Celebrating LocalOur ProjectsOur Stories posted by Sara Tofanelli-Barroso

Saturday night we got to host and experience a fabulous dinner in our design showroom. It was a family style feast of local culinary offerings and vintological pairings. Guests got to collaborate one-on-one with the chef to design their own 4-course menu and 4 high-end wine varietals will be hand-chosen to best accompany the meal of choice.

Originally the night was supposed to be hosted alongside the chef from The Kitchen Table, but due to a cancellation we needed to quickly get a new chef. We were able to pull through with the help of Rashelle and a new caterer. After all, the show must go on! For appetizers there was salami, cheese and fruit. The dinner consisted of a beautiful variety of chicken, salmon, tortellini with cream sauce, delicious vegetables, potatoes, asparagus, and salad. For dessert tiramisu was served. We bought more white wine than red and had to buy more red because people weren't interested in waiting till the red course was served. We tweaked some of our originally planned salads and plating display, but overall everything worked out. Over all the night was a success. Plenty of laughs, love, and fun!

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Notable EventsOur Stories posted by Holland Mervis

If you can believe it 2014 is almost over! With 2015 quickly approaching be sure if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party to make it one to remember. Break out the glitter, champagne, sparklers, streamers and festive decorations. New Year’s Eve is the party of the year so you should make it as glitzy and fun as you possibly can. Take a look at these pictures and quick tips to get some inspiration for your own holiday bash!

If you're having a sit down dinner with your guests, make sure to make a table that exciting and fun to sit at. Gold flatware and places setting are perfect for New Year's. Placing working vintage clocks on the table can be fun and unique too! Throw some glitter around the table as well and maybe even hang streamers above it for a little something extra.

Make sure you've got plenty of appetizers and blubbly to go around for all your guests. Even if you serve dinner, it's great to have delicious finger foods for staying up past midnight. If you're looking for some new flutes check out our hand-crafted glass champagne flutes which are perfect for holiday entertaining!

Also don't forget the best part of New Year's is celebrating when the clock hits 12:00! Scatter crowns, horns, noise makers, and confetti poppers around the party area. It may be a bit of a pain to clean in the morning, but it will make everything so much more fun!

 Have a save and fabulous New Year!

-Holland

 

 

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Our Stories posted by Holland Mervis

The holiday season, though festive and fun, can be fatiguing. We’ve finally finished the rest of our Thanksgiving leftovers and rushed into the next holiday season within the blink of an eye. Time is moving faster and it’s a sprint to the Christmas finish line; guests are arriving in the next few days, there are still presents to be bought and food to prepare. How do you do it all in a short period of time?

Prioritize

Grab some coffee, sit down and take some time to think. Think about what needs to be done immediately and what can wait. Prioritize and rank your activities based on time constraints. If you have to prepare a meal for twelve within a couple of days, it may be wise to skip your neighbor’s annual Christmas party this year. Quick tasks should be judged based on importance, don’t make it a high priority if it can wait.

Make a list

Once you’ve prioritized your tasks, write them down and make an official “to- do” list. Make sure to only focus on one at a time, or else you may find yourself severely overwhelmed.  You’ve already ordered each thing on your list based on priority, so tackle number one before moving onto number two. Make sure to leave some time for your regular routine, so you can unwind- morning coffee, afternoon jog, etc.

Check it Twice
Christmas is approaching, and time is of the essence. Have you accomplished everything on your list? Go back through your list and double check you accomplished all of your tasks on the morning of Christmas eve. There’s still time for those quick tasks you haven’t gotten to just yet!

To ensure a successful Christmas season, don’t forget to enjoy the holiday spirit. Take the time to soak in the happiness and joy around you, filled with those you care about and make this holiday season a special one.

-Shyna

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