Leaves are about to fall and change as bright bold colors paint the landscape of all the trees, the first hint of chill is in the early morning air as summer turns into fall. The weather is still enjoyable to gather and dine alfresco style, so make your outdoor dining table a cozy place to be with nature’s picturesque window as your backdrop.
For today’s inspiration post, I would like to share a few ways on how I transitioned my tablescape from late summer to early fall and how I let nature and some of the elements of the season dictate the items I chose.
‘Tis the season for warmer tones! Color is key when it comes to pulling a theme together. Pick a palette and choose colors that whispers fall. Blue hues will transition easily into the early days of fall. My hydrangea centerpiece includes a cluster of various colors such as, cream, light and dark blue, and light purple. Flowers makes any type of gathering a special one!
Here, I dressed the table with a quilted fabric that automatically gives off that cozy blanket type of feel and coordinates well with the color palette of the flower arrangement. I paired the blues hues with a plum color.
You want the color scheme to flow throughout your table. Limit yourself to colors in the same tint family. To create a sense of continuity, select one or two colors and then use variations of it.
Considering its warm color, the ideal metal for fall is the earthy look of copper. The copper hue resembles a burning fire. To bring more of that copper color, I used my two-tier copper tray and filled it with grapes and dates that purposely have that purple hue.
Rather than using one color drinking glass, I decided to incorporate mismatched color glasses. I used a blue and deep purple color – it added a bit more interest to the table.
- Dinner Napkins
Dinner napkins are stretched across the salad plate. I love the natural feel and organic look of the cotton dinner napkins. The fringe details of these napkins resemble that of a cozy throw! The pattern design of the napkins coordinate well with the dinner plates and the colors match perfectly. For a decorative touch, the napkins are accented with a stem of Larkspur that are similar in color to the hydrangea centerpiece. A single stem makes a great place card – extra touches make the table extra festive and will guarantee smiles on your guests faces!
- Dinner Plates
Since it is still summer, I wanted limited bold colors because that would have given off more a moody vibe. I went with a neutral beige dinner and salad plates to balance the two bold primary colors. If you noticed – the flower vessel is the same creamy beige color as the dinnerware. A good rule of thumb when choosing colors is two have at least two places with the same color!
- Charger Plates
For a rustic touch, I used dark brown rattan round charger plates. The color resembling that of a tree trunk. The dark brown grounded the cream-colored dinner plates.
Toast the upcoming fall season and move the party to the yard, patio, or deck. Watch the sun go down and relax and enjoy!
-Photos + Tablescape Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
It was just the other week while food shopping with my mom, that she told me about the newly launched Oui yogurt by Yoplait, she saw in a magazine. I decided to try both the vanilla and blueberry flavored yogurt. Not only did I like the taste of this french style yogurt but I enjoyed the thick and creamy texture. While eating my yogurt, I thought to myself how good this would be as a topping. Then it hit me! I can create a yummy breakfast treat, using De Wafelbakkers Ready to Eat Waffles!
No need for heating up, toasting or adding syrup to these waffles. These semi-sweet waffles have a wonderful flavor all on their own.
For this breakfast treat, I used the ready-to-eat blueberry waffles, topped it with Oui blueberry yogurt and garnished with cranberry granola.
For my second breakfast treat recipe, I used the plain ready-to-eat waffles, topped it with Oui vanilla yogurt, added freshly sliced strawberries, and drizzled some honey! Mmmm…so good!!
These quick and easy-to-make breakfast treats are a delicious way to start your day, that your whole family will like – even better to enjoy as a mid-morning snack! Don’t have time to make breakfast? Whether you plan to eat the yogurt and waffles together or separately, these are perfect ‘grab and go’ items. On a side note, I particularly like the Oui yogurt packaged in small pots…perfect to reuse and house a small flower arrangement, a votive candle, or even your matchsticks!
I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the Oui flavors…black cherry, lemon, peach, strawberry, and coconut to determine my favorites! Have you tried Oui yogurt? Which one do you love?
