Hospitality at Hawthorne

IMG_8912Some people are really, really good at hospitality. I don’t think it’s something you are “born with”, but can be learned, honed and perfected. Great hospitality does take care and preparation. And, lucky for me, my generous and talented friend, Ted Kennedy Watson, is a master. Earlier this month, I made an inaugural visit to see him at his East Coast home in the Hudson Valley.

Off a country road, you can’t miss his house….the one with the bright, green door! And, once you are inside, all your senses are tickled. The music (low), the glassybabies and other candles lit, everything in its place; Hawthorne is warm and inviting yet beautifully put together. At every turn there is something to admire, examine and appreciate.

In fact, he’s such a renown tastemaker and host that Pottery Barn invited him to share his entertaining skills on their blog this week. Check out how he put things together here and try his recipe for super lemony orzo pasta with feta (a recipe I’ve made and that you’ll also find in his book, Style and Simplicity)!
IMG_8905The bar is set up in the kitchen. Ted’s husband, Mr. Sive, went with the martini. Ted and I broke open a bottle of Veuve…a shared favorite. We retired to the back room (not pictured) with gourmet nibbles and Bailey, Ted’s precious pup, and caught up on topics both serious and light!IMG_8903 IMG_8898 IMG_8899 IMG_8904 IMG_8909 IMG_8908My mom and Ted are the only people I know who serve breakfast with such panache! Don’t you just love that goat creamer? You can find it and other little “creature creamers” at Ted’s shop, Watson Kennedy.IMG_8911 IMG_8906 IMG_8912And, then early the next morning it was time to head out for neighboring, Sharon, CT, where we attended Trade Secrets. Hawthorne, I look forward to seeing you, Ted, Ted Sive and Bailey again soon! Thanks for the amazing hospitality!

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Happy Birthday to Pretty Pink Tulips

IMG_5537-1024x1024A champagne and confetti birthday party

I know it’s a cliche, but time flies when you’re having fun!

The past 6 years of writing Pretty Pink Tulips have certainly been fun and though platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram (I haven’t made the jump to Snapchat) seem to have become the new darlings of social media, I’m not quite ready to call it a wrap.

As I looked back on the past year, it became clear that the moments of celebration, travel and friendship were a thread throughout many of my posts. I’ve selected some of my memorable moments/posts from the past year to highlight year 5 and look forward to bringing you new and fresh ideas in the year to come.IMG_6628Neighborhood party in the GardenDSC_0015Pretty pink tulips in bloomIMG_6823A visit to Watson Kennedy, SeattleIMG_6848Dinner on Vashon Island with Ted Kennedy WatsonIMG_6882A Seattle Garden PartyIMG_6970Discovering NantucketEDDIE_ROSS-3_hires-1024x683Book Party for Modern Mix, by Eddie Ross & Jaithan Kochar

When you hit a milestone of any kind….birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc…I highly recommend looking back on what you’ve accomplished. You will probably be pretty surprised and equally pleased.

Thank you to each of you who have followed along on this creative journey. It feels like it’s just getting started!

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Press for Champagne

52543183dbfa3f2ce400de97._w.540_h.720_s.fit_It’s no secret that my favorite “festive” drink is champagne, but I think it was the addition of the champagne bottle emoji that has me excited this week! (Ok…and the taco emoji).IMG_4638As I generally like to find things to celebrate (full week of school, fall foliage, Halloween on a Saturday), I think champagne related items are as much fun as the champagne itself. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Vintage champagne buckets – the more patina the better. My friend, Ted Kennedy Watson, always has a trove of beautiful ones to choose from, so he is a great source at Watson Kennedy. You might also find them on etsy, eBay or Ist Dibs. Perfect for giving a bottle of champagne or on their own, they make a great flower vase or catchall in the kitchen.
  • “Press for Champagne” button – I first saw this on Albertina Cisneros’s (aka Mimosa Lane Blog) instagram feed. Handmade in Texas by Lisa Golightly, you can order these or (Press for Donuts, Press for Cake, Pool Boy, Press for Wine) from her etsy shop, Lisa Golightly.

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  • Champagne related art & accessories – fun to hang on the wall or use on the bar cart!

available on etsy – Velvet Crown Designil_570xN.820783071_470pavailable on etsy – Paper Oak Studioil_570xN.809331834_ecv5available on etsy – LH CalligraphyScreen Shot 2015-10-27 at 11.25.18 PM Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 11.27.03 PMcustom watercolors by Jeanne McKay Hartmann, @idreamofjeanneIMG_4652And, then there’s alway a beautiful crystal bowl full of champagne corks. A reminder of all those celebrations with friends!

What are you celebrating this week?!

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images: the kitchn, @lisagolightly, ppt, @idreamofjeanne, stefan radtke photography