New Year...New Season!

Wow!  It's just amazing to me to see all the doors that have opened and the connections that I've made in the past couple of months.  I prayed for opportunities to bless people through Tantalizing Tablescapes & Decor and it excites me when I get a chance to do so.   I am so grateful to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis for referring me to the Dawn Center.  The Dawn Center is Hernando County's only domestic violence shelter.   I am honored to provide decor for their upcoming, "A Chocolate Affair", Wine Tasting at the Saxon Manor on Thursday, February 6th at 7:00pm.  Working with the Executive Director of the Dawn Center and select members of their event committee has been a lot of fun!  I can't wait to have the tables dripping in chocolate (Hint...Hint...)!!!  

It was through the planning of that very event that I met the owner of Saxon Manor.  We hit it off during a two hour telephone conversation and then followed that up with a four hour dinner at GrillSmith, one of my favorite restaurants.  During dinner we came up with the idea over dinner of having a "Bridal Tasting".  We called it, "A Taste for Brides...Cakes and Catering".  Please note that this is NOT A BRIDAL SHOW!  (LOL - Inside joke!)  This will be an amazing event where brides and their guests can tantalize their taste buds as well as try a few other vendors (ie. DJ, Photographer, Photo Booth, etc.) on for size.  It takes place on Sunday, February 16th from 1:00 - 4:00pm.  

On January 23rd, I will provide vibrant decor for a networking meeting at the beautiful, Southern Hills Clubhouse. I have to thank Jessica Rivelli, CEO and Founder of Working Women of Tampa Bay for liking my Facebook page.  Since then I introduced to an amazing group of women.  This organization "motivates, educates and inspires" women.  In the short time that I've been a member, I've experienced all three!   The January 23rd meeting is one of many held all around the Tampa Bay Area.  Through this organization, I've already been introduced to a marketing consultant and a graphic designer - two people that I needed but did not know how to best make a connection!

This blog entry would not be complete without me making mention of my sidekick - my photographer, Sarha Rush of Sarha Michelle Photography.  Sarha is uber talented and she makes my designs come to life. Sahra took the candid picture of me below - she's super sneaky too because she knows if I was aware of her snapping that shot, I'd give her grief. Ha! Ha!  However, I really am pleased  how it came out; so much so that I am using it for this blog post!   Wherever I go, Sarha goes and documents my work.  As you can see, she is amazing!  If you need a photographer to capture life's special events, she is definitely the one!   Sarha is a soft spoken young lady who is humble and hard working - and she's not afraid to 'dress a table' either!

This New Year marks a new season for me!  I am thankful for all of the connections and open doors!  I am so excited about all of friends and old (we are at 630 Facebook friends as of this blog posting - did I tell you that we were at 284 at the end of last year?)!  I am so excited about the future and what it holds!  I am blessed to do what I love and love what I do.

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