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Holiday Inspiration: Thanksgiving Entertaining

18.11.14


I woke up to frigid temperatures this morning.  I am not ready for winter, however, I am thinking and planning for Thanksgiving.  Do you like to create a beautiful and memorable Thanksgiving for your guests?  Each year I host and have designed a checklist that keeps me organzied without feeling overwhelmed.  

wonderful...I want Thanksgiving here instead!

1.  Choose a theme.  This can be anything from French, Italian, rustic, etc.  I like to change things up from year to year.

Slow-Cooked Duck with Green Olives and Herbes de Provence

2.  The turkey or ham always take center stage ~ When trying a new recipe, I give it a test run a couple of months prior.  I choose 5 star recipes so I'm pretty certain it will be a winner, however, there are also old favourites to choose from as well.

10 Thanksgiving Sides to be Thankful For |Home.Made.Interest.

3.  Sides ~ I like to have something for everyone - vegetarian, kids favourites, classics, and new recipes.  If I plan to have several sides, I sometimes order from Williams-Sonoma or Whole Foods.  I always get most of my ingredients from Williams-Sonoma, such as their chesnuts (which are phenominal!), stuffing, dessert starters, etc.

10 Best Thanksgiving Centerpieces | Camille Styles

4.  The centerpiece ~ Simplicity rules here.  As with most things, a little goes a long way.. especially with scents.  You don't want to smell flowers instead of the wonderful dinner you've prepared.  I also prefer to keep the decor low, you want to be able to see the person sitting across from you.

Beautiful Thanksgiving Table Idea - DIY custom chalkboard place settings.

5.  The place settings ~ this depends on your theme.  I may use florals, cute tags, photos, etc.  Get the kids involved!  They love to help out and guests appreciate their effort and the keepsake they've created.

Activities at the children's table to keep the little guests occupied all night long #rustic #wedding #chic #kidstable #diywedding

6.  The kids table ~ I love this idea for the little ones.  It keeps them entertained while they patiently wait for dinner to be served.



7. The dessert table ~ Many guests can't wait to get to the desserts.  I make the effort to make this presentation beautiful.  I set up a drink station here also.. champagne, coffee, etc {PS: this recipe is gluten and dairy free}

How do you celebrate?

xoxo,

B

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Happy Monday, Plus My Piperlime Sale Pics

17.11.14


Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  It was cold with snow flurries for us.  I did some shopping on Saturday and saw a 'Dumb and Dumber To' with my daughter.  It seems the shops dress up for Christmas earlier and earlier each year, and Santa is already getting the lists of boys and girls.  Many online retailers are beginning their big sales earlier as well.  One of my favourite online retailers, Piperlime, is  having a 30% off $200+ sale with hardly any exclusions, ends 11/18. Use code HOLIDAY30 for the discount, and then code CHEER for free 2 day shipping (return shipping is always free). This is an incredible sale to pick up some classic styles and favourite brands.

Here are some of my picks:

I am smitten with this Rebecca Minkoff  handbag.  The classic style and colour will make this a staple for years.  Also, love this one and this one.

Clare V
I purchased this one and love it!  Also, have my eye on this one and this one.

Stuart Weitzman

I have these classic 50/50 boots and wear them all of the time.  They rarely go on sale so this is a treat.  I love quilted version and these also.

Kate Spade
How cute is this Sailor's Knot bracelet?  This and this would be perfect for your holiday parties also.




This wool blend Theory coat is another classic piece.  This one and this one are perfect.

Piperlime always has a wonderful selection of jeans so this is definitely where you want to take advantage of this sale.  Rag & Bone is hands down my favourite brand and they fit like a glove.  I reach for them time and again.. These are my favourite


Also love these from Citizen's of Humanity



I'm picked up these jeans below and another pair of Hunter boots.

Paige Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jean

What is on your list?

xoxo,

B

Bon Weekend, Plus a Delicious Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

14.11.14


I hope you had a great week and an even better weekend planned!  After a week of being under the weather, I don't have any plans except staying warm, homework, and repose.  The weather is calling for 1-3" of snow beginning tomorrow afternoon.  I am not ready for that or the 20 degree temps we're having either.  What happened to fall?  It was a warm 72 degrees earlier this week. *sigh*  In the meantime, here are some beautiful photos of Paris...

Carousel in Paris

Overlooking Paris France

Woman Crossing the Seine in Paris France

Eclair Bistro in Paris France

Croissants at Leclair Cocktail Bar in Paris France

Acanthe Cafe in Paris France

Hotel de Ville in Paris France

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate recipe proves that dreams do come true. Perk up white hot chocolate with warm pumpkin pie spices and a dash of vanilla. Now that’s what we call a magic combination! (via Tatertots & Jello)

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 cup of heavy cream
2 cups of milk – I use skim milk
1 cup of good quality white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
Whipped cream and additional pumpkin spice to sprinkle on top.

Directions
1. Heat cream and milk in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot but not boiling.
2. In a medium sized bowl, pour heated cream and milk over white chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted.
3. Add vanilla extract and pumpkin spice.
4. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

A few tips:
Keep a close eye on the milk and cream mixture – once it is hot, turn off the flame. It doesn’t need to come to a boil.
Use good quality white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate. The flavor and sweetness of white chocolate really varies. I have found the Ghirardelli white chocolate chips to have the best taste and have been able to find them at almost every grocery store.

xoxo,

B

Photos via here, Recipe vie here

Décor Inspiration: A Chic Saint-Germain Apartment

13.11.14


Apartment in Saint Germain

Thank you for the well wishes on FB and here on the blog while I was under the weather this week.  First, a cold and now, snow flurries outside today.  I'm not ready for winter, are you?
I fell utterly in love with this stylish apartment designed in 2013 for a client in Saint Germain, Paris.  I love every aspect from the floors to the paneling, and the mix of furniture styles.  If I ever move to Paris, my apartment will look like this...

Apartment in Saint Germain

Apartment in Saint Germain

Apartment in Saint Germain

Apartment in Saint Germain

Apartment in Saint Germain

Apartment in Saint Germain

This tiny galley kitchen is one of my favourite rooms, from the pocket doors to cabinetry.

Apartment in Saint Germain

My other favourite room is the bath blow.  Having a lighting fixture over a bath is against code, however, many people do it regardless.  I must admit, I also love a chandelier over a bath.

Apartment in Saint Germain

A short video of the apartment... 



It's rare that I love every single aspect of an interior, however, I can't think of one thing that I would change in this apartment.  What are your thoughts?

xoxo,

B

Via here

Bon Appétit: Truffle Fries and Moët Ice Impérial

12.11.14


Still feeling under the weather this week.  I can't seem to shake this!  Anyone have a secret to fighting colds?

I made these truffle fries recently and I want to share the recipe with you.  They're the perfect snack!  I took inspiration from this photo and picked up a favourite bottle of champagne to pair them with {Moët Ice Impérial is suggested}.   The combination was Divine!

The Most Decadent Recipe For Truffle Fries

White Hot Truffle Fries Recipe
Ingredients:
2 pounds russet potatoes
1 ounce white truffle oil (I prefer Urbani)
2 ounces grated Parmesan reggiano
1 ounce shaved Parmesan reggiano (use a peeler or large sided grated)
3 quarts peanut or soybean oil
Pinch sea salt & pepper

Directions:
Rinse the potatoes and then cut them into sticks by cutting the potato in 4 or 5 vertical pieces, and then cut each piece into sticks.
Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Allow them to soak, 2 hours.
When you're ready to make the fries, drain off the water and lay the potatoes on baking sheets and blot with paper towels.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottom handled pot to 300 degrees F. In 3 or 4 batches, cook the potatoes until soft, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. You are not cooking them to be golden brown at this point you are only starting the cooking process. Remove each batch and drain on dry paper towels.

Recipe via here

xoxo,

B

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