Breakfast at Silvia’s


This past weekend I planned and catered a fabulous, Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed 40th Birthday for an equally fabulous client, Silvia and her husband Lance. The Birthday girl, Silvia had come up with the idea and she let me run with it! So, we decided to go with a chic cocktail party for the food and drinks and really play up the Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme with lots of pearls, diamonds and, of course the iconic little blue Tiffany box.

 

Here is the inspiration board that I created for our initial meeting:

 

 


 

 

I honestly had SO much fun planning this event. Not only is Breakfast at Tiffany’s one of my all-time favorite movies, I also happen and am happy to be a girly-girl to the core! I spent hours scouring the internet for the perfect shade of Tiffany blue for wrapping paper and fabric, giant “diamonds”, hundreds of strands of pearls, oversized martini glasses, white satin ribbon, cigarette holders, Holly Golighlty-esque sunglasses, little tiaras, boas and big, fun cocktail rings. The morning of the event, my Mom and I headed over to the client’s home and got to work. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn, however, I must say that it turned out perfectly!

 

Here are some pictures (lots and lots of them!) from the party:

 

 


 


The bling table for all the ladies

 

 

“Borrow some baubles for the evening. After all, it’s what Holly Golighlty would do!”

 

 

 

Tiffany Box centerpiece with pearl and diamond table scatter

 

 

Martini glass centerpiece with a little Tiffany Box and pearls

 

 

Tiffany Tablescape

 

 

more tablescape…

 

 

 

Now onto the food:

 

 

Fresh fruit with an orange blossom honey mascarpone dip

 

Mahi Mahi Ceviche

Martini Mashed Potato Bar

 

The only actual picture I have of it L. Trust me, it was a huge hit!

 

The adorable cupcakes made by Shawna of Totally Caked

 

 

Gorgeous fruit tarts and cheesecakes, also made by Shawna

 

Adorable mini Tiffany Box cakes

 

Red Velvet, Tiffany Box Birthday cake

 

Dessert Tower!

 

It was a great night and everyone had a really wonderful time. I am so thankful that Silvia and Lance gave me such a wonderful opportunity, I had a blast!

 

xoxo,

 

Lauren



Welcome to the Big Top!


When I found out in early March that my brother, Brent and my sister in-law, Ana were having a baby, I was over the moon excited! I couldn’t wait to be an Auntie, I also couldn’t wait to plan the Baby Shower! I have always really loved the vintage/retro styled parties, so I really wanted their shower to have that type of feel to it, and I always came back to the same theme…CIRCUS!!! So, I scoured the internet looking for inspiration and came up with this…

 

 

Now that I knew what I wanted to do, the planning could start! I enlisted the help of my sister in-laws, Jen, Tessa and Marisa and 2 of Ana’s closest girlfriends, Meredith and Melanie.

 

Jen designed, printed, perforated and hand-cut all the invites. They came out so great, I LOVE them!

 

 

Meredith, was our photographer and ice cream shoppe purveyor

 

 

Melanie made some yummy goodies and the lemonade…

 

 

Tessa and Marisa’s got a hold of a super awesome cotton candy machine that was the hit of the night!

 

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I, of course was the one with all the crazy ideas, like the one to create a “big top” in the backyard of my parents house. I thought it would be super easy, just a ladder, a staple and voila! Boy was I wrong. I think it took my Dad and Scott about 4 hours to put that up…oops!

 

 


Totally worth it!

 

We had a photo booth, so guests could take a picture and write a note in a memory book for Baby Lee…

 


All the props…


Mommy and Daddy to-be


Auntie Mer and Mel


Auntie Lauren and Jen (and big sis Stella!)

 

There was a candy shoppe, concession stand, popcorn and more…

 


 


 


 


 


 

We even had games, which may or may not have been played with the help of alcohol…

 

On your mark!


Get Set!


Go!!!!!!


Scott took this race very seriously…


 

All in all it was a great evening. Fun was had by all!

xoxo,

Lauren

 

 

P.S. The best part of having a baby shower is the baby that comes after!

 

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My sweet nephew, Henry.

 

 

 

 

Big thanks to Meredith, of Zoom Theory for all the pictures!



Swoozie’s Bridal Showcase


Have you ever heard of Swoozie’s? If you haven’t, I recommend getting over there as fast as you can. It is the most glorious shop ever! It is full of the cutest custom invitations, stationary and other fun little gifts, perfect for soon to be brides!

