Posts Tagged ‘holiday’
With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I’ve been asked by my better half what I want as a gift. Rather than a surprise gift, we tend to rip out pages from a magazine and/or catalogs we received in the mail and leave it on each other’s desk. We find it fun to give each other several ideas and then wonder out of all the items, which one we will receive! If you’re looking for some ideas for yourself or someone else, I’ve curated a rounded-up of my favorite Valentine’s gifts…
Do you have a favorite item you plan on adding to your Valentine’s wish list? Do share and let me know in the comments section below!
With Valentine’s day just around the corner, stores are already stocked with festive decor and chocolate galore! Yesterday, I stopped at Target and I couldn’t resist picking up Lindt Lindor limited edition Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffles! If you follow me on instagram, you may have caught my story where I shared my chocolate-filled bowl that I house on top of our bar cabinet. My newest addition of Lindt’s just-introduced flavors are ‘Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles’ and ‘Red Velvet White Chocolate’ .
Inspired by these richly gourmet chocolate flavors, I decided to pair them with a decadent chocolate martini that is just as smooth and creamy as the truffles. After all, isn’t Valentine’s day a great excuse to indulge in chocolate and more chocolate?!
With 4 ingredients (heavy whipping cream, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, and Vanilla Vodka), this martini is easy to make, it’s smooth, creamy with a hint of sweetness. It’s a delicious way to toast Valentine’s day with the one you love or to toast your besties at a Galentine’s day party! I used festive tissue tassel cake picks that I picked up from JoAnn fabrics to hold fresh raspberries and a Lindt chocolate truffle. It was easy to feed the cake pick through the chocolate, since each truffle has a circular indentation – just insert slow and steady.
My round brass enamel tray in pink and gold is a pretty way to serve these Chocolate Raspberry Valentine’s Martinis to your favorite girl pals!
How will you be celebrating Valentine’s day this year? Do you prefer to stay at home and prepare a dinner for two, host a Galentine’s soiree, or head out on the town for a romantic dinner? Let me know in the comments section below!
- 2 ounces, Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 ounces, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
- 1 ounce, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
- 1 ounce, Vanilla Vodka
- Chocolate syrup to rim glasses (honey or agave to have the chocolate syrup adhere to the rim)
- Raspberries and chocolate truffles on a party pic to serve alongside
- With a plate or shallow bowl, pour honey or agave (your preference). On another plate or shallow bowl, pour some chocolate syrup. Next, you will want to evenly dip the rim of your glass with the honey first, then dip the rim in the chocolate syrup, until evenly covered.
- Add ice to a shaker, pour all ingredients and shake. Strain into a martini glass.
- Serve cold and enjoy!
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
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
Last night we hosted our first holiday dinner party. We are normally the ones finding gifts for the host/hostess but this time, it was the other way around. One of our guests is a florist so we received a beautiful floral bouquet that complimented the holiday color scheme in our decorated living room. Another friend gifted us with a personalized gift that I was so touched by, I had to share with you in today’s post! After pulling out this Yankee Candle from the gift bag, I noticed the image and I automatically thought to myself this picture looks so darn similar to my Christmas tablescape...I quickly realized, it was my tablescape!! I text our friend right away to thank her for such a thoughtful gift. She knows how much I LOVE decorating and styling tablescapes and since I just posted the dining room, from our holiday home tour – it was perfect! I have to say that seeing this image on the candle with the message that reads: ‘At Christmas, All roads lead home’ was so fitting with the ceramic house I have on my tablescape!
The candle’s delicious fragrance smells like a combination of peppermint and vanilla. I have a feeling I won’t want to light up the candle too much to the point that it burns out because this is a definite keepsake I will want to treasure for years to come! If you’re looking for a personalized gift for a friend, co-worker, or family member, use a photo you know they love and have it printed on a candle…I’m sure they will love it as much as I love mine!
*This post is not sponsored by Yankee Candle.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Hello friends! Welcome back to part 2 of our holiday home tour! If you missed part 1, you can see it, here. The space in our home I’ll be sharing today is our living room. If you follow me on instagram, I mentioned that I would be introducing a new color to our Christmas tree – if you guessed pink, you were right! I know my mom did – ha! Actually, it was late fall of last year that we stopped at Cracker Barrel to get something to eat when I noticed so many pretty pink ornaments and thought…well since we already have accents of blush in the living room space, why not?! Since we didn’t get to decorate a tree last year, I held onto the pink ornaments and used them this year. Pink must definitely be the Christmas color because they were everywhere! From ornaments and home decor accessories to table runners and tree skirts – I lucked out.
I found this DW scented candle from TJMaxx and when burned, the fragrance that permeates the air are cinnamon and vanilla.
Another HomeGoods find were these coasters designed with gold-foiled holiday messages.
Our local florist and friend, Gary put this pretty arrangement together for me. The arrangement was made with the pink color palette in mind, so he kept it primarily white blooms with just three pink florals. Some of the flowers in this pretty bunch are roses, football mums, ranunculus, and hydrangeas.
I found this blush pink tree skirt from HomeGoods and boy the fabric is the exact match from the large decorative pillow on the sofa. This was the first time I have ever decorated a tree with ribbon. I was so inspired by the oh so, creative bloggers; Inspired by Charm and Kelley Nan, that I had to give it a try.
Sshh…I may or may not have eaten a couple of santa’s cookies! A well-styled bar cart to welcome Santa (aka, my mate) includes these assorted sized pink beaded cone trees from Michaels and a floral arrangement.
Sugar Paper LA for Target is going three years strong with their white & gold rim boxes and holiday bags! Their tissue paper and ribbon matched perfectly with my color scheme.
As of late, H&M has been my go-to place to shop for dresses. This off-the-shoulder dress doesn’t show the true green hue, it is actually a deep forest green. I purchased this dress about a week prior to it being featured on Good Morning America for a ‘look for less segment’ from Meghan Markle’s fashion looks. I think with all the popularity, it seems the only dress color option online, is black.
Joann Fabrics had these faux snowed pink roses that came in a bouquet bunch. I pulled them off the stems and nestled them in place over the fresh christmas greenery. I added twinkle fairy lights to have the mantle sparkle during the evenings. I got a little creative and this DIY christmas stocking was pretty easy to decorate. I used the same Sugar Paper ribbon I had used to wrap the presents and used them here to create bows. Target had these large gold letters that were great way to identify which stocking belongs to who. I embellished the stocking with a bit of greenery to coordinate with the decorated mantel.
Pink and white wreaths with the same snowed rose flowers were hung on our two floor mirrors. I cut some of the same ribbon to hide the metal finish of the wreath hanger.
This my friends, concludes our 2017 holiday home tour! I hope you enjoyed seeing how I decorated our main living spaces this year. To see how I added a touch of Christmas to our bedroom, click, here. Now that we have finished decorating, we have been soaking it all in and enjoying each day we are blessed with. We look forward to hosting gatherings, sharing good times, and creating more holiday memories.
-Decor styling by Rose Angel Lopez | Photography: Autumn Stankay, SkySight Photography