Star-Spangled Apple Pie Recipe


Combining our love for pie and our love for our Country, we have matched this scrumptious recipe with a Juliska Pie Dish for a winning dessert. Easy to make and easy to share with friends and family this weekend! Happy Independence Day!


Star-Spangled Apple PieFilling:
3c Peeled and Sliced Apples (Granny Smith or McIntosh)
1 ½  tsp Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
½ cup Granulated Sugar
¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
1/8 tsp Salt
2 tbsp butter

2 cup All-Purpose Flour
2/3 cup Shortening
5 tbsp Cold Water
1 tsp Salt
1. Set oven to 425°F
2. For pastry, mix flour and salt in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or mixer, cut in shortening until ingredients are crumbled together. Sprinkle with cold water until mixture is moistened.
3. Carefully mold into a ball and divide in half, leaving a small amount of dough for pastry stars. Press ½ of the pastry ball into Juliska Pie Dish making sure all edges are trimmed..
4. Stir together filling ingredients in large mixing bowl and spoon into the Pie Dish. Top with pats of butter.
5. Roll remaining pastry out and cut out stars using a cookie cutter or knife. Roll top half of pastry directly onto the filling, seal, and finish edges. Place all cutouts on top; lightly coat with milk and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
6. Bake 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.


Inspired Tablescapes for Your Weekend Brunch


Inspired Tablescapes for Your Weekend Brunch

The weather is finally warming up and what better way to celebrate the season with friends and family than with a beautifully-set brunch table! We put together three luxurious tablescapes for you to enjoy this weekend. Bon appétit!


The Traditional Brunch
This traditional ensemble puts a lemon-fresh twist on an old favorite! Mixing Juliska’s Berry & Thread and Jardins du Monde collections, we set a timeless stack that is the perfect frame for a delicious brunch.We matched this ensemble with Bohemian Glassware, a gold-accented Berry & Thread 5pc. flatware set, a turquoise and cream Juliska napkin, and a two-tone Le Jacquard Francais placemat.
For the menu, scoop melon salad into the footed compotes for guests to enjoy with the sweet demitasse spoons from Juliska, and complete the table with fresh flowers. This tablescape offers a traditional brunch with tasty twists that make it anything but ordinary!

On the menu:
Egg White Omelet with Salmon and Red Peppers
Butter Croissant
Melon Salad
Lemon and Cucumber Water
Mimosa with Freshly-Squeezed Orange Juice


The Italian Charm Brunch
This ensemble captures an Italian Brunch with one of our favorite collections by Arte Italica — Finezza! The blue, Italian-lace-pressed dinnerware is the perfect setting for a tasty meal with extra charm. To give the stack more height, we opted to use a Europe2You Spanish Cafe Tray instead of a formal charger; this gives the ensemble a more rustic and natural look. We paired the Finezza collection with the Gabriella 5pc Place Setting by Match Pewter, a stunning Arte Italica Pewter Pitcher, etched, European Glassware, and finished the set with a Libeco Frascati Napkin and wooden napkin ring. For displaying food and table accessories, we used a Europe2You, 3-Tiered Stand for even more height and display purposes. As for the menu, we paired rich flavors and with fresh herbs for a delightfully delicious combination.

On the menu:
Brioche French Toast
Italian Sausage Links
Fruit Salad with Mint Leaves
Limoncello Spritzer

The Classical Garden Brunch
For a more formal look, we were inspired by the beautiful, Chicago gardens, and brought nature to the table with Anna Weatherley! We paired a few of the Simply Anna collection pieces with her signature floral dishes for a fresh, summer look with bits of gold that add a dash of glam. Setting the stack with a boxwood placemat, we completed the ensemble with a Gold Bistro 5pc Place Setting from Juliska, Gold Thread glasses from Mariposa, Orchid Oil Candle Jars, and a crisp, white, herringbone napkin. We decided to take cues from the garden again, and kept the menu fresh with fruits and veggies.

On the menu:
Mushroom and Fontina Quiche
Orange Zest Scones
Blackberry Iced Tea
Peach Bellini

Warm Apple Cider with Dark Rum and Spiced Cream Recipe

Cold winter days were made for warm spiced cider, and this recipe will melt through the icy nights with its spices, savory whipped cream, and hints of rum. A sublime way to celebrate the weekend!


  • 12 cups (3 quarts) apple cider
  • 40 whole cloves
  • 10 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 2-inch-long strips orange peel
  • 4 2-inch-long strips lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 1/2 cup Tuaca
  • 1/4 cup Appleton’s Estate Dark Rum (or preferred rum)


  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Appleton’s Estate Dark Rum (or preferred rum)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


For Cream: Whip all ingredients in metal bowl. Chill until ready for use.
For Cider: Combine cider, cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, lemon peel, and allspice in a large pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain cider into medium sauce pan, and add Tuaca and Rum. Gently top each serving with whipped cream and serve.

  • Makes 8 Servings
  • Prep time: 45 minutes
  • Tuaca is a specialty brand liqueur originally produced in Livorno, Italy, and includes brandy, orange, and vanilla.
Luisa Mug by Match Pewter

Luisa Mug by Match Pewter

We suggest pouring this concoction into one of our favorite mugs by Match Pewter. The Luisa Mug by Match Pewter is from the Luisa Collection, and not only are these mugs handmade in Italy, but they are also the perfect size and oh-so-elegant. Standing at 4″ H and 4″ in diameter, they will hold just enough cider with room for a dollop of spiced whipped cream. Bon appetit!

