I am an avid shopper at World Market. I practically go there at least once a week. I realized recently that several of the employees recognize me and know me by name. It is getting pretty embarrassing. But the worst part, I ran into my mom in the parking lot at our local store last week. She was going to World Market to buy lamps. With my impeccable (totally joking) taste, we were able to find the perfect set of lamps for her vacation home.
I obviously had a purpose for my trip to World Market last week, but my mom completely distracted me, as usual. I was there to shop for items to decorate a “Santa Fe Inspired Evening”. World Market is actually hosting a Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes with a Grand Prize Package of a 5-day Culinary Trip for 2, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. What a great way to celebrate Santa Fe “style” with a little dinner party decor!
Obviously, you couldn’t have a dinner party without a dinner table. I received this Verona Dining Table set for my birthday a few years ago. I wanted it after I saw my cousin-in-law’s set in pictures. And of course, it is from World Market. I told you that I shop there a lot.
And some great finds from World Market. I purchased a set of recycled glass pillar candle holders, a Venetian sateen paisley table runner, ocean buffet napkins, jewel-colored tea light candle holders, tealights, and Mexican Pumpkin candles (which smell delicious, by the way).
Obviously if you are hosting an impromptu dinner party at your home, you don’t want to go out and buy all new stuff. You want to add to the accessories and decor that you already have. I selected this dining room table and color a few years ago because I felt that it was practical. Although some people might think that it is a little dark, it meshes with our dark rustic floor perfectly.
And this “rustic” feel is great for a Santa Fe themed dinner party. With the festive table runner in lieu of a table cloth, the grooves and texture of the table are shown off, highlighting the different shades of mahogany also. The bright colors in the table runner also provide a Mexican-Southwestern touch.
I selected the recycled glass candle holders because they were made of a thick glass. They are a perfect neutral candle holder than can be used for several types of occasions. I also placed brightly colored tea light holders on the table to bring out the bright colors in the table runner. The candles in the glass pillars are Mexican Pumpkin which is perfect for the Fall, and they smell delicious too! I went with simple white tea light candles for the tea light holders.
I already owned the dishes and silverware, which are from another store. Luckily I have several different colors of dishes which help celebrate the Mexican-style Santa Fe theme for the setting. I wrapped the silverware in ocean blue buffet napkins to add some more color to the festivities.
And of course, I had to set the mood a little by turning off the lights. The table looks beautiful even with the lights off too!
New Mexico and “Santa Fe” Southwestern style cuisine is known for their use of the chile. You even have a choice of chile, red or green! In Santa Fe traditional Mexican food like enchiladas, chile rellenos, and burritos are their staples, but with a little bit or a lot of chile on top! Seeing as we eat Mexican food all the time at our house, I can see carne asada being served at this dinner table that I have prepared. Now all we need is some nice slushy blended margaritas to go with it!
The Grand Prize is a 5-day culinary trip for 2 to Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Grand Prize package includes:
- A trip for two to to Santa Fe, New Mexico (this is a 5 day Trip for 2 to Santa Fe which includes airfare and hotel)
- Hands on Southwestern Cooking class with Master Chef
- Personally signed glossy cookbook
- Multi-course dinner at the acclaimed Geronimo
- Southwestern Foodie Tour with a cultural kick
- A $1,000 World Market gift card
** There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
**The Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes runs from August 18, 2012 until September 21, 2012.
**If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all the photographs, and my opinions are my own.