Continuing this week with more gift guides! Today I’m featuring gifts for bar and home- perfect for the hosts and foodies in your life!
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?? I can’t believe it is only two weeks away! With that, I’m bringing back my gift guides for nearly everyone on your list. Starting today with gifts fit for the pickiest princess. But some budget friendly items mixed in too!
My favorite holiday is almost here! I am very excited for Thanksgiving this year because I will be spending all of next week home with my family. I don’t think I’ve had the luxury of a full week there since college!! I am already dreaming about our feast: new recipes to try, new drinks to mix up and OF COURSE a fresh new way to style the table. While last year my ideas were all about different color combinations- this year I am thinking more simple. Black, white, brown, gold. I want it to feel textural and rustic yet still edgy and modern. Of course I took to pinterest for some inspiration:
This is how I am envisioning pulling it all together:
How will you be setting the table?
I can’t believe that Halloween crept up on me so quickly! Probably because I still like to think its summer (wake up call: its not). Either way, time to start thinking about a costume! Today I decided to put together a list of some “culturally relevant” ideas for your enjoyment since last year’s list was such a big hit!
Its difficult to think of the biggest moments of 2013 that ALSO translate into a funny/ clever Halloween costume. And even if you come up with an idea, executing it so that you don’t have to explain who you are all night long is a whole other challenge! For example- lights out at the Superbowl, the NY Times review for Guy Fieri’s restaurant, Cronuts, etc- CLEVER- but how do you DO that? Here are a few ideas that I don’t think would be too hard to pull off:
Starting off, I thought it would be appropriate to do something scary. It IS Halloween after all. The show Walking Dead has everything you would want for a group costume- great characters from the show, and a team of horrifying zombies that can follow you around all night.
Daft Punk came out with their album Random Access Memories this year and it was an instant sensation. This CD was pretty much on repeat all summer in our apartment (and still is?) and I think the duo would make for an AWESOME costume. Maybe take old ski helmets and spray paint them gold and silver?
The MLB playoffs are in full swing, and there are so many players to dress as! I’m sure a lot of people in Boston are thinking: Big Papi with a Superman cape on (I mean, even a Yankees fan has to have some respect for that grand slam the other night) but the other star to emerge from that game is none other than Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan. Although good luck finding a friend to be Torii Hunter upside-down all night.
July seems like a faraway memory, but certainly we can’t forget the hoopla surrounding his Royal Highness Prince George. I’m certain some beautiful smiling brunettes with perfect blowouts will be walking around in blue polka dot dresses:
100% placing a bet that someone this Halloween will be dressed as Train Wreck Miley Cyrus- don’t forget your foam finger! (this would also make a great couples costume)
And the more clever (classier??) variation being Miley as Michelle Bachmann on SNL:
Just in case you missed the video its here.
and on that same note of the shutdown.. I’m certain there will be a few costumes of government employees:
Astronauts…Smokey the Bear…The Statue of Liberty….
with the key additional accessory being a big “FURLOUGHED” sign on the front
Have you thought about your costume yet??? I’d love to hear some more ideas!!
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I am exhausted today after hosting my first real dinner party in my apartment yesterday! It was really fun to pull out the fancy tablecloth and set a proper table, and of course to spend the day cooking! And then eating!
Easter is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because it signifies the true start of Spring. So I really wanted to celebrate that! I tried to keep things fairly simple, but of course ended up going a little overboard. The table was a theme of blues, pinks and greens. I folded the napkins into cute rabbit ears and used hard-boiled eggs as placecards- then used napkin rings to prevent them from rolling off the plate. The result was whimsical but elegant:
For the food, I probably bit off a little too much to try to cook AND serve in my tiny kitchen. I went with a nontraditional choice of Brisket over an Easter Ham- but it ended up being a huge success. And everyone LOVED the chocolate Mouse- with freshly made whipped cream and raspberries.
As you can imagine we were STUFFED by the end but it was all so worth it and the festivities lasted late into the night. Once everyone had gone I had a little time to unwind- finishing up the wine and tidying up the kitchen. I’m not gonna lie that the triumphant feeling at the end of the night is very addictive- I can’t wait until my next excuse to plan a party.