Posts Tagged ‘Etsy’

90th Birthday Decor


 As you may have read, Drew’s grandmother just celebrated her 90th birthday! 27 family members traveled to her small town of Wilson, North Carolina for 3 days of fun. Drew’s mom Janice, designed the decor for the big birthday party on Saturday night. After finding some cocktail napkins she loved, she decided on a peacock feather theme. It was a festive, colorful but elegant way to dress up Ruthmary’s beautiful home for the party. Cousin Jen of took these stunning pictures.


A poster sized image of Ruthmary in her 20’s greeted guests in the entryway. We made her this peacock crown to wear during her birthday ceremony. The high priestess of elegance!

All the ladies in the family had a peacock touch to wear made by Janice. I think little Della Ruth stole the show with her peacock feather headband.

A gorgeous orchid arrangement and some vases of peacock feather to brighten up the rooms.

90th Birthday Cake

Frosting feathers decorated the pretty cake which had one chocolate layer and one carrot cake layer! The birthday girl had chocolate (I had both.)

Drew and I had a 90 stamp made and we stamped paper coasters from Etsy  with pretty colored inks from Paper Source. These were strewn around the house to save the furniture from condensation off champagne and bourbons. Everyone in the family contributed to the party in some way (shuttling flowers, decorating, plating appetizers, massaging the birthday girl, countless grocery store runs) making it a love filled evening she is sure to never forget.


Registry Source Book



Hi, loves.

We’re still working on our Registry Basics Series (barware is next) and realized that we hadn’t given you a list of our favorite places to register.   So here it is.  And please excuse the absence of the Holy 5— Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Sur la Table, Bloomingdales and Macy’s.  We’re guessing you’ll start there anyway.

Heath Ceramics for handmade plates in dreamy colors and natural table linens
Simon Pearce for graceful pottery and hand-blown glassware
Anthropologie for everyday fun table and kitchen stuff.  No other place has such happy glasses and platters.  They’ve recently added some very chic flatware (see here and here for our most recent picks).
Jonathan Adler for fun accent pieces.  Sometimes I get lost in the swirl of colors but a cheeky piece of pottery or colorful throw adds a lot of life to your registry and home.  I’m still partial to these birdies.
Design Within Reach is all so sleek, modern and sophisticated.
NapaStyle— the name says it all.  I love their glass and flatware in particular.  They also carry unique wooden boards and bowls.
Restoration Hardware has beautiful bed linens and the world’s greatest towels, not to mention Lydia’s luscious cashmere robe.
Tiffany’s for crystal: a candy bowl, a pair of candlesticks or maybe a special occasion cake stand.

What have we’ve missed?

My soon-to-be sister-in-law introduced me to which allows you to compose a registry of items cherry-picked from any and all online stores (including Etsy and small boutiques) all in one place.  No more jumping from store to store to compare items.

Anjali compiled 9 more registry resources for the kitchn.

Happy browsing!


The Weekend Dish: Black & White Wedding Registry


Happy Friday! I’m attending a wedding shower this weekend while Sarah covers for me at work (she’s the best.) In shopping for a gift for the beautiful bride I fell in love with her wedding registry. All of her kitchen appliances and tools are white with a few accents of black.

The Four Seasons Towel
The Four Seasons Towl

White is simple, clean, classy and timeless which is important when registering for wedding gifts. Let us not forget the era of avocado colored appliances! Here are some of our favorite kitchen tools in elegant white and black…

white kitchen aid stand mixer

Kitchen Aid stand mixer

white silicone spatula

Le Creuset silicone spatula

white le creuset oval

Le Creuset Oval French Oven

oven mitt

every kitchen needs an oven mitt or two


microplane zester/grater

white slant bowls

Don’t forget a pretty white bowls and plates for showcasing your homemade delights.

Timeless tools in a timeless color you will use for a lifetime.



The Look: Hearts


For you

Marc Jacobs Key to my Heart stud set

For your table

Linea Carta "Hearts" tea towel


The Look: Jessie’s Girl Designs Giveaway!


We love our pal Jessie of Jessie’s Girl Designs for her sly sense of humor, her gimlet eye and her flair for combining natural stones and 24-karat gold into beautiful, feminine pieces.

If you can’t join us for Saturday’s Holiday Sale in West Hollywood, you can order Jessie’s stunning jewelery from her Etsy store


you can win the gorgeous chalcedony and smoky quartz teardrop earrings pictured above right here.

Simply visit the shop and let us know your favorite piece in the comments below.

Comments will close at Midnight PST Friday, December 3rd.  We’re sorry but the giveaway is open to US residents only.

The winner will be chosen at random and notified next week.

Good luck!


P.S. We’re launching a new series here at A & O on Thursday and we’re thrilled to announce that our first entry will feature comedian Tom Riles from Life of Dad.  Make sure to stop by!