Teatime party, inspired in Alice in Wonderland

May 31, 2016

Alice in Wonderland tea time party

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” 
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Hasn't this happened to you? A thousand ideas running around early in the morning, yet there's no time in the day to finish at least two of them. But I've been longing for a nice outdoor party and now that one of my daughters was turning 5, it was the perfect time to sit and have a brainstorming session exactly at "tea o'clock".
After watching Alice about 18.5 times and scouring Pinterest for upgradable ideas, I had a plan and a list of things I wanted to create for this "Teatime with Alice in Wonderland" themed party. And here is how it all came to be without me going "entirely bonkers"!

Alice in Wonderland tea time party

Paper flowers (from Martha Stewart Craft collection) were among the items I wanted to be more prominent. In the 1951 movie, Alice got lost in a garden where some flowers mistaken her by a wildflower. Though nothing wild decorating this table, I wanted a softer approach to this scene in the movie.
And of course a tea party is no party at all if there are no teapots and teacups! I know that the Mad Hatter would be so proud of my ceramic selection (all from +HomeGoods).

Alice in Wonderland tea time party
Alice in Wonderland tea time party

Games were also part of this Tea Party venture, so the "Cheshire Cat" made a quasi appearance in the form of spiral like tunnel. I made this by spray painting a plastic lawn edging from The Home Depot and drawing and painting with acrylic paint over a piece of foam-board the face on this cute feline. Dare to go through it without going mad?

Alice in Wonderland tea time party
Flamingo croquet was also an easy to do game for the girls. I bought 3 wood poles of 1/4" of diameter and 3' long,  and another pole of 2" which was cut in smaller parts. These were used as the bottom part of the mallet. Plastic garden flamingos where then drill and passed through the large pole. 
To end the night, I gathered some pillows and floor mats and placed them in front of the projector so the girls could enjoy the 1951 version of "Alice in Wonderland"... for the 20th time.

Alice in Wonderland tea time party

Hope you enjoy our teatime and remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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Late spring table setting with a fresh twist

May 17, 2016

Late spring natural table setting

Sitting in the outdoors is something we really enjoy as a family (...well, at least my husband and I do like sitting outside while the girls run around). But the thing that I personally enjoy the most is creating an atmosphere that will feel bright and crisp but most of all, welcoming.
For a late spring soirée the table needed to be set with elements that will bring in that fresh look of the season. So, some citrus fruits were the first thing that came into my mind paired with white dishes and clear glasses; all things in a neutral palette.

Late spring natural table setting
Late spring natural table setting

I made the center of this table stand out with a flower arrangement set inside a 3 quart plastic pitcher from +BHG Live Better at Walmart filled with limes. You can find the tutorial here. This centerpiece became the concept of the entire table while setting the look and colors.

Late spring natural table setting

Around this flower arrangement I used several glass lanterns. I admire how versatile is an accessory like this one and can only imagine how many uses one can give to it. Battery operated candles surrounded by real fern leaves from our patio were placed inside both an 11" glass lantern and a 7" one (both from BHG at Walmart),  This simple arrangement reinforced even more that natural and fresh look I wanted to achieved. On the other 7" glass lantern I placed some big lemons to make a color statement.

Late spring natural table setting

Set on one of the sides of the table, a dispenser filled with fresh white sangria, perfect for this type of weather. Also in this side a galvanized steel ice bucket in a material that perhaps evokes that relax farm style.

Late spring natural table setting
Late spring natural table setting

For the dinnerware I used rustic white melamine plates (from +BHG Live Better at +Walmart) which, because of their basic color, will go with any decor or style. They have a subtle sand color line that surrounds and decorates the border and that gives them just the right amount of elegance. Inside the matching cereal plate I placed the napkin (folded into a square, no need to make an eccentric folding) an on top of it, a lemon with a small branch of eucalyptus, just to continue with the theme.
Elements like emerald green glass cups and my favorite, large green leaves in between the plates give this table the final natural look.
With just a couple of natural elements and some basic accessories I was able to assembled an inviting and fresh table setting (singing birds in the back included!).

Late spring natural table setting


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Easy lime vase decor for your spring arrangement

May 16, 2016

Create lime vase for flower arrangement

I've seen a couple of times now on Pinterest some interesting flower arrangements whose vases were filled with lemons slices (or other fruits). I decided to create my own to see if this would be an easy thing to do, or a "Pinterest fail". 

Create lime vase for flower arrangement

For this project I used a +BHG Live Better plastic 3 quart pitcher (as my lemon keeper) and a mason jar that would be holding my flower arrangement. I bought a bag of limes (probably around 12-14 limes) and cut them in 1/2" slices and reserved the ends. With the help of a bamboo skewer, I lined each slice inside the pitcher (in the space around the mason jar).
I have to confess that each line became more challenging than the previous one. But what helped me in preparing this pitcher was the use of the ends of the limes. These helped on pushing the big slices towards the front and holding them steady against the pitcher's inner wall. I made several rows up to the mouth of the pitcher and then proceeded to add the flower arrangement. 

Create lime vase for flower arrangement
Remember to cut the lime in slices of around 1/2".
Create lime vase for flower arrangement

In general, this project took me no more than half an hour and of course the time will depend greatly on the size of your container. But the final result made it all worth it and I can gladly say "I nailed it"!
What other fruits would you use to make this project? Would you mix fruits or just use one type?

And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.

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Set an atmosphere to enjoy sunsets from your patio

May 11, 2016

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

I love spending the evenings and watching the sunset in our patio. The warm weather here in Miami allows us to just sit and relax. And after preparing a couple of mojitos, we are ready to spend a couple of hours chatting about how the day went and even start planning for the future holiday.
To prepare this area and set its mood, I've placed a couple of accessories which makes it more welcoming and that bring in a magical atmosphere.
Hanging outdoor string lights and lanterns work as the main lighting in this little nook in our patio. The soft light quickly sets the mind into a relaxing mood. Candles (either battery operated one or wax) also add to this ethereal vibe and even better if they are Citronella to shoo away those mosquitoes.

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

A small basket now works as a small portable mini bar. Just place the beverages and glasses that are going to be used during this particular night and your ready. No need to move around your cart just yet!

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

I used melamine in almost everything, from plates to drink-ware. This material is super resistant to breakage and scratches and even dishwasher safe. Because I'm planning on reusing these pieces a couple of times during this hot weather (and with other themes), I chose a simple style which can be mix and match with other colors and designs.
Tropical fruits and flowers added the final touch to our setting making this spot our favorite "quasi" paradise stop to enjoy the final rays of the sun in our patio.
Do you love spending the nights in the outdoors? If so, which element is your must for making the area more welcoming?

Perfect atmosphere to enjoy sunset in the patio

Sources: Table and bench from +Home Decorators Collection; metal and fabric chairs from +Target; baskets, pineapple small melamine dishes, glasses, napkins and placemats from +HomeGoods.

And remember you can always see more photos of this and other project besides my decor style on my Instagram account @idknowhowshedoesit.


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