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There’s something about burrata that makes everything taste better. I usually have it paired with something sweet, like grilled peaches and topped with arugula for a kick. But when visiting one of my favorite LA-based restaurants, I enjoyed it paired with smashed English peas and topped with this incredibly flavorful mint pistachio pesto. It was heaven. And I had to do my best to replicate it…so here is my version – recipe and step-by-step photos below.

Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar

I hit up my local farmer’s market for these ingredients, but your local supermarket should have all these things. You’ll need a french baguette (sliced into 1/2″ pieces), 4 oz of burrata,  1/2 pound English peas, a bunch of mint, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup pistachios, fresh sea salt and black pepper, 2 cloves garlic.

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First things first, preheat your oven to 450 degrees (this is for toasting the baguette slices in a bit). Next, boil 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of butter, and dash of salt. While the water is reaching a boil, shell the peas. Place the shelled peas into the water and boil for 5 – 7 minutes, until bright green. Drain and reserve 1 cup of water. Mash the peas with a potato masher, and add in the reserved water if it looks dry. It should be creamy, not pasty.

Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar
Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar
Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar
Next, combine the mint leaves, pistachios, garlic and salt into a small food processor. Process or crush until coarsely ground. In a steady stream, add the oil and lime juice until the consistency is of your liking. Next (but not pictured), slice your baguette and dab of olive oil onto each slice. Then pop into the oven for 3 – 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar

Next up, assembly. First layer the smashed peas on to the toasted crostini. Then add some burrata. Then top with the mint pistachio pesto and a few basil leaves.

Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar
Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar
Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar

I always finish these types of appetizers with a finishing salt, my go-to is a French Gray Sea Salt from Penzy Spices.

Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar
Burrata + Smashed Peas + Mint Pistachio // Le Partie Sugar

Nothing quite says “Easter” like decorated Easter Eggs, and this year, there are more ideas than ever before on how to turn that small canvas into a work of art. To help you get started, I’ve gathered my Top Five favorite egg decorating ideas, from Gold-Leaf-Dipped to Marbleized Eggs using nail polish (don’t you love finding new purposes items you already have!?). My favorite part is all the options result in great pops of color for a Easter brunch centerpiece or festive spring decor. Resource links below the image.

Easter Egg DIY Round Up / Le Partie Sugar

Sources (clockwise from top) // Gold Leaf Eggs, Little Inspiration | Gold Confetti Dipped Eggs, Studio DIY | Marbleized Nail Polish Eggs, Camille Styles | Confetti Dot Eggs, She Makes A Home | Reverse-Painted Eggs, Vitamini Handmade

I shared the Woodland Adventure Birthday party invite last week, and now get to share some photos from the party. This party was for my son, and the theme came about because he (A) loves running around our backyard collecting leaves and rocks (B) his two favorite stuffed pals are these guys, and (C) when I asked him what kind of party he wanted he told me a “foxy party”. [Side note: It probably doesn't help that a certain song about foxes was pretty popular during that month.] But regardless of the reason, it’s safe to say that everyone had a good time. Party details below, and the coordinating party decor materials are in my Etsy Shop.



The party took place in our backyard, where there was a little play area set-up with two A-frame Tents I had custom-made from Etsy Shop, The Sunshine Club. I’m totally in love with the vintage plaid fabrics, and the kids were totally in love with the little hiding spots.  Hanging above the tents was a little multi-patterned flag bunting I made, which added a nice woodland-vibe to the area.



Anyone that has been around a three-year-old (let alone twenty) knows that the key is to keep them busy. So we had a couple activities for them, one of which was a Woodland Adventure Scavenger Hunt. And since one of my son’s favorite activities is going on leaf hunts, that’s exactly what the kids searched for – leaves, river rocks, sticks and pinecones (which I purchased in bulk online, here, and scattered around the yard). I made these woodland-themed canvas totes, and the kids filled one with all the “goodies”, which they took home when they left.






We also had dress-up area by the tents. I had these animal masks and tails made by Etsy Shop, BHB Kid Style. Not only was the quality outstanding, but the kids had a blast playing pretend.







We were so fortunate to also have the incredibly talented indie-kids musician, Kristen Cook, come play for us. She got the kids moving, dancing and playing instruments with her enchanting voice. And to my son’s delight, played “What Does the Fox Say?” for the group. How adorable is she?



But enough with the activities, let’s talk food. Because after all that running and dancing around kids (and adults) worked up an appetite. My goal was to keep the food easy, so I ordered some take-out style boxes and made pre-packaged lunches for all the kids with almond butter sandwiches (in the shape of the number 3), chips, cheese stick and fruit cup. The kid’s meals were set out on small wood tables. To dress up the kid’s tables a bit, I cut faux-bois wrapping paper into a table runner, painted on some animal footprints, then topped with a couple faux plants (from the dollar store!).






