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Spring Place Cards

These are super cute Spring place cards for adults and kids. Fill a decorative cup (I found these at Southern Season) or baking cup with pastel paper filling, a Peep marshmallow candy and a few pastel Peanut M&M’s. The Paperie section of Sam Flax in Atlanta has a large assortment of 2 x 2 inch papers in solid colors, florals and other patterns that are perfect for a place card; and they were only .12 cents each. Apply a fork tooth pick with glue dots or tape. It’s easier if you write the name on the cards before applying the toothpicks.

Here are the supplies that you’ll need:

  • Peeps Marshmallow Candies
  • Peanut M&M’s Pastel Colors
  • Decorative Cups
  • Paper Filling in various pastel colors
  • Fork Toothpicks
  • Glue Dots
  • Sharpie

Easter Place Cards

Place Cards attached to Toothpick

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Maker’s Mark® unveiled an impressive art installation by renowned artist Dale Chihuly in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Bourbon Revolution at the Marker’s Mark Distillery in Louisville, Ky. last month. Maker’s Mark, the pioneer of handcrafted bourbon, pays tribute to the vision of the founders of Maker’s Mark bourbon, Bill Samuels, Sr., and his wife Margie Samuels, with the unveiling of this original glass artwork titled: The Spirit of the Maker. Created especially for Maker’s Mark by Chihuly, an innovator who also revolutionized a genre: the art of glass blowing, it’s the first of Chihuly’s work to be on public display in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Spirit of the Maker is now on permanent display and can be viewed along with Maker’s Mark historical artifacts during regular operating hours: Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For additional information visit the Maker’s Mark website at or contact the distillery Visitor Center at 270.865.2099.

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Dale Chihuly’s hand-blown glass art installation called “The Spirit of the Maker” at the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky

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The installation, made entirely of hand-blown glass elements, is a remarkable kaleidoscope of colors, shapes and forms. Visuals include deep browns and vibrant ambers emblematic of the Kentucky whisky, crystal blues reflective of the water from the Distillery’s limestone spring-fed lake, as well as and rich crimsons and reds evocative of the signature red wax that has become an international symbol associated uniquely with Maker’s Mark bourbon.

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Escape winter with the thoughts of spring bridal showers, Easter, Mother’s Day, a girls’ lunch and more. My friends at Lenoxa market leader in quality tabletop, giftware and collectiblestantalize us with creative spring decorating ideas and remind us the spring is just around the corner even though for most of usno matter where we liveit still feels like winter. Here are some fun ideas to get you ready for spring including a whimsical gift bench, ingenious veggie topiaries, clever chalkboard placemats, and a gorgeous formal dining tablescape.

The Gift Bench – Forego a gift table with this fun gift bench decor idea, where the guest of honor will sit, with her gifts within easy reach for the “opening ceremony.”

Make it look amazing by asking your guests to wrap their gifts in a theme like a butterfly theme for example (shown below), and make it easy for them to be creative by including a few theme elements into the invitation like a feather butterflies in your theme colors in the envelope with their invitation.

Bridal Shower Bench

For a fun spring event like a bridal shower or engagement party forego a gift table for a gift bench where the guest of honor can sit and open gifts. China pictured above is the Lenox Butterfly Meadow and Organics Collection.


Veggie “Topiaries” – Vegetables served with dip are a bridal brunch staple. Instead of putting out an ordinary basket of mixed veggies, try creating an edible vegetable centerpiece that not only serves as a tabletop appetizer but embellishes the overall look of the table.

Simply fill your crudité vessel or bowl with rock salt, then arrange your vegetables in the center, allowing them to stand up straight in the rock salt. Serve with a flavorful dip on the side.


Veggie Topiaries

Fresh vegetables do double duty as tabletop decor with these easy-to-made veggie topiaries that look too delicious to eat but will invite guests to do just that. China pictured above is the Lenox Butterfly Meadow Dessert Bowls.


Chalkboard Placemats – A great casual dining DIY project is to make chalkboard placemats. It greets your guests to the table with a placemat place card. Click here to download the DIY instructions.

