Saturday, August 9, 2014

Weekend Links: The Latest in Summer Celebration

I'm definitely bringing out my ice cream maker this week, so I'm glad I saw this: Homemade Ice Cream Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (Bon Appétit)

No one can judge you for putting ice cubes in your rosé if they're made of rosé: How to Make Rosé Ice Cubes (Tasting Table)

Furthering my belief that the French do everything better: Hospital in France to Open a Wine Bar (PUNCH)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Picnic Essentials: Part 2

TOP: Maldon Salt Travel Tin I'm completely hooked on finishing salt - I've even started carrying one of these tins in my purse in case I end up at a restaurant that only provides regular table salt. (Yes, I just said that.) | Mobile Foodie Survival Kit A compact way to carry all your favorite spices (also great for rental houses). If you'd rather fill your own, you can buy an empty set here. | Roll-up Bartender Set for those serious about their cocktails no matter the venue.

MIDDLE: Cutting Board | Cheese Knife | Flameless Tea Lights to help you create ambiance without getting kicked out of the park! | Pareo as a blanket that takes up minimal room in your picnic basket | Personalized Wine Opener via Summit Engraving Ltd on Etsy 

BOTTOM: Corkcicle Vinnebago promises to keep your wine cold for up to 25 hours | Corkcicle Original | Tip: when you're technically not allowed to bring alcohol, a Pellegrino bottle holds exactly 1 bottle of wine. Shhh! | Working Glasses with Lids for packing up salads or spreads | Roll-up Backgammon 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Picnic Essentials: Part 1

There are few things that make me happier than a good picnic. Everyone bringing their favorite snacks, sharing some wine and lounging on the grass together is one of the things I most look forward to every year. We're especially lucky here in New York where we have things like Philharmonic in Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park outdoor movie nights. So when I was browsing at Foragers' "Craft Fare" event and came across Susty Party, a Brooklyn-based company that produces "beautiful, sustainable, compostable party tableware," I was obviously thrilled.
The potluck aspect of picnics can lead to a chaotic and mis-matched tablescape. Because I love to make the everyday beautiful, I usually offer to provide the cups, plates, napkins, etc. for our group picnics - this way I can be sure that everything coordinates! I've completely fallen for Susty's grey stars collection. I love their focus on sustainability, and of course the fact that they're a local Brooklyn company. This will definitely be the focus of our next picnic! Tomorrow I'll be sharing the rest of my picnic essentials. In the meantime you can check out my "Picnic Design" board on Pinterest for inspiration, or my round up of picnic baskets from earlier this spring.

Monday, August 4, 2014

3 Free, Pretty August Downloads for Desktop & Mobile

Hello! I realize I've been especially light on posting recently - so thank you for still being here! I've really been enjoying summer and I hope you have also. I just read somewhere (probably Pinterest) that August is the Sunday of Summer. So let's make the most of it! Your August downloads are as SUMMER as it gets. As always, click the links in the captions to go to the designers' sites to download.
Julie Song for Design Love Fest
Alexa Evans for Design Love Fest
In keeping with our tradition of checking in re: the month ahead, do you guys have any big plans for August? I'm looking forward to a week in my favorite place: Napa. Plans for a more elaborate vacation in France had to be put on hold, but I didn't waste a second crying over that. I've been surrounded by pages and pages of notes about new vineyards to visit and restaurants to try. While we're on the topic - if anyone has any recommendations, please share! We'll be returning to some old favorites but we love discovering new ones. In the meantime, I do have one more summer terrace party to plan - a birthday party for one of my best friends. I'm excited to share the details with you later in the month. Other than that I'm spending the next three weeks trying to return to the discipline of my spring cleanse - all of my substituting rosé for water and "oh I'll just have burrata for dinner" has, sadly, caught up with me. Remember the scene on Friends where Ross can't get his leather pants back on? That's what I felt like when I tried on ALL of my pants last week. Tragic. Luckily our CSA has been delivering amazing produce - it's a lot easier to eat clean in August than the dead of winter. If only it was as easy to turn down those mid-week "let's meet for a drink at the wine bar" invitations! C'est la vie.