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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Jingle and Mingle party warms the Christmas season

I was so happy to be invited to my friends Lindsay and Andrew’s new home for their Jingle and Mingle Christmas gathering.

The young couple renovated and decorated this four-bedroom, two-bath home in a great neighborhood and recently moved in. I’m so impressed  that they were all set to decorate for Christmas and party!

I just love the warm farmhouse feel. I will be sharing a post soon about the renovation and decorating. For now, here are some photos I hope you enjoy.

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Santa is coming to town with traditional plaid and Lenox holly

I will always set the Christmas dinner table with my Lenox Holiday, but it’s fun to mix it up with different tablecloths and centerpieces.

This year I’m going traditional  – using a Ralph Lauren plaid, along with my Waterford Ashling wine and champagne glasses,  Lenox red holly napkins and gold flatware. I also used my large Santa from Dillard’s and tucked in are two red glass candleholders that were my mothers, and a red glass cake plate.

I try to set the table about three days ahead of the holiday, so I can enjoy it as long as possible. But here, I’ve not set out the evergreen, pine or flowers.

In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying setting your table for friends and families, or are enjoying at the homes of friends and families! Merry Christmas to you!

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Nebraska friend shares gorgeous Christmas dining room

Sharing the beautiful table and dining room of my friend Mary Jane Ingram, who lives in Nebraska, and who is the sister in law of my local friend, Linda Ingram.

I love her Lenox Winter Greetings china and the candelabras.

Doesn’t she have a gorgeous table and dining room! And two trees!

Thanks for letting me share, Mary Jane!

Love Never Dies, Part Deux of The Phantom of the Opera: Opening night at Straz Center

I received two tickets to Love Never Dies 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. 

In Love Never Dies, it had been 10 long years since the Phantom has seen his beloved Christine. For us, it is 20 long years.

The Phantom has lived in my mind replaying the brooding, mysterious obsessive love and those incredible songs. I have only seen the movie and downloaded the music but the music is so incredible I feel as though it has been a part of me.

I had never had the chance to see the musical. So I was. So. Happy to see “part deux” to the Phantom: Love Never Dies.

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A night on the (hysterical) town with Book of Mormon at Straz Center, Tampa

Due to my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was gifted two tickets by The Straz Center for the  Performing Arts to attend The Book of Mormon on media night in exchange for writing about the musical. All opinions are my own.
Although my blog usually focuses on entertaining and tablescaping, I also visit many local upscale restaurants, food and wine festivals and other entertainment venues. This is my second trip to The Straz as a blogger, and I hope you will enjoy travelling along.

Visiting New Orleans-inspired Roux in South Tampa

I finally visited Roux Tampa yesterday for a holiday/birthday party for Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

I loved the decor and couldn’t stop taking photos. It was lovely to be there during the holidays with the gold and rich colors.

We were seated in a private room for our holiday/birthday party, and had great service. Such a fun time!

My absolute favorite? The cornbread! It must be the best I’ve ever had!

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