hostessing in our little home

this week the home has been filled with chocolate, fresh flowers, and sweet visitors.  actually — i think most of the time i have plenty of chocolate, fresh flowers, and sweet visitors — but we stepped it up a notch and made it feel official with two little, intimate gatherings.  i had so much joy at both little events, while small and intimate — it was just perfect.  here are a few snapshots – mostly before or after the events so i could put the camera down and enjoy food, drinks, and conversation…i am posting the menus from the dessert & cocktails night and the saturday morning brunch so i can refer back and do it again.  being 35 weeks pregnant and still doing a lot of photoshoots, there was no way i could (would) make everything, so i cheated and bought a few key desserts at an amazing local bakery & had a friend partner on the brunch – but alllll worth it!

dessert & drinks menu:  chocolate flourless cake (local bakery), fresh berries & homemade whipped cream, dark chocolate brownies with dark chocolate reeses peanut butter cups chopped up inside, tiramisu (local bakery), fresh berry dessert from the best cookbook ever: Super Natural Every Day, and a few other little random yummies.  wine, sparkling juices, & cocktails with frozen raspberries.

little party favors were super simple & hopefully useful, just mason jars with fresh mintfriday — no hostessing, no plans.  we just enjoyed a quiet home & a dip in the pool.saturday — swapped out the hanging tea lights for hanging fresh flowers, added a few more chairs & ready to go…

saturday morning brunch:   baked oatmeal made with peaches, strawberries & bananas (variation from SuperNaturalEveryDay), fresh fruit, mango tart (local bakery), vegetarian frittata (brought by friend), chicken sausage egg dish (brought by friend).  i had 3/4 of the tiramisu cake left over from thursday – so we put it in little jars, topped with fresh flowers and fresh raspberries and wa-la! instant fancy dessert.  drinks: coffee, several different juices & sparking drinks, lemon/strawberry water, and mango mimosas.  

and all the left-overs are still perfect.


kristen gough - July 22, 2012 - 11:40 am

so, so lovely, stacy! one of my favorite recent posts from you… love seeing your hospitality and at-home style. such sweet and special gatherings. what a blessing to your heart, i’m sure (as well as to your dear friends’ hearts!) to use your new home in this way! thinking of you as you near the end of your pregnancy! xo

Nicole - July 22, 2012 - 4:57 pm

I’m still so bummed I missed it but it looked amazing! You are such a wonderful spirit … and don’t think I missed the plates! I’m so glad you like them! I hope I get to see you sooner rather than later. XO

Bonnie Rush - July 22, 2012 - 7:15 pm

Such lovely pictures. Looks like a great summer so far :)

gwen - July 22, 2012 - 9:12 pm

you are a hostess like no other! miss you

Emily - July 28, 2012 - 7:12 am

love your hosting, your home, and the people who fill it.

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