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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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A deliciously savory dinner followed by a rich chocolate brownie is never wrong. Whether you plan on baking your brownies or get store-bought ones, these conversation cutouts are so cute and easy create! All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a white icing pen to add a personal message on your brownie for Valentine’s day.
I used two different heart-shaped cookie cutters. The larger one was used to decorate the brownie with mini heart sprinkles and the smaller one was used to write conversation heart sayings like love, hug, kiss, adore, and xo. If you find that the tube is releasing too much icing, you can squeeze the icing in a plastic storage bag and with a pair of scissors, snip off a tiny hole on the corner of the bag. You may find you have more control in releasing a small amount of icing to write the letters.
Spread the love with these adorable brownies and share it with your friends or your special someone!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Who could resist pretty pink drinks, especially when they have an ombre hue?! Inspired by ‘ladies celebrating ladies’ on Galentine’s day, I adapted Ina Garten’s New York Egg Cream recipe, by substituting the chocolate syrup she used for strawberry syrup. Perfect for Galentine’s (or even to celebrate a ‘It’s a Girl’ baby shower), serve up this cherry strawberry flavored drink in a wine glass. And whether you opt to spike it or not, enjoy this drink alongside your favorite Valentine’s day dessert!
- ½ cup, Cold Whole Milk or half-and-half
- 1¼ cup, Ice Cold Club Soda or Seltzer Water
- 3 tbsp, Hershey's Strawberry Syrup
- Pour the milk in a wine glass. While beating the milk vigorously with a fork with one hand, use your other hand to slowly add club soda or seltzer water, allowing a foamy head to form.
- To create an ombre effect, pour strawberry syrup and do not stir. Or you can gently stir from the bottom until just combined.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
In the past, I tried the easy and foolproof way to make donuts by frying up Pillsbury Grand biscuit dough. This time, I wanted to make donuts from scratch – using ingredients I already have in the pantry. I found this baked donut recipe by Creations by Kara and since I had strawberries left in the fridge, I decided that rather than adding cinnamon sugar as the recipe calls for, I will top my donuts with a strawberry glaze and decorate them for Valentine’s. Afterall, pink is the popular Valentine’s day color!
I whipped out my six-well donut pan and 13 minutes later, I had yummy tasting donuts! The light strawberry glaze gave an unexpected sweetness.
I tweaked this donut recipe by adding almond extract in addition to the vanilla extract and I sifted all my dry ingredients. You can use any type of Valentine’s day sprinkles as your topping – from mini hearts to pink sanding sugar.
For the Strawberry Glaze
- In a blender, puree 6-8 fresh strawberries
- Strain through a a fine mesh sieve, set aside.
- To the Puree, whisk 2 cups of Confectioners Sugar and 1 tsp, vanilla extract.
- When the donuts are cool, dip the donuts, on at a time, into the glaze and put the donuts on a baking rack so any excess glaze can drip off.
***Add more Confectioners Sugar if you want a thicker consistency and a darker color.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Whether you’re single or not, hosting a fun night-in with your favorite gals for Valentine’s is a great way to celebrate friendship! “Friends are the sprinkles on the cupcake of life” – Author Unknown.
Invite your bestie’s over for movie night and watch a romantic comedy. Since chocolate is the standard essential for Valentine’s and it pairs so well with wine – set up your bar cart with a scrumptious dessert (heavenly chocolate confections of course) and thoughtful decorative accents to celebrate everyone dear to you! Wondering what wine to pair with your chocolate? A sweet dessert wine is suggested but take a look at this helpful Pairing Guide by ProFlowers…
A couple of basic wine and chocolate pairing rules mentioned in this post is 1. the wine should be a sweet as the chocolate and 2. Pair by color. The darker the chocolate, the darker the wine.
I gave an ordinary boxed chocolate cake mix some pizzazz by adding raspberry jam filling, covered with chocolate ganache, decorated with chocolate heart pieces, and crowned with a rose bud. Indulgent? Yes, indeed! It may not appear to be the best looking cake but I can attest to how delicious it is! I also added some chocolate covered cherries and chocolate truffles to the bar cart.
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s day this year? Let me know in the comments section below!
-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez