easter menu thoughts

As I mentioned to you earlier this week, I needed to finalize my easter menu for this upcoming Sunday.  I have devised two menu options that I am having trouble deciding between.   The first one incorporates one of my favorite salads, that has been a go to for us for many Easter’s.  It has lobster, avocado, grapefruit & hearts of palm.  The second menu is mostly vegetarian with a few recipes that would be new to me such as the spring soba noodles and the strawberry rhubarb tart {always a risk but luckily my family is always great about me trying out a new recipe on them}.  Either menu would make for a lovely spring meal beyond Easter. Have a look and let me know if you have a preference!  All recipe links are included below.

Option 1:

POISE. Easter lunch menu | option 1smashed pea dip with pita chips | raw carrot-ginger soup | lobster salad | roasted white asparagus


Option 2:

POISE. Easter lunch menu | option 2

crab salad canapés | chive blini with creme fraiche, quail eggs and tarragon {serving these make you look like a hero.  they are relatively easy to make and look so colorful and festive for Easter} | raw carrot – ginger soup | Easter salad | spring soba noodles | strawberry rhubarb tart

Do you have any go to recipes for Easter? If so I’d love to hear about them!!

bon appétit!

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boston on my mind

boston x

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, a horrific and heartbreaking day in the city so many of us call home and for all involved in the events around the marathon.  There have been so many wonderful acts of kindness and generosity since April 15th, 2013, which shows that goodness prevails always, and generally speaking humanity is kind.

Today my heart, thoughts and prayers are with the families affected and devastated by the terrorist acts of last year.  I was happy to see that Mayor Martin Walsh has invited all of us to join in a moment of silence today at 2:49pm to honor those affected by the tragic event.

moment of silence

As for this year, there are so many people participating who didn’t have an opportunity to finish last year, or to raise money to help those affected last year.  As we remember the victims I also look forward to cheering on and supporting the many heroes that will grace our beautiful city to run with strength and pride next Monday – I admire and commend their courage.

sending my fellow Bostonians, and all those affected strength and comfort today,


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planning easter lunch

It dawned on me this weekend that Easter is this upcoming Sunday.  While I am looking forward to hosting my family for Easter lunch, I also realized, I need to finalize my menu and décor!  Last night I sketched out my tablescape plan along with a draft of the menu.  I haven’t finalized the menu yet, but I will share it when I do {it will have a focus on seasonal items}.

As for the table, I’ve landed on a clean pink and white concept with subtle accents of green.  Below is a moodboard I put together to give you an idea of what I’ve selected.  I often put these types of moodboards together for clients to give them a visual for the event we are working on, and find myself using them just as often for my own creative projects. You will see that I’ve selected 2 different linen napkins, my plan is to alternate these two patterns along the table, balancing out cleanliness with subtle details of spring.

POISE. | Easter lunch

table elements  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |  7

dessert | the cake in the middle is an image of the cake I served last Easter, made by Jocelyn at Mayflour Confections. I added a quail egg to the top for a subtle Easter detail and served it with macarons {speaking of – how adorable are these Easter chick macarons?}.  This year I plan to continue with a minimalistic aesthetic. {image 1, image 2, image 3}

flowers | to carry the ombre-esque effect of the plates through I am planning on using a variety of in season blooms in complimentary shades of pink with white mixed in.  When I was at the flower market last week shopping for flowers for a client’s event, I was inspired by the cherry blossoms as well as the tulips in varying shades of pink. I also have some vintage bunnies that I’ve borrowed from my mother to give the table the festivity it needs.  {image 1 via, image 2 &3 taken by me at the market}

It’s nice to see and use lighter, brighter colors this time of year.  It’s equally as nice to see that seasonal items such as cherry blossoms, ranunculus, peonies, tulips, fiddleheads and asparagus have arrived. Spring is officially here which is lovely to be able to say!  I will be back with my menu later today or tomorrow.

In the meantime, wishing you a great week ahead!

inspiration images sources: 1 | 2

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a novel idea

Recently HBO hosted a launch party to celebrate the third season of television show VEEP.  For the upcoming season there is a plot line where Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’s character has written a book, and according to BizBash, there will be several book signings featured on the show.

As a result, event designer Billy Butchkavitz created a mock book signing vignette, and what inspired me most about this event, is that he had custom “book” shaped boxes made for guests to use at the indulgent candy bar – genius!

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book love: an invitation to the garden

With a hint of warmer weather this weekend I was inspired by this lovely new book released by Rizolli last month,  An Invitation to the Garden, written by textile designer Michael Devine.  In this book Michael Devine shares the magic of al fresco entertaining in his stunning gardens and in homes, along with delicious menus, stunning tablescapes and other details that will inspire all sorts of lovely gatherings at home.