I continued down the faux-bois path and found these embossed kraft bags for the utensils – what a total score from Etsy Shop, Lola Loves A Party. I used these utensil bags for both the kids and adults (and always remember to order double forks so you have utensils for the cake).



For the adults we had a table set-up with food catered from one of our favorites spots, Lemonade. There was an assortment of salads and sandwiches that we just transferred from the catering box to the plates. And by “we”, I mean two of my very dear friends who were my right and left hands the day-of the party. The main food tablescape was kept pretty simple, I ordered some wood slabs from here, and stacked those around the table and topped with white serving pieces. I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to die-cut some little animal track confetti and scattered that around the table, along with some pinecones and twigs.







We had a beverage stationed stocked with kid-friendly beverages and adult-friendly sippers (i.e., sangria and beer). And obviously had to get these birch paper straws for station.




I went to my go-to bakeshop, Vanilla Bakeshop, to make this custom wood cake with little mushroom details. I absolutely loved how it turned out, but didn’t anticipate such a warm day in the middle of winter. Unfortunately, the cake started to melt a bit (which is why it looks a little lopsided when we sang Happy Birthday). Luckily it still tasted divine. There were also mini-cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and custom faux-bois chocolate covered oreos from Etsy Shop, Sweeties By Kim (who knew faux-bois was having such a moment?!).





And while the kids took home their own canvas woodland tote full of outdoor goodies (I’m sure the parents loved me that night!), each family took home some S’mores To-Go, which included instructions for making them in the oven.




Happy Birthday to my favorite little critter, may you never outgrow your adventurous spirit!

Been working on a little side project, a.k.a., my son’s third birthday party. Last spring, we moved from our city condo to rent a lovely home with a large backyard. My son and I have spent so much time enjoying the backyard, doing leafs hunts, running around playing make-believe with Foxy and Raccoon (his two favorite stuffed animals) and literally chasing fireflies. This makes my Midwest-heart smile a bit, knowing that he gets to do these things in LA.

Anyway, all that background to say that this year’s birthday theme is a Woodland Adventure Party. Embracing his love for the outdoors and his two favorite stuffed pals! Here’s a few photos of the invite, and photos from the birthday party to come soon!






The invite and kit are available in my Etsy shop!

This holiday season I had the pleasure (and career highlight!) of working with the lovely ladies of the Los Angeles-based stationery shop, Sugar Paper, to plan their annual Holiday Party. This year was extra special though, because it also marked the 10 year anniversary of the famed shop. Planning started in late September, and the event took place mid-December at their Los Angeles Studio. Delighted to share a few photos from the event, read on for more details and shots. The event was also covered by MSN Glo, you can check it out here.



The studio is located in the back building of a warehouse-chic industrial space. To welcome guests to the event, globe lights glowed from the tops of the two buildings with luminaries lighting the path below. Beautiful vintage doors from Found Vintage Rentals were propped at the entry, slanted inward to usher guests to the party.




We turned the parking lot into a cozy outdoor space, warmed with several heat lamps. Anchoring the space was lounge area framed by an antique wood pergola, all pieces by Found Vintage Rentals. Drapery flowed from the pergola creating a welcoming little gathering spot that was packed throughout the entire event.




On the side was a wood-burning pizza oven, and Urban Oven prepared delicious artisan pizzas all night long. And no party is ever complete without some libations – festive cocktails were freshly served up by the mixologist crew of Pharmacie LA (side note, my favorite planning meetings was when we tasted-tested and curated the drink list for the event!). Guests could balance out the cocktails with gourmet espressos and coffee drinks from the coffee bar, brewed up by the baristas at Longshot Coffee.

And all that was just OUTSIDE! Once inside the space, there was another food station and full bar. Plus, a delightful jazz trio from LA Jazz Bands playing jazz classics into the night.







In true Sugar Paper fashion, we kept to the less is more motto and stuck to a classic black, white and gold color scheme with pops of green. Boxwood wreaths adorned the large warehouse windows, and simple, yet elegant florals by Katie Saffert decorated the tables.





At the end of the evening, guests went home with plenty of Sugar Paper goodies as well as Morning Pick-Me-Ups from Pressed Juicery. It was such an honor to work with the Sugar Paper team and be part of such a milestone celebration!




Photo Credit: Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Photo of Pharmacie LA Bartender: MSN Glo, Keila Lopez

Additional Vendors: Bar, Pharmacie LA | Artisan Pizza, Urban Oven | Coffee Bar, Longshot Coffee | Vintage Rentals, Found Vintage Rentals  | Flowers, Katie Saffert | Music, LA Jazz Bands | Cupcakes, Vanilla Bakeshop | Snowflake Cookies, Thyme Cafe & Market | Morning Pick-Me-Up favors, Pressed Juicery

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