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.
How fun is it to have a piñata at a party? Whack Piñateria has created some truly awesome piñatas and there is one for every occasion. You could liven up a baby shower with the Stork, throw a Bastille Day party with the French Toast and entertain kiddos with the Elephant. All images credit to Whack Piñateria.
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.
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.
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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!