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MY HOLIDAY FAVORITES FOR YOUR HOME FROM TARGET

Like me, I’m sure many of you dashed to your local Target store to check out the launch of holiday and home products by Hearth & Hand with Magnolia! Gotta love Chip and Joanna Gaines! I was pretty stoked about their collaboration with Target because I had a good feeling about the products that we would see.

Since we are officially in the holiday season, I am sharing my roundup of holiday favorites for your home that are not only festive but cozy items to use for the cold weather season too!

MY HOLIDAY FAVORITES FOR YOUR HOME FROM TARGET

1. Artificial Juniper Wreath with Bell – based on my social media feed, I think it’s safe to say we will all have these wreaths hanging in our home! I love how simple yet pretty it is!

2. Light Up House Stocking Holder – These adorable houses will look on any fireplace mantel.

3. Ceramic House Tealight Candle Holder – I actually purchased these from Targets dollar section – they would make great centerpieces for a holiday tablescape!

4. Snowflakes Napkin Ring Set – I have my eye on these! I envision using these for an all-white winter themed tablescape. 

5. House Lantern Medium – Gold – Place a battery operated pillar candle and I think these would look great styled on the floor beside a fireplace or by the front door under a covered porch. 

6. House Lantern Large – Gold – pair this with the medium-sized one for some impact.

7. Serving Platter – a festive platter to serve holiday cookies!

8. Coaster Set – These are great for using on your dining room table or on your coffee table in your living room.

9. Jingle Bells Napkin Ring Set – love how festive these are!

10. Knit Throw Blanket  – a cozy throw to keep your warm this winter

11. Stoneware Let It Snow Mug – hot chocolate anyone?

12. Round Woven Basket – I purchased this basket and housed all my throws. It’s a convenient way for any of our overnight guests to take from. 

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HOW TO CREATE AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

Holiday: AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving day is only 3 weeks away! With all the preparation involved, if there’s one thing you can prepare ahead of time, that’s your tablescape. If you will be hosting Thanksgiving this year and need some tablescape inspiration, keeping reading!

Give thanks in style and see how you can create this white & gold Thanksgiving tablescape. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a sneak peek of the video I posted of this tablescape. Today, I’ll share how you can bring the unexpected elegance to the table by combining simple elements that sets the festive mood as you welcome your guests to the dinner table. Best of all, you may already own most of the items needed to recreate this table look!

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

Get the Look…

Infuse your thanksgiving table with a sense of glamorous sophistication! The clean and crisp white gave the table a classic feel and adding gold, gave a touch of shine and twinkle to the table – the duo color palette accentuates the elegant look.

Table Linen & Dinner Napkins:
  • To help set the scene for a gathering with friends and family, I kept it simple, yet classy and elegant. Start off by dressing your table with a white tablecloth (I purchased mine from, here) and use coordinating dinner napkins. I placed the top portion of each dinner napkin underneath each dinner plate and let the remaining gently hang over the table.
Table Setting:
  • For your table setting, you will want to coordinate your look with gold-rimmed dinnerware, flatware and glassware. Let’s start out with the dinnerware. I found these stunning dinner plates and bowls from Home Goods. Guys, it was love at first sight!! If you don’t own gold-rimmed dinnerware, check these out from Dollar Tree! They sell them in a bulk of 12 which is great when hosting a large crowd!
  • This past summer, for my birthday present, my mom, sister, and significant other, each purchased me these beautifully designed Lekoch white and gold flatware from Amazon, so that I can have a set of eight. When pairing these two items together, it gave off a sleek and luxurious look!
  • For the wine and water glasses, I used my antique gold-rimmed ones I had for a while now. If you are looking for vintage gold-rimmed wine glasses, hop on over to Etsy, many sellers have a variety of styles available to purchase. Otherwise, you can find them here or here.
Table Decor:
  • Creating this table requires little tasks that can help you tackle! No flowers required on this table…no need to stop at the grocery store or the florist. If you want flowers, save those arrangements for other common areas in your home.  If you’re one who loves white pumpkins (like I do) you may already have a few decorated around your house. Depending on the length of your table, grab a bunch of pumpkins in assorted sizes from medium to mini.
  • For a glowing arrangement, add a few off-white unscented pillar candles (I purchased mine from Ikea). Place the candles on glass candle holders (similar ones found, here). By arranging  and grouping the assorted sized pumpkins and candles down the center of your table, you will create a striking display that becomes a focal point on the dining table.
  • While I did add white linen dinner napkins, I had to add these ‘Wine Turkey Pie’ – Rose Gold Foil Thanksgiving Napkins from Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Sometimes guests like to have a handy paper napkin available (wink, wink) and these are not only festive but pretty too!
  • Put on the finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table by adding personalized place cards. I used the forks as my place card holder to display guest names. To coordinate with the color scheme, I went into my party stationery stash and used white place cards with a gold border.

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

AN ELEGANT WHITE & GOLD THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed my inspiration for preparing your Thanksgiving tablescape!

For other Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration ideas, check out these posts I have shared in the past: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5.

-Photos & Table Styling by Design by Occasion

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A SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL…More Boos Please

SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL: 'Violet Haze'

An adult Halloween party just isn’t complete without a signature cocktail. In the spirit of halloween, we created a libation fueled with mulled blackberries and blueberries for a delicious halloween cocktail! Find the recipe at the end of this post.

SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL: 'Violet Haze'

To evoke a halloween holiday vibe, craft a batch of this wicked cocktail, I named ‘Violet Haze’. Pour the chilled cocktail in a traditional, yet sophisticated black glassware. Add to the ambiance and set your pre-made cocktails on an old silver tray and attach your hand designed label so when your guests arrive, they can self-serve.

