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Entertaining: EARLY FALL TABLESCAPE INSPIRATION

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Leaves are about to fall and change as bright bold colors paint the landscape of all the trees, the first hint of chill is in the early morning air as summer turns into fall. The weather is still enjoyable to gather and dine alfresco style, so make your outdoor dining table a cozy place to be with nature’s picturesque window as your backdrop.

For today’s inspiration post, I would like to share a few ways on how I transitioned my tablescape from late summer to early fall and how I let nature and some of the elements of the season dictate the items I chose.

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

 Tablescape details

- Colors

‘Tis the season for warmer tones! Color is key when it comes to pulling a theme together. Pick a palette and choose colors that whispers fall. Blue hues will transition easily into the early days of fall. My hydrangea centerpiece includes a cluster of various colors such as, cream, light and dark blue, and light purple. Flowers makes any type of gathering a special one!

Here, I dressed the table with a quilted fabric that automatically gives off that cozy blanket type of feel and coordinates well with the color palette of the flower arrangement. I paired the blues hues with a plum color.

You want the color scheme to flow throughout your table. Limit yourself to colors in the same tint family. To create a sense of continuity, select one or two colors and then use variations of it.

- Flatware

Considering its warm color, the ideal metal for fall is the earthy look of copper. The copper hue resembles a burning fire. To bring more of that copper color, I used my two-tier copper tray and filled it with grapes and dates that purposely have that purple hue.

-Glassware

Rather than using one color drinking glass, I decided to incorporate mismatched color glasses. I used a blue and deep purple color – it added a bit more interest to the table.

- Dinner Napkins

Dinner napkins are stretched across the salad plate. I love the natural feel and organic look of the cotton dinner napkins. The fringe details of these napkins resemble that of a cozy throw! The pattern design of the napkins coordinate well with the dinner plates and the colors match perfectly. For a decorative touch, the napkins are accented with a stem of Larkspur that are similar in color to the hydrangea centerpiece. A single stem makes a great place card – extra touches make the table extra festive and will guarantee smiles on your guests faces!

- Dinner Plates

Since it is still summer, I wanted limited bold colors because that would have given off more a moody vibe. I went with a neutral beige dinner and salad plates to balance the two bold primary colors. If you noticed – the flower vessel is the same creamy beige color as the dinnerware. A good rule of thumb when choosing colors is two have at least two places with the same color!

- Charger Plates

For a rustic touch, I used dark brown rattan round charger plates. The color resembling that of a tree trunk. The dark brown grounded the cream-colored dinner plates.

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Entertaining: HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR TABLESCAPE FROM LATE SUMMER TO EARLY FALL

Toast the upcoming fall season and move the party to the yard, patio, or deck. Watch the sun go down and relax and enjoy!

-Photos + Tablescape Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

I am chasing moments in nature’s treat.

That is what I did last week when we packed our luggage and drove to our favorite beach in Delaware. We decided to take our summer week vacation and return to a favorite place that we know and love. We have visited this beach every year for the past seven years. It started back in May of 2010 when I had just finished my last cycle of chemo. After undergoing six months of this treatment, we needed to go to a place that was within driving distance and wanted to feel calm and relaxed, yet still experience new places to eat and shop. When we return to that place, specific memories feed our anticipation for the trip. Whenever we arrive to the beach, we still have that feeling of it’s still “our” place, there are familiar spots, due to the connection we made.

Since I had a procedure in late July to remove a cancerous tumor that grew, we knew it would be beneficial to go back to our favorite beach…behind every storm is a little bit of sunshine. The beach for us is a place for recharging our body, mind and spirit. What better way to start the day then by heading to the beach in the early morning hours, before the crowd arrives and having time for yourself to take in the beauty around you. Living in the moment and living the simple pleasures of putting your toes in the sand, feeling the warm sun rays on your face, and listening to the soothing waves crashing, brings a sense of tranquility. Peace fills my soul of being hopeful for better tomorrows.

One of the items I had on my bucket list was to watch the sunrise over the ocean. I was happy to have checked that item off my list a few years back – it was one of those not-to-be-missed experiences. As you know, since I love to style tablescapes and create sets, another item on my bucket list was to create and capture an intimate beach imagery. While I envisioned something on a larger scale and have it photographed by a professional, I took the opportunity to go for it, on a more intimate level.

Surrounded by nature’s inspiration, capturing the perfect moment was influenced by sitting on the stretches of sand, gazing over the infinite ocean view and exploring the beach sunrise. I created a table for two and the ocean was truly a fascinating backdrop. The tablescape was a small table for two that was low enough to be seated directly on the sand.  I used a color palette of creamy neutrals that mimics the color of the sand, a soft peach that resembles one of the colorful hues seen as the sun rises, and aqua blue drinking glasses resembling the ocean water. I used natural elements for the table decor like seashells and driftwood. For a relaxing, yet romantic feel, I paired vintage brass candlestick holders and chose grey-colored candlesticks that echo the color of beach pebbles.

