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.
What was the deal with J.Lo’s boob hanging out of her dress last night? I was definitely shocked though got a great big laugh out of it!
I decided to have a few pals over last night and turned to my friends at Hostess with the Mostess for some golden inspiration. I wanted to incorporate hot pink into my color palette for this Oscar’s dinner because we had recently stumbled upon a site that my sister found for making your own cake stands in neon colors – amazing. We made some for a party we have coming up and I’ve been dying to use them because they are so fab.
To keep up with the theme of the best picture nominations, and having a strong feeling the Artist would win, I chose a black and white color palette. I added in the pink to keep things exciting and threw in some yellow to honor the golden statue we were gathering to celebrate last night.
My decor was simple and really cute I thought. I used name tags for the champagne glasses which I downloaded for free from the Hostess blog and attached to each glass so everyone remembered who’s was who’s. I also served some good old fashioned popcorn using printables from the same site and easily glued them on to each bag.I used sweet & salty Kettle corn from whole foods which was to die for.
My menu for dinner was perfect. Simple but tasty.
To start I served crudités with a cucumber and dill yogurt sauce to dip as well as some rice crackers, brie and cheddar cheese and olives. I served beers, Izze soda pops and prosecco for the bar, also keeping things easy but yummy.
For the main course I found a fantastic and super easy pasta recipe on Epicurious. It was a pappardelle with a mushroom and chicken ragu. Along side I served an arugula salad with roasted plum tomatoes, shaved parmesan cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette. I rounded off with an Amy’s vegetarian pizza for my friend Rachel who doesn’t eat meat. Delish.
The evening ended with some two bite brownies from Whole foods and an Oscar’s pool. We had a $10 buy in and you had to fill out your ballot prior to the show starting. Swanna was the big winner last night…she knew her movies! Overall we had a great time, scrumptious meal and loads of fun commenting on the dresses!