For Ripley’s third birthday, all she wanted was a little girl’s Strawberry Shortcake party, and that’s just what she got. I asked the amazing Peggy North from Fire and Creme to help me in putting together all of the festivities, and it turned out beautifully – and Ripley, of course, had the time of her life.
I’ve made no secret of my love for Stephanie Schur and her amazing flower shop, Botany. Tucked inside the Brentwood Country Mart, it is a magical Parisian flower shop brought to LA, and my favorite local storefront. I couldn’t imagine a better destination for an afternoon of creating our own inspired arrangements.
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.
I was first introduced to The Kitchen Mouse’s delicious vegan food by my close friend, the very talented Kimberly Muller – they catered an event at her home last year and I was completely hooked. So when Kimberly told me that she wanted to host a lunch and have Erica (the culinary genius behind the Kitchen Mouse) cater a vegan Thanksgiving, I was thrilled.
In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, our latest In the Veggie Kitchen with The Chalkboard Mag featured the wonderful Barrett Prendergast of Valleybrink Road, and a delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving feast made up of organic, seasonal ingredients. For this class, Barrett taught us how to make some great sides – ones that I will definitely be incorporating into this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.
For Tanner’s 5th Birthday, all he wanted was a circus-themed celebration. This year, I asked Peggy from my favorite, Fire and Creme, to help me plan, which made it all the better. Tanner had the absolute best time, and the party was festive, colorful, and so much fun.
While planning the kids’ cooking and carving pumpkin party with Annie and Amy, we decided it would be fun to include the adults and set a beautiful table where they could enjoy some delicious food.
In anticipation of Halloween, I wanted to host a fun little get-together that the little ones (and their parents) would really enjoy. For this spooky celebration, I enlisted the help of my friends, chef and party-planning extraordinaires, Annie Campbell & Amy Blessing who helped create a wonderfully hands-on afternoon of cooking and carving for the kids that ended with a delicious meal. And since the get-together was part cooking class, part Halloween party, the little ones were involved in every aspect, making it interactive and so much fun.
For my birthday this year, we kept it simple and hosted a small girls dinner to celebrate. After being gone all summer, I missed my family and friends, so it was a great excuse to have some of them over for a casual fall meal.
It’s been too long since our last In the Veggie Kitchen with The Chalkboard, so a Labor Day menu seemed like the perfect idea. This time, we teamed up with lovely sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg, the culinary geniuses behind the vegan cooking school, Spork Foods.
I recently shared my love for Moon Canyon Design and the amazing work that they do. Needless to say, I was thrilled when Maurice connected me with the wonderful Kristen Caissie so that I could learn how to create that kind of magic on my own. I invited Ambre and Nicole over for our class on perfectly imperfect floral arrangements, and must say that I am still stunned at how beautifully they turned out. I asked Kristen to share the secrets and steps behind our gorgeous arrangements, and hope you enjoy!
I have always loved the look of a floral headdress – sweet, organic, and simply beautiful. Now that I have a little girl, it seemed the perfect excuse to learn how to make them myself, and such a fun activity for the two of us to do together. We invited a group of adorable little ladies and their Mamas over for a wonderful afternoon with the amazing Amy Blessing as she taught us how to make our own very chic, very homemade headdresses. I asked Amy to share her tips and tricks in creating the perfect floral crown, and hope you enjoy!
Last year, we spent the Fourth of July at our family home in Tahoe for the first time in ages, and I felt very unprepared for the festivities. In classic Virgo fashion, I vowed that I would be sure to get it together for next year. With that said, I am so happy to now share with you my version of the perfect Fourth – from food to decor to, of course, what to wear.