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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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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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A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

I recently featured on my insta story, these vintage light blue glasses that my mother bought for me while antiquing. She knows how much I adore colored glassware and my vintage glassware collection is ever-growing! The best part is my mom only paid $0.50 cents for each one!! Amazing, right?! I was inspired to create an outdoor summer tablescape using these glasses and since I do enjoy using my “nice dishes” on our outdoor dining table, I chose dinnerware that coordinated nicely. So today I wanted to share the details with you…

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

I decided to layer a simple white square dinner plate (that I wanted to serve as a charger) atop white bone china that has a light blue paisley motif. The dinner plate fit perfectly inside the circular indentation of the square plate. I decided against using my salad plates since it had the same design and I didn’t want to be too “matchy”, so I set them aside (In this instance, I would bring out the pre-plated salad to my guests.)  As for the flatware, I added a bit of elegance with my striking gold place setting for that bit of sparkle.

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

Since my color scheme was blue, I knew the perfect flowers to adorn the center of the table would be blue hydrangeas! I was lucky that the grocery store had an abundance of fresh blue and white hydrangeas to choose from. I housed my cluster of arranged hydrangeas in this clear Serafina Vase that has a beautiful clear & white ombré effect!

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

Finally, I used my Calvin Klein painted floral dinner napkins in a coordinating blue. I pulled the napkins through my Oleg Cassini crystal napkin rings. To complete the look, I tucked some flower petals inside each napkin ring for a soft and delicate look.

A BLUE-INSPIRED OUTDOOR SUMMER TABLESCAPE

I wanted the look of the table to be light and pretty like the soft clear blue skies and puffy white clouds. By keeping the table essentials monochromatic with the same tone-on-tone and a hint of gold because after all a bit of glamour never hurt anyone…I’m happy of the way it turned out and how airy it looked with the outdoor greenery as the backdrop! Hoping you are feeling inspired to create your own blue-inspired tablescape for summer entertaining!

-Photos + Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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How To Use A Metal Tray in 2 Different Ways: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A DIY TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S’MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a store aisle…ahem, at HomeGoods and find that certain decor piece and automatically think to yourself the many ways you can use it for? That’s what happened when I found this large black & gold metal tray. I’ve said it before – I just LOVE the many uses of a decor item!

Let’s take a look on how I created two (2) DIY ways to use a metal tray that can be used when entertaining indoors or outdoors!

 

DIY #1

Floating Candle + Flower Petals Centerpiece

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

The early evening hours of summer months are the perfect times to dress your table with a beautiful and simple floating candle centerpiece. For more visual impact, add flower petals. Dining by the light of candles placed on the table gives a warm and serenity feel, while the setting sun casts a glow on the water filled tray.

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

The look of this centerpiece is fresh, modern, and creates an enchanting ambiance if used indoors and has outdoor charm as the evening sky darkens to dusk.

 

DIY #2

DIY Indoor & Outdoor Tabletop Fire Pit for S’mores

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

Typically, s’mores are enjoyed more in the fall season because lighting up the fire pit can release a lot of heat and unless you experience cooler summer evenings, the use of a fire pit in the summer months are not as frequent. However, s’mores can still be enjoyed (especially if you don’t own a fire pit) by creating a DIY indoor and outdoor tabletop fire pit. Why not host an impromptu outdoor summer party and create a s’mores bar by using your DIY tabletop fire pit that kids and adults alike, will love! Keep reading to see what you will need and how you can put this easy DIY together.

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

To create this two-step tabletop fire pit, I simply added three, 2.6 ounce cans of Sterno cooking fuel and nestled medium-sized landscaping rocks in between and all around the cans to conceal them. When selecting your metal tray, be sure it is heat resistant.

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

HOW TO USE A METAL TRAY IN TWO DIFFERENT WAYS: FROM A FLOATING CANDLE CENTERPIECE TO A TABLETOP FIRE PIT FOR S'MORES

What You Need:

  • Long Low Metal container
  • Stones/Rocks
  • Sterno cans
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers (honey or chocolate flavored) or your favorite flavored Cookie
  • Chocolate bars
  • Marshmallow sticks
  • Optional: Nutella, peanut butter, sliced bananas, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, raisins
  • Trays/Bowls to hold your food items

How to Assemble Tabletop Fire Pit:

  • Add Sterno cans and place equally apart
  • Add a bed of stones/rocks into the metal tray
  • Arrange your trays and/or bowls on your table and either create a self-serve buffet style or use mason jars filled with the contents to create individual s’more containers

Now let’s have a party and have some backyard fun!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

 

Editor’s note: I did do some research to see if using Sterno cans for direct heating is safe and what I found is make sure the can you use is marked “ethanol” and NOT “methanol”.  However, I would suggest you do your own research if you have any concerns. 

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Spring Entertaining: USE FAUX BOXWOOD TABLE DECOR FOR YOUR OUTDOOR TABLESCAPE

Entertaining:

Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for your Spring Tablescape

The weather here in Western Pennsylvania can get be pretty sketchy in the month of April. Since it appears that we are finally in the clear for a good stretch of warm spring weather, we finally uncovered all our deck furniture yesterday. We gave the deck railing and wood floor a good cleaning and we are happy to be able to start using our outdoor living space this spring and summer!

Typically, when I host a lunch or dinner party outdoors, I love to use fresh flowers on the table or a potted flowering plant. However, when done right, sometimes it’s ok to use faux plant decor. The benefits are you don’t have to be concerned with your flowers wilting from the hot sun or flying insects wanting to perch on your flowering plant buds, and no need for water…you don’t have the hassle of caring for a live plant.  However, I just had to add a touch of fresh blooms from my flowering plant – it added a bright and vibrant pop of color!

Inspired by my new faux boxwood topiaries from Home Goods, I decided to add a lush of green to the already greenery outdoors by pairing the topiaries with my boxwood leaves placemats. To add to this casual outdoor dining tablescape, I used my gray, vintage designed disposable plastic round plates (purchased from Marshalls), silver plastic flatware set, and my clear acrylic wine glasses and tumblers – all of which are perfect and ideal for outdoor entertaining. When all these decor elements and tableware essentials were grouped together, it gave a cozy and welcoming look!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape.

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

I love how the design of the acrylic glassware looks like real glass!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

What drew me to purchase these faux topiaries were the two-tone painted pot. The modern mix of light gray and gold is totally my style!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Our deck sits up high from the ground and we are surrounded by tall mature trees, which makes us feel like our deck is a tree house. I really like how the greenery continues to flow onto the outdoor dining table!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

This tablescape was so easy to put together for easy-breezy spring entertaining…effortlessly chic! Happy Spring!!

-Photos + Tablescape by Rose Angel Lopez

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