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how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays...10 Dec 2016

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Our friends at Botanica are known for their veggie plateaus—a multicolored jumble of gorgeous seasonal vegetables, prepared every which way, with flavors and textures and dips galore. It’s a tower of savory treats designed to be set at the center of a table and be utterly (and communally) devoured. It’s a constant at their parties and I'm in awe every time I see one. So, I asked them to share their tips on how to make one just in time for holiday entertaining!

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

The plateau is inspired by two of the world’s more delicious things: fresh vegetables and aioli. The key is to have a variety of shapes, textures and flavors.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 1: Hit the market and pick up the loveliest vegetables you can find. You’ll want a mix of things you can eat raw, poached (or steamed or blanched), roasted, grilled and/or fried.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 2: Pick your dips. The goal is variety! We consider some type of aioli a must (roasted garlic or smoked paprika are favorites), plus something green and herby (salsa verde, perhaps?), something bright and sweet (beet muhammara or squash hummus), something oily (like dukkah, olive oil and lots of lemon zest), something creamy (garlicky labne!)…really, whatever you want to dip things in over and over will work.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 3: Prep your veggies. Partially cook whatever needs it before hitting the grill (tiny potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes, beets); blanch whatever’s getting blanched (haricot vert, asparagus); slice what’s getting roasted, and so on.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 4: This one’s the key to it all: Season EVERYTHING. The only things that should hit the dish plain are the most basic crudité (fennel, cucumbers, radishes). Everything else should be seasoned — with olive oil and sea salt, at the very least — so that it tastes lovely even if you pop it in your mouth naked, without a lick of dip.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 5: Roast, grill, season, etc. Spoon the dips into little bowls and garnish them as needed. Stagger them on a platter, a board, tiered plateau, or whatever vessel you’re using to hold this array of earthy delights. Place the prepared vegetables around the dips in a semi-random fashion. (There’s no beauty in perfect order here! Delicious vegetable mayhem is the visual goal.) Tuck fennel fronds, carrot greens, rosemary sprigs or edible flowers here and there to make it extra pretty.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 6: Place on a table and prepare for “ooooooooh!”s. We view this as a use-your-hands-and-triple-dip situation, but we understand that sometimes plates and serving spoons have their place.

Enjoy! To see more about Botanica, visit their Kickstarter right here!

{Photos and recipes by Botanica

a feather christmas tree! 9 Dec 2016

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As we end out this week with Christmas decor and tree ideas, here's a fun one if you're looking for something other than ornaments to dress that tree...use feathers! You can get a box of feathers at your local craft store in a mix of fun colors. And since they have texture, they stick to the tree really easily.

a feather christmas tree!

a feather christmas tree!

a feather christmas tree!

You can even add large ones on top as an alternative to a traditional tree topper. It's kind of Marie Antoinette meets a crazy chicken, and I love it!

Props shown: Target throw blanket, Target pom pom garland, Target tree skirt, Target reindeer figurines, Target wrapping paper, Kristi Kohut print.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong.}

gift guide: happy desk... 8 Dec 2016

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For today's holiday gift guide, Courtney Ketchersid, my Executive Assistant, put together her favorite items for helping to create a happy desk. For a student, for the home office, or for work, everyone loves a touch of whimsy with desk supplies that are fun and functional, too!

01. George & Willy studio roller, 02. Cooper Hewitt highlighter set, 03. Kate Spade book ends, 04. Ban.do agenda, 05. Pinky Up tea infuser mug, 06. Artifact Uprising desk calendar, 07. Yoobi mini gel pens, 08. Tokketok flower notes, 09. Present & Correct eraser.

a monochromatic christmas... 7 Dec 2016

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You know I love color, but as a fun twist to typical holiday colors, we decided to create a different kind of Christmas today. We styled our room in black, white, and gold. Here are some other monochromatic details you can bring into your home for the holidays to take you all the way to New Year's Day!

a monochromatic christmas

By the credenza, we created small seating areas on both sides with a chair and an ottoman on the other. We placed pillows on the floor to create more comfy seating nooks for your guests and a casual area to open gifts on Christmas day.

a monochromatic christmas

For smaller spaces, instead of using a standard 6 ft tree, we decided to decorate with smaller trees styled on top of a credenza in the living room. And, since it's hard to find black and white ornaments, we made the ornaments monochromatic by filling clear ornaments with black sequins, white sequin, gold glitter, and black and white pom-poms.

a monochromatic christmas

We also added height to some of the trees by placing them on books and then using white faux fur fabric to cover them as a tree skirt/tablecloth. By stacking them at different heights, it offers more visual interest than having them in a row straight across.

a monochromatic christmas

We love that you can carry this color scheme straight into New Year's Day. After Christmas, the credenza gets switched up with gifts around the trees to a bar buffet area for your New Year's Eve party!

 

Props used: Flor carpet tiles, Eric Trine stand, Anthropologie pillow, Calhoun & Co pillow and throw, Ai Modern credenza, Target garland, Target mini trees, Target glitter wrapping paper, Sugar Paper for Target gold foil wrapping paper, Kingdom chimpanzee print, Sunbeam Vintage chair, Calhoun & Co throw blanket, Arro Home pillow. Bar items: Meri Meri party picks, Leah Goren tray, Ellen Evans tray, and W & P Design pineapple.

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

gift guide: home decor... 6 Dec 2016

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For this year's gift guides, each member of the Oh Joy team hand-picked pieces based on their area of expertise at Oh Joy! Today, we're starting with Julia Wester—our Creative Producer and Stylist who is responsible for all the styled shoots you see here on the blog. Here are some of her favorite pieces to add whimsy to any home in a range of price points!

01. Hawkins New York bowl, 02. Oh Joy for Target mini forks, 03. Arro Home pillow, 04. Kingdom by Randal Ford print, 05. Ban.do heart tray, 06. leather coasters from Leif, 07. Eric Trine planter, 08. Target throw, 09. enamelware utensils from Leif.

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