Disney Dinners: Snow White

A German menu served in an enchanted forest A Snow White-themed dinner party could go so many different ways. Many of my friends lobbied for this Disney Dinner to be a spring party, due to the flowers and woodland creatures. I originally wanted to have it in October because of the poison apple angle but…

Disney Dinners: Aladdin

A Persian-inspired menu served in a Cave of Wonders You ain’t ever had a friend like me! Aladdin is one of my all-time favorite Disney movies but it wasn’t part of the original 12 month Disney Dinners line up because I didn’t have a clue about Middle Eastern cuisine. Aladdin is of course set in…

Disney Dinners: Pirates of the Caribbean

A Caribbean menu served on a 1700s pirate ship Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is my favorite movie of all time. Pirates was already my family’s favorite Disneyland ride so when we heard they were making a movie starring none other than my mom’s and my favorite actor, we were ecstatic….

Disney Dinners: Mulan

Let’s get down to business with an Asian inspired menu! Mulan is my all-time favorite Disney movie. Bold statement, I know. If you haven’t seen it, spoiler alert: Mulan is the best. She goes against everything that’s culturally acceptable in order to save her father and she ends up saving all of China. Mulan’s love interest…

The Best Dinner Party Playlist

I listen to the same playlist most nights when I’m cooking. There’s just something about old time jazz and swing that makes food taste better, at least to me! After a long workday there’s nothing I’d rather do then hum along to a little Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, and the jazzy soundtrack from one of my…

A Mistletoe And Holly Affair 2015

Oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly!” Last night I hosted my annual Christmas cocktail party, which started at 5 pm and ended up going until 1 am. I suppose that’s the sign of a successful cocktail party! Last year I wanted everything to look snowy and shimmery. This year I…

Herb Bouquet: Basil, Rosemary, Change of Heart Rose

I have a newfound love of herb bouquets. My mom picked too much basil for a recipe at the lake house and stuck the extra in a vase. The basil not only looked attractive, it perfumed the whole kitchen! Back at home, I threw together this simple bouquet for a cheerful Summer table.   Bonus…