Fall Tablescape

These plates came with the husband, a classic set of ultra durable Corelle dishes with avocado green flowers.  I’ve seen this pattern called Spring Blossom and Crazy Daisy, but if you told me they were called At Grandma’s House, I would’ve believed you.  I’ve wanted to do something special with these, but haven’t been inspired until now.  A day at the pumpkin patch provided the perfect pallet for a beautiful fall tablescape.

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Another item that came with the husband is our super durable wood table.  I didn’t use a table cloth or fabric runner because the wood goes perfectly with the earthy tones in the plates & pumpkins.  I did use a marble tile in the center of the table as a guide to pile my pumpkins for a no fuss centerpiece.  And how fun are these aqua wine glasses?  They were a thrift store find and added a nice subtle pop of color to the table.

I own at least two dozen of these gold chargers, they work with every set of dishes I own and have been used for a bunch of different events at our home.  If you can find some you like, chargers add so much to a place setting.  You can easily find a set at the Dollar Tree or splurge on a set from Pier One or Pottery Barn.

A really fun element for this fall tablescape is the individual Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider.  This cider is made in our county and some of the apples come from the orchards down the street from us.  Individual drinks can be used to showcase local items, to continue your theme for your event and can even serve as an option for placecards.

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I really love how nicely all the layers of this setting came together.  I changed the napkin fold a few times before I decided on a bow.  This can easily be done with a napkin ring, but I used ribbon.  This napkin is folded in thirds and then again in half and tied around the center with ribbon.  So easy, but adds the sweetest touch.

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I love having my family gathered around my table, whether it’s our family of five or 25 dinner guests.   A beautiful table can make any dinner feel special.  Do you have dishes just begging to become the star of your next party?  Tell me about them in the comments below.


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Three Fall Trends to Try- Headwear Edition

There is finally a chill in the air and I can wear a sweater & scarf in the morning.  It’s still warming up in the afternoons, so wearing layers has been key. Fall outfits are fun for just that reason, you get to pull together a bunch of favorite pieces into one outfit that can take you from a Morning with temps in the mid 40’s to an afternoon high in the low 70’s.  Where I haven’t experimented much has been in fall headwear. I was so inspired by the colors & fabrics in this season’s collections, that I tried 3 different styles.

The Headband

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I have a secret love for velour.  Maybe it was the Juicy Couture sweatsuits of my early 2000’s, Britney Spears self that has me forever crushing on this fabric.  Maybe it just reminds me of Fall & the holidays to come, but when I saw this velour headband, I knew I had to give it a try. I’ve seen these perfectly styled with chunky knit sweaters, lace tops and flowing floral pants, effortlessly set atop long, beachy waves.  I’ve also seen messy buns and ponytails work. For me, I went for a braided bun. It felt more true to my personal style while stepping out of my comfort zone with something I don’t usually wear.

The Floppy Hat

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It’s the quintessential look for that Fall fashion blogger post. Knee high riding boots, plaid scarf, floppy hat!  Extra points if you can work a pumpkin spice latte into your Instagram post. So I channeled my inner JLo & tried this great black felt floppy hat.  And then I saw the picture of myself. I had to change and redo them. I am not a fashion blogger, the scarf and hat made me look like a misguided tourist & added a serious 15 pounds to my frame (I’m still nursing and it was just too much fabric over an already larger than usual upper body).  I put on a favorite Free People top with great lace detail and I looked like a cowgirl. Not like a Halloween cowgirl, but more like an old western movie, where I was the sheriff and no outlaw was allowed in my town!

The Beret

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While my sister was actually in Paris, I could only sit on my porch and dream.  When I saw this gorgeous red beret, I knew I had to have it. I’m a huge fan of red and thought that this would be so fun for Fall.  With the weather so nice in the afternoon, the beret paired perfectly with a romper & ankle boots. And I could not resist a good red lip with this look.  I made sure to wear a long wear liquid lipstick so I didn’t get any on my wine glass.

