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Spring Picnic Ideas

Here are some great Spring picnic ideas to help take your table to the next level. The best part is, we have all of it right here in our shop.

dishwasher safe melamine plates.

spring inspired glasses, carriers, and table decorations.

wooden utinsils for something a little different and unique on the table.

everything comes together for a chic spring outing that is sure to be talked about.

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mini WAREHOUSE sale March 14-15

New Spring Arrivals

Come in and check out the new spring arrivals in the shop. We have great new items for the whole house.

Spring is just around the corner

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Valentine’s Day Collection 2014

Place your order today for one of our beautiful Valentine’s Day arrangements.

Every order is individually made, so each one is unique and special.

 

January Sale at Studio Dan Meiners

Come by the Shop at Studio Dan Meiners for great sale prices until the end of the month.

Decor, gifts, and leftover holiday buys are discounted and waiting for you.

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Great Gifts Under $25

Whether you are throwing a holiday party and looking for hostess gifts, or you’re looking for gifts to fit any budget, we have you covered at the Studio Dan Meiners retail store. We have a great selection of gifts priced under 25 dollars. Anything from candles and home decor, to bath and body products. You can’t go wrong. Stop in and see us to check out some great gift ideas, including:

 

 
We have a wide selection of candles, including these ILLUME candles, $9 – $$20
 

 
Books on a range of topics, $10 – $25
 

 
Bath and Body products, like these from Mixture Bath & Body, $5 – $20
 

 
Unique gifts for the home. These are Be Home teak forks, knives, and spoons, $15 -$20
 

These are just some of the items we have in stock that are sure to make you the popular gift giver this holiday season. Stop by our shop on West Pennway in Kansas City to see everything we have to offer!

An Island Thanksgiving

We were recently inspired by this lovely Thanksgiving table full of birds of paradise, and thought, “Why not make it a Thanksgiving fit for paradise?” We searched the web for these recipes that put a bit of a tropical twist on your Thanksgiving, pairing perfectly with this island-themed table. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Appetizer:

Coconut Shrimp with Red Curry Sauce (www.foodnetwork.com)

Ingredients:

Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 large egg whites
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups flaked coconut
1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled with tails on
Red Curry Sauce, recipe follows
1 green onion, white and green part, chopped
1 handful fresh mint leaves, hand-torn

Directions:

Heat 3 inches of oil in a large deep skillet or heavy pot to 325 degrees F.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch, egg whites, salt, and pepper until foamy. Spread the coconut out in a pie dish. Dredge the shrimp with the cornstarch/egg white mixture and shake off any excess. Press the shrimp into the coconut flakes; turn shrimp over and press into coconut again to coat both sides.

Deep-fry the shrimp in batches until the coconut is golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp to paper towels to drain. Arrange the shrimp on a platter, serve immediately with red curry sauce and garnish with green onion and mint.

Red Curry Sauce:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 lime, juiced

Place a small pot over medium heat and coat with the oil. Stir the red curry paste into the pan and fry until aromatic. Slowly pour in the coconut milk and continue to stir to incorporate. Add the lime juice (and 1 of the squeezed out halves for added flavor) and cook for 5 to 10 minutes to thicken. Pour the sauce into a nice serving bowl and serve with the coconut shrimp.

Turkey:

Tropical Turkey (www.food.com)

Ingredients:

1 (12 lb.) whole turkey, giblets removed
salt & freshly ground black pepper
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1 lime, juice of
1 (750 ml) bottle champagne
2 cups water
2 bay leaves
2 large onions, sliced
1/2 cup scallion, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
8 slices bacon

Directions:

1.       Rub the turkey inside and out with a paste made with the salt, pepper, garlic, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Place the turkey in a non-reactive pan and pour on olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, champagne, and water. Add bay leaves, onions, scallions, and parsley. Cover loosely with a large piece of plastic and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours, occasionally dousing the turkey with the liquid.
2.       Remove turkey from marinade and rub it well inside and out with butter. Fill the turkey with dressing if desired, and close the opening with skewers. Reserve marinade for basting. Place turkey in a roasting pan. Crisscross bacon strips on top of turkey breast for flavor and decoration.
3.       Pour some of the marinade over the turkey. Cover turkey loosely with aluminum foil and roast the turkey in a 325-F degree oven until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh attains 180-F degrees.
4.       While it’s roasting, make sure to baste the turkey at regular intervals with the remaining marinade, about every half-hour. Remove the foil for the final 20 minutes of roasting to crisp the skin and turn it a rich golden brown. Slice and serve!

Dessert:

Hawaiian Dessert (www.tasteofhome.com)

Ingredients:

1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
3 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
4 cups cold milk
1-1/2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese, softened
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped and sweetened
2 cups flaked coconut, toasted

Directions:

Mix cake batter according to package directions. Pour into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until the cakes test done. Cool completely. In a large bowl, combine pudding mixes, milk and coconut extract; beat for 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat well. Stir in pineapple. Spread over the cooled cakes. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle with coconut. Chill for at least 2 hours. Yield: 24 servings.

Need a table decorated for your Thanksgiving? Call us today at (816) 842-7244, and let us show you what we can create for you!

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No Thanksgiving is Complete without a Centerpiece!

The holidays are full of mishaps; no one shows up to dinner on time, your aunt overcooks the turkey (again), your mom forgot that she was supposed to make the pie. Let’s not even get started on the controversial conversations that often lead to an early end to the festivities. While there are some variables of the holidays you cannot control, there are some that you can, such as the beautiful centerpiece that will steal attention away from all of those talkative relatives. This year, centerpieces have been one of the main focuses at Studio Dan Meiners. With so many vibrant autumn hues to choose from, they are the ideal accent to brighten up the Thanksgiving table. Here are a few of our favorites we created for this Thanksgiving:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This elegant centerpiece is perfect for a large Thanksgiving feast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Ideal for a quaint, simple Thanksgiving dinner table, this centerpiece takes up little space for such a vibrant burst of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
For the more adventurous, these centerpieces bring a bit of the tropics to the traditional holiday.

 
If you want us to create a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table, call us today at (816) 842-7244, and to see more centerpieces, visit our Centerpieces by Studio Dan Meiners board on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/danmeiners/centerpieces-by-studio-dan-meiners/

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Holiday Shopping at Studio Dan Meiners

The sudden drop in temperature and mist of cold, almost snowy, rain has officially marked the beginning of the holiday season here in Kansas City. In less than three weeks, chances are you will be preparing that traditional meal, or letting someone else do it this year! While we cannot cook the turkey for you, we can provide you with some decadent décor to compliment your holiday hosting style. Here are some pieces currently in stock at our store that we think would be just the right finishing touches for your holiday season, whether you are getting a gift for a friend, or treating yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your tree sparkle, or create a unique centerpiece, with these glistening ornaments that are $10 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treat yourself with this piece by Colleen DeBoer, for $70.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start the party right with these Thanksgiving-themed shot glasses that are $37.50 for a set of four.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Serve your shots on this serving tray that is $50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send guests home with these great reindeer mementos, running at $40 each.

This is just a taste of what we have in stock for your holiday needs this season. Stop by our shop on West Pennway in Kansas City for more decorations, gifts and ideas for hosting your family and friends this year!