I was invited to be a part of the Bridal Showcase by the kind recommendation of my good buddies, Meredith and Amanda over at Zoom Theory.

I made lots of little bites and desserts. It was a huge success and I am so glad that I was a part of it!

Caprese  Skewers w/ balsamic glaze

Eggplant Caponata

Hummus with pita triangles

Blue Cheese Grape Lollipops

Belgian Chocolate covered Strawberries

Crème Brûlée shooters

Tablescape!

Mer and Amanda of Zoom Theory.

Thanks for looking!

xoxo,

Lauren



California Riverside Ballet-Winter Wonderland


So, California Riverside Ballet is our local dance company and every year the put on a beautiful performance of the Nutcracker. this year, I was fortunate enough to be asked to cater their VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance. Being that it was the holiday season, and I have a an absolutley HUGE extended family, the reception fell on the same day as a family holiday party that could not be missed. So, for the first time, I let go of control and delegated to some trusted helpers!

The event was going to be attended by some notable people in the city, so the CRB wanted it to be very special. The theme was set out as a Winter Wonderland and it was GORGEOUS!! The ceilings were draped with a deEp shade of purple fabric, white twinkle lights were everywhere, the food presentation tables were covered in white fabrics and snow, and the pièce de résistance was the Sugar Plum Fairy’s beautiful, beaded, gold and purple tutu. The tutu was the centerpiece of the dessert table and it was up-lighted in soft purple hues. It was so beautiful…seriously gorgeous!

Now, onto the most important part. The food! CRB chose to serve a Mashed Potato Bar. It was a huge hit and I made some delicious fixings! The mashed potatoes I made is my Mom’s famous recipe. They are seriously so yummy, the best mashed potatoes you will ever eat, pinky swear. I also made Boeuf Bourguignon, Chicken Alfredo, Roasted Vegetables, and of course the usual baked potato toppers of sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and chives. The potatoes were served in a martini glass, and guests were able to load their glasses up with any of the above mentioned delicious toppings. It was a huge hit! I made 40 lbs of potatoes and we RAN OUT. There were 100 guests and they ate 40 lbs of mashed potatoes…crazy!!! Good thing I made a ton of desserts too! For the dessert table, I made truffle lollipops, mini cupcakes (of course!) and sugar cookies. I made a variety of truffles. Hazelnut (yummy!), dark chocolate, peppermint, coconut and eggnog. They were so good, and looked awfully cute on their lollipop sticks. I also had a hot chocolate bar. There was homemade rich Belgian hot cocoa, vanilla bean marshmallows, peppermint sticks, chocolate spoons, flavored syrups, chocolate shavings and there might have even been a little bit of Kahlua and Bailey’s added into the mix, to give a little grown-up edge to a childhood favorite.

I so wish I had pictures to share, but I don’t…sad. I was told that the CRB photographer was going to be taken pictures throughout the event, and my team swears the saw him. But, it must have be an illusion. I can not find the photographer for the life of me. I’ve called the listed photographers on CRB’s website, I’ve called the ballet and no one knows who was taking pictures. CRAZY!!!

Oh well, I promise it looked beautiful ad the food was delicious.

xoxo,

Lauren

P.S. If I eventually find the phantom photographer, I will update the post!



Junior League of Riverside- Holiday Tea


So, as a card carrying member of the Junior League of Riverside*, I was so excited that they had asked me to cater their annual holiday tea. This year, the tea was hosted by the lovely Kristin Varner, in her equally lovely home. From the beautiful decorations in deep reds and golds to the awesome magnolia leaf garland adorning the entryway and fireplace, the atmosphere was so welcoming and perfect for the holidays.

I have always loved everything about a traditional English Tea Party. When I was younger, I remember going to different tea houses with my Mom and Grandma. I loved getting dressed up, the pretty silver trays of tiny sandwiches, scones and petit fours, and of course having my very own little pot of tea. So, with that in the back of mind, I wanted this event to rekindle some of those great memories I had growing up.

First off, the menu! I made an assortment of tea sandwiches, including: herbed goat cheese with cucumber, egg salad with fennel, chicken tarragon salad, deviled ham, mango chutney with toasted pecans and smoked salmon pinwheels. For desserts there were lots of goodies! Mini cupcakes, peppermint brownies, divinity, English toffee, chocolate covered strawberries, peppermint bark, shortbread cookies and cranberry chocolate cookies. Also, since this was a traditional tea, I made a variety of scones, clotted cream, lemon and raspberry curds and orange marmalade. Everything looked really pretty, and more importantly tasted delicious, if I do say so myself!

