I love Autumn, primarily because it ushers us ever closer to my favorite season, Winter. Yay for possible but won’t really snow!!! So, if you follow the blog you know I decorate our Friendsgiving table ever year. I try to keep it fresh by staying away from the typical Thanksgiving reds, oranges, and browns. And you won’t see a hand turkey on any of my tables.
I always start with a practice table. Thank God we just bought a fabulous new farm table so I go to try it out with some style. I used our random Delft-esk china plates with my World Market cups. It went over well so I stuck with the plan.
First I switched to black paper plates. I know dishes are always more stunning, but when you are expecting over 50 friends that clean up is just not feasible. The color scheme was mixed metals (gold, silver, and mercury), natural green, white, and purple.
I always like a little something fresh on the table to I made a large leaf garland…I should really do a garland making post, white hydrangeas, and purple hanging amaranth. I sprayed the pumpkins and put some on mercury stands. Simple…right?
Of course I added a little quote to each place setting with a hand made wreath. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls”-Aesop
The finished product was just want I wanted and the evening was filled with food and love.
Grrrr! The fabulous hostess Ashley!!!
That’s me and Jasmine (black hat)…you’ll all get to know her a little considering she’s my new fashion blogger!!!
One must always have a tasty snack in the house. So I made my forever a major throw back snack, rice Krispy treats.
Here’s what you’ll need: 1/4 cup butter, 1 (10oz) bag of marshmallows, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 7 cups Rice Krispie cereal.
Here’s what you should do: I’m a big believer in double boiling as opposed to cooking right in a pot. I even rig my own boiler with a pot of water and a metal bowl.
Put the marshmallows, butter, and vanilla in together and stir until even. Make sure you keep it moving.
Then add the Rice Krispie cereal and turn off the stove as you mix. Put it all in a cool greased pan, I lined mine with parchment paper, and wait for it to cool.
I decided to pull out my old picnic basket for a post Indipendence Day beach trip. I filled it with goodies and didn’t forget the wine glasses.
I made some veggie burgers filled with love. All my sandwiches may be heart shaped from here on out. I can’t stand crusts, this is a good excuse to be rid of them.
Gio even fire grilled some squash! Such healthy beach goers.
Well, I had a few crispy marshmallows.
I had a cute little “love” temp tatt which motivated some great convos about the state of things and the world.
Winter has finally reached Los Angeles. That basically means it rained for longer than an hour. So, of course that means it’s SOUP WEATHER. My mom always made soup on rainy days. She calls it travelers stew. I adapted her travelers stew and added some trendy elements. Namely quinoa and kale.
4 cups vegetable broth
1.5 cups lentils
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 can spiced tomatoes
.5 bag of kale
1 cup cut potatoes
1.5 tsp minced garlic
1 tbs olive oil
This was a pretty prep light meal. The only thing I cooked beforehand was the quinoa. Basically boil some water and throw it in, twice as much water as quinoa. Then I collected all of my ingredients and threw them in my Crockpot. 6 hours later we had delicious soup. Yummm!
Alright people. Friendsgiving was so exciting and my life so exhausting that it took me almost a week to post this. But I made it and just in time to show you some table ideas for the real deal, THANKSGIVING!!! I love Friendsgiving and for multiple reasons of course friends and food are among them but it also serves as a dry run for fun decorative ideas. I mean I NEVER get to design my mom’s tables like this.
Ok first things first. Setting up the folding tables was all about understanding the space and the needs of our guests. The space was my cousin’s gorgeous home with wood floors and glass walled, colored lit recording studio. The guests were 50 super smart super chatty people that wanted to talk and eat. So, rather than arranging out 4 folding tables in a long banquet style I made two square tables. This was accomplished by aligning the tables side by side. Everything was covered with white linen table clothes and a black and white printed runner (in other words old washed curtains). Renew, reuse, recycle!
Then I started layering my table. First the gold chargers, napkin, gold paper plate, and silver disposable flatware. Let’s be honest for a moment. If you invited 10 people then you use real dished but if you are expecting 50, disposable is the only option. Then I wanted to add some height with large glass vases, mason jar, wine bottle with candle, and mercury votive. After that I started layering flowers. First the hanging amaranthus, then a whole array of chrysanthemums in purple, dark purple, and white. Finally, I placed candles and my little spiky balls from my last post.
Here is a close up of the hanging amaranthus.
And here is more I placed above the mantle. Finding balance around the room is very important. You don’t want uber cute tables and a drab space.
Then we ate and were merry.
The spinach balls were inspired.
And look at how cute this little patio is…ummm adorbs.
I guess you could say trying new restaurants and caffes is a hobby of mine. So today I walked into Caffe Vita in Silver Lake. Service was alright, but what I loved was the ginger scone. It inspired a little photoshoot.
Every once and a while I need some time to myself to think about the universe and human existence know sometimes I’m unnecessarily deep. I also wanted to take my new Fuji Film camera on a little test run. So, I make an escape from my comfy couch to a restaurant of choice.
Today I chose Tart. Gotta love their LA style Southern food. Hmmm fried green tomatoes and grits.
Great start to an amazing day!
The best part of having a business meeting isn’t the actual business. Don’t let anyone lie to you. It’s all about the great restaurants. Today I met at R10 Social House in Redondo Beach, CA. This place has only been open 6 months but has built up a consistent clientele and has an amazing aesthetic. They also buy only locally grown produce and make everything from scratch.
Loot at these adorbs teal chairs around the downstairs bar. Yup there is a downstairs and upstairs bar. Everyone likes some spirit diversity.
The upstairs bar is surrounded by comfy couches, an outdoor patio and overlooks an adorable ballad singer siting on a stool with a guitar. Music while you drink…perfection.
Here is the view from my booth. Yes paddle boarders.
I had some heaven hill whiskey bread. I mean who wouldn’t like that.
Then came this delish modified caprese salad. All in all an amazing meeting.
Last night I spent some much needed quality time with some old friends. We did what girls normally do, talk. We chatted about relationships, how we wish the world could be different, and when we were going to do this again. The night was capped off with these delish pretzels. Thank you Bottega Louie.
Now, these really strange/beautiful flowers at a farmer’s market, Detroit I’m loving you. Downtown Detroit has this amazing farmers market. It spans over 4 city blocks. It’s filled with fresh veggies, barbecue, clothes and a great Mac and cheese truck. Yessss!