I surprisingly liked all of these trends.  The headband  took the most effort for me and was out of my comfort zone enough that although it was fun to try, I don’t think it will become a go to look for me.  The floppy hat is a must try, especially for those sunny afternoons where you’ll be outside. It’s a great way to protect your face from the sun & it really does compliment even the simplest of outfits.  It’s a great way to dress up jeans and tee. And last but certainly not least, the beret. This felt the most fashionable & feminine to me. I also think it would easily transition into the winter months for warmer, sunny days.  It paired nicely with a dressier outfit, perfect for lunch or wine tasting with the girls.

What do you think? Will you try any of these fall headwear trends?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Ice Cream Sundaes

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Today I’m taking the boys back-to-school shopping.  They don’t need much, really just shoes.  We go through so many shoes with them, between growing, playing hard and sports I feel like they get new shoes once a quarter.  I’m a little sad the summer is just a few short days away from being over, but I know I’ll be glad to get back into the groove of a routine.

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We made sure to pack in some fun as a family this week with a day trip to Walnut Creek, CA.  We’ve been talking about doing this with the boys for a few years now.  We went specifically to eat at a restaurant called San Francisco Creamery.  They’ve been featured on Man vs Food for their signature sundae “The Kitchen Sink”.  It’s a massive sundae that serves 1-6 people and is made with:

  • 3 sliced bananas
  • 8 scoops of ice cream
  • 8 servings of toppings
  • mounds of whipped cream
  • chopped toasted almonds
  • cherries

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It is served inside a custom made vessel made to resemble a sink.  You can try to eat it by yourself to get it for free, finish in under 30 minutes and you get free ice cream for a year, beat the current record holder and get all of the above plus your picture will be displayed up on the wall.  Spoiler alert- we did not finish it, we didn’t even come close.

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What we did do was make memories as a family.  The boys were pretty impressed by the mountain of ice cream in front of them and they gave it a good effort.  We had so much fun and we all agreed we’d go back, but we’d all just get our own Single Scoop Sundaes.

On the car ride home I got to thinking about doing something fun like this at home for the boys and decided on a Sundae Bar.  The “bar” format is a favorite for me.  I’ve done a yogurt bar for a baseball brunch, nacho bars for Super Bowl Sunday, mimosa bars for bridal showers, but the biggest one I’ve ever planned was a taco bar for 665 people at a conference.  When I went to put the sundae bar together for the boys I realized everything I would use for a sundae bar at an event was going to be overkill for just 2 kids.  So I settled for a few fun toppings I know they like and used some cute little dishes to serve them.

I have a borderline hoarder status amount of dishware.  From my mother in law’s perfectly 70’s “Spring Blossom” Corelle dishes, my vintage Staffordshire “Liberty Blue” dinnerware to my wedding dishes, Lenox’ “French Perle”, I probably have service for 36.  For food or dessert bars I like to use bowls to hold the toppings.  I have some glass bowls I like, but my go to bowls are my latte bowls from Anthropologie.  They’re the perfect size and come in a variety of beautiful colors.

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I decided that I wanted to make fresh whipped cream for the sundaes.  There is just something so lovely about it.  I like to make my whipped cream with minimal sugar.  I like the after taste to be creamy instead of overly sweet.  It’s really so easy to make, just a bit time consuming.  The biggest tips I can give are use a well chilled bowl, a good quality pure vanilla extract and salt when you make your fresh whipped cream.


  • 1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup of Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Pinch of Salt


Combine all ingredients into a chilled metal mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix on high until stiff peaks form.  This can take up to 15 minutes.  Refrigerate after use.

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The boys enjoyed sundaes at home and I enjoyed taste testing the whipped cream!  I’m excited to build this week’s events into our family traditions.  I’m not quite sure how they’ll work in- will we do a sundae bar night every summer, will we search for the best sundae within 90 minutes of our home?  Either way I know what we’re not doing, no Man vs Food challenges for this family.  What summer traditions do you have?

