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I’m so excited to be collaborating with The Hen House for a class on holiday tablescaping! The Hen House is located in Carrollwood and is an adorable shop that also has classroom space for fun events like this! Feel free to share with your friends and learn more!
Here’s the announcement from The Hen House:
“Something fun is happening in The Coop on Tuesday, December 12th. Come and learn how create a beautiful and stunning opulent tablescape just in time for Christmas Holiday Entertaining. Presented by Marsha Strickhouser, The Plate Girl. This free demonstration will be happening from 1-2pm. Sign up and reserve your space on-line.
More about Marsha!
Marsha Strickhouser writes a blog called Plate Girl, is an avid tablescaper and helps people set their tables for holidays and general entertaining. She is obsessed with plates and has been collecting dishes since she was little. She believes setting a festive table makes the meal better and the day or night more memorable.
She will demonstrate how you can set a festive holiday table using many of the things you already have around your home.
She has appeared on WFLA and Daytime TV as Plate Girl, done tablescapes and florals for All Children/s Hospital Guild, Dress for Success and HCC, and collaborates with many area businesses to set tablescapes.
Her blog features tablescapes, restaurants, hotels and beaches and sometimes her Pomeranian and chihuahua.
She has a degree in journalism from the University of Miami and worked as a journalist for six years, including as a lifestyle and food editor at a tiny daily newspaper in South Dade county. She has also worked in public relations for almost 20 years, at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the University of South Florida and Valpak. (Yes, the coupon company, which makes me an official bargain hunter as well.)
So after I went to Macy’s to check out the Christmas china, (see my previous post) I decided I needed more and headed over to Dillard’s.
Our local mall Westfield Countryside has a large department and selection. I always go there for Christmas and ALWAYS the day after Christmas for tons of great 50% off deals. It’s mobbed – but it’s fantastic.
I love that they have so many brands – in addition to Lenox, Spode, Fitz & Floyd, Fiesta, Southern Living, Waterford, Christopher Radko and Swarovski, they have Dept. 56, Byers Choice, Annalee and more.
Here are some of my faves.
I don’t know if you can relate, but I love hanging out in department store china departments.
I worked in the Burdine’s (now Macy’s) china department when I was in college, and I guess that’s where it really got to me. It was there I saw the most elegant women choosing Christmas china patters such as Lenox Holiday.
And yes, I was hooked.
So now, I love to see all the china patterns set out for Christmas. And just when I think I know all of the companies and patterns, there’s something new.
My favorites: Lenox, Spode, Villeroy & Boch and even the sweetness of Pfaltzgraff.
Once again, I’m smitten with another shop at The Alley in Belleair. Locally, this little jewel is probably known to many, but I’ve just been introduced to it lately, and I’m so happy to find several treasures here.
In addition to Petal & Vine, Lemon Tree Vintage Market and dozens of others, I visited Laura Katz Home this weekend.
Although they are treasures from the sea, the items she hosts here are all elegant, from the textures of the gorgeous wing chair to gleaming metals, it’s a lovely place to look at exquisite details.
Take a look around at some her store on this November day. And if you love the ocean, stop by and treat yourself.
There’s something lovely about Petal & Vine. Is it the fresh flowers that greet you, the scent of pine and candles, or the sparkly and delightful ornaments and greenery? Whichever it is, it’s a wonderful place to spend some time and pick up some gifts (including for yourself.)
Petal & Vine has been located in Belleair at The Alley for five years, but has had new owners since the beginning of 2017. It is at the forefront of dozens of shops that make up The Alley, including Lemon Street Vintage Market.
I was so delighted with this shop, it was difficult to stop taking photos of everything.
Since today is Small Business Saturday, I thought it would be good to share this sweet little shop.
Please take a walk with me around the store and and enjoy the enchanting sights!
I’m so happy to use my Spode “Woodland” Turkey china this year. I found it a year and half ago and I feel it is the “ultimate” in Thanksgiving dishes.
I also found a new Ralph Lauren tablecloth in burnt orange, and although it doesn’t match exactly, I like the contrast and the richness it brings.
I used my Mikasa wine and champagne glasses and some new-to-me Bombay Company palm tree brass candlesticks.
A floral centerpiece is a must for me, and I wanted to make my own floral arrangement. I was hoping to venture out to find some more unusual flowers like pods or birds of paradise, but I ended up being short on time and headed to my neighborhood Publix grocery store. I used some eucalyptus and added red roses to the standard arrangement and added it to a crystal biscuit barrel.
It made for a beautiful table and my family and guests enjoyed it.
Hoping you also had a Happy Thanksgiving!! 🍁🦃🥂
I used two different dinner plates – Spode “Woodlawn” Turkey, and William-Sonoma turkey plates from last year, which look very similar. The salad plates are all Spode Woodland.
A friend told me about a great new place in Carrollwood (Tampa) called The Hen House.
Opened since this past April, The Hen House is a great place to pop in for some retail therapy, but also has several farmhouse tables for classes such as wreath making, sign making, florals and more.
There is also a cozy seating area to browse magazines and books about furniture painting projects.
I’m happy to announce I’ll be making an upcoming presentation on Tips to Set Your Holiday Table:
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, I’ll be at The Hen House in Tampa.
FOUND Treasures for Living has moved from Dunedin to St. Petersburg and is now called Gathered Glory by Found. My friend Barb and I headed down there to check things out.
Instead of being in downtown on Main Street, it is now transferred to a warehouse area. But the friendliness and comaraderie certainly make up for what you think you might lose in that transition.
The products have definitely changed from the old store, and there are many wreaths, along with painted tin pieces and one of a kind artist offerings.
Owner Sara will have limited hours for the shop, so check out her Facebook page for hours. The next open house will be Dec. 2-3 and hoping yours truly will have a tablescape on display!
So happy to visit Epcot – Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival this week with my daughter. Even though I live in Florida, I hadn’t been to the Food and Wine Festival in more than 20 years, before I had children.
We went two days before the end of the festival, which was also the opening day of Disney World’s A Very Merry Christmas, so it was pretty crowded.
I loved – well, what everyone loves – being able to visit so many different countries in one day! And it’s so much fun to be able to try foods from every country as well.
My favorite pavilion is always France, with lavender, linens and champagne!