Speaking of ambiance, did you catch my Halloween tablescape inspiration from last week’s post?

SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL: 'Violet Haze'

How festive are these ‘More Boos Please’ black halloween napkins?! I love the copper foiled print! I purchased them from Laura Hooper.

SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL: 'Violet Haze'

Enchanting Hallows’ Eve magic is ready for any moonlit masquerade or bewitching bash.

Cheers and have a Happy Halloween!

-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

A SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL...More Boos Please
 
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Recipe type: Halloween Cocktail
Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 4 fresh Blackberries, plus more for garnishing
  • 6 fresh Blueberries
  • 2 oz. Chambord
  • 1 oz. Blueberry Stoli Vodka
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • Ginger Ale
  • Ice Cubes

Instructions
  1. Fill a drink shaker with muddled blackberries and blueberries. Then fill with ice cubes; add next 4 ingredients. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass. Top off with a splash of Ginger Ale, gently stir. Garnish with blackberries, if desired.
  2. Serve immediately.

 

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HOST A ‘DARK GARDEN’ HALLOWEEN THEMED DINNER PARTY

DARK GARDEN HALLOWEEN TABLESCAPE

When Halloween arrives in eight days, consider an eerie yet sophisticated styled themed tablescape.

'DARK GARDEN' HALLOWEEN TABLESCAPE

When I was thinking how I would style this year’s halloween tablescape inspiration, I had an idea in mind however, as I was gathering decor pieces, I found my concept changed to this…I call it ‘Dark Garden’. It all started with this black and grey floral fabric that I purchased from JoAnn fabrics. Since the pattern of the fabric is designed with large blooms, I decided against a floral centerpiece and instead inserted a silver dollar bunch into a large glass dome and for a bit of magical twinkle, I wrapped my battery operated LED fairy string lights inside. For a lustrous glow, I added a pair of tall and short crow candle holders. When guests make their way to the dinner table, they can find their name on place cards. For an eerie factor, I adhered each place card on one of these miniature skeleton chairs.

Vibrant tones of gold against an enchanting black make for a rich Halloween tablescape. For a sophisticated style, I used my gold and black rim dinner bowls – perfect for serving this delicious and festive looking Halloween Pumpkin Pasta! I paired the bowls with my antique gold flatware. In keeping with the ‘dark garden’ theme (hence no beautiful flowers), I folded my black denim dinner napkins and placed my gold flatware inside. I tucked them inside black pails and inserted natural spanish moss and a stem of silver dollar. Adjacent to the pails, a white pumpkin was placed inside each dinner bowl.  To complete my table setting, I used my vintage black wine glasses (similar ones found, here and here).

'DARK GARDEN' HALLOWEEN TABLESCAPE

'DARK GARDEN' HALLOWEEN TABLESCAPE

'DARK GARDEN' HALLOWEEN TABLESCAPE

Get dressed up in costume and invite your friends over! I hope this has inspired you to create your own dark garden halloween themed tablescape!!

For a look at my other Halloween tablescape inspiration from years past, check out these posts:

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

For a closer look, check out the video below!

Background music: Soundtrack to Hocus Pocus, Dr Stiig

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A MOTHER’S DAY FLORAL-INSPIRED DESSERT COCKTAIL: ‘VANILLA PINK ROSE’

A FLORAL-INSPIRED MOTHER'S DAY COCKTAIL: 'VANILLA PINK ROSE'

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, I rounded-up a mouth-watering collection of floral-inspired desserts to try for Mother’s day. Today, I’m sharing a cocktail that is also floral-inspired. Roses are meant to symbolize LOVE and that was the reason behind sharing my cocktail recipe to be served on Mother’s day.

A FLORAL-INSPIRED MOTHER'S DAY COCKTAIL RECIPE: 'VANILLA PINK ROSE'

A FLORAL-INSPIRED MOTHER'S DAY COCKTAIL RECIPE: 'VANILLA PINK ROSE'

If you’re hosting a Mother’s day brunch, make it fancier by treating mom to my ‘Vanilla Pink Rose’ cocktail…perfectly paired with one of these floral-inspired desserts! A dash of rose water to the cocktail mix, a drop of pink food coloring, and garnish with an edible rose petal – transforms the appearance of this cocktail to a dainty and may I add, girly one..a beautifully simple and sweet cocktail for spring! My recipe can also be served alone as a dessert cocktail. If you’re going to serve it like this, than do what I did…in these pictures, I actually used my mini coupe glasses!

This refreshing cocktail is sweet but light and tastes even better when you pre-mix. Let the chocolate bean flavor with vanilla scent of the Creme de Cacao, the creamy flavor of the Whipped Vodka and dash of rose water combine longer.

A FLORAL-INSPIRED MOTHER'S DAY COCKTAIL RECIPE: 'VANILLA PINK ROSE'

A FLORAL-INSPIRED MOTHER'S DAY COCKTAIL RECIPE: 'VANILLA PINK ROSE'

 -Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

Wishing all mom’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday! xo

 

A MOTHER'S DAY DESSERT COCKTAIL: 'VANILLA PINK ROSE'
 
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Recipe type: Mother's Day Cocktail Recipe
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1½ oz. Whipped Vodka (I used Pinnacle brand)
  • 1 oz. Creme de Cacao (I used Jacquin's brand - white color not dark)
  • 1 tsp. Rose Water
  • 1 drop, pink food coloring
  • 1 edible rose petal to garnish

Instructions
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add all the above ingredients
  3. Shake, Pour, and Garnish
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

 

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