaway but...
    Firstly, Stepahnie you look gorgeous!
    Secondly, thanks for the decorating tips. They come in handy for the Christmas table :)

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  6. That must have been a wonderful party. Thank you for sharing the party tips and for stopping by my post. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

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  7. Stephanie, I just love an oaky Chardonnay. And thanks for opening this giveaway worldwide - I often can't enter giveaways living in Canada. :o)

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  8. Hi Stephanie-I found you through Brenda's Canadian Kitchen blog comment, and I am following your blog. Will look you up on twitter, as well. Don't have a facebook account, yet.
    These Waterford Crystal glass are so delicate and beautiful. I would love to have a chance to win them.
    I also noticed that you are from Boca Raton?...I'm not too far from you, further up coast, in Palm Beach!
    Cheers!

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  9. What a fun experience! My favorite red is Cabernet Franc. But recently I've been drinking Fuso Rose. It's good year round.

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  10. Stephanie - thank you for stopping by my silly blog - wine glasses are the shiny objects that we have in common! As for my favorite wine? Oh, that depends on the food, the moment, the season, and with whom I'm enjoying them all! You know I'm a fan of big full-bodied chewy reds, though. Warmest of holidays to you, and looking forward to a new year of more wine fun! Salute!

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  11. Great contest. Right now, I could go for a Martin Codax Albarino. I love how well it pairs with a variety of dishes -- and its both refreshing and well-balanced.

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  12. My favorite type of wine is Riesling! :)

    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  13. I follow via Blogger as Aubreylaine!

    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  14. I'm a Riesling kind of girl! Thanks for your nice comments on my blog - Happy New Year!

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  15. The go-to wine for this season was Veuve Clicquot champagne. We will change it up on New Year's Eve to Veuve's Grande Dame.
    Keep up the good blogs in 2011, Stephanie. It is delicious reminder that life is too short to drink cheap wine!

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