Krayl’s Spring Entertaining Must Have’s

Some may say that for me, Spring Entertaining is simply an excuse to set a glorious spring tablescape, and they may be right… Who wouldn’t want an excuse to gather up all the prettiest flowers at the market, pop open a bottle of chilled Rose Champagne, and set the table with all your favorite spring tableware. Here are my suggestions for this Spring Tableware Picks to start fresh or to mix into your current collection.

Krayls Spring Picks for your spring Table #AnAppealingPlan

  1. Creative Candles – Taper Candles 12″ :: Don’t store you candles away after the winter, simply change out your colors for a fresh color that reflects the season. These Creative Candles Taper in Lime green is a reflection of the new grass growing outside your window.
  2. Hampton Forge Paris Hammered Gold Flatware :: The gold trend is here to stay. And there is no need to fight it any longer when flatware is available in chic hammered gold patterns. Don’t be afraid to mix metals – gold + silver are a classic tablescape combination.
  3. Spring Garden Dinnerware by Williams-Sonoma :: I can’t get enough of this fun garden inspired dinnerware featuring birds, bunnies and butterflies set on a pure white background. A border of sky blue completes the look and is perfect for Spring entertaining.
  4. Waterford Lismore Essence Ice Bucket :: Can you ever have too many ice buckets? Clear crystal in the timeless Lismore pattern by Waterford compliments any table – chill some bubbly and celebrate!
  5. Fresh Pink Peonies :: I wait all year-long to see that first peony bud open up in the garden and it never disappoints. If you can’t grow your own, find a resource and spend a little extra this month on flowers for the table, I promise their beauty will captivate you like it has me.
  6. Edge Rose Gold Champagne Saucer – Set of 2 :: OMG! When I first saw these saucer champagnes I wondered where they had been all my life! Are they to die for. Seriously.
  7. Ideal Home Range Artichoke Paper Cocktail Napkins :: Yes, 95% of the time I am all about reuseable and sustainable entertaining however, that 5% is left open for festive paper cocktail napkins. Add in bright green artichokes and I will buy out the store!

 

How are you entertaining this Spring season? What are your top must have’s for your table? Leave me a comment below and join the community by signing up for my newsletter here.

Looking for more Spring Entertaining tips + Recipes – Look Here!

 

Disclosure Statement 

 

Spring Flowers. The Perfect Way to Celebrate the Season In Your Home.

Spring days scream for spring flower arrangements placed on every surface of your home. Don’t save these gorgeous spring blooms for Easter dinner or Mothers Day brunch, brighten your living room, entranceway table and Spring tablescape with a combination of Snapdragons, Pussy Willow branches and fragrant stock everyday!

Spring Flower Arragement with Pussywillows By @KraylFunch on AnAppealingPlan.com 1027 1000x

I have a collection of vases for everyday flowers that sits on top of a sideboard in my dining room that I grab on a regular a basis, and then I have an amazing collection of art glass pieces I have purchased and acquired over the years that I bring out when I want to create something special. Now that doesn’t have to mean I am throwing a party, it can simply mean I picked up an extra bunch of flowers at the market or that I need a little pick me up on a Thursday.

Spring Flower Arragement with Pussywillows 979 1000x

Of course I start with my favorite flower arrangement filler, Eucalyptus leaves, in the base of my large glass container, cutting them to lay just on the edge of the vessel and then begin to add a layer of white fragrant white stock. On top of the line of white stock, add a large bunch of purple snapdragons for that pop of color.

Spring Flower Arragement with Pussywillows 992 1000x

Spring Flower Arragement with Pussywillows By @KraylFunch on AnAppealingPlan.com 1018 1000x

Finish off this spectacular spring flower arrangement with a few Pussy Willow branches in the center. Spread them out so they arch over the top of the entire arrangement adding texture and height to the arrangement and your spring dinner or coffee table.

Spring Flower Arragement with Pussywillows 1001 1000x

Promise me you add more flowers to your home this spring. Don’t wait for a holiday to add beauty to your table ~ try it today, just because. Celebrate everyday ~ Krayl 

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs {#SundaySupper}

Deviled Eggs are a retro side dish recipe that has had more than its 15 minutes of fame in the last few years. Yet I simply still can’t seem to get enough of them! This recipe for Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs adds a bit of edge, and crunch, to a vintage recipe perfect for serving at your next Spring gathering.

