Harvest Table

It’s that time of year for textures, warm fall hues, delicious food and gatherings with friends and family. What I love the most is the opportunity to decorate my tables at home for guests! I hope you are inspired as much as I am to spruce up your table for any type of dinner party at home this season! Currently I’m obsessing with all of these faux tableware items! Sophistiplate offers gorgeous tableware for all kinds of celebrations, I mean even Oprah has her favorites picked out! Paper plates and adorable serving utensils don’t stop there, Eat.Drink. Host has the cutest sayings and products to make your table speak with fun! To view the items featured ( so you can grab them for yourself ) scroll to the end of post!

Tablescape/Styling: Andi Mans
Photography: Andi Mans
In Collaboration with: Blacktwine

Get this post: Taupe Napkins, Pearly White Bowls, Brown Petalo Plates, Brown Petalo Bowls, Orange Deep Bowls, Gold Stripe Napkin Rings, Birch Utensil Set, The Dipper Delish Set, 4-Light Pendant, Bistro Side Chairs, Armchairs, Placemat, Checker Gray Cushion, Wreath ( I made ) from supplies Hobby Lobby, Home Chalkboard, Red Wagon Pumpkin Pillow

Spanish Garden at Mission Inn

I spent some beautiful time at the stunning Mission Inn Resort located in Howey-in-the-hills this past week and loved every second, though it’s still so warm out! I love all the Spanish tile, textured walls and beautiful greenery surrounding this beautiful venue. I hope you are inspired by our Spanish editorial!

Photography: Andi Mans
Floral/Styled: Andi Mans
Venue: Mission Inn Resort
Cake: The Branch by Andi Mans & 4 Rivers
Hair/Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dress: Something New Bridal

Get together at home with Lafayette & Rushford

Since a kid I’ve always enjoyed a tasty vanilla pudding. If you want to relish in the memories, here’s a creamy easy recipe to whip up! How adorable are these mini sized dessert shooters? Serves the perfect amount for an after dinner sweet tooth! Check out some awesome items shopped at Lafayette & Rushford!

Serving dishes and calendar below can be found at: Lafayette & Rushford

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

2 1/2 cups half and half
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons corn starch (add an extra tablespoon for a thicker consistency)

I can’t believe 2017 is almost over with, this year has flown by so fast! Around this time of year we start cranking out some awesome events starting in October from weddings, projects and more! Oh and this adorable desk calendar by Karen Adams Designs!

The perfect cheese spread has a little bit of sweet and salty. My personal favorite cheese choices can be found at Whole Foods, but you can go to your local market and pick as you please! I like to throw some sweet fruits to clear my palette, honey to top off cheeses and a tasty butter cracker!

After guests leave ( or linger perhaps ) I enjoy my favorite cup of coffee to wind down. Coffee doesn’t ask silly questions, coffee understands. And this flamingo mug, must have!

Real Wedding: Stephanie + Michael

Oh joy! Congrats again to my cousin Stephanie and her hubby Michael! The two said “I do” surrounded by family, friends and gorgeous Summer green landscapes at the beautiful Zingerman Cornman’s Farm in Dexter, Michigan! My cousins dress is so unique, she designed + made it herself with fabric from her mothers original wedding dress! Creativity runs in the family! Congrats again you two, cannot wait to share more but for now enjoy the post highlights below! Baby goats were in this wedding, yes, repeat…BABY GOATS!

Photography: Andi Mans

Bohemian Romance

Every so often my wild and free heart must create something that is straight out of a romantic bohemian dream. Boho style can be as chic as any formal wedding as well, so this wonderful styled to perfection groom and bride made my heart swoon. I hope you get inspired to try different color palettes, out of the box and explore the beautiful venue of The Acre.

Photography: Andi Mans
Floral/Event Design: Andi Mans
Cake: Sweet Flours
Groom Styling: John Newland of Victor and Ash Collection
Dress: Something New Bridal BoutiqueYolan Cris
Hair/Makeup: Laura Reynolds
Videography: Fox Grove Films

Real Wedding: Jaycelyn + Scott

Jayce and Scott were one beautiful couple. I loved designing elements for their beautiful day of love from seating, tablescape and floral. Both venues situated next to each-other in the heart of Winter Park, Florida – Albin Polasek Museum which has the most beautiful European sculpture garden and open air feel to it, perfect for portraits and ceremony. The Capen House next door is a lovely option for reception and guests to spend the night away over dinner underneath the stars! Please take a look at some of my favorites below!

