With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you’ve probably been been checking out some of our special tips for planning the ultimate Mother’s Day brunch or daytime excursion, but what about getting Mom something super useful to help her powerhouse through her day like the pro she is? Take a peak at the slideshow below, and find a gift for Mom that’s just as reliable and beautiful as she is.
This modern fiesta not only blows any Cinco de Mayo party I’ve ever been to straight out of the water but would be pretty amazing any day of the year. It’s lunch and tequila tasting crafted by Modern Dame, along with bougainvillea and cactus pairings by MTF Studio and lots of pretty imagery by Steve Steinhardt. Have a look at just how to pull off the ultimate Cinco de Mayo fiesta; churros included.
Growing up in LA, I have been surrounded by Mexican cuisine and culture and I knew if I ever had to plan a fun party it will definitely be a Mexican inspired affair. With Cinco de Mayo this month, I made it an excuse to host a Modern Mexican inspired luncheon at the stunning Hudson Loft located in downtown LA. Hudson Loft, is one of my dream venues. Right as you enter the space, you are greeted with beautiful brick walls, huge open space and wide windows everywhere showing a view of downtown LA. It just takes your breath away!
I knew when planning this party, decor and food had to be on point! So, I reached out to my favorite vendor, MTF Design and Haute Chef. Brooke, owner and co-founder of MTF Design created the most beautiful floral arrangements and charming stationery on kraft paper. Beautiful lush vibrant colored arrangements in distressed gold and ivory vases displayed an opulent and festive presentation to the table display. One of my favorite details were the adorable mini potted succulents, cactus and aloe vera that added an organic and Spanish feel to each table. The dining table and chairs were rented from Found Rentals that coordinated perfectly with the overall design scheme. Along with Brooke’s arrangements of bougainvillea, pink peonies, garden roses, red berries and accents of opium poppy and greens were gold accented votives and faceted lanterns that looked effortless and whimsical. Hanging over the tables were handmade Papel Picado which made the room festive and coordinated Papel Picado motif menus were placed on each place setting. Brooke also designed the invitations which was lined with bougainvillea and wrapped in beautiful silk fuchsia colored ribbons.
When it comes to creative yet delicious food, I love working with the amazing Haute Chef. Celebrity chef, Jeff Nimer created an authentic Mexican cuisine with a fresh twist. Passed hors d’oeuvres included mini pulled chicken tacos, fried purple cauliflower bites, and mini ceviche cups. The stationed lunch featured mint and cilantro green rice, wood fired deliciously fresh farmers market vegetables, Mexican kale caesar salad, Oaxacan style black beans, and grilled shrimp with pesto. To end, we feasted on rice pudding and churros which was enjoyed while lounging at the mid-century modern furnitures from Yeah Rentals. It truly goes without saying that everything looked and tasted delicious!
I also set up a fun little bar area heaped with a mixture of three different tequilas for tasting — Herradura, Don Julio, and Ocho Reposado. I also provided two types of salt and lime for the all of the party-goers and taste-testers. Hands down, Don Julio continues to be my favorite!
Needless to say, this was one beautiful fiesta luncheon that was a lot of fun to plan and design!
Photography: Steve Steinhardt | Floral Design: MTF Studio | Stationery: MTF Studio | Caterer: Haute Chef | Venue: Hudson Loft | Dining Rentals: Found Rentals | Flatware: Anthropologie | Host & Event Designer: Modern Dame | Loft: Hudson Loft | Lounge Rentals: Yeah Rentals | Papel Picado: Modern Dame | Tabletop: West Elm | Tequila Station: Crate and Barrel
No matter your interior decor style or taste, I can guarantee that you’ll find a piece of piece of clear furniture you’ll love. Why? Because it’s clear, it’ll go with everything. Here, we rounded up some of our favorite pieces of clear furniture for you to peruse, and threw in a few accent pieces for good measure. Click through the slideshow below to shop and get inspired!
This mother’s day out styled by Shi Shi Events and photographed by Emily Millay Photography is the perfect inspiration for showering moms with love and appreciation or maybe just a peak at how to throw a really great party. From manicures to a jewelry bar, delicious bites and cocktails galore, this get together was all about wining and dining Moms with a theme that we can so get behind. See even more of this “Treat Yo’self” shindig right here.
As a working mom, I feel inspired and empowered by other working moms who share my same struggles and triumphs. It was in that spirit I created this Mother’s “treat yo’self” Day event. I wanted to have a fun evening for fellow wedding/event industry moms to show them how much they’re appreciated, how inspiring they are, and to give them an opportunity to let loose. We partnered with Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals who lent us their space and inventory to bring the party to life. Borrow created several vignettes for sitting and chatting and had all the goods in house to make our design come together in a really stunning way.
When the moms arrived we greeted them with a bar of white, red, or sparkling pink wine and a kicky Planter’s Punch. Marigold Catering provided absolutely delicious eats of finger sandwiches including olive tapenade, egg salad and smoked salmon with creme fraiche, hummus and pita, and an array of cheeses and accoutrements. I baked two ricotta cakes from a recipe I found in Bon Appetit; one cherry and one mixed berry of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry to serve as well. The ladies could also treat themselves to mini manis or hand massages from Dante Lucci Salon, self-style flare found in the form of gold or silver temporary tattoos, or a piece of jewelry from Oceanne Jewelry Designs new summer line which Anne of Oceanne debuted for us that evening. We also had a raffle for an overnight stay at the ultra-luxe Inn Walden and a bangle from Oceanne, which two lucky moms won. Molly Taylor and Co. designed beautiful floral pieces to amp up the loveliness, Seaworthi created custom calligraphy signs for us in inspirational quotes about what it means to be a mom, and the whole evening was captured by the very talented Emily Millay Photography.
There was plenty of lady swag to be had as the ladies left including gift certificates for the decadent Spa Walden, “treat yo’self” travel mugs from us at Shi Shi, fresh flower bunches from Molly Taylor and Co., french macarons from Philomena Bake Shop, and Oribe hair products from Dante Lucci. It was the perfect spring evening to gather, chat, and laugh; one that energized, inspired, and showed the true beauty and power of what it means to be a woman and mother.
Photography: Emily Millay Photography | Stationery: Paper Trails | Jewelry: Oceanne Jewelry Designs | Catering: Marigold Catering | Venue: Borrow Vintage & Eclectic Rentals | Floral: Molly Taylor And Co. | French Macarons: Philomena Bake Shop | Hand Lettered Signs: Seaworthi | Manicures/Hand Massages: Dante Lucci Salon | Planning, Design & Styling: Shi Shi Events | Spa Gift Certificates & Overnight Stay Donation: Walden
Searching for the perfect Cinco de Mayo recipes? Our very own Abby Larson came up with the ultimate menu for Cinco de Mayo that includes tried-and-true favorites like her easy pink lemonade margarita, the best-ever guacamole (you won’t believe the secret ingredient) and mouthwatering pulled pork tacos. Feast your eyes in the slideshow below!