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All the Pretty Fruit; Unique Edible Centerpieces

27 Feb

Creating over the top fruit displays has been a Persian staple for centuries. N always jokes that he has no idea how any of us ever eat a meal as we tend to graze on fruit, nuts and tea all day.  Which is true, at my parent’s home anyway.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the edible creations fruit baskets, they’re just not my cup of tea. I don’t think I’d ever seriously consider one as an edible centerpiece for anything other than a kid’s birthday or casual get together.

Then came this e-mail, courtesy of mom. I’m not really sure about the origins (the website embedded into the pictures doesn’t seem to exist) but some of them are seriously pretty! Enjoy.

I had to include the over-the-top one 🙂

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Featured on Creative Party Place!

1 Feb

My modern red, black and white bridal shower is being mini-featured today, along with several other adorable baby showers, on Shannon Dow’s Creative Party Place! The site displays some amazingly creative diy hostess parties and is one of my favorite blogs to peruse for ideas.

Shannon Dow is also a fab blog template designer who runs Eight Crazy Design. (*Hint* you can pick-up some free handwriting fonts from her page.)

Design Candy: Fall Tablescape Inspirations

24 Nov

With Turkey Day just around the corner I’ve been scouring the web for some fresh Thanksgiving tablescape / table setting ideas. Some of what’s out there though just reminds me of dusty fake flowers and knick-knack overload so this search was actually a little harder than I thought it would be. Here’s what I did find and I’m loving all these fall table designs.

This design from Fine Living is elegant and inviting. I love that the table isn’t too cluttered or sparse.  The amber and earthy hues exude warmth while the green and red accents give just a hint of pop.

Painted pumpkins seem to be all the rage and this design from HGTV incorporates some delightfully unexpected elements like the white rose. I’m not too crazy about the place setting, but the centerpiece is really fun.

Here’s another table setting from HGTV that plays with a tone on tone theme. I’m not sure what the fluffy looking plant is but it softens the setting while making a big impact.

Few people’s names are as synonymous with household design as Martha Stewart and here are some of her takes on  Thanksgiving decor. Did you notice the salt and pepper holders!

This setting is really DIY friendly. The addition of the placemats takes a typical place setting from everyday chic to holiday status.

Celebrations at Home created this tablescape and while it’s more suited for a wedding than an at home celebration, many of the elements can be brought to a more casual level. The wood containers with amaranthus, flowers and candles would look stunning on their own.

Dwell Modern Tablescape created something totally unexpected and it works so well. I’m loving that they combined the painted pumpkins with decorative vases. The black and white patterns, surprisingly,  don’t overwhelm the eye and the allow the food to infuse color into the scene. And where did they get that little peacock? I want them!

And finally, after bearing through the really annoying ads on the site, I’m glad I found this  Epicurious Tablescape. The arrangement of pears, cranberries, acorns, figs and (I think) cookies remind me of a candy boutique and I just want to taste everything.

I’m not quite sure how we’ll be decorating our Thanksgiving table at my mom’s house this year, but I’ll be sure to post some pictures. Happy Gobble Day!

Glamorous Graduation

27 Aug

I love, love, love the vases this party planner from Encore Events designed for a gorgeous graduation party. Check out the Encore Events blog to see more.

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Gorgeous Paper Flower Garland

25 Aug

I just ran across this site, The New New Blog, which features a really beautiful paper flower garland idea that’s super easy and inexpensive. My wheels are turning for the next party…

Paper Flower Garland

Paper Flower Garland from the New New Blog

You could also tie a knot at the end of the ribbon and hang a ton of them from the ceiling for a really dramatic buffet, dessert bar or drink station.

Eye Candy

25 Aug

Ran across this great site, Creative Parties and Showers that features really great and inspiring parties from various blogs and sites. Loved the “Project Runway” birthday party and the “Pirate”  Birthday theme too! I’d keep writing but I’m going back to see more, lol! ❤

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