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September 2015

DYI ENTERTAINING Featured

How to Set a Table for a Dinner Party

How do you set your table properly?

I assume you know how to set a table, but lets say you didn’t because some of you maybe¬†rarely host a dinner… ūüôā I received an email with the question on how to set a table properly, so I thought I would answer it here!

Beautiful, you have made it this far, invitations are out and your guests are almost here.

Food is cooked, wine is chilled… ¬†It’s time for a dinner party!

Remember the famous scene in¬† “Pretty Woman”,¬†when Julia Roberts says “slippery little su@#%!” (watch it)
as the escargot flies from her plate… for some reason I just thought of that.

Anyway… so you’re ready to set the table. Take a look below for the perfect layout.

The graphic below is pretty self explanatory¬†(oh, and the napkin goes on your left!) You could also place the napkin in the center of the plate with a napkin ring or just nicely folded. Try a fancy napkin fold¬†to surprise and delight your guests. And of course, don’t forget your napkin etiquette during the party!

In case you want to print out: download here!

To add a special touch to your table, add flowers and candle.¬†I personally don’t like large flower arrangements on the table during dinner, because it blocks the view to your guest and it’s sometime hard to have a conversation while¬†looking through the¬†plants :). However, simple¬†flower¬†arrangements¬†are always and elegant way to add a touch of color to your table setting and highlight the theme of the evening.

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formal seIf your a perfectionist, can you spot the little mistake on the picture above…? Happy dining.

xoxolisa

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What is it about Pink Peonies?

A peony represents wealth and honor and expresses love and romance.

My season flower of the moment is the pink peony. And I thought you guys might share the admiration for its beauty. So, what is it about Pink Peonies?

The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.

The beautiful peony flower has long been a favorite of Asian artists. It appears not only in painting but poetry and literature as well. It is a frequent  motif in Chinese art, featured on screen paintings, clothing and woodblocks. The  peony is also a much-loved subject of Japanese artists, who have used it to  adorn tapestries and porcelain. European artists, such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir  and Vincent van Gogh, also sought to capture the peony’s beauty on canvas.

In honor of #FlowerFriday¬†, I’m sharing a little DIY for a beautiful flower arrangement:
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xoxolisa

 

Featured Travel

Dream Destination – Capri, Italy

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Capri is one of the most beautiful islands south of the Gulf of Napoli in the Campania region of Italy. The island is roughly 5km away from the main land and belongs to the county of Napoli.

In the late half of the 19th century, Capri became popular as a vacation destination for European artists and creatives.

Between spring and late fall, driving is only permitted for the locals from Capri. You can use a cab of course for transportation or a bus, but as a tourist you are not permitted to operate a vehicle.

Did you know? The Caprese Salad of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, is named after the Island Capri.

Sight seeing :

Church San Michele 1719
The Blue Grotto (Grottoa Azzura)
Le Boffe
Monte Solaro

DYI ENTERTAINING FOOD

DIY – Create Floral Ice Cubes

How to Create Floral Ice Cubes

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Remember the post about Edible Flowers a couple weeks ago?

It’s #FlowerFriday again… and this time I thought we should use the edible flowers to create floral ice cubes as decoration for your summer juices.

  1. Select your edible flowers (you can go to your local market and find out which flowers are edible) or check out the previous post on edible flowers.
  2. Use and ice cube trey that is silicon base, which makes it easier to to pop out the ice cubes once you are ready to use them
  3. Wash your edible flowers and place them in the ice cube tray. (to make it more fun you can use really large cubes in addition to small ones to make it look more fun)
  4. Add some water to the flowers in the tray… just enough to cover the flowers HALF ways. –
  5. Place in the ice cube in the freezer for a couple of hours
  6. Add some more water to cover up the complete flower and place in the freezer again.

OPTIONS:

To switch it up you can replace the edible flower with strawberries, cherries or any fruit of your choice.

