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Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

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.

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

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.

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

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!

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

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!

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

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

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FESTIVE ST. PATRICK’S DAY MINI MILKSHAKES FOR KIDS {+ Milkshake Shooters for the Adults}

St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes
St. Patrick's Day Mini Milkshakes

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

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COZY UP WITH THIS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

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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!

COZY UP WITH A CUP OF THIS DELICIOUS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

COZY UP WITH THIS LAVENDER HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE
 
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Recipe type: Hot Beverage
Cuisine: Lavender Hot Chocolate
Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients
  • 2 cups, Milk (whole or skim is optional)
  • 1 Tbsp, Lavender Buds
  • 2 Tbsp, Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings for topping

Instructions
  1. Pour 2 cups of milk into your liquid measuring cup.
  2. 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.
  3. Add hot chocolate mixture and stir until chocolate is melted and and mixture is smooth. Continue to let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Strain mixture back into measuring cup and then pour the lavender hot chocolate in two cups.
  5. Top lavender hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings
  6. Enjoy!


-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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Holiday Tabletop & Dessert Bar: HOW TO THROW A BEAUTIFULLY BLUSH GALENTINE’S DAY SOIREE

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!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK 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!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

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!

Holiday Tabletop: A GALENTINE'S DAY SORIEE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

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.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Lindt chocolate truffles were paired with heart-shaped marshmallows.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tablescape & Dessert Bar: HOW TO THROW A BEAUTIFULLY BLUSH GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

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:

  1. Roses (I chose white and blush colored ones)
  2. Hydrangeas (I was able to find these naturally blush and green ones)
  3. (1) Wet Foam block
  4. 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.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

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.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

You can’t ever go wrong with Georgetown Cupcake! This ‘rose gold dozen’ is sure to be a crowd pleaser!!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

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!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

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!

Holiday Tablescape and Dessert Bar: HOW TO THROW A BEAUTIFULLY BLUSH GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Add some color and flavor to your water by dropping in two fresh raspberries and mint!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

These ombre ‘heart sugar cookies’ from PFConfections have such pretty embossed details!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Galentine’s day entertaining tips and decorating ideas.

Cheers to girlfriends and Happy Galentine’s Day!!

xo

Tablescape by Rose Angel Lopez | Photography: Autumn Stankay of SkySight Photography

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4 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIPES

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!

‘The Best Pumpkin Pancakes’
recipe by Cooking Classy

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKES

All the seasonal spices are packed in these pancakes – which will make for a savory stack of pancakes!

‘Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup’
recipe by Averie Cooks

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIIPES

Apple pie or apple pancakes…you be the judge. Either way, it’s a scrumptious classic taste to enjoy during this season.

 

‘Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Pecan Sauce’
recipe by Julia’s Album

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIPES

There’s a whole bunch of yummy goodness on this plate!

 

‘Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes’
recipe by Recipe Diaries

3 MOUTH-WATERING, FALL-INSPIRED PANCAKE RECIPES

Apple sauce with a hint of spice…delightful fall flavors!

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