This Holiday season has already been quite a whirlwind, from Birthdays to an upcoming move, we have been busy. But that’s quickly becoming the norm as all three kids have their own school schedules and activities. So when my mom and I sat down last week realizing we are hosting a party of twenty something at my house for Thanksgiving, it was time to buckle down. We put together the dishes we would make and guests would bring and made our shopping list. Vowing that we would keep this year’s celebration easy.
I wanted to put together a table design that would use items I already have along with something minimalist for decoration. We are pairing down our home goods so I was hoping to avoid purchasing decor that we would need to store. While shopping at our local Gelson’s Market for supplies I found these beautiful Satsuma Tangerines with their stems on. I used those as my base to build upon. With a plain white tablecloth, I set out our dinner plates and created a simple fruit centerpiece down the middle of the table.
I was given the opportunity to collaborate with West Elm and Whole Foods Market to raise donations and awareness with the Whole Planet Foundation. West Elm and Whole Foods are donating $1 to Whole Planet for each time someone shares their #westelmxwfm tag on Instagram. This campaign, using the New Denim Project and Party Hosting ideas, provided a few recipes perfect for a Fall get together. From sparkling cider to an Onion, Bacon, and Butternut Squash Tart, it was hard to decide what I wanted to make.
I opted for the Clementine Crush Sparkling cocktail paired with Ham and Roasted Pear Crostini. Making a few adjustments with the recipes to suit our tastes, the cocktail and appetizer worked well together. I don’t use pears in my recipes often, so I enjoyed seeing the difference in flavor with the addition of citrus and then roasting them.
Today we have our annual school Halloween Carnival. An evening of games, rides, and the usual Halloween activities. This is our fourth year volunteering in a game booth, our favorite spot. Tom, our oldest, loves being able to help hand out the prizes and talk with his friends. It will also most likely be our last year being able to wear the twins, so I am really looking forward to seeing all the families in costume and celebrating our awesome school and PTA program.
I have had several people contact me about past content and downloads from CBI, so I will be sharing some of the popular posts and features. They can also be found in the ARCHIVES.
Since it’s Friday and we are heading into the weekend, I’ll share one of my absolute favorite weekends. My Bachelorette in Temecula.
We rented this (update, the house we stayed in is no longer available) beautiful home in Temecula, a popular Southern California wine tasting destination. The plan was to lounge by the pool, go wine tasting, eat too much food and just enjoy our time together.
Friday night we got all dressed up and headed to downtown Temecula and after drinks and a little wait we snagged a table at Public House. They were so great to us, our waiter was so patient being a 20 something guy dealing with 15 ladies. After several bottles of wine and stuffing ourselves we nixed the idea to go out dancing and headed back to the house to hit the spa and relax.
Saturday, my wonderful sister put together a limo tour tasting at 3 wineries. We started at Falkner Winery, then headed to a smaller tasting at Vindemia (their sparkling grenache is amazing) and finished off a tasting and lunch at Mount Palomar Winery. Each tasting room had their benefits, we each received a free glass at Falkner and our guide was hilarious. Vindemia was a small, romantic, & outdoor tasting area. It was by far my favorite, especially the chilled rosé. Mount Palomar was quite large and fairly busy, they had the most diverse tastings and a delicious restaurant we stopped at for lunch.
After tasting we headed back to the house to lounge by the pool, consume cheese & charcuterie plates, play games and enjoy some cocktails.
I put together Bachelorette Favor Bags and supplies for a custom cocktail.