TIP Рremember once the ice melts in your beverage, it will likely flavor your beverly with the iced fruit or edible flower (so ensure the flowers are edible before serving your guest)

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DYI ENTERTAINING Featured FOOD

Let’s Talk Melon

How to Create Melon Balls

I am on this strange diet where you eat a lot of fruits and¬†“obviously” its not really working well. ūüôā

But since its been so hot lately I have been trying to find different ways to cool down.

So my latest obsession is Melons…

  1. Wash your melons, cut in half and remove the seeds.
  2. Take the melon baller and cut out little balls. Try to make them as round and pretty as possible.
  3. Use a Tupperware container or a baking sheet to place the melon balls on to.
  4. Make sure the melon balls don’t touch teacher other, otherwise the will freeze attached to each other.
  5. Place the container or the baking sheet with the melon balls in the freezer for a couple of hours.
  6. After all the melon balls are frozen you can place them all in a zip log bag until you are ready to create you drinks on the “rocks” (once they are frozen the won’t stick together anymore)

How to Use:

You can use the melon balls to chill all your beverages or add ons to any dessert.

If you decide not to freeze all of your melon balls you can just use them as a beautiful decoration and flavor addition to your salads.melon_balls_ice_balls

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TECH TALK

My 12 Favorite Instagram Follows For Creativity & Inspiration

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Instagram is my favorite place to seek out inspiration. Below I have rounded up some of my favorite creative Instagram accounts that brighten up my feed. Each of these beautifully curated accounts are filled with inspiration, lust for life, color, and style.

12 Creative & Inspiring Instagram Accounts to Follow Today: 

@dennistheprescott

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@linda_lomelino

@shawnayamamoto

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@townandcountrymag

@allthingsdecor

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@uploseandstylish

@jodianne_

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@nectarandstone

@hooraymagau

@kerriehessillustration

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@wedding_paper_chic

@thedailyedited

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What are some of your favorites to follow?

xoxolisa

FOOD Recipes

How to make Swiss Bircher Muesli

One of my favorite afternoon snacks or “zvieri” is Bircher Muesli. Some consume it in the morning, while others like to have it as a snack. It’s a¬†dish based on raw rolled oats and other ingredients including grains, fresh or dried fruits, seeds and nuts, mixed with milk, soy milk, yogurt or fruit juice

Zvierie =¬† Zvieri is the break and snack in the afternoon. Traditionally around 4Pm (“vieri” is “four”).¬†It’s common in Switzerland, but only called “zn√ľni” and “zvieri” in the¬†Swiss German part.

A Healthy Tradition

Bircher Muesli was created over a century ago by Swiss doctor, Maximillian Bircher-Benner, as part of a healing therapy for his patients. The key to original Bircher Muesli is to soak it overnight to achieve a chewier consistency. This improves the digestion and the absorption of this nutrient-dense muesli.

This is how you traditionally make a Swiss Bircher Muesli  (1 Person)

1 TS Oat
3 TS Water
1 TS Milk
2 Grated Apples
1/2 Orange Juice
1 TS Grated Nuts

Soak the oatmeal for twelve hours, then add the juice of an orange, milk and mix it all together. Peel and grate the apples and add the nuts.

If you like you can also add raisons and bananas at the very end… et voil√†!

And for my German¬†speaking friends … ūüôā auf deutsch… weil ich heute gut launt bin… ūüôā

1 EL Haferflocken
3 EL Wasser
1 EL Milch
2 √Ąpfel, geriebene
1/2 Orange, der Saft davon
1¬†EL N√ľsse, geriebene

Die Haferflocken zwölf Stunden mit dem Wasser vorweichen,
Haferflocken mit dem Saft der Zitrone und der Milch gut verr√ľhren. Die √Ąpfel mit Schale und Geh√§use dazu reiben. Zum Schluss dann noch die N√ľsse dar√ľber geben… et voil√†!

xoxolisa