Saturday, September 20, 2014

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

It's no secret that I love Halloween. If you've been coming around these parts for any length of time you already know that. For almost a decade now we have been throwing parties to celebrate the creepiest day of the year. For a long time we hosted a full blown costume party but more recently we've begun to make it a more intimate dinner gathering. That doesn't keep me from pulling out the stops and setting a memorable table that will enchant the kiddies and delight the adults. 
The new Oh Joy! line at Target inspired me with the black, gold and cream party fans. Perfect for over the table. An antique chamber pot doubles as a cauldron ~ imagine dry ice oozing from the gaps in the lid. I placed a beautiful vintage owl wall hanging at the drink station because it's a showstopper!  We'll fill small bottles with some delicious "potion" and let the kids use these fun chalkboard labels to write their names or a cryptic message . Adult beverages will of course occupy these vintage black tumblers while the food is served on matching black vintage plates. 
My guess is that it will be completely Spooktacular!
Pun definitely intended. ;)

Shop the setting:
vintage black tumblers here
vintage black plates here
vintage owl wall hanging here
vintage pumpkin candleholder here
antique chamber pot/cauldron here
party fans here
chalkboard labels here
paper straws here

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hostess Gifts

Fresh Jersey peaches, a peach sangria mix and the bottle of wine required to assemble it

Homemade bruschetta made with tomatoes from our garden will be perfect when paired with a delicious baguette

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Staying at someone's home for a long weekend? These wooden boards from Pottery Barn are perfect for a host who loves cheese and crackers

I love to give gifts so naturally I enjoy bringing little something for the host/hostess when we are invited over. And while I am sure the proverbial bottle of wine is always welcome, I try to think outside the box, shake it up a little bit and bring something I know my friend/relative will love.
For a weekend away at my brother's in Upstate NY this summer I brought fresh Jersey peaches, a peach sangria mix and the bottle of wine required to assemble it. Displayed in a simple thrift store basket added charm and kept it affordable. I know my aunt and uncle love cheese and crackers as much as we do so when I stayed with them for a long weekend back in the spring I brought them one of Pottery Barn's small wooden boards. I tied a pretty ribbon around the handle and let it speak for itself.
Going to dinner should be small, simple but thoughtful. In fact, I'm planning on bringing homemade jars of bruschetta and a delicious baguette to any dinner parties we attend this fall. Here's hoping our calendar fills up quickly!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Oh, August.

 It seemed like we were constantly on the go. Every weekend we had something planned. At one point Charlie looked at me and said, "I'm tired." and by the holiday weekend I was too. We didn't even leave the house or get dressed for three whole days. It was lovely.
But tired or not, August was so chock full of time with loved ones and the making of some pretty great summer memories. From our weekend getaway with my siblings to the bucolic Hudson River Valley in NY, to having every member of my immediate family here in NJ to celebrate my niece Vera's fifth birthday, there is nothing like family. The house was buzzing for three straight days as we entertained non stop. There were dinners and brunches and I was wholly in my element. 
We had our amazing dinner on the beach and in the days that followed we started getting ready for Ryan to head to middle school. Junior high. How could this be? There were new haircuts, school shopping, doctor appointments and sleepovers with the bestie. I still can't fathom how she has grown up so quickly, into such a little lady who needs me less and less. Yet, in a rare moment now and again, she will curl up with me and remind me that she still is and will always be my baby.