Apr 27, 2015

10 Exquisite Ombre Wedding Cakes

Looking at these romantic ruffled ombre cakes - it's hard to pick a favorite. But I did, and the photo you see on top is the one I fell as hard for as I did my Irish-Italian husband many years ago. He too was a little rough around the edges, but he was colorful and cute and unlike the boyfriend before him, knew that Shakespeare was a great author and not just a brand of fishing poles. (Hard to resist a guy with brains and beautiful blue eyes.) Here are my favorite ombre wedding cakes - each so beautiful and bohemian - their lovely ruffled layers are divine.

lavender and purple ombre cake
pink ombre wedding cake

peach ombre wedding cake
purple ombre wedding cake
square ombre wedding cake
turquoise and peach wedding cake
blue ruffled wedding cake

Apr 22, 2015

Berry Colored Bouquets

While I sneak a healthy bunch of ripe blueberries into my diet each day in the form of sorbet, smoothies and shakes, it's the rich color of raspberries that makes these berry colored bouquets perfect for a bright and beautiful bohemian style wedding. Winter has finally passed. Lovely spring flowers, kidnapped by the cold, now bask in the sun with their breathtaking pink, red and burgundy blooms.

Dazzling dahlia bouquet with ranunculus, geranium leaves,
green hypericum berries, and pale purple anenomes. 
White and pink peony bouquet with a tropical pink protea bloom
(at left) and fragrant eucalyptus leaves.
Breathtaking burgundy orchids, dusty miller, red hypericum berries,
and spray painted gold seeded eucalyptus.

Apr 19, 2015

19 Amazing Tulip Centerpieces

Tulip centerpieces - simple and sensational from early spring to the beginning of June. Legend has it that red tulips invoke pleasure, passion and romance. No surprise there. Yellow tulips - once associated with jealousy in Victorian times - now inspire friendship and fun. A gift of white tulips means "I'm sorry" and pink suggests confidence and caring and "congrats on getting that great-paying job." I love the price - less than five dollars per stem - and grouping the same color together in clear glass vases, Mason jars, vintage tea cups, pitchers and pots.

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Apr 14, 2015

9 Refreshing Ways to Serve Watermelon This Summer

Watermelon - it's the first fun food I think about when planning a barbeque, outdoor birthday party or summer bridal shower. Most of these watermelon recipes are easy and elegant. Of course, any time a buffet idea calls for a melon baller, a ten minute recipe can easily turn into two hours. One quick look at this sweet melon sangria and you'll never look back. Watermelon is wonderful and I'll tell you why. Several large slices provide you with a little bit of fiber and a whole lot of vitamin A, C and much needed anti-oxidants. Your blood pressure feels normal and your skin looks Red Carpet ready. Do everyone you love a big refreshing favor, serve watermelon this summer every chance you get.

Four Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet - Everything you need to make this tasty watermelon treat (sugar, water, seedless watermelon and lemon juice) is on hand without a lengthy list.  Freeze and puree before serving.

Melon Sangria - A sophisticated take on sangria with sweet moscato wine infused with sparkling water and a grape-based Italian brandy known as "grappa."  Balls of honeydew, watermelon and cantaloupe make this summer cocktail festive and fun to drink.
Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade - So easy!  Cubed watermelon, the juice of three lemons, your favorite artificial sweetener and one liter of sparkling water for this delicious summer drink.
Mouth-Watering Watermelon Bars - About 20 minutes to prepare, this sweet summer snack has a delicious crust made with melted butter and crushed vanilla wafers.
Watermelon Milkshakes - Made with just three ingredients, this low calorie milkshake is made with frozen watermelon, creamy Silk Almond Coconut Blend and the artificial sweetener of your choice.
Watermelon and Goat Cheese Appetizers - You'll need a round cookie cutter and melon baller to make these amazingly easy watermelon appetizers.  A tasty combination of milk and whipped goat cheese topped off with thinly sliced cucumbers makes this a summer feast for the eyes. 
Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Kabobs - Chunks of fresh pineapple and watermelon on pre-soaked wooden skewers are sweetened with a pina colada style glaze (equal parts of coconut milk and pineapple juice).

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothies - All you need for this simple summer smoothie is watermelon, fresh or frozen strawberries, creamy and delicious Greek yogurt and one teaspoon of lemon juice.

Watermelon Coconut Ice Cream - No ice cream maker needed for this creamy coconut and watermelon ice cream that is sweetened by the taste of pitted medjool dates - a rich, almost caramel-like fruit commonly grown in the Middle East but also available here in the U.S.

Apr 13, 2015

Shabby Chic Wedding Decorations

Shabby chic - when, where and how did we fall in love with it? Probably in the 1980s, this classy style reminiscent of large old English homes filled with well-worn sofas and settees made with once-fancy pale floral fabrics, made itself known to us once again. Distressed, over-sized furniture that survived several coats of paint, many layers now peeking through. Worn out and weathered, but cozy and comfortable. Pale garden roses on cushions, curtains, tea pots and tablecloths. Elegant and inviting, just like you dreamed your wedding day would be.

shabby chic wedding sign
  This rustic shabby chic sign is yours for next to nothing (if your neighbor is removing
a weathered old fence) and you can forget about sawing, sanding and spray painting
to make your wood pristine and perfect.  A variety of glued-on dollar store doilies adds
a touch of sweet romance to this tender hand lettered announcement, "best day ever."
Shabby chic centerpieces made with pale peach and pink garden roses.
shabby chic chair decor
vintage wedding typewriter
shabby chic wedding reception decor
DIY floral paper cones
Lovely paper cones easily made with vintage style scrapbook papers
and Martha Stewart's Doily Lace Edger Punch (retails less than $10).
shabby chic wedding plates
rustic heart chair decor
vintage suitcase card display
Vintage Suitcase with Shabby Chic Flowers
paper wedding hearts
Martha Stewart also carries a very affordable one-inch Heart Punch.