Are you a successful career woman with your first house, a blushing bride-to-be or even a recent empty nester? Either way, it’s time to update and upgrade your dinnerware!

There are so many types to choose from these days, it’s hard to know where to begin, much less what color, style or material you want. The fun part is you don’t have to pick just one!

We want you to be excited when making the decisions, not for it to be an overwhelming task. So to help you get started, we put some of our favorite pieces together incorporating all of our dinnerware lines. These are just a few, as the possibilities are endless!

Blend of Colors and Textures

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For a more contemporary feel with a neutral color scheme, we paired Fortunata Casa Mia dinner plate in oyster with a Casafina Meridian decorated salad plate. Finish the look with a Good Earth small chili bowl in celery to tie it all in. We love the contrast of colors and mixture of textures in this setting!

An Easy Holiday Update

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Are you looking to spruce up your place setting for your Thanksgiving Day guests by the simple addition of a new and colorful salad plate? Here, we have added a Fortunata Bon Appetito salad plate in terra with a cream Casafina Vintage Port dinner plate and a Casafina Madeira Harvest bowl in cream. 

Feminine and Timeless

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The Fortunata Buon Appetito dinner plate in grey and the Casafina Meridian salad plate in blue is such a classic combo. We love the pop of color that the Good Earth bowl provides, yet it's easy to change out should you grow tried of it. The scalloped detail of the Casafina plate is so feminine and timeless.  

Fun and Festive

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Add a little fun and festivity to your holiday season with the latest metallic collection from Good Earth. Here, we have mixed in a Casafina Meridian decorated dinner plate in cream with Good Earth's bronze and silver metallic salad plate along with a silver metallic small chili bowl.  So eye catching!

Southern Traditions

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Combine true traditions of the South with Casafina and Good Earth pottery. The richness of color and detail of Good Earth's blue bird dinner plate and rice bowl is nicely offset by the subtlety of Casafina's Vintage Port salad plate in cream. 

All of our dinnerware lines offer an extensive list of options, so stop by to see these gorgeous pieces in person. As always, we are here to help you find what suits your needs and personality. 

And the next time someone shows up unannounced for dinner, you will dazzle them with your tablescape and most definitely achieve optimal serving status!

-The Girls at Bella Vita

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Casafina Dinnerware

As you plan and shop, chop and dice, bake and blend, remember to top it off in festive style with Casafina dinnerware and servers. It’s stylish, distinctive and most important for the busy cook, oven-to-table, freezer and microwave safe. Now, let’s give thanks for that!

15% Off All Casafina - In Store & Online

Shop Casafina Monday, November 11 through Saturday, November 16 and receive 15% off all dinnerware & servers. This goes for all in-stock items, special orders and even online orders. Great savings for one week only!

Beautiful Patterns

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Go French countryside with the country chic look of the Meridian collection, or add a Victorian flair with Arabesque. If traditional country cottage is more your cup of tea, try the Madeira Harvest line, which displays embellishments on every piece reminiscent of family heirlooms. Either way, you're sure to achieve optimal serving status!

So Many Options

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Whether you are looking for a 12-piece place setting or just practical serving pieces to suit your hostess needs and wants, you can find it all within the Casafina Collection. Featuring platters of all sizes, bakers, bowls, plates and mugs in a variety of styles and colors, you can dazzle your guests with the perfect table scape.

Stoneware Durable

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There's enough pressure to maintain composure during all of the holiday events, so why stress over the quality of your dinnerware? Casafina's heavy stoneware construction gives it durability unlike most collectible dining pieces. A busy cook's dream come true, it's also oven-to-table, freezer and microwave safe!

Come and shop the collection!
-The Girls at Bella Vita 

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It’s fall. Which means, when the temperatures and leaves change, so do my tastes in home décor and fashion. Many of you are just like me, I’m sure. I long for my cowboy boots and favorite sweater, and wonder to myself if it’s cool enough yet to pull them out of the closet. (We are talking Memphis, after all, where warm temperatures hang on until the bitter end, sometime through November!) In the end, I slip them on anyway, and then hit the shops and Internet in search of great fall trends. What follows are a few standouts:  

My Top Fall Trends

1. White pumpkins. Never mind that I think of a Dreamsicle whenever I see them next to an orange pumpkin, white pumpkins add a fresh pop to any arrangement, especially when paired with the dark-greens of gourds or the rough browns of woods. 

