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Owl Inspired 1st Birthday Party

What’s black and white and adorable all over? You’re about to find out. Mama and event planner Party With Chloe has totally outdone herself on this one. With a towering cake that’s borderline too cute to cut into, tiny felt houses and a box filled with gummy favors, she’s going to be hard pressed to top this one for sweet baby girl’s 2nd. Complete with photos from Babypink Studio, there’s more right here. 

From Party With Chloe… My daughter Nayun’s 1st birthday was held at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto. The staff was amazingly hospitable and food was great. As a mom and as a party stylist, I wanted to make her 1st birthday very special.

The main concept of the party was Scandinavian owl. Like a modern Scandinavian kid’s room, I wanted to style the party as Chic and Cute – using bold patterns, little lux touch of gold and vivid color accents, warm felts, natural plants and cute owls. My two girls were dressed with Scandinavian designer’s black dress and black hats to match with the party. Sharon from Bloom Cake Co. made a birthday cake, matching cupcakes and cake pops and those were absolutely beautiful and of course tasty!

As a Korean traditional ceremony, during “Doljabi” for 1st birthday party, the baby is propped up at a table of various foods and an assortment of objects and urged to pick up one of the items. It is believed the item the baby picks up symbolically foretells his or her own future or would influence his or her fate.

For examples money means wealthy, traditional book means scholar, five color threads means artistic skills, horse medallion means high ranked government officer and stethoscope means medical doctor. During Doljabi ceremony, Nayun wore Korean traditional dress and picked yellow thread. She may become a famous designer one day!

In the theme of my princesses’ black hats, we hired famous kid’s magician Tricky Ricky. Everyone had a fabulous time!

Photography: Babypink Studio | Cake, Cupcake And Cake Pop: Bloom Cake Co. | Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Toronto | Korean Traditional Dress: WoeHee Gallery | Magician: Tricky Ricky | Party Styling: Party With Chloe

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Gazpacho with Shrimp

Inspired by our recent trip to Spain, I created this summery gazpacho. With tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers readily available at every farm stand, it’s the perfect late-summer meal. It comes together in minutes. Adding leftover shrimp infuses protein and bulk to your lunch. Serve it with crusty bread and you’ll have a great family dinner or a fancy party appetizer! For more, head on over to Audrey’s.

Gazpacho with ShrimpA fresh meal, perfect for an entree or an apetizer
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
total time
10 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 4 inches in size)
  • 1/2 yellow, orange or red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon chardonnay vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili (optional)
  • 6 large shrimp, steamed, sauteed or grilled - peeled
  1. In a blender, puree tomato until almost smooth. Add cucumber, bell pepper, garlic, vinegar, and oil and season with salt, pepper and chili. Pulse until mostly smooth.
  2. Chill soup in the refrigerator 30 minutes (or up to 8 hours). Adjust seasoning; thin with water if necessary. Before serving, chop 4 shrimp into small pieces. Garnish soup with chopped shrimp, a drizzle of olive oil and add one shrimp on each bowl as a garnish.
  3. Notes: The quality of your ingredients really make a difference here. Try to use the freshest produce you can find and use the best quality vinegar and olive oil you can afford.

Photography: Audrey's 74 | Recipe: Audrey's 74

Giulia Doyle

Contributing Editor: Food + Recipes
PopUp Dinner in Brooklyn

A friend of mine attended an all white PopUp dinner party last summer, and I swear I spent the entirety of that evening stalking her Instagram account. It’s pretty much the coolest concept ever, and such a wonderful way to bring like-minded people together. This particular beauty was pulled together by Hand Made Events, and with Sorella Muse behind the lens you’re going to want to spend some time in the gallery. 


From Hand Made Events… The PopUp Dinner Brooklyn was an elegant, graceful “pop-up” flash dinner picnic that was held in a secret location in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The location was disclosed to ticket holders three hours before the event began at 5pm. Dinner promptly started at 7pm. The night gathered over four thousand guests dressed elegantly in white as they decorated and designed lavish table decor, and brought their own inspired cuisines with their favorite beverages of choice to enjoy an unforgettable summer evening with friends in Brooklyn. There was an array of wandering musicians during dinner followed by a performance by Ben Folds and later Dj OP for dancing.

PopUp Dinners are spreading across the country! From San Francisco, to LA, to Miami, to Charleston, these events are becoming popular with people everywhere.

Founded in 2011 in San Francisco, Garrett Sathre and Nicole Benjamin, partners at Hand Made Events, are continually inspired and thrilled to create new events that bring people together to celebrate the simple things that connect us all; wonderful food, great wine, and dining with those we love. 

Photography: Sorella Muse | Lighting: Stortz Lighting | DJ: Dj OP | Event Planning & Design: Hand Made Events | Special Performance: Ben Folds | Sponsor: Acura