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an icon’s treasures

So today there is a really exciting sale happening on One King’s Lane.  Iris Apfel who is a legendary decorator has decided to clean out her warehouse and sell some of her amazing pieces of furniture and fashion {800 pieces to be exact} on One King’s Lane going live today.  The sale will include one of a kind finds from her travels around the world.

Not only is she a legendary decorator but her fashion style is absolutely iconic.  I’ve long admired her way of styling her accessories.  Her necklaces are always incredible and make her looks complete.  I think it’s fair to say she has the most amazing statement necklace & bracelet collections I’ve ever seen.

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a few of my favorite things | april

Happy April 1st!

A new month, and a new season – Spring.  This means opportunity and newness are in-store for all of us {such a wonderful feeling}.  I have to say I am happy to see April.   You can probably tell by my board that I am gravitating towards a bit of color {aren’t we all this time of year?} and this month it seems to be pink.  Here are a few of my favorite things of the moment…

a few of my favorite things | april

1 | I am hosting Easter again this year and have been working on my tablescape design.  I think I’ve landed on this dinnerware collection made in Japan for the accent plate.  I absolutely love the beautiful ombre-esque pink balanced with a lot of white.  Beautiful for spring tablescapes.

2 | This necklace by nest is on my wish list.  The pink is subtle enough where it is relatively neutral and would look amazing with all white or all black during spring and summer.

3 | This little gem first birthday party featured on Style Me Pretty last week is precious!! If you have a little girl, this is one you must see.  The dessert table is so well designed.  Notice the little gems filled with candy on either side of the cake given as favors – adorable.  You can view more photos for this noteworthy party here.

4 | Bliss & Bone has done it again with this leather and letterpress invitation.  Not only are their invitations and menu designs amazing, the materials they use are exceptional, and absolutely make a statement.  I always emphasize the importance of an invitation for an event with clients, it sets the tone for not only the event, but brand or individual.  This would be perfect for a brand launching a new leather collection!!  Also suitable for a rehearsal dinner – can you imagine receiving an invitation that looks like this?  Gorgeous!!

5 | Lace never goes out of style and this crocheted cotton-lace top is a great top to wear out to dinner or an evening event.  The detailing along the bottom is what makes it.  There is a skirt as well that is equally beautiful.  I would not wear them together, however pairing the skirt with a plain black fitted top or the top with a fitted black pant would make for an elegant evening look.


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garden to garment

For those of you that live in a climate where you have gardens all year round – I envy you.  This is the time of year in Boston where things start to bloom, and it is quite lovely.  Our seasons of sun and blooms are so short,  I can safely say we don’t take them for granted!  After seeing a few blooms starting to peer out from the ground in the garden of our building yesterday, I was inspired by the beauty of garden blooms we have ahead in the coming weeks.  For today’s post I took cues from some stunning gardens including the breathtaking gardens of architect Peter Marino’s Hamptons getaway featured on Architectural Digest {a must see post that stopped me in my tracks}.

And of course in any type of design field, the design of one thing can influence another, such as runway to room or fashion to fête, today I thought we could take some cues from these gorgeous gardens and translate them into fashion finds.

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table loveliness

While spring is not quite yet in the air in Boston from a weather standpoint, I think mentally we are all there!!  I came across this stunning tabletop designed by fashion designer,  Carolina Herrera for Bride’s magazine, and love the color palette of pink, white, black and gold with the bamboo accents.  A lovely spring table top option with perfectly paired patterns and textures.

I feel like the vases make the table.  They are wrapped in fabric, which is a brilliant idea – switching out the look of your vases by wrapping them in fabric, rather than buying new vases every time you want to change the look. It also opens the door for so many more options since you are not limited to existing vase patterns, yet can work with an array of endless fabric patterns for the finishing touches on stunning table-scape designs.


You can find the sources for Carolina Herrera’s table top elements here.

Would be absolutely lovely for a spring gala event wouldn’t you agree?


Photo: Jonny Valiant for Brides Magazine

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an easter lunch

In lieu of an impending snow storm predicted to hit Boston this week, I plan to focus my free time & energy on concepting my upcoming Easter table and menu.  I am hosting again this year and looking forward to creating something different than what I shared with you last year to change things up.  My thought is to go with an array of pastels for the table.   Pastels are trending in fashion and are always a welcome sight in terms of color this time of year, so I think creating a table around an array of soft spring hues would be lovely.

This weekend I came across a lovely Easter lunch table created by Gwyneth Paltrow in partnership with Remodelista. What I like about it is that it is an understated Easter tablescape, with a subtle combination of colors such as blues, pinks and neutrals.

Photographed by Simon Bevan for Remodelista.

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