Lunch at The Enchanted Home

IMG_2314One of the major benefits of blogging is being part of a community of like minded people. Somewhere along the way, we went from commenting on each other’s blogs to connecting in real life…and these relationships have blossomed over the years.

This past week, Tina of The Enchanted Home (truly, enchanted!) served as hostess-with-the-mostess for 12 of us, to honor and celebrate Kristy Woodson Harvey and her latest novel, Slightly South of Simple (separate post to come on that). You can’t help but feel you’ve entered a home decor fairy tale, as everything, yes everything, is that beautiful, elegant and inviting.

Kristy and her mom, Beth are the voices behind Design Chic and were in NYC on a whirlwind book signing tour. So, of course we all wanted to see them and one another. Also there was Patricia of PVE Design, Jeanne McKay Hartmann, Sandy of You May Be Wandering, Carolyn and Cynthia of Diane James Home, “Katie” of Preppy Empty Nester and Karolyn of The Relished Roost.IMG_2307Beth, Kristy and JeanneIMG_2312Crudite in mini mint julep cups!tableTina’s gorgeous dining room table, set with her signature blue and white porcelain.IMG_2316 IMG_2320It’s always fun to see how other people entertain, so here are a few tidbits on how Tina does it. We started with the appetizers and processo in the living room. To find our seats, we picked numbers out of a bowl, which corresponded to numbers at the table. That’s mine…#5. We began with the most delicious tomato soup and then helped ourselves buffet style to quiche, salad and sandwiches. Dessert was later set up in the same place, buffet style. And, those cute little foo dogs…those were our party favors!

We lingered for hours, catching up on things we don’t usually write about on our blogs. Just like old friends.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into the blogging world come to life. Wishing you all an “enchanting” weekend!

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Easter Entertaining

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Let me count the ways. Bunnies. Easter eggs. Pastels. Flowers. Peeps. Chocolate bunnies. You get the idea.  I was wowed by this charming Easter Brunch created for Crate & Barrell by Sugar and Charm. The marblized egg cookies will be on my list this year, as will the hibiscus champagne cocktail.

Recipes for all can be found here!Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 10.52.22 PM Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 10.52.51 PM Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 10.53.02 PM Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 10.53.21 PM b686a2b76414f2db26b964607612f03fI want to make a batch of these ice cubes, so that even plain water looks pretty this Spring! Happy Weekend, all!

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The Ultimate Crostini

Spring renews my desire to entertain. 

In the coming months, I’ll have friends and family visiting and need a quick, yummy appetizer to serve. The crostini is versatile and simple and I was inspired by the delectable ones dreamed up by Honestly Yum. With fresh, Spring ingredients available at farmers markets, it’s the perfect season to highlight seasonal produce and quality ingredients.

Slice up a baguette and grill or toast each slice. Slather with ricotta cheese for a solid base. Then, add your favorite 2 or 3 ingredients. 

Radishes + Maldon salt
Smoked salmon + dill
Hard boiled eggs + chives
Honey + lemon zest
Cucumbers + mint + dill
Apricot jam + crushed hazelnuts
Sautéed corn + basil

Almost substantial enough to become a mini meal….which makes them perfect for a Friday night. Especially with a crisp glass of white wine. 

What would be on your ultimate crostini?

images: Honestly Yum