an easter menu

Easter is just around the corner, and I'm busy putting together a menu for a casual little shindig with friends. Here's a peak at how it's shaping up:


I have to be honest though- I will not be making either of those cakes. They were just so pretty I had to include them. My form of "baking" is picking a cake up from a pro at the bakery. That way I know it will be pretty. Otherwise- not so much.

I've been making the fig and goat cheese tapenade for years, and it's so good it'll make you cry. So really, I'm just doing it for selfish reasons. But everyone will benefit, so I guess it's not so selfish after all. 

And ham, well, you have to have ham on Easter. It's the law.

strawberry limeaid / mint julep
tomato almond spread / fig & goat cheese tapenade
honey mustard glazed ham / bacon wrapped green beans / scalloped potatoes / pea & radish salad
Coconut Southern Comfort Layer Cake / Chocolate Cake with Crepe Paper Flowers  

a grown up valentine's day party


So here's the deal with me and Valentine's Day. I loved it as a kid- probably because I made my own Valentine's, and any time we spent school time decorating a shoe box with glitter and markers was a good day in my book. But as I got older....not so much. As a romantic holiday, it just never did much for me. I could give you a blahbiddy blah blah about it being too commercial, but I don't know that that's the case.

Because you see, professionally, any time I could work on a Valentine's Day campaign, well, also a good day in my book. So it got me thinking, maybe as adults we've got it all wrong. As kids, it's not a holiday for sweethearts. It's a holiday for love. Love of your teachers, your friends, your parents, heck even your brothers and sisters for a day. So why can't we have that as adults? A grown up Valentine party to celebrate all the loves of our lives. I like it. It may even have to become a new tradition....


kissing booth poster / heart matches / apple, ginger & cranberry vodka cocktails / heart garlands / sweetheart sprinkles / heart balloons / glitter heart cake picks / minty dog cocktail / xoxo bunting / cherry vanilla layer cake