Crystal, silver and natural elements make for winter wonderland dinner party

My friend wanted a winter white inspired party. No color, no  traditional red and green and no Santas.

He had mostly white serving dishes already, so I brought in my crystal, silver and gold candle holders and white candles.

I gathered branches in a nearby park and then painted them silver.

Although they were a natural element, I combined them with the lushness of silver-plated and glass and crystal serveware and trays.

The result was a stunning and glowing table. Guests  were quite taken with the display, and some of them stopped in their tracks as they first entered the door and saw the table.

The kitchen bar was set with more white and silver ware, as was the patio, which had several raised tables with white cinched tablecloths. Outside was an elaborate bar as well as a hot chocolate station, holiday music and a bonfire.

A fun and successful party!

Small Christmas tree carvings held cards that told what the dishes were.

Small crystal votives gave off more sparkling light.

Silver, crystal, and whiteware were combined for a clean yet glittering table.



Taps in International Plaza serves variety of delicious meals, cocktails

Tonight they spoiled us like crazy at Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge International Plaza & Baystreet  🐙🐓🐠

Normally I might not visit a restaurant like Taps, thinking it might be more of a beer bar than a restaurant. But when we were treated to several items from the menu thanks to Tampa Bay Bloggers relationship with the restaurant PR person, I was very pleasantly surprised.

One after another, they served  roasted pomegranate salmon, brick chicken, filet mignon brochette, tuna crudo, Irish short rib potato nachos and char-grilled octopus! That was when I realized they were not messing around!

What a menu! 🐙🐓🐠

 Irish short rib potato nachos

And to my delight, they also served a variety of amazing and refreshing cocktails, taking away my fear that it was “just a beer bar.”

As many entrees as we were served, there were so many more that that sounded tempting. I will definitely be back to try more!