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How To Use Instagram for Awesome Vacation Photos

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I think we can all agree that if we haven’t posted it ourselves, one of our close friends or family members has posted a photo of a Starbucks cup with their name absolutely botched.  All grammar lessons and spelling cues right out the window. That’s how one of my favorite sets of vacation photos started. A Starbucks cup with a crude scribbling of what was supposed to be my name, my crossed legs with a sparkling sandal on my foot, above a striped airport carpet.  I found some interesting graphics in the Oakland airport and uploaded one more photo with the caption “leaving on a jet plane”, but instead of randomly picking a filter, I used the same one I had for my coffee cup photo. I decided to challenge myself for the duration of my vacation and only use that same filter for every upload.  travel, starbucks cup. oakland airport, jet blue, jetblue, travel blogger, lifestyle blogger, bon voyage

I was flying JetBlue from Oakland to Long Beach to meet my sister and join my family on Catalina Island for some fun in the sun!  If you’ve never been to Catalina Island, it’s a magical place off the coast of Los Angeles. It’s just an hour by boat, 15 minutes by helicopter, but feels worlds away.  The main town is Avalon, where you can find hotels, rental homes & condos and camping. There’s food on every corner, from a burger & corn dog w/fries at Coney Island West to the filet at Steve’s Steakhouse, there’s something for everyone.  But my guilty pleasure our the decadent carmel apples from Lloyd’s, a candy maker that pulls its own taffy right in the window for you to see. I can’t talk about Catalina without talking about the tile & the architecture. Catalina tile was made right on the island and used when they built the Casino.  The Casino isn’t used for gambling, but hosts the movie theater, a museum and a beautiful ballroom. The exterior features a gorgeous Art Deco mermaid that I photograph on every trip to the island.

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Can you tell I love Catalina Island!?!!  Adding my photo filter challenge to my trip made me rethink the way I viewed everything.  It let me see a place I’d been to so many times before with new eyes.

  • Pick One Filter- play around with the filters and see what speaks to you.  Decide if you’ll use the frame or not. Keep this consistent throughout a group of photos
  • Group of Photos- at minimum try to apply the above to 9 photos.  This gives you a 3×3 look if/when you print your photos. If you take more think about 4×4 (16 photos) and so on
  • Stay Square- when I originally did this all Insta photos were in the square format, you didn’t have the option of vertical or horizontal.  Square works best, especially if you go to print them

This challenge was so much fun and really turned out amazing, but I did run into some challenges.

  • Lighting- low light took away some of the depth of color.  For somewhere that’s so full of vibrant color, I didn’t love every low light photo
  • Grain- any photo with backlighting became very grainy. A different filter could’ve changed this
  • Filter Didn’t Look Right- some photos just didn’t look good with the filter I’d chosen, but I loved them.  Easy fix- save them for #TBT and edit away- like this black and white photo after this trip

I do want to point something out- You do not have to post while you’re on vacation!  You can take all of your photos and then spend the time editing and uploading when you return home. This is especially true if you have any concerns about broadcasting that you’re not home or where you’re vacationing.  Always make safety a priority!

When I returned home from this trip I had a beautiful collection of photos that looked so nice on my Instagram feed.  The color, the look, the feel, was all so lovely and cohesive. I wanted more than just having them sit in my feed, so I looked to printing options.  Here are some ideas for how to print and display your photos:


This is by far the best option!  I’ve listed 4 products below, but it’s so worth cruising their site and day dreaming about all of the possibilities.  I mean, vacation photo magnets!  I see vacation photo birthday presents in my family’s future.  No matter what you choose, from prints to posters, you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Printing: All Product
  2. Square Prints: Classic Prints
  3. Magnets: Square Magnets
  4. 50-200 Images: Poster


I’ve found that quality can be hit and miss, but is mostly good.  Just make sure you check the print size before you order.  If you plan on using a frame I’ve noticed that they vary in size.

  1. Target:  5×5 prints
  2. Shutterfly 4×4 prints 


Here are three different levels of display, from clipping photos onto a grid to hanging a wall gallery.

  1. Target: 9 piece Gallery Wall Frames
  2. Target: Gold Grid Photo Display 
  3. Target: Multi Photo Frame

Are you going to try this?  Are there other events this could work for like a birthday?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Delicious Oven S’mores

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Summer break is quickly coming to an end in our house and the transition back to school and fall sports will start with flag football tryouts tomorrow.  I’m not really ready to let go of beach & pool days or the days we all agreed to do a whole lot of nothing.  So I’m going to squeeze some extra summer fun into the time we have left, starting with a very sweet surprise- S’mores!  Starting around Memorial Day, you’ll notice end cap and stand alone displays at the grocery store with all the go-to s’more making essentials: Marshmallows, Hershey Chocolate Bars and Graham Crackers.  I take the kids shopping with me and they’ve been good at keeping our supply well stocked.

