'Entertaining'

Maddy and Ryan’s Wedding, December 28, 2018

February 13, 2019

By Tab Byrum

With all the hubbub of the holidays and end of year stuff, I haven’t had a chance to post about the wedding I helped with at the end of Christmas week. My friend Shana from Ink Stained Fingers asked me to help her with the wedding of a friend’s daughter, Shanna is a calligrapher and creates a lot of items for weddings, from the invitations to napkins, seating charts, table numbers and so on. So, with her experience Shana had taken on the role of wedding planner, she knows I have experience with doing weddings, especially the flowers, so I did what I could to help create a beautiful night for this young couple. We used muted colors in the table settings with white tablecloths and gray and the bride’s grandfather made and painted wooden boxes that we used on half the tables to hold floral centerpieces I did. We had a gorgeous rustic arch on the stage of the venue that we draped half of it in sheer fabric and the other side was draped in a garland I made by hand and topped with a big arrangement of greenery and flowers I wired together. I’ll go into more detail with the photos and you’ll be glad to know Shana and I are hoping to do more weddings and parties together as we grow our business, more on that later. For now, Enjoy the wedding!!! (above via)

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies at Mom On Timeout

December 18, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I LOVE SHORTBREAD COOKIES, they are seriously one of my favorite cookies and they are SO versatile they can be dressed up with nuts, flavorings, and fruits or kept simple and timeless just as shortbread. I had recently seen a recipe for Orange Cranberry Shortbread on the Mom On Timeout website and I loved how they looked and wanted to see if they taste half as good as they look and they do!!!! We made them last Friday when I went to Mom and Dad’s for the day, the recipe is fairly simple and if you bake a lot you may have most everything needed except for Craisins. I’ll attach a link to the recipe for the cookies at the end of the photos and I’ll go into more detail on the cookies with the photos. If you like orange and tart cranberries then give these a try, they also have almond extract which is one of my favorite flavors. They’re slightly crunchy from the sugar on the outside but soft and chewy in the middle with little bites of berry and orange zest. SO GOOD!!!! Enjoy!!!

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Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

December 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last week I told you I was going to Mom and Dad’s for the day to see them, have lunch and help mom with some baking and today I wanted to share the results. If we’re friends on Facebook here or here you’ve already seen them but I’ll share recipes and more photos in today’s post. We used to make lots of cut out cookies and decorate them, at one time we even did them for all the holidays and sold cookie bouquets and at one time we also did custom cakes for people for people so luckily we have a little experience with baking, icing, and decorating. We used a new recipe we found this year on the 12 tomatoes website for Sour Cream Sugar Cookies and they are so so good. They were a little sticky when we first started rolling out so we kneaded in a little more flour and let them get really cold in the refrigerator and floured our board really well when we attempted rolling and cutting the dough again and it worked great. For the icing, we used good old buttercream icing that we used to use on 90% of the cakes we did. It’s easy to work with, takes color well and you can pipe and decorated the cookies using any of the cake decorating tips we already had. I’ll go into a little more detail with the photos. If you’re up for baking this is a great recipe and I’m sharing a link to it at the end of the post. Share your photos if you bake and decorate cookies, have a great week as we count down to a big weekend coming up. Enjoy!!!

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Christmas Cookie Ideas

December 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Happy Friday!!!! I’m off to Hydro to see mom and dad today, Dad has been feeling under the weather so I’m going to see them, have lunch and help mom with some holiday baking. It’s been years since we’ve tried our hand at decorated Christmas cookies but we’re going to give it a whirl today. There are so many amazing ideas for decorated cookies, whether it’s using Royal Icing, Buttercream, Colored Sugars, the possibilities are endless. We are going to be using buttercream on cookies cut out in holiday shapes. I’ll share pics if they turn out good. I also have a couple of recipes I want to try for some others that I’ll share. I hope everyone has a great weekend, we had a business party last night and a client’s Christmas party tomorrow night and I plan on doing some cooking during the day on Saturday and Sunday. I leave you now with images and visions of gorgeous Christmas cookies and links to the recipes for more information, hopefully, to inspire you to try your hand at baking and decorating your own. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Thanksgiving Tips From Barefoot Contessa

November 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

10 Barefoot Tips For Thanksgiving

 

One of my favorite people to watch on TV and read her cookbooks is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. A few years ago she shared her 10 tips for making the preparation of Thanksgiving Dinner a lot easier on you the cook and host. Here’s a link to the article in Elle Magazine and it all still holds true today. 48 hours until operation Turkey Time is a go, I hope you have all your ducks in a row and a game plan, check out this great article for awesome last-minute hints. Enjoy!!!

Thanksgiving Cocktails 2018

November 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello Friends, Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!! It’s three days until the all you can eat holiday, I hope you have your menu planned and your groceries bought and at this point maybe your table is set and decorated. Today we are going to keep on with a tradition of looking at Holiday Cocktails and looking at some yummy and fun concoctions for you and your guests to enjoy before, during, and after the big meal, a couple of them could even be dessert. I hope you’re NOT stressing too bad and remember to breathe and make those lists so you don’t forget anything. Have a great day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Enjoy!!!

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Pottery Barn Tabletop For Thanksgiving

November 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s Day 2 of our Thanksgiving Tablescape EXTRAVAGANZA and we are heading over to Pottery Barn. PB is a great place to find almost anything you’re looking for when it comes to home and holiday decor, their designers are always on top of trends as well as creating some unique merchandise. This Fall season they have gorgeous Turkey designs on plates of all sizes and platters as well as bowls. There are gorgeous German Glittered Pumpkins for decorating your table as well as glassware. Let’s take a peek over at Pottery Barn and see what Tablescape Treasures we can find. Enjoy!!!

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New Fall Tabletop @ MacKenzie-Childs

November 12, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With Thanksgiving 11 days away I decided to take a look all week this week at fun and beautiful Tabletop available from some of our favorite companies and available online. Today we are going to start with MacKenzie-Childs and check out just a small portion of the gorgeous stuff they have available to make your Thanksgiving Table sparkle and shine. From Napkin Rings and Candles to Placemats and Dishes, MC has gorgeous merchandise that you can use again and again, year after year for Fall and Thanksgiving. Join us now for a peek at the bountiful and beautiful items from MacKenzie-Childs Thanksgiving Collection, Enjoy!!!

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Hello November, 2018

November 1, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s the beginning of a new month and a very busy one. The end of October and beginning of November always heralds all the end of the year holiday craziness is about to begin. I do like to take this time though and celebrate all the fall colors, food and tastes that go with it, I love Thanksgiving and think it gets pushed aside for the holidays still to come. Today we are going to usher in the 11th month of the year with a peek at the sights, colors, and decorating ideas that can be used in November. I hope you guys have a wonderful day and start making those lists now for Thanksgiving and all the trimmings, remember it’s earlyish this year, November 22nd. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Happy Halloween 2018

October 31, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s October 31st, Happy Halloween!!!! Today in celebration of everyone’s favorite October holiday we are taking a look back at some Vintage Halloween images for parties, costumes, and idea books. I have to do some research on Bogie Books but they were apparently a deal back in the first half of the 20th century, they were books filled with ideas on parties, costumes, entertaining and having fun for Fall and Halloween. Join me today for a little trip back in time and see how Halloween was celebrated close to 100 years ago and enjoy your Halloween this year and be safe. Enjoy and BOO!!!!!! (above via)

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