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2 WAYS TO ARRANGE YOUR HYDRANGEAS TO DISPLAY BOTH INDOORS AND OUT

If you were to ask me what is one of the best things of summer, I would have to say the ability to go out front or in our backyard and clip some peonies and hydrangeas we have planted. Growing flowers for cutting is such a joy for me so that I can transform into beautiful arrangements, big or small. Also, having readily available flowers are perfect for those days when you have an impromptu gathering or last minute guest visits. It’s a relief when you don’t have to rush out to the grocery store or florist to pick up some fresh flowers!

I noticed that a few of our hydrangeas were at its fullest bloom and if I didn’t cut them, they would eventually die. So I was inspired to create two different arrangements…one for outdoors and one for indoors. Keep reading to see how I created these two ideas for a simple DIY vase arrangement.

Outdoor Arrangement: displayed in a ‘Window Box Planter’

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas for Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

Since this is the season that we spend those most of our time outdoors, I’m always looking for ways to create centerpieces ideal for our outdoor dining table.

To achieve this look, I cut (8) hydrangeas and several leafy hydrangea stems. To arrange the hydrangeas, I used a large glass flower frog. Glass flower frogs are reusable pieces that sit at the bottom of a vase and securely hold your flower arrangement in place, while still getting water.

Items needed:

  1. A long window box planter (mine shown here is 24″)
  2. A vintage glass flower frog (size: large/13 hole)

How to assemble:

  • Place your flower frog in the center of the planter box
  • Fill your planter box with warm water
  • Cut your first hydrangea stem to size and insert it in the middle hole of the flower frog.  Make sure your hydrangea stem touches the bottom of the base so it can drink the water.
  • Take off the leaves on the lower part of the stem (you don’t want the leaves to be submerged in water.  Continue to insert each hydrangea stem into the flower frog holes. The center of the arrangement will give you a nice full-looking centerpiece.
  • For the left and right sides of the planter box, you will want to fill these empty holes with the greenery leafy stems to add fullness.

Indoor Arrangement: displayed in large glass Cylinder Vases

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

2 Ways To Arrange Your Hydrangeas to Display Indoors and Out

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Whether you’re looking to dress up your dining room table with a centerpiece, decorate a buffet table, or bar cart, these tall arrangements definitely have a wow factor and are very grand! I wouldn’t suggest this type of flower arrangement when setting up a tablescape because viewing your guests will make it difficult to conversate. If you have kitchen island, a couple of these arrangements in various sizes on your counter, will look amazing. Our dining room table fits seating for eight and displaying these large arrangements adds a bounteous cheer and a stunning touch of decoration.

Items needed:

  1. 16″ glass cylinder vases (depending on the size of your table will determine how many you can fit)

How to assemble:

  • Fill your cylinder with water and insert hydranges. If you have a very large bloom, I inserted only one stem and also included the stems of the hydrangea leaves.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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DIY: HOW TO SET UP A CANDY BUFFET

Bring on the Yummy and Let’s Party!

Do you remember looking back as a child and how you couldn’t wait until your birthday cake arrived, all lit up with candles? Well, no need to wait for the grand finale, cakes are not the only thing be shared these days. Similar to a buffet set up, decked out with a sweet-scene display, tables now are the cornerstone of most parties where they are displayed throughout an event. A display of cakes, cookies and other yummy sweet treats can be the heart of your party and the perfect place to match your party decor accessories. There’s no better way to excite your guests and have them connect to their inner child by indulging in a variety of mouth-watering, bite-sized deliciousness. As a bonus…share the sweetness by adding boxes or bags for guest to fill and treats double as favors too!

When Shari’s Berries contacted me to let me know that they put a ‘How To Set Up a Candy Buffet’ guide, I was excited at the chance to share this with you. Take a cue from this ‘how-to’ and deck out your next party with your own splendid dessert table for kids and adults, alike!

Candy Buffet

*This post is brought to you by Shari’s Berries

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Semi-Homemade Recipe: HOW TO MAKE A STRAWBERRIES & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT

Semi-homemade Recipe: HOW TO MAKE A STRAWBERRY & CREAM CROISSANT

Semi-Homemade Dessert Recipe: STRAWBERRY & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT

Semi-Homemade Dessert Recipe: STRAWBERRY & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT

Semi-Homemade Dessert Recipe: STRAWBERRY & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT

Semi-Homemade Dessert Recipe: STRAWBERRY & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT

Semi-Homemade Dessert Recipe: STRAWBERRY & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT

Semi-Homemade Dessert Recipe: STRAWBERRY & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT

A fresh baked, flaky and buttery croissant, filled with a creamy custard, topped with sweet and juicy sliced strawberries…doesn’t that just sound like a dessert you want to indulge in?  It did for me! You can start your morning or afternoon by enjoying this super simple treat or serve as an after brunch dessert! Everyone loves bite-sized desserts for brunch so by filling your croissants, cutting into small pieces, and garnish with powdered sugar and you have the perfect dessert brunch item your guests will enjoy! I highly recommend using freshly baked croissants from your local bakery versus store-bought croissants sold in plastic containers. You want that flaky crunch when you bite into this sandwiched dessert!

For the cream, I used my handy creme anglaise recipe. Since this smooth vanilla flavored English cream (also referred to as a sauce) is usually served as a topping for desserts, I had a feeling it would make a great tasting complement inside a croissant. To add another level of flavor, I added some almond extract to the cream. If you prefer, you can just add the usual vanilla flavor and step it up by adding the seeds of a fresh vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract.

Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy!

