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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A little inspiration for setting the holiday table at Sweet Peas Cafe

Had a great morning out at Sweet Peas Cafe for Working Women Of Tampa Bay Dunedin Coffee Connections.

I brought out several different Christmas patterns and tablecloths, along with a few accessories, hoping to inspire guests to use their creativity while setting their holiday table.

I love this great setting of Sweet Peas in quaint little Dunedin right by the intercoastal in Tampa Bay.

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Basking in the glow of Tampa’s iconic Donatello Italian Restaurant

We had a super delicious night at Donatello Italian Restaurant in Tampa with the Tampa Bay Bloggers.

Due to my relationship with Tampa Bay Bloggers, I received dinner and drinks from Donatello. However, all opinions here are my own.

Some of the Tampa Bay Bloggers at Donatello in Tampa.

I had never been to Donatello before but now I am a convert.  It was absolute perfection in food, atmosphere and service.

The grand thing about going with the TBBloggers, or a large family, is having the opportunity to try many dishes, and not just yours and your date.

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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

 

Stalking the Dillard’s Christmas china department … is that wrong?

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.

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Taking a trip to Macy’s china department to start the holidays

I don’t know if you can relate, but I love hanging out in department store china departments.

Yes. Really.

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.

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Annual St. Joseph’s Woman’s Hospital Foundation’s luncheon, epic fashion show rings in the holidays

I had the opportunity to attend the 29th Annual St. Joseph’s Woman’s Hospital Foundation luncheon and fashion show. What a show!  The fashions are from Georgette’s Boutique in South Tampa and they were extraordinary!

Models include many Tampa Bay media personalities, which makes for a fun show. This is a great kick off to the holiday season and sells out every year due to the great venue, auction, planning and dancers!

Here is a peek at the gorgeous tables!

I can’t wait to go back next year!

 

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Laura Katz Home filled with elegant treasures from the sea

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.

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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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