Bridal Shower FOOD (and Decor) Michelle Lynne STYLE

Okay, last post had mostly decor, this post features the FOOD (which of course, was STAGED impeccably).

Michelle Lynne Bar


Michelle Lynne Dessert Table


Cake Balls loved by Michelle Lynne


YUMMMM Dessert at by Michelle Lynne


Cocktails and Cake Balls


Chalkboard Menu at by Michelle Lynne party


Food Table at by Michelle Lynne


Michelle Lynne Party Favors


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Bridal Shower Decor Michelle Lynne STYLE

Our sweet Lori Castellanos (get to know here HERE) is getting married this upcoming weekend so last week we celebrated with a bridal shower in our showroom.  Here are a few shots of the decorations…stay tuned, the next post will include the food & beverages!

Michelle Lynne Showroom Party Style


Decorating Details at by MIchelle Lynne


The happy couple


Decor Details by Michelle Lynne


Michelle Lynne Bridal Vignette

Okay, so that was the decor…stay tuned because the next post will feature the yummy FOOD we had at the celebration (and a little more decor!).  I’m already drooling just recalling the deeeelish dishes….  YUM.

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Hey Cupcake!

I’ve been jones-ing to make some cupcakes since I bought a fancy cupcake decorating kit at Home Goods (the random check out counter items they display) and finally got the chance to do so this weekend for a family member’s birthday celebration.  Plans were almost scrapped when the whipping cream didn’t whip up for the whipped cream cheese frosting but after schlepping to the store in the middle of the night, a new carton of whipped cream solved the dilemma.  The results were festive and fun…and I resisted COMPLETE indulgence by chomping on a half a pack of gum during the preparation in order to not “taste test” throughout the process.  That was a stroke of genius that my thighs will appreciate.  Check out how cute they turned out.  Let’s hope they taste as good as they look.

Cupcake Cuties

Cupcake Cuties

A Pan O'Goodness

A Pan O'Goodness

Watering Can Cupcake

Watering Can Cupcake

Festive Floral

Festive FLoral

Fancy Kicks

Fancy Kicks

Butterfly Buttercream

Butterfly Buttercream

The frosting was colored with NEON colors.  Aren’t they fun?  How about you?  What baking fun have you done recently? 

Gobble Till Ya Wobble!


Whew!  What a holiday whirlwind we had!  Turkey.  Family.  Pie.  More Turkey.  More family.  Yes, please to more pie too….
We didn’t host Thanksgiving this year (thank you to my sister in law who did!) but we did have Sunday brunch at our place.  If you saw THIS post last week with ideas for centerpieces, I had a couple that I wanted to do, but in between baking 4 pies, a pumpkin cheesecake, holiday dressing and then brunch for more than a dozen people, time was hard to find.  So we pushed together two tables, grabbed a few candlesticks from from my staging inventory (a definite bonus to my job!) and took the decorative gourds I bought around Halloween and tried to make them look pretty:
Not bad, eh?  The rest of the foofie stuff is random potpourri (so old it doesn’t smell anymore), jeweled fruit, a gold ribbon and a couple of decorative gold spheres (also from my staging inventory).
As for the rest of the table, it was looooow maintenance.  I tied the napkins with pieces of a ribbon I think was tied around a Pottery Barn gift I received last year (because I couldn’t find my raffia) and stuck them all in a silverware caddy with the silverware for everybody to grab on their own after filling their plates.  
What did you do for your holiday table???

