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.
I have long been a fan of the work of Kristen Caissie from Moon Canyon Design, so when my friend Maurice of Bloom & Plume connected us, I was thrilled. Moon Canyon specializes in flowers and styling, handcrafting beautiful, intimate details for gatherings of all types. But perhaps what they are becoming most recognized for, is their signature wreaths. Insanely gorgeous, they also smell heavenly, and can be used in the traditional sense or as a stunning centerpiece.
Even though I have come to learn that Cinco de Mayo is not an actual holiday in Mexico, it has grown to become quite a tradition in our home – an excuse to drink margaritas and eat delicious food! We kept the party going this year, and invited some friends and family over for a great night of fun and festivities.
Since our last In the Veggie Kitchen: Easter class was such a success, we decided to do something similar for Mother’s Day. This time we teamed up with The Chalkboard and Barrett from Valleybrink Road to learn how to make several gluten-free desserts that would make great additions to any Mother’s Day brunch.
My friend Kimberly Muller, whom by now you all know quite well, wrote a wonderful book last year entitled Last Night I Swam With A Mermaid. It is a beautiful book with a beautiful message, teaching our kids to protect and respect our oceans. We decided it would be a great idea to put together a mermaid tea party to celebrate Earth Day. It was such a special day, and a little girl’s dream come true – an English tea party with a real mermaid.
I can’t believe we are already celebrating Ripley’s second birthday, but it’s here! Ripley absolutely loves pigs and bunnies, so a country fair for the ladies felt like the perfect theme. Not knowing exactly what my version of a country fair looked like, I was inspired by different parties I found on Pinterest and ran with it. We had a small group of little girls over for the festivities, and Ripley had a great day.
After two delicious In the Vegan Kitchen cooking classes with The Chalkboard, we decided that since our next class would be Easter, it should be a vegetarian class – it’s not really Easter without eggs! We teamed up with the amazing Annie Campbell and her best friend and collaborator Amy Blessing to create the perfect Easter brunch.
Richard and I dread going out for Valentine’s Day dinner every year. So instead, for the last couple years we’ve invited a group of friends over with their little ones for a casual dinner, which was super fun. Here’s what we did this year.