Easter flowers

Today has been an absolutely beautiful day in Michigan.  I can’t remember when the sun, the sky, and the temperature has been this lovely.  My daffodils are blooming and it really feels like Spring has come to stay.

I love flowers for a special table setting, and I always try to have something different for a holiday meal.  I especially love Spring flowers and decided on pink tulips this year for my Easter table.

I used antique Ball pale blue jars for vases and have been admiring the tulips every day since I placed them on the table. There is just something about the colors that are so peaceful and elegant.

Sometimes just a simple table arrangement makes all the difference in presentation of a special meal.  Our family enjoyed a special glazed ham with vegetables this year, along with my classic Easter Egg cookies.  I will always have these memories of the enjoyment I share when preparing a meal for everyone.

valentine marshmallows

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as my Pinterest addiction continues, i have decided to finally try some of those appealing recipes posted on their social media website. i have become spell-bound by some of the beautiful presentations for party ideas and table decorations.

this was an easy recipe for decorating   jumbo marshmallows for either a table center piece or for a hot chocolate party.

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these took minutes to prepare and are very tasty too.  i simply melted chocolate, dipped the marshmallows into the chocolate, and then spooned the sprinkles onto the chocolate.

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the marshmallows were placed into the mug upright and then into the refrigerator to chill and harden.  after removing from the refrigerator, i placed them into clear bags and tied with red string for storage until using.

cute, fun, and easy.  another great idea from Pinterest.

this is another holiday idea that can be changed based on the color of the sprinkles used.  Halloween sprinkles, Christmas red and green sprinkles, and all the rest of the holiday colors could be easily substituted.

hints:   i used a double boiler to melt the chocolate chunks. i used M and M’s in the mug to hold and position the lollipop sticks to keep the marshmallows from touching each other in the refrigerator.  i also lightly dipped the marshmallows in the chocolate and allowed the excess chocolate to drip off of the marshmallow, prior to spooning on the sprinkles.

peppermint table arrangement

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during the holiday season this year, i saw a photo of a peppermint table centerpiece, and decided to replicate it for post-Christmas and New Year’s.  the peppermint candies were liked by the family who visited, and the bright red and white display was very attractive. i was able to purchase the candy at our local grocery stores, though i had to visit several to find the exact assortment.

i used two square pedestal dishes and some smaller custard cups to hold some of the candy.  i moved the arrangement around from table to counter, while using it in a variety of places throughout the season.  there is nothing like peppermint to say Christmas is here.

in the background of the photo, our new year’s table decorations can be seen.  i typically use silver balls and silver bells to ring in the new year.

after the holidays, i have used the left over peppermint in a variety of recipes and will feature them on the blog soon.

new year’s eve table decorations

some of my favorite table or buffet decorations are very simple.  i use silver bells in clear glass jars for both christmas and new year’s eve decorations.  the silver bells make a wonderful sound that reminds me of “ringing in the new year”

i have purchased several different sizes of bells and use them on the table or around the center piece. 

this year, i used a large jar filled with silver balls and silver tinsel, and then rimmed the heavy silver tray with silver bells.  i added a silver clock to highlight the new year’s midnight ball drop, and the table was complete. a white table runner with white candles keeps the design simple.