We're fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the world here in New York City, but one of the things I daydream about on the regular? ...being able to throw a dinner party. I realize this sounds silly, but we don't have a kitchen table let alone a dining room table, and the biggest quantity of guests we've had to dinner is, ah, one. I still remember a particular night when a friend was over. She used our step-stool as an extra surface area to help prep the artichoke lasagna we later ate on our coffee table. It's absurd, but let's be honest, I consider any cooking attempt a success these days as long as I remember to remove everything I store in the oven before I preheat.
The main inspiration for such daydreams has to be my mother. She has always created the most beautiful place settings for as long as I can remember, especially on holidays and other special occasions. Even on not-so-special occasions, she'll throw together a basket of pinecones, light some tall candlesticks, and pull out napkin rings, adding her own magical flair to the meal. And regardless of the kind of day, she always uses cloth napkins. Will I ever be someone that uses cloth napkins? I tell myself I'll attempt this habit once we have a nearby washing machine.
Another source of inspiration? Weddings. I love seeing the arrangements and decor! I designed these menus (and calligraphed place cards pictured below) using turquoise watercolor for a wedding this past spring and I wanted to share the dreamy photos by M2 Photography of how they were displayed. I promise you'll be inspired to throw a fancy dinner, too!
Don't you love the pop of turquoise? Also, are these not the most gorgeous pictures?! You can see a full feature of this adorable couple and their gorgeous Philadelphia wedding on Wedding Chicks, by the way! Off to daydream s'more.