Pumpkins and Gourds DisplayImage Courtesy of North Jersey 

I came across this beautiful inspiration board of ways to use white pumpkins as wedding décor. Maybe it’s a little late for this year’s Bella Vita brides—maybe not if you’re a wedding-planning maven—but save this idea palette, because I’m sure white pumpkins will be equally big same time next year.

Green Bride Guide - Ideas for using white pumpkins at a weddingImage Courtesy of Green Bride Guide

For those of us who’ve already fallen for the guy and now find ourselves planning Thanksgiving for his family, think white pumpkins for a table centerpiece. (They’ll be too wowed by the tablescape to even think about commenting on the menu!) Mix up the sizes, put them in bowls or atop cake plates and use white candles to lighten things up. A burlap runner will work equally well, better in my opinion, because spills won’t be so obvious. 

White Pumpkins Table Display with Burlap Table RunnerImage Courtesy of NewsOK

2. Frye boots. How I love thee, let me count the pairs of boots … I mean, ways. You won’t get me to confess how many pairs I own. All I will say is that it’s fall in my book as soon as I step into a pair and hear the crunch of dry leaves underfoot. They’re amazingly comfortable, sturdy and so well-crafted. And let’s talk about these fall beauties below: Wouldn't you love to reach in and pick a pair? Complete your look with Bella Vita's new boot socks.

Frye Boot DisplayImage Courtesy of Chic Memphis

3. Any pumpkin food. I’m from up North. Seattle to be exact. And we love pumpkin, anything pumpkin. Raised on pumpkin pie, I still don’t grasp the Southerner’s bond with pecan pie. While I will give you it’s sweet deliciousness, my fork and I will always head for the pumpkin if the two are sharing a table. Have you heard about the pumpkin pie ice cream at Baskin Robbins or Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte? They’re a slice—rather scoop and sip—of pumpkin heaven.  

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice LatteImage Courtesy of ifood.TV

4. Scarves. Year-round they tie together any outfit, but in fall and winter, they keep you feeling warm and looking cool. Our ruffled knitted scarves in oatmeal cream, green and brick red, are especially hot this year, adding a fanciful touch even on the days when you're bu’re bundled up. 

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5. OPI nail polish. Girl, you don’t know a thing if You Don’t Know Jacques. OPI nail polish, that is. It’s the new neutral for fall, ladies. Now if only my nails looked like that! 

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6. Cotton & burlap. Burlap is back. This woven, neutral cloth sets a beautiful backdrop for fall colors, especially snow-white cotton. To me, it’s like bringing nature’s fall inside. Mini centerpieces, like these, dress your home with little bits of the season. Just use mason jars—or any bud vase you might have on hand for that matter—and drop in a cotton branch with fluffy buds. Set upon burlap and it’s your singular décor statement. 

Cotton and Burlap CenterpiecesImage Courtesy of Love and Lavender

Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail

While your primping and decorating, don’t forget to pause and savor the season—literally. Here’s a rich, yummy cocktail that’ll warm you on those colder fall days. Is it any surprise that it’s pumpkin flavored? My husband will love it. 

from William Hamrick, Hot and Hot Fish Club

Birmingham, Alabama

1 ½ oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. pumpkin reduction (see recipe below)
1 dash of celery bitters (Hamrick recommends Bitter Truth or you can also substitute Angostura)

Pour bourbon, pumpkin reduction, and bitters into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir generously. Strain into an old-fashioned glass with one large ice cube.

Pumpkin Reduction Ingredients:
1 ½ quarts chopped Cinderella pumpkin
2 quarts water
3 cups sugar
10 cloves
7 whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise

Scoop out the pumpkin seeds and pulp, then peel and chop the pumpkin flesh into small one-inch cubes. Add all ingredients in a non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 minutes until reduced. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl and place in an ice bath to cool.

Slow Down, Relax & Enjoy the Season

So to wrap, I think fall is a magical time of year—transformative, really. To me, it’s a time for reflection and relaxation before the hustle of the holiday season begins— and very soon I might add.  I love the gorgeous fall foliage, comfy-home crockpot cooking (that Brent does of course!), college football and cooler temps. I love finding new fall favorites and pulling out long-time keepsakes.  Hope the season brings you a renewed spirit, too, that carries you well into the holiday season. 

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