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan for Easter or Derby Party

There is a joke in our house that my husband is going to burn out his tastebuds with tha amount of Sriracha he adds to pretty much every dish, so I have to credit him for the inspiration behind this Spicy Deviled Egg recipe. As the saying goes…if you can bet ’em, join ’em. 

Believe it or not this recipe isn’t super hot so feel free to add an extra teaspoon of Sriracha if you really want to kick it up. I love the heat level and feel that it allows you to actually taste the flavor of the Sriracha as well as the celery, which to me is the perfect balance when working with flavors that could easily over power the other ingredients. 

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan for Easter or Derby Party plate in a hand

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan for Easter or Derby Party single

Add this Spicy Srirachi Deviled Egg  dish to your menu as a welcome appetizer served with a Modern Relish Tray, or as a side dish on a buffet along with your other favorite dishes. The bright red dot of sauce and thin sliced celery on top of each one not only adds color and texture but gives a clue as to the ingredients however, if you will have kids at the gathering, you may want to label them so as not to catch anyone off guard. 

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan for Easter or Derby Party on tray

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Egg Recipe

[yumprint-recipe id=’29’] 

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs by @KraylFunch #AnAppealingPlan for Easter or Derby Party group

This week the Sunday Supper Family is celebrating everything Egg-stastic. From a recipe for Classic Egg Salad to a Pistachio Chai Baked Alaska everyone has totally out done themselves! Have a look for yourself… 

{a special thank you to our host for this week, Wendy from Wholistic Woman }

Appetizers & Sides

Main Dishes (Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Brinner and Dinner!)

Desserts

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Homemade Coconut Cake From Scratch – Even the Frosting

Let’s be real, is there anything prettier than a homemade coconut cake from scratch set out for a Spring gathering? Those pure white coconut flakes on the frosting remind of a newly born little bunny tail or a spring lamb in the field – fluffy white and pure. To complement the freshness, bring nature to the table by filling a clear glass vase tucked in the center of the bundt shaped cake with yellow Tulips for an unexpected pop of color.

Homemade Coconut Cake from scratch with frosting and coconut flakes. Yellow tulips for a spring tablescape - easter, mothers day, christaining AnAppealingPlan.com aDSC_6934r 1000x

Yes, baking a homemade Coconut Cake from scratch takes just a bit longer but the results, and sense of pride, make the extra time in the kitchen all worth while. Place your fluffy beauty on a raised white china cake plate, but keep the rest of the desert buffet clean with bone china cake plates, Hampton Forge etched polka dot flatware and two simple Wedgwood White miniature french inspired garden urns to mirror the natural feel of the tulips.

This look is perfect for indoors luncheon for girlfriends or an outdoor Mother’s Day gathering on the patio – however be sure to keep your cake chilled until serving time to ensure the frosting doesn’t melt.

Homemade Coconut Cake from scratch with frosting and coconut flakes. Yellow tullips for a spring tablescape - easter, mothers day, christaning #AnAppealingPlan.com DSC_6936r 1000x

HOMEMADE COCONUT CAKE FROM SCRATCH

INGREDIENTS

3/4 pound {3 sticks} unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for greasing pan
2 ½ cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup coconut milk
4 ounces unsweetened shredded organic coconut

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 1 round bundt cake pan, dust lightly with flour – tap upside down to remove excess flour.

In a large bowl cream room temperature butter and sugar until mixture becomes light yellow and fluffy. In a separate small bowl crack eggs. Add eggs into butter sugar mixture 1 at a time making sure each egg is full combined before adding the next. Add the vanilla and almond extracts – mix.

In a clean medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add half of the dry mixture and half the milk to the butter egg bowl, mix to combined. Continue adding the remainder of the dry mixture and milk, mix well to combine all ingredients. Using a spatula scrape any remaining batter from the edges and fold in shredded coconut.

Pour the batter into greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes, until the top has browned – do not worry if it puffs up and/or cracks – and a cake tester comes out clean. Place pan on a baking rack to cool for 30 minutes, then flip over to remove cake from pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.

See frosting recipe below.

Homemade Coconut Cake from scratch with frosting and coconut flakes. Yellow tulips for a spring tablescape - easter, mothers day, christaning #AnAppealingPlan.com DSC_6899r 1000x

HOMEMADE COCONUT CREAM FROSTING

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 pound {2 sticks} unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sweetened cream de coco
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, to be used on outside of frosting

METHOD

In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, cream de coco and vanilla extract until just blended – do not over mix. Add in 1/2 the confectioners’ sugar, mix then add the remaining until smooth.

To decorate the cake, sprinkle the top with coconut and lightly press more coconut onto the sides. Serve chilled to room temperature – due to the butter content in this frosting it must be kept cool to hold its consistency.


SHOP ITEMS IN THIS FEATURE ON AMAZON

Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Nonstick Bakeware 9-1/2-Inch Cake Pan
Hampton Forge Skandia Dots 45-Piece Flatware Set
BIA Cordon Bleu Porcelain Round Cake Stand


 

Bourbon Bacon Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs recipes have traditionally varied greatly by ingredient mainly regionally, however in the last few years they have become more and more adventurous all across the nation with the addition of new flavor profiles. These Bourbon Bacon Deviled Eggs keep the filling clean with just a few ingredients to let the Bourbon Bacon flavor shine through. It’s the perfect dish to serve to guests to welcome them as they arrive for a gathering at your home, yet not spoil their appetite, or to bring to a neighbors BBQ.

Bourbon Bacon Deviled Eggs via AnAppealingPlan.com @KraylFunch (15) 1000x

As a kid I remember arriving at a relatives homes for a special gatherings and heading immediately to the food display. Peaking my head up to see those smooth pure white egg halves filled with a creamy yellow mixture front and center. Not always my favorite snack until I reached my teens, I truly have always dreamed of having a collection of special deviled egg platters to showcase during spring entertaining opportunities. Perhaps some day…
Bourbon Bacon Deviled Egg Recipe from AnAppealingPlan.com. Perfect for a Kentucky Derby Party or to bring to a neighbors BBQ.

{This recipe has been revised in 2016 to a new recipe which after further testing has produced a more flavorful Bourbon Bacon. Enjoy!}

BOURBON BACON DEVILED EGGS

INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons Bourbon
3 tablespoons brown sugar
12 large eggs, hardboiled 
1/3 cup organic mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped chives, plus more for garnish
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

Place equal parts Bourbon and brown sugar in a small sauce pan. Heat until fully combined, simmer – do not allow to boil – for 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat. Allow to cool slightly.

In a medium skillet cook bacon on medium heat until crisp, be cautious not to burn. Place on bacon on paper towels.

When bacon is cool to the touch, dip each piece into the bourbon syrup, coat both sides and place on a plate to cool completely.

Peel hardboiled eggs, half lengthwise with a sharp knife and remove yolks. Reserve yolks in separate bowl. Rinse off egg white halves to remove any remaining yolks.

Chop yolks into fine pieces using a knife or food processor. In a medium size bowl, combine reserved yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, and chopped chives in a medium bowl. Stir until well combined. season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Transfer to a resealable bag. Cut a small triangle off 1 corner to allow mixture to be piped into whites; garnish each egg with crumbled bacon. For an additional garnish add chives to the platter.

Shop the Items Used Here Now On Amazon ::

All-Clad Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saute Pan with Lid
Oxo Good Grips Nylon Slotted Spoon
BrightSpring Mixing Bowls


Nature Inspired Napkin Rings For A Spring Table

Use clippings and found ribbon to easily bring a bit of the garden to your Spring table by creating easy nature inspired napkin rings for your next gathering.

Just for you! My Spring Entertaining Checklist. Download, print out and make your next gathering as enjoyable as a spring breeze.

Floral + White Linen Napkins Nature Inspired Napkin Rings for a spring gathering - easter, mothers day AnAppealingPlan.com (2r) 1000x

I love setting a pretty table and it doesn’t get any better than spring entertaining when it comes to incorporating nature into your tablescape + centerpieces. The world outside is bursting with fresh new textures, colors and inspiration just begging to be brought in.

Grapevine wired ribbon wraps perfectly around a floral Robbins egg blue napkin. Simply cut 4-6 inches and secure around your napkin bending the ends of the wire around each other to hold it in place.

Easter White Linen with Pussywillow and Green ribbon on white plate - Napkins Nature Inspired Napkin Rings for a spring gathering - e

Fresh Green Grosgrain Ribbon tied around a white linen hemstitched napkin creates the perfect nook to tuck 3 springs of Pussy Willow – add one to each place setting by topping each plate with a pretty bundle.

Blue + Linen Napkins Nature Inspired Napkin Rings for a spring gathering - easter, mothers day AnAppealingPlan.com (1r) 1000x

Secure two Rosemary springs around a blue cloth napkin with green florist wire or bakers twine and the aroma alone will have your guests ready for a delicious spring dinner.

Linen napkin with eucalyptus and grey checkered ribbon on white plate - Napkins Nature Inspired Napkin Rings for a spring gathering - easter, mothers day AnAppealingPlan (27r) 1000x

Tan linen napkins rolled and tied with a grey gingham ribbon is just the right touch for a Spring brunch – a touch of class but not over done. A small clipping of seeded Eucalyptus pairs wonderfully with the subtle colors – cut one from your centerpiece and tuck it into the ribbon.

Shop items mentioned in this feature on Amazon ::
Green Grosgrain Ribbon
Hemstitch White Linen Dinner Napkins
Natural Baking/Cooking Twine

How to Create A Spring Bulb Centerpiece.

Forcing bulbs to create a Spring Bulb Centerpiece brings the cheeriness of the outdoors inside, but requires you to plan weeks ahead to properly prepare the bulbs. This quick short cut creates the same look in a fraction of the time. Add this easy Spring bulb centerpiece to your Easter, Mothers Day or other Spring gathering tablescape and watch as each bulb opens up just as it would in your garden.

Spring Bulb Centerpiece In Gold Urn via @AnAppealingPlan by @KraylFunch (7 revised) 1000x

Begin by selecting the vessels and bulbs, for this table I am using gold accents therefore I am used several gold toned urns in varying heights and textures to add interest to the table. For the bulbs, I have picked up already growing yellow daffodils, purple hyacinth and white tulips – your local nursery, garden center or market most likely will have a nice selection of colors during the early spring months to choose from.

Once you have your vessel and bulbs are selected begin by place a small amount of soil in the base of the planter, then begin to add your bulbs on top. Nursery stock pots usually contain 3-4 bulbs in each, gently break them apart to fit in them in the container and spread out the colors as they would appear naturally in the garden.

Spring Bulb Centerpiece In Gold Urn via @AnAppealingPlan by @KraylFunch (18 revised 1000x)

Once the bulbs are arranged in the container add another layer of soil to secure them in place and to ensure their roots stay moist as they bloom. Complete your look by topping off the soil with green reindeer moss to cover the roots and add an additional texture to the spring bulb centerpiece.

Spring Bulb Centerpiece In Gold Urn via @AnAppealingPlan by @KraylFunch (1 revised) 1000x

When you have everything in its place bring the entire container over to the sink and give it a good drink of water – consider whether your vessel has drainage holes and if you need to protect the table surface as well as how much water the bulbs will rest in.

Group the gold urns together in the center of your Easter or Spring tablescape and enjoy the fragrance as they bloom just in time for your Spring gathering.

Setting An Easy Spring Tablescape

Ah Spring… we smell you in the air, we feel you on our skin, we have waited through the chilly nights and short winter days for you to arrive and finally spring is here. It is time to put away our winter coats, open up all the windows, sweep off the front porch and welcome spring into our homes. Yes, please come on in. First step, setting an easy spring table.

Whether it is a kitchen table or a dining room table, creating a Spring inspired tablescape is as easy as heading to the garden to find colorful bulbs and clipping the early flowering branches. If you have a small garden or can’t bear the thought of cutting back the long awaited color, your local farmers market or grocery will no doubt be filled with the bright colors and flowers of the season. For this spring inspired tablescape a white ceramic bunny is nestled between vibrant purple hyacinths mixed with bright fuchsia and green cuttings.

Pink chargers at each place setting create the perfect backdrop to stack plates for each course. Soft boiled eggs placed in whimsical duck feet holders begin our brunch, followed by a spring mix salad with dried currants to be placed on turquoise scalloped edged Italian stoneware plates. The main course of Green Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops will be served in a low white china bowl.

Setting a pretty table does not equally a stuffy formal affair. Keep with the informal feel of this brunch table by placing additional hyacinths in juice glasses and group together around our happy white ceramic figurine. Sand colored linen napkins and everyday flatware complete the table.

Once the table is set, continue to welcome spring by placing flowers around the house on any flat surface you find.

Seasonal decorating gives you the opportunity to move items around your home, rotate décor and personalize each space as the seasons change. Be sure to enjoy every minute of this fresh new season by playing around with different colors and textures on your table and throughout the house.

