Letting the good times roll at Roux Tampa

Thanks to the Tampa Bay Bloggers and the good people at Roux Tampa, we were invited to join in on Mardi Gras for a taste of Roux. I received free lunch but all opinions here are my own.

I’d been hearing about Roux so much in social media and from friends so I was glad I finally had the chance to have a luncheon there back in December. I headed over there again last weekend for a quick pomegrante champagne and baked oysters on a Sunday afternoon.

But I was excited to be invited by the restaurant as part of the Tampa Bay Bloggers. We have “tweetups” every Tuesday and get the chance to visit some of the best and newest dining establishments and entertainment venues in Tampa Bay. It’s always a good time.

Today – also Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday – we joined the folks at Roux for some lovely lunch entrees.

The Hurricane. Ooh it’s so good. With aroma of cinnamon from Bitters.

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Ticket giveaway to Cirque du Soleil VOLTA in Tampa

Thanks to Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil in Tampa, I have a GIVEAWAY for the Tampa show of VOLTA, which comes to Tampa Feb. 14 – March 4.

I have wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show forever and this will be my first one! Frankly, I could really use a night out, and especially an exciting, colorful one!

I will have TWO sets of TWO tickets to give away.

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Savoring the lunch menu at Elevage Tampa at Epicurean Hotel

When the Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection and Elevage Restaurant are in your own back yard, you don’t have to go far to be spoiled. This week I had the good fortune to join Tampa Bay Bloggers for a lovely lunch menu at Elevage, part of the Bern’s Steak House family. The Epicurean Hotel is just across the street from the Tampa landmark. In addition to Elevage and a fabulous rooftop pool and bar (which seems to have some killer parties there, I’ve heard), it is also home to the Epicurean Theatre and kitchen, where they offer many special programs and tastings.


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Pretty china, roses and mimosa bar make for the sweetest Galentine’s Day brunch

We had a wonderful day with the creative gals at the Ever After Vintage Weddings   at their Galentine’s Day brunch.

Cassandra, owner of Ever After Vintage, invited several of her creative friends –  linen shop owners, photographers, calligraphers and other creatives.

Cassandra started out as a photographer and has grown her business to include weddings – and what a job she does with them. They are drool-worthy,

Today, she spoiled us with a mimosa bar, rose headbands and puppy kisses!!
I can’t wait to see the professional photographs, and I certainly wish I could do this every weekend.

Three tiers of sweets!

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Finding the perfect fabric to highlight a passion for plates


In the blogger world, bloggers love to have accessories that highlight their passion – whether that’s travel, food or kids. I love seeing a cute purse in the shape of a pizza slice, cupcake or Eiffel Tower.

I’ve been searching for a Plate purse for months now and have not found anything. A friend of mine who makes tote bags, clutches and more for Daisy Mae Designs & Co. told me about the site called Spoonflower where you can order fabrics and even design your own!

There are many gorgeous fabrics with tea cups, tea pots and even vintage Pyrex (which I also love.) But  I think this one designed by Paula Arndt is perfect!
#PlateGirl #plateaddict #plateobsession #china #chinalover#playinginthedishes

A collection of blue plates – on fabric!

The name of my 2018 diet? Eat more chicken!

Most people started their New Year’s diets January 1.

Me? I waited until Jan. 20. Maybe I was just waiting for my birthday until I took the plunge.

I have been eating a Lot with my blogging friends as we explore the great restaurants of Tampa Bay!

I’ve been looking at Whole 30, South  Beach, as well as some new ones with protein shakes my friends are doing.

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Plate Girl offers vintage decor for your birthday party, tea party, shower or holiday

Plate Girl offers beautiful vintage and antique decor accessories for your birthday party, tea party or shower. .

Tablescaping: We can provide more than just china, working with you to use our accessories or yours. Call us for holidays, parties, or even if you’re selling your home and want a gorgeous table to entice buyers.

Florals: We can add to your party with large floral centerpieces or smaller individual pieces in milk glass vases or creamers and sugars.

Parties: Do you have a Pinterest board full of ideas but you don’t have the accessories to make it happen? We have the accessories you need:

  • Teacups
  • Tea pots
  • White milk glass  vases
  • Creamers and sugars
  • China platters
  • Crystal decanters
  • Silver and crystal candlesticks
  • Large silver champagne bowl/bucket
  • White long tablecloths
  • Floral tablecloths
  • Blue transferware dishes
  • Baskets
  • Vintage books
Vintage mix and match china
Champagne bowl, punch bowl, silver trays, crystal bowls, angels
Silver and crystal candle sticks
Blue and white china and angels
Sweetheart tables
Floral arrangements

We serve Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pasco, Polk and Orange counties.

Also in smaller quantities:

  • Crystal wine and champagne glasses
  • Colored vintage glass – blue and purple

Contact Plate Girl at marshastrickhouser@gmail.com or call (727) 242-0770.

Find Plate Girl on social media at:

  • Facebook: PlateGirlFLa
  • Twitter: @plategirl19
  • Instagram: Plate_girl
  • Pinterest: Plate Girl
  • Blog: PlateGirl.com

Bringing 2018 Pantone purple to life with tablescapes at Robyn Story Designs

I am thrilled to have met Robyn Story at Robyn Story Designs in Tampa. I have always been a fan of hers and her gorgeous shop, and I am so glad to find out what a warm and kind person she is.

We finally had the chance to spend a couple hours together working on two  little tablescapes at the amazing Robyn Story Designs in Tampa.

We wanted to highlight The Pantone 2018 color of the year – Ultra Violet- and show how you can use purple in your entertaining and decorating.

She carved out a special space for our vignettes.

The plates and linens are from my collection and the darling wood tables and gorgeous florals and accessories are from Robyn.

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School of Rock rocks out to delight Tampa audience

I received two tickets to School of Rock due to my relationship with The Tampa Bay Bloggers and theirs with the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. However, all opinions are my own.

While it’s difficult to imagine School of Rock without Jack Black, Joan Cusack, or the budding newbie Miranda Cosgrove,  School of Rock the Musical, has pulled it off.

My daughters, now in their 20’s, spent many hours watching the 2003 movie with my husband, who gladly played the part of guitar-playing, rock and roll loving social misfit Jack Black.

We’re pretty big fans of Jack Black in my house, and I have to admit our favorite role of his was probably Nacho Libre. (Please don’t hold it against me.)

In the movie and the musical, we see Jack Black, or Dewey,  kicked out of his band, and going nowhere sponging off his best friend and his girlfriend.

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