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Adventures in Floral Arranging (part one)

IMG_4644To me, fresh flowers are small yet wonderful luxury. A small goal of mine this year is to get better at arranging fresh flowers. As it’s something that does not come naturally to me, I decided to start with something simple. I picked up these hydrangea blooms at Trader Joe’s for about six dollars and was pretty pleased with the end result.

Stay tuned for more adventures in floral arranging!


Happy 30th Birthday To Me!

IMG_1175After whirlwind trips to Paris and London, I came home to properly celebrate my 30th birthday. A 30th birthday comes but once in a lifetime and I couldn’t have been happier to celebrate with friends and family. And, in the true spirit of such an occasion, the celebrating actually started over Thanksgiving and continued on until December 17, my actual birthday. From champagne, to cake, s’mores, thoughtful presents and cards, I’m grateful for all of the amazing people I have in my life. Here are a few snapshots from the occasion.

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On The Town: Pumpkin Beer with a Pumpkin Spiced Rim – Pour House

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin. Though my passion for pumpkin flavored coffee, baked goods and savory recipes is not limited to the fall, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of these special limited time items. Case and point – pumpkin beer! Recently, I met my dear friend Betsy, who was back in town visiting after (envious) jaunts in London and Hawaii, for a drink at the Pour House on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Definitely more of a beer place (in my mind, anyway), so I had my sights set on a very pumpkin-y flavored beer. I went for the UFO Pumpkin on tap and much to my delight, the waitress asked if I would like a pumpkin spiced rim to go with. Ummm…yeah!? The rim was a lot of fun and really added to the pumpkin beer experience. Sure, a little messy, but 100 percent worth it.

The great thing about pumpkin beer with a spiced rim is that you can easily replicate it at home. After a quick google search, I stumbled upon a super quick pumpkin spice and brown sugar rim recipe from a cute blog called Small Kitchen College.

Join me in raising your glass to all things pumpkin!

The Pour House is located at 907 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay.



Easy Entertaining: Three Colorful and Delicious Dinner Party Salads

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, or planning a special at home dinner, a delicious salad can leave a lasting impression. To truly wow your dinner companions, think beyond the traditional “house salad” of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots and seek inspiration from vibrant fruit, crunchy vegetables, flavorful cheese and tangy dressing. Here are three colorful and delicious salad ideas to get you started!

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Easy Entertaining: Hosting an Elegant At-Home Bridal Shower

Editor’s Note: It must be wedding season, because this useful blog entry I wrote two years ago is getting a lot of hits lately. In the spirit of sharing, I’m re-publishing for new blog readers. Enjoy!

The prospect of throwing an at-home bridal shower can seem daunting – and rightfully so, as it is a lot of work.  The sooner you accept that it’s far more significant and detail-oriented than your average dinner party, the better.  It’s (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime event for the bride and it should come off as flawless.  No pressure, right?

English Tea Themed Bridal Shower Treats

Reality check aside, if you love to entertain, hosting an at-home bridal shower is also very rewarding.  It’s incredibly fun to pick a theme, design a menu, decorate and celebrate your friend or family member’s upcoming wedding.

Here are 7 tips on hosting an elegant event to remember:

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