I want to first say HAPPY EASTER to everyone! Hope the warm weather here on the East Coast made everyone’s weekend extra special. I am happy to announce our winner for the Fatty Sundays Giveaway … Mayuri Amuluru! Congratulations! Email me here to claim your prize!
Yesterday, my husband and I hosted 18 people for Easter. This was my first major Holiday post baby and all I can say is WOW was that exhausting! So incredibly fun, but the prep work/clean up was enough to make me sleep for 2 days — which everyone knows is impossible with a baby. Obviously, in my craziness I forgot/was too busy to take a lot of really good pictures, so please forgive my very rushed iPhone pics! Hey – not everything can be professionally shot :)
I always start every holiday/dinner party by setting my table. It helps me to feel super organized and also sets the tone for the event. For more than 10 people, I start with my solid white porcelain dishes from Target. I absolutely LOVE these dishes bc they are so chic and clean, they are super affordable so if one breaks it’s no biggie, and they pack away in convenient cardboard boxes with handles for easy storage in my basement. For a larger group, they really are a no brainer!
I wanted to use a palette of coral and green, so I started with these Nicole Miller napkins from HomeGoods that I found a few months back and have been dying for a reason to use them! To keep it simple, I used bright green pitchers that are part of the Oh Joy! for Target collection as vases. We love repurposing at LMP! Tulips are classic Easter flowers and I chose bright orange and yellow since you can never have too much color after a winter like we had.
I prepared a pretty huge feast for Easter so I went with a small number of appetizers for people to nibble on when they arrived. Can you guess what my first app was? A cheese plate? Wow – how did you guess? Ha! I am pretty predictable in that department. What can I say…I love cheese! That and I am also addicted to using this fabulous Williams-Sonoma cheese board. It’s so gorgeous and always the star of the show. I set out a few cheeses, a few cured meats, some olives and dried apricots. In separate square bowls I had spring baby veggies with a fresh dill dip.
I milked mother’s day for all it was worth this weekend both professionally and personally. Let’s see…where do I even begin?
Let’s start with lunch at Barney’s. One of our sweet clients who loves to give us only a few days notice whenever she needs us to come in and “cute-sy” up her table asked if we could help out with her Mom’s 65th birthday party. Pretty hard to say no. The lunch was for 6 gals at Fred’s in Barney’s New York. We kept it simple, classy and pretty. Just like the guest of honor. With a color palette of coral, grey and white we had some fun spray painting some glass vases to funk up the floral arrangements and found some adorable chevron printed pails at Target which made our spring tulips pop on the table. For a simple favor at each place setting we wrapped a mug filled with tea accessories and included a recipe for Challah since the event took place on a Friday – Shabbat Shalom!
Moving on…later that night we styled an event that was sponsored by Urban Sitter and hosted by our friend Ilana of Mommy Shorts. This was one of my favorite events to date…partially because Michelle and I got to stay and participate. Was so fun!! A small party of 10 moms got together to have cheese and wine at Murray’s Cheese Bar on Bleecker, gab and celebrate a much deserved night out away from the kiddies. From what I understand the Friday night before Mother’s day is now called “Mom’s Night Out”. Who knew? But it Sounds good to me!
Whether you live in a city or in a suburb, chances are you like convenience. Especially delivery. NYers can and will have just about anything delivered. And there is nothing more convenient than delivery groceries…just look at the success of companies like Fresh Direct or Max Delivery. I have to admit, when I moved from NYC to the suburbs of Long Island last month, I thought my days of convenience were gone. Boy was I wrong! Within a few days I had found a dry-cleaner that picked up AND delivered (thanks Tricia!) and a fabulous new concept in grocery delivery called Blue Apron. You may remember Seri’s blog post about Blue Apron from a few weeks ago…well she told me it was too good to be true, and well, she was right ! It’s AMAZING. and here is why…right now I am cooking for 2. Well 2.5. And when I go to the grocery store to buy ingredients, 9 times out of 10 we don’t use up everything I buy and the remaining ingredients go bad in our fridge. This happens to me every week. Here is the genius part about Blue Apron; in their once-a-week subscription service they deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make 3 meals, in exactly the right proportions. They’ve designed their service to teach you fun new recipes, save prep time and also reduce unnecessary waste. It is a dream come true for working wives and moms. I literally sat in traffic today for 1.5 hours coming home from working in the city, and was SO pleasantly surprised to find a nice box waiting for me on my doorstep! Inside was everything I need for this weeks meals, all individually wrapped and surrounded by ice packs to keep cool. The only thing I had to do was pick which delicious meal I was going to make first. Genius.
For tonight’s meal I chose the Sesame Chicken with soba noodles. Prep time took me less than 15 minutes, all I had to do was chop garlic, ginger, carrots, cilantro and the chicken.