Now onto the presentation! I wanted to use my Grandma’s beautiful cranberry depression glass teacups and plates, but they weren’t any saucers. So, I used an ivory china with a gold rim for the cups, saucers and luncheon plates, gold plated utensils, and my Grandma’s depression glass water goblets! All the food was served buffet style silver, red and gold trays, and was displayed on gorgeous red and gold brocade fabrics.

Everyone had a lovely afternoon, and it was great fun to see past members of the JLR that have known me since I was little girl!

Now on to the best part, the pictures!

Herbed Goat Cheese Tea Sandwich with Cucumbers

Herbed Goat Cheese Tea Sandwich with Cucumbers

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

more yummy tea sandwiches

more yummy tea sandwiches

cupcakes!

cupcakes!

chocolate strawberries, meringue kisses and peppermint bark

chocolate strawberries, meringue kisses and peppermint bark

buffet display

buffet display

Tea Party!

Tea Party!

And one last random shot, because I love pretty things. Even if it is a jar of water…

evne a boring jug of water can pretty, just add cranberries and lemons!

even a boring jug of water can pretty, just add cranberries and lemons!

That’s all for now. Check back soon for the California Riverside Ballet winter wonderland reception!

xoxo,

Lauren

P.S. I don’t actually have a Junior League membership card…sad. They should make them.



Reggie and Luca Anniversary Party


On Friday, I catered the 3rd anniversary party for a fabulous little boutique in Riverside, Reggie and Luca. The owner, Mai wanted a chic, brown, white and pink table with lots of mini desserts.

I made dark chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate buttercream and French sprinkles, vanilla bean cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream, in the sweetest shade of pink, dark chocolate cupcakes with creamy peanut butter icing, vanilla bean cupcakes with vanilla bean whipped cream and strawberries, blondies, double chocolate brownies and French macarons (my favorite!) in raspberry, chocolate and vanilla.

The dessert table looked so chic! I draped chocolate brown dupioni silk over boxes of varying heights and intertwined white chiffon fabric, tea lights and beaded garland around the table. The cupcakes were the star of the table, and were displayed don beautiful crystal cake pedestals, the brownies and blondies were stacked on on white cake pedestals and the macarons looked lovely on my Grandmother’s vintage, light pink Milk Glass cake plate.

Now, on to the best part. The pictures!

Dark chocolate cupcakes with dark choclate buttercream and peanut butter icing

dark chocolate cupcakes with dark chocolate buttercream and peanut butter icing

French Macarons

French Macarons

more cupcakes!

more cupcakes!

pretty, pretty macarons

pretty, pretty macarons

blondies and brownies

blondies and brownies

All in all, it was a chic and successful event by delicious dish events!

Many thanks to Mai and all girls at Reggie and Luca!

xoxo,

Lauren



Going to the chapel…


So, as promised here is the full run down of the gloriousness that was the wedding of my brother, Scott and his lovely  wife, Jenny.

This was a DIY wedding…from the decor to the food it was truly a family effort.Everybody pitched in and the day went off without a hitch!

So, if you think you can’t have the Vineyard wedding you’ve always wanted because you’re on a budget, think again. Here’s our DIY Sonoma wedding, in three easy steps!

Step One: Location, location, location

Location is everything, isn’t it? Scott and Jen wanted a small (very small) and intimate wedding. So, they decided that Wine Country was they way to go. They ended up deciding on a great place called Cornerstone Gardens in Somoma. This place was fantastic. Cornerstone had cool little shops, a few wineries, a delicious sandwich/salad shop and beautiful gardens.

Scott and Jen decided on the Vineyard House for their wedding. The house was amazing! It had it’s own private, gated driveway, a big yard, plenty of space for all the prep work and it was right smack dab in the middle of a vineyard! It was a gorgeous setting and perfect for Scott and Jen.

View of the house from the Cermony site The Wedding Table!

