Category : Tablescapes

Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas|www.lizbushong.com
Fall, Recipes, Tablescapes
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Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas

Here are a few Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas for easy entertaining friends and family.  It was fun putting this event together and pretty simple to serve.  Start with a color scheme to help set the tone of your hot chocolate bar.  Because I have a lot of black and white mugs and accessories this color scheme was perfect for my bar.   The fun part was the toppings and the containers to hold them.

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smore pumpkin dessert buffet:marshmallow centerpiece|www.lizbushong.com
Fall, Parties - Special Events, Tablescapes
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S’More Pumpkin Dessert Buffet

It’s a S’More Pumpkin Dessert Buffet! Gather everyone outside for an awe-inspiring scene with pumpkins artfully arranged down the center of the table among marshmallows, graham crackers and lots of chocolate. Can you say S’More Pumpkin please? Pumpkins are plentiful this fall season and the inspiration for this pumpkin themed S’more dessert buffet.

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Caramel Apple Delicious tablescape|www.lizbushong.com
Fall, News & Publications, Recipes, Tablescapes
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Caramel Apple-Delicious Article VIP SEEN Magazine

Caramel Apple-Delicious  Article VIP SEEN Magazine begins with a mountain setting in the background.  A beautiful black buffet is covered with a burlap runner and log rounds as pedestals were used to present Caramel Apples, Skillet Caramel Apple Pie, and Caramel Apple Walnut Cookies.  Got enough Caramel Apple for fall?  I don’t think so… Caramel and apples are always delicious no matter what the season. 

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Tailgating in the south
Appetizers & Snacks, Desserts, Parties - Special Events, Recipes, Tablescapes
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Tailgating in the South

Tailgating in the south is finally here! It’s official…ETSU Football has returned and the tailgate is in play! Kick-off the fall season with family, friends, fun, food and football! The action begins with a pre-game and post game feast sure to win fans. This tailgate is all about Blue and Gold, East Tennessee State University team colors. Go Bucs!  Of course substitute your team colors for the blue and gold to make it Yours!

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Sassy Cake Tutorial|lizbushong.com
Décor Ideas, Parties - Special Events, Tablescapes
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Sassy Cake Tutorial

Need a Sassy Cake for your next wedding shower or sweet 16 party!  This showstopper looks good enough to eat! But don’t because it is all covered hat boxes and paper flowers.  I made this faux tired hot pink and black cake for the Bristol Olive Oil Company display window.  They were celebrating their first year store opening!   Thought you would like to know how to make it for your upcoming celebrations.

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8 Steps to a Successful Staycation-Vacation At Home
Recipes, Summer, Tablescapes
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8 Steps to a Successful Staycation-Vacation At Home

8 Steps to a Succesful Staycation-Vacation At Home begins here! It’s time for the best end-of-summer vacation you have ever had and you don’t have to leave home to take it!   Summer doesn’t have to end in August, take a relaxing and enjoyable vacation at-home or in your hometown anytime you want.  Don’t get stressed about not taking a vacation, take one this week!

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Garden Fresh Picnic Recipes
Recipes, Summer, Tablescapes
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Garden Fresh Picnic Recipes

Garden Fresh Picnic Recipes are easy to prepare fresh picked vegetables from  the farm stand or your backyard garden.  Crisp lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers, radishes, onions, carrots, herbs and other garden fresh veggies are eaten raw and very healthy for you.  Appetizers to Main Entrees make this summer picnic a feast for your eyes as well as your tummy.  

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Beef Pockets Stuffed with Vegetable Spread
Appetizers & Snacks, Main Dish, Recipes, Summer
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Beef Pockets Stuffed with Vegetable Spread

Beef Pockets stuffed with Vegetable Spread is perfect for hot days of summer, get out of the kitchen, something simple for supper recipe!  Pick up a half a pound of sliced of thin roast beef and a loaf of crusty bread. cheeses, and fresh garden vegetables and you have the makings of a quick and crunchy sandwich.  The garden spread includes diced carrots, green onions, radish, cucumber, yellow squash, red, orange and green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and arugula leaves mixed with creamy cheese and bit of horseradish. This is the summer recipe you will love.

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7 Steps to Create Pineapple Owl Centerpiece
Summer, Tablescapes
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7 Steps to Create Pineapple Owl Centerpiece

These 7 steps to create this pineapple owl are very easy and anyone can recreate.  I was asked to create this sweet centerpiece for an elementary school graduation reception. The main inspiration came from babble.com  http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/amazing-fruit-vegetable-carvings/  with a few exceptions to make it my own.   Hooty-who , the owl, my nickname for her was constructed with pineapples, cantaloupe, squash, cucumber, red and orange bell peppers, a carrot and blueberries.   Read more to get started with the H-OWL too.

