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Cheers to the start of spring! It’s officially the first day of spring and the long-awaited days of hanging out on the patio and soaking up the sun can finally begin! And I’ve got a cocktail recipe that’s a perfect way to toast and welcome the change of seasons.
Bring out the cocktail glasses and serve a delicious Limoncello-Cake Martini that has a velvety lemon-flavored texture. Inspired by my love for limoncello cake, I simply took 3 ingredients and shake, shake, shake! Check out the recipe below and enjoy!
- 1 part, Limoncello
- 1 part, Cake Vodka
- 2 parts, Half and Half
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 Vanilla Nilla Wafers, crushed and honey, used to rim the glasses with
- Ice cubes
- Crush your Nilla wafers by placing them in a sandwich bag. Seal it and with a rolling pin, roll forwards and backwards until you made crumbs.
- Dip the rim of your glass with honey then dip the rim in the crushed cookie crumbs.
- Fill martini shaker with ice.
- Add Limoncello, Cake Vodka and Half and Half
- Shake. Pour. Garnish with lemon zest.
- Serve & Enjoy
Recipe + Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
There’s nothing quite like celebrating a special occasion with the people you love. Whether it’s blowing out another set of candles or raising a toast to a bride-to-be, these moments are the one’s you’ll remember forever.
The next time you’re hostess or attendee, why not elevate the celebration with something customizable? Printable wine labels are a fun way to leave a special message for the guest of honor or make your party one-of-a-kind. Whether you love a good joke or a sweet sentimental message, there are plenty of options to get your point across. Not to mention, these cute additions also make for the perfect gift.
Sip, sip hooray!
What says Easter better than bunnies, tulips, and the color of pastel pink? Easter is on its way, and I wanted to share some inspiration and styling tips for this casual blush-pink Easter tablescape, I put together.
A table set perfectly for an afternoon luncheon was inspired by the feminine hues of blush and pink. To bring out the light pastel color, I added my copper flatware that elevated the light pale color with its jewel-tone accent. To contrast the blush-pink tablecloth, I used my white and gray printed easter motif dinner napkins and folded them to the size of placemats. I found these pretty pink hobnail dessert cups and drinking glasses from HomeGoods. They add a sophisticated and stylish look. Fill your pink-colored glasses with a spring cocktail, like this Lavender & Bruleed Grapefruit Greyhound or this Pink Jelly Bean.
In keeping with the color theme, I layered my blush salad plates (purchased from Crate & Barrel) on top of my white tempered glass dinner plate (purchased at Ikea).
When I see tulips, I automatically think spring! To evoke a classic Easter setting, I filled my ceramic bunny candy bowl with in-season pink and white tulips that complement the table. Who says you have to use an item solely for its suggested purpose? You guys know how much I love an item that has many uses! I secured the tulips by inserting a glass flower frog inside the candy bowl. As an alternative, you can use a pin frogs as well.
As a nod to Easter tradition, I housed festive holiday treats, like these chocolate covered eggs in a decorative 4″ bird nest. Each nest is found atop these pink dessert pedestal bowls resting at each place setting. It’s a “sweet” detail to welcome guests as they sit at the table.
Skip the basket, and display either your decorated colored Easter eggs or your dessert treats in style with a classic white ceramic egg crate.
Easter Table Styling Tips:
- One simple way to quickly create a festive atmosphere is to hang a wreath. You probably already own a seasonal one that you hang on your front door. I used my grapevine wreath (which I purposely coordinated with the look of the birds nests). I used large gold-foil ‘letter’ stickers, found at my local craft store to create a holiday welcome message.
- A palette of pastels would be expected for a Easter table setting, but I opted for a blush-pink instead and added elements of copper, fresh white, and light gray detail.
- Invest in one-color table linens and tableware. By choosing neutral colors, you are able to repurpose for other holiday, baby and bridal showers, and other special occasions.
- Create a festive and cheerful floral centerpiece by using your playful bunny candy bowls to hold your flowers instead of candy. How cute is this and this bunny candy bowl options?
