Category Archives: Cooking and Entertaining

Obsessed with Tea


For my 31st birthday I wanted to take the Mother’s day tea to the next level. There were 3 things about our Mother’s day tea that I didn’t like (as the event planner): the 11am start time, the lack of mimosas and the boas. I wanted to make this tea more of a high tea that would occur after breakfast and would also have more emphasis on the nice garden party attire. I added these elements to my birthday High Tea and was thrilled with the results! Unfortunately, nobody who attended mother’s day tea was able to attend my birthday tea so the only judge is myself.

The Menu:
Mimosas- Grapefruit & Orange Juices; Cava; Brut & Red Moscato
Tea Sandwiches-Cucumber with a mint & dill avocado spread; chicken salad with fresh basil & egg salad with dijon
Scones- Jalapeno & Feta, Orange Spice
Sweets- Assorted cookies and cakes

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The attire:
I didn’t give too much guidance but what I did say was wear a dress that Princess Kate would swoon over, and maybe a hat. I am happy to report that my friends and family came through. Everyone arrived with a tea cup and a classy outfit!

DSC_0279 DSC_0269 DSC_0217 DSC_0194Needless to say, fun was had by all. I couldn’t think of a better way to ring in 31!



Katie’s Babyshower


Well I had a great time hosting Katie’s babyshower this weekend! I am thankful to pinterest (who isn’t?) for the cool ideas I got for decor and games! It is likely one of the last parties we will have here at Waterloo if we are so lucky to have our home purchase go through at the end of April. In retrospect, I wish I would have taken better photos, I am a great host, but I can’t also do great at photographing the event while also pulling it off. Regardless, I think Katie was happy.

My favorite crafty gift idea was the cupcake! Its a onesie, a receiving blanket and a coffee filter, so cute! It provided a nice centerpiece but was also a really fun gift to give.

I also saw a neat idea for coffee filter flowers, they were really fun. I just used coffee filters, kabob skewers, wire and ribbon! These are staying out even after the party.

Plus I hopefully got Katie some name ideas because baby girl doesn’t have one yet! She got some good suggestions. Another fun decor item I found were some tissue paper pompoms. They seem really easy to make on your own out of tissue paper, however, I must confess, I cheated and bought some pre-made pompoms from Michaels, all I had to do was fluff them. I liked the bold addition it made to the ambiance without being a huge pain.

My other fun idea was to put butcher paper and crayons out, while it was a fun idea, not too many people really took the opportunity to color on the table. It was a good shot nonetheless.


My brunch menu was simple: Quiche, muffins, fruit, coffee, tea, lemonade and mimosas. Everything was delicious! Everyone left with a full belly, and Katie, Mom and I each left with a lot of leftovers that have been great this week for breakfast and lunch.

Really, the highlight of the day was Leeya and her cute little tutu! I just can’t believe how amazing this little girl is and how she is growing every day before my eyes. I couldn’t be a happier aunt!

I think this look is a result of imitation, I think she observes a lot of double chins around her (myself included! ha!)…