Reversible Chalkboard Placemats

Pictured above is the Lenox French Perle Dinnerware in White and Ice Blue resting atop a complementing-colored charger painted with chalkboard paint and personalized as a placemat place card.


Fine Dining – Formal dining today is often about creating a luxurious and relaxed environment where your guests can feel at ease as well as a sense of escape. When someone is coming to your home for dinner, they’re gifting you with their time, one of life’s most precious commodities. Reciprocate by generously layering fine china such as Gilded Tapestry and mixing design elements such as mineral crystal, wire sculpture and art glass in with luxe organic textures such as orchids, apricots and shimmering dried seed pods.

Finish by lighting the entire table with votive candles placed in glass and crystal cups and bowls. You’ll create a table that feels like an escape, a place to be inspired by great conversation and wonderful food. Simply by doing these few simple things, you and your guests will have lovely memories of a special evening for years to come.

Lenox Tablescape

Lenox Gilded Tapestry Dinnerware and Eternal Gold Flatware create a luxurious tablescape for an elegant spring dining.


Decorating tips by entertaining expert Michael Tavano. For more ideas go to


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This was a busy year with us moving out of our home of 10 years in Atlanta into a new townhouse on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. All while having a full-time job running my marketing/communications and design firm, Op5 Creative. It feels like we moved to a new city although we only moved 4 miles but our friends and family took the opportunity to come visit us. Here’s a glance back at 2013: lots of travel and lots of company.

  • Moved into new townhouse in Atlanta; sold and closed on our old house in Atlanta
  • Took Sub-Zero/Wolf Use and Care Class in Atlanta showroom – A 1st and I highly recommend to Wolf owners
  • Six days at the Fountainebleau Miami Beach (Business/Pleasure) – A 1st
  • Six days in Montana visiting my parents and family
  • On the North Carolina coast for Easter with friends from Atlanta. Build a “campfire” on the beach – A 1st
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Our first campfire on the coast of North Carolina over Easter weekend.

  • Great media preview of the giant topiaries at the Atlanta Botanical Garden – A 1st
  • Three business trips to Durham, N.C.
  • Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary
  • Numerous weekend trips to the North Carolina coast with family and friends
  • In-laws from Florida in Atlanta for the weekend
  • In St. Simon’s Island, Georgia for the weekend for our god son’s high school graduation. Stayed at the Ocean Lodge on Beachview Drive. – I’d recommend this hotel.
Cole's Graduation

Our god son Cole (center) graduated from high school.

  • Tarpon fishing with friends in Boca Grande, Florida
  • Weekend trip to The Villages, Florida to visit in-laws
  • Friends from Chapel Hill, North Carolina in Atlanta with us for the weekend
  • Eight days in Montana visiting my parents and family
  • A friend from Charleston visited us in Atlanta
  • Contacted by FoodNetwork producer as possible cast member for new show
  • Shoot video for FoodNetwork – A 1st
  • Friends from Tucson, Arizona visited us in Atlanta for the weekend
  • A friend from St. Simons Island, Georgia in Atlanta visited us for a few days
  • My Mom and Dad and friends from Troy, Alabama in Atlanta for the week with us to help celebrate my birthday.
  • Oral surgery – Ugh
  • Two couple friends from Florida visited us in Atlanta for Tim’s birthday weekend
  • Hired personal chef for a dinner party for eight in our wine room – A 1st
  • More importantly hired a bartender/server/dishwasher for Tim’s dinner party – A must
  • Second bout of oral surgery – Ugh again
  • My sister from Montana visited us in Atlanta for a few days
  • In-laws from Florida in Atlanta for the weekend
  • Joined a church in Atlanta. Committed to start volunteering.
  • Five days in Santa Barbara, California for Christmas at the El Elcanto – Fabulous! This is a story in itself.
  • Week on North Carolina coast with just Tim for New Year’s Eve
The El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California reopened last year after a multi-million renovation.

The El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California reopened last year after a multi-million renovation.


El Encanto Restaurant View

View of the Santa Barbara, California riveria at night from the El Encanto’s hotel restaurant.

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.