Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Brunching




Blame it on getting older or whatever you want but I prefer life a little more streamlined lately. I still love entertaining, but I have begun to master the art of doing it without making myself as crazy as I once used to. Runners, mats and chargers have replaced tablecloths that require pressing and who needs a fussy centerpiece when the table is full of food anyway? Lately I love mixing and matching my latest vintage finds to create a one of a kind table. Vintage bone china plates with chambray napkins? Absolutely.
I have been taking the same approach to food preparation as well. When my sister and her family were in town two weekends ago I made this quiche (my go to) and doubled up this recipe of an overnight French toast. I prepared and cooked the quiche on Saturday and assembled the French toast before bed that night. Sunday morning I cooked the French toast and warmed up the quiche while I kicked back with some well deserved mimosas and good conversation.
If I knew back then what I know now - but I guess that's the point in getting older after all.

*note: I purchased 2 loaves of challah bread for the French toast. One batch of the batter was enough for 2 9 x 13 dishes. The first time I used the entire batter on one loaf it was a bit soggy for my taste.

mimosa glasses for sale here
pyrex baker with basket holder for sale here
floral china for sale here 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunny Days Are Here Again...






It felt like winter would never end. May arrived and the heat was turned back on. The littlest tips of green were poking out of the ground so timidly...checking to see if it was safe to come above ground once and for all. "Oh Spring, where are you?" my heart cried on a daily basis.
Then suddenly the sun appeared. So bright, so warm that windows were thrown open and I could see the whole world come alive in that very instant. We moved quickly so as to not waste a single moment of this weather we had been anticipating for months.
The lawn took on an emerald green hue and without words begged us for a picnic. We were never so happy to oblige.....

vintage French wine glasses for sale here and here
4 bottle picnic basket for sale here
vintage embroidered tablecloth for sale here
vintage enamel tub for sale here

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Pirate And Mermaid Party













A few months ago my sister called and started asking me all sorts of questions. What kind of cake stands do I own, what pieces of milk glass do I still have around, what kind of table linens and runners would look good at a kid's birthday party? She was combining my nephew Timmy's first birthday with my niece Sophie's 4th and doing a pirate and mermaid bash.  After a lot of back and forth, I realized it would be too hard for me to just load my car with assorted props I think she may want and drive them all the way down to Virginia. Instead, I took a bold step and asked her if she trusted me. When without hesitation she said "implicitly", I suggested that I style the party tables and bring the props. She sent me some pins of parties she liked to give me a good idea of what she wanted and I came up with a design. There were many late night phone calls and face timing where I showed her some things I was thinking about. Last weekend I loaded up my car and headed down.
 Everything I visualized came out just the way I wanted it too and even a few last minute improvisations before the guests arrived turned out better than expected. Trying to figure out where to put PB & J bagged lunches for little ones at the last minute meant covering a cardboard box with burlap - but it worked out great! When she is not chasing after two kids under the age of five, my sister makes amazing cakes and they really became the showstoppers of the tables.
Sophie was over the moon about her mermaid table and while still too young to appreciate the pirate ship his parents and I collaborated on, Timmy certainly enjoyed his "smash" cake. My sister was thrilled, my brother in law was so appreciative and the best part for me was when the parents of all the little guests hovered around the tables taking pictures of the set up "oohing" and "ahhing" the whole time. That's all the gratification I needed.

If you live the Northern Virginia area, my sister will be doing cake decorating demos at the Williams Sonoma in Tyson's Corner starting in June. You can email me for dates and times.