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April 2019

An AlanaKay Easter Setting

By | CMYKay

Femininity – Love – Friendship – Playfulness

Easter is this Sunday and the Latiolais household is ready to celebrate in a BIG way. I love this holiday for many reasons. Most importantly, it is a day that celebrates my Savior. That celebration combined with a bright season overflowing with flowers, family, and bright colors makes for one happy woman.

The colors of Easter all have symbolic meaning for the Christian Holiday.

  • Purple –  Associated with the Lenten season; sentiments of penitence, royalty and spiritual wealth.
  • Red  – Symbolizes the blood of Christ; stimulates emotions of unconditional love.
  • White – Symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ; evokes emotions of purity and grace.
  • Green – Symbolizes rebirth and eternal life.
  • Pink – Symbolizes joyful new beginnings and hope.

As a lover of color of all kinds, I wanted to create a vibrant, joyful and bright Easter table for my family to enjoy using many of these colors and more. I also added an Easter Bunny or two! I finished my tablescape with the perfect bright pink cake. Easter is a perfect holiday to mix and match your colors. Variety is key for a vibrant and colorful table.

AN ALANAKAY EASTER

- Tablescape and Decorations -

I started my tablescape by placing my AlanaKayART chargers at each seat. While these are not for sale (yet!) you can use any bright colored charger to start–just be sure to use a variety of colors for your chargers. So much color, so little time!

This was a perfect occasion to use my gold rimmed china dinner plates. Classic china on top of colorful charges creates a beautiful effect. I used Art Pops at each place to add both dimension and color. Although they technically aren’t napkins, AlanaKayArt Wild Rags served as my “napkin placeholder” at the top left of each place setting. This brought a lot of color to the table using an item I already had in my home. Gold silverware complimented my gold china plates; however, silver would work equally as well.

CMYKay TIP: Use colorful scarves as napkin placeholders. Provide disposable or plain cloth napkins under each plate. Guests can place the scarves on the back of their chairs when they begin the meal.

AlanaKayART cocktail glasses finished each place setting. Adding colorful glasses allows you to serve beverages such as tea or water for your Holiday meal.

Chargers are a great starting place for any table. While these AlanaKayART chargers are not on sale (yet!), you can use any combination of bright colored chargers as a base for your tablescape.
If you are looking for a reason to pull out your good china, this is it! If you don’t have china, grab some inexpensive plain white plates to put on top of your chargers to achieve the same look.
I used ArtPops at each location as a symbolic place card. You could use Easter eggs for the same effect.
CMYKay TIP: Use colorful scarves as napkin placeholders. Provide disposable or plain cloth napkins below each plate. Want this exact look? Shop AlanaKayART Wild Rags.
Gold silverware and AlanaKayART cocktail glasses finish each setting. Even when not serving cocktails, I use festive glasses to serve water or tea.

I wanted to keep the center of the table festive, but not too tall, to ensure easy flow of conversation, so I utilized AlanaKayART cocktail glasses as flower vases and filled them with colorful and bright spring flowers.

A few Easter-themed knickknacks, including an Easter Bunny and a vase filled with dyed eggs, helped complete the theme. Lastly, I finished off my table by tying some AlanaKayART Over-sized scarves on the back of each chair.

Chargers are a great starting place for any table. While these AlanaKayART chargers are not on sale (yet!), you can use any combination of bright colored chargers as a base for your tablescape.
If you are looking for a reason to pull out your good china, this is it! If you don’t have china, grab some inexpensive plain white plates to put on top of your chargers to achieve the same look.
I used ArtPops at each location as a symbolic place card. You could use Easter eggs for the same effect.
CMYKay TIP: Use colorful scarves as napkin placeholders. Provide disposable or plain cloth napkins below each plate. Want this exact look? Shop AlanaKayART Wild Rags.
Gold silverware and AlanaKayART cocktail glasses finish each setting. Even when not serving cocktails, I use festive glasses to serve water or tea.

What better way to end a great Easter meal with family and friends than with the brightest possible pink cake. Not only does it add color and vibrancy to your table, it also serves as the perfect centerpiece. If you missed last week’s CMYKay blog on how to make my “Pretty in Pink Cake” read and download the recipe here.

If you’re looking to re-create my AlanaKayART Easter tablescape, but you don’t have the products laying around, don’t worry! You can order them online through the links above or, if you are local to the DFW area, email me for local pickup.

Here’s to wishing a very happy, healthy and blessed Easter from my family to yours!

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

Connect with AlanaKay for exclusive looks.

Get 15% off your first order!

Pretty in Pink Cake

By | CMYKay

Femininity – Love – Friendship – Playfulness

Spring brings with it a bounty of color; the return of green grass, fields of yellow dandelions and bluebonnets, purple sunsets, pastel eggs – all making their appearance in nature, decor and fashion. This month I want to focus on pink. I realize pink can be a controversial color. Some women worry they can’t wear such a bright “look at me” kind of color and men have been told they can’t wear it at all. Millennials have all but adopted pink as the color of their generation with the addition of the term “Millennial Pink.” And you know what I’m going to say, pink is for everyone, no matter your age or gender.

I adore everything about pink. I love the versatility, brightness and playfulness in every shade of pink, which is why you will find it in a number of my paintings, including Badass, Counterbalance, and Nektar.

Pink provides the romantic feel of red, with less intensity. It’s playful and bright, but still subtle enough to make you pause and think about the emotion it’s conveying. It also has a wide range of shades which makes it extremely versatile both in art and fashion. Brighter pinks, like magenta, usher in feelings of creativity and friendship, while lighter “millennial pinks” are often associated with feelings of youth and femininity. And of course, pink is associated with spring, including one of my favorite spring holidays.

If you are still unsure about incorporating pink into your spring wardrobe, consider adding it to your Easter table.

Easter is an important holiday in our home and this year I wanted to create a dessert that serves as a beautiful and delicious centerpiece for our holiday table. As is the norm when I have a baking question, I enlisted my mom to help me create the brightest possible pink cake to celebrate a season that sparks brightness and joy in my life. For the perfect finishing touch, we iced the cake using a process similar to the one I use to pour resin on my paintings.

Even better? The recipe below is entirely gluten and dairy free thanks to King Arthur Gluten Free Cake Mix.

PRETTY IN PINK CAKE

- Gluten Free & Dairy Free -

For those of you who associate gluten and dairy free with tasteless and gross, let me reassure you. With a few simple substitutions, this cake is everything you could ever want.

Ingredients:

For the Cake
1 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
8 tablespoons vegetable oil
16 large eggs
2 1/2 cups dairy-free milk (I used coconut milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 boxes King Arthur Gluten Free Cake Mix
2-3 different shades of pink food coloring

For the Icing
8 cups confectioners sugar
2 cups Crisco
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond extract
6-8 tablespoons coconut milk

For the Glaze
2 tablespoons (3 packets) unflavored gelatin
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup dairy free sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/2 cups diary free white chocolate chips
2-3 different shades of pink food coloring

Step 1: Put on your Badass Earrings and Bake Your Cake

Place a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Lightly grease six 8″ round cake pans. (Yep, you heard me six. This cake feeds a crowd!) However, I recommend mixing one cake mix at a time and baking the pans three at a time.

Use an electric mixer to beat butter and oil together, then blend in half of the mix. Using the lowest speed, add eggs one at a time, mixing until blended. Continuing to use lowest speed, add 1/2 of the milk at a time, alternating with 1/2 of the dry mix. Mix just until smooth.

Now, for the fun part, drop in 1-2 drops of pink food coloring and combine. Scoop out enough to fill one pan and spread evenly.

Drop 1-2 drops more of food coloring into your mixer and combine until slightly darker than your first pan. Scoop out enough to fill your second pan and spread evenly.

Repeat until you have filed all six pans with varying shades of pink from light to dark.

Bake the cakes until golden brown — 28-32 minutes. The center of the cake should feel firm when gently pressed, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

Remove the cakes from the oven. Allow them to cool completely in the pan, then loosen the edges with a knife and gently remove from the pan.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur

Step 2: Make Your Icing & Ice Your Cake 

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer on low speed, cream the powdered sugar with the crisco adjusting the speed up to high once the powdered sugar is incorporated into the margarine.

Add the vanilla extract, almond extract while slowly adding in your coconut milk and continue to mix on high speed until frosting holds stiff peaks.

Store in a covered dish or container in the refrigerator until ready to use when you cakes have cooled.

Once your cakes have cooled, you are ready to start icing them! Start with your lightest shade of pink ice the top and add the next shade. Repeat until you finish your six layers. Then, ice the entire outside until smooth.

Step 3: Embrace Your Inner AlanaKay and Glaze Your Cake

Stir gelatin and 1/2 cup lukewarm water in a small bowl and let sit 5 minutes.

Cook sugar, dairy-free condensed milk, vanilla, salt, and 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to bubble, about 4 minutes. Add bloomed gelatin and stir until dissolved.

Remove from heat and add dairy-free chocolate chips, stirring constantly, until melted. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, let cool, then divide glaze among 3 or 4 glasses. Color each with pink food coloring as desired of varying shades of pink.

Set a chilled, smoothly frosted cake on a cake pan or overturned bowl set inside a rimmed baking sheet or large tray to catch drips. Pour colored glaze over, sweeping back and forth across cake as you pour, to form a marbled pattern. Resist the temptation to touch glaze once it’s poured; it will start to set as soon as it hits the cold cake. Let glaze drip about 10 minutes, then clean up edges with a small offset spatula or butter knife.

For an added dose of fun, call in your kiddo to help catch the drips. A little sugar rush never hurt anyone right?

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

Step 4: Slice and Serve 

Once you have let your glaze set, transfer to a cake stand and set out on display at your Easter table.

Slice and enjoy every bite of your fabulously pink cake with family and friends this Spring.

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

Connect with AlanaKay for exclusive looks.

Get 15% off your first order!

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