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.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.




2 ⅔ cup clementine juice, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped clementine zest, plus 1 clementine for garnish (from 12-14 fruits total)
¼ cup cane sugar
1 cup organic 100% cranberry juice
¾ cup fresh cranberries
8 (1-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling wine, such as Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut, well chilled
1 (12-ounce) can tonic water or ginger ale (I used Ginger Beer)


In a wide, shallow dish, mix zest and sugar together with your fingers. Wet the rim of 8 cocktail glasses with a wet paper towel, and then dredge in clementine sugar to coat. In a large pitcher, use a wooden spoon to muddle cranberry juice, cranberries and rosemary sprigs thoroughly. Fill pitcher with ice cubes. Top off with clementine juice, wine and tonic water or ginger ale. Stir vigorously; pour into glasses; garnish with clementine twists and serve.

I displayed these in his and hers glassware, vintage coupe champagne glass (similar) + a simple glass tumbler



½ baguette (or 1 demi-baguette), cut into 24 slices
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 ripe but firm pears, halved, cored and cut into 24 wedges
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
¾ pound Proscuitto, cut into bite-sized pieces and warmed
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 425°F. Brush baguette slices all over with oil and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake, flipping halfway through, until just crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper to make a dressing. Toss pears in half the dressing and arrange in a single layer on a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast, flipping pears halfway through, until tender and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Toss parsley with remaining dressing. Top each crostini with a piece of ham and then a wedge of pear and few leaves of parsley.

Served on a marble pastry slab with linen napkins.



For more information and recipe ideas you can follow this link to West Elm + Whole Foods Party Hosting Made Easy. If you decide to share your own recipe or use one of the images make sure to use the #westelmxwfm + #emilyalder hashtags.


I want to start by thanking all of you for your entries in our Pieces&Chloe x EMILY ALDER Giveaway. It was so much fun to connect with all of you and spread the word about Pieces&Chloe. Congratulations to the wonderful Dena for winning. I can’t wait to see your custom piece!

This weekend was packed and a bit hectic with Matt getting hit with a nasty cold. We made the most of it though. Did you see Friday’s goods? I will share more on those soon!

Saturday was filled with baseball. Tom’s team, Tuvalu (shout out to our sponsor!), advanced into the finals after a great game. Matt stayed back with the twins while they napped which gave me the opportunity to work in the snack bar and then sit in the stands and watch without running after the twins. They arrived just in time to see us finish with a win. We ended up being there for almost 5 hours, needless to say we wore the kids out. After the game Tom and I spent some time skateboarding together before coming in and making chicken tortilla soup. If you aren’t following on snapchat yet add us to follow behind the scenes (username: emilyrolfing).

Sunday Tom got to go to Big Air with a friend while Matt and I spent time cleaning out the garage. I was able to fill the entire of Matt’s trunk with donations. BEST. FEELING. EVER.

After Tom returned we headed to West Street for some beach time before Sunday evening with grandparents. Once the kids were asleep Matt and I settled in for Game of Thrones. For those who watch, I was sobbing by the end. George RR and the Davids can be so cruel. I won’t say more because, spoilers.

Again, thank you Di for partnering with us and all of you for your entires! I can’t wait to bring in another giveaway.





I’ve spent a lot of time searching Etsy for jewelry styles. I wasn’t sure that I would ever find something totally in-tune with my style—until I stumbled upon Di’s Etsy shop Pieces&Chloe. Her designs are simple, beautiful, stylish, and really freaking cute. I’m always getting comments on them! Using a mixture of metals and macrame, Di’s dainty bracelets are perfect by themselves for a simple statement or for layering.


I’ve had my bracelets (SHYLY + BIG BER) for about a year now, and just made another purchase. Not only am I still in love with each piece, but they are durable enough to keep up with my lifestyle. On a regular day I’m running from the beach to little league baseball, washing dishes, and gardening. I try to be conscious of how much abuse I put my bracelets through, but often times they come along for the ride. And through it all, they are still in great shape. I never want to take them off because I love the way they add style to my wardrobe.


A bit about the work that goes into creating each piece:

“Each bracelet is carefully hand-woven by me using high-quality, color-fast 100% Egyptian cotton cord, gold-filled, sterling silver, rose gold filled, and/or permanent-finish galvanized glass. All materials are lead-free and colorfast. And since all items are handcrafted, no two pieces are exactly alike.”





Now for the really good stuff.  Because I love them, I want to spread the word about Pieces&Chloe.  Lucky for you, we have teamed up to give away one free custom bracelet. For your chance to win, simply enter our giveaway below.  And make sure to favorite Pieces&Chloe on Etsy to keep up with all of her beautiful work. Spread the word to earn more chances to win.
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Image courtesy of EMILY ALDER