Good Eats

Since I am still in recovery mode, it was nice this year to not have to cook a full Easter meal.  We went out to eat for lunch and then came home for dessert.  I made four delectable treats and set the table with my favorite blue opaline and lots of spring color. I kept the flowers pretty wildflower-y this year...they looked like spring, and they were cheap.  (they were in that 3 for $10 section at the grocery store - I find a grouping of these filler flowers can be a pleasing, organic look)

Underneath the desserts in pie plates, I layered colorful, vintage handkerchiefs.

I have grand ideas for tablescapes on holidays, and then the holiday sneaks up on me.  Luckily for me, I collect pieces throughout the year at fleas, thrift stores, and estate sales, which helps when I need to put together a pretty table in oh less than ten minutes. I was so happy I picked up these West Elm napkins (they are on sale now!) a few months ago.  Each one has a different stripe pattern on it which I love for an eclectic, collected vibe.   The plates were found at the Alameda Antique Fair in California this past January, the blue opaline makes an appearance nearly every holiday, and the glassware is vintage. Since I do not like marshmallows, Peeps have never looked good to me, and I have never tasted one in my life.  But they did look cute as little appetizers at the dessert brunch, nestled in the blue paper grass.  Plus these were dipped in dark chocolate, yummy! Now it wouldn't be fair if I talked about all of these incredible desserts I made, and then didn't share recipes, now would it?  A couple of these are tried and true, and a couple of them are new favorites, but let me tell ya, they were all delish, and there was barely anything left when all was said and done.  (always a clear sign of success)  Keep in mind too that these recipes would be fantastic for a Mothers Day Brunch or any other holiday for that matter. AStoriedStyle.com_

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving!  I can hardly believe it is December, I'm still enjoying Thanksgiving thoughts and smells, and then, BOOM, it's time to think about Christmas!  It's a bit jarring, is it not? After I posted the above photo on my Instagram, I got a few questions and emails about it, so I thought I would tell you all about my table decor, flower arranging, and my favorite recipes from this year's dinner.  Even though Thanksgiving is over, these are definitely ideas you can use for your Christmas dinner, plus it's nice to tuck away inspiration for next year. Last week, I attended Alt San Francisco and got to soak up some sweet time afterwards with one of my favorite families.  Since I was still on a bit of a high from Alt NYC in Martha Land, I was interested to see the difference between the NYC version and the San Fran version.  (this is the first year for Alt San Francisco)  Although I didn't originally plan to attend both events, things fell into place much to my surprise, and I was happy to get the opportunity, especially since it made a way for me to have a few days of good face-to-face time with old friends who moved from Texas to that area a few years ago. When I got there, I claimed my rental car, and proceeded to drive (which feels like being on a roller coaster, wowsers!) to the Fairmont Hotel where Alt was being held.  You guys, this hotel is absolutely gorgeous!  It's a historic hotel, and the lobby alone, is worth stopping in to see.  Marble and chandeliers like I have never seen! The plant life and grounds are stunning. I loved the pairing of the bamboo headboard and Williamsburg-era patterned drapery in my room. The Alt sponsored dinners are always delicious, and the one I attended (thanks Bing!) did not disappoint.  It was held at the Boulevard restaurant. The theme was "Vintage Glam", and I had fun picking out my outfit.  I went with a 1920's look.  (which I decided I loved after my Great Gatsby post)