Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quick Birthday Treat

Anyone having a birthday out there? I simply love birthdays. Mine, yours, my kids,…..I just love an excuse to celebrate people.

So, this little treat is going to the top of my list. So easy. So fun. And, I think it might get me voted "Best Mom" by my boys. Birthday cake flavored M&Ms officially hit stores next month, but I've heard you can find them now at CVS.
Basically, you need to pop your corn and do a little mixing. Exact recipe by Bake 350 here.
Obviously, this is a great party favor, but i'm afraid my batch wouldn't make it out of my house!!!

Happy Birthday to those of you born today!!!! And, happy day to those who just love a quick, fun treat!

Monday, April 21, 2014

An Invitation to the Garden

Last weekend, I sat down with Michael Devine's much awaited book, An Invitation to the Garden, on seasonal entertaining outdoors…and read it cover to cover. I remembered having lunch with Michael and a friend, after he had addressed my garden club in 2011. He had shared with us his plans for the book….so I have been anxious to see the final result. Worth the wait! Michael has managed to create magical moments within each season and to show us how to do it all in a garden setting. Recipes, table setting, inspired design.
The perfect hostess gift or Mother's Day gift….you can even have Michael sign it this weekend at the New York Botanical Garden, during the Antique Garden Furniture Fair

Now, if only we can just get ourselves an invitation to Michael's garden! I'm sure it's lovely this time of year!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Flowers - Edible Flowers

Spring. Easter. Mother's Day. Garden parties. Any of these occasions are made prettier with flowers. So, why not embellish the beverages, salads and desserts with edible flowers?

Take lemonade, water or a champagne cocktail to another level with some simple blooms.
Elevate the simplest cupcake with petite petals.
The prettiest bouquet doesn't always have to be in a vase! 

Here's to a Happy Easter and a blooming weekend! In the garden, in the glasses and on dessert!

images: Terrain, Pinterest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Art Awakening

Maybe it's the Peeps and chocolate bunnies that abound, but I find myself drawn to these fine art paintings of bunnies and lambs by artist, Kathy Cousart. There is an innocence and purity in these paintings. Perfect for a nursery.
Or for a certain blogger who has a penchant for bunnies. 

Wonder if the Easter Bunny could bring me one of these?!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Week & Passover: Moments to Remember

This is a big week for many people. Passover begins tonight. Easter is next Sunday. So whether you're making a matzo ball soup or prepping the Easter baskets, we can all use some ideas and inspiration!

I can always count on young mom, entrepreneur, former party planner Jenny Steffens Hobick to have the recipes, table settings and tools that make me want to take things to the next level.

Whether it's the cookie cutters for bunnies, eggs and chicks.....
To recipes and the table setting for Easter morning....
Need help making this week special? Jenny has it all. From recipes to a little on-line shop, it's all on her blog/shop Everyday Occasions.

Here's to making life's moments you remember!

images: Jenny Steffens Hobick

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pretty Pink Celebration

 Four years ago today, I sat down at my computer and created the first post for Pretty Pink Tulips. The name, as you probably know, was a nod to the tulips that surround my house each Spring. I wasn't sure where it was all going to lead, but I felt drawn to blogging. The connections, the friendships, and the opportunities that resulted from that one step have exceeded my imagination. 

As with many of life's joys, the journey IS the fun. So, today I wanted to take a moment to celebrate with you, my readers, and thank you for joining me along the way.

The invitations would be pink, addressed in hand calligraphy and sealed the old fashioned way.
 I'd wear a pink dress, of course!
 What's a party without bubbly?!
And, little bites.

And, of course, a pretty pink tulip for each one of you!

What are you celebrating this month?!

images: pink tulips photos by me, all others here

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Color Me Southern - Holly Hollingsworth Phillips

Whoa! You had me at the entry way, but I fell in love over and over again! Welcome to the colorful design collaboration of a Charlotte tudor by home owner, Beth Smith, and interior designer, Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room, as featured in this month's Peachy

I know this's where I used to live. I love this town....both my boys were born there. And, I know the designer....Holly's children and mine attended the same nursery school and we'd see each other coming and going. I always knew she was talented. She even has a certain energy (and fashion sense) that is just MORE. 

This home exudes that same energy and, dare I say, fashion sense. From entry way to kitchen and that hot pink banquette (wish I had a place for one of those!), you feel like you've just arrived someplace really special.
Notice how the bold colors on upholstery are often in solids? Or if there is a pattern, such as on the chairs above, that the rest of the colors on the walls and curtains are solid? It's as if with the boldness of the color choices, there is still a certain restraint. Mastery of color, textiles and design!

Holly's background is very impressive. Growing up in a home decorated by Mario Buatta, influenced by her interior designer mom, she went on her first European buying trip at age 12. She worked in New York City with Alexandra Stoddard and at Sotheby's. She knows her stuff. To learn more about her and her work, check out her website here.

Hope this shot of color brightens your day!

images: Peachy The Magazine
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