Posts Tagged ‘DIY’
Over the weekend we decided to head into Pittsburgh for dinner and do a little shopping. One of the places we stopped at was Whole Foods to pick up some flowers. It’s such a treat to stop there or Trader Joe’s because they have the best variety of flowers to choose from! If you recall from my spring-inspired tray decor post, I had mentioned that I picked up the ‘Color Me Floral’ book by Kiana Underwood, floral artist of Tulipina. This book is an incredible guide where Kiana shares her techniques, the primary tools she uses, and showcases her stunning monochromatic floral arrangements she designed for every season – they are simply works of art. I decided with all the flowers I bought, I might as well test my creative side and see if I can attempt to create an arrangement that can look anywhere close to the beautiful one’s shown in the pages of the book.
I’ve always been inspired by Kiana’s signature asymmetric floral designs. All of her arrangements have an incredible movement to them, appearing more natural and not structured. Since we are in the spring season, I picked my favorite color palette to work with…pink and white. Some of the flowers I selected were white ranunculus, light pink roses, white stock flowers, white tulips and two other types of flowers – I forgot to jot the name of them. Using the same flowers, I was able to create two arrangements that are designed differently but still creating that free-flowing shape.
One of the tools Kiana mentions in her book is why she uses a floral pin frog to secure her flowers and foliage inside her vessels. Ever since I started antiquing a few years back, it was then when I first saw a glass frog. From then, I started collecting different sizes. For the vessel, I chose to use my vintage white pedestal foot bowl.
Kiana has three focal areas when designing her arrangments – up top, in the middle, and off-center at the bottom hanging and spilling out of the vase. I began my arrangement with this in mind. There are two arrangements in the book (pages 165 and 219) that I used as a guide to create my form.
Floral Arrangement #1.
When making this first arrangement, I concentrated on using the more heavy structured flowers first, secondly, I added larger blooms (like the roses), then I would add the delicate flowers – arching stems like the ranunculus and tulips – they shape the movement of the arrangement. Because of their free form, I would place them in the direction that seemed more natural. I ended my arrangement by adding some filler to close up any open spaces. The goal was to create movement and dimension – how do you think I did on my first try?
Floral Arrangement #2.
For this second arrangement, I wanted to create one that was smaller in scale, yet still had a natural movement to it, as you would see growing from a garden. Typically, when I place a vase filled with flowers on the ottoman tray, it’s normally a bunch of roses or at the most, I would mix two different types of flowers. I’m looking forward to practicing how I can creatively make the arrangement less structured.
With a few left over flowers, I made this smaller arrangement for our side table. Nothing spectacular, I know – but I love seeing arrangements scattered about in our living space.
It was so calming and therapeutic when making these two floral arrangements. The sunshine was coming through the windows, I had the music playing in the background and I just let the exquisite arrangements from the Color Me Floral book inspire my own creation. I’m looking forward to making other arrangements and playing around with foliage and fruit branches!
While my arrangements are nowhere near the amazingly, bespoke creations as the ones Kiana designs, I have no problem trying again and again – LOL!
For a closer look at the two arrangements I made, keep your eye on my instagram feed for video snippets I will be posting today!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
A bellini bar is the perfect addition to a special occasion or event. Whether you’re having a bridal shower, a Sunday brunch, or even a Galentine’s Day party, a homemade bellini is the ultimate treat. And the best part about a classic bellini? It’s delicious and only requires a few basic ingredients!
That’s why Gifts.com has created a step-by-step guide on how to create a homemade bellini bar. This guide includes a list on all the materials needed, styling tips and even a sugar station for guests with a bit of a sweet tooth. Personalize your bar with a fun wall backdrop, using glittery balloons or a paper garland, and be sure to provide a variety of fruit purees on your table. Get excited for brunch and wow your guests with this one of a kind bellini bar.
You can be sure that these are the perfect fruity cocktails to serve – that everyone can enjoy! Who knew it could be so easy? Cheers!!
