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Celebrate our Beautiful Mother Earth

20 Apr

Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22 and if ever there was a time to celebrate the beauty  of our Mother Earth it is now. With all that is going on that is not to good for humans, it has been very good for our planet. Less emissions from factories, cars and airplanes have resulted in less pollution which means improved air quality; that’s good for all living beings. Plants and animals are reclaiming what has been rightfully theirs. It seems that people are rethinking how they live and how it impacts our planet.

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I have always tried to live my life in a mindful way to protect our planet and appreciate nature. In this post I’m going to share with you some ideas to help you do the same in pretty and practical ways.

  • Use cloth napkins and tablecloths both indoors and out.
  • Grow your own food, even if it’s herbs in pots on your deck.
  • Recycle and reuse whenever possible.
  • Use wooden or metal utensils for cooking.
  • Use wood cutting boards

Reducing the use of plastic is probably the biggest thing you can do to help. Plastic is not biodegradable, it will never decompose. Here are list of companies that I use as an alternative for everything from cooking and entertaining to food storage.

Patio Fashions – This is my company that I run out of my home in New Jersey. Beautiful tablecloths, runners, and napkins. They can be washed and reused, again and again. The tablecloths and runners have a hole in the middle and zipper to make them easy to put on your patio table and just as easy to take off. Proudly, they are made right here in the USA.Patio Floral web res-8294

Dot & Army – A family run business in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia that specialize in cloth napkins for every occasion. They have many other sustainable essentials such as bowl covers, unpaper towels, reusable shopping bags and list goes on. If you’re ever in the area you can stop by her adorable shop to see and shop for yourself

Falcon Enamelware – This is company out of England that has been around for many years that specialize in beautiful enamelware that is the perfect alternative for plastic. Falcon has everything from tumblers and cups, to plates and bakeware. They are dishwasher and oven safe as well as the fact that they won’t break, which is key for life on the patio or around the pool.Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 1.42.13 PM.png

Paper Eskimo – A real favorite! Pretty paper products, party goods and eco-friendly utensils for those of us who love have a party and be mindful of the environment. Shop by color or theme, great for children and adults; they have everything you need!Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 2.02.05 PM.png

Bee’s Wrap – Sustainable food wraps that can replace plastic wrap that are washable and reusable. Great for bread, sandwiches, fruit, cheese and the list goes on. Not only are the practical, but each wrap has a super cute print that makes you smile!

Golden Rabbit – Another enamelware company that has beautiful patterns to chose from that makes indoor and outdoor entertaining eco-chic! Durable, lightweight and non-stick this enamelware is a great addition for those who love entertain.Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 2.12.56 PM.png

I hope you this gives you some ideas of how to be to be eco-friendly while being eco-chic.

Stay safe and be well my friends!

The Anatomy of a Dinner Party

4 Mar

If you read my last post then you know that my husband and I love to throw dinner parties, now I will tell you how it’s done. When you say the words “dinner party” people automatically think it means it has to be formal but not in my world. I do think that dinner parties should take place in the dining room with a beautifully set table. In my world there are 3 kinds of dinner parties:

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Mexican Fiesta tabletop.

Take Out Dinner Party – This is when you haven’t seen particular friends in a while and want to squeeze some time to see them but time is limited so you order take out.

Casual Dinner Party – A casual meal such as salads, tacos or flatbread pizzas for a fun night with friends.

Formal Dinner Party – This a planned event from beginning to end, complete attention to detail and a gourmet meal.

To start with, chose a theme. Pick a country or a region, a movie or even a song. I’ve done A Night in Greece, Italian Countryside, Mexican Fiesta, A Parisian Valentine and I even threw a Breakfast at Tiffany’s dinner party for my girlfriends. When you start with a theme everything flows from that, which makes things easier and fun.

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Parisian Valentine tabletop.

Once you’ve decided on a theme you can make your list; invitations, music, menu, decor and guest gifts.  From the menu you can create your shopping list. I like to have each recipe in front of me while I make my list so I don’t miss anything; no one wants to run the grocery store last minute when you’ve already began to cook.

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Menu, I don’t always type it but sometimes it’s nice.

Now I know that gifts for the guests are not customary but I like to have a little something for our guests to take home and I use them as place cards.

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Mini Champagne bottles as place card guest gifts.

Invitations of course can be done via an on-line site but I prefer a paper invite sent through good ol’ fashioned snail mail. Who doesn’t like to get something in mail that is not a bill or advertisement? I know I do. Be creative and do something fun by making them yourself or go visit your local card shop for something pre-printed that fits your theme. No matter what you do for the invite your guests will love getting it in the mail.

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Love a good spread!

Music is key. Actually, good music is key. I really like Pandora for music; they have just about any kind of music you could need. We recently got The Dot and play it on that, but before we had her I would use our television widget. Pandora has everything from Paris Cafe to martini music on the Frank Sinatra station. And if you end up having a dance party in the living room you can always change the station to dance music!

Ah yes the menu…the most important part. Chose wisely so that you can enjoy your guests and aren’t stuck in the kitchen the whole time. Hors d’oeuvres and a theme cocktail are a great way to start the evening. Once the cocktail “hour” is over I like to serve either a salad or soup before the main dish and then of course dessert.

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Jalapeno margaritas as the cocktail for our Mexican fiesta!

As much as I love to cook, decorating for a dinner party is always my favorite part. The flowers, candles, props; so much fun to be creative and change up dinner table. I also like to dress the part, for example for my Parisian Valentine dinner party I wore a black jumper with a white blouse, a scarf tied around my neck, a beret and red lipstick.

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Mini loaves of French bread for each guest at our Parisian Valentine party.

The guest gifts, they don’t have to complicated or expensive. One of my favorite things to use are the mini booze bottles with name tags tied to them. A small bag of homemade cookies or brownies, a tiny plant or cactus, a pretty soap, the ideas are endless.

Yes, throwing a dinner party can be a lot of work but it is also lots of fun. Creating memories around the dinner table, eating great food…doesn’t get better than that.

 

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