- Sweets are decorative and delicious. Use sweets as decorations to reinforce the color scheme and the table theme.
If you’re hosting an Easter luncheon or a casual Easter dinner, I hope this inspired table setting brightens your day.
-Photos + Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
Happy Hump day! You guys know how much I love to create tablescapes and with the upcoming St. Patrick’s day holiday, I was inspired to create a tabletop that feature hues of green, gold, and white and I wanted to share the details of that inspiration with you.
I started out with a balanced tablescape, starting with the linen – a simple white tablecloth. I added another level of personality to my tabletop by mixing and matching a few different china patterns and antique colored glassware that complement one another. I love how it turned out to have that ‘garden-like’ feel. Take a look on how I put it all together…
For the flowers, I visited my local florist and picked up eucalyptus branches, mini green hydrangeas, white Stock flowers, and Bells of Ireland.
I introduced a floral accent to welcome guests by adding a stem of Bells of Ireland on each place setting.
The combination of formal and informal makes guests feel special but also keeps them at ease. A perfect set-up for a brunch or dinner well set! To see a live glimpse, you can check out my instagram feed for a quick video!
-Photos & Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
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Whether you’re Irish, Irish at heart, or simply enjoy any excuse to celebrate any and every holiday, I made these easy peasy mini dessert treats – a sweet ending to any brunch or dinner but especially a St. Patrick’s day celebration!
These irresistible chocolate-mint combo mini cups are adorable and are filled with layers of light, creamy and crispy textures. They have a light flavor due to the combined two favorites of chocolate pudding and Cool Whip – creating a light mouse texture.
To create a pale green hue, I added a couple of drops of green food coloring to a portion of the Cool Whip. The fillo shell cups are topped with mint ANDES chocolates and for that gold festive detail, the mini dessert treats are sprinkled with decorative gold sanding sugar.
- 1 box, Athens Mini Fillo Shells
- 1 box, JELL-O Instant Chocolate Pudding
- 2 cups cold Milk
- ½ cup Cool Whip, divided
- ½ tsp., Jacquin's Creme de Menthe (if serving for adults) or Peppermint Extract
- 1-3 drops Green liquid food coloring
- ANDES chocolates, broken in half and gold sanding sugar for garnishing
- **NOTE: you will have extra chocolate pudding leftover, you can therefore insert pudding in cups. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- Begin by removing your Cool Whip from the freezer and let unthaw.
- Remove the mini Fillo Shells from the package and place them on a large surface (you can use parchment paper to prepare them or a baking sheet pan.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together pudding mix and cold milk. Let stand for 5 minutes. While pudding is setting, scoop ½ cup of Cool Whip into a small bowl. From that bowl, remove ¼ cup of Cool Whip into another small bowl and set aside. Fold in the remaining Cool Whip into the Pudding mixture and set aside.
- In the bowl of the ¼ cup Cool Whip, to that, add ½ tsp of mint flavor and 1-3 drops of green food coloring into whipped cream until blended. (To get a light pale green color, use only 2 drops). The more drops you add, the darker the color.
- If you don't have a piping bag, spoon prepared Cool Whip into a sandwich bag. Take your scissors and cut across the bottom of the bag to create your frosting tip of a very small size. Set aside.
- Spoon into the mini Fillo Shells.
- Top each pudding filled Fillo Shell by squeezing your prepared Cool Whip gradually. You can take a fork and create swirls (optional).
- Remove the ANDES chocolates from wrappers and break each one in half. Then top each filled Fillo Cup with each half of an ANDES chocolate. Garnish with gold sanding sugar.
- Display your prepared Mini Fillo Cups on a decorative platter, serve and enjoy.
- These can be refrigerated in an air-tight storage container.
End your St. Patrick’s day celebration on a sweet note that kids and adults alike will enjoy!
P.S. Tune in to tomorrow’s post, where I will be sharing my St. Patrick’s day tablescape inspired by the traditional colors of green and gold!
Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez