With the final season of Game of Thrones sin full swing, so are our weekly GOT viewing parties. However, this year we are prepared with recipes inspired by Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook. From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew we will certainly eat well and most probably, way too much. Continue Reading →
Thanksgiving is without doubt my favorite holiday — beautiful tables, great food, and none of the stress associated with the winter holidays. This is the perfect time to reconnect with loved ones whether they be family or friends. So first things first, if you haven't yet made your travel arrangements, the time is NOW! …
Thanksgiving Dinner Party Table Decor
Last year we hosted Thanksgiving in San Diego – here is a peek at our tables! In complete disclosure – since we live in San Diego, beautiful weather made it possible for us to host Thanksgiving outdoors. Simple solar powered patio lights and lots of candles provided enough light even after sunset. As you can see, we tried to mix elegant with fanciful touches. Continue Reading →
Best Baby Shower Gifts! Childrens Classic Book Baby Gifts
Once again we must send kudos to our wonderful visitors – you really do have the best ideas! How adorable are these Children's Classic Books Onesies. Wrap them together with the actual book, and the matching plush doll to create a practical and memorable baby shower gift. Some of the books even have a matching t-shirt for the new mom! #toocute
These childrens classic book baby gifts work well as stand alone shower gifts as well as centerpiece / gifts at themed showers. Think Dr. Seuss Theme Party, The Little Prince or Royal Baby Shower, or Good Night Moon Shower or 1st Birthday Party. Continue Reading →
Oh, please don't go
…Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak
“The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him and it was still hot.” Where the Wild Things Are
As many of you already know, we are huge fans of Maurice Sendak. For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work “has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood.” Parenting recently described Sendak as “indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books.”
To honor Mr. Sendak's memory we think the most appropriate tribute is making sure you have at least one Sendak book in your personal library. Here are a few of our favorites! Just scroll over the book cover for the title and click on the picture for a summary of each book.
Attending a PTA luncheon or school fundraiser, a birthday party, or even a baby shower? Jump starting a discussion about your favorite children’s picture books is what we call a perfect table topic. This topic creates discussions are animated and fun, yet not divisive or political. So prior to your event, refresh your memories by glancing over this list of the top 100 children’s picture books of all time. You'll find old favorite from your childhood and maybe even some new children's picture books to enjoy! Continue Reading →
Mountain Day Inspiration >> Celebrate Autumn!
Today is Mountain Day! The Smith College bells were rung early this morning (October 5th) to announce that the college's president has suspended classes for the day. Students are free to go hiking, have picnics, pick apples at local farms, or just take a relaxing break. #smithmountainday
What a beautiful tradition! As some of you who have been following me for a while know, this is not the first time I have waxed poetic about Mountain Day. I truly believe that every institution and organization should establish a similar holiday dedicated to re-invigorating the soul. Continue Reading →