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Spring Entertaining: USE FAUX BOXWOOD TABLE DECOR FOR YOUR OUTDOOR TABLESCAPE

Entertaining:

Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for your Spring Tablescape

The weather here in Western Pennsylvania can get be pretty sketchy in the month of April. Since it appears that we are finally in the clear for a good stretch of warm spring weather, we finally uncovered all our deck furniture yesterday. We gave the deck railing and wood floor a good cleaning and we are happy to be able to start using our outdoor living space this spring and summer!

Typically, when I host a lunch or dinner party outdoors, I love to use fresh flowers on the table or a potted flowering plant. However, when done right, sometimes it’s ok to use faux plant decor. The benefits are you don’t have to be concerned with your flowers wilting from the hot sun or flying insects wanting to perch on your flowering plant buds, and no need for water…you don’t have the hassle of caring for a live plant.  However, I just had to add a touch of fresh blooms from my flowering plant – it added a bright and vibrant pop of color!

Inspired by my new faux boxwood topiaries from Home Goods, I decided to add a lush of green to the already greenery outdoors by pairing the topiaries with my boxwood leaves placemats. To add to this casual outdoor dining tablescape, I used my gray, vintage designed disposable plastic round plates (purchased from Marshalls), silver plastic flatware set, and my clear acrylic wine glasses and tumblers – all of which are perfect and ideal for outdoor entertaining. When all these decor elements and tableware essentials were grouped together, it gave a cozy and welcoming look!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape.

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

I love how the design of the acrylic glassware looks like real glass!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

What drew me to purchase these faux topiaries were the two-tone painted pot. The modern mix of light gray and gold is totally my style!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Our deck sits up high from the ground and we are surrounded by tall mature trees, which makes us feel like our deck is a tree house. I really like how the greenery continues to flow onto the outdoor dining table!

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

Spring Entertaining: Use Faux Boxwood Table Decor for Your Outdoor Tablescape

This tablescape was so easy to put together for easy-breezy spring entertaining…effortlessly chic! Happy Spring!!

-Photos + Tablescape by Rose Angel Lopez

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Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

With the spring season officially here, let the Easter planning commence! I’m kicking things off with floral vase ideas that are perfect for both Spring and Easter.

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

I found this $3 Easter bunny at Target (in the dollar section) and thought it would be cute to use it as a floral vase versus the traditional candy bowl. For a springy touch, I added white tulips and yellow daffodils.

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Combine this cute themed floral-filled bunny with a second vase filled with yellow roses and you have an adorable centerpiece for your Easter table or vignette!

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

I found this white ‘cracked’ egg vase at Pat Catan’s and I knew I could transform it to something a bit more glam that complements my home decor. A little DIY using Martha Stewart Decoupage Gilding Sheets and her Gilding Adhesive transformed this ordinary egg to a chic one!

Easter Table Decor: FLORAL VASE IDEAS

Even though the weather here in PA is not feeling exactly like springtime, adding a few festive touches around the house, makes me feel like it’s spring.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLES THAT INSPIRE ME TO CREATE MY OWN

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE

One thing that will bring an instant smile to my face any day are flowers – there is something about them that are so cheerful! Whether I’m viewing a beautiful garden with an array of colorful flowers, perusing stunning arrangements on instagram or making one of my own, they inspire my creative spirit. As of late, I’ve been admiring a particular style of impressive floral arrangements from a few florists I follow. The drama of the way the designers position each flower to appear as though each bloom is mingling with the next, the way they let particular florals drape in its natural form, the free flowing design that is not structured and brings your eye in and around has a garden-style aesthetic – that is truly a creative work of art!

A look into some of the talented florists that inspire me with this type of floral design:

Sinclair and Moore

Studio Mondine

Ava Flora

Tulipina

As of late, this way of styling a floral arrangement has inspired me to try my hand at it. I obviously have to keep at it in order to perfect my arrangements but I sure do have fun trying! In the first picture above, I created this flower arrangement using about nine different blooms. I centered the hydrangeas, since they are the larger blooms and I cut each other stem in a various of sizes so that the florals didn’t look so meticulously arranged.  I styled an early fall vignette that lets the pink pop from all the natural white and browns.