Event Design/Floral: Andi Mans
Photography: Best Photography
Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Venue: Albin Polasek Museum and The Capen House

Snap & Flutter Workshop: Spring 2017

There’s a new venue in town and I just love it! Talk about a speak easy vibe when walking through he two grey double door alley way into a room filled with textures that can compliment any event from weddings, celebrations or more! I hosted my Spring Snap and Flutter workshop here as well! The attendees enjoyed capturing pops of color, vintage flair, and the beautiful dress featured by Enaura Bridal – what a perfect match for this setting. If you’re a unique bride looking to turn this awesome space into a wonderland of your own, let’s chat. I hope you enjoy and get inspired below!

Photography: Andi Mans
Floral/Styling/Event Design: Andi Mans
Venue: 1010 West
Makeup/Hair: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dress: Enaura Bridal from Something New Bridal
Suite/Groom Styling: John Newland of Victor and Ash Collection
Dishes: Dishie Rentals
Chair/Linen/Boxwood Wall/Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Cake: Sweet Flours
Invitation Suite: Paper Goat Post
Film: KEJ Productions

Spring Wedding Dress Editorial

Spring is one of my favorite seasons, and here in Florida the flowers have bloomed, greenery is bright and beautiful details and weddings are out to play! This editorial features dresses from Narin Moda and Provonias, such gorgeous gowns. Sprinkled in with details from Bella Belle handmade shoes and more. Enjoy!

Photography: Andi Mans
Creative Direction/Styling/Floral: Andi Mans
Hair/Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Dress: Two-Piece, Narin ModaProvonias
Shoes: Bella Belle
Boutique: Something New Bridal

Host your very own Farm to Table dinner at home!

Do you want to turn your evening with friends into a “Farm Fresh” dinner party right in your very own home? I’ve got some easy ideas just for you to bring your inner farmer out in style! When my guests arrive, I’m always sure to have a delicious signature drink available for them to sip on. I gathered fresh rosemary and squeezed lemons, to pour the sweetest of sweetest infused lemonade. Let’s make it!

Rose Infused Lemonade

1 frozen Minute Made 12 oz. juice
1 Lemon, sliced
Fresh Rosemary to garnish
2 cups of tonic water
1 bottle of Rose ( your choice )

Mix all together, and pour! Serve chilled or with ice

Every dinner party must start off with the right decor, and what better place to begin than heading to your local floral shop, in my case I found some affordable bouquets of fresh flowers at Trader Joes. Make sure to cut the stems down a few inches, prep your floral dish to start designing. Use pops of color and a bunch of greenery!  This will bring your table a sense of texture and that “wild flower picked” look you want! You can purchase your wet foam at Hobby Lobby + water resistant floral tape to make sure your floral is secure.

Insert your greenery first as your base and finish off with your accent floral. What’s an accent floral? A flower that you find colorful, larger and that stands out! Have fun with it, spread them around in different spots! This is going to be your center arrangement for your table!

The Feels
Want to re-create the atmosphere of eating outside on a woodsy farm table indoors? Focus on elements like herbs, fruits, and veggies to style your table!  I sprinkled organic pears, tomatoes and relishes to act as the “runner” along the side of my arrangement. The nice part about the farm vibes, it’s ok to get a little messy with it, so cheers to your friends across the table and break some bread!

Place Setting
Instead of your place mat positioned as usual, flip it around and let it drop down under your plate, you can easily change this look by turning the mat towards your body like in the photo. I added a little bit of left over greenery for each linen napkin for an accent, and you should too!

A healthy salad is a sure staple to any farm to table evening. I have an easy DIY Organic Arugula salad that will sure make your guests swoon with color and taste, topped with a zesty dressing! My mouth is watering already thinking about it!

Zesty Organic Arugula Salad

In a large bowl mix:

1 bag of baby Arugula
Light handful of Almonds
Sliced Radish

Zesty Dressing:
4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
¾ cups Olive Oil
½ tsp. garlic powder
4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard

To me “Farm-to- Table” is about bringing all the elements of preparing meals the old fashioned way, straight from the farm — from your local market — to your home. Good conversations, healthy eats, sharing dishes and enjoying the simplicity of “dinner time”. I hope that you can re-create your very own farm to table dinner soon with these useful tips!