Summer Fairy Table Setting!

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Summer merrymaking is afoot! With vibrant hues infused wth glistening sun rays, daisies, roses, and pansies proudly strutting their rainbow fineries, and juicy, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers bursting forth from the garden vines, it is almost impossible to deny there is magic in the midst! This year, I found myself inspired to create a most enchanted variation on my previous summer tablescape, and truth be told, I didn’t stop at the table. I envisioned a summer fête extraordinaire where the entire room invited guests into the heart of allure that differentiates this captivating season from all others, and I am pleased as petunias to share it with you now :)

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Midsummer Festival Sample Menu

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Summer is an amazing time of year, and creating a seasonally appropriate feast to celebrate it is a lot of fun. Many herbs can be cultivated throughout this season, so as far as the menu goes, herbs are in. Summer is also the time of the most sunlight (peaking with summer solstice), and consequently, the heat at times can seem relentless. With this in mind, cool and refreshing foods are the name of the game. I decided to go light, breezy, and meat-free for this one, and as always, I cook with gluten-sensitivity in mind though I don’t hear my guests complaining ;-) As with the other festivals, I challenged myself to create a five course meal with optional wine pairing. Here are my picks for this year’s summer fling… enjoy! [Continue reading…]

Making Summer Fairies!

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“The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve; lovers to bed; ’tis almost fairy time.” ~William Shakespeare What a wonderful way to celebrate summer!! Perhaps thanks to Shakespeare or maybe just because of the joy in our hearts brought about by the increase in sunlight, when thinking of decorations and embellishments to represent this most […]

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Summer Party Crackers!

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Holiday crackers are so fun and festive! In my family, they have become a highly anticipated tradition. I make these by hand with each season in mind. Here are my suggestions for a fabulous summer festival favor…

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Summer Main Dining Table Décor

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Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  ~Henry James The warm and whimsical energy of summer almost seems to be celebrating with or without our help, so why not join in!! The possibilities for creating a fanciful and fun table setting for […]

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Summer Tablescape Bohemian Style!!

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 “You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis Summer is sunshine!! Therefore creating a celebratory seasonal tablescape for this joyous time of year becomes about interpreting your concept of the beauty of the sun!!

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Random Acts of Kindness: May Baskets!

May basket

The tradition of spreading cheer to others by making and gifting May Baskets is a lovely way to celebrate this month!

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May Tablescape with a Touch of Victorian Elegance!

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The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ~Jean Giraudoux May, oh May! Love and passion most definitely ring through our midst. Flowers bloom everywhere while birds serenade us with their joyful mating songs! This is the time to celebrate love and to honor our passions […]

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An extension of love: More May Day Family Bonding

Holiday and Hearth: Spring Cards

  May Day frequently conjures images of romantic love. Nonetheless, the special love between family members, though a different kind of bond, is also amazing, and spring is the perfect time to celebrate it! 

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The 5-Minute Spring Challenge:

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Spring Magic Is Everywhere!   It is springtime, and though everyone is crazy busy, even a quick stroll around your home can be an enchanting experience! I grabbed my camera and stepped outside for five minutes – just five!! … and this is what I saw:

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