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Friday, July 30, 2010
Sometimes in life, you just need an extra pop of color to liven things up. That is just what this tablescape is! I bought tulips from the local grocery store, paired them with the most colorful accessories I had on hand…and was so proud of the results.
Colorful groupings of tulips placed in different sized clear vases give the floral centerpiece interest that causes your eye to bounce around the table. I accented the vases with chocolate brown ribbon.
I hope this Pop of Color Brightens Your Day!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Well, my birthday is long gone, but the memories will linger much longer!Before I get into my birthday tablescape, planned by my sister-in-law, Charlene (as promised long ago), I have to show you the “blogger” birthday card my mom gave me. It is SO true…and I know all of my blogger readers will relate.Now, back to my “In Law” birthday celebration…We always celebrate our birthdays, with a FABULOUS meal prepared by my Mother-In-Law. However, this year’s celebration was even more special for me. Charlene, knowing how I love the special touches that turn a “get together” into an event, created a gorgeous beach getaway to set off the evening.The foundation of the centerpiece was a stone placemat she purchased at Coldwater Creek. Starting on the left, she used a blue and white wooden lighthouse that she already had on hand. For an additional splash of color, blue tinted jars were filled with sand and pink votive candles. The clear cylinder in the center had brown sand and seashells. To set it all off, she placed a gorgeous vase of blue hydrangeas (my favorite…my wedding bouquet was made of white hydrangeas). The stain glass in the background is always decor in this room, but it really makes a beautiful backdrop for this work of art. My daughter’s favorite was the Dora sunglasses placed right in front, which also doubled as a take home goodie for her.Each place setting was created with a piece of blue scrapbook paper, placed on an angle, a silver charger, and a white plate. The blue, green, white and yellow striped napkins were placed in the center of the plate. The place cards were small bottles, filled with sand and a message (our name). Each one had a special surprise, a shark’s tooth and some small shells. We were all excited to get to take them home. It was a fun event filled with beauty, delicious food, and good times!!I would like to thank all of my family and friends who made my birthday special by celebrating with me in so many ways! I am truely blessed to have each of you in my life.
Monday, June 21, 2010
When you first enter the room, I have a craft table where I can spread out whatever I am working on, including my sewing machine, which I keep in it’s case between the shelving unit and craft table. It is also great for wrapping. As you can see, I have attached rolls of wrapping paper below the upper shelves of the unit.
To the left of the craft table, I have my “office”. A small breakfast table with drop leaves in front and back makes the perfect computer desk. Behind the desk is a magnetic dry erase board with magnetic spice racks. In front of the computer desk, I have a toy area set up to occupy baby while I work.
I hope you enjoyed the tour!! If your new to my blog, please check out the rest…don’t forget to follow and comment!! I love hearing from YOU!!
*Still to come…the birthday tablescape I promised in my last post.*
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Lots to tell, so I think I'll just dive right in!
We started out meeting and greeting over lunch at Relish. My personal favorite was the Pimento Cheese Fritters with Hot Pepper Jelly!! However, the Spinach Salad, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Fried Blackeyed Peas, and Crab Sandwich were all very tasty! Oh, I almost forgot, the desserts begin with Krispy Kreme bread pudding topped with Espresso whipped cream...now that is going to be hard to beat. Keep in mind, we are all trying to pace ourselves for the sweets to come!
First stop after lunch was All Y'alls Wine and Gourmet, Relish's sister store located in the same building. Here we were told all about their gourmet foods and spirits. Then, we were offered samples of a dessert wine and non-alcoholic Cucumber Lemondade. Whoever thought of adding cucumber to lemonade discovered a fresh, refreshing delight!
On to Cuzi Fresh Cafe! This place has more to offer than just dessert. They offer a variety of fresh, healthy options, such as soups, salads and sandwiches...all with a great relaxing atmosphere, which also includes Wi-Fi. We sampled a collection of desserts, including bread pudding, cannellonis, chocolate stuffed pastries, and more!! This place has so much to offer, you won't know where to start! We are starting to fill full now, but we have MUCH more to go, we are barely half way finished.
