Michael and I recently joined a new church and today was their church-wide picnic. It has been such a blessing to get to meet new people and to be invited into their lives. Never before have I been surrounded by such beautiful people. I am shy and quite by nature, so to go to things like this is hard for me. But today was amazing! I learned so many new things about each individual that I didn’t know before. What an incredible opportunity to build new foundations for friendships.
One particular lady I found out loves to paint. We shared how we got into art and our art tastes. She loves to paint landscapes in oil and I love abstract art done in acrylic. Although we have different preferences, it was inspiring to find someone who shares a similar passion and gets as excited about it as I do. I love being surrounded by creative people. By the end of the conversation, I was anxious to make a stop at the craft store and pick up a couple of canvases to start a new project. Michael had another get together this evening, so it was just me and the pup. I spent a lazy afternoon listening to music and painting on my porch. It was the perfect afternoon!
I am always looking for cute and creative ways to decorate for dinner parties. I love the eclectic vintage parties that are perfectly imperfect with all types of sweets & treats served on shabby chic furniture, bunting and twinkle lights strung here and there, and colorful centerpieces that are created from hodge-podge dishes and nick-knacks you already have in your home.
Cute tablecloths can set the mood for the party. Love this polka-dotted sheer one and the rusted metal chairs.
Mismatched chairs and linens are great for a charming eclectic style gathering.
I love the idea of using a vintage piece of furniture as the buffet.
Frilly frames used as the food buffet backdrop.
Dressing up a large chalkboard wall w/ garland is a creative idea.
Of course bunting is a must for any party. Here ribbon bunting is used.
Love, love, love the colors and the window with bunting.
Using old doors to create different serving areas. Again I really like the idea of using an old piece of furniture to serve your treats!
I love the pops of color against the white tablecloth.
Hang vintage mirrors for a whimsical effect.
Here is a recipe for Santa Fe salad with chili lime dressing. I made it this evening for supper along with soft beef tacos, guacamole & chips and it was a hit!
6 Tbsp mayonnaise
3 Tbsp cilantro, fresh & finely chopped
3 Tbsp water
1 medium uncooked scallion, minced
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp chili powder
15 oz canned black beans, rinsed & drained
2 cups of grape tomatoes (chopped)
1 ½ cups of cooked corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 medium sweet red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
8 cups (shredded) romaine lettuce
2 avocados peeled and diced
In small bowl,mix together mayonnaise, cilantro, oil, scallion, lime juice, chili powder and sugar. Store in refrigerator until served. For salad, add black beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado to lettuce. Top w/ chili lime dressing.
I love orange flavored things. This recipe is super yummy and great for any Spring party!
1 pkg orange cake mix
¼ c Sugar
1 Tbsp orange zest
1 c orange juice
½ c oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Combine cake mix, sugar & orange zest. Whisk together
2. Add orange juice, oil, vanilla & eggs. Blend w/ mixer on low for 1 minute. Then mix on medium for 2 minutes.
3. Fill cupcake tin 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before icing.
1 c butter (two sticks)
5-8 c of powder sugar
½ c orange juice
1 whole orange zest (about 3 tbsp)
1. Combine butter, orange juice and zest. Gradually add powder sugar until thick and creamy. Add more orange juice and zest for stronger orange flavor.