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Fall Recipes and Remarkable Dark Tableware on Sweet Paul Magazine

fall winter soup on sweet paul magazine

fall winter soup on sweet paul magazine

The fall issue of Sweet Paul Magazine inspired to cook with their tasty mushroom recipes and seasonal soups. Thanksgiving is about comfort food and family-style dinner.  The fall 2010 issue reflects that concept in a styling but easy to do way.

Appetizers and Soups

chevre and honey open faced sandwich

The Chevre and Honey open-faced sandwich would make a great appetizer.

kale and bean soup on sweet paul mag

As you can see, the food stylists elevated simple recipes with nice food presentation. And for the most part, the plating is something that we can easily do at home with some skills and beautiful tableware. Have a look a the digital magazine, it may help you plan your Thanksgiving menu.

shepherd's pie in a black dishware :: sweet paul magazine

One last thing, the role is reversed. I usually tell you where to find the coolest things. This time, I hope you can tell me. I felt in love with the black dishes and bowls that are used through the magazine. But I found no clues on the magazine about who makes it. If you know the answer, I want to know.

By the way, the Holiday issue of Sweet Paul Magazine is scheduled to be out by November 15th.

+ Sweet Paul Magazine Fall 2010


Exploring More Color Schemes for the Holiday

blue and brown holiday decorations :: better homes and gardens

The Blue and Brown palette first caught my eyes on Better Homes and Gardens. You have to admit that the chocolate table looks inviting. The ball ornament is a do-it-yourself project. You simply dress up plastic foam ornaments with scraps of blue and brown fabric. Add silver ribbons and a few beads for elegance.

romantic pink holiday decorations :: better homes and gardens

If you wish for a girlie holiday decor, you may get inspired by the romantic Pretty in Pink holiday theme. If you are looking for a younger, fresher version, simply use modern dinnerware. This is the right occasion to serve Rosé Champagne to your guests.

+ Glamorous Globes
+ Treat Your Sweeties
+ Crystal and Pink
+ In-the-Pink Mantel


Four Easter decoration ideas from Martha Stewart

easter decorations and desserts by martha stewart living

If you are still looking for ideas on how to style your Easter brunch, I will share several design ideas this week. So do not worry.

The Fashionable Blue and Yellow

I am starting with two decoration ideas and the best looking desserts from Martha Stewart Living. Get inspired by these crafty projects and recipes to create your own version this Easter.

If you read my posts last week, you spot the resemblances with the Spring 2008 color combinations. Since the pictures were taken a couple years ago, simply adjust the hues to fit into the 2008 color trend.

Blue and yellow mixed with white is so far my favorite palette for Easter 2008. I am assembling my own Easter tabletop the one I will use in real life. Mine may eclipse the blue and yellow scheme; we will see when I am done.

For now, let’s go back to what Martha Stewart has the best to offer in my opinion this Easter. Like I said before, these are old projects from Martha Stewart. They still look interesting today.

Easter Table Decorations

Everyone can easily make these fuzzy Candy Nests. They look so cute. You can reuse the design to dress up your sugar and milk serving set. Brown and white sugar cubes will look better with this scheme.

The early spring tulips and daffodils symbolize Easter. It is simple to decorate a console table or you buffet table by disposing several eggcup bouquets on a tiered cake stand. Step by steps instructions for the Easter Tiered Bouquets are published on Martha Stewart’s Web site.

Take advantage of the white and yellow rage to design a stylish yet simple table top. Lay a lemon yellow tablecloth as your basis so your white dinnerware will pop up. Or you can be hipper and display the orange Chilewich Woven Lattice placemats plus the table runner. You probably own all the required dinnerware, except for the white egg cups which are widely available.

Easter Dessert Recipes

The food presentation of the Rich Chocolate Cake with Ganache Frosting and Truffle-Egg Nest is critical to get the full impact. You can find sets of brown salad plates at Rosanna or for a more affordable option, shop at Target.

Chocolate Egg in blue colored shell is a stylish idea to serve homemade chocolate. I suggest making these Chocolate Eggs as your party favors. Wrap them with clear cellophane to showcase them. Do not forget to install a nice personalized gift tag on your package with a stylish blue or white ribbon.

Buy online: Orange Chilewich Woven Lattice Table Linens – starting at $20 per placemat
Buy online: Set of 2 White Porcelain Egg Cups at Kitchen Kapers – $4.99 for a pair
Buy online: Dinner Party Plates at Rosanna – price: $41.25 for a set of 4
Buy online: Coco Seal Salad Plate at Target – price: $24.99 USD for a set of 6

+ Egg candle holders by Michelle Mason
+ A more natural take on the Easter Eggs
+ Bunny shaped napkins at your Easter brunch