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Spring Table Inspiration | The Naptime Chef

Spring Table Inspiration: Flowers & Arrangements

I don’t want to jinx mother nature, but we finally appear to be turning the corner with spring. You guys, it is an effing long winter and I am SO happy it is over. I even caught myself going through the spring cleaning ritual yesterday. One minute I was getting rid of a shirt that my son had outgrown. The next minute his dresser contents were all over the floor and I had a fresh bag of hand-me-downs. I also went through our pantry and dining room chucking this and that and even had the windows open for a little while. Welcome, spring, we need you to freshen us all up right now!

I’ve been having a little fun styling up our table for Easter and generally getting things put together again and thought it would be fun to look at some photos for inspiration. Here are a few of my favorite spring tables styles from around the web:

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Pretty Votives for Your Table

Keeping the house bright this time of year can be hard. The light outside is so dull and the sun sets pretty early. To cheer up our table I like to light candles in little votive holders. It is an easy way to brighten our space and add a little extra warmth to our day. Here are a few of my favorites:

11-piece Zwilling Cookware Giveaway | The Naptime Chef

Sunday Eggs & A Big Zwilling Cookware Giveaway!

So, this winter we developed a weekend brunch routine. Every Sunday morning for the past few weeks I’ve been whipping up fried eggs and bacon, along with English muffins, tea, and juice for the whole family. There is pretty much nothing better than starting off the day with a hot meal before heading outside to play in the snow. (And yes, for the non-egg eater in my house there are pancakes, too!)

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him | The Naptime Chef

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

Yesterday was all about ideas for her. Now here are some ideas for him this Valentine’s Day…. Rye Whiskey Caramel Sauce. For ice cream, and other things. (via Terrain, $24) Solid Cologne that you will love. (via Alfred Lane, $17.95) The Original Whiskey Ball, for making grown-up drinks. (via The Original Whiskey Ball, $9.95)

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her | The Naptime Chef

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

A fun and chic holiday gift guide for Valentine’s Day 2014.

Favorite Tea Towels | The Naptime Chef

Favorite Tea Towels

This time of year I always get in the mood to freshen up my house. Until we re-do the kitchen I’m not making any major changes, but little things like new tea towels and new rugs can give it a boost. Here are some of my favorites lately:

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Gift Guide #5: For Your Amazing Dad Who is a Wise Grandfather, Sage Gardener, and Best Crossword Puzzle Solver You Know

Gift Guide #5: For Your Amazing Dad Who is a Wise Grandfather, Sage Gardener, and Best Crossword Puzzle Solver You Know

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Gift Guide #4: For Your Mother Who Still Knits You Scarves

Gold Edge Coasters for making cocktail hour extra special. (via Food52, $18) A cozy quilted throw for staying warm during upstate New York winters. (via Utility Canvas, $145) Smoked Chocolate Chips since she is ultimate baker and will know exactly what to make with them. (via Mouth, $18) A pretty monogrammed mug for her morning […]

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Gift Guide #3: For Those Adorable Rascals Underfoot

A gift guide for those adorable rascals underfoot.

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Gift Guide #2: For the Husband Who Lets You Sleep In After Date Night

The gift guide for that great dude in your life who lets you sleep in the morning after date night, and rubs your shoulders after trying days with toddlers.

The Naptime Chef Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Guide #1: For Your Best Pal You Don’t See as Often as You’d Like

It’s that time of year! I am excited to kick off our annual holiday gifts guides. Today we are starting off with great gifts for your best girlfriend.

South African Wines for Summer

3 Summer Wines for Mom & Dad

This summer I’ve been thinking about expanding my writing to encompass wines. I frequently suggest pairing food with wine at each meal but never go more in the depth than that. This is mostly because my wine vocabulary is somewhat limited and I don’t want to sound dumb when I try to articulate what kind of wine I like and why. The best way to remedy this is to dive into the subject ready to learn as much as I can. I won’t become a wine writing genius overnight, or even in a year, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Today I’m going to begin with writing what I know, which is about three summer wines we’ve been enjoying at home lately.