Step Two: Pretty Things

Although the reigns of creativity were handed over to my sister-in-law and I, we still wanted the wedding ot be very “Scott and Jen”. Both of them are architects, both are into the modern minimalistic look, so that is what we were initially going for. Everything stark white, lots of glass, candles and white flowers.Little did I know, that when the girls ventured to the rental showroom a month before the wedding, the bride to be got so into it! We had a blast looking at all the different linen options, chairs, china, flatware and glassware. And, much to my surprise, Jen decided to go with a rustic/modern vineyard feel, if that makes any sense! We settled on a really beautiful olivey green tablecloth with a natural linen runner, chocolate satin napkins, white square china, chocolate brown bamboo chargers, super cool, modern flatware and glassware, and these really beautiful wooden and iron chairs. We also ordered 2 wine barrels and big silver bowls (to be filled with flowers) to act as the altar.For table top decor, we bought a ton of candle holders in various shapes and heights, intermixed with low, square vases for flowers. Since the wedding was small, we were able to put together 2, 8-foot banquet tables together, to make one large “King’s Table”. Everyone was able to fit comfortably around the table, and we had ample room for decor!

The Wedding Table!

The Wedding Table!

Look, a rustic/modern Vineyard wedding! Don't you agree?

Look, a rustic/modern Vineyard wedding! Don't you agree?

Place Setting

Place Setting

Now on to the flowers! They were gorgeous, if I do say so myself! Jen and I went to the San Francisco Flower Mart, about a month before the wedding and decided on mostly white flowers with a few pops of green (to go with the linens, obviously!) We chose, white peonies (Jen’s favorite), white hydrangeas, green lisianthus, white tulips, white and green roses, amaranthus, hypercium berries, Belles of Ireland, kale, white stock and some lemon leaves were were used filler. We made two huge arrangements for the altar (our winebarrels), a bouquet for Jen, boutinerre for Scott and 8 small arrangements to place on the table. It was a lot of work, but everyone joined in on the fun. We had a blast making them, and they turned out really, really beautiful.

Jen adding the finishing touches to her lovely bouquet

Jen adding the finishing touches to her lovely bouquet

The adorable bride!

The adorable bride!

The wine barrel altar

The wine barrel altar

The groom, drinking on the job

The groom, drinking on the job

Look at the kale!!!

Look at the kale!!!

Step Three: The food!

We are a family of foodies, so obviously the menu had to reflect that.

Hor’dourves

Caprese Salad Skewers

Manchengo/Quince Skewers

Bacon wrapped, Goat Cheese stuffed Dates

Spicy Ceviche Shooters

First Course

Blue Cheese Wedge with bacon crumbles and Heirloom tomatoes

Second Course

Lemon and Rosemary Sorbet, served in a hollowed lemon half

Third Course

Cabernet braised Short Ribs

Gorgonzola Polenta

Grilled Asparagus with lemon and Parmesan

Fourth Course

Red Velvet Wedding Cake

Ice cold milk

Coffee

The Cake.

The Cake.

Can you believe my Mom made this cake? It looked beautiful and tasted even better!

So, that’s it! It was a beautiful day, and a ton of fun. Who knew that a small family wedding could be such a blast?!

Thanks, Scott and Jen. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and love with your (fur)babies!

xoxo,

Lauren

P.S. Can you believe that the only picture of food I have is the cake (I didnt even make it!) It wa so good and so pretty too. And I call myself a caterer…oh well! I will tell you one thing though, you can bet it was delicious!



Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a procrastinator!


I promise to update real soon. It’s going to be a good one too!

Hint: My favorite baby brother was recently married and yours truly (plus my wonderful sister-in-law!) were given full artisitc/creative license to do anything we wanted! It was glorious…

Here is a sneak peak at the gorgeous table decor…

A lovely, candlelit, vineyard wedding.
A lovely, candlelit, vineyard wedding.


Cake and Polka Dots!


So, I catered a couples baby shower awhile ago…it was a Southern BBQ and it was lots of fun. I made a ton of yummy food…BBQ Chicken, Sausage with Peppers and Onions, Southern Grape Salad, Sweet Potato Souffle, Coleslaw, Dijon Dill Potato Salad, BBQ Baked Beans and Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlicky Lime Butter and Cotija Cheese…delicious!

 

But…the most delicious part was the CAKE!!!!! It was a 3-layer Devil’s Food cake filled with vanilla pastry cream and fresh strawberries and iced with a deliciously sweet vanilla buttercream with lots of baby pink polka dots and Gerber daisies. 

 


 

Recipe is on its way…

 

xoxo,

Lauren



welcome to the BLOG!


Welcome to my BLOG…stay tuned for some delicious recipes and pictures!

I hope you can handle all of the deliciousness coming your way…

xoxo,

Lauren