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With the spring season officially here, let the Easter planning commence! I’m kicking things off with floral vase ideas that are perfect for both Spring and Easter.
I found this $3 Easter bunny at Target (in the dollar section) and thought it would be cute to use it as a floral vase versus the traditional candy bowl. For a springy touch, I added white tulips and yellow daffodils.
Combine this cute themed floral-filled bunny with a second vase filled with yellow roses and you have an adorable centerpiece for your Easter table or vignette!
I found this white ‘cracked’ egg vase at Pat Catan’s and I knew I could transform it to something a bit more glam that complements my home decor. A little DIY using Martha Stewart Decoupage Gilding Sheets and her Gilding Adhesive transformed this ordinary egg to a chic one!
Even though the weather here in PA is not feeling exactly like springtime, adding a few festive touches around the house, makes me feel like it’s spring.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day, I made these festive mini milkshakes. Aren’t they adorable? I just love sweet, irresistible mini desserts – they’re perfect for any type of party.
For this milkshake, I used mint chocolate chip ice cream and topped it with whipped cream and the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms cereal. To serve mini milkshakes for the adults, add a splash of whipped vodka and you have the perfect milkshake shooter!
Cheers and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
March 20th officially marks the change of seasons but with ‘Storm Stella’ looming around some of us in the East Coast, it doesn’t feel like spring is near. With the very cold temps outside, I craved a hot beverage to keep me warm. I whipped up my favorite Lavender Hot Chocolate recipe! To recreate this simple recipe, the two main ingredients I use are Silly Cow Chocolate Moo-usse Hot Chocolate and Pepper Creek Farms French Blue Lavender.
Naturally sweetened chocolate, infused with lavender buds, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings – makes this blended hot chocolate oh, so gourmet!
- 2 cups, Milk (whole or skim is optional)
- 1 Tbsp, Lavender Buds
- 2 Tbsp, Hot Chocolate Mix
- Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings for topping
- Pour 2 cups of milk into your liquid measuring cup.
- Combine Milk and lavender buds in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Be sure to stir occasionally and do not let mixture come to a boil. Once you see steam, lower heat and let mixture simmer.
- Add hot chocolate mixture and stir until chocolate is melted and and mixture is smooth. Continue to let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
- Strain mixture back into measuring cup and then pour the lavender hot chocolate in two cups.
- Top lavender hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
Wondering how I was able to pull this inspiration shoot after yesterday’s post? I had my partner’s help, of course! I was itching to do something creative and my partner actually suggested that I go for it because simply, it made me happy! My better half volunteered to collect and carry everything I needed so that I can put this holiday tabletop and dessert bar together. What would normally take me a few hours to complete, took me a weekend to pull off!
Keep reading for more inspiration on how to throw a beautifully blush Galentine’s Day Soiree!
Are you gearing up for Valentine’s day? Get ready to celebrate all the amazing ladies in your life. Chocolates, champagne, blush roses & hydrangeas, and Valentine’s inspired candy, cupcakes & cookies, are a perfect excuse to celebrate Galentine’s day with your gals!
I set the table in this blush and gold color palette. Since Valentine’s is the last winter holiday before the spring season begins, I decided to add a touch of early spring by making a simple wreath for each dinner plate – using English Ivy. These personalized heart-shaped cookies by RPConfections were a great way to use as a name tag for each place setting and a sweet treat perfectly packaged for guests to take home. As a final touch, I took the cloth dinner napkins and folded them into a rose shape. You can check out this tutorial, here!
I decided to use these gold glitter ‘love’ cupcake toppers by Party Fix to hold a sour gummy lip and placed it on the rim of each champagne filled glass.
Lindt chocolate truffles were paired with heart-shaped marshmallows.
I was pretty satisfied that I was able to pull off making this blooming with love floral arrangement. To recreate this on your own, you will need the following:
- Roses (I chose white and blush colored ones)
- Hydrangeas (I was able to find these naturally blush and green ones)
- (1) Wet Foam block
- Depending on the size of your table, you can use either a medium-sized platter in a rectangle shape (as I did) or a large-sized one
- Let the wet foam block soak in water until the block submerges in the water on its own
- Remove the wet foam from the water and place it on the platter
- I started forming my arrangement by using the hydrangeas first. I removed the leaves off the hydrangea, cut the stem to size and inserted the first one on the bottom-end of the foam block. I placed two hydrangeas on each corner of the platter and then proceeded to insert them in the middle of the foam block as well.
- I then started to strategically fill the empty spaces with my roses. You will want to remove the leaves off the roses as well and cut to size.
- If you have large gaps of space in your arrangement, add more hydrangeas to fill it in
- I made sure that whatever I inserted in the front of the arrangement, I tried to mimic on the other side.
This adorable dessert bar was filled with an array of Valentine’s candy, delicious treats from chocolate truffles and decorated cookies & cupcakes to cherry topped brownies.
You can’t ever go wrong with Georgetown Cupcake! This ‘rose gold dozen’ is sure to be a crowd pleaser!!
My sweetheart actually made this Galentine’s inspired wreath by wrapping English Ivy around a wreath metal frame. This rose gold ‘Love’ balloon from West Side Apartment was attached to the middle of the wreath and small rose buds were cut and glued onto the wreath. My partner did a great job, wouldn’t you agree?! I say…good job, honey. We make a great team!
Minutes before your guests arrive, pop the chilled champagne and pour some in your champagne flutes. When your guests start to arrive, welcome each of them with a glass and let the soiree begin!
Add some color and flavor to your water by dropping in two fresh raspberries and mint!
These ombre ‘heart sugar cookies’ from PFConfections have such pretty embossed details!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Galentine’s day entertaining tips and decorating ideas.
Cheers to girlfriends and Happy Galentine’s Day!!
Tablescape by Rose Angel Lopez | Photography: Autumn Stankay of SkySight Photography
Nothing says fall than comfort foods filled with our favorite ingredients like apples and pumpkin or spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Combine those together and you can enjoy one delicious plate of hot, fluffy pancakes. I’ve rounded up 4 mouth-watering, fall-inspired pancake recipes that will have you wanting to whip up a batter to try!
recipe by Cooking Classy
All the seasonal spices are packed in these pancakes – which will make for a savory stack of pancakes!
recipe by Averie Cooks
Apple pie or apple pancakes…you be the judge. Either way, it’s a scrumptious classic taste to enjoy during this season.
recipe by Julia’s Album
There’s a whole bunch of yummy goodness on this plate!
recipe by Recipe Diaries
Apple sauce with a hint of spice…delightful fall flavors!