Of course, I couldn’t help myself but to style this arrangement as a centerpiece for a tablescape design.

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLES THAT INSPIRE ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRE ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLORAL ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT STYLE THAT INSPIRES ME

So what do you think? How did I do? If you are a florist and would like to share some tips, we are all ears! Feel free to comment below.

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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OUTDOOR AFTERNOON TEA TREATS YOU AND YOUR GUESTS WILL ENJOY

Afternoon Tea Treats You and Your Guests will Enjoy
Afternoon Treats You and Your Guests Will Enjoy
Afternoon Tea Treats You and Your Guests Will Enjoy
Afternoon Tea Treats You and Your Guests Will Enjoy
Afternoon Tea Time
Afternoon Tea Treats You and Your Guests will Enjoy

As summer winds down and the cooler crisp air of fall makes its way, I love to enjoy the afternoon outdoors with a hot cup of flavored tea and tasty treat. If you love tea, then you and your guests will enjoy my tea and dessert recipes!

I started off by perusing through my The Afternoon Tea Collection recipe book and made these delicate ‘Vanilla Bean Thins’ that were a perfect compliment to my fresh berries and cream. You only need 3 ingredients to make fresh whipped cream (heavy whipping cream, confectioners sugar, and vanilla extract). Check out these 4 ways to make fresh whipped cream. For more of that fresh vanilla bean flavor, I made my vanilla earl grey milk tea – a deliciously easy recipe that is pure indulgence in a cup!

Enjoy!

vanilla bean thins

yield: 12 cookies

ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 ounce butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten lightly
  • 1/4 cup plain (all-purpose) flour

directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease oven trays; line with baking paper.
  • Halve vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape seeds into medium bowl, discard pod. Add butter and sugar to bowl; stir until combined. Stir in egg white and sifted flour.
  • Spoon mixture into piping bag fitted with 1/4″ inch plain tube. Pipe 2 1/4″ inch long strips – place 2 inches apart on trays.
  • Bake cookies about 5 minutes or until edges are browned lightly. Cool on tray.

vanilla flavored earl grey milk tea

yield 3-4 small tea cups

ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 tbsp of earl grey loose leaf tea
  • sugar, to taste

directions

  • Halve vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape seeds; set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine the milk, earl grey tea, and vanilla seeds.
  • Once the milk reaches a boil, remove from heat and let it simmer 2-3 minutes to allow for a longer brew.
  • Take a strainer and pour milk tea into a measuring cup; discard loose tea leaves. Serve hot by pouring milk tea into tea cups, add sugar to taste.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Entertaining: RICH JEWEL-TONE INSPIRED TABLESCAPE

Jeweled-tone inspired Tablescape

Jeweled-tone inspired Tablescape

When you have leftover flowers from a photoshoot, one can’t help but to create a tablescape! The beautiful rich jewel-tones of the dramatic flower arrangement includes vibrant reds, indigo, plum, lavender and deep purple. I was inspired to create a tabletop setting that complemented the rich color palette.

Rich jeweled-tone inspired Tablescape

Since our dining table is a dark wood color, I brighten things up a bit by using a white footed bowl to house the flower arrangement I made and brought in the color elsewhere with my white vintage glasses and plates. To mimic the blue tones from the flower arrangement, I brought in the color with my cobalt wine glasses. To add a neutral contrast, I added gray dinner plates and layered it with a taupe-colored salad plate. To bring in some shiny sparkle, I used my gold flatware.

Jeweled-tone inspired Tablescape

Rich jeweled-tone inspired Tablescape

A perfectly suitable tablescape to welcome in the fall season – that is just around the corner.

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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