- Image: via Gifts.com
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
It’s that busy ho-ho-ho! time of year. Last minute Christmas shopping, invitations to holiday parties, wrapping presents and preparing our home for entertaining. The holiday season inspires the entertaining spirit within me. For a casual get-together, I like to keep it easy without all the hustle and bustle. A simple Christmas party idea is to host a ‘Hot Cocoa Dessert Bar’ for family and/or friends! In today’s post, I’ll show you how you can turn your bar cart into a ‘hot chocolate & dessert bar station’. Who doesn’t love a hot cup of cocoa, right?! And for the adult version, make a spiked version. I’ll share later in the post, what I used to spike my hot chocolate.
For some holiday fun, you can coordinate this yummy holiday party idea by inviting your girlfriends over to wrap presents, or set a table and have a gingerbread making contest! Don’t forget to turn on your Christmas songs playlist and have your tree twinkling in the background.
What I love about this DIY is – it’s so easy, it’s self-serve (which saves a heck of alot of time on your part) and it’s inexpensive! All the items you see are all store-bought. Between the holidays and the cold weather, this is the time of the year where all the grocery stores and home stores have so many festive gourmet confections and speciality food options from candy cane marshmallows, chocolate dipping spoons, and peppermint everything!
Let’s start with the hot chocolate, shall we? While it may be easier to have individual hot chocolate packets available, I like to step it up notch and offer a decadent tasting hot chocolate. My newest favorite is Sarabeth’s Hot Chocolate Parisienne that I picked up at HomeGoods (found it online, here). It has semi-sweet Belgian chocolate morsels inside the dutch cocoa, and pure white cane sugar. All I have to do is add milk and boil! I love the brand’s preserves, so I knew this had to be good too!
So how did I spike this hot chocolate, you may ask? Well, I used my favorite creamy liqueur…RumChata! I simplied followed the directions on the back of the hot cocoa tin can, poured the hot cocoa in my mug, added 1 ounce of RumChata and stirred. Your guests will have the option of pouring their desired amount into their mug of hot chocolate.
These festive wooden ‘holiday cheer’ stirs from Laura Hooper are perfect for guests to use when stirring their spiked hot cocoa. Or an alternative, are these chocolate spoons.
These creme filled rolled Pepperidge Farm Piroutte wafers are perfect on its own or to use as a garnish for your mug of hot chocolate.
I scored these jumbo candy candy dipped marshmallows at Walmart. To satisfy your guests preference, you can display both large flavored marshmallows and plain mini marshmallows. Check out these green and white puffy poles marshmallow twists and these flavored Irish Cream marshmallows. Target also has a variety of holiday marshmallows like these dark chocolate peppermint marshmallow pops, these festive snowflake marshmallow hot chocolate toppers and these assorted hot chocolate toppers in peppermint, salted caramel, or chocolate chip.
Since sprinkles are just for garnishing the top of your hot chocolate, you don’t need a lot of it. So I decided to use my mini salt and pepper shakers that I had extra pair of. I adhered my gold foil alphabet letters to identify the contents inside…’p’ for peppermint and ‘c’ for cinnamon. The chocolate shavings were a bit thicker in texture, so I housed that in a small glass votive candle holder – alongside an appetizer-sized spoon.
I purchased this pretty calligraphy ‘Hot Chocolate bar’ stand, back in January from PS Weddings and Events. This Etsy store owner offers many color options. I went with the rose gold color option that mimics the hue of hot chocolate. I love that I can reuse this sign many times!
How to use your bar cart to create a DIY Hot Chocolate and Dessert Bar Station:
- Create, purchase or download a Hot Chocolate bar sign. There are so many free downloadable hot chocolate bar printable options on Pinterest. Not only is having a sign fun and festive, a sign will also allow your guests to easily identify your hot chocolate station.
- Use a carafe to hold your hot cocoa. Have your hot chocolate already prepared, hot and ready for your guests to self-serve.
- Set of Mugs. I used my vintage milk glass mugs but you can use any type of mugs you have.
- Store your sprinkle garnishes in a shaker. No need to buy special shakers – if you have an extra pair of salt and pepper shakers, use those to house your ground cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate shavings, and/or peppermint dust sprinkles.
- Store your liqueur in a glass carafe or decanter. Optional if offering spiked hot chocolate. This is not entirely necessary but since I like to style items in a cohesive look (wink, wink) so I prefer to pour some of the liquor out of its original bottle. You can use adhesive alphabet letters or print labels.
- Use platters, cake stands and/or footed bowls. When using a combination of platters, cake stands or footed bowls, you are giving dimension and height to your display.
