The weather here in Western Pennsylvania can get be pretty sketchy in the month of April. Since it appears that we are finally in the clear for a good stretch of warm spring weather, we finally uncovered all our deck furniture yesterday. We gave the deck railing and wood floor a good cleaning and we are happy to be able to start using our outdoor living space this spring and summer!
Typically, when I host a lunch or dinner party outdoors, I love to use fresh flowers on the table or a potted flowering plant. However, when done right, sometimes it’s ok to use faux plant decor. The benefits are you don’t have to be concerned with your flowers wilting from the hot sun or flying insects wanting to perch on your flowering plant buds, and no need for water…you don’t have the hassle of caring for a live plant. However, I just had to add a touch of fresh blooms from my flowering plant – it added a bright and vibrant pop of color!
Inspired by my new faux boxwood topiaries from Home Goods, I decided to add a lush of green to the already greenery outdoors by pairing the topiaries with my boxwood leaves placemats. To add to this casual outdoor dining tablescape, I used my gray, vintage designed disposable plastic round plates (purchased from Marshalls), silver plastic flatware set, and my clear acrylic wine glasses and tumblers – all of which are perfect and ideal for outdoor entertaining. When all these decor elements and tableware essentials were grouped together, it gave a cozy and welcoming look!
I love how the design of the acrylic glassware looks like real glass!
What drew me to purchase these faux topiaries were the two-tone painted pot. The modern mix of light gray and gold is totally my style!
Our deck sits up high from the ground and we are surrounded by tall mature trees, which makes us feel like our deck is a tree house. I really like how the greenery continues to flow onto the outdoor dining table!
This tablescape was so easy to put together for easy-breezy spring entertaining…effortlessly chic! Happy Spring!!
-Photos + Tablescape by Rose Angel Lopez
If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, I rounded-up a mouth-watering collection of floral-inspired desserts to try for Mother’s day. Today, I’m sharing a cocktail that is also floral-inspired. Roses are meant to symbolize LOVE and that was the reason behind sharing my cocktail recipe to be served on Mother’s day.
If you’re hosting a Mother’s day brunch, make it fancier by treating mom to my ‘Vanilla Pink Rose’ cocktail…perfectly paired with one of these floral-inspired desserts! A dash of rose water to the cocktail mix, a drop of pink food coloring, and garnish with an edible rose petal – transforms the appearance of this cocktail to a dainty and may I add, girly one..a beautifully simple and sweet cocktail for spring! My recipe can also be served alone as a dessert cocktail. If you’re going to serve it like this, than do what I did…in these pictures, I actually used my mini coupe glasses!
This refreshing cocktail is sweet but light and tastes even better when you pre-mix. Let the chocolate bean flavor with vanilla scent of the Creme de Cacao, the creamy flavor of the Whipped Vodka and dash of rose water combine longer.
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
Wishing all mom’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday! xo
- 1½ oz. Whipped Vodka (I used Pinnacle brand)
- 1 oz. Creme de Cacao (I used Jacquin's brand - white color not dark)
- 1 tsp. Rose Water
- 1 drop, pink food coloring
- 1 edible rose petal to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all the above ingredients
- Shake, Pour, and Garnish
- Serve and Enjoy!
Indulge mom or the special woman in your life this mother’s day with an exceptional dessert!
Who doesn’t love flowers, right? I’ve rounded up a beautiful collection of 10 delectable desserts that are infused with a subtle floral flavor and others that highlight the spring season with its exquisite floral decorations! Celebrate the day and try out any of these recipes that your mom will appreciate.
via Candy Company
Edible flowers? YES! Surprise mom and bring her some edible springtime flowers by arranging them in a lovely bouquet.
via hapa nom nom
These rose-shaped desserts have all the ingredients that not only make them pretty but tasty as well!
via Sugar and Charm
Cupcakes to pretty to eat! Bring some springtime to the party by turning ordinary cupcakes into gorgeous hydrangeas with easy frosted decorating tips.
A celebration with champagne is always a good idea and it doesn’t get any better when you add it in your dessert! Presenting this cake in a champagne glass adds a touch of elegance!