As you scroll through the pictures below, you will notice I was able to capture the stages of the sunrise. Viewed in person, it is one of the most scenic, and breathtaking sight you will see!

Sun peeking over the horizon.

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

Illuminating golden glow.

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

Morning light.

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

AN INTIMATE SUNRISE BEACH INSPIRATION SHOOT

Have you seen a sunrise yet? What is at the beach too or somewhere else? Let me know in the comments section below what place you experienced in, I’d love to know!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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New Arrivals: FALL FAVORITE ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

With the change of seasons coming near, I’ve been exploring all the new decor and home accessories available online and in stores. Inspired by the fall season and how it brings beautiful ways to gather and dine in the season’s bounty, I’ve rounded up a few of my fall favorite entertaining essentials. Whether you are dressing your table or hosting guests, these stylish picks are perfect additions to your entertaining essentials!

Take a look…

New Arrivals: FALL FAVORITE ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

Comment below and share your favorite(s)!

1. Agate Spreader 

2. top shelf bar tool set with stand

3. Pumpkin Moscow Mule 

4. Clarke Bowl 

5. Flora Napkin

6. Nova Coaster (set of four)

7. Gold Scroll Tumblers

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DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLOWER TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

During the summer months, we often find ourselves immersed in citrus flavors, whether it’s in our food, cocktails, or dessert. Lemons specifically, are reminiscent of an ice cold glass of lemonade, enjoyed on a hot summer day. To symbolize the carefree days of summer, I decided to style my table by utilizing the bright and cheery citrus fruits by creating a citrus table runner…lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit…it’s a citrus sensation! For an added vibrant feel, I also incorporated flower petals in coordinating colors.

Let’s take a look at this oh-so-sweet summer tablescape….

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

I used a mix rich of colors with subtle contrasts to create this vibrant tablescape. While I could have used a white table linen for a totally bright tablescape, I opt for variance and went with a grey table linen. To coordinate with the neutral gray tone, I pulled out my white and gold-rimmed dinner plate and layered my vintage salad plate that features a grey color design. Inspired by the outdoor lush green surroundings during summer, I used my boxwood leaves placemats (on sale now!) for a natural element to the table.

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

All my china I found at an antique store, from the gold-rimmed plates and glassware to the gold flatware and the adorable ombre green gold-rimmed dessert bowls. For the final touch, I added a bloom in each of the bowls. For your table setting, by adding an element in the center of your plate or bowl, whether it’s a floral petal, place card, a wrapped candy, or a decor element, I find it’s a great way to welcome your guests as they pull up to the table and it finishes off your tablescape with a polished look.

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

To create this simple DIY Citrus & Floral Table Runner:

  • You are going to create a line across the table from one end to the other with your whole fruit. Start with the center of your table and place a large orange in the middle of the table.
  • Next you will add lemons. Place a lemon on the left and right side of the orange. You are then going to alternate on the both sides of the table (orange, lemon, orange, lemon, and so on) until you reached your desired length
  • You will now concentrate on the center and two ends of the line. Start adding your whole limes, creating a triangle shape with your orange and lemon.
  • In continuing with only the center and two ends of the table, you will now add your sliced oranges, limes, and grapefruits. For the oranges and limes, I cut them in half but for the grapefruit, I only needed one and I cut in into 4 halves.
  • The final step is cutting the stem off your favorite flowers and nestle each bloom wherever you see holes in between your fruit layout. (note: when you are ready to clear the table, you can save your blooms by filling up a large bowl and create a floating floral arrangement!).
  • If plan on having your table set until the sun goes down, nestle a few tealight or votive candle holders in between your runner.

For my DIY table runner – I used 5 whole oranges, 6 whole lemons, 7 limes (2 of which were sliced in half), and 1 grapefruit that I cut into 4 pieces.

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

DIY: A FRESH CITRUS & FLORAL TABLE RUNNER TO ADD TO YOUR NEXT SUMMER TABLESCAPE.

We still have a month before we say goodbye to summer (38 days to be exact) so while the weather continues to be warm, I’m continuing with outdoor summer entertaining. This tablesetting is perfect for a sweet bridal brunch (bring on the bubbly!), a luncheon with your girlfriends…heck, you already have the fruit, add some more to your bar and bring on the citrus flavored mimosas, or set up a table in the middle of your backyard on top the grass for a candlelit dinner!

I hope you enjoyed today’s citrus & floral tablescape and it has inspired you to create your own diy table runner, or pulling out your vintage dinnerware and entertain outdoors! Let me know in the comments section below, what you think of today’s feature!

Below is a video snippet to show a “live” look of the tablescape.

Citrus & Floral Table Runner_Design by Occasion from ROSE LOPEZ on Vimeo.

Background Music: Ca ira French Dinner Music Collective (I Love Paris French Chanson from the City of Love Album) 

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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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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