Mail Order Cuteness

I got a copy of the Olive and Cocoa catalogue in the mail the other day and was pleasantly surprised by all of the cute party accessories that they offer. Here are some of my favorites:

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1. Sky-high birthday candles Birthday Cake Tapers $28/dozen (other cute colors available)

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2. I’m a sucker for a party hat with a great pom-pom Chapeau de Fete $44 for 6

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3. Milk Bottles $64 for 6

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4. My candy obsession would welcome this assortment any day. Birthday Treats $64/ petite box

School’s Out for Summer!

Well, not here in California- but almost.

I’m busy planning my son’s class end of year party with the other room parents. We have the good fortune of living close to the beach, so we figured what better place to let 52 graduating second graders run around and celebrate for a few hours?!

This is the inspiration board that I put together:Image

1. We’re getting the adult and kid sandwiches & salads from Clementine in West LA {http://clementineonline.com}

2. I’m hitting up friends to make the lemonade and summer themed desserts

3. I’ll be making the DIY decorations {a big thank you to… http://columbia.wedding101.net/blog/2013/01/18/friday-diy-dip-dyed-coffee-filter-garlands/}

4. The icees will be from the delicious Di Dio’s Italian Ice in Santa Monica

The guest list is blowing up, so I hope that it’s a fun day for everyone!

{photo credits: pinterest, martha stewart, cannelle et vanille}

I Love Candy!

Specifically, cotton candy. I know it’s childish, but it’s making a serious reappearance in a myriad of grown-up settings. Apparently I’m not the only one who still loves to nibble on a fluffy, sugary puff ball.

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I have to limit my cotton candy exposure to sporting events for fear of tooth rot and diabetic comas, but I take pleasure in knowing that I could own this darling machine if I wanted to make it a daily habit.

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{www.webrestaurantstore.com $404}

Or if you wanted to add a little something special to your next party, most good party rental companies have cotton candy machines to rent for around $75.

Here is a link to a DIY cotton candy without any special equipment http://www.thedailymeal.com/cotton-candy-0

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I really may need to decapitate a whisk and give that a try!

{Photo credit: pinterest, thebridesofoklahoma.com}

Set the Table

It’s time for a little table setting 101.Here is an adorable illustration that will help with the basics. Image

Of course, most of my entertaining is pretty casual so this is helpful, but don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun with the table. Your guests will feel taken care of even before eating a bite of food when they sit down to a beautifully designed table.

Here are some lovely tables and details. ImageImageImageImageImage

{Credits: Illustration via Sugarandcharmblog.com; additional images via Pinterest}

Mother Knows Best

In other words, take a little extra time to make your Mother’s Day special for the mother in your life.

Best doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune- it’s your personal best. If you’re making a homemade card, then spend the extra time to really make it great. If you’re making breakfast in bed, then don’t wake her up by crashing around in the kitchen and for heavens sake, clean up the dishes!

If you want to show your mother how much you care with a gift, then take the time to get her something that she really wants.

I remember a friend of mine telling me that on her first Mother’s Day her husband was in such a panic to make it great that he totally botched the whole thing. He rushed out at the eleventh hour for a gift and came back with a suffocatingly  hot, gigantic fluffy robe. Probably not most mom’s dream gift.

Here are some gifts that are unlikely to get returned…

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1. Equipment PJ Set $388 http://www.net-a-porter.com; 2. Floral Robe $154 http://www.sleepyjones.com; 3. Vintage PJ Set $95 http://www.jcrew.com; 4. Bottega Veneta Pouch $580 http://www.net-a-porter; 5. Clare Vivier Clutch $180 http://www.shopbop.com; 6. Canvas Tote $34 http://www.llbean.com; 7. Le Labo Candle $70 http://www.barneys.com; 8. Nest White Narcisse Candle $48 shop.nestfragrances.com; 9. Diptyique Mini Baies $28 http://www.barneys.com

Mint Juleps

Growing up in the South, I had a pretty big collection of silver julep cups by the time I graduated from high school. People give them as gifts all the time. No self-respecting southern girl actually drinks out of them- at least not when you’re young. I used mine for toothbrush holders in my dorm room, pencil holders on my desk and of course, they make great vases.

But this weekend it’s time to polish up your cups and use them as God intended!

For everyone watching the race this weekend, here is the quintessential Mint Julep recipe taken from How to Mix Drinks, published in 1936.

Southern Mint Julep
1 glass of Bourbon
4 sprigs fresh mint
1/2 tbsp. powdered sugar

In a julep cup, crush the mint leaves and sugar lightly together, add bourbon and fill glass with cracked ice; stir gently until cup is frosted. Decorate on top with 3 sprigs of mint.

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{Photo credit: gardenandgun.com}

Julep cups from silversuperstore.com **A quick note from me: Do not use their engraving service- make the effort to take your cups to a proper hand engraver. The difference is worth it!

Bulleit Bourbon from bevmo.com

Muddler and Reamer Set from jaysonhome.com