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S’mores are delicious made with marshmallows directly toasted by a camp fire.  We always made them at beach bonfires when I was a kid.  But, I’m in California and burning sugar lumps flying around my yard just isn’t gonna cut it during fire season.  So I’m going to let you in on the easiest S’more recipe that is good year round and made right in your own oven.  The first time I made these was for a work event and I was able to make over 100 in about 30 minutes, all individually wrapped in precut tinfoil.  They were a huge hit at the company event and are often requested by my boys.  I hope you’ll give them a try!  What’s your favorite summer dessert?

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Oven S’mores


  • 1 #oz Hershey’s Chocolate Bar
  • 4 Large Marshmallows
  • 4 Graham Crackers


Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F

Gently break the 4 Graham Crackers in half to make 8 pieces

Place 4 pieces of Graham Cracker on a baking sheet

Break Chocolate Bar into 4 pieces (2 sections/piece)

Place a piec of Chocolate ontop of each piece of Graham Cracker

Place a Marshmallow ontop of each piece of chocolate

Put baking sheet in oven for approx 5 minutes.  Marshmallow should be golden brown (time could vary depending on your oven)

Take them out of the oven and top with the remaining 4 pieces of Graham Cracker

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Want to give you S’mores a little something extra?  Try one of the ideas below:

  • Peanut Butter fan: Spread Peanut Butter on the Graham Cracker before placing the chocolate on
  • Who loves Mexican Hot Chocolate (me, it’s me, I do): Sprinkle Cinnamon or a Cinnamon Sugar mix between the chocolate and marshmallow
  • Want an extra crunch: Use a Hershey’s Almond Chocolate Bar



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The Perfect Summer Cocktail

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When I think of summer I think of the beach, sunshine, friends, laughter.  To me summer even has a smell.  It’s the sweet fragrance of freshly pressed waffle cones, mixed with tar from the pier and salty sea air.  It transports me back to being 16, spending countless hours swimming in the ocean with friends and it grounds me in the now of doing the same with my children.  Summer is also full of flavor like BBQ, sweet summer fruit, ice cream, and on those extra hot days, cold drinks.

There are so many great drinks, alcoholic & not, that hit the spot just right at the end of a scorching summer day, but I’d like to think of lemonade as the easiest summer drink.  You can make it from scratch or concentrate and you can buy it ready made.  It can also be a great venture for your kid’s first foray into  entrepreneurship.  It was definitely a summer favorite in my childhood, so it’s no wonder I fell in love with the cocktail I’m sharing with you: the French 75.  It is light, bubbly and delicious and if you don’t pay attention, will knock you on your butt!  According to Wikipedia the drink dates back to WWI with the combination of gin and champagne being said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75 canon.

I love this as a Summer evening cocktail but I get overly excited when it’s offered as a brunch option!  I recently had the joy of brunching at Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette in Marina, CA and was thrilled to find the French 75 on their menu.  It paired perfectly with their flakey monkey bread but really shined with the salty, savory flavors of my breakfast sandwich.  Seriously, try it with brunch- you can thank me later!

When I sat down to write this I had added a mocktail version as well.  I had my parents come over & I made the quick version cocktail below and played with turning the French 75 into a non-alcoholic version, but it just didn’t translate.  I was in essence trying to make  French Lemondae (Citron Pressé).  If you need a mocktail version, serve French or sometimes called sparkling, lemonade, it has the same idea of being fresh, light and bubbly without having to fuss of squeezing lemons.  I used a standard champagne flute for my French 75.  I’ve also seen them served in a champagne coupe, martini glass and a collins glass.

Now that you know my favorite Summer cocktail, I want to know what your go to Summer cocktail is.  Let me know in the comments below!

The French 75


  • 3 tablespoons gin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup dry champagne


Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.

Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

Strain into glass and top with champagne.

The French 75 (quick version)


    • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemonade
    • 3 tablespoons gin
    • 1 cup ice cubes
    • 1/4 cup dry champagne


Combine the lemonade and gin in a cocktail shaker.

Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

Strain into glass and top with champagne.






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DIY Dipped Cookies to Wow a Crowd

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret- my guilty pleasure is Oreo Cookies.  There’s something so satisfying about the crunchy cookie with sweet cream filling.  I’m a purest and my favorite is the original Oreo.  I enjoy the Golden Oreo’s, but they’re a lot sweeter than the original.  Weirdly, I do not like double stuffed.  My secret got out at my last company (technically I would bring Oreo’s back to the office after lunchtime Target runs) so Oreo’s became a thing.  We would try all the new flavors and one of my favorite District Managers would send me flavors as he came across them.  Why on earth someone thought Swedish Fish flavored Oreo’s was a good idea is beyond me- they were the worst of all the flavors I’ve tried and I’ve tried a lot!  Now that you know my Oreo secret, I’m going to show you how I give them a little makeover for a quick party treat.

My son Gavan and I started a tradition of making these for a 4th of July BBQ we attend every year.  The hosts ask that you bring a salad or dessert and they provide the rest.  We are always so busy going into this holiday, it’s always too hot to do any real baking and my parents  bring two salads every year, so when I saw this cute idea on Pinterest, I made it work for our event.  I like to use chocolate chips for this because we use sprinkles to achieve a look that matches our theme.  If you want colored coating, Wilton makes candy melts in a rainbow of colors and now in different flavors, although vanilla remains the standard.  Wilton is also a good resource for sprinkles.  They have so many colors & shapes you could make these for baby or bridal showers, kids birthdays, holidays, end of school parties with sprinkles in your school colors- there really are endless options.  I also think it would be great to use the candy melts in rainbow color for a rainbow or unicorn themed party.  These are always a hit and it’s funny to see adult’s reactions to these because they really are just so simple, but they’re so good!

Is this something you think you could do?  What colors will you try?  Let me know if the comments section!

Dipped Cookies

Note:  I dip my cookies by dunking them into the melted chocolate chips with my fingers and a spoon. It’s messy, but I like the coverage with this method best.


  • 24 Oreo Cookies
  • 12 oz Chocolate Chips or Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles (optional but highly recommended)

Line a sheet tray with wax paper.

Melt 12oz of Chococlate Chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate or white chocolate) in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds, stir and heat for another 30 seconds.

Do not over heat white chocolate or the consistency will be to dense to dip.  If this happens, you can use a knife to spread chocolate on top of the cookies.

Dip your cookies into the chocolate/candy melts and set on sheet tray.

When all cookies have been dipped, add sprinkles.  You can dip them, roll them, sprinkle them, or neatly arrange sprinkles on- whatever works best for you.

Let cookies chill for 20 minutes in the fridge



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Yay, you’re here!  Welcome to Coffee and Cream Roses, a special place dedicated to the passionate pursuit of a beautiful life.  I want to show you different ways to elevate your style that will have big impact.  From event planning to wardrobe, home decor and so much more, I have a lot to share.  I hope you’ll enjoy the emphasis on entertaining, something I feel is getting lost in the hustle and bustle of our very busy lives.  My goal is to inspire at least one dinner party at your place.

I’m Baylee Whitted and I’m so excited to share my journey with you.  My husband Paul is truly my best friend and I’m thrilled to have him as tech support for this site.  We live in a small beach town in California, where we both grew up and are raising our three kids: Asher, Gavan and Hayden. I love hosting events, photography, coffee, cream roses and dancing- I’ve been known to do a mean Britney Spears impression.

I was a working mom for eleven years.  If you want to connect on LinkedIn, check me out here.  My last role was in store operations at a great company.  I enjoyed the challenging environment and loved my team, but I’d often think about the future and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but the  sentiment was always “I want to do something more creative”.  When I had my daughter late 2017, we decided the best thing for our family was for me to stay home.  That decision opened the door for me to start this adventure, to do something more creative.  I hope you enjoy this labor of love.



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