If you know anything about Chicago, you know it goes full tilt 'Irish' pride for St. Patrick's Day: green beer, shamrock face painting, leftover green Mardi Gras beads, TWO parades, dying the river neon green (side note: for several years I thought that it was a local joke that the Chicago River was dyed green for … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day: a Bit o’ the Irish
I'm not a huge fan of traditional Valentine's pink and red; it's just a little cutesy for me, I guess. When putting together the space and tablescape for our Valentine's dinner, I was inspired by a sort of moody/vibrant contrast: dark backgrounds with pops of color. I absolutely do not claim to be any kind … Continue reading My (Vibrant) Valentine
Last year I had a Galentine's Day tea for some of my special ladies. Somehow I've lost all the photos I took on our camera, so I hope that you will bear with me as this handful of iPhone photos will have to suffice! Once again I recycled the paper lanterns from our wedding, using only the … Continue reading Galentine’s Day!
My friend Kristine has an adorable, precocious daughter named Morgan. She always keeps us laughing and is such a joy! As I was putting together our regularly scheduled Burns supper, I kept seeing these cute ideas for including children and thought that it would be so much fun to plan a separate, decidedly less adult, Burns … Continue reading Burns Night for the Wee Bairns!
Tonight is officially Burns Night, but my friends and I raised our glasses in celebration of the great Scottish bard this past Saturday for our Third Annual Burns Night Supper. It happened to be the day of the Women's March, so many of our ladies and some of our men marched and then spent an evening … Continue reading Burns Night, Naturally!
We have been working our tails off to ready for the annual Burns Night Supper this evening. We're so very excited! I promise to share details in a post next week. Promise. 'Til then, I shall leave you with this: Ye banks, and braes, and streams around The castle o' Montgomery, Green be your woods, and fair … Continue reading Burns Night Preparations!
As I prepare for Burns Night 2017, I'm reflecting on the successes of both our First Burns Night, as well as last year's festivities - which I never got around to posting. Perhaps it's because I accidentally set myself on fire...hmm. Yeah, that happened. Farewell, adorable bolero jacket! But no, dear friends, 'twas merely a … Continue reading Burns Night: Burns, Baby, Burns!
The holiday season typically extends far beyond December in our household. Midwestern winters tend to be cold, grey, and harsh, so the twinkle lights and greenery continue to add a little festivity and brightness right up until around March 1st. All that to say, here's a little Christmas blog in January! In mid December I … Continue reading Lovely Ladies Holiday Tea
Since I never got around to posting our 2015 Halloween party in a timely fashion - I mean nobody really wants a Halloween post in December, ahem - I decided to hold off until the appropriate moment in 2016. Here it is! It's October! It's October! It's October! (Note: I really love October.) My friend Kristine … Continue reading A Boo-tanical Halloween Party!
Halloween is on its way! We're having a party this weekend, so I hope to have a post with details in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, these are just a couple of teaser shots of prep I took with my phone. Still so much to do to get this place in hauntingly … Continue reading Halloween: In Progress