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Holiday Place Setting Tutorial…

I enjoy being crafty on my spare time, and I owe it to my mom who’s very arts and crafty herself. I remember always going with her to Michael’s stores in the past to help her create décor around the house and sometimes we’d get very elaborate. I’m grateful for my mom showing and teaching me that DIY projects are fun because it has been a hobby ever since I can remember, and most importantly I’m sure my talents will carry on with my future event planning profession which is a good thing.

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So Christmas day has passed and here I am writing on my blog which I hardly attend to these days due to my busy schedule. But I feel the need to share a Christmas place setting I made, perfect for those holiday dinner parties or social setting. I thank my subscribers for being interested in my content and I hope you enjoy what I post for you and feel free to share or follow if you aren’t already!

This place setting was initially my roommate’s idea, she wanted to use candy canes and so off to the store I went after a Christmas Eve dinner at Ohjah Japanese Steakhouse, thankfully Walgreens was open, and I bought mint and chocolate candy canes with stripes of brown to match her big wooden table. Now I’ll just go ahead and list the place setting tutorial in easy steps with photos for you to get a clear picture of how it was done:

Need: Glue Gun, Dried Flowers (Baby’s Breath), Tape, Decorative Paper, Cardboard, Squiggly and Straight Scissors, Lighter, Cutting Board, Damp Paper towel, Permanent Marker, Ribbons

Step 1: Use a glue gun and make a tripod with a branch from the Baby’s Breath flowers and two candy canes. Glue one candy cane facing down with the branch and then the other upside down cane to the other side of the branch, leveled. Hold until dry which should only take a few seconds.

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Step 2: Cut rectangles out of any decorative paper and burn all the edges. Then quickly pat them off with a damp paper towel so that it doesn’t burn too much but gives it a nice edge. Write name with marker.

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Step 3: Use a squiggly scissor to cut rectangles (same amount as the decorative paper) but from cardboard this time and make sure it’s at least ¾” bigger all around to give the name label a border. And it doesn’t need to be perfect. I was going for a rustic, handcrafted look to match the rustic table so I like that my cutouts weren’t perfectly cut.

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Step 4: Tape the bottom of the decorative paper to the cardboard to make a nice border for name label, and place on the candy canes.

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Step 5: Grab a few pieces of the Baby’s Breath flowers and insert them on the top of the tripod.

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Step 6: Choose 3 ribbon colors and tie them onto the top to hide the ends of the flower branches and curl them with a scissor. I chose brown and red to match the colors of the canes and then white to match the plates so that the color white flows throughout the dinner table.

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Ta da!

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Boo Hoo… to a great Concept inside a great Casino Resort…

It’s not the end of Vegas Nocturne, the most-talked about show at Rose.Rabbit.Lie, that was held at the Cosmopolitan Casino and Resort. Supposedly, from rumors, they’ll be relocating.. hmm.. I wonder where. Otherwise they began a trend I’m sure others will try to mimic in the dynamic Las Vegas market. The venue will continue to open its doors for dinner reservations with live entertainment at 5:30pm Wednesday through  Saturday, yet the most talked about show has come to a close.

Visit roserabbitlie.com or call 877-667-0585 to make dinner reservations.

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3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

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Beauty Bar…

I remember my first taste in the artsy downtown Las Vegas area was at the Beauty Bar. It was one of my first Halloween party nights and I was dressed as a bumble bee. It was fun but we eventually made our way outside at the back of the bar since inside was so packed and stuffy, and because the fresh air seemed nice and the facade had fun graffiti to look at anyway. It definitely attracts people from all walks of life and everyone seemed free and unpretentious. That’s the great thing about the artsy world, you learn not to care. I feel Vegas has embraced that essence especially with the new venues popping up. I feel this bar is what started it all.

The Beauty Bar has been a one of a kind joint in Las Vegas since 2004 and is located on east Fremont Street across from Insert Coins. The 2,100 sq. ft. retro beauty salon-themed bar is outfitted with 50’s style décor and salon equipment from the Capri Salon of Beauty in Trenton, NJ., as well as lighting from the imploded Art Deco designed Algiers Hotel. Instead of being the typical masculine sports bar filled with overflowing beer and rowdy patrons, Beauty Bar offers a kitschy artsy type environment that is classy and fun. The gaming free hotspot provides manicure “demonstrations” and a stage indoors as well as the outside patio for up and coming artists and garage bands. Don’t miss the events posted almost every night of the week and make sure you support your local artists!

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517 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

http://thebeautybar.com/home-las-vegas/


Performance Art…

I think everyone needs to go big on their 30th birthday. It’s not just a time to reminiscent on your milestone of accomplishments, but its 30 years of living and that’s worth celebrating.

It was my friend Nicole’s 30th, so I organized a group of about 25 girls to Rose.Rabbit.Lie. It was my 2nd round so far and it won’t be my last. This time I was able to get some snapshots and video of our experience from our front row seats. I couldn’t catch everything because my phone was acting up… I think i-phones are meant to break after a period of time so you could spend 500 on a new one.

I absolutely love being entertained. I’ve seen many shows in Vegas from small scale to large productions, and Rose.Rabbit.Lie is one of my favorite’s. Here is a video of one of the first performances by Twin Tap Dancers (didn’t catch their names) and artist Butterscotch beatboxing…

It’s a trippy show to watch even when your sober. And man, if I was on drugs it would be even trippier, just sayin’. It’s filled with various performances, something you’d have to experience yourself. Or you can live vicariously through my photos in the meantime…

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(Left: Performers choose random audience member/Right: Performers snorting fake blow)

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Various Acts…

We did the late 12am showing because the room turns into a nightclub afterwards. When the show was over and as the night progressed, we still saw acts that showed up unexpectedly. Drummers stepped into the middle of the dance floor and drummed to the beats of the DJ. The most memorable was the last performance at 2am… A group of girls dressed as gilded sea creatures handed out headphones to us with a voice that directed us to motion with them. It was as if the dancers were telepathically speaking to us. The night was an experience we won’t forget…

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(Left: Me and birthday girl/ Right: Mariya and I with one of the MC’s)

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Group Photo! Some MIA…

Rose. Rabbit. Lie…

Venues and its design and events seem to be getting more and more extreme, and with the fierce competition in this industry it’s no wonder why management have to up the ante. I’m grateful to be living in a city where nightlife equals sensory overload.

A recent venue I hit up was ‘Rose. Rabbit. Lie’ inside Cosmo, commonly referred to as a “Grand Social Experiment.” It’s a place meant for those with a sense of discovery, tucked inside the halls on the second floor. You probably wouldn’t even know it’s there unless someone mentioned it but that’s the beauty because once found it’s so worth your while. It’s one of my favorite venues thus far, almost like Bucca di Beppo meets the former Act nightclub or the well-famed The Box in New York.

Like always me and my friends were able to find our way in, invited or not. Or maybe it’s the easy accessibility in Vegas for us local girls. This city spoils us.

It was during mid January for the private grand opening when we arrived, thanks to my girlfriend Mariya who always seems to work on connections. And I thank myself for talking our way into a seated VIP section in the ‘ballroom’ near the champagne tower and in great view of the performances. The first act blew me away. She went by the name Butterscotch, as seen on America’s Got Talent, she set the stage with her beatbox and singing, she was truly gifted and hyped the crowd. The second act was from a lady contortionist by the name of Pandora who shot a bow and arrow to a bullseye on stage. From there the acts kept getting more and more entertaining, whimsical and quirky! I’d recommend the later showing as the main room transitions to a nightclub. Make sure you grab a bite to eat or roam around beforehand, each room has an unforgettable dining experience. As the night unfolds you’re greeted with unconventional and scattered live performances that make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a different era.

And to add to the clever ambiance they play music untypical of the mega nightclubs in Vegas, a relief to most who are already consumed with the inescapable mash-ups and EDM.

Why the name? Rose. Rabbit. Lie? It has nothing to do with each other but it’s catchy and as their site suggests, “it delivers an unexpected mash-up of experiences that typically live detached from one another… adheres to no standard model, follows no written rules. Come when you want. Leave when you wish. Let the night take the lead.” …So enjoy!

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Above photo by Erik Kabik, professional Las Vegas event photographer.

http://www.erikkabik.com/

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3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

http://roserabbitlie.com/