entertaining inspiration and design

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

This holiday season I had the pleasure (and career highlight!) of working with the lovely ladies of the Los Angeles-based stationary 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 stationary 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

What better way to enjoy good food, drinks and the company of great friends but under the stars? This fall I had the pleasure of co-hosting a Farm-to-Table dinner party with a dear friend. While we did this dinner party just because, this would work beautifully for a Thanksgiving Dinner, Birthday Celebration or even a Rehearsal Dinner. Lots of photos and tips below, and as always the invitations and paper goods are available in my Etsy Shop.

For the dinner table, we had seating for 30 around one long farm table (okay, actually 4 tables placed together). It immediately created a cozy feeling and even though it was 22-feet long, it was nice to have everyone together at one table. My co-host and I visited the farmer’s market the morning of to pick out an assortment of flowers, which she later used to create beautiful arrangements for the table – with candles and votives mixed between.

But before we all grabbed our seats for dinner, we sipped on delicious craft cocktails mixed up by our lovely bartender. Guest could choose from four fall-inspired craft cocktails using fresh herbs and fruits – surprisingly the most popular was the Bourbon Bomber. To keep everyone mingling, we had individual bags of kettle corn for the bar snack and as the sun went down our caterer hand-passed butternut squash soup shooters.

At the table, mismatched Vintage China dishes in whites and golds were used at each place-setting, along with beautiful gold flatware and white vintage napkins – all rented from Dish Wish. The farm tables and chairs were rented from Classic Party, along with the gold-rimmed wine glasses and mason jars. We had individual baguettes at each person’s seat, which was also used to hold the placecards. In keeping with the food-focused theme, the favors were French Gray Sea Salts packaged into Weck Jars for each guest.

For evening lighting, our husbands strung 175-feet of globe lights across the backyard. It beautifully lit up the backyard along with the 30+ candles adorning the table.

Resources // Table, Chair and Glass Rentals from Classic Party | Vintage China, Gold Flatware and Napkins from Dish Wish | Catering by Chris Green Catering | Globe Lights from PartyLights.com | French Grey Sea Salts from Penzey Spices | Weck Jars from Weck | Invitations and Paper Goods by Le Partie Sugar Etsy Shop | Visit the Pinterest Board for the inspiration behind this party |

Sharing the invitation I designed for a fall farm-to-table dinner party I co-hosted with a dear friend a couple of weeks ago. I’m always a fan of entertaining and getting our friends together to share in good food and good conversation – especially for no reason at all. But this invite works even if you do have a reason to gather…like Thanksgiving or really any party this season. The invite is available on my Etsy Shop and the coordinating party kit available soon – check back next week for party photos. Happy November!

Halloween is just a few short days away, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to whip up one of these easy-to-make Halloween Treats. Whether hosting a Trick or Treat party with kiddos, or just wanting to be bring something festive into the office, these semi-homemade sweet treats will make you look like a pro without too much work in the kitchen. Recipe Sources below the photo. Happy Halloween!

Sources and Recipes, from top-left to bottom-right // 1. Chocolate-Covered Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops, epicurious.com | 2. Itsy-Bitsy Spider Web Cupcakes, countryliving.com | 3. Spider Web Cookies (note: a little more involved, recipe for homemade icing), epicurious.com  | 4. Devilish Delight Cupcake, photo source, recipe not included. Recommend using boxed Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake, White Icing with Red Food Coloring.

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