Summer Cheese Plate

Cheese Platter by Fashionable Hostess // FashionableHostess.comMichael Aram Molten Bowls, Crate & barrel Tray, Simply and Crisp, Asian Pear, Summer Cheese, Mozzarella Balls, Green Olives, Cheese Platter

Come Spring and Summer I love to make a few updates to my usual cheese platter, and this one is truly a hit. Rather than a heavy and creamy winter cheese, I chose light mozzarella balls marinated in olive oil, red pepper flakes, and fresh parsley. {These balls are great for sharing when served with toothpicks!} A sweet and juicy addition to the platter which are incredibly refreshing for a hot day are freshly sliced Asian Pears. Then for a healthy and weight-conscious crunch I love Simple & Crisps {dried fruit chips} over crackers; here I chose their apple flavor to tie in with my color scheme. And then no platter of mine is complete without green olives; just don’t forget to place a small glass dish alongside them for yours pits!

Mozzarella Balls, Green Olives, and Simple & Crisps Platter // FashionableHostess.comThe Perfect Summer Cheese Plate // FashionableHostess.com

To create this beautiful platter at home, I used my Mallorca Oval Marble Server from Crate and Barrel as my base. I then took one of my Michael Aram Molten Mini Snack Dishes and placed my olives in there, and then used a silver pedestal bowl {similar to this one by Julia Knight} for displaying my marinated mozzarella balls. On either side of the platter I laid out Simple & Crisps and fresh sliced Asian Pears. Lastly I arranged my toothpicks in both my cheese and olives. Tada, enjoy!

Cheese Platter is served // FashionableHostess.com

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FHB Style: Spring Florals

Nothing beats those dreary Winter blues than some Springy blue florals, which is exactly what Baby Reese is doing here in her new Old Navy Floral-Print Tie-Hem Top. From it’s Peter Pan collar to it’s elasticized hem with tie in front, she could not be more on trend! As my mom said, “it looks like something you own but in mini!” She finished off the look with a pair of Old Navy Capri white leggings, perfect for all of her strolls through the park, or in this case climbing up and down her bookshelves. Not shown are her new Mary Jane jelly sandals in clear because now that she’s walking, I am obsessed with cute footwear.

Baby Gluck in Florals

Since Reese’s entire outfit came to under $30.00, I had a little bit of time to shop some gorgeous blues for my ever-growing baby bump. I am so torn over whether to get the Maternity Bandana-Print Maxi Dress or the Maternity Printed Crepe Maxi Tube Dress, or both!

Make sure to hit up Old Navy if you need a pick-up from your winter blues!

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Host Easter Sunday Lunch

While I don’t actually celebrate Easter religiously, I love hosting a celebration for the Holiday… I mean honestly who could resist a table full of pinks, pastels, and peeps?!

When it comes to setting a ‘successful’ Easter table, the bottom line is that too much color and sugar is a VERY good thing. Serving Peeps, Chocolate Eggs, and Eleni’s Cookies in one sitting may seem over the top, but guests will be drooling and digging in before the food is even served! Here is what you need to put this table together…

Easter eggs, striped straws, easter candyEaster table, kim seybert napkin rings dayglow, watermelon placemats, easter candy

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My Easter table is all about the bright details! For starters, I created a Peeps and Easter Egg centerpiece. I took my Juliska Medium Cake Stand and lined the outside in multi-colored Peeps. Then I took a small glass bowl and filled it with Easter Eggs and placed in the center. I picked up Eleni’s Cookies because they have the most ADORABLE Easter selection {the set I used comes in a beautiful box and is under $50.00 if you need a gift to bring to your hostess!!}. I placed them on pretty dessert plates around the table or they are great for dessert. Striped straws in a few different pastels and more Easter Eggs were placed on both ends of the table in crystal bowls. And just because I felt like being over the top, I gave each person a mini-sugar-high at their individual place setting with one peep and a few Whopper Eggs on a Jonathan Adler Zebra coaster. Good thing I had a little helper to assist with all of the details!

Spring Flurry Cookie Set by elenis cookies

For my table settings, I used Bed Bath and Beyond watermelon pink placemats {that I featured in my Host a Kids Playdate Table Setting}, floral napkins {similar to these}, Kim Seybert Pink Day Glow Napkin Rings, and Villeroy & Boch Boston Goblets in clear. I “dressed up” the table by using lots of crystal – which I utilized in my cake stand, water glasses, and bowls.

I hope you have a lovely and cheerful Holiday with your family and friends! And stay tuned because the week following Easter I will be doing a series of Fitness and Health related posts {in my Health section seen at left under “Get Fit”} to help de-bloat and detox from this ridiculous sugar high!!

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