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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cheese, wine and good friends and a baked brie recipe Tablescape

A Saturday evening
My husband's high school friends
Various cheeses
An assortment of wine

For Tablescape Thursday, I'm deviating from the normal table to share our buffet this past Saturday evening. I hope you enjoy the visit!

 Cocktail napkins - cool trick: take your stack of paper napkins, then with a glass held sideways, press down and turn the glass thus fanning out the napkins as you see above

Stacked "wine waiter" plates next to a bowl intended for fresh grapes, both green and red

Assorted serving pieces to place bread and cheese:
 Cheese server block with inlaid turquoise

The pieces of a "wine" fountain. Ordered from Steve Hawkins Metal in Dallas, Tx. Lubbock had a wine festival in 2009. Many moons ago. And we met Steve and saw his beautiful copper creations. This was our anniversary present to ourselves this past year. With or without colored water, the fountain is a veritable work of art. 

Our ever so expensive welcome sign: dollar store tray, edge painter-taped, center sprayed with a few coats of blackboard paint. 

Week 3 of tablescapes for 2011 and the TT bloopers continue - the apricot bread still has the covering on it.

Wine waiter plates - purchased eons ago at Stein Mart
White pedestal bowl - purchased TJMaxx eons ago
Grapevine trays &; wine cork spreaders - World Market
Green marble spreaders - Unknown
Turquoise inlaid Serving block - Arizona wood crafts
Silver grape motif cheese board - International Silver
Tiered Serving station- Sam's Club
Burlap table covering - Hancock's Fabrics
Cheese leaves - Gourmet Pantry, Lubbock, Tx.

Linking up to Susan's (Between Naps on the Porch) Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to drop in on Thursday to see all the delightful tables set just for you.  Thanks so much for dropping in, I love your comments.

Baked Brie
Pepperidge Farm puff pastry
Brie wheel
Brown sugar
Chopped pecans
1 egg

Roll out one sheet of the puff pastry to about 14" square.
Place a square of parchment paper in the center of baking sheet.
Place the rolled out dough on top of the parchment paper.
Place the brie wheel in the center of the square.
Add a mixture of equal parts brown sugar and chopped pecans (1 to 1.5 cups each) on top of the Brie wheel.
Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons brandy over the top of the sugar/pecan mixture.
Bring the puff pastry up to the center being careful not to stretch the dough too thin.
Twist the pastry and pat down. 
Brush with a whisked egg/water mixture.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Bake 25 minutes or until dough is golden.
Let rest for 45 minutes (this reassembles the brie).
Serve with pear slices, apple slices or apricot bread.


Kuby said...

The settings are beautiful. I love Brie. Thanks for the recipe!

Debbie said...

The wine fountain is so unique and a treasured anniversary gift! I love the napkin display! What a fun evening you had.

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Marlis, this looks so fantastic. I want a snack from that setting, and of course a glass of wine. Have fun! I'm posting your window tomorrow, Wednesday!

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a fun evening you must have had. I love the white footed bowl with the grapes in it and what a trick to fan out the napkins. Your baked Brie recipe looks like a winner. Joni

Entertaining Women said...

Baked Brie is one of my go to appetizers. Always a hit. Monterrey High...woo hoo. My niece had her reunion this summer. Thank you for haring your lovely party. The wine plates are so special...I love them! Thanks for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Marlis, what a gorgeous display you created! Everything looks delicious, too! The wine fountain is an amazing piece -- I know your guests were fascinated by it. Thank you for your kind comments on my table -- and the wedding photos!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Marlis, I want to know where my invitation is??? What a fun party! I love that fountain... is that not the coolest? And I like your trick for fanning napkins. Love the menu, too. I'm glad you shared this with us because I enjoy seeing buffet set-ups. You did a super job!

Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You have some really wonderful party pieces, Marlis! And the brie sounds delicious too! That's a pretty neat trick with the napkins!

Kathleen said...

Looks like a wonderful spread! I don't drink alcohol, but I'll nibble and have a glass of soda, please!

Debbie said...

I'm amazed at the wine fountain. It's so cool and really is a work of art. Actually, your whole spread is quite a work of art in its own. I want to copy that silver tray blackboard, too.

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Beautiful post! Love the setting ... and the paper leaves! Thanks for sharing.

Entertaining Women said...

Brandy graduated in 1990. Her sister Ali graduated in '91. Jan's daughter was a good friend of one of the girls, but I can't remember which one. Cherry Kay

A Perfect Setting said...

Can I come to your party? I bet your guests were so impressed! That wine fountain is the coolest, I love it! Really nice display!!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Good Morning Marlis,
Your cheese buffet is PERFECT!!!! I love all your details and WOW that is a gorgeous fountain. I'm going to be checking Steve Out!!! I LOVE COPPER! I also loved your cheese trays and the cork spreaders... and with the backdrop of that painting your setting has a "WOW FACTOR" for sure...Your guests must have been dazzled...
Warm Winter Hugs to you,

Martha said...

Great settings and I can see the cheese on them! Looked like it was a fun party -- nothing better than a wine and cheese party!

Marigene said...

Beautiful, Marlis!


Oh Marli, I love what you do, you're so creative and thank you for the Brie recipe, I love it. The way you did your settings for your husband's friends must have made him so proud of you.

On Crooked Creek said...

Your buffet is gorgeous! Did I recieve an invitation? Ha! Thank you for such a elegant post!
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