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas


When I was a little girl…a looooong time ago…we would make fun decorations for our centerpieces during the holidays.  Now that I look back, I think Mom was just trying to save some money and take advantage of the attention it took for my favorite brother and I to craft these works of art.  I’m not sure if Mom saved any of them but if so, they are probably not nearly as cute as these ideas:
Martha Stewart
This is cuter than mine was, I’m sure, but we tried something similar with the pinecone and pipe cleaner.  I think I used leaves from the trees in our front yard, but these feathers are super cute.  Hobby Lobby usually has a great selection of feathers and they would adhere easily with Elmer’s or hot glue.  I might give this a try next week if my schedule has the time in between client appointments, cooking, and getting the house ready for company!
Ooooh…now this I am absolutely going to do.  I have some fabulous candlesticks in my staging inventory right now that could really show off some pretty gourds:
Better Homes & Gardens
And if I get really crazy, I’ll spray paint them metallic:
Better Homes & Gardens
I’ll try to remember to take photos and post them here.  I get a little A-D-D during this time of year and forget to mix business with pleasure!  Would somebody remind me???  
Seriously though, what do YOU like to do for your Thanksgiving centerpiece???

Christmas Tree — Decorating With Ribbon


I love decorating my Christmas tree with ribbon rather than garland; in my humble opinion, it is dressier and more elegant than garland.  I have strung my ribbon both horizontally, like a spiral as well as vertically, like a waterfall:
(Yes, that is a peacock topper, but we’ll discuss those in another post.)
There are varying opinions as to whether you ribbon the tree at the beginning or the end of the process of decorating, so I’ll share with you that I decorate with ribbon just after I light the tree but there are many advocates of adding the ribbon last.  I’m not here to say they are wrong, it’s just not how I do it.   Regardless of at what point in the process you do it, the key to hanging good ribbon garland is that the ribbon should be wired. 
So here is a quick list of “how to” hang your ribbon on your tree, regardless of whether you’re taking it vertically or horizontally:
  • Consider ribbon size — larger trees get wider ribbon, smaller trees get narrower ribbon.  
  • Confirm the color will match the decorations you already have or are purchasing.  There are many many (many)options and you want to keep the decor of the tree consistent throughout itself as well as the rest of the ribbon you may have in the house.  It doesn’t have to be “matchy matchy” but it does need to be similar in style.
    • Bright red or burgundy?  Plaid or plain?  Silver or gold?  Velvet or organza?
  • You’ll need to purchase more than you think necessary and I have not come up with a magic formula as to how much you’ll need.  It may be inconvenient, but purchase extra spools knowing that you can either take it back or use it to wrap your gifts with.  
    1. If you’re taking the garland vertical, you’ll need to account for at least 5 – 7 waterfalls of ribbon and you’re not just going to let them hang, you need excess so you can wrap and twist and “pouf” the ribbon.
    2. If you are taking the garland horizontal, remember the tree is fatter at the bottom than it is at the top and again, you’ll have to account for wrapping, twisting & “pouf-ing” the ribbon.
  • Once you have decided on color, width and direction of the ribbon as garland, it’s time to start attaching it to the tree.  Don’t laugh but I put chairs all the way around my tree so I can walk around the tree adding the ribbon if I’m going horizontal.  (It’s easier than asking the hubs to stand there with the ribbon while I run around the tree!)  In either instance, I start at the top.
    1. Find an inconspicuous spot to start and wrap the end of the ribbon around a branch — just the tip of the ribbon, maybe an inch or two of a wrap that can be hidden by the topper.
    2. Swag the ribbon either horizontally or vertically, and consider giving it a gentle twist.
    3. Wrap it around a branch with alternating a small & large “pouf”.  You can also create a bow out of excess ribbon and put on the edge of the branch if you don’t like your “pouf”.  
Remember that you are going to follow the ribbon with your decorations, so don’t get caught up in the perfection of your twists & poufs…you can always mask the imperfections with bows & bulbs.  

Most importantly: have fun!!!

Low maintenance for your high maintenance guests.


