For my sister Saree’s birthday this year, I hosted a small family dinner at my parents’ home in Santa Monica. Wanting to create an evening that felt like a true reflection of Saree and her style, I centered the menu and elements on some of her favorite things, wildflowers.
There is something so magical about a bridal shower – an outpouring of love, and a celebration of the union that is to come. For her friend and neighbor Jen’s shower, the amazing Annie Campbell provided an afternoon that was filled with just that kind of magic, as well as thoughtful details, inspired activities, and a menu perfect for such an occasion.
Tanner started surf lessons this past June and was instantly hooked, so all he wanted for his birthday this year was a party on the beach. For this laid-back surf-themed celebration, I called on the amazing Peggy North of the equally amazing Fire and Creme to help me put it all together.
For my birthday dinner this year, I was so happy to be able to enjoy a low-key celebration with my family. Held at my parents’ home in Santa Monica, it was the perfect conclusion to a busy summer, and featured elements from some of my favorite go-tos for get-togethers both big and small.
Within these pages, I’ve often mentioned my love for Stephanie Schur, and her exquisite flower shop, Botany – a long-time friend, she is as lovely as the arrangements she creates. With her third beautiful baby on the way, a celebration was in order, and the day itself was one filled with joy and love.
For my close friend Nicole’s birthday, my mom and I hosted a wonderful surprise party in her garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Tanner’s 4th birthday, all he wanted was a pirate party. We had a blast planning it together and decorating the house. It turned out beautifully and everyone had a great time – we all channeled our inner pirate, which made the party that much more festive!
For my 30th birthday I had an intimate Moroccan dinner party in my back yard. I wanted this birthday to be really laid back and casual so I could truly enjoy my nearest and dearest. My good friend Leanne turned me onto Annie Campbell to help me with everything.
Since we are in Mexico for our holiday vacation, it felt like the perfect time to share Tanner’s birthday party with you. He just turned three in October and I wanted to do something really small…
I was first introduced to the amazing Alice Waters when my friends Jessica and Jed gave me her book, In The Green Kitchen. It has recipes from other great chefs and it gave me a good foundation for cooking. I learned lots about technique, which was and still is new territory for me in the […]