9 Party Items for the New Year - My Notting Hill

For the next two months, I will be having fellow bloggers share 9 Items in the New Year for entertaining. My first guest is Michele, the style maven behind the fabulously successful blog, MY NOTTING HILL.

Michele picked her nine items for an intimate dinner party for 10 - 12 friends.

1. BOUILLABAISSE - a rustic treat that people often don't make for themselves.

2. BULLY HILL Farmer's Market Blush Wine A crisp, dry rose from a vineyard in the Finger Lakes Region of NY, where Michele was raised.

3. MERIDA JACQUARD tablecloth

4. A set of simple white DISHES

5. A few small brightly colored arrangements like THESE

6. An inviting room where meals can be enjoyed with friends.

7. A CASHMERE SWEATER in pink (the hot color for 2011) to pair with jeans. Sophisticated but not too dressy for an informal dinner with good friends.

8. Pair with a fun necklace from JULIE LORUSSO

9. Cap off the evening with an aperitif from RICHARD PASTIS

Thanks, Michele! I would love to be a guest at one of your gatherings.


  1. Wow, what time is dinner?!
    Great ideas, Michele!
    Have a wonderful day.

  2. That sounds like a great list to me! I too love wearing a cashmere sweater...simple yet sophisticated.

  3. sounds like a delightful party! I would love to be a guest!!


  4. LOVE bouillabaisse!! ADore those one pot meals like coq au vin and bœuf bourguignon, both of which I make frequently. Looks like a fun party!

  5. Love Michele's selections! Being a guest in her house would be an immense pleasure!!

  6. White dishes are all you need! (for dishes, I mean)
    Great post!

  7. Fun idea and looking forward to reading all the suggestions for parties to the nines! Serious need for that Julie Lorusso necklace. xo Cathy

  8. Another person who likes Pastis! One of my favorites on a hot summer day... Happy Monday!

  9. Yummy! Michele has such a great list and I love all her party picks.
    I have white dishes - just need a few of those other great items and I am all good to go!

  10. Such a treat to find your blog via notting hill.

  11. love to post a pve party here....

  12. I'm loving your blog. In addition to jewelry designing I'm bit obsessed with parties and table settings so I'll be adding you to my blogroll.

    Julie LoRusso

  13. Kate - Thanks so much for inviting me to do this. Looking forward to seeing the other guest bloggers in the next 2 months too.

  14. love this idea-so clever and great to hear Michele's great ideas for the perfect fete!