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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—Lightening Tablescapes With Trays, Candles

A pitcher of sangria with fruit is a summertime pleasure.

Posted: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – 12:28 PM

Come sit with me for awhile and see what I’m bringing to the table…

Pleasssurre! Hmm, after rolling that word around for a few seconds it conjures up sooo many possibilities.

The word pleasure as seen in the dictionary is defined as enjoyment and entertainment, contrasted with things done out of necessity. Well hello—I for one am always up for entertainment and enjoyment. What’s your pleasure? A bottle of fine wine, an ice-cold pitcher of Sangria heavily laced with summer fruit, a tall frosted glass of cold summer soup, or perhaps your pleasure leans more toward the visual aspect of “the table.”

Umm— hello—of course I took the liberty of segueing into tables because tables are what I do—remember. For the summer months I tend to lighten my tablescapes, as well as my menus. Featured below is a tray that holds a drink of your choice and a plate of light summer finger foods to ease you into the evening. I am always on the look out for smaller serving trays that will do double duty for just such an occasion as twilight dining in the garden, on the balcony, or cozied up binge-watching your favorite series, with your person of choice. I have found small trays in the oddest of places, such as super markets in the housewares section, tag sales, flea markets and even hardware stores.

Candles? Of course candles always come into play, whether it’s afternoon tea, cocktails, appetizers on the deck, dinner, or dessert and a glass of delicious port. Candles do more than light the way to ambience, they set the mood as well, by selecting from some of the most amazing and delightful scents of floral, spice, or even scents from the sea.

For those looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting Insul has written a collection of… Tableofferings from the go-to expert tablescaper. Now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and available in E-book and hardcover –

For the children is Insul’s I Am Sooo Lucky!!! books 1, 2 and 3 available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book1 –;  Book2 –; Book3 - Prime Amazon members can read for free.

Sharon Insul is the former owner of the Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and… 

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