I was a lucky girl this past April when I randomly won an Instagram contest sponsored by Lenox, for four place settings of their newly-introduced Butterfly Meadow Carved to their everyday dinnerware line. This is solid color pattern they’ve come out with after the popularity of their Butterfly Meadow pattern (here’s a photo of the tea set), which is white and richly decorated in pastel flowers and butterflies.
This latest Lenox pattern is available in aqua, white and grey. I thought it would be very “springy,” but here I have simply paired it with a paisley blue, grey and beige runner from Pottery Barn, and I think it has a very summer feel.
No telling what other combinations I will be able to create throughout the summer! Stay tuned!
I’m absolutely in love with this tablescape setting video from Macy’s Instagram! Using Lenox’s French Perle Groove Bluebell and French Perle Violet, the video shows several other mix and match patterns with a vintage feel to show the amazing amount of options you have while setting your table.
How can you decide which is your favorite!?
We enter this weekend remembering those who gave everything for us, families around the country will be gathering for parades, beach days, picnics and memorial services. And so I decorate by setting the table in the colors of our country.
Using red Fiestaware and Franciscan blue and white dishes…
Continue reading “Around the table tribute for Memorial Day”
At the recent Sunday Supper Movement Food and Wine Conference held in Orlando, we were treated to a lunch of an elaborate taco bar. Along with tortillas there was a display of veggies from Duda Farms with snap peas, cole slaw, sweet potato crisps, beans, quacamole and more.
Continue reading “More than 200 ways to make a taco; here are three”
I’ve made a lot of cupcakes in my life. Especially when my girls were little. Girl scouts, birthday parties, school events or just rainy days.
At the recent Sunday Supper Food and Wine Conference we were presented with a variety of lovely colorful cupcakes from Gigi’s baker in Orlando.
What makes these stand out? Not just that they are from a lovely bakery, but because we chose different flavors and toppings.
Continue reading “Cupcakes come and go, but some you remember forever”
Due to my relationship with Sunday Supper Movement and the Food and Wine Conference, I was invited to attend a dinner and cocktails at Orlando’s Spanish Tapa Toro restaurant. All opinions are my own.
Upon entering the Tapa Toro Spanish restaurant in Orlando, I feel like I stepped into a Barcelona restaurant.
From the Gaudi-inspired tile mosaics, to the bull-inspired chairs, to the music and Flamenco dancing. The elaborately prepared huge portion of Paella was amazing, the sangria and other cocktails delicious. Chef Wendy and staff were impeccable and worked so hard to keep all of us delighted with flavors.
Continue reading “Food, wine and friends around the table for Sunday Supper Movement”
This weekend I attended the Food and Wine Sunday Supper Movement Conference, held at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek.
Three days of sampling recipes, taking photos, meeting other bloggers, exchanging cookbooks, classes on social media and photography and meeting a lot of very talented bloggers.
Continue reading “Winning cocktail in Food and Wine Conference by Sunday Supper Movement”
We found a great meal at this new gastropub, The Little Lamb, which is located right in my neighborhood.
There’s a friendly, low-key vibe but also many of surprises for the palate.
I’m amused by the difference in these “his and hers” choices we made: Mine – charcuterie and prosecco; his – burger and fries and beer.
Something for everyone!
Sometimes you just walk right into something.
A job, friendship, love.
And sometimes it’s serendipity with a china pattern.
It can happen!
Some of us love china. So some of us feel it is serendipidus when we happen onto a beautiful pattern.
Today I found Minton Bone China in the Haddon Hall pattern. Based on a lovely town in England, the floral pattern is encircled in green, and holds up today just as well as when it was introduced to the market in 1948. It was made in both green and gold trim, and I was glad to find it in the green trim, with makes it more suited for a spring and summer table.
Three were 25 dinner plates, salad plates and cups and saucers.They were stacked haphazardly in the china cabinet, which I promptly rearranged (not pictured.)
I probably should have only purchased four place settings, but there was something so sweetly captivating about this pattern, and it Was Minton Bone China, that I had to buy 10 place settings.
I’m sure it will be a good investment and serve many summer dinners.