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Simple, Organic Tablescape Inspiration

We have our fair share of tablescapes tucked inside our galleries. Everything from gilded and peonied to striped and tailored. But sometimes something simple and organic like this serene table in shades of mint and green is what’s in order. Designed by Avenue Lifestyle with images by Anouschka Rokebrand,  it’s a gorgeous backdrop that lets the food and the conversation take center stage.

From Avenue Lifestyle… As a stylist I prefer simplicity, however appreciate detail as well as simple yet beautiful takes on ideas and concepts seen before. For this shoot I wanted to demonstrate simplicity in an organic, understated but sophisticated way so infused this table setting with unique pieces and an easy but original take on the branch centerpiece. I drew upon woodsy, organic, natural tones and textures as my inspiration for this table and created something with a slight bohemian yet minimalistic undertone to it.

I brought together gorgeous vintage items including earthenware side plates, bone, silver and wooden handled cutlery and beautifully fine glassware, dinnerware made from fallen palm leaves, linen napkins and tiny gold-topped jars filled with sea salt and dried rosemary, atop a pistachio hued silk tablecloth.

Combining the old with the new can be done in a very elegant and affordable way. To demonstrate this I added simple white dinner plates {as most of us have these on hand they were a good base to start off with} and I made an easy, inexpensive but creative centerpiece that can easily be replicated for dinner parties both large and small. To make this tree branch centerpiece, simply wrap lengths of natural wool around various areas of the branch, and finish off with draping and carefully wrapping a green climbing plant around the entire piece.

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand | Concept And Styling: Holly Marder {Avenue Lifestyle} | Cutlery, Earthenware Side Plates And Glassware: Helene Millot Furnishings | Dinner Plates: Ikea | Industrial Venue: Lijm En Cultuur Delft | Napkins, Mini Jars And Wooden Chairs: Dille En Kamille | Small Round Bowls: VerTerra Dinnerware

Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m kicking off my 12 days of cookies series by sharing my most favorite recipe ever! I love how cookies spread cheer during the holidays. Cookie exchanges, a thoughtful box for neighbors, a day of baking and maybe a little indulging on your own! You can’t go wrong when you combine chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow. The chewy chocolate cookie makes a great base for toasted marshmallow cream with drizzled chocolate peanut butter sauce.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cookies
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Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • marshmallow fluff
  • dipping chocolate (like Baker’s)
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan on medium, melt butter & chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix brown sugar, eggs & vanilla. Add slightly cooled chocolate GRADUALLY (we don't want to fry the eggs, do we?)
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder & salt. Gradually add to chocolate mixture and refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 325.
  5. Scoop dough onto cookie sheet & make a well in each cookie. Add a teaspoon of fluff.
  6. Bake 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat your dipping chocolate according to instructions on the package. Add 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  8. Drizzle chocolate peanut butter topping on your cookies and allow to set.

Photography: Julie Blanner | Recipe: Julie Blanner

Julie Blanner

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25 Perfect for Thanksgiving Cocktails

Your table is set, the turkey is perfectly roasted, your guests are about to arrive … and a cocktail is definitely in order! This collection of pretty drinks is perfect for the holiday. From pre-dinner delights to dessert-like sips, you’ll find just the right bevy to wet your whistle this coming Thanksgiving. It’s time to eat, drink and be merry…

Cheers to Thanksgiving
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In case you missed our other Thanksgiving round ups: Unique Thanksgiving Sides | Best Thanksgiving DIYS | Thanksgiving Place Settings | Creative Pie Toppers