December 31, 2014

my new year's eve table

This year's New Year’s Eve table is set.
We used leopard plates, a clock-face
runner with a scattering of pearls.
Mercury glass votives and vintage glass
ornaments add sparkle and shine.
Do you recognize these clock faces
from another table setting seen here?
Don’t forget to have plenty of
“Midnight Kisses” on hand!
Party hats and horns are a must!
 Pearls are the perfect accent.
 And these clock faces are so easy to print out.
We’re ready to make some noise!
Only a few hours to go….
‘til midnight!
The champagne is chillin’… 

Wishing you a fabulous new year!

ciao! Fabiana

 P.S.  I just used some fun leopard wrapping
paper as my inspiration for the table.
See how I made these plates here.

{Sharing with french country cottagecoastal charm and create with joy}

new years eve details

My favorite New Year’s Eve inspiration from Pinterest.







ciao! Fabiana

December 30, 2014

RHONJ "steal" my idea...

this is so funny…


This is good for a BIG Laugh AND it looks like Dina and Teresa 
stole my New Years Eve Clock plate table setting idea from 2012! 
You must watch!!!  
My original idea for a New Years Eve table setting 
can be seen here.



ciao! Fabiana  

December 29, 2014

2014 new years eve champagne punch


How about a little Champagne Punch this year to ring in 2015?
{Recipe by Emeril.}


INGREDIENTS
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus lemon slices for garnish (optional)
1 cup superfine sugar
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, plus orange slices for garnish
1/2 cup Grand Marnier
1/2 cup Triple Sec
1/2 cup Cognac
Two 750ml bottles dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
Lime slices, for garnish (optional)
Fresh strawberries, for garnish (optional)
DIRECTIONS

Combine lemon juice, sugar, orange juice, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, and Cognac in a nonreactive bowl and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Transfer to a decorative bowl or pitcher, add Champagne, and stir to combine. Garnish with citrus slices and fresh strawberries. Serve immediately in Champagne flutes, wine glasses or punch cups.
ciao! Fabiana

December 28, 2014

chocolate chip banana bread




What to do when you have too many bananas?
Make Chocolate Chip Banana Bread of course!
Recipe  by Martha Stewart.

Banana Loaf
INGREDIENTS
·    3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan  (I used coconut oil)
·    2 cups all-purpose flour
·    2 teaspoons baking powder
·    3/4 teaspoon salt
·    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·    1 1/4 cups sugar
·    3 large eggs
·    3 cups mashed medium very ripe bananas (about 6)
·    1 cup chopped toasted walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)
DIRECTIONS
1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch (2-quart) loaf pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda; set aside.
2.    In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three additions, alternating with two additions of banana; mix until just combined. Stir in walnuts, if desired, by hand.
3.    Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

ciao! Fabiana

new french market baskets


Thank you Andrea of French Basketeer 
for delivering
my french market baskets.

They're so cute!

ciao! fabiana

December 24, 2014

a Christmas table inspired by music

Christmas sheet music is the inspiration this year for my Christmas table. I just cut out large paper circles and nestled them between a gold charger plate and a glass dish.  Just use a salad plate as a template to trace a circle.  Cut out your circles and just place under a clear glass plate, like this...











ciao! Fabiana

wrapping paper for a place setting

I like using fun wrapping paper as my inspiration for dinner party themes.  Just select your favorite paper, trace large circles using a salad plate, and there you go, you have a unique place setting!  The possibilities are endless to create custom themes for your next party!






ciao! Fabiana
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