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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
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
One thing that will bring an instant smile to my face any day are flowers – there is something about them that are so cheerful! Whether I’m viewing a beautiful garden with an array of colorful flowers, perusing stunning arrangements on instagram or making one of my own, they inspire my creative spirit. As of late, I’ve been admiring a particular style of impressive floral arrangements from a few florists I follow. The drama of the way the designers position each flower to appear as though each bloom is mingling with the next, the way they let particular florals drape in its natural form, the free flowing design that is not structured and brings your eye in and around has a garden-style aesthetic – that is truly a creative work of art!
A look into some of the talented florists that inspire me with this type of floral design:
As of late, this way of styling a floral arrangement has inspired me to try my hand at it. I obviously have to keep at it in order to perfect my arrangements but I sure do have fun trying! In the first picture above, I created this flower arrangement using about nine different blooms. I centered the hydrangeas, since they are the larger blooms and I cut each other stem in a various of sizes so that the florals didn’t look so meticulously arranged. I styled an early fall vignette that lets the pink pop from all the natural white and browns.
Of course, I couldn’t help myself but to style this arrangement as a centerpiece for a tablescape design.
So what do you think? How did I do? If you are a florist and would like to share some tips, we are all ears! Feel free to comment below.
-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
As summer winds down and the cooler crisp air of fall makes its way, I love to enjoy the afternoon outdoors with a hot cup of flavored tea and tasty treat. If you love tea, then you and your guests will enjoy my tea and dessert recipes!
I started off by perusing through my The Afternoon Tea Collection recipe book and made these delicate ‘Vanilla Bean Thins’ that were a perfect compliment to my fresh berries and cream. You only need 3 ingredients to make fresh whipped cream (heavy whipping cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla extract). Check out these 4 ways to make fresh whipped cream. For more of that fresh vanilla bean flavor, I made my vanilla earl grey milk tea – a deliciously easy recipe that is pure indulgence in a cup!
vanilla bean thins
yield: 12 cookies
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 ounce butter, softened
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- 1 egg white, beaten lightly
- 1/4 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease oven trays; line with baking paper.
- Halve vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape seeds into medium bowl, discard pod. Add butter and sugar to bowl; stir until combined. Stir in egg white and sifted flour.
- Spoon mixture into piping bag fitted with 1/4″ inch plain tube. Pipe 2 1/4″ inch long strips – place 2 inches apart on trays.
- Bake cookies about 5 minutes or until edges are browned lightly. Cool on tray.
vanilla flavored earl grey milk tea
yield 3-4 small tea cups
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 1/2 cups of milk
- 2 tbsp of earl grey loose leaf tea
- sugar, to taste
- Halve vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape seeds; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine the milk, earl grey tea, and vanilla seeds.
- Once the milk reaches a boil, remove from heat and let it simmer 2-3 minutes to allow for a longer brew.
- Take a strainer and pour milk tea into a measuring cup; discard loose tea leaves. Serve hot by pouring milk tea into tea cups, add sugar to taste.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Many times, I find myself so inspired by the photography of gorgeous wedding reception tables and I often think to myself – how I can recreate a certain look on a smaller scale for home entertaining? I’m loving the romantic and nature element of gorgeous greenery but incorporated in a modern way versus a rustic design. An abundance of vibrant foliage-filled centerpieces or ceiling installations, certainly has style when done right…like here and here!
Many times when we host an at-home dinner party, we concentrate on the dining table but for those impromptu gatherings – how about focusing on your buffet table or setting a table in another part of your home for your guests to gather? I did just that by converting my living room table into a dessert and wine buffet! I mean who doesn’t love wine and dessert, right?!
I have to say that creating my botanical-inspired greenery centerpiece was so simple and so affordable…you can’t go wrong with free clippings from your own backyard! With only three items…greenery, tall clear vases, and votive candles, you will have taken care of your table decor in a jiffy and a stunning one at that! For a dramatic impact, I chose to cut taller branches for height; approximately 22″-26″inches.
I love how the greenery pops against the modern wallpaper and the white lacquer table. This table decor can easily transition from the deep spring/summer green foliage to nature’s splendor of warm autumn color leaves. So give it a try…it’s definitely a wow factor!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez