5 Valentines Day Tablescape Ideas

Just like searching for true love, there are SO many way to set the perfect Valentines Day tablescape I thought it might be best to pull together my favorite looks from over the years here on An Appealing Plan and from the mighty web it self to inspire you this season.

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Still one of my favorites, this vintage über pretty pink tablescape features, Ombre XOX cookies set atop of a white china cake stand and a romantic combination of pink tulips, wax flower and pink stock. It is perfect for Galentine’s Day or a week day dinner for two.

Valentines Day Tablescape Ideas - red and Pink ranunculus in mason jars from Michaels found on AnAppealingPlan.com by #KraylFunch

These ball jars filled with Red and Pink Ranunculus are perfect for a Valentine’s luncheon celebration! Found on GreenWeddingShoes.com as a bridal shower idea it is easily transformed for a February day. The paper table runner makes the pink pop and will not break your decor budget so there is more to spend on chocolate!

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Red velvet hearts hanging on curly willow branches create a dream like effect on this Romantic table for two found right here in 2013! Red and white are a classic pairing for a Valentine’s Day tablescape and this table shows you why it will never go out of style.

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Proof that romance doesn’t have to be all pink and red, and in your face, this lovely tablesetting featuring acrylic chairs running the length of this poolside table for 20. The gorgeous floral arrangements featuring coral peonies allow friendship and connection to be the focus on this table seen on  JoelSerrato.com

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And finally my favorite place to enjoy a romantic Valentines Day breakfast… in bed of course! This easy “tray-scape” can be made ahead and then completed with waffles and love potion right before your favorite sweetheart wakes up.

3 Tips To Kickoff Your Summer Entertaining Season

Memorial Weekend! The official unofficial start to the summer. The beginning of the Summer Entertaining season! Recipes inspired by the garden and farmers market finds, neighborhood block parties and sunset garden gatherings.

In the media Summer is touted as the season of slowing down, sipping lemonade on the porch and reading at the beach. However to me it always seems to be a whirlwind of activity – every weekend on the calendar is filled with parties, road trips and adventures to make the most of the weather. I am not sure about you, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! So let’s get the fun started with 3 tips to kick off your summer entertaining season!

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3 Tips to Kickoff Your Summer Entertaining Season

#1 :: Have a Signature Cocktail. 

Having a go-to drink makes entertaining easy. You are sure to always have everything on hand if you simply restock when ingredients get low after a party, guests love trying new cocktails and really, who doesn’t love saying “It’s my signature cocktail”! A few of my favorites… The Paloma Cocktail, The Cilantro Margarita or a Fresh Squeezed Lime + Grapefruit Cocktail.

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#2 :: Plant an Herb Garden.

Fresh herbs are the key to making summer recipes taste their best. What could be more fresh than picking herbs right from your garden or patio container? Try creating an herb garden from seed or find out how easy it is to start a small space garden.

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#3 :: Find Recipes That Save You Time But Look Great!

Yes, making everything from scratch is a home-cooks dream but for most of us busy women, it just can’t happen every time we entertain. Find a few recipes that incorporate time saving kitchen hacks then spend a few extra minutes creating a pretty table to wow your guests. Start with Homemade Whipped cream over store bought mini Shortcake with strawberries, Sesame Chicken Skewers or Chilled Mint and Pea soup.

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And, if you are looking for even more ways to celebrate everyday check out An Appealing Plan the book.

Call it a trend or a return to the past, but I believe we are bringing back entertaining at home, lingering over a table after a lovingly prepared meal with friends. It has been a way of life and passion of mine my entire adult life, and I am thrilled to be able to invite you on this journey with me through a year of celebrating every day. Filled with recipes, tablescapes, floral inspiration and seasonal entertaining ideas An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations, is a dream come true for me a true honor to be able to share it with you. To learn more about An Appealing Plan :: A Year of Everyday Celebrations here. And of course, share how you are celebrating everyday.

The Tastiest Cilantro Margarita

This Cilantro Margarita has a little twist on it. With super fresh ingredients it is perfect for Cinco de Mayo, a neighborhood BBQ or just a girls night on the back porch. I know you are going to love it.

The main ingredients we are going to use in this cocktail are tequila, lime juice, homemade simple syrup, cilantro, kosher salt, and ice. We’re going to keep it clean and keep our ingredients fresh and to a minimum. First we are going to select our glass and use a little bit of the lime to coat the edge of the glass. If you prefer no salt, but the best way to rim the glass is to use a little bit of the lime to moisten the edge and use kosher salt.

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I only like a little bit of salt, so what I prefer to do is dab on a little tiny bit. Next pick off some of the cilantro leaves and place them in the glass. I know cilantro can go either way – you either love it or you hate it, but I happen to love it, so any time I can get fresh cilantro from the farmer’s market, I go ahead and grab it and make as many things as I can. I love it with tacos, guacamole, really anything. Even when we go get sushi I ask them if they have any cilantro – if they have it I just tell them to add it any roll they can!

After you add the lime and cilantro muddle then together. The juice of the lime will help mix that up. Muddle it and then add the lime juice. I always prefer to use fresh squeezed and natural, but if you can’t, the Key Lime very tasty.

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A little bit of simple syrup just in to add a little bit of sweetness, then tequila and add in ice. Once you add your ice, stir and top it off with a sliced lime wedge.

I love the bright lime that makes it a little sour, and the cilantro. It’s a lot of cilantro flavor but not too much. Then a little bit of simple syrup makes it a little bit sweet, but honestly, you could do without that. Just depends on how you like your cocktails.

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lime wedge, to muddle and as garnish
kosher salt
1 ounce lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1.5 ounces tequilla
1 ounce simple syrup
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Moisten the outside edge of the glass with a lime wedge, dip in kosher salt to edge with salt. Place wedge in glass with cilantro leaves and muddle together to break down the cilantro leaves. Add lime juice, simple syrup, tequilla and ice. Stir together to combine.

Garnish with lime wedge and serve very cold.

Makes one cocktail.

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The Prettiest Spring Cocktail :: The Pretty Peacock

Spring flowers are not just to be kept in the garden – bring them to the table by adding them to your favorite Spring cocktail recipes. This Pretty Peacock cocktail gets it’s name from the Pavan Liqueur as well as the additional bright colors of edible flowers floating on top.

The lovely combination of flavors – Muscat grapes, Orange Blossoms and Elderflower – in this Pretty Peacock cocktail make it perfect for a Spring gathering set in the garden or in a space filled with Summer flowers. On the sweet side, but not clingy, it is an easy beverage to make as well as to sip!

The Pretty Peacock Cocktail via AnAppealingPlan.com by Krayl Funch A perfect cocktail for spring and summer gatherings featuring Pavan and Elderflower rv

Whether you are hosting an elaborate Spring time wedding, bridal shower or a simple Summer gathering on your patio with friends, the touch of edible flowers in your cocktails will surely elevate your celebration.

The ingredients for this spring cocktail are easy :: Two spirits – Gin and Pavan liqueur.  Two mixers :: Club Soda and Elder Flower. One Juice  :: Lime  Juice and One Garnish :: Edible Flowers.

Add ice into the shaker, because we don’t want to dilute it too much. We want to make sure that everything gets nice and cool. Add one part Pavan, one part gin – right on top of the ice in the shaker. Then add one and a half parts of the elderflower lemonade – it definitely has a little bit of sweetness to it, but it’s very refreshing.

Pavan is a French liqueur, made from the small little tiny white grapes that grow right on the coast. Their website is beautiful. You must go take a peak – you will want to move tomorrow!

The Pavan is also a more literal world. It’s a slow and sort of majestic dance; it’s called the dance of the peacock. While I’m not completely sure if the peacock does the dance or humans do the dance, I think it is a dance that was done by humans but referred to as the dance of the peacock, sort of a proud, flamboyant, majestic dance.

“The Pretty Peacock gets it’s name from “the classic Pavan dance or “Dance of the Peacock” which was popular in the South of France during the Renaissance (16th century). In French, “se pavaner” is still used today, and means to act with pride, confidence and swagger… to strut like a peacock, so to speak”.”

Once you add your fresh lime swirl it together – you don’t want to bruise the gin by shaking. You could also just serve this straight up,  but I like to throw a little bit of ice in the glass to keep it cool since it’s going to be served during spring or summer. Pour the mixture right over top of the ice and optionally add a touch of club soda – it adds a little bit of effervescence and keeps it a little bit lighter. Now pick your flowers to garnish and cheers.

The Pretty Peacock spring cocktail is light, refreshing, has a little bit of sweetness to it but not too much. It’s really, really excellent for sipping outside on the porch surrounded by flowers at a garden party. So mix up a batch of this pretty cocktail and get your swagger on.

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1 part Pavan liqueur
1 part good quality gin, such as Bombay
1.5 parts Elderflower soda
juice of 1 lime, approximately 1 tablespoon
tonic water
edible organic flowers, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the Pavan, gin, Elderflower soda and juice of 1 lime. Swirl to combine and chill.

Place fresh ice in serving glass, strain mixture over top – filling to 3/4 full. Top with tonic water and garnish with selected edible flowers. Serve immediately.

Makes one cocktail.


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Zesty Southern Pimento Cheese 

Admittedly my relationship with Pimento Cheese did not begin until I moved South. I had heard of it, but honestly thought of it as some type of cheese mixture close to Port Wine Cheese or a Cheese Ball you have at the holiday’s.

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After a few visits with neighbors and attending various gatherings this “southern” mixture started to become more and more a part of my entertaining menu. Still, I had not made it personally – I thought, “Is a girl born and raised in the Northeast even allowed to make and serve this dish??”

So, I began to do a little research on recipes and the history of Pimento Cheese. Let’s start with recipes – I think there are just as many recipe variations as there are Southern mothers! Too many to count and all with their own must have ingredients, and story to go along, about why this ingredient is a MUST for an authentic Pimento Cheese Recipe.

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Moving on to the history. No one was more shocked to find out that pimento cheese got its beginnings in the North—in New York, in fact—as a product of industrial food manufacturing and mass marketing! Imagine that? This truly southern dish is a transplant to the warmer weather, just like many of us in the Southern states.

Sometime shortly after World War II, the popularity of the pre-made pimento cheese brands began to fade, but Southern cooks took what began as an industrial food product and started developing their own recipes for making and serving it at home.

According to Robert Moss, Southern Food Correspondent and author of Going Lardcore: Adventures in New Southern Dining, from SeriousEats.com“These new, up-to-date products—cream cheese and red pimentos—were favorites of the practitioners of Domestic Science. Also known as “home economics,” it was a women-led social reform movement that sought to bring order and scientific precision to all aspects of the home, with a particular emphasis on scientific cooking and a neat dinner table. Cream cheese was the perfect food for the Domestic Science sensibility. The Domestic Scientists loved canned pimentos, too, especially their mild, inoffensive flavor and their flashy red color.” 

Don’t you love it!

So without further delay my fellow “Domestic Scientists” – I offer you my version of Zesty Pimento Cheese Spread.

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  • 1 – 8 ounces package whipped cream cheese
  • 2 – 4 ounce jars of diced pimentos, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon srirachi sauce, or hot sauce of choice
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, add to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, add to taste
  • 5 cups {1 1/4 pounds} shredded cheddar cheese
  • green onions, for garnish if desired


In a food processor combine cream cheese, pimentos, celery seeds, Worcestershire sauce, srirachi sauce, apple cider, salt and pepper. Season to taste.

In a medium size bowl combine cream cheese mixture and shredded cheese with a wooden spoon until well blended. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

Garnish with green onions, if desired. Serve with crackers or melba toast.

How do you like your pimento cheese spread?? Let me know in the comments below!

How Does Karen Gillman of After The Band #CelebrateEveryday

In this interview with Karen Gillman, author of Life After the Band, we discuss An Appealing Plan, the book and how she finds ways to #CelebrateEveryday.

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For the book launch I wanted to ask a few of my favorite people how they find ways in their busy schedules to celebrate everyday. The #CelebrateEveryday Interview Series is a collection of these interviews. Enjoy!

Learn more + pick up your copy of An Appealing Plan here!


Karen’s book ‘It’s Never Too Late’ was written to share her battle with obesity and how she overcame it with weight loss surgery. She provides encouragement and support to those who are interested in or have had such surgery. Her 10 year experience living the banded lifestyle gives her the passion and voice to serve this community.
In early 2000 her weight crept to an all-time high. She found herself going through the motions in a lifestyle she didn’t love, living in a body that was weighing her down mentally and physically. There were several indications that had made her realize if she didn’t make some drastic changes her future would never match that of what she had dreamed of.

In 2004 she had gastric band (Lap-Band®) surgery which helped her to shed 145 pounds. Through tips and tricks she has learned along the way as well as those she has personally developed, she has maintained the loss and gained a new life. If you or someone you know has struggled with weight loss, or has had weight loss surgery of any kind, this book is written especially for you. Enjoy her journey from birth to present day as she pulls back the curtain and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly throughout the transformation of her mind and body.

Karen Gillman considers her greatest life-purpose being a wife, mother of two and homemaker. She works full time as a VP and team leader at On Point Executive Center, Inc, is Co-Founder of Charity Chics, a women’s based networking company that gives all proceeds back to local charities. Karen is well recognized for a long list of business awards and serves her community with passion and purpose.

Learn more about Karen and her journey by visiting – www.karengillman.com

Catch the entire #CelebrateEveryday series and all the interviews here.

The Paloma Cocktail Recipe

The Paloma Cocktail is a refreshing Mexican cocktail with grapefruit juice and tequila! Similar to a margarita but with a sweet tart twist of grapefruit.
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The Paloma is a tequila-based cocktail, prepared by mixing tequila with a grapefruit juice and served over ice with a lime or grapefruit wedge. The glass may be rimmed with salt or sugar – or in this recipe a combination of the two.

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  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 grapefruit
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¼ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • ¼ cup club soda
  • grapefruit wedge for garnish


Sprinkle sugar and salt on a small plate, gently combine, cut grapefruit in half, rubbing outer edge of cocktail glass with grapefruit to wet, rub rim of glass in the sugar salt mixture.
In a cocktail shaker combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup over ice. Shake to combine. Pour over ice into cocktail glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge. Makes one cocktail.
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How Does Violette De Ayala #CelebrateEveryday

In this interview with Violette De Ayala we discuss An Appealing Plan, the book and how she finds ways to #CelebrateEveryday.

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For the book launch I wanted to ask a few of my favorite people how they find ways in their busy schedules to celebrate everyday. The #CelebrateEveryday Interview Series is a collection of these interviews. Enjoy!

Learn more + pick up your copy of An Appealing Plan here!


Violette realized her destiny was to enrich both the professional and personal lives of talented women looking to grow their businesses, revenues, and connections. As a serial entrepreneur with an obsession for business growth, she is seasoned in the rocky road of self-employment and understands the challenges and obstacles women face when creating their own vision of success. She’s best known for creating one of fastest growing International Business Organizations for Women [Femfessionals] and sharing her secrets on achieving your grandest vision in business and life.

As a motivational speaker, small business expert, coach, writer and consultant, Violette shares her knowledge and offers others the inspiration to create and pursue their own destiny in business. Violette is a one-of-a-kind, authentic, and inspiring keynote speaker. She is a pragmatic storyteller that weaves her own successes, past fears and challenges into life lessons through personal anecdotes. Her approach to leading a successful business and enriched lifestyle utilizes humor and mindfulness that inspires women globally. A “no-excuse” demeanor is the foundation for her every word.

Femfessionals has 60 business communities in the U.S. + Canada. Each community hosts monthly business workshops, connection events and around town socials — all in a positive, uplifting and supportive environment. In addition, Business Members have online platforms + workshops via www.femfessionals.com to showcase, promote, and grow their businesses while connecting and assisting other Femfessional members as well.

