Holiday 2014 Trio of Metallics!
Happy Entertaining! xx Lydia
Lydia Howerton & Sarah Hendrix are thrilled to announce the official launch of their linen cocktail napkins. Each napkin is handmade in Los Angeles, California from 100% Italian linen. The collection features soft grey linen napkins with 3 different neon-hued trims and hand-fringed edges. Each of our collections will be limited edition and we plan to release them seasonally along with a sprinkling of small batch very limited collaborations in-between the seasonal releases.
Keep up with all the H&H news…
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The baby shower I styled for my friend Beth is finally up on TheKitchn.com! A fun collaboration with Anjali at the beautiful home of Jen. Custom paper garlands, tissue flags and rope installations created for this event by Rebecca Simms of Wylie West Creative. All the stunning photos by Leela Cyd. Make sure to read the full post for recipes, set up details and all party resources.
I’m hosting a little Mother’s Day brunch this weekend in my garden. If you can call a sparse bit of dry grass and over grown trees in your back yard a “garden.” While the surrounds might not be perfect, my menu is battle tested and the company can not be beat. My mom, aunt, cousin and grandmother will be together and we always have so much fun. My party prep timeline is below in case you want to follow along too.
Mother’s Day Garden Brunch MENU
Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Iced Coffee with Coconut Milk
Arugula Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Farmer’s Market Berries, Basil, Aged Balsamic
Mother’s Day Garden Brunch PREP TIMELINE
gather table supplies-glassware, silverware, plates, napkins, table cloth
set up self serve bar- ice bucket, tray of champagne glasses, iced coffee glasses, straws, creamer pitcher, pitchers for orange juice and water
Farmer’s Market shop for groceries and flowers
arrange flowers in bud vases
make Dijon vinaigrette
grate cheeses and cut potatoes for frittata
pick up pastries at local bakery
set the table in the garden
make and bake frittata
bake off bacon
wash berries, drizzle with balsamic and torn basil
fill ice bucket, set out chilled water, oj, champagne and iced coffee
toss arugula salad, cut frittata and plate up warm bacon
Hopefully, this party honoring my mom will make up for when my brothers and I gifted her a curly fry maker for Mother’s Day, twenty years ago. We thought it might gently encourage her to cook us fried food in the comfort of our home. Sadly it was neither well received or ever touched.
Anyone who entertains is always looking for easy appetizer ideas. A hostess doesn’t have time to sort through her Pinterest folders when friends stop by for a weeknight glass of wine. Here is a good one for the rotation: goat cheese, hot pepper jelly and crackers. You can keep these items on hand for emergencies. Dump the jelly on top of the goat cheese or serve it alongside in a pretty jar. Add crackers. Done.
My grandmother always serves Philadelphia cream cheese with bright green hot pepper jelly and Carr’s table water crackers. If you want to get fancy you can even make this condiment. Last spring my girl La Femme Epicure made Hot Pepper Jelly and gifted me a bottle, the colors of the chilis and subtly sweet heat were divine.
Pretty little chili bits on tangy goat cheese and little brown rice crackers (we are a GF household.)
A lovely couple from Long Beach, CA sent me some jars of their Red Pepper Relish to try. The folks at Merchant & Co. are making really delicious small batch condiments, a great reminder to seek out local products in your market.
FYI- I put this pepper relish along side hard cheeses like manchego and aged cheddar and with out fail one guest says “What is this spicy jam? It’s amazing!”
We are really excited to be catering a few Super Bowl parties for our clients this weekend. La Femme Epicure and I created this menu for one of the parties celebrating some of the flavors of Denver and Seattle.
Super Bowl Menu 2014
Coors Banquet Beer
Papa Johns Pizza – BBQ Chicken Bacon, John’s Favorite & Plain Cheese
Denver Green Chili with Classic Fixins’ (Scallions, Sour Cream, Bacon, Cheddar, Hot Sauce & Fritos)
Corn Chips with Individual “Mile High” Layer Dip Jars
Bronco Brownie Bites Topped with Nutella and Candied Orange Peel
Denver Themed M&M’s with Team Logo
Starbucks Espresso Martinis
Mini Salmon Burger Sliders with Tartar Sauce (frisee, tomato and pickled red onions)
12th Man Garlicky Potato Wedges with Garlic Aioli & Ketchup
Winter Vegetable Crudites with Beecher’s Cheddar & Herb Dip
Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches with Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bowl of Skittles
Seattle Themed M&M’s with Team Logo
Personally the only interesting part of the Super Bowl is the food so tell me what you plan to make this Sunday?
I’ve been compulsively pinning Thanksgiving Table Decor this month. Grab a few mini pumpkins, some white candles and maybe a can of spray paint and call your table decorated. You can pull most of these items from your home or pick them up at the grocery or hardware store. I organized these Thanksgiving “tablescape” ideas by theme into 6 Pinterest Boards for easy reference. Feel free to mix and match.
Whatever your table looks like, I hope you have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving!
The question I get asked the most, when I tell a stranger my profession is “what is your favorite dish to make?” My answer is always “something I’ve never made before.” While I love familiar food, I’m most inspired by a new dish or new flavors. So when my Dad emailed me this link from Food & Wine magazine as inspiration for our Thanksgiving menu this year, I was so excited! All new flavors applied to the most traditional meal of the year.
Check out all the dishes and recipes at Food & Wine (all photos and recipes by Joanne Chang). Are you planning to try anything new or nontraditional this Thanksgiving?
The best way to actually ENJOY the process of hosting Thanksgiving is to prepare as much as possible in advance. The less you have to do on that last Wednesday and Thursday in November the more fun you can have with your family and friends.
2-3 Weeks Before Thanksgiving-
Shop in Advance:
Cook & Freeze:
1 Week Before Thanksgiving-
I’m honored to be featured on The Kitchn’s “Gatherings From The Kitchn” series this week. Working alongside the talented Anjali Prasertong, we threw a Pumpkin Carving Dinner Party for some of our closest friends. The day was beautiful captured by photographer Bridget Pizzo.
New posts will be up daily and you can follow along here: http://www.thekitchn.com/a-fall-pumpkincarving-party-gatherings-from-the-kitchn-196446
I’m especially proud of the interview post, where I reveal some of my hard learned secrets for throwing a stress free, but stylish dinner party. Thanks Anj!
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