All my favorite things have collided—a feminine autumn tailgate with delicious food and sparkling wine set at a picturesque farm in Franklin featuring a vintage aqua truck and dreamy puppy dog. PLUS a give-a-away for my followers? Wow—this one's something special!
The best way to take advantage of the beautiful, warm days ahead is with a picturesque picnic eaten in a lovely al fresco setting. There’s something about eating outdoors, and on a blanket, that makes food taste slightly more delicious.
Among my favorite things about being a kid were the campfires my family built on cool summer evenings. I remember how we would search the yard for the perfect sticks that we would later use to toast fluffy marshmallows. Once their snow-white skins turned golden brown and their insides gooey, we'd sandwich them together with chocolate bars between graham crackers and devour the fire-kissed confections always asking for “s’more.”
Last weekend I helped my mom and sister host a bridesmaids' brunch for our beautiful cousin, Julianna. I was so excited that they had decided on a brunch because I LOVE breakfast/brunch food and think it is so much easier to design a menu around brunch favorites.
I recently styled a photoshoot for the fall/winter issue of Nashville Lifestyles At Home (on newsstands now). They asked me to show how to throw a dinner party at home. I thought an at-home wine tasting would be a fun fall party that might be intimidating at first, but something that is really simple to plan and the perfect treat for friends and family moving into the holidays.
We had family over on Saturday night to celebrate my mom's birthday (happy birthday mom!) and I put together a cheese (and meat) platter for everyone to enjoy while I was finishing up cooking dinner.
On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me "8 maids a milking." What goes better with milk than chocolate?!
The holidays are all about getting together with the ones you love. I love entertaining and having people over but sometimes a big dinner party is overwhelming for not only you but your guests too (who might have several different parties to attend in one weekend). That's why I love having a small intimate cocktail hour where friends can just stop in and then head to their next affair.
As a little girl my grandmother (whom we affectionately call "Honey Mama") would host tea parties in her kitchen for me and my cousins. She had a small tea table and chairs that were just our size that she would set with her fine china and silver tea set. She'd bring a vase full of flowers in from her Williamsburg garden and make tea sandwiches, cheese and crackers and always had an assortment of gourmet cookies (I vividly remember Mint Milanos).