'Entertaining'

Wreaths & Plaques For The Front Door

May 1, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Earlier in the Spring a client called and asked me to help her with some floral arrangements for her house, she and her husband were hosting a political fundraiser in their home for a candidate running for a local office. A day later she texted me and said she had just been informed that the Governor and First Lady of Oklahoma would be stopping by the fundraiser which I understand to be code for, “we need to up our game a little”. I did three floral arrangements, one was placed in the dining room on the table with the campaign literature, another was placed on the kitchen island where the snacks and hors d’oeuvres were going to be and another small arrangement in the downstairs powder room. She also asked me to come up with something for their front doors if I had time. I called my friend Shana from Ink Stained Fingers and told her I would be dropping off some painted wooden plaques at her house and needed her calligraphy skills on them, I also went online and immediately found a couple of boxwood wreaths and ordered them. I attached the plaques to the wreaths and hung them on the front doors of my client’s house and they look great. This is something Shana and I are definitely planning on selling on our new site when we are up and running. Here are some photos of our creations and I’ll go into more detail with pics. Let me know if you are interested or need anything for your doors, inside or outside, or for any celebrations or holidays. Enjoy!!!

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Party Flowers & Food

April 10, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Yesterday I shared with you about decorating a client’s home for Spring and Easter as we were getting ready for her to host a Birthday Party for a dear friend, today I want to share the flower arrangments I made for the party and the food I put together. My client had two requests on flowers for the Birthday Party, Pink, and Peonies. I used Pink Peonies, Pink Alstroemeria, Pink Carnations, White Stock, Green Hydrangeas, and Hot Pink Gladiolus. For food we decided it was best to have everything be food that we served at room temperature, we didn’t want to have to deal with ovens and timing to be hot when guests arrived. She also requested a couple of dips and left the rest up to the caterer and me. Long story short, I decided not to use a caterer and made or bought everything myself and put it together at her house on the afternoon of the party. I have lots of photos to share about the flowers and food; I’ll go into more detail with the pics. If you have any specific questions please let me know. Enjoy!!!

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National Margarita Day!!!!

February 22, 2019

By Tab Byrum

Hello everyone and happy Friday!!!! It’s the 22nd of February so that means it’s National Margarita Day. I hope you’ve had a good week and can maybe kick back later today with a nice Mexican cocktail. Whether you like them frozen or on the on the rocks get out there and enjoy a Margarita (responsibly) and some chips and salsa or queso and have a great weekend. (I like mine on the rocks)

Frozen or On The Rocks????

Feliz Dia Nacional de Margarita

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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 attemptedĀ 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 moreĀ 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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