Semi-Homemade Recipe: HOW TO MAKE A STRAWBERRIES & CREAM-FILLED CROISSANT TO ENJOY FOR DESSERT OR BRUNCH
 
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Recipe type: Creme Anglaise (Vanilla Custard)
Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • 1 whole egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp, almond extract (optional)

Instructions
  1. Combine milk and cream in medium-sized saucepan. Bring to simmer and remove from heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, yolk, and sugar. Gradually add egg mixture while continuing to whisk. Return mixture to saucepan. Stir constantly over low heat until thickens. (Do not boil, or sauce will curdle). Strain sauce through a fine strainer into a bowl and whisk in the seeds from the vanilla bean. Cover and chill for at least 90 minutes, until very cold.
  3. When sauce is cold, spoon a generous amount of custard inside the croissant.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Summer Table Setting Inspiration: HOW TO CREATE A CUTE ‘PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO’ TROPICAL TABLETOP FOR KIDS

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

With summertime here, it’s a no wonder why warm-inspired prints and patterns of pineapples and flamingos are making their way to tabletop decor. What inspired this cute tropical party tabletop setting is the gold foil pineapple cardstock, shown in these pictures. Using 12×12 cardstock makes perfect placemats for kids parties! I used this ‘gold pineapple scrapbook paper‘ to incorporate these classic summer themed trends – which dictated the rest of the tabletop decor. Themes shouldn’t be matchy-matchy…the ultimate goal is to have enough decor elements without overdoing it. Since flamingos mix perfectly with pineapples, I knew it would make for a whimsical tabletop and a fun summer celebration!

Simply set, I added these Meri Meri gold foil stripe paper cake plates. To that, I placed these fun ‘let’s party!’ beverage napkins that I picked up from TJMaxx. For a little fun and color, I completed the look by placing pink honeycomb flamingo party picks on the plate. I added a lemoncello almond candy to the end of the pick for a fun little treat as the kids gather at the table. As an alternative, these flamingo party picks can double up as a place card. Just use double-sided tape or a glue dot and adhere your name tag to the wood stick. To add more sparkle to the place setting, I used these glitz gold disposable flatware set. Place drinks in these milk bottles with gold dots and add a coordinating polka-dot gold and white paper straw.

Rather than placing a flower arrangement on the center of table, I decided for more drama and impact, I created a flower wall by using artificial tropical leaves (similar ones found, here) and pink peonies. We can’t forget about the favor bags for the kiddos! I found flamingo favor bags at TJMaxx but check out these DIY flamingo favor bags that look identical to the ones I bought!

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO TABLETOP

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

Kids Party Tabletop Inspiration: HOW TO USE PAPER PLACEMATS FOR A PINEAPPLE & FLAMINGO KIDS TABLETOP

Whether you’re hosting a luau, a tropical-themed celebration or even a summer pool party for your special girl, I hope you’ve been inspired to recreate the look by dressing the tabletop with these simple, pretty and stylish decor ideas! Flock to the fun and party like a pineapple!

Stay tuned, as I will be sharing an adult version of this themed tabletop!

-Photos + Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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Date Night On The Deck: GET YOUR OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT POPPIN

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin

Now that warmer weather is officially here, more days and nights are spent lounging outside either on the deck or in the backyard. I enjoy the simple pleasures of listening to the birds in the distance and take in the sweet smells and the summer breeze of nature.

Me and my significant other, look forward to date night which usually consists of a delicious dinner and spending either a Friday or Saturday night at home and rent a movie to watch. One way we like to embrace the summer evenings is to take movie night outdoors! If we are hosting a group of people for movie night, we break out our projector and white screen. However, when it’s just the two of us, we bring out our laptop, hook it up to our Bose speakers and watch a movie on the deck in our outdoor living room.

A cozy blanket and pillows are perfect to lean back and relax. But let’s not forget to load up on snacks to enjoy while watching the movie. We all know popcorn is not only nostalgic, it’s the movie watching snack essential so when SkinnyPop Popcorn reached out to me to let me know they created the perfect seasonal drink and popcorn pairings (hello, cocktails!), I was totally onboard to try one of the five pairings! Whether you enjoy the freshness of a Moscow mule or a sweet glass of sangria, Skinny Pop Popcorn put together a little guide for you to get your summer snackin’ on! I’m sharing this guide with you today…keep scrolling to see more!

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

SkinnyPop are very serious about their drinks and their popcorn, so they created an exclusive summer drink and popcorn pairing graphic, shown below!

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Since we like to take turns on who gets to pick the movie, I decided to let my better half select the popcorn pairing. Out of the five pairing selections, there were three we both wanted to try but ultimately, ‘blackberry smash’ paired with ‘aged white cheddar’ was the winner. Ahem…I think someone r e e a a l y y  liked their cocktail because a second glass was made! Since I enjoy my cocktails more on the sweeter side, I added a bit more simple syrup and only 1 0z. of whiskey than the 2 ounce the recipe calls for. The cocktail paired with the flavor of the aged white cheddar popcorn was definitely complimentary!

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

Date Night on the Deck: Get Your Outdoor Movie Night Poppin with Skinny Pop Popcorn.

I hope you’re inspired to spend summer outdoors and enjoy one (if not all) of the popcorn and cocktail pairings. Whether you’re packing up for a picnic or if you decide to round up your neighbors, friends, and/or family for a casual movie party, set up a concession-stand with individual popcorn bags, along with the preferred cocktail pairing and let your guests scoop their favorite. Your guests will appreciate it!

Which pairing will you try? Comment and let me know your favorite!

Cheers to summer!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

Thanks to SkinnyPop Popcorn for inspiring this post. *All opinions and comments are my own.

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