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Fathers Day Table and Menu Ideas
Parties - Special Events, Summer, Tablescapes
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Fathers Day Table and Menu Ideas

Need Fathers Day Table and Menu ideas?   Whether your dad is a handyman or not so handy, celebrate dad  with a special Tool-Time Father’s Day Lunch that will get everyone geared-up for a fun time.  With this blue print for success you will have the right tools to make this Father’s Day event one to remember.

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Graduation Dessert Table Ideas-Chevron Wall Canvas
Décor Ideas, Parties - Special Events, Spring, Tablescapes
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Graduation Dessert Table Ideas

Do you need Graduation Dessert Table Ideas for your Graduate?  Start with a painted Chevron Wall Canvas with large Gerber Daisies in bright colors as the backdrop for your table.  The bright colors in the canvas was the inspiration for the entire reception.   To watch a live presentation on Daytime Blue Ridge go to http://serveitupsassy.com/category/multi-media/tv-segments/   For Step by Step instruction on how to create the Chevron Wall Canvas and more keep reading.  Recipe Development, Food Styling, Photography and Article by Liz Bushong

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Graduation Party Ideas
Décor Ideas, Parties - Special Events, Recipes, Tablescapes
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Graduation Party Ideas

Here are several Graduation Party Ideas for your Graduate.  These ideas feature neon themed Gerber daisies,  easy pick up foods and a brightly decorated table. This Graduation Party reception  features a cake that is spot on with baked themed in color,  cake balls inside the cake triple lemonade and candy graduation caps.

It was just a few years ago on a bright sunny morning, you held the hand of your six -year old  as a big yellow school bus pulled up in front of your mailbox.  It was time to board the bus for their first day of school.   Your little darling could hardly reach the first step on the bus but with a gentle nudge from you, the climb to board was easy.  As you held back the tears, the excitement and joy in your child’s eyes melted your heart, and a new page in this chapter of life had just been turned.   As the pages of time turned year after year it is now 2015 and graduation day is on the horizon.  Everything you need for a simple reception is right here!  

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Rain Boots, Chocolate Mousse, Color
News & Publications, Spring, Tablescapes
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Color Splash! VIP SEEN Magazine

Color Splash your entertaining table with sunny bright colors of spring.  Splashes of Color set the stage for a simple garden party!  Polka-dots and clay pots to bring life the bright colors of this spring composition.  The color-rich palate includes hot pink, purple, yellow, terracotta, lime and tangerine!  I created this tablescape for a garden party, which was in my backyard.   The party was for a small group of girl friends, actually it was an afternoon dessert or pick me up party.   Dessert has a way of picking us up in the middle of the afternoon.  We sat by the water feature and listened to the running water as we sipped on tea and dove into the chocolate mousse brownie.   The table so pretty and cheerful, we left all the cares behind and just enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature.

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Spot-On Cake
Desserts, Parties - Special Events, Recipes, Spring
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Spot Cake Recipe

Spot cake recipe features orange, lime and hot pink cake balls baked in the middle of a white loaf cake. The cake is decorated with butter cream fondant and decorated with orange, lime and hot pink Gerber Daisies.  This cake is so much fun to create!  You will have a great time making the cake balls, which are made from pound cake slices and tinted frosting.  The cake balls are refrigerated until firm, then added to raw cake batter and baked.  When the cake is sliced the cake has Spot-On Dots inside.  My cake was inspired by Amanda Rettke’s Book.   I changed a few things  to make it my own, but please check out her book.  It is fabulous and Spot-On when it comes to creating interesting cakes with a surprise in the middle.

The real queen of baking surprise- inside cakes is Amanda Rettke.  Her book  Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion with a Little Something Extra Inside can be linked  here. 

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Create a Lenten Rose Centerpiece placesetting
Décor Ideas, Tablescapes, Winter
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Create a Lenten Rose Centerpiece

Create a Lenten Rose Centerpiece  in the middle of winter?  Hollow out a medium sized green cabbage, add water and stems, then garnish the arrangement with fresh Brussel Sprouts. A water filled  custard cup was placed in the base of the cabbage to keep the stems fresh.  Published article featuring the Lenten Rose Centerpiece found here  http://serveitupsassy.com/category/multi-media/publications/.  Article titled Dining on a Dime.  

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