Spring Inspirations

Photos and Inspirations from Martha Stewart

Spring Table Inspirations

Wow! can you believe this weather! Wow, Wow, Wow for Winnipeg!

Spring is just around the corner (my favourite season of the year!)

Here are a couple great ideas to help you dress up your tables and upcoming spring events.

Spring Tablescape Ideas

Finding new and different ways to create tablescape and centerpieces can be a challenge, especially when you’re on a tight timeframe and budget. Here are a couple spring ideas, perfect for Easter, baby or bridal showers, weddings, or for your next dinner party.

Containers

  • Baskets are perfect for spring centerpieces, adding textural interest to your tablescape.
  • Small glass jars make a lovely informal votive candle holder, simply decorate the outside with some coordinating ribbon to match your color scheme.
  • Stack cake stands of different sizes to create a base for flower arrangements, fresh fruit or Easter candies.
  • Shallow, wide bowls are perfect to float flowers or floating candles.
  • Ceramic or china egg cups are a great substitute for bud vases.
  • Dig out your favorite platters or trays. Layer them with either fresh fruit or candy.
  • Glass tumblers or champagne flutes can be used for small compact flower arrangements or as bud vase.

Display Ideas

  • Fresh fruit such as lemons, oranges, grapes, strawberries or apples – they can serve double duty as dessert.
  • Inexpensive foil wrapped candy in pastel colors is available in grocery stores this time of the year. Buy a large quantity to create an opulent display. Guests can nibble on the candy for dessert. You can even give them bags of the candy to take home.
  • As an alternative to cut tulips or daffodils, potted fresh spring flowers are readily available in grocery stores.
  • Trays of wheatgrass are sold in some grocery stores, at florists or garden centers. Have a couple of trays lined down the center of your table. Decorate the trays with pastel ribbons and tuck foil wrapped eggs in the wheatgrass.
  • Small pots of fresh herbs make a fragrant centerpiece either set out individually at each place setting or grouped in the middle of the table. Decorate the pots with coordinating ribbon.
  • Baskets of blown, dyed or artificial eggs give a festive touch to your Easter celebration.

Photos and Inspirations from Martha Stewart & Others

Happy St. Patrick's Day: Irish Rice Pudding Recipe

Photo by Rachael Ray Magazine

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

From all of us at Events by Emma!

Here’s a quick recipe for dessert tonight! I just love rice pudding!

IRISH CREAM RICE PUDDING!

  • 6 Servings
  • Prep 15 min
  • Cook 1 hr

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried currants, plumped in warm water and drained
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream liqueur
  • Butter cookies, for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°. Butter a 9-inch square baking dish. In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups milk to a simmer. Add the rice and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Spread the mixture in the prepared dish, cover loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Stir and continue baking until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes more. Remove from the oven and stir in the remaining 1 cup milk and the currants; let cool.

  2. Divide the pudding among 6 whiskey glasses and top with Irish cream. Serve with the cookies.

Recipe Inspiration from Rachael Ray Magazine

Colour Inspiration: Green

Photos from JL Designs – Couture Floral and Event Styling

Colour Inspiration: Green

With St.Patrick’s Day just around the corner I thought some great GREEN colour inspirations for florals and centrepieces would be a great way to end the day!

JL Designs – Couture Floral and Event Stylings is always a favourite inspiration of mine and here are some of their great green inspirations! Enjoy!

Green Meaning

Green is the colour of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful colour. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe colour, if you don’t know what colour to use anywhere use green.

Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia.

Green contains the powerful energies of nature, growth, desire to expand or increase. Balance and a sense of order are found in the colour green. Change and transformation is necessary for growth, and so this ability to sustain changes is also part of the energy of green.

Put some green in your life when you want:

  • a new state of balance
  • feel a need for change or growth
  • freedom to pursue new ideas
  • protection from fears and anxieties connected with the demands of others