Mexican Fiesta

It's Mexican Fiesta time!  Well...it was.  We have been in party season - first it was Neverland and last weekend it was a Mexican Fiesta.  We are nothing if not varied when it comes to our party themes in this house.  So it was out with the pale and pretty pastels and in with the [...]

April 27th, 2016|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Welcome to Neverland

Another year passes by and kids party season is once again taking over our home.  Pippa this year decided on a Neverland party theme and unlike last year where I completely forgot it was her birthday until a week before, this year I was on top of it - or so I thought.  It never [...]

March 31st, 2016|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Drink of the Summer

There is something to be said for being on holiday with a former bartender (especially when it's your brother and you are happy to be spending time together anyway).  Each year when we come home for the Christmas summer holidays, my brother lets us know what the 'drink of the summer' is going to be.  Last year it [...]

January 11th, 2016|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Christmas style guide: Sweet treats

Christmas is a time to indulge and even though everybody claims to be completely full after Christmas dinner, a couple of hours later you can be sure that someone will be looking for a little treat.  So in this Christmas style guide I am giving you a couple of recipes to satisfy the sweet treat requirements [...]

December 9th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Christmas Style Guide: Make A Wreath

In today's Christmas style guide I show you how to make a wreath to hang above the Christmas table.  Now, let me start by stating the obvious - I am not a florist.  Nor have I ever studied floristry or related subjects. In fact I've never been shown how to make a wreath and my floristry skills (up [...]

December 6th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Christmas Style Guide: Napkins

Here is your essential Christmas style guide for napkins.  Yep, napkins.  You might think that's a very specific place to start with a style guide for Christmas, but why not?  Napkins are always on the Christmas table and rather than the usual tried (...or is that tired?) and tested silver or gold napkin ring, I [...]

December 4th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Create a Delicious Cheese Board

I adore cheese. All types. I don't have a hint of cheese snobbery. I'm just as happy to eat mass produced tasty cheese that my kids favour for their sandwiches as I am to eat a specialist gooey cheese flown in from France. With the exception of cheese that isn't really cheese I will eat [...]

August 15th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Set the Table

Sometimes there is nothing nicer than inviting a friend over for dinner, making something very simple but tasty and sitting on the sofa while eating, chatting and sipping wine.  No makeup, no stylish clothes - nothing fancy and everything low key. Other times it can be nice to go all out with some proper entertaining. [...]

May 10th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Storybook Birthday Party

Another year has flown by and last month was Pippa's 4th birthday.  I am usually reasonably well prepared when it comes to things like kids parties, but this year after a month of overseas guests, I was left flat-footed when my Mum (who was visiting) excitedly mentioned to Pippa that it was her birthday the following week.  I [...]

April 26th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Thanksgiving

Somehow this year, having never celebrated Thanksgiving before, I managed to not only be invited to celebrate the holiday with a lovely group of friends, but also tagged along to a photo shoot that Davina from Paper + White styled for the occasion and took some of my own pics. It was a double dose [...]

November 3rd, 2014|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|