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Brunching

Brunching
Our friend Pallavi taught us everything we know about brunch.  a well selected group of friends, a simple menu, a good bottle of champagne and a lazy sunday afternoon are all you really need to make it memorable. Continue reading

The Picnic is the New Cocktail Hour

The Picnic is the New Cocktail Hour
What we love about the garden party is that it can be as relaxed or elaborate as you'd like. It doesn't take much to create a special evening; a string of fairy lights, a few throw blankets spread out for your guests to lounge on, a delicious cocktail, a simple no-fuss recipe, and a good playlist. Continue reading

5 Essentials for the Perfect Picnic

5 Essentials for the Perfect Picnic
Throwing together a picnic is easy enough if you have the right things on hand.  Stock your pantry with these five essentials, and with a quick trip to the market, you'll be picnicking in no time.   Continue reading

Traditions | Summer of Aperitivo

Traditions | Summer of Aperitivo
In June 2018, my sister, mom and I visited a sleepy little town called Crema in the northern Lombardy region of Italy. This Italian village is home to many filming locations from one of our favorite films Call Me By Your Name, and after watching the movie, we just couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit. Continue reading

Aperitivo

Aperitivo
Each evening we would gather at the village square and reflect on our days, talking about how lucky we felt to be able to spend leisurely days exploring the countryside and leisurely nights enjoying an hours long wind down to the day.  
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Pique - Nique | The New Cocktail Hour

Pique - Nique  | The New Cocktail Hour

2020 was a challenge, but occasionally we found a silver lining among the clouds.  The family picnic is one of those silver linings.  Instead of cocktail hour in a bar, we’re gathering in parks and backyards, relaxed in our shorts, enjoying the company of our family and friends coming and going at their leisure.  It really  is the perfect dinner out. 

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When the Sun Crosses

When the Sun Crosses
The seasonal transition between winter and spring may be our favorite.  The vernal equinox occurs when the sun crosses the equator moving from the southern towards the northern hemisphere. Each day after the spring equinox, our days are filled with more light and feel seemingly longer. Continue reading

Fete en Blanc

Fete en Blanc
We do love a holiday party.  The easiest party to plan and host is the traditional French Fête en Blanc, inspired by  Dîner en Blanc, a pop up picnic held in Paris each year since 1988. See our 2020 take on this chic French tradition.   Continue reading

Fête en Blanc | Mood

Fête en Blanc | Mood
|via| We think the first step in planning an event (even if it's just a magical dinner à deux) is to envision the mood.  Peruse our Fête en Blanc mood board for some inspiration of your own.   Continue reading