DIY Spring Flower Arrangement

We hosted my parents for a casual Mother’s Day dinner on Sunday night, and what a treat it was to all be together. Since I had created a few floral arrangements for brunch earlier that day – a combination of  fresh blue, green, and white hydrangeas mixed with cheerful yellow roses – I repurposed the flowers for dinner, and let the classic color palate inspire the table setting.

The flower arrangements were a breeze to make, as I used my own square glass vases (these are super inexpensive and you can find them at the flower department at the grocery store or at a flower shop), and simply trimmed the flowers and then grouped them together by color and divided them among four vases. A helpful hint for hydrangeas, choose ones that are super dense and then always cut off the leaves. They have the most gorgeous luscious green leaves, however they drink up so much water that it can sometimes prevent the actual blooms from getting the hydration they need. To still achieve a look of greenery, simply tuck the cut leaves under the flowers so they are spilling out over the edge of the vase.

Now for the table setting! I used these navy placemats, gold chargers (similar here), blue and white printed napkins (similar here), antique silver napkin rings I found in London, and votive candles from Roberta Roller Rabbit. I love the color combination of the rich blue, white and gold, and the chargers and votive candles were the perfect little touches to dress up the tablescape.

When Life Gives You Lemons

…You make lemon bars! I wanted to share a quick and delicious lemon bar recipe that is perfect for warm weather entertaining, and even Mother’s Day this weekend. The bright and crisp flavor of this darling little citrus fruit elevates these bars to a whole new level, and I think they are a treat you will adore. Serve them on pretty dessert plates dotted with fresh raspberries and perhaps a sprinkling of confectioners sugar, and there you have it!

Last Minute Easter Dessert Ideas

EASTER 2014

Our family arrived last night, and we are so excited to be spending the weekend with them and celebrating Easter here in Dallas. We’re hosting a casual dinner at our house tonight (confession, we’re making the guacamole and mixing up the margaritas, however dinner will be picked up from our favorite Mexican restaurant!), and so I’ve been searching for festive dessert recipes. I came across the cutest bunny cake on Pinterest yesterday, and while I adore coconut, the men in the family do not, and so I’m leaning more towards chocolate so as to please all palates. I’m planning on baking little chocolate cupcakes (with these festive liners) with my son today as a fun Easter activity. I think they will be adorable, and delicious, and my little bunny will have a ball decorating them! In case you need any last-minute dessert inspiration, how cute would thesethese or these be? Check out my Pinterest board too for more baking and entertaining ideas. Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!