4.14.2014

Parisian Chocolate Mousse


It's a fact. Everything tastes better in Paris. It must be a combination of the fresh ingredients, the setting and the elegant people. I am going to France for two weeks this summer and it can't come soon enough! I heard a great interview on NPR with Dorie Greenspan author of AROUND MY FRENCH TABLE who spends half the year in Manhattan and the other half in Paris. 


Greenspan discusses how every Parisian host serves the perfect chocolate mousse.  She discovers the deliciously simple recipe and it is fab! 


I encourage you to try it for your next fete. And the interview is great fun too! Find both HERE















11.26.2013

Cranberry Margarita

Holiday greetings! And yes, I am the worst blogger ever to have let so much time pass before doing a post. My apologies! It may have something to do with the fact that I have been living with friends since my new condo was ready and have been "homeless" since August. But I am in my new place in time for the holidays. And I making these CRANBERRY MARGARITAS as a Thanksgiving cocktail. Yuuuum!



Photo: Bon Appetit

7.16.2013

Posh Baby Shower


With the Royal Baby Watch in full frenzy on both sides of the pond, I wanted to share a post on hip baby showers. Who says an old tradition can't get a stylish makeover?

If you send an evite go with PAPERLESS POST and any of these could be customized for a shower






Everyone seated at one long table. I love this blue table setting from Carolyne Roehm. 


Custom COOKIES wrapped in cello bags with a ribbon at each place


Serve fun drinks both alcoholic and non in mason jars. Have them already chilling in a tub and guests can help themselves.


With personalized straws on the side with fun messages for the mom-to-be. I would coordinate the color scheme, but this gives you the idea. Find straws HERE.


Classic tea sandwiches get an upgrade. Skip the cucumbers and make BLTs, curry chicken salad and other delicious sandwiches. Cut stars out of silver paper and glue to toothpicks. Cut in the shape of moons and you can find the cookie cutter HERE

Gazpacho is perfect for a summer gathering. RECIPE



Other ideas for a party menu



Carmelized Onion TARTS with apples




Grilled ASPARAGUS with an Orange Dipping Sauce


For dessert, skip the cake and do something a bit more summery and unexpected like tarts with ice cream and warm blueberry sauce. RECIPE


And a Candy Bar for guests to take sweets home with them. 


In custom FAVOR BAGS


Have guests bring the new baby a favorite book that he/she is not likely to already have in their library. 


A few titles that might not be in the mom-to-be's library










7.03.2013

Festive 4th Ideas


The weather in Boston has been the pits! Blech! Someone described it yesterday as soupy and clammy. Clam chowder?? Grey skies and 150% humidity does not feel very festive. But it is the 4th and time for some summer (or summah as we say here). Some ideas for entertaining.

Festive COCKTAIL



Patriotic TARTS




Ice Cream FLOATS


Blueberry Ice Cream PIE



Festive NAPKINS


Or THESE


Have a great holiday!

Top Photo: Martha Stewart

6.27.2013

Posh Picnic


The last picnic I had was a year ago on the lawns of Tanglewood. I always forget how much fun they are especially, by the water. This picnic tore from KIM SEYBERT is oh-so-chic and comes with everything you need (the blanket is extra.)

Or CHINOISERIE CHIC is also an option




Perfect to tuck in your basket or tote as these Pincics in a Jar from Southern Living. Adorable!
RECIPE






Photos: Kim Seybert, Gracious Home and Southern Living Magazine

6.17.2013

On My List: Salt House Inn


One of the best parts about living in Boston is how easy it is to get to Cape Cod for a weekend. I have been spending time there since I was little and no place makes me happier during the summer months. I recently read about the SALT HOUSE INN in Provincetown. The boutique hotel is the collaboration of two big names in the hotel world—C.O.O. of AndrĂ© Balazs Properties David Bowd and Starwood Hotels interior designer Kevin O’Shea. 


Kevin O'Shea's impeccable style is evident through out the property! 







Every morning you will have a decadent breakfast waiting for you including homemade granola. Yes, please!



Photos: Salt House Inn and Vogue