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Real Housewives Dinner Party

I challenge you to find a bigger Real Housewives fan then me. Seriously. Bravo Andy is my everything and I’ve literally seen every episode of every franchise more than once. Probably more than twice. I know. Not. Weird. At. All. Anyway, when I spotted a few of the ladies at this beautiful party photographed by Artvesta Studio – well it brought the two things I love most in the world together into one amazing feature. Awkward, but so true. Read on to see the pretty reason they were celebrating!

From the photographer…There are hundreds of things to do in NYC this summer! A few weeks ago, I had a pleasure of photographing a styled dinner event held at Onishi Gallery in Chelsea. Over the years, the gallery has featured contemporary Japanese artists who work in a range of media, including ceramics, glass, metalwork, and calligraphy. Many Onishi Gallery artists are represented today in the permanent collections of major museums.

Onishi Garrely is also open to hosting intimate events, such as food and wine tastings and various art showcases. The event that I was a part of, featured dinner and salad plates from Jeff Koons’ Banality Series by Bernardaud.

Jeff Koons’ Banality collection is anything but banal. The plates have quite original ornaments and are from a limited edition of 4,500. Besides his peculiar Monument to the King Of Pop, Jeff Koons decided to go even further by incorporating Michael Jackson and his monkey pet Bubbles into his signature tableware collection.

Among other guests, I spotted Aviva Drescher and LuAnn de Lesseps from the Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York reality show and James Kipton Cronkhite, Creative Director and Curator at KiptonArt.

The floral design was Art de Fête ‘s collaboration with the talented Blooming Bears. Chef Matthew Knoll’s signature appetizer exceptionally delicious shaved asparagus salad with morel mushrooms.

Photography: Tatiana Valerie, Artvesta Studio | Florist: Blooming Bears | Chef: Matthew Knoll | Tableware : Bernardaud | Venue: Onishi Gallery

Root Beer Float with a Twist

I’m pretty sure that the Root Beer Float is sort of like the cupcake. Universally loved by all. But, the lovely Sarah at Juniper & Dash, is taking the classic to new places by adding a hint of Root Tea and a drop (or five) of warm caramel and the result is anything but ordinary. With photos by Alexandra Whitney, we’re literally mixing one up as we speak.

From Juniper & Dash…This recipe combines some of my favorite ingredients… well, really all the ingredients are my favorite! The standard root beer float is one of my summer essentials, add a twist and it gets even better! Whenever I discover something new and yummy I have a tendency to add it to everything. So to spice up the normal float I added Art in the Age’s Root Tea and The Caramel Jar’s new caramel sauce. I’m telling you this float is so yummy. And every time I consume it I just keep telling myself it’s fat free…it’s fat free…it’s fat free!

Caramel & Tea Root Beer Float
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  • 2 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 ounces Art in the Age Root Tea
  • 2 Tablespoons The Caramel Jar's Caramel Sauce
  • ½ cup IBC Root Beer
  1. Scoop ice cream into a large glass or milkshake glass.
  2. Drizzle warm caramel sauce over ice cream.
  3. Pour Root Tea & Root Beer into float and enjoy.

Photography: Alexandra Whitney Photography | Styling: Juniper & Dash | Caramel Sauce: The Caramel Jar | Spirits: Art In The Age

Modern Lego Birthday Party

If you’ve ever spent time with a boy – ages 3 to 10 or so – you know that Legos are kind of everything. I’ve spent hours in that damn store with my son who inspects each piece like he were about to go into major surgery. So when I show him this little lego inspired party – crafted by One Lovely Day with sweets by Sweet Bloom Cakes – I know exactly what he’s going to say. “Mom, when is MY birthday.”

We had an amazing day celebrating the 5th birthday of our sweet little boy Aniken. Aniken is absolutely obsessed with Lego and when i told him that he will be having a Lego themed party, he was over the moon.

My dear friend Dewi from Sweet Bloom Cakes made the delicious lego head birthday cake. Sweet treats included, macarons, lego cookies, pyramid chocolates, lego cupcakes, handmade chocolates and a selection of yummy candy. I purchased these cute black and mint garbage bins and filled them up with lollies. I designed the white lego inspired backdrop and kept is very simple as i wanted all of these other elements of the table to pop. The colour palette was black and white with touches of yellow and blue.

Last but not least, i was glad that Aniken had an amazing time with his friends and family and i enjoyed watching him play soccer, running and dodge ball games.

Event Styling: One Lovely Day | Cake And Sweets: Sweet Bloom Cakes