The holidays are quickly arriving and that entails the arrival of holiday guests…maybe some high maintenance in-laws?  Oh joy.  Keep them happy in the guest room by outfitting it like a swanky hotel suite:

    • Good linens for the bed.  
      • Thread count is important but it doesn’t have to be expensive.  I like 350 – 400, depending on the brand.
      • A feather bed on top of the mattress adds a luxurious & super cozy feel.  Get the baffle box style so it maintains it’s shape.  If you don’t want to do a down mattress, you can get a fiber filled mattress that will give a similar yet, hypoallergenic result.
        • Your fitted sheet will need to be a deeper pocket to encompass this feather bed + the standard mattress OR
        • Get a neutral sheet to cover the standard mattress and use the fitted sheet that comes with the set to cover the featherbed.
      • All season cotton blanket.  
      • I suggest white or ivory so it will usually match your bedding choices.
    • Down comforter.  Ditto on the option to get a hypoallergenic fiber fill instead of feathers – you’ll be surprised at how similar they feel to down filled.  You’ll need to get a duvet cover style bedding set; I like these from Macy’s because they are reasonably priced and have good quality options.  Choose a set that looks like what you would find in a nice hotel:
  • Have some spare pillows available; show your guests where they are (maybe out of sight in the closet).
  • Be sure there is good lighting next to the bed – either wall lamps or table lamps – in case your guests like to read in bed.
    • Set out reading material such as recent magazines or a novel that you could part with (in case your guest becomes hooked, they are welcome to keep it).
  • Provide an alarm clock on the nightstand – get one that has adjustable brightness.
  • A carafe of water somewhere in the room…preferably by the bed.  I like this one from Crate & Barrel.  Leave coasters on your bedside table or other flat surfaces.
  • Provide a television if there is space.  
  • Clear some space in the closet for your guest to stow luggage or provide a luggage stand at the foot of the bed.
    • If there is a chest of drawers or dresser in the room, clear at least one drawer for each guest.
    • Provide some empty hangers and open space in the closet for hanging clothes.
  • Nightlights are useful for navigating unfamiliar spaces.  Find one that is not too bright and put near the door and / or the bathroom.
  • Offer a one size bathroom for each guest staying in the room.
  • Finally, a small basket with healthy snacks in case your guests get the munchies while staying up watching TV or reading the recent magazines you have left for them….
Do you have any other tips that have worked for you in the past?

Out of my gourd!


Aaaaahhh…it’s autumn!  Officially.  Although the weather in Texas hasn’t caught up to the calendar yet.  Hopefully soon.  
Regardless, it’s a time of year that warm & welcoming colors are trending in nature as well as in your wardrobe & home AND it’s time to switch out the pool toys for pumpkins.  To me, that means it’s high time to create new, seasonal centerpieces!
How fun are these?  You can set them in any shape tray with any type of bean or legume to fill in.
And if you want to mix & match heights, you could create some votive sizes.  I think these would be cool to line the front walkway with if hosting a dinner party (just make sure nothing is close enough to catch fire!).
This is what I would do with the gourds intended for votives but over-carved…I know my limitations!
Better Homes & Gardens
Finally…just a simple display of the mini pumpkins you can find at any grocery store or Farmer’s Market this time of year.  Add a dash of greenery or floral to dress it up.
Better Homes & Gardens
Yeah yeah, I know lemons are fruit and not gourd, but I thought this was too cute NOT to include.  Just substitute the little gourdys.
Am I out of my gourd?  Depends on who you ask…but you don’t have to be to try any of these simple and decorative ideas!

We All Scream for Ice Cream

>Here’s some much-needed Good Humor for another triple-digit Monday…

With DFW kiddos heading back to school next week, this is an ideal time to throw an impromptu ice-cream party - you’ll be the hit of the neighborhood!
Check out these colorful cone-inspired dishes from Oriental Trading, only $15 for a dozen

Easter Bunnies


We hosted Easter this year and had fun preparing the untraditional meal (shrimp & scallops in a creamy garlic sauce over pasta, salad, yummy garlic & sundried tomato bread,  spring chick cupcakes and of course mimosas) but what was even more fun was coming up with a table setting that reflected the holiday.  Well, fun for me anyway…I don’t think my hubby was as enthused!
I started with fresh flowers and the holiday favorite PEEPS:
Added some home made spring chick cupcakes 
(yes, they are edible – aren’t they cute?).
And finally, the best part of all…
the cutest bunnies ever!