Romantic Home: Tea Time

Tea Timing!

Spring time is around the corner and it might be fun to have some ideas in your arsenal for a romantic rainy afternoon idea! Here’s mine!  The lost art of the

“Easy High Tea with Sherry”.

For a full and ultimate “HIGH TEA”, you should have tea sandwiches, scones with jam  and devon cream, and tiny petit four. Your beverages should include tea, and sherry or champagne. But fear not readers, I am not suggesting that you prepare all of this yourself! So here are my ideas from the minimum to maximum experience for you to woo your significant other. And nothing sets the tone for a romantic afternoon indoors, like a spot {or three glasses} of sherry!

You need to make sure that you have tea! Along with sugar, milk or lemon, depending on how you both take your tea.

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Next priority is an Alcoholic Beverage! I recommend Cream Sherry. You can sub with Champagne but Cream Sherry is more authentic, super delicious and much less expensive. And it offers a happy, relaxing, warm blanket feeling over the let’s party feeling of Champagne!

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If you are serving this after you have had lunch, I would focus soley on scones and pastries. That said, if you have not had lunch, tea sandwiches are a super treat.

I recommend, olive and cream cheese, or cream cheese and cucumber, ham and cheese, thinly sliced of course, and maybe a thinly sliced chicken or turkey with a little mayo. They should be simple and flat on any squishy bread you like, including the white bread which we have all banished from our kitchens.

Here are some examples of High Tea set-ups!

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Scones are easy to find, and devon cream is available at most any gourmet store like Citerella’s, Dean and Deluca, etc. Have it in house for that rainy day. And little macarons or tiny petit four, are also available at most any gourmet store or bakery.

If you are thinking “ Sure Marisa, it’s raining outside, and I am going to run, all over picking up this stuff!

Well, I would pick up devon cream and tea and Sherry at your convenience, to store and have on hand for that rainy day. And on the day of, I would run out to a specialty store and pick up the bread (sliced) a couple of sandwich fillers in the deli area, scones and petit four in the bakery section, and go home and set it up!  If you can’t find petits fours, you can purchase an individual lemon tart and raspberry tart and cut them in squares with a sharp knife!

If you want to be extravagant, you can make a run to La Duree for Macarons!

And after his first glass of sherry, he will not be thinking that High Tea is only for girly parties!!  xoxo, Marisa

P.S. Here is my totes adorbs niece Amanda and I at The Plaza for Tea Time!

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Romantic Sparkle: Rose Gold

Hello Romantics!

One of the trends we at Marisa Perry are seeing more of {and love} is Rose Gold.

Rose Gold is an option for the type of metal you are able to choose from for your jewelry. Recently, it’s popularity is making it join the ranks of the other metal options; such as yellow gold, white gold, and platinum.

But rose gold in jewelry is nothing new. In fact, rose gold was very popular in the Victorian era. It’s color adds warmth and a certain uniqueness that was appreciated in that time period. And because of it’s unique look, it’s becoming a trend that is here to stay.

Rose gold’s coppery tone softens the overall look of any jewelry piece, which makes it great to pair with a multitude of gemstones. In addition to working well with various gemstones, rose gold looks great on all skin tones. It is a fantastic option for individuals that find other metal options to be harsh or too bold. For example, Many brides are now pairing rose gold jewelry with blush tone wedding gowns.

Rose gold is used in all types of jewelry: rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc.

Here are a few stunning examples!

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{Liz Rose ring: 2.03ct Oval GVS1}

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{The Vintage Alexandria ring: 0.41ct FVS2 Round Brillant Forevermark center stone}

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{3 sided Micro-Pavé band: 1.18 ctw}

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Are you warming up to Rose Gold as much as we are?

Love Always, Leeann

**All above items are available for purchase at Marisa Perry Atelier**

Romantic Proposal: Park City Ski Trip

Hello Romantics!

One of our favorite things to do at Marisa Perry Atelier is share fabulous love stories!

Megan Williamson and Robert Pimpinella were each other’s high school sweethearts. Both went to separate Catholic schools; Rob in an all boys school and Megan in an all girls school. Her freshmen dance was joint affair between the two schools and they met each other there! Soon after, she asked him to go to her high school formal dance which was later on in the school year!  They have been together ever since.

Megan remembers initially thinking that although his dancing skills were lacking, he was cute.  Rob’s initially thought was also that she was cute and that he could go out with her!  After dating for a few months, he then thought that marriage with her was a strong possibility!
Last January, roughly 13 years from the first time they dated, Robert proposed!
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In January 2012, Megan planned a trip to Utah for the two of them to go skiing. Robert took this opportunity as a time to propose because she would be unsuspecting considering it was a trip that she had planned!

Immediately after they checked in at the Hyatt Escala Lodge on the mountain, they rushed up to the top of the mountain to begin to ski. There had been a recent downpour of heavy snow in the area and Megan was concerned that no one else would be going to the top of the mountain because the snow was deep and ungroomed. Despite the weather conditions, the pair went to the top and they were literally and figuratively in the clouds!

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After they skied down about 20 feet, they stopped to take in the views and atmosphere. Robert seized the moment and got down on one knee in the snow with the ring and said, “Will you marry me?”

Megan’s first reaction was that he might be kidding and said “Are you #$%@ing kidding me?”

{Rob normally loves to joke around a lot}

But as Megan replayed the trip thus far in her head, it occured to her that he had been very nervous at the airport. Rob had been crossing his fingers that security wouldn’t question the ring and out him!

Once Megan processed the sight of the ring and the moment she was in, she of course said “yes!”

Initial shock of the event had been replaced with pure joy!

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{Who could say no to this beautiful ring?}

The happy couple just came in to find their perfect wedding bands and will be marrying soon at the fabulous Canfield Casino in Saratoga! We will update you then with Wedding details!

Love always, Leeann

History of the Diamond Engagement Ring

A diamond ring has become the ultimate expression of a promise – a universally recognized symbol of unbreakable love.

The word diamond stems from the ancient Greek word ‘adámas’, which means ‘unbreakable’. This beautiful gemstone is one of the hardest natural materials known to man, resistant to fire and stronger than steel – so it is fitting that diamond rings have become synonymous with everlasting love and commitment.

A ring made of silver, and later of gold, has been a symbol of betrothal since Roman times, and possibly even as far back as Egyptian times. But it was not until 1477 that the gifting of a diamond ring to seal an engagement was first recorded. When Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy, he established a tradition that would define enduring love for hundreds of years to come.

Diamond engagement rings gained in popularity in the 19th century, a time of great wealth, when diamonds became more widely available. New cutting and polishing techniques allowed diamonds to sparkle with a fresh brilliance in solitaire engagement rings. In the 20th century, the tradition became firmly established. By the 1940s, diamond engagement rings had become the most popular line of jewelry in department stores; by 1965, 80 percent of American women had one.

It is a tradition that endures today, with couples around the world choosing to celebrate their promise to each other with a diamond engagement ring. And with new innovations, including Forevermark’s signature setting, which is designed to show off the full beauty of the unbreakable diamond at its heart, it is a tradition that shines brighter than ever.

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Did you know that Marisa Perry Atelier is now an exclusive site holder for Forevermark diamonds? All of our diamond jewelry can now be set with stones bearing the Forevermark promise. Click here to read more about the Forevermark Promise: The Promise

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* this article was sourced from the Forevermark website

Romantic Special Occasions

Greetings Romantics!

I asked my husband for help with this post about romantic special occasions and his response was a mumble/grunt about putting the toilet seat down before he fell asleep, so it looks like I’m on my own here.

One of our best days last year was his birthday trip to Catalina Island.  The 30 minute ferry out there was fun itself…a brisk breeze, a seal following the boat, and whale sighting.  Not bad!  It happened to be on a Monday, so it wasn’t crowded at all, an extra bonus.

Highlights include our submerged boat tour through a beautiful kelp garden and plenty of fish, but the best was yet to come!

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As the no longer submerged boat returned us to the dock, we spotted a swarm of dolphins…there must have been about 100 of them!  My husband raised his camera and managed to capture this amazing shot of them jumping in row!

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We lucked out big time when a water taxi driver agreed to drive us out smack in the middle of the dolphin frenzy.  He even spun the boat around a few times to get them even more playful.  This is my other favorite photo from that day:  so random!

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The element of getting outdoors and seeing something amazing was the key to romance during this trip.  We all know you can do the dinner and flowers thing.  I think we need to step it up!  Get out, go somewhere you’ve never been, and see something you ordinarily wouldn’t during your day-to-day life.

What have been some of your unique romantic special occasions?

Until next time…