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Friday’s Favorite Finds: PRETTY IN PINK DECOR AND ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS FROM HOMEGOODS

Happy Friday, guys! I’m thrilled that the long-awaited spring weather is finally here – at least I hope so! The weather has changed so drastically from day-to-day, one never knows. I plan on soaking up the sun and enjoying the outdoors this weekend. One thing on my to-do list is to stop by Target tomorrow to check-out the Hunter rain boots. I’m also planning on shooting some fun content for next week – stay tuned for that!

For today’s favorite finds, I’m sharing a few items I picked up last week from my favorite store ever…. HomeGoods! I thoroughly enjoy wandering the aisles – I often find the just the right decor piece or entertaining essential for our home. You can’t beat the affordable prices too! I scored great pieces and it just so happened that all the items I purchased are all pink.

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FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

For as long as I can remember, faux flowers were not my thing. However, faux flowers are coming a long way from looking and feeling like the real thing. These gorgeous pink peonies are not made out of silk. These peony stems came in a pack of three. I had to cut the stems so that I can fit it nicely in a smaller vase.

I regret not getting another bouquet so that I can make a larger arrangement. Perhaps I’ll get lucky and find some more!

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FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

Another great find at HomeGoods are these pink ombre drinking glasses. They are so pretty with the gold rim and are perfect for entertaining in the spring and summer months.  Can’t wait to use them on a tablescape! If you are interested in these gold-foil cocktail napkins, check out this post.

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How stunning is this pink alabaster 2-tier dessert serving tray?! Perfect to use for tea parties or showcasing sweet confections.

I also found this pink vase. You can’t see it in this picture but the outer opening of the vase is cut to resemble a bloomed tulip.

Do you have a favorite item from today’s post? Which item do you hope to find at your local HomeGoods?

Have a great weekend, friends!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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FRIDAY’S FAVORITE FINDS


Happy Spring!

I am trying to get in the spirit of spring, even though the weather is quite not cooperating here in Pennsylvania. From looking outside my window, one would never guess today was the first day of spring with falling snow showers but knowing that tomorrow will reach the high 60’s, makes me smile!

Friday's Favorite Spring Finds

Last weekend, I did a little shopping and as I unpacked my purchases when I got home, I noticed I pretty much bought items for outdoor spring entertaining! Below are a few favorites finds that I’m sharing with you today…

Friday's Favorite Spring Finds

Aren’t the details of these plastic dinnerware plates pretty?! I bought them from Marshalls. They are premium heavyweight plastic dinnerware plates that comes 10 in a pack. They are totally worthy of using for dining alfresco! Purchased at TJMaxx, these dinner napkins are a fun pop of color for a spring tablescape!

Friday's Favorite Spring Finds

When I first saw these plants from Ikea, I thought they were artificial but was happily surprised to find out they are real! Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, I purchased pink and yellow colors. The white flower pots are also from Ikea and they sell different designs. And what about this pastel green cake plate? A great find from HomeGoods.

Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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How To Host An At-Home Easter Tea Gathering

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I’m excited to share this feature with you and reveal tips on how to host an at-home Easter tea gathering with your family or favorite gal pals! The details of this photoshoot was captured by the fabulous Autumn Stankay of SkySight Photography. So let’s dive right in, shall we!

The Easter holiday can be a bit tricky when it comes to the weather outside. It can either be a warm spring day or there is still a chill in the air, where it may be a bit too brisk to enjoy sitting outside. Therefore, I was inspired to create a spring look, indoors. The mood and palette of this tablescape design was inspired by the large (artificial) Boxwood ball that I purchased at HomeGoods. It served as the perfect accent piece and paired with freshly cut long-stem flowers, it evoked a springtime garden feel to this afternoon gathering.

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I love an all-white tablescape, it brings a relaxed calmness to the table that feels light, delicate and airy, with a touch of femininity. By adding fun patterns like this white and gold polka dot dinnerware (also purchased at HomeGoods), it created a fun pop and a layered effect to the white polka dot fabric. Matching gold flatware was used for that added sparkle.

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Added elements to the table like these cute Antiqued Ceramic Sitting Bunnies.

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Placing your food items on a 3-tier tray is a perfect way to display your sweets, baked goods and tea sandwiches. It also saves room on the table to place other pretty things!

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Used this Vintage Pastel Votive Holder to place jelly beans.

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How-To Tips:

Preparation

  • Remember to prepare ahead of time as possible. By decorating the table and purchasing your baked goods & sweets one day before the event, you will have plenty of time to just prepare the tea sandwiches and cocktails the day of.

Ambiance

  • Incorporate elements of the season into entertaining by bringing in some freshly cut seasonal blooms to capture the essence of spring. Try sticking to 1-2 colors for your color palette in the linens and table cloth. This will allow the food and surrounding elements on the table to remain the center of attention!
  • Add a small quantity of Easter decor to your table as subtle accents.

Eats 

  • Purchase an array of baked goods from your favorite local bakery shop(s) and cut them in small pieces. A rule of thumb is a variety of scones, pastries and sweets.
  • Make an assortment of finger sandwiches like Cranberry & Chicken Salad on wheat bread and Cucumbers & Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese on white bread. Remember to cut off the crust and cut into small dainty pieces. Make the sandwiches no more than an hour before serving and keep them wrapped in plastic wrap so that the bread remains moist.
  • Delight your guests with some mini Easter bunny sugar cookies.

Drinks

  • Have a wonderful pot of freshly steeped tea, using loose-leaf teas such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Orange Pekoe, or Peppermint. And add a little flair to your table by adding sugar cubes.
  • Create a cocktail that is light and refreshing like a Peach & Mango Bellini (1 oz of Peach Nectar, 1 oz of Mango Nectar, top off with chilled Prosecco, garnish with a slice of peach)

I found that planning an afternoon tea party for an at-home Easter celebration, or any occasion for that matter is the easiest to organize and host. So I hope this has inspired you to want to create your own Easter Tea gathering at-home or perhaps catch up with old friends and enjoy a relaxed afternoon over a cup of tea. As always, thanks for stopping by and reading! xo

-Vendor Credits

Photography: SkySight Photography / Rentals: Windswept / Florals: Le Jardin Florals / Macarons: Gaby et Jules / Baked Goods: The White Rabbit Cafe & Pastisserie / Mini Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies: Picket Fence Confections (pfconfections on Etsy)

Styled by Rose Angel for Design by Occasion


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