I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends

I am old-fashioned at heart: special occasion china and china cabinets excite me. I love creating holiday and special occasion meals. I adore the planning and the setting of the table. I even love wearing a holiday appropriate apron – that is how my apron business got started! I never worry too much, I just jump in and enjoy it. It always comes out in the end and I feel so accomplished. When I married, I started two china sets: one special occasion set and one Christmas set. I also have my paternal grandmother’s silver set from when she got married. They are my prized possessions. Through the years I have collected other special items to go with it. Turkey platters, holiday salt/pepper sets and this year I found this fantastic gravy server. The gravy comes out the bird’s beak, how awesome is that?! Behind it you may spy my impulse buy: pure spiced pumpkin butter, but we will get back to that in a moment.

Life happens and my family grew. And grew. And is still growing. My china service, however, stopped growing. As I aged so did my china patterns and, alas, both sets have been discontinued (thank heavens I haven’t been discontinued). I can fancily feed a mere eight people. Which when you like everything to be fancy, special and match? When presentation, presentation, presentation is all? It could be enough to make a hostess sad. Not anymore. This year I won’t have to let my lack of fancy place settings and serving items bring me down!

Mozaik is the perfect solution for those occasions when you don’t have enough dinner ware. For under $10, Mozaik’s new Service for Eight kit will help you stop scrambling for extra place settings when your guest list is larger than your china and flatware collection. The 40-piece “party in a box” adds eight place settings (forks, knives and spoons, salad plates and dinner plates) and is great for every holiday gathering from a small cocktail party to a large holiday buffet.

It fits in my budget! It matches my china! It fits my presentation! And? I don’t have to store it!!!! Win, win, win. Want proof your table’s appearance can by stylish when you use plastic? Can’t take my word for it? Tune into WEtv’s Designing Spaces on November 19th, 21st and 22nd at 9:30 a.m. EST and watch Mozaik expert Jennifer Lucas share tips on how to entertain with more style. If you miss it, visit www.designingspaces.tv to view online. Check out these additions to my repertoire. Plates, utensils, serving forks/spoons, platters and serving bowl:

Everyone who knows me, knows I am all about helping a mother out. Want your own Designing Spaces Prize Pack? All the goodies you see above, delivered to your door? Well, here I am to help make your dreams come true. One lucky reader will win a set, chosen by random drawing on November 28th (midnight PST)! Want to know how you can have a chance? It’s easy. All I ask is that you help me out…..

Remember my impulse buy in the top picture? The pure spiced pumpkin butter? I bought it because it sounded great. Sounding great is probably not a reason to buy something you have never heard of before, let alone tried. My question is this: If a person randomly purchased a jar of pure spiced pumpkin butter and didn’t know what it was….exactly what would a girl do with it? Ideas? Suggestions? Recipes? Each comment earns an entry. Bonus entries: ‘like’ ApronFrenzy on Facebook or follow me on twitter @ladybugsgrama. Leave a separate comment for each entry.

To find out more about the Mozaik line, visit www.mozaikbysabert.com.The Mozaik products, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to me from Mozaik through MyBlogSpark

The winner is Jenn at In One Ear! Congratulations.


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  1. I just LOVE it when you get all happy and excited!!!! I’m being sincere here.

  2. I don’t know for sure but as soon as I heard the name I thought it would go on toast. I have apple butter that is wonderful. So why not pumpkin butter on toast?

    Let me know how it is 🙂

  3. I already follow on twitter:)

  4. Mar

    I’d slap it on some graham crackers. Graham crackers make everything taste good.

    Um…. did you forget what I do? Email me your china patterns and I will keep my eye open for you. (The guys who own the great big repl@cement company in NC call me (by name nonetheless) on a regular basis to let me know they are coming into town and will be stopping by to shop).

  5. I too love to use my china at certain times of the year. I cherish it as it was something my mom had given to me. They don’t use it anymore so she passed it on to me. It’s blue and white and it’s my favorite color. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Oh! Those are awesome! How sturdy is that stuff?

    I’d slather that pumpkins butter on some homemade bread. That sounds like a delicious idea.

    BTW have you ever heard of http://replacements.com/ They have EVERYTHING even the bone china I inherited from my great grandmother.

  7. Hmm, I can totally see having it on a nice thick slice of home-made bread. Oh! on pancakes! Now you’re making me hungry 🙂

  8. Jen

    hmmm, maybe experiment…put it in place of butter, I imagine on potatoes would be really good

  9. Jen

    I follow on twitter @n4zfk

  10. I agree with everyone. You could use it on bread. Crackers.And almost anything you use butter on. I would probably try toast.

  11. I already follow on Twitter. Here is a tweet for this post.
    grampyandyou Russ
    I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends http://bit.ly/buoAhx

  12. Gave you a like on facebook. grampyandyou

  13. with vanilla yogurt? or vanilla ice cream?



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