- Use your glassware. House your dessert treats in individual glasses. Whether it’s champagne or martini glassware – anything goes!
- Festive Beverage Napkins. I collect all kinds of seasonal, holiday, birthday, and cheeky bev naps so luckily I had the perfect pink color to coordinate with colors in the Christmas tree.
- Appetizer plates (not to be confused with dessert plates). Perfect size for personal tasting dishes.
- Pair your decadent and rich hot chocolate with delicious confections. I displayed a variety of six dessert treats that included cookies, chocolates, madeleines, and macaroons.
- Some garnishing and/or toppings suggestions would be ground cinnamon, crushed or crushed or dusted peppermints, chocolate shavings, whipped cream, marshmallows, and caramel.
- Since our bar cart is a two-tier, I prefered to keep all the dessert treats on the top tier since guests are more likely to revisit the hot chocolate station to nibble on a few more treats.
- I used the bottom tier to hold the hot chocolate, liqueur, mugs, stirs, and additional marshmallows.
- Keep it festive and style your bar cart with holiday decor. A few items I used are a couple of tree ornaments, some fresh greenery, and twinkly LED fairy lights.
I hope you are inspired to create your very own DIY hot chocolate and dessert bar party and may you enjoy this season, creating new memories.
-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
When it comes to fall, we find ourselves celebrating the season by adding festive decor, florals, and flowering plants that reflect our style in the interior and exterior of our homes. This season is also the beginning of many upcoming holiday gatherings. Inspired by this, I wanted to create 3 different looks using the same type of florals and incorporate pumpkins as a fall accent!
I purchased two bunches of eucalyptus and six stems of hydrangeas from the grocery store and only spent $24.00… it’s an inexpensive way to accent areas of your living space! Eucalyptus has that earthy, natural texture to it and hydrangeas have the largest blooms that when grouped together, they reflect an abundance look! The colors I chose are neutral and therefore, would showcase well in any decorated space.
Keep scrolling to see the 3 looks I created using the same items…
Look #1. Fall Floral Table Runner
This floral table runner was so easy to create and it’s perfect to incorporate as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape!
- Step 1: Starting at the center of your dining table, take the first bunch of your eucalyptus and lay it on the left side of the table.
- Step 2: Flair out your eucalyptus to your desired width and repeat on the right side of the table. You will want both ends of the eucalyptus branches to meet at the center of the table.
- Step 3: Cut your hydrangeas stems at your desired length and insert each stem in a water tube. This will keep them fresh for the duration of your dinner party.
- Step 4: Concentrate on the center of your floral runner when tucking your hydrangeas in between the eucalyptus branches.
- Step 5: Cover up any open areas of your floral table runner with small pumpkins. Add mini pumpkins throughout your floral runner for scale.
- Step 6: Complete the look by adding some ambiance with candlelights! I used my crystal candle holders and long white taper candles.
Look #2. Floral & Festive Fall decor for the Fireplace Mantel
Using the same concept as the floral dining table runner, I recreated the same look on our fireplace mantel. Remember my DIY message pumpkins I had created in this post? I used them here. In order to create a focal point, I placed my ‘happy fall’ message pumpkins on the center of the mantel. My mantel was not large enough to tuck six hydrangea stems, so I only used four.
Look #3. Fall Floral Centerpiece
If you have a small dining table or are looking to dress up your entry table or buffet, I created this simple but elegant floral centerpiece. I used a floral foam wet brick and had it soaking in water before inserting it in my vase. Using a foam brick made designing the arrangement easier because I was able to create my desired look, stem by stem. When re-creating this centerpiece, start out with your hydrangeas. You will want to cut each of them in various heights, as shown in the picture above. I inserted eucalyptus branches to fill in the gaps of the arrangement. I didn’t want the floral arrangement to look too structured, so I didn’t cut all the eucalyptus branches….I like the appearance of free flowing movement in an arrangement. In order to add that festive fall touch, I clustered my mini pumpkins in front of the arrangement. By placing this floral centerpiece on your buffet table, this would coordinate so well with the floral table runner in look #1!
I hope you have enjoyed the 3 different floral looks and it has inspired you to want to recreate one in your home this fall season!
-photos + floral design by Rose Angel Lopez