10 Things You Shouldn’t Forget to Register For

In the midst of all the excitement of getting engaged, many couples fall into the path of designing a “common registry” filled with all of the usual, wedding registry suspects. (We see you, cookie trays and blenders.) While basics are absolutely necessary, wedding registries are a time to get creative and let your guests know what you’d really love to have versus what you might need.

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Tabula Tua Hosts Nora Fleming!

Nora Fleming Platters & Minis

Nora Fleming Platters & Minis Perfect for Every Occasion

Meet Nora Fleming in Chicago

Our very first Nora Fleming event is this Saturday, October 4th, from 12pm-4pm, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Created by a brother and sister duo based out of Hinsdale, IL, the Nora Fleming company designs and produces their signature platters and interchangeable Minis that can be mix-and-matched to celebrate any kind of event, holiday, or special occasion.

When People see our trademark pink bird in their local boutique window, I want them to know that they are one step closer to finding that perfect gift for themselves or a loved one.”

Each of the ceramic, dishwasher-safe platters and serving dishes are gracefully designed be a functional frame for the little Mini that is inserted into the small hole in the dish. Easy to pop in and out, there is a Mini for literally every occasion. Tabula Tua just received all of the newest and brightest Minis, and we’re so excited to share them with you! To celebrate our first ever Nora Fleming event, we will be giving away a FREE Grape Mini with every platter purchase! Not only that, but we’re also the very first boutique to offer Nora’s newest addition: the Wooden Appetizer Board! This ~12″ Sq wooden board includes the ceramic hole for the Mini, of course, and is ideal for serving up an assortment of autumn hors d’oeuvres and delectable finger foods.

Nora Fleming Appetizer Platter

Nora Fleming Appetizer Platter

Don’t miss out on this fabulous affair — swing by our showroom in the heart of Lincoln Park and pick up a new platter for the holidays! You can never have too many serving dishes, and they make the absolute best hostess gifts! Go one step further, and have it personalized and signed by Nora herself while she’s here! Join us tomorrow for wine, cheese, and a spectacular meet-and-greet with our wonderful guest. See you tomorrow!

For questions or to reserve your platter, call (773) 525-3500!


Favorite Item Friday


Tabula Tua’s Newest Collection: Capri Blue Candles!

We just received our shipment of some of the best smelling candles we’ve ever had in the showroom from Capri Blue! Each of the soy-wax formulated scents that we have smells better than the next, and I am restraining myself from buying one of each. So far, my favorites are “Paris” and “Volcano“. Their signature “Volcano” scent comes in both the large blue jar as well as the large white jar. These candles are just too good to be true; the jar is made from recycled glass, the lid is made from recycled metal, and once the candle has been all used up, the jar itself can be repurposed and used for everyday items! Not only do they last twice as long as regular candles, but they really do fill up the space with sensational fragrances. Hand-poured and made in the USA, Capri Blue is an easy go-to gift for a friend, and a delightful pick-me-up gift for yourself!

Wednesday Wedding Tips

Wedding Tips

Although the summer season of weddings has slowly waned, the fabulous fall and winter ceremonies are on their way, and we have 10, stellar tips to help you plan your special day!

1. Give in to the chaos
No matter how much planning and triple-checking you do during the months (or years) prior to The Day, it’s almost silly to think there won’t be a single thing that goes a little off-key. And that’s okay! Let it go; ride it out and roll with those punches. As long as there are two “I Do”s, that’s really all that matters. Your day will go much smoother if you embrace the chaos and choose to enjoy every little moment of the day, even if they weren’t planned!

2. Write thank-you notes as gifts come in. Do not get behind, unless you want to spend your honeymoon crafting odes to the lovely Waterford from Aunt Mildred. If you don’t have the time to write a full thank-you note, make a detailed list at the very least. Then, once you have a cup of coffee and a few hours to spare, sit down and finish the job.

3. If you must give favors, give food. Don’t give your guests something they’re just going to throw away. No one in the history of party planning has ever gone wrong with a light snack. Sub Tip: This is not the time to learn how to DIY Cake Pops; leave it to the pros!

4. Maybe pay someone to do that. Segway into Tip #4…Are you supremely artistic and experienced in the ways of crafting? Is your great aunt Martha Stewart? Unless the answer to one of these questions is yes, think very carefully about any D.I.Y. projects. Examine your own abilities with a critical eye– you will thank yourself later!

5. Keep It Simple. When communicating with your bridal party, family members, friends, and vendors who are all helping with planning The Day, write everything down concisely and as simple as possible. Although you know exactly what you have pictured in your head, it’s safe to assume that is where it will stay if you don’t communicate clearly. Sub Tip: Bullet points are the best!

6. Get Your Guests Home Safely
Think about how you feel after a night out. When you’re ready to go, you just want to get home. So ensure you have a plan for how to get guests off-site, and if it’s in a rural area, consider having cabs waiting to do round trips from the venue to the guests’ hotels from about 10.30pm onwards.

7. Get Your Selfie On
Although your wedding photographer will capture some of the most prominent and important moments of The Day, they might not get all the little moments that really make your day special. Selfie, selfie, selfie!

8. Take the Time To Write and Give a Thank You Speech
It’ll feel good to thank your parents, grandparents, and guests (especially those who traveled great distances) for making such a momentous occasion in your life possible.

9. Don’t Smash The Cake
Brides, you still have people to see and photos to take, so you don’t want to get cake in your hair and on your dress (nor do you want to reapply makeup). Grooms, this is not how you want to start married life. Trust me on this one.

10. Dance!
Your favorite tunes are playing, the dance floor is packed with people you love, and you have reason to celebrate! With conditions like that even grooms who “don’t dance” will regret it if they don’t let their inner Bacon loose.