Thursday, May 4, 2017

cinco de mayo fiesta

When I think of Cinco de Mayo décor,
I think color, color, color!
I want festive flowers
and lots of bright accessories for my table.

So, this week I went shopping at
the local Mexican Market,
to grab some of these large
multi-colored cans of tomato sauce.
What’s great about these
El Pato cans is there are
no paper labels.
The cute graphic is
printed right on the can! 

And, the little green cans make the
perfect votive holders
to scatter on the table. 

While I was there, I also picked up
some fruity Mexican sodas called “Jarritos”.
It comes in flavors like
mango, pineapple, lime and mandarin.
Tasty and again so colorful!

For some, 
Cinco de Mayo would not be complete
 without a refreshing margarita.
Here's my favorite recipe from
The Barefoot Contessa.

Authentic Margaritas

• 1 lime, halved
• Kosher salt
• 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 limes)
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
• 1 cup Triple Sec
• 1 cup white tequila
• 2 cups ice, plus extra for serving

• If you like margaritas served in a glass with salt, rub the outside rims of 6 glasses with a cut lime and dip each glass lightly into a plate of kosher salt.
• Combine the lime juice, lemon juice, Triple Sec, tequila, and ice in a blender and puree. Place extra ice in a cocktail shaker. Fill with margarita mix, shake well, and strain into glasses.
Serves 4-6.

For fun, I’m setting each place setting with
an individual basket of chips and salsa.
These cute baskets are from the Mexican Market too,
and come in pink, yellow, green and blue. 

I added more brightness with the plates and napkins.
Now we're all set for our friends to drop by.

Do you like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo too? 

If so,
Buen Provecho!

ciao! fabiana

Thursday, April 20, 2017

time for a garden party

We’re having the most perfect weather
for a garden party!

All I know is this is where I want to
spend Mother's Day,
and every weekend leading up to it. 💗

These flowers are just a bunch of ivy geraniums
snipped from the garden. 

Isn't the color divine?

ciao! fabiana

Saturday, April 8, 2017

adorable easter place setting

Well, now that we’re well into April, 
my focus will be on Easter décor.
 In my collaboration with Oriental Trading,
 I’ve put together several fun and easy Easter ideas 
for your table and more. 

This first one in the series is 
a sweet little place setting 
that’s really a cinch to put together. 

There’s not much crafting involved 
and these little guys will last at least a week or more, 
so you can make them early and 
really enjoy them!

I started with a set of these light colored 

These little flower pots are the perfect size 
and can be used in so many different ways too! 

Now for something to put in these pots. 
My favorite health food market, Mother’s Market, 
sells 4 inch pots of wheatgrass, 
and they’re only $2. 

I also picked up a bunch of this 
small purple wax flower. 
Each container of wheatgrass 
will fill 4 of these mini flower pots.
 I just took the wheatgrass out of its pot, 
and using a serrated bread knife, 
divided into 4 little squares that fit 
perfectly in each pot. 

All you have let to do now is decorate 
with small flowers 
and your bunny!   

Make sure to water the wheatgrass 
after a day or two and 
you may even have to trim it a bit, 
because it grows so fast!

Here’s a glimpse of my tablescape 
with a few more elements added. 
This faux farmhouse table was a thrift store find 
at only $12! 

I had so much fun distressing it 
and then finishing it off with some 
fabulous chalk paint. 

And, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for my 
new Serena & Lily French bistro “Riviera” chairs 
to arrive this week. 
I ordered them online, 
and they arrived so quickly! 

I love how they look with my little table and all the Easter goodies surrounding them. 
Now I’m off to look for a few 
of my pretty vintage dishes that have that 
delicate spring look. 

You see, I’m working on another look 
for Easter

Make sure to stop by again soon 
for more on this 

ciao! fabiana

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review.
The opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.