 

The Modern Relish Tray

The New Relish Tray AnAppealingPlan.com by @KraylFunch

 

What exactly is a relish tray? Why should I serve a relish tray at my next entertaining opportunity?

{speaking of entertaining… Let’s connect on instagram and share our entertaining images!}

If you were born in the last 20 years, you may not have had the experience of Grandmom’s relish tray, but this vegetable filled pre-dinner plate, once popular, is making its way back into our gatherings, especially for entertaining during the holiday season.

The beauty of this tray is the combination of flavors, the fresh crisp vegetables {carrots, radish}, the pickled { gherkins, cucumbers} and the brine {olives} . It’s a great starter for any meal and it resists being to rich and spoiling your appetite.

SUGGESTIONS FOR A MODERN RELISH TRAY

radish
carrots
celery
olives
gerkins
pickles
baked pita chips

Also classically served on a relish tray, is a spread or dip of some sort such as creamy pimento cheese, herb veggie or in this case my Arugula Green Goddess.

ARUGULA GREEN GODDESS DRESSING

INGREDIENTS

5 cups arugula, cleaned and packed
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 medium garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped

METHOD

In a food processor combine arugula and sour cream. Combine until completely blended. Add salt, lemon juice, garlic and thyme. Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight to let the flavors combine.

Serve cold.

Did you have a relish tray in your house growing up? Have you served one lately? Tell me about it in the comments.


 

Visit the other Sunday Supper contributors to this week’s recipes all inspired by trays.

Savory Bites:

Sweet Treats:

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Gardening: What Is A Tulip?

Gardening Tips what is a tulip from @AnAppealingPlan

tu·lip noun \ˈtü-ləp, ˈtyü-\

: a large, bright flower that is shaped like a cup and that grows in the spring

:  any of a genus (Tulipa) of Eurasian bulbous herbs of the lily family that have linear or broadly lanceolate leaves and are widely grown for their showy flowers; also :  the flower or bulb of a tulip

“Any of almost 4,000 varieties of about 100 species of cultivated bulbous herbaceous plants making up the genus Tulipa in the lily family, native to Eurasia. Among the most popular of all garden flowers, the tulip produces two or three thick, bluish-green leaves clustered at the base of the plant. The usually solitary inverted bell-shaped flowers have three petals and three sepals. Colors range from white through yellows and reds to brown and deep purple to almost black. Streaked blossoms get their streaks from a harmless virus infection that causes the color to disappear in patterns, letting white or yellow show through.”

What is your favorite spring flower? Tell me about why it is your favorite flower in the comments below. 

Easy Spring Jelly Bean + Birds Nest Centerpiece

Is it me, or are jelly beans a sure sign of spring and that Easter is on it’s way! Create these fun jelly bean bird nest centerpieces using green moss, and other hints of spring, such as bunnies and butterflies.  In this short video for eHow.com I show you how to easily make a jelly bean centerpiece for your spring tablescape.

 

 

EASY BIRDS NEST CENTERPIECE

For this centerpiece you will need:

  • Tall Cake Plate
  • Moss
  • Moss Runner
  • Jelly Beans
  • Small Birds Nests – two sizes
  • Faux Butterflies

Begin with two different size bird’s nests. I like to use different sizes because they add a little bit of variety and also are great cups for the jelly beans. You’re then going to have two different types of moss, one is a flat moss and is actually a live moss, and the second is a table runner that you can cut into two different sizes. You’re going to spread out the table runner, the length of your table or just right in the center. Place the cake plate right on top. We’re going to next put the singular moss piece right on the top of the cake plate to start to create a moss bed.

Bring in the small and large bird’s nests. Layer them slightly and put them on an angle to add a little variety. You can also add one to the base right on top of your table. Begin placing the jelly beans inside of the nests. Each nest will hold a variety of colors and amount. Once you have the jelly beans in place in their nests, you can start to add in the different elements. Here we’re going to add in a little butterfly. You can then bring in other items that are spring themed, such as a larger bunny or any other items found around your house.

This centerpiece will be perfect for a baby shower, Mother’s Day or Easter brunch tablescape.

Just for you! My Spring Entertaining Checklist. Download, print out and make your next gathering as enjoyable as a spring breeze.

Read more about creating jelly bean centerpieces and search my other videos on my YouTube Channel.