-Pictures + recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
Happy September! Well, with Labor day just two days away – it’s a reminder that is the last holiday of the summer season as we transition to fall. I’ve already spotted fall decor in my local shops to give us a head start on making our home a festive haven for the upcoming fall season.
My favorite go-to home decor essential for any season are fragrant candles. What better way to celebrate fall than with the comforting smells of scented candles. Now you can accent your candle with a beautiful fall-inspired candle sleeve or add a fragrant festive plug-in! I’ve rounded up my favorites below from Bath&Body Works/White Barn.
Do you have a favorite? Which ones would you add to your seasonal home decor?
I’m a sucker for picking out bottles with pretty labels…from candles and wine bottles to champagne and liqueur bottles. Baileys knocked it out of the park with the branding for their recently launched Almande Almondmilk Liqueur that is not only dairy free but gluten free too. Have you tried it yet?
For your convenience, Baileys added three recipes on the back of each liqueur bottle for you to try. I decided to mix two of their recipes that included coconut water and blended for that frappé taste. The blended combination of nutty, vanilla and coconut flavors, tasted deliciously light and refreshing! This liqueur is perfect for adding to certain cocktails… I’ll be testing out different recipes for the holidays this year!
Grab a bottle and make hosting a breeze with this simple cocktail recipe for your next girls night-in or weekend brunch!
3 oz. Baileys Almande
3 oz. Coconut Water (I used Goya brand)
1/2 cup of Ice
Blend and Serve
Double up on ingredients to make 2 servings
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / *This is NOT a sponsored post.
I am chasing moments in nature’s treat.
That is what I did last week when we packed our luggage and drove to our favorite beach in Delaware. We decided to take our summer week vacation and return to a favorite place that we know and love. We have visited this beach every year for the past seven years. It started back in May of 2010 when I had just finished my last cycle of chemo. After undergoing six months of this treatment, we needed to go to a place that was within driving distance and wanted to feel calm and relaxed, yet still experience new places to eat and shop. When we return to that place, specific memories feed our anticipation for the trip. Whenever we arrive to the beach, we still have that feeling of it’s still “our” place, there are familiar spots, due to the connection we made.
Since I had a procedure in late July to remove a cancerous tumor that grew, we knew it would be beneficial to go back to our favorite beach…behind every storm is a little bit of sunshine. The beach for us is a place for recharging our body, mind and spirit. What better way to start the day then by heading to the beach in the early morning hours, before the crowd arrives and having time for yourself to take in the beauty around you. Living in the moment and living the simple pleasures of putting your toes in the sand, feeling the warm sun rays on your face, and listening to the soothing waves crashing, brings a sense of tranquility. Peace fills my soul of being hopeful for better tomorrows.
One of the items I had on my bucket list was to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I was happy to have checked that item off my list a few years back – it was one of those not-to-be-missed experiences. As you know, since I love to style tablescapes and create sets, another item on my bucket list was to create and capture an intimate beach imagery. While I envisioned something on a larger scale and have it photographed by a professional, I took the opportunity to go for it, on a more intimate level.
Surrounded by nature’s inspiration, capturing the perfect moment was influenced by sitting on the stretches of sand, gazing over the infinite ocean view and exploring the beach sunrise. I created a table for two and the ocean was truly a fascinating backdrop. The tablescape was a small table for two that was low enough to be seated directly on the sand. I used a color palette of creamy neutrals that mimics the color of the sand, a soft peach that resembles one of the colorful hues seen as the sun rises, and aqua blue drinking glasses resembling the ocean water. I used natural elements for the table decor like seashells and driftwood. For a relaxing, yet romantic feel, I paired vintage brass candlestick holders and chose grey-colored candlesticks that echo the color of beach pebbles.
As you scroll through the pictures below, you will notice I was able to capture the stages of the sunrise. Viewed in person, it is one of the most scenic, and breathtaking sight you will see!
Sun peeking over the horizon.
Illuminating golden glow.
Have you seen a sunrise yet? What is at the beach too or somewhere else? Let me know in the comments section below what place you experienced in, I’d love to know!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez