A few gift ideas for the hostess or host in your life (clockwise from top left):
- Square lacquer tray for their things ($14.99 from West Elm)
- Oversized copper mugs for their drinks ($28 from Terrain)
- Blow out for their hairs (Starts at $10 from Dry Bar)
- Runner for their table ($84 from Leif)
- Yummy sauce for their pasta ($12 from Terrain)
- Mini cast iron skillet for their stove ($5.99 from World Market)
- Planter box for their green thumb ($54 from Leif)
- Pot holder to protect said thumb ($22 from Anthropologie)
- Address stamp for their correspondence ($25+ from ChelseyEmery)
- Kinfolk Table cookbook for their tummies ($23.34 from Amazon)
- Glasses for more drinks ($50 from Kate Spade)
- Candle for their homes ($12 from Anthropologie)
- Jewels for their ears ($36 from Bauble Bar)
Natural elements and neutral tones are a running theme for me. They seem especially fitting for a Thanksgiving gathering where the food (turkey! mashed potatoes! stuffing! pumpkin pie!) take center stage on the table. I love the little details here: a glimmer trim on the napkins, intricate handles on the serving set and patterns on the mixed glasses.
A little inspiration for a grown-up Halloween dinner party featuring black, grey and gold in various textures. Not pictured: lots and lots of candy.
I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years but that’s exactly what I’ll be doing this weekend. This is an easy way to get together with friends before Halloween. Invite guests to bring their own pumpkins and drinks to share while you provide the foods and carving supplies. Here’s what to eat, drink, make, bake and wear to your pumpkin carving soiree.
EAT: This chorizo fondue served in a pumpkin bowl looks incredible. Serve with seasoned pretzels, roasted pumpkin seeds and a hearty soup.
DRINK: I know it’s tempting to serve pumpkin ale (which would be fine) but since you have a lot pumpkiny things happening, try some local beers or your favorite wine.
BAKE: Again I’d resist the pumpkin temptation and bake something that reminds us all how much we miss trick or treating.
MAKE: Create a pumpkin carving score sheet or download mine here.
WEAR: The carving will likely need to be done outside so a cute jacket is necessary. Just make sure not to get pumpkin goop on your pretty things.
Now I need to figure out how to carve Miley Cyrus’ face on a pumpkin.
Changing up today’s around the table to feature a few of my favorite gold pieces. These aren’t necessarily meant to go together but each would made a perfect addition to your tabletop. Who am I kidding? I’d totally rock a fully gilded table setting.
Apologies for the unintended break. I’m back and bringing you a playlist for fall gatherings! Fall is my most favorite time to listen to music (doesn’t everyone have a favorite music season?). This playlist is ideal for cooler temps and wine night. Listen here.
P.S. Can’t wait for Bon Iver weather.
You don’t need a reason to party, but from time to time I’m going to give you a good one. Then I’m going to suggest the essentials: what to eat, drink, bake, make and wear.
If the first college football Saturday of the season isn’t a reason to party, I don’t know what is. Get the gang together for a tailgate at home. Send out a schedule for the day, including what games will be featured. If possible, set up a few viewing areas so guests can catch various games. Ask everyone to bring a dip while you provide the main course, drinks and dessert.
EAT: Wings are an essential part of the game day experience. Pizza is delicious. Why not combine the two for a wingless buffalo chicken pizza?
DRINK: No need to get fancy. The people want beer while watching college football and the people shall have it.
BAKE: Beer ice cream chocolate chip sandwiches. There isn’t much else to say.
MAKE: Make favors with the faces of your guests’ favorite mascots.
WEAR: Swap your typical college tee for a dress in your team’s colors. It seems like an appropriate way to usher in a new season. Plus it’s August and hot outside.
So what will you be doing on August 31st? More importantly, who will you be routing for?
I have some great clients whose upcoming wedding involves lots of shiny gold details (a couple after my own heart). Accordingly, I’ve been working with a lot of glitter over the past few months. I love glitter but more times than I care to admit I have looked in the mirror and thought, “Oh hey, you have glitter on your face.” The remnants of these projects will be with me for a long time.
Here are some tips I’ve learned about working with glitter.
- Do not play with glitter near your computer.
- If you get a cut while playing with glitter, you should stop and clean the wound before proceeding.
- When traveling with glitter, pack it securely in a zip lock bag, a Tupperware container or, and this is most highly recommended, double packed in both a zip lock bag and a Tupperware container.
- If you feel a sneeze coming on, step outside of the glitter area.
- Before bringing glitter into your home, be sure your domestic partner(s) really like you.
- Do not bake cookies within 24 hours of playing with glitter.
- Do not eat out of a community bag of chips while playing glitter.
- If your friend despises glitter, do not invite this friend over to your house before, after or during glitter play time. A month buffer period is preferred.
- Tile grout is the enemy of glitter.
- While you may not, your dog will look cute with glitter on its face.
Glitter rules. Proceed with sparkly caution.
Ice cream and cocktails seem like a great way to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. How is it August?
Let’s start with some party tubs for the beverages and the ice cream. Adorable color pop glasses for the drinks and porcelain sugar cones for the dessert. Big red bowls for an array of ice cream toppings and a pretty platter to keep it all organized. Add friends for a casual but fun night in. Happy weekend!