Violette was selected as one of Isaac Mizrahi’s Muses for his Malibu Collection and was featured in People, InStyle and Real Simple Magazines. She’s been quoted in Entrepreneur, Mashable, Huffington Post, Business News Daily & NBC NEWS as a Business Expert. Lastly, she served as a Consultant and Senior Advisor to two City of Miami Mayors and was part of The White House: Women Environmental Leaders

Learn more about Violette and FemFessionals by visiting – Femfessionals.com

Catch the entire launch series and all the interviews here.

How Does Desha Peacock Of Sweet Spot Style #CelebrateEveryday

“Don’t let jealousy depress you. Let it fuel you.” ~ Desha Peacock  –  Click to tweet this!

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Learn more + pick up your copy of An Appealing Plan here!




Local celebrity, author and award-winning TV Show Producer/Host Desha Peacock is a career development and lifestyle expert. Known for her eclectic style and helping others see the possibility within themselves, their homes and personal style, Desha has helped hundreds of people find their “Sweet Spot”- a self-defined place of success and beauty. Her mission is to share the potential she sees in each client, to help people tap into their own intuition by making life-transforming decisions that allow them to align with their higher purpose.

Aside from her dream facilitation skills, Desha is also the author of the first book that combines personal development and home décor…Creating the Style you Crave on a Budget you can Afford: A Sweet Spot Guide to Home Décor. An avid seeker of beauty and culture, she’s explored the bazaars of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Central America.

Desha holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School for International Training, is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and has facilitated groups in London, Costa Rica, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In her private practice and in her four years as Director of Career Development at Marlboro College, she has counseled hundreds of clients and has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Yahoo News.com, Career Rookie, US News Money and made regular radio and TV appearances on This Show is So Gay and BCTV.

Learn more about Desha by visiting her website – Sweet Spot Style 

Catch the entire launch series and all the interviews here.

How Does Lisa K Ford #CelebrateEveryday


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For the book launch I wanted to ask a few of my favorite people how they find ways in their busy schedules to celebrate everyday. The #CelebrateEveryday Interview Series is a collection of these interviews. Enjoy!

Learn more + pick up your copy of An Appealing Plan here!




Lisa is a Certified Image Consultant through Association of Image Consultants International, the world’s most recognized image consultant organization – certified in color theory, significance of human coloration, and twelve tone personal color analysis. Before launching Invent Your Image, she enjoyed a successful corporate career with Victoria’s Secret and worked over 25 years in the fashion and beauty industries.

As a wife and mother of identical twin boys she  is in constant motion, not just with the boys but also dancing, playing softball, lifting weights and baking sinful desserts! In her “free time” Lisa is the Co-Founder of Charity Chics, LLC, a women’s networking company that “Connects for a Cause”. Learn more about Lisa by visiting Invent Your Image.

What is your one take away from my interview with Lisa? Leave a comment below to continue the conversation.

Watch all the An Appealing Plan #CelebrateEveryday interviews here.

How Does Holly Gillen #CelebrateEveryday


COVER-Krayl-An Appealing-Plan- FINAL-page1 For the book launch I wanted to ask a few of my favorite people how they find ways in their busy schedules to celebrate everyday. The #CelebrateEveryday Interview Series is a collection of these interviews. Enjoy!

Learn more + pick up your copy of An Appealing Plan here!





Holly started her freelance career in 2008 as a cinematographer, producer, and editor working with big industry names including the Sundance Channel, Sony Music, Nick.com, HBO, Bono, Big Time Rush, Forest Whitaker, Robert Townsend and many others. Her skills and experience run the full gamut from producing and directing to shooting and editing, she has translated those skills into a range of educational courses and services through Holly G Studios  to support entrepreneurs in their quest for video stardom.

In her free time, she is quite the adventurer, having jumped out of a perfectly functioning airplane and sip lined in the rain forest.  Holly spends her days thinking about all things business and video, but she has been known to spend an evening or two playing Texas Hold’em in a New York poker league.

Learn more about Holly’s Start to Star Video Challenge beginning February 2nd {registration closes soon so don’t delay!}


Now it is your turn! Leave a comment below telling us how you find ways to #CelebrateEveryday!