My most highly anticipated stop, Kozmo's Gastropub, is next...and does not disappoint! If you visit their website, you will see why I am so excited to try this place for the first time. This place looks like it will be right up my self-proclaimed "foodie" allie! When we arrive, the bar is set up with glasses that we later discover will become white chocolate raspberry martinis. The dessert table is already beautiful, and the Picturesque desserts are just arriving. I can't even name all the desserts, I was to taken aback by their beauty, but I will do my best to at least give you a general idea. We had Jack Daniels Mouse (in shot glasses, of course), Pineapple Dessert Spoons, what I like to call (but I know they called it something else) Egg Custard with Toasted Meringue on top (probably my favorite), Creme Brulee, Flourless Chocolate cake with Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookies...I know there was probably more because they just kept bringing it out!! We felt like treasured guests...who left dragging ourselves to the bus discussing how we did not want to SEE a bathing suit for a VERY long time!! (and we sure wouldn't mind a savory treat right about now.)
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I love to give gifts, especially when I can come up with something that I feel is Distinctive, Personalized, and Memorable. It’s a trait that my mother passed down to me. She has always done such a good job of searching (sometimes for way too long) for the perfect gift.
I firmly believe that the gift packaging is like icing on the cake, another opportunity to “Dress to Impress”.
So, when I asked my friend which type of shower gift she wanted, and she said, “diapers and basics”…I knew I had to figure out a way to make it more exciting than just “essentials”. I decided on a diaper cake. I had never made one before, so I used Jax’s Towel Cake Tutorial at Ashly & Ash as my guide. I am so thankful that I had somewhere to turn.
I created the frame, making sure I had enough room for the Powder and Baby Wash to sit inside, then wrapped the diapers and ribbon around it. With washcloths, pacifiers, and teething ring in place, the bottom layer was complete.
The cake was topped with diapers, washcloths, booties, card, and a monkey.
When it comes to gifts, I try to add a little pizzazz by thinking outside the gift box.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The favors consisted of 2 individual tea bags wrapped in scrapbook paper envelopes, tied off with chocolate satin ribbon, plus a little chocolate lamb. Place cards were made with coordinating scrapbook paper.
As for the food, I have my wonderful husband to thank for that. He started the meal with a cheese tray consisting of Hoop Cheese (the guest of honor's favorite), Gruyere, and Parrano, with fig paste, candied walnuts, and balsamic syrup. Then he prepared an amazing and colorful meal that we served buffet style.
We started with a Spinach Salad filled with delicious Strawberries, Candied Pecans, Feta, Bacon, and a Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.
Chicken Fingers and a Veggie Tray of Carrots, Celery and Ranch was especially designed for the younger guests, but the adults were allowed to partake too.
The main course was his very own creation, a Curried Stir Fry with Yellow Peppers, Pineapple, and Butter-Cilantro Basmati Rice. It is a perfect Gastrique!!
The Birthday Cake was Specially Ordered with a unique surprise for the Birthday girl. When she was growing up, her mom used to make a Caramel Cake with Coconut mixed into the icing. So to remind her of her decadent days gone by, I had them sprinkle coconut over a portion of the cake. It was Tasty and Beautiful!!
So the Sweet Tea, Water, and Salt & Pepper would be readily available, I set up a Beverage Station on top of the Microwave beside my place at the table.
I had seen so many of my blogger friends making the adorable Martha Stewart Pom-Poms. I couldn't believe how easy they were...and they made such a great accent hanging over the table!!
To welcome the Guest of Honor, I made a sign with Scrapbook Paper, Ribbon, and a Photo Mat.
Overall, it seemed everyone had a great time. We all enjoyed the time with family, celebrating the joy that Liz brings to all of our lives, and that is what matters the most!