This year, rather than decorating valentines with the kids as we have in years past, I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit. Instead, we partnered with my good friend Candace Nelson, the lovely lady behind Sprinkles, and Amy Blessing for a cookie baking and decorating class designed with little ones in mind.
It’s been a few months since our last In the Kitchen with The Chalkboard Mag, and with the amorous holiday fast approaching, we had the perfect excuse for another afternoon of great food and great company. On the menu for this occasion: a cooking class that was all about sweets, courtesy of the lovely Annie Campbell, and Valentine’s Day decor that felt natural, with just a touch of vamp.
For Valentine’s Day this year – as I’ve shared before, this is one occasion that we definitely prefer to spend at home – we hosted a small get-together with family and close friends. The evening featured simple, sweet touches for a laid-back gathering that felt like the perfect way to celebrate the holiday.
One of my favorite holiday activities with the little ones is decorating gingerbread houses. And we had so much fun doing so last time with the wonderful Amy Blessing, that we had to do it again this season.
With the holidays in full swing, it felt the perfect time for yet another afternoon of great food and company with The Chalkboard Mag. For this installment: a festive and cozy holiday luncheon featuring equally comforting food and decor, courtesy of Valleybrink Road, Bash, Please and Moon Canyon Flowers.
In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, we once again teamed up with The Chalkboard Mag for a Thanksgiving meal and get-together that served as a perfect warm-up for the big day. On the menu and all around: a delicious vegetarian feast that was satisfying without being too heavy, and decor that was all at once festive and understated.
I shared all the details of our spooky celebration for the little ones earlier this week, but we couldn’t go without a get-together for the adults as well. And while the menu and decor might not have been quite as literal as the kids’, there was just as much fun to be had and delicious food to be enjoyed.
The Halloween get-together that the wonderful Amy Blessing and I threw for the kids last year was so great that we had to make it a tradition. And like last year, the afternoon was just perfect – filled with festive and imaginative tricks and treats, and such fun for all of the little ones in attendance.
In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, I once again partnered with The Chalkboard Mag and the wonderful Pamela Salzman to create the perfect Fourth of July get-together, complete with casual-yet-festive menu and decor. Stay tuned later this week for all of the delicious menu details! XXJKE The Dining & Buffet Tables I kept the […]
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it felt like the perfect opportunity for another afternoon of great food and company with The Chalkboard Mag. For this get-together: a Mother’s Day Tea with some of my favorite mamas and their little ones. We were so fortunate to again have one of my sweet favorites, Valerie Gordon of the otherworldly Valerie Confections, provided all of the small bites. Cocktails were provided by a new favorite, the impossibly dashing Pharmacie, and the decor and design elements were made possible by the beyond amazing ladies at Bash, Please.
This year, I really wanted to host an Easter egg hunt – a fun, relaxed afternoon that was all about the little ones, but fun for the whole family. I called on the wonderful Amy Blessing to help me put it all together and was so happy with the way everything turned out.
With Easter right around the corner, I thought it the perfect excuse to host yet another afternoon of great food and great company with The Chalkboard Mag. For this get-together, I was so excited to finally meet and team up with the amazing Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen for a delicious vegan lunch.
For Valentine’s Day this year, instead of hosting a dinner, I thought it would be nice to have a small cooking class with a few girlfriends that was all about sweets. Once again, we teamed up with The Chalkboard Mag for the culinary fun, and for this occasion, we were fortunate enough to have Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections show us how to make several of her delicious recipes.
For the year’s final In the Kitchen with The Chalkboard Mag, Nathan Turner and I hosted a festive organic holiday cooking class and lunch featuring the wonderful Pamela Salzman and beautiful, seasonal products from one of my new favorites, Summerland. Pamela created an incredible meal, perfect for the occasion, and showed us how to make some great festive dishes that we can bring back year after year.
Our Hanukkah dinner with friends and family has become a tradition in our home that we all look forward to. Unfortunately, Hanukkah came very early this year, and I was already focused on Thanksgiving. So instead, I changed it to a holiday dinner (or Christmakkah, if you will). Inspired by shades of greens and blues, a festive but soothing palette set the tone for the evening.