Oh, how I love the subtle perfumed flavor of lavender. I imagine this cake will have your taste buds delighted as you feel you are transported to the English countryside!
via Le Petit Eats
A few drops of rose water turns any dessert into a delicacy. I love how simple and sweet these pale blush rose-shaped meringues look!
via Preppy Kitchen
Now, who doesn’t love peonies?! Especially when it’s a large bloom decorated on a classic vanilla cake! This individual-sized cake is perfect to package in a box, tied with a bow.
Oh, the combination of flavors in these macarons have me craving to try this recipe right away! Add these onto a beautiful tray to gift to your mom and add decorate by sprinkling a few rose petals and if you can get your hands on an orange blossom flower to place in the center – you have made a beautiful presentation!
via Somewhat Simple
Does your mom love to garden? Well these sugar cookie flower pots will surely bring a smile to her face! Get creative by packaging these cuties in a picket fence planter box.
via The Gunny Sack
Perfect for spring…another fun recipe and easy DIY are these adorable and fun flower pot cookies with bright pops of color!
Photo credit: Stylish Petite
I bet I’m not the only one that has noticed the pineapple motif trending in all of our favorite stores! Are you a fan? When it comes to home decor, you won’t find me adding pineapple accessories everywhere. I will however, approve of adding a scented candle housed in a pineapple jar, a gold pineapple with a lid to place on top of your bar cart, or even a cute pineapple kitchen accessory.
Pineapples are not only found in home decor but partyware as well. From summer themed parties to destination weddings, pineapples are taking center stage on styled tablescapes. With the warmer summer months just around the corner, it will be the perfect time to entertain and host your tropical summer party outdoors! Just a word of caution when planning a themed party, let your theme shine through the details…remember, “less is more”.
To help with your entertaining ideas, I’ve sourced some party items to help plan your party.
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With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I couldn’t resist letting the holiday pass without sharing a delicious mexican-inspired dessert. This dessert recipe is a mix between a Sopaipilla and Churros – using pastry dough, cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce. However, this recipe does not call for the pastry puff to be fried but baked.
This recipe was simple to make and when served warm, these flaky pastries, dusted with cinnamon sugar, filled with sweet ripe bananas, and dipped in a delectable chocolate sauce is – guaranteed to be a party pleaser!
This ‘Chocolate-Dipped Banana Empanadas dessert gives a new twist to your Cinco de Mayo dessert. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
- FOR THE BANANA EMPANADAS:
- 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry, cut into half lengthwise
- 2 ripe sweet bananas
- 1-2 tsp. sugar
- ¼ juice of a fresh lime
- melted butter for brushing
- Cinnamon Sugar, for dusting (I used McCormick brand)
- FOR THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE:
- ½ heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- ½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 1½ tsp. instant espresso coffee granules
- 6-8 broken pieces of plain high quality chocolate of choice (I used Ghiradeli chocolate brand)
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
- Remove one packet of your Puff Pastry sheet from the box and follow the directions on the box to defrost.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Once defrosted, with a rolling pin, roll out your sheet (I rolled mine out 3 x's back and forth)
- Cut your sheet diagonally, creating 8 triangles.
- Peel and dice bananas and place in a bowl. Add sugar and lime juice and stir to combine.
- Brush the edges of each triangle sheet with melted butter (this will help seal when folded)
- Place a couple of teaspoons of the banana in one corner of the pastry and then fold over into a triangle shape. Use the back of a fork to press enclose the filling. Brush the top of each filled pastry with melted butter. Place on a baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven until golden brown.
- While pastries are baking, make the chocolate sauce.
- Stir the cream and sugar together in a small saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the cream. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat., remove from heat, and stir in the coffee granules and chocolate. Stir until melted, about 1 minute. Whisk until shiny and smooth, then whisk in the butter.
- Remove pastries from oven and immediately dust with Cinnamon Sugar.
- Spoon the chocolate sauce into an individual serving bowl or top empanadas with sauce. Serve warm not hot.