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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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Hello, friends! Two reasons why I enjoy this time of year is because there is still a crisp cool air to cozy up with a hot cup of tea and spring is just around the corner where we can get excited about bringing out those vibrant spring hues into our homes. YES, bring on the pastel colors! Have you noticed the Easter decor on display at all the home stores?! Lots of inspiration to banish the winter blues! While we are still four weeks away until spring officially begins, we can still celebrate a little early. I put together an inspirational ‘Tea for Two’ table – I love hosting casual get-togethers!
Haven’t seen a friend in a while and want to catch-up? This a great alternative to dining out in a noisy restaurant! You can surely expand to more guests and this theme is perfect to also celebrate Easter too! If you plan to do this, add a few holiday touches with a couple of bunny decor and some decorated mini easter cookies (like these or these Easter Macarons). I kept it casual with just tea and some delightful mini lavender tea cakes to enjoy with your mom, sister, and/or bestie! For a full-menu tea party, check out this post I created on ‘How to Host an At-Home Tea Gathering’!
Making an appearance on this Tea for Two table are vintage tea cups and saucers, pretty floral plates, a festive polka dot two-tier dessert tray with a matching tea pot, a sugar bowl, and two small bouquet of roses. The color palette I used where whites, light pinks, and a pastel blue. I’ll get into the details of the tea essentials you may want for your tea gathering, further down in this post.
These floral, gold-rimmed plates are so pretty and feminine. They resemble vintage plates used in years past and are perfect to use for this occasion! If you own some of your grandmother’s dishes, this would be the time to bring them out and display them on your tea table.
To bring out the colors of the floral details on the plate, I laid a light pink dinner napkin on top. I secured a small bunch of Baby’s-breath by tying a color coordinated ribbon around it and nestled it, in the fold of the napkin. You can personalize by tucking in a handwritten place card of each guest name into the fold of napkin.
I have grown to have a love for antiquing. A few years ago, I found these white with gold-rimmed tea cups and saucers. It’s a classic design that will always be in style and can easily be incorporated to a more modern and formal looking table! If you’re on the hunt – Etsy has a great selection of vintage tea cups.
There are two ways you can serve tea to your guests. The first way is to already have an already prepared flavored tea pot simmering, ready to serve and pour. The second way is to offer your guests flavored tea options. While tea bags are a great for larger parties, I also like to have fresh loose tea available in different flavors for a smaller gathering. If you are serving loose tea options, these long handle loose leaf snap tea infuser spoons are great!
These teaspoon infusers steeps a fresh, more distinct and flavorful cup of loose leaf tea with the same ease and convenience of tea bags.
No one likes cold or lukewarm water for their tea – which can happen when a teapot sits for too long on the table, so another tea essential to have on hand is this Tea Warmer with tea light candle. It will keep your guests happy and avoid you having to run to the kitchen to heat up more boiling water – which will make you happy too!
Lots of people have their own preference on how strong or light they like their tea to taste. This Perfect Tea Timer is well….perfect (pundt intended!)
Rather than setting out a bowl of regular granulated sugar, step it up with sugar cubes or pastel colored sugar balls!
Delight any palette with these delicious lavender mini tea cakes. To make these, I used my Williams-Sonoma Tea Cake Plaque baking pan to create these cute decoratively shaped cakes. A recipe for their vanilla tea cakes were included in the baking pan packaging but I opted to substitute the vanilla flavor for a floral lavender flavor, perfect for introducing spring. I’m sharing the recipe at the bottom of this post!
How fun is this reserved calligraphy wood sign? I purchased it late last year from Laura Hooper Calligraphy. I bought it on sale and doesn’t appear she has anymore but I found some alternative options, if you are interested. Check out this one Gold Calligraphy Reserved Table Sign or this mirrored Reserved Table Sign. You can reuse this sign for perhaps a ‘romantic dinner for two’ with you and your significant other!
I’ve already noticed flies buzzing around outside and I’m looking forward to the change of season. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and have been inspired to create your own Tea for Two table gathering! Celebrate all of life’s joys!!
- 1⅓ cups flour
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1½ tsp. lavender extract
- ⅓ cup milk
- Hae all the ingredients at room temperature. Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Grease wells of the Mini Tea Cake Pan and dust with flour; tap out excess flour.
- To make the cakes, over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lavender, about 1 minute.
- Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition just until incorporated, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Spoon 2 tsp. of the batter into each well of the prepared pan. Tap the pan on the countertop to eliminate any air bubbles.
- Bake just until the cakes are no longer sticky on top, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cakes cool in the pan for 1 to 2 minutes. Invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan. Let the cakes cool completely, about 30 minutes.
-Photos & Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
Happy Friday, everyone! Last night, I stumbled upon the newly launched entertaining & parties product line by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth. For all those who love to entertain, get ready to set the table – these fun and stylish party essentials look to good to be disposable and are perfect for kids parties and adults alike! They make entertaining easy and stylish.
Happy, fun, and colorful…if you can’t pick one favorite hue, throw a party that celebrates the soft pastel colors of mint green, pretty in pink, peachy peach or the sophisticated look of modern marble plate designs with a beautiful gold rim.
So for all you seasoned hostess with the mostest, add some flair to your next celebration!
Farewell 2017…Hello, 2018!
This will be our 4th year celebrating NYE at home. We have a fun tradition (similar to a date night), we get all dressed up, cook up a fabulous meal and dance till midnight! Oh, the benefits of not having to travel in the frigid cold weather, and being able to just walk up the stairs when it’s all over to get in comfortable pj’s and climb into bed!
I wanted to quickly pop in and share with you a snippet of my black and blush New Year’s Eve tablescape. Cue the sequins and glitter!
I went to my table linen rack and pulled out my black sequin fabric to use as a tablecloth…hey, it doesn’t feel like New Year’s Eve without a good dose of sparkling sequins, am I right?! If you caught my holiday home tour blog post, I used the same faux pink snowed roses that I had used in both our Christmas tree and the fireplace mantel and used it to create a floral table runner. For some ambiance, I nestled two large confetti pillar candles and placed several glittered tea light candles in clear glass votive candle holders. To break up the dark black sequins table fabric, I coordinated my dinner plates, flatware, and champagne glasses in a crisp bright white color. To bring out the pink roses, I used our blush colored salad plates. I found these festive Ten Second Countdown New Year’s Eve beverage napkins from Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Alongside the bev naps, let’s not forget the confetti poppers to use at midnight – a time-honored ode to ring in the New Year!
To see how I styled our bar cart for NYE, click over to my instagram!
Wishing all my wonderful readers a very happy and healthy New Year!!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez