Monthly Archives July 2013

Inspired By: Chickens, Love and a Gal Named Kara

I’ve discovered a beautiful website with some pretty spectacular images by Kara Rosenlund.  She is a Sydney, Australia based photographer, stylist and sells vintage wares from her 1956 Franklin Caravan. (I think I want one of those!)

So what drew me into her website that I ended up spending 45 minutes clicking through her site?

This image!

Yes, I realize that these are chickens.  But I love how they are…

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Room 101: W Austin

I was in Austin last week scouting venues for SXSW and stayed at the W Austin.

Swanky – yes.  Relaxed – yes.  Residential feel – yes.  Would I stay there again – ABSOLUTELY!

I love W hotels in general and this property was no different.  The common areas are relaxing living rooms, they have two.  It’s bright, comfortable and the staff is super friendly.

The location of the hotel is great, the Second…

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One Bite Mondays: Food Flights

My go-to caterer in Chicago, Entertaining Company has done it again.  This time – food flights.  I’ve seen this before, but from a presentation standpoint and scrumptiousness of the food, Entertaining Company and their team knock it out of the park every time.


This is a great way for your guests to experience different flavors as well as satisfy all types of pallets for brunch, luncheons and…

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Bottoms Up: Blueberry Hard Lemonade

I’ve been in Austin all week scouting locations for SXSW 2014 and boy oh boy – has it been hot here.  At the end of each day, we’ve cooled off with a lovely fruit infused cocktail.  Definitely seeing a trend!

This is the perfect cocktail to beat the summer heat and it’s super easy to make too.  All you need is frozen blueberries, pink lemonade, vodka, ice and a little slice of lemon to garnish.  The kiddos will…

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Trend Spotting: Wooden Slabs

I love wooden slabs and I absolutely love food served on them.  It’s unique and adds an organic and natural element to the table.  It also makes for a unique branding opportunity for events and weddings.

Below they are used as placemats and subtly branded with the initials.  Guests could take these home and use it as a serving piece for their next party.

Here they are used as serving platters.


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Room 101: Qualia

Want to know the best hotel in the world – according to readers of Conde Nast Traveler? Qualia (pronounced kwah-lee-ah).  Where is Qualia? Hamilton Island in Australia surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef.

The best room? There are two according to the readers.  Pavilion No. 6 because of the views, seclusion and walkways to the beach and the Beach House for a private lap pool and guest quarters.

This is a…

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One Bite Mondays: BBQ Chicken + Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is all the craze right now (and it’s healthy).  I love it hot, love it cold.  I came across this recipe from How Sweet It Is.  It looks so good, I’m making it tonight.

Ya’ll know by now that when I’m working on events, I bust out my cookbooks or go online to find new and different recipes to give to the chefs at hotels.  Ya – they love me.  Actually they do because it gives them permission to get…

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Bottoms Up: A Cocktail Menu

I’m at ALT Summit San Francisco today soaking up tons of creative energy and inspiration from some pretty fabulous ladies.

For today’s Bottoms Up post, I decided instead of a single cocktail – let’s do lots, in the form of a beautiful calligraphy menu.  Calligraphy and hand lettering is all the rage and this would be a fun addition to your bar. It’s perfect for either a corporate event, soiree at your house or a…

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Inspired By: Fresh Flower Gift Tags

If you walked into a party or celebration with a gift like this – everyone would be all smiles.  Such a simple touch that goes such a long way.

{image via Studio DIY}

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Room 101: Resort at Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill is nestled on the coast of Newport Beach in southern California.  I heard that the property was gorgeous and while on vacation last week, we decided to pop in and see for ourselves.  The word “stunning” is an understatement.

A combination of hand-laid stone and soaring palms welcomes guests to the Italian inspired hotel, only 30 minutes from Orange County Airport.  Guests choose…

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