{TCEntertaining} Tulips

A Happy Tuesday To You!

Nothing says, ‘Spring is here’ like a bouquet of tulips.  To me, they’re the unofficial flower of the Easter holiday.  Here are some tips on how you can include these fanciful florals in your decor:

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1. A centerpiece for your holiday dinner table is an obvious choice.  Plus, tulips are available in such an array of beautiful colors from which to choose.

2. Instead of a full centerpiece, you can wrap an individual tulip around the napkins of each place-setting for a more personal touch.

3. If you don’t want the actual flower included in your tablescape, you can incorporate a tulip’s silhouette in the festive meal by including specially-designed stuffed tomatoes for crudités, or delicate cookies for dessert.

Enjoy,

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{Fashion Friday} Easter Bonnet With Frills Upon It!

Happy Fashion Friday!

In the 1948 classic, Easter Parade, Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sang about the lovely hats donned by fashionable socialites during the famous parade that became popular during the late 19th and early 20th century.  Although participation in the parade has dropped significantly over the years, beautiful bonnets will never go out of style.

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Whether it’s a wide brim or top hat, with flowers or netting, ladies have a wide selection of looks to choose from for the upcoming holiday.  For those who do not celebrate Easter, a funky chapeau matched with the right outfit will work perfectly for a Mother’s Day luncheon, a formal tea or a spring/summer wedding.  Don’t forget about the Derby coming up in May.

Although you may not break out in a song and dance when you slip on your topper, wearing the right hat will surely have others singing your praises!

Best,

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{Tiffany’s Tips} The Grass Is Always Greener

Happy Tuesday Folks!

March is quickly coming to a close, and we are moving full-speed ahead into spring.  Of course, grass will be front and center as lawn beautification gets underway.  However, if you are in the midst of planning your spring event, consider using grass as part of your decor.

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Grass has two beneficial components: it’s pliable and inexpensive.  Therefore, there is no limit to what you can create for your holiday tablescape.   Although it may not catch the eye as quickly as other florals, grass can also be used as part of a wedding bouquet or reception centerpiece.

So, the next time you look out at your lawn and sigh at the idea of mowing it, think of it as your own personal flower shop that offers an endless amount of free inventory for your DIY ideas.

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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{Tiffany’s Tips} Budget-Friendly Ideas!

Happy Tuesday!

As spring approaches, here are some budget-friendly tips that will help you prepare for the season:

1. Lemon juice – This is nature’s bleach.  If you want highlights for the season, but are put off by using chemical dyes, try using freshly-squeezed lemon juice in your hair.  After your shampoo/condition routine, spritz some lemon juice in your hair and let it air-dry in the sun now that the days are getting long.  It may not be a dramatic change, but it is a great economical and environment-friendly alternative.

2. Red pepper flakes or chili powder – These seasonings taste great in barbecue, but they can also double as ant repellant.  One of my staff members laid some near her kitchen window and it kept her unwanted guests away.

3.  Scented dryer sheets – Stick some unused sheets in a mesh bag and sit them in your undergarment drawer to keep your unmentionables scented.

4.  Linen water – Use this in your iron to scent your sheets and clothing.  This item can be expensive when purchased, but the cost is minimal if you make your own.

Hope these suggestions help you shoo away the winter doldrums!

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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{Fashion Friday} Military Swag!

Fab Friday Greetings!

The weekend is here and it’s time to Spring Ahead!  That means that we are getting closer to the longer days and hotter nights of the warm season.  I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to lay my winter clothes to rest for the next several months.

Speaking of clothes, one of the hottest trends right now is the military look.  Although this look will never really go out of style; like flats, it is having a resurgence in popularity for spring.

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From jackets to shorts, skirts to jeans, the influence of this style will be seen throughout the spring and summer seasons.  One of the benefits of the military look is that it can be unisex.  So, if you don’t have anything in your closet to help you rock this trend, your sweetie might—and, of course, he won’t mind you borrowing some of his military swag.

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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{TCEntertaining} St. Patrick’s Day

Dia dhóibh (translation – Irish for Hello)!:

This weekend we will be ’springing forward’ (Yay!), so it’s time to look ahead to all the greenery that will soon be blooming and flourishing.  Speaking of greenery, St. Patty’s Day is right around the corner.  Need some ideas?  No worries.  Just dust off your ‘River Dance’ skills and keep reading.

 

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There are so many ways to celebrate the day.  You can go the more traditional route and commemorate the religious origin of the holiday and top it off with a feast consisting of Irish stew, soda bread and Guinness cake for dessert.  Can’t wait for Easter?  Then, let your St. Patrick’s Day celebration double as a pre-Spring kick-off.

If you are in a climate where the temperatures are warm enough for outside activities, plan a backyard barbecue consisting of grilled corned beef, Colcannon, grilled cabbage wedges, and Apple Barley pudding.  Of course, if you want to keep the eats basic and focus on the fun, you can’t wrong with delicious sandwiches like corned beef on rye and baked ham and cheese with assorted sides and drinks.

With so many ideas at your fingertips, you can have a perfectly planned St. Patrick’s Day party that will make your guests want to kiss you—whether or not your Irish!

Best,

Tiffany Chalk Signature

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