Kitchen Papers

If you are looking for a fun way to brighten up your table during the upcoming holiday season, check out Kitchen Papers, which makes a variety of paper products that are perfect for dressing up your dining room table.  I usually use a tablecloth, but I love the idea of paper placemats or, even better, a fancy table runner.  You can even customize a number of the designs via Paper Source, which with some advance planning would be perfect for a birthday party or special occasion.  I love the festive gold confetti and the pinecones and the peony blossom would be perfect with my china.  Has anyone used these before?  If there is a Paper Source near you, they carry a few designs in the store as well.

Images credit to Kitchen Papers and Paper Source.

The Great Outdoors

As Labor Day approaches, I am clinging to the last days of summer.  Here's hoping that next summer we either have our own yard (complete with grill and a spot for me to have a small garden) or that we take advantage of our roof deck more than we did this year!

If I did have my own roof deck or outdoor space, these are a few things I'd be lusting after to make the space perfect and usable.

Mason Jar Lantern from TerrainI've already posted about how I want one of these... I like this version from Terrain even more!
Cloth napkins perfect for a casual dinner party (Image credit to BHLDN) Antique Rice Bucket - perfect for toting things from the house outside (Image credit to At West End)
Pottery Barn Classic Stripe Outdoor Pillow Thomas Paul Melamine Plates
"Sombrilla" - great for creating some shade in the backyard or at the beach (Image credit to Hollie & Harrie) Ball Drinking Mugs (Image credit to Amazon)
Customizable Melamine Plates from LA Plates (I might even get these without a monogram - they have a huge assortment of preppy patterns)
Aubergine Heritage Watering Can (Image credit to Terrain)
Colorful Wooden Trays for serving delicious food! (Image credit to Wisteria) Isis Plate Set (Image credit to Calypso St. Barth)

Until I have some private outdoor space, perhaps a fancy picnic basket is in order?  Truthfully, I don't know how a normal person would/could use such a thing... in my mind, picnics are for plastic or paper products and are meant to be casual affairs.   However, if I had someone helping me to set up said "fancy" picnic, I'd love to use this basket, especially if it could be customized with my own monogram.

Carolina Herrera Picnic Basket (available by special order from CH Carolina Herrera in New York)

Dîner en Blanc

Image Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

I'll have to make a new category for this post: events to which I wish I were invited!  

"This annual event, called the Dîner en Blanc — the “dinner in white” — is like a gustatory Brigadoon, equal parts mystery, anachronism and caprice. Now attended by thousands at some of the best-known Parisian spaces, it began humbly in 1988. That year, François Pasquier, now 67, returned to Paris after a few years abroad and held a dinner party to reconnect with friends. So many wanted to come that he asked them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other."

You can read the full story here.  If you live in NYC, note that the first dinner to be held in NYC will be on August 25th.... is anyone attending? What a magnificent sight this is / would be to see in person!