Mother’s Day is such a lovely day to honor the women in our lives who have inspired, loved us, and provided us so much over the years. Now that I’m a mother myself, I must say its enjoyable to wake up to a love letter from my adoring husband and coffee in bed. That certainly does not happen every day in our house.
This mother’s day I hosted brunch at our house. It was small and intimate with a feminine vibe. One of the delicious treats we served was so simple and such a hit…yogurt espressos! What in the world you ask? All I did for this one was put some vanilla yogurt in espresso cups and top with honey-almond granola and blueberries. To keep it dainty, I served the cups each with their own mini espresso spoon. Everyone loved them, my father thought it was vanilla pudding..come on dad, really?
This cold Asian noodle salad is one of my favorites to serve when having a casual get together. I’ll be serving this one up tonight. To keep serving simple prepare salad the morning of your get together and divide among mason jars, top with peanuts and a lime wedge and clip (unbroken) chopsticks to the side. I’m a huge fan of small bites that are easy to eat while mingling as opposed to a formal seat down dinner.
I really don’t follow an exact recipe with this one, its a blend of my favorite asian flavors and you can really add anything you like…but if you must know the dressing is basically made of the following: grated fresh ginger (i use a lot of this), sesame oil, green onions, red pepper flakes, mirin, soy sauce, a touch of sea salt, lemon or lime zest and a squeeze of the fresh juice from whichever you use.
Mmm can’t wait to eat this tonight!
My very dear friend is getting married and I’ve been working on coordinating her bachelorette party. I hesitate to call it that because its more of a refined girl’s night out to honor our bride to be than a crazy Chippendale’s type of affair. Her main criteria were Boston, Dinner and Drinks, and her ladies. She’s so easy to please but she’s also a very special person and although I want to adhere to her subtle requests, I still wanted to add some appeal to the evening to make it known that this girl is getting married – A pretty big deal if you ask me!
After reading Parisian Chic, a style guide by Ines de la Fressange I was inspired by the sexiness and femininity of Paris. French women celebrate their friendships and treasure the bond they share ( i love the image of the women sharing coffee on the board below, can’t you just feel the connection?). Bidding Adieu to Being Single became the theme…think sexy black lace dresses, oysters, St. Germaine Cocktails, a brassiere dinner with endless amounts of wine, and of course feather headbands!
Starting from top left: (1) image from Les Zygomates Wine Bar, (2) Red Leather Banquettes at Eastern Standard Boston, (3) Parisian Chic Style Guide, (4) Essie Fifth Avenue Nail Polish, (5) Feather Fascinator, (6) D&G Tiered Lace and Crepe Dress, (7) Oysters, (8) Image of Women in Paris, (9) Blue Cheese, (10) French Metro Sign, (11) Hotel Commonwealth, (12) St. Germaine Cocktails
Props have quickly become a fun way to style a photo shoot but while paying a photographer almost always guarantees picture perfect photographs, it can get expensive…and not to mention restricts your creativity.
My advice is go in search of your own props, whip out your SLR camera, envision a style or theme, and find a setting. There is no guarantee that children will cooperate with photos, so why bother with the fancy photographer? It’s much more fun to DIY.
Some of my favorite photos are the ones I took myself. With a little thought and creativity you can style a picture that will give the look and feel of a professional photograph without the cost.
Think jumbo balloons, vintage clothing, lace, signage with fun fonts, fabric and bunting. The possibilities to capture the perfect image are endless!
When you are not the one hosting, its important to make the person who is feel special and let them know you’re thankful for having you in their home. Being a hostess is a lot of work…and let’s face it we are all busy to begin with. So the next time you receive an invitation, whether its a dinner party or 40th suprise party at someone’s home, really think about a way to show them your appreciation.
Recently friends of ours turned vegan, after watching a documentary called Forks Over Knives. They invited us over for a dinner party where they were going to try out new vegan recipes to share with friends. I racked my brain and thought, what in the world do you bring vegans who don’t drink wine or spirits? I got to thinking about what a vegan would need in their pantry and visited my local health food store’s bulk isle. There I picked up things like brown rice, quinoa, dried apricots, and Israeli couscous among other spices and things.
When I researched vegan recipes I kept seeing many that had a Moroccan flair. Enter the Tagine – a special Moroccan cooking device that many vegans would say is a staple in their kitchen. You can find these at any gourmet cooking store.
The bulk ingredients went into mason jars with card-stock printed labels that I tied on with yarn. All went into a weathered looking wooden crate I picked up at Marshall’s. To complete the gift I printed up some 5 star reviewed vegan recipes I found online and bundled them together with twine.
Here are some pictures for my DIY vegan hostess gift. It looked so great and the hostess was so excited to open this gift and start trying the new recipes.
Happy Cinco De Mayo! In honor of this Mexican holiday here’s an idea for a traditional sweet sip for your fiesta.
TO MAKE: Pour coffee brandy over ice and float fresh cream on top.
My favorite part of these sweet sippers is the cute color drink flags. For this DIY project we bought bright colored post-it notes (shh don’t tell) and stuck the sticking part around a short wooden skewer. Once the adhesive sticks together around the skewer, snip it to the shape you want and there you have it, a colorful drink flag. The best part of these is that they make great drink markers so guests don’t mix up their glasses!
To me, a gift should not be given to show it’s recipient that you’ve spent money on them. To me, a gift should show that you’ve thought about them, considered their personality, interests, and the very things that make them “tick”. I’ve always found more joy in giving gifts than in receiving them (partly because I set my expectations too high). But in all honestly I find such happiness in watching a loved one’s face as they open a one of a kind gift that comes from the heart. There is nothing worse than opening a gift and thinking “Wow, you really don’t know me at all do you.”
It’s baby season in our neck of the woods, and while I will diligently purchase from the registries of every new mommy I know, I can’t hesitate to include a more sentimental piece along with that Exersaucer or Bottle Sterilizer.
So I present to you, the Birth Announcement “subway sign” art made by yours truly. I plan to frame this one in a white matted frame. Now that I’ve built a template, I can easily customize the birth information and color scheme. See what I mean? I just wish someone would give me a gift like this!