Simple Tips for Special Meals

Easter and Mother’s Day is approaching, and maybe you have a birthday or other celebration coming up? Planning for those memorable occasions is certainly fun but can sometimes be overwhelming. We want the perfect table setting and everything to be special for those in attendance. With a few simple tips it doesn’t have to be a frazzled time, and you can enjoy the festivities too!

Earlier this week one tip I mentioned is cutting down on cooking time by picking up breads or rolls ready for warming and serving, like the new Stone Baked Artisan Rolls from Pepperidge Farm. Anything to cut down on time in the kitchen without cutting quality is always a good thing.

Another tip that I like to do for any special occasion is to use fresh cut flowers or greenery from my yard, or an inexpensive bouquet from a local grocer. It doesn’t have to be anything large. I used these small vases down the middle of my table filled with Viburnum blossoms. Jars or glasses could be used as well.

Here’s one more tasty tip, compound butter to accompany the rolls from Pepperidge Farm. It sounds fancy but all it is is butter that has been softened, then mixed with seasonings, herbs, fruit or other ingredients. My favorite is Honey Cinnamon Butter. Yum! It can be made days ahead and refrigerated. Doesn’t get much easier than that.

An additional tip, especially for family gatherings, is to place small family pictures around the table or serving area. It’s a great conversation starter, and a good way to remember family on those special days.

Sure hope you try some of these tips to help elevate your dinner table to something extra special. It’s always fun to try new ideas.

I’d really like to hear any tips you may have to share, and if you have any links, feel free to add those too!

(Pepperidge Farm is compensating me for my time and materials for this post.)

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    Georgia Pellegrini says

    You’re going to have a lot of honey soon for the compound butter! We should have a honey tasting and compare the different honey flavors from the blossoms in our regions. Don’t ya think?

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says

    Such great tips, Amy! I use mason jars as cheap vases for center pieces on days like this that can just easily be thrown in the dishwasher later.

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    Fantastic tips! Here’s my tip: Large closets can hold a lot of unsightly messes at the last minute. Just don’t forget to empty and organize later or you’ll reach for your winter coat in 7 months and be greeted by an avalanche.

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    I have looked all over for those Pepperidge Farm Rolls and still have not found them. They sound like a great freezer item to have!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says

    What wonderful tips and such gorgeous photos! Your honey cinnamon butter looks amazing. I can’t wait to make that. :)

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    Pamela99 says

    The rolls look delicious and the flowers are really beautiful. Everything on the page looks lovely.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says

    Oooo, that compound butter looks awesome. We often splurge on a high-end bakery desserts as well for occasions like this. It saves a lot of time and they are usually pretty enough to be the center piece.

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    I want to come to your home for the holidays! Shoot, I’m usually a mess the day of. I’m not the best at organzizing, so I love your tips!

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