I am still floating on a happy cloud of pink candy, ocean views, and strawberries fizzing in champagne. This past Sunday was my bridal shower and the women who planned it absolutely killed the game. I wanted to share some photos with you guys, as well as some of my favorite highlights.
How the heck do you stock a new kitchen? What are the essentials, the non-negotiable, the things that can wait. Where do you buy this stuff and where can you find some great deals? Be Like Family is at your service with a handy-dandy checklist for the things you need when moving. Please keep in mind this list is aimed at a beginner cook (no sous-vides tools here) who is either living alone or as a couple.
As many of you know, I'm from a big family, so a dinner party with 14 people feels more or less regular. Spectacularly loud and fun, but still, common in my life. Now I'm getting married to Brandon, who is 1 of 5 siblings! So.... two big families and what do you get? A lot of coordinating when it comes to going out or staying in all together. While it can be difficult to just turn your mind off when a big group is buzzing in your home, with just a few hints, it's something you too can do. Here are my suggestions for a smoother hosting process
I've been thinking a lot about what's left to get done in these last 100 days, and decided that a checklist would be helpful for all the brides out there. This list will vary depending on many factors, including how long of an engagement you have, but generally, keep these in mind at the 3-month-mark. Happy planning!
By the time I decided to throw a French dinner party for Mother's Day, I had about 5 days to prepare everything. I didn't want to spend an exorbitant amount of money, and I was tight on time to run around. Enter: Amazon Prime. I ordered a few items that really added a Parisian pizazz to my party, simply, affordably and efficiently.
As a host, I love Kir Royales because of how freaking easy they are. All you do is add a splash of Chambord into a champagne flute, and top with delicious bubbly. There's no planning, thinking, chilling, shaking, or crushing beforehand. It feels regal and tastes very unique, as black currant isn't a flavor we consume much in the U.S.
I chose chicken with mustard sauce for my Parisian dinner because I love the complexity of the thick mustard sauce, and the subtle tartness that crème fraîche provides. When planning parties, I limit the time-consuming dishes to one or two, max. I want the evening to feel special, but I don't want to be so exhausted by the time people come over that I'm ready for bed. And while this chicken require a few extra steps, you will be repaid handsomely for your efforts.
As young children, we are taught to believe that hard work will be rewarded in the long run. Reap, and you shall sow. Put all of your effort into what you're doing, and somehow, someway you will succeed. I believe this principle with all of my heart. However, when planning a party this excellent life philosophy can be gently set aside.
Typically, when I make salads at home, they are busy. They have many ingredients, textures, and complex dressings. But not this guy, oh no. This salad is a lesson in simplicity.
When thinking about the guests at my party, I recognized that it was a diverse bunch. My brother's friend Jakob was coming, who is a vegan. My mom is a cheese-lover, and my father adores salami. So I figured this was the perfect chance to create a trio of "boards" if you will. I love setting these up on my living room coffee table so that as guests come in, they can nibble. It also buys you (the host) some time to put together finishing touches.
While I'm not French by origin, my mother truly believes that she was French in a past life. So genetically speaking, I may be at least 25% French. That's how genetics work, right??
Are you a flower lover like me? Do you imagine walking down the aisle surrounded by hundreds of rose petals? Or are you a lady who doesn't particularly care about flowers? Would you be just as happy to say "I do" under a lush leaf altar? The most important thing that you should learn when planning a wedding is to figure out how to prioritize. You need to be able to break down each part of the day, and figure out what will make you happiest. And more specifically, learn to think this way about every facet of the planning process.
No party is complete without a few special splurges that make it feel authentic.
Here are some additions I made to the table!
While I've always admired flowers, my real appreciation for them began after a special New Year's gift. Ok...hold on, are you wondering why I get/give gifts on NYE? Allow me to explain
You may have heard that eating seasonally is better for both you and the environment, but have you ever thought about shopping seasonally?
Matzoh Brei is squishy, salty, eggy matzoh cake and I have been hooked ever since I first tried it. It is the only other way I like matzoh, besides when it's smothered in cream cheese. It's beauty and secret lies in the form.
Two secret ingredients make these baked chicken cutlets crispy + delicious...
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