{TCE Living} Take It To The Back!

Happy Tuesday Peeps!

We’re less than a month away from the first day of Spring—yes, I’m counting down.  Therefore, now is the time to start preparing your game plan for spring cleaning, whether it’s your closets or overall house.  Of course, you can’t forget the pre-season requisite of much-needed landscaping after a long winter’s night—especially in the backyard.

As more and more people have gravitated to entertaining at home, the backyard has evolved into another ‘room’ in the house.   With outdoor kitchens growing in popularity over the last fifteen years, the backyard is where the action is during the spring/summer months.

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Whether it’s movie night under the stars or candlelight dinner for two—or eight, your personal plot of earth offers a backdrop for so many ways to entertain this season.  It can even become a romantic venue for an engagement party or intimate wedding reception for close family and friends.

So, let’s get the gardening tools out, or better yet, pull out the smartphone and call in the experts, and start creating your ‘midsummer night’s dream’ of a landscape.

Best,

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{Tiffany’s Tips} Gingham Style!

When one thinks of gingham, a picnic table or the dress Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz usually comes to mind.  However, gingham has come a long way, and it’s making a big splash this spring as one of the season’s hottest fashion trends.  Although simplistic in style, gingham can be dressed up or down, and incorporated into decor for a spring or summer event—including weddings.

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The familiar checkered-pattern is both basic, and whimsical at the same time.  Matched with the right fabric, gingham can be a fun accent print that takes center stage as part of the bride’s bouquet, or hide in plain sight on your event’s keepsake or party favor.

This is the time where we look to the warm season’s hottest fashions with great anticipation.  If gingham is not your particular favorite, check out many of the latest spring issues on newsstands now to see the many trends on the spring/summer style watch.

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

 

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{Tiffany’s Tips} A Breakfast Meant for Two!

A Happy Tuesday To You!

Hope your staying warm in the midst of this frigid winter, and if you’re in a warm and balmy climate, I won’t hate—much!  Just kidding; but, fortunately, we have Valentine’s Day to look forward to this weekend!  If you’re still not sure of what to plan for your sweetie, or if your budget will not allow for extravagant celebrations, you can’t go wrong with a V-Day breakfast or brunch for two!

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Breakfast and brunch items are generally much less costly than the typical romantic dinner offerings like steak or seafood.  Plus, you can get really cute and creative by making heart-shaped pancakes and waffles, or serving the breakfast by candelight.  If you are living in an area where you know you’ll be snowbound for the weekend, you can opt to make a brunch fit for a king (or queen) that you and your honey can nosh on for most of the day while you relax in front of the fireplace or have a watch-a-thon of romantic movies courtesy of Netflix while sipping on some mimosas or spiced hot chocolate.

Remember, for Valentine’s Day you don’t have to break the bank to shower your ‘boo’ with appreciation.  A little creativity and WHOLE LOT OF LOVE goes a long way!

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

 

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{Tiffany’s Tips} A Romantic Valentine’s Day Celebration!

Happy Tuesday Lovelies:

Valentine’s Day is next week and most of you have already plans in place for the day (or evening). However, it’s always a bonus when it falls on the weekend.  Since we are in such luck this year, it makes for a great opportunity to host a Valentine’s Day Jane Austen-themed tea party.

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Known for her classic novels, Jane Austen provides a great inspiration for a Saturday afternoon tea party on Valentine’s Day weekend.  Although the fellas might initially scoff at the idea of wearing early 19th century finery, you can incorporate some activities that they may enjoy like a billiards (pool) table, cards and darts.  A decor consisting of vintage lace, delicate china and blooming florals will add to the theme of your party, and accent your table consisting of scones, finger sandwiches, assorted cookies, teacakes and punch.

Of course, given the nature of the cold-weather climate at this time, you may not be able to have a traditional tea party in every sense.  So, you can definitely add your own modern twist.  Or, host a post-Valentine’s Day Sunday brunch instead.  A fun follow-up to Saturday’s main event would be appreciated, and may even lead to the start of a yearly tradition.

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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