SETTING THE TABLE FOR EASTER BRUNCH

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Get inspired! Easter with a little bit of chic country charm; I set this blue and white Easter brunch table for my friends at Inspired Home.

Featured: Crate & Barrel Aspen Whiteware, blue check paper runner from Hester & Cook, vintage style blue printed napkin from Pier1, The French Chefs Rattan Placemats from Lenox, Bormioli Rocco Ypislon cordial glasses, and clear bubble glassware, TAG. White ceramic bunnies and decor; Marshalls and HomeGoods.

NEW Hostess Tip: It can get tricky when guests arrive with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. What to do when you don't have time to arrange them? Have an extra vase prepared with water with a pair of scissors close by. Without unwrapping the arrangement, cut the bottom of the cellophane wrap, clipping the stems, and place the flowers (cellophane, ribbon and all) in the vase and set them on the table or somewhere on display. You'll have additional flower arrangement and won't have offended your guest.

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Hosting for a big family? Set the table with Sophistiplate, pretty paper from Italy.

For all the details, check out Inspired Home

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

xx, Deborah

SETTING A PASSOVER SEDER TABLE

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Passover begins at sundown this coming Monday night and as with any year, I'm getting excited to celebrate it.

In between setting tables for clients, I've also been preparing for our own Seder table. Our family loves Passover. We love the menu, traditions and honestly, we just love being around the table together with our favorite people. We're one of those families who adopts everyone and we always have a seat at our Seder for anyone who needs one. 

If you're a blue and white fan, or just looking for a new spin for your Seder table, here are some ideas on how I'll be setting my Passover table this year:

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Go Disposable

While I love fine china, some holidays and parties just call for disposable, and the thing about Sophistiplate is, no one believes it's paper. This pretty paper is imported from Italy and available in just about every color under the sun, which is one of the many reasons I love it.

For all the details about how I set this table, visit my friends at Inspired Home.

From our family to yours, Happy Pesach!

xx, Deborah

TABLE + DINE PASSOVER TABLE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
Dinnerware: Brian Gluckstein Darius Gold Placesetting by Lenox
Accent Plate: Brian Gluckstein Darius Gold Accent Plate by Lenox
Flatware: Marchesa Imperial Caviar by Lenox
Goblets: Villeroy & Boch Blue Boston Goblet
Seder Plate: kate spade new york oak street Seder plate
Disposable Tableware: Sophistiplate
Backdrop: Now Designs White Tablecloth – Amazon

Runner: Ralph Lauren Veranda Paisley Table Runner Marshalls
Napkins: Navy Embroidered Leaf Napkins – Pier1
Taper Candles: Design Ideas White Taper Candles
Silver Candlesticks: Reed & Barton Sulgrave Manor Candlestick
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Pillar Candle Holders
Design Ideas White Pillar Candles
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Ginger Jar

Cobalt Blue Centerpiece Vase – HomeGoods
Chinoiserie Mini-Bowls – Marshalls
Champagne: Le Grand Courtage
Flowers: Hydrangeas & Azaleas

Element of surprise: A fresh bloom at each placesetting

For all the details about how I set this table, visit my friends at Inspired Home.

From our family to yours, Happy Pesach!

xx, Deborah

FRESH TO TABLE: SET A LEMON INFUSED TABLESETTING

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With all the talk about spring around the corner, I'm itching to throw a good party. And, with Allie's wedding coming up, we have plenty of parties to plan and reasons to celebrate!

I love a party with a theme. It makes it easier to plan, stay focused details and to pull it all together. And, since lemons are the universal language of spring, a sign of warmer weather, more sunshine and boozy, pink lemonade margaritas, it seemed appropriate to kick off wedding shower, bridesmaid luncheon and Sunday brunch season with a lemon themed tablesetting. Besides, what's not to love about lemons? 

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I like to add an element of surprise. Pink Lemonade Lemon Drop jello shots? Perfect! Not only are they super cute, but they're really REALLY good. Don't worry, we didn't keep you hanging. The recipe is below. 
 

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My latest obsession: BIG ice cubes.  Crazy, I know, but they keep drinks cooler, longer, they look great and you can add edible flowers or fruits to the cubes. You'll find the trays at Target, Crate & Barrel, or Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

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For the rest of the details, head over to the Inspired Home.

Happy hosting, my friends!

xx, Deborah

RECIPE: Pink Lemonade Jello Shots
Ingredients:
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1 cup pink lemonade
1/2 cup regular vodka
1/2 cup lemon vodka or Lemon Eddy
5 lemons - Cut lengthwise

Cut lemons in half and use a serrated grapefruit spoon to scoop out the inside of the lemon. Heat the lemonade in a pan over medium heat and slowly stir in the packets of gelatin until it dissolves. Add the lemonade and gelatin mixture to a bowl or large pourable measuring cup and pour in your vodka liquids. Stir until combined. Place your lemon halves into a muffin tin to keep them upright. Pour in the liquid until each is 3/4's full and refrigerate for about 4 hours or until set. Remove the tin once the lemons have set, cut into slices right before serving and Salute!

Makes 10 lemon halves you can cut into 2-3 wedges each.

HOST AN AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

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Have you heard? Tea parties are a thing and the thing about them is, they're perfect for wedding showers, baby showers, a bridesmaids party or just a reason to get together with the girls and take some time for yourself. For just a few hours you can be work-free, spouse-free, kid-free and just 'adult' for an afternoon. Trust me, it's well deserved and therapeutic.

A tea party is not a gathering to spend hours planning. If you have a matching tea set - great, pull it out. If not, borrow teacups, head to a thrift store on a vintage hunt or have everyone bring their own. Mix and match colors, styles and maybe even some family heirlooms. It's about getting together, fancy or not.

Here are few ideas to plan a tea party fête:

  • Keep the party simple by choosing a color palette or a theme. It makes it easier to plan and organize.
  • Pull out your best china, pretty napkins and feel fancy for a few hours. I love the combination of this sweet Rose Confetti Tea Set from Royal Albert set on simple white tablecloth and accented by Marchesa by Lenox gold flatware. And, while I always say go with seasonal floral accents, this table obviously called for sweet pink roses.
  • There’s no right or wrong when it comes to setting a tea party. Move things around on the table until it brings a smile to your face. That’s when you know everything is perfect.

On the Menu:

  • Serve a variety of fingertip sandwiches, a seasonal salad with a baguette, cupcakes, cookies or fresh fruits. For a smaller group, throw together a cheese and meat board, add some olives and whatever works from the refrigerator or pantry and you're done. I was feeling ambitious and made these Tea Bag cookies I found on Pinterest. If you don't have time to bake, pick up something from the bakery and set it on a pretty platter, cake-stand or a mirrored tray.
  • Add a signature cocktail or your favorite rosé and get ready to create conversations.

Feel like throwing a tea party? Head to the Inspired Home for all the details.

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SHOP THE INGREDIENTS:

1. Royal Albert Confetti Rose Tea Set; 2. Royal Albert Small Serving Bowl; 3. Royal Albert Serving Tray; 4. Chilewich Dahlia Coaster; 5. Hester & Cook Camellia Placemat; 6. Mark and Graham Cocktail Glass.

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Pink Camellia paper placemats from Hester & Cook.

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How sweet is this Candy Heart Tray? It arrived just in time for Valentine's Day, along with tin of Wedgewood English Strawberry Tea. Thanks again to my new friend, Michelle!

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And, finally, get out of your yoga pants and put on something that makes you feel like a million bucks. Throw on some lipstick, a pair of heels and enjoy some girl time. It's good for the soul.

xx, Deborah