a menu fit for the fourth

This weekend I had the opportunity to put some thought into what I plan to bring for the fourth of July.  I am not hosting but I do like to make a few things to bring with me for the hostess.

Through my thought process I devised a menu that would be fit for fourth of July entertaining that goes beyond a traditional cookout menu or clambake {both of which are fabulous options}, and incorporates healthy recipes using primarily in-season ingredients that {in most cases} can be made ahead.  What I like about this menu is that you can serve it family style at the table, buffet style where guests can help themselves or even serve the dishes cocktail party style on small plates or in small bowls as your guests enjoy fireworks, a parade, or bonfires depending on your Independence Day entertainment.

POISE. Fourth of July menu

Choices, recipes & details:

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summer clambake!

Happy lovely summer weekend!

One of the “summer things to do” in New England is to enjoy lobster season with a clambake/lobster bake. The menu is really basic and always fresh, which typically consists of lobsters, clams, crabs, corn on the cob, artichokes, clam chowder and any vegetable or seafood items you want to add in, such as a fresh farmer’s market salad to kick-off the meal.

Often times for a summer wedding or rehearsal dinner, couples will design their event around a nautical/clambake theme and menu for a more laid-back summer vibe and guests tend to really enjoy it.

Eating lobster can be messy, so I love the idea of covering a table with newspaper and serving your clambake family style.  To try to make a traditional clambake formal would be forcing it. I would suggest going with it and enjoying a casual, carefree summer night with the delicious & fresh ingredients that this time of year has to offer.

I am inspired by the mix of images below from tablescapes, to inspiration on how to present the food, to some fun details to help bring your summer clambake to life.

summer clambake!

Images:

Row 1 | family style clambake with newspaper “tablecloth” – recipe included via

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my 4th of July weekend bag

Many of us are getting ready to sign off for a mini vacation with the fourth of July here next week!!  From now until we leave, my schedule is pretty packed, so last night I started to think about what to pack for my time away and have decided to keep it casual this year.  We will be on the seaside where the nights get cool so packing layers is key, along with pieces that can transition easily from day to evening cocktails.  Here is a glimpse into what I’ll be taking with me.

Fourth of July Weekend | POISE.

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where I’d like to go for lunch

I’ve had a real hankering for some time on the west coast for a while now, I am not sure what has brought it on {aside from a brutally long and cold winter}, but even with the arrival of summer, it doesn’t seem  to be going away. The lifestyle, farm to table movement and overall healthy laid back approach to life would be a refreshing break from the fast paced Northeast life for a bit. The idea of a lifestyle more centered around health and wellness is one that I have become increasingly drawn to as I get older.

This is one of those posts I wish I could have done on-site; meaning having visited the venue and reported back to you on it with my own photos and experience to talk about, However I found it too interesting not to share based on my recent discovery of it on-line, and when I go in person, I look forward to sharing my personal experience and photos with you…In the meantime, you need to know about the Malibu Farm Pier Café located just there, on the Malibu Pier on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Hello million dollar view!!

 

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pool party!

Happy, happy Friday!

I hope you have some fun plans to look forward to this weekend.  A friend of mine reminded me that this Saturday is the first official day of summer in New England which also means it is the longest day {longest hours of daylight} of the year.  So celebrate, enjoy and soak it in!

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beach days

Today I am inspired by the tranquility of the sea, beach weddings and all the loveliness that that the ocean bring to us during the summer months.  While there is so much beautiful color on the coast line, a neutral palette of sand, and white make for a lovely, sophisticated and serene beach themed event aesthetic {and also looks fabulous in photographs!}.

 

POISE. Beach Days

boat | anchor - would be fun to make in lieu of a sandcastle | necklace by Elva Fields
Norma Kamali swimsuit | Nautical Dream Catcher
beach ceremony perfection in the Hamptons
beach wedding - love the driftwood wedding arch – perfect for the setting
Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30 by Josh Rosebrookmy new go to sunscreen for my face, rich plant based ingredients with a non-nano zinc oxide {clear zinc} so it goes on beautifully, nourishes& feeds your skin with amazing ingredients, and is effective sun protection 
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a posh press trip

When you work in PR, you are constantly thinking of ways to introduce your clients’ newest and latest collections to media {who are constantly inundated with pitches} & creatively engage them in the brand’s newest initiative.

One the most memorable press trips I ever organized was in Aspen, CO for a winter collection launch 3-day press immersion.  It consisted of a stay at the heavenly Little Nell, wine tastings, dinners, a fashion show, a local brewery tasting, nightcaps at the fabulous Caribou Club, aprés ski cocktails, of course down time for skiing, snowshoeing or the spa.  The brand had an incredible response to the collection and the media felt as though they were involved with the brand’s new collection launch initiative which was  the overall goal.

When I came across this ‘behind the curtain’ post’ via pintrest by the team at Kate Spade, I was thrilled to see what they had done to launch their new South Hampton store to press.  They did an amazing job “setting up camp” which they referred to as Camp Kate Spade, and executed by taking over Forever Bungalows, a simple | boutique like escape in Sag Harbor with minimalistically designed rooms and bungalows, to create a true brand immersion in celebration of their newest shop. Their talented visual team utilized 300 flamingos as part of the décor, and also showcased their fabulous + summery Charlotte dinnerware collection to set their brunch table {see my favorite pieces below – click on image for link}.

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summer hostess gifts

Summer is here and with that comes many wonderful invitations to outdoor summer parties, cook outs, dinners and even weekends at your gracious host & hostesses beach homes.  Summer host & hostess gifts deserve a category of their own in my opinion, and depending on the extensively of the host/hostesses invitation, you should tailor your gift accordingly.  An invitation to a beach house overnight versus a dinner would warrant a more substantial hostess gift.

Below are some ideas for your lovely summer hosts & hostesses.  They range in price just as your invitations over the course of the summer will range, and in many cases these items pair beautifully together so you can give a single item or pair a few together for a more robust invitation.

POISE. | Summer hostess gift ideas

 

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PARSONS + One King’s Lane

By now you know I am a big fan of collaborations and brand partnerships.  It is one of many ways to grow awareness and generate interest for brands or talent when two unexpected parties come together to create a product.

In an effort to support a new generation of designers, the team at One King’s Lane engaged students at Parsons The New School for Design {Marc Jacobs’ & Jason Wu’s alma mater BTW} to create a scholarship program supporting future designers.  To launch it, a group of students were given the opportunity to come up with fun, designs for beach towels with a summertime theme.  One King’s Lane actually realized the students’ designs and produced the towels which they are currently selling on-line through Saturday.  The proceeds will go towards a scholarship supporting young designers at Parsons.  The towel designs are pretty fabulous, and while they originally retailed for $65 each they are currently marked down to $29 each.

Here are some of my favorite designs from the collaboration:

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red white & summer bright

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had beautiful weekends.  My weekend ranged from a formal black-tie affair to some wonderful downtime by the seaside.  As a result I am currently inspired by these bold summer brights that go from dressy to a more relaxed casual vibe.

POISE | red white and bright

Row 1 | Rachel Zoe’s fabulous dinner party setting.
Row 2 | Pink & red flowers done right | These red chairs & umbrellas on the beach make for red, white and blue setting perfection.
Row 3 | this is my favorite before dinner summer drink {served over ice} & this flower crown would be beautiful for a bohemian style wedding.
Row 4 | summer stripes can be so effortlessly elegant, I’ve been living in mine this weekend.  Kate Moss looks stunning in her red stripes | I love the cut, collar and length of this red & white Breton top {currently on sale!}

Wishing you a great week ahead,

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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