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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Get inspired for your holiday table at The Hen House with Plate Girl

Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm

Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm
  

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!

Thank you Amy Lemons McDermott of Lemon Tree Vintage Market for the referral!

Here’s the announcement from The Hen House:

Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm

Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm

 

 

 

 

“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! 

Holiday Tablescapes: Watch and Learn/ Dec. 12th 1-2pm

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.)

You can also find her on social media at:
Facebook: PlateGirlFla
Twitter: PlateGirl19
Instagram: Plate_Girl
Pinterest: PlateGirl

 

Petal & Vine at The Alley offers fragrant and enchanting delights

The entrance to Petal & Vine

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.

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Setting the Thanksgiving table with rich colors of Spode browns and oranges

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.

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The Hen House in Carrollwood delightful place for gatherings, crafting, shopping

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.

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Found Treasures moves to St. Petersburg, offering holiday lovelies at Gathered Glory

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!

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Setting a festive fall and Thanksgiving table for four

The ladies at Chloe’s Consignments  saw my tablescape at Lemon Tree Vintage Market, and called to ask me to set a tablescape for them at their new store off West Bay Boulevard in Tampa Bay.

Um, Yes!

The shop is located just off the Pinellas Trail and close to the well-known Silver Queen. They have several vendors there that offer many styles, including shabby chic, painted furniture, florals and wreaths, shell crafts, and more.

They will have a grand opening open house Nov. 10-11, Friday 10-7 Saturday 10-5. If you’re in the area, come out and check out my table and see their finds.

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Red, white and blue vintage china adds to luncheon to honor women Veterans

I was happy to be a part of honoring women veterans in the community for an early Veterans Day luncheon put on by Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

Dress for Success held the luncheon last year  at the Robert W. Saunders Sr.  Library Foundation. When I asked CEO Katie McGill what she served the guests on, and she said plastic plates, I said – No way. Veterans deserve real plates!

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Blue and yellow florals set the tone for joyful breakfast

Recently I had the opportunity to make the centerpieces for the Susie Steiner Community Impact Award event  with Hillsborough Community College  which was held at the George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa  on a beautiful September morning.

HCC’s colors are blue and gold so these hydrangeas and sunflowers fit the bill, especially against the backdrop of the blue tablecloths at the Events pavilion for the NY Yankees.

Guest speaker Richard Gonzmart is owner of Columbia Restaurant Group, a local landmark in seven Florida cities from St. Augustine to Sarasota, and Ulele, a newer restaurant which is a stellar favorite of all who visit.

As an added bonus, the Yankees were practicing on the field just outside during the luncheon. It was a great morning and I was honored to be a part of it.

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