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Spring Party IdeasPhotos by Nancy Neil

I was so happy when Nancy Neil invited to participate in this spring entertaining story with Ayda Robana of Om Sweet Mama. We shot at a private estate in Goleta and setup this table on their private dock (you know to go with their private lake). I used a low wood bowl and placed the centerpiece at the end, so the star of the table, the FOOD would stand out.

A menu of seasonal and local ingredients made up for a delicious feast (post-shoot this was dinner for the crew, it was rough but I got through it). My favorite? The squid ink pasta with eggs over easy…

For the rest of the table, Nancy pulled gorgeous plates & glassware from Botanik in Summerland and used God’s eye linen from Heather Taylor Home.

Wine was generously provided by Cambria Winery. For recipes, and the floral how-to, hop over to Design*Sponge right here. There were two more tables we shot that day, including one that is being featured in the current issue of Santa Barbara Magazine and can be seen here. Thanks ladies for a fun, creative shoot!

Entertaining: Nordic Inspired Brunch

I love me a good brunch situation and when Kim, the editor of Flutter Magazine, asked me to style a modern, Nordic, take on brunch I was wayyy on board. The amazing Ayda Robana made the most incredible spread with quick pickles (obsessed), buckwheat pancakes, frisee salad with poached eggs and pork belly (hello, yum) all paired with amazing artisanal hot chocolate by Jessica Foster Confections. Nancy Neil captured all the action perfectly and also hosted our little soiree at her amazing cabin. We shot this on my birthday and it was certainly the best way to spend it! To see more of the spread, pick up a PRINT copy of the magazine here or visit the Flutter blog here.

Photography: Nancy Neil

Food: Om Sweet Mama

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Magazine

Hot chocolate: Jessica Foster Confections

Tabletop: Huset Shop, A + R, Upstairs at Pierre Lafond

Rentals: Yeah! Rentals

Menus: Lazaro Press

Champagne Bar: Corks n’ Crowns

Flowers: Fabulous Florals

 

Press: Flutter Magazine Winter 2014

Hey guys, the newest Flutter Magazine is out and is supppperrrrrr pretty. Nancy Neil, Om Sweet Mama, Jessica Foster, and I cooked up some seriously tasty ideas for our Nordic inspired brunch. You can grab yourself a copy by ordering online or at these stockists.

Cover photo: Elizabeth Messina

Around Town: Pop Up Dinner with Om Sweet Mama

I love me a good pop up dinner especially with Ayda Robana of Om Sweet Mama is in the kitchen. Held at Sama Sama, Ayda served up a delicious menu of local and season ingredients. Burrata and uni salad? Yes, please! The most amazing local Sea Bass was the star of the entree and was served with tomato confit, forbidden rice, purple Chinese long beans and corn. And for dessert? A glass of pink bubbly to go with the Chocolate Semifreddo with a pistachio crust and pomegranate pearls… Yum!!! If you’d like to attend one of Ayda’s dinners you can sign up right here.

Photos: Me & Nancy Neil took the bartender and dessert photos.

Entertaining: A Spring Dinner with a DIY Flower Garland

Today I’m featuring a tabletop that was recently published in Santa Barbara Magazine and Style Me Pretty Living. It was a collaboration with the always amazing Nancy Neil and super chef Ayda Robana of Om Sweet Mama.

We set a simple table; with a god’s eye patter runner from Heather Taylor Home and china and flatware from Botanik.

Simple salads, like the panzanella with Haricort Verts featured farm fresh ingredients (recipe for the salad is here).

Instead of traditional flower centerpiece, I opted to make a flower garlad to keep the vibe relaxed but still very pretty. To make the garland you will need:

2 bunches of bay (depends on length of table)

2 bunches clematis

1 bunch hot pink ranunuculus

1 bunch wax flower

Begin by simple laying the piece of bay leaves end to end. I created a zigzag effect here so you could see the pattern of the linen. Then I simply took the blooms of clematis, ranunuclus, and wax flower and tucked it into the bay. You can wire all these pieces together but its not necessary. And that’s pretty much it! You can see more of this table right here and here.

PS I apologize for my blogging absence. A lot if going in my personal life and I will blog about it once things are more settled. For now, posting will remain on the lighter side. Thanks for hopefully sticking around here and enjoying some pretty :).

Press: Spring Dinner Party on Design*Sponge

Back in January, Nancy Neil and I put together this table for Ayda Robana at the sickest estate in Goleta (can you say private lake?). Anyway, hop over right here to check out the full feature on Design*Sponge and I’ll have my recap of the table up on Monday.