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Venice, CA

Moroccan Engagement Party Pt. 3

Happy Friday!  Here are the last few pictures from the engagement party!  For this post, I wanted to focus on and talk about the FOOD!  I hired my dear friend Alex Thomopoulos who is also the head chef at my favorite restaurant in Venice; Great White.  Her food is classic comfort food with a gourmet twist – it’s healthy, fresh and colorful – and DELICIOUS DUH!  I told her that I wanted the menu to be family/buffet style, California meets Moroccan dishes – with grilled chicken and vegetable skewers, a Tabbouli salad, cucumber feta watermelon salad, a gorgeous meat and cheese spread, tons of fresh crudite, hummus and tzatziki.  She went above and beyond and to this day – friends and family are still talking about the food.  The salmon was one of my favorite dishes along with the gluten free citrus cornbread cake!  Enjoy your weekend! SaveSave SaveSave
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Venice, CA

Moroccan Engagement Party Pt. 2

There were just so many special moments from my sister’s engagement party it was hard to narrow all of them down!  To fit with the Moroccan vibe… we set up a beautiful tea station with fresh mint, citrus, and 4 different kinds of tea.  The tables were adorned with vibrant flower arrangements and citrus to give it that bohemian, backyard feel.  I used this bar cart from Serena and Lily to set up a cocktail station with tons of fresh juice and handmade floral ice cubes. The floral ice cube idea was my event planner’s and really made a huge impact!  They elevated the cocktail station to a whole new level!  We picked up colorful macarons and stacked them on cake stands and filled bowls with even more citrus to draw attention to that corner of the yard.  Everywhere you looked – there were bits of color!  Layered rugs, tea lights, lanterns, and candles made the event feel intimate and welcoming – and guests lingered well after the party was set to end which you know is always a good sign! SaveSave
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Venice, CA

Moroccan Engagement Party Pt. 1

Happy Monday!  I am SO excited to finally share photos from the Moroccan themed engagement party I threw for my little sister.  I had a blast dreaming up this day and love the way it all came together.  It was bohemian, casual, elegant and relaxed set in my backyard in Venice, California.  We had about 50 friends and family come to celebrate the special occasion on a beautiful spring afternoon.  My sister loves the color yellow so I picked up linen napkins from Hudson Grace beforehand.  Madeline Weinrib – one of my absolute favorite furniture designers sent over a set of her to-die-for black and white dishes, and I sourced these lanterns from World Market.  The chairs and rugs were rented with the help of my event planner Layne Kula – who also did the flowers.  She is truly talented and a jack of all trades!  My dear friend Jessica photographed the entire day – and I’m looking forward to sharing Pt. 2 and 3 of the party with loads more pictures throughout the week.  To see the full spread – head to Style Me Pretty where I share ALL of the details about this special day!!! SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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Venice, CA

A Galentine's Day Themed Birthday Bash

I had so much fun throwing my best friend from college a Galentine’s Day Party for her 30th birthday last weekend!  She had been talking about renting out a space, or doing a huge dinner with a prix fixed menu but nothing sounded better than a girlie party in the comfort of my home.  I truly love entertaining and have gotten it down to a bit of a science after all of the parties I’ve hosted this year!  I laid out a variety of roses in white and blush tones in my kitchen and bar area, and placed sweet treats and berries in small bowls and on cake plates.  Guests each had their own mini Moet bottles waiting for them as well as a bounty of other drinks to choose from!   When it comes to entertaining, my top 5 tips for hosting a great event are; 1. Candles make a huge difference! Light a few candles inside and out to really set the tone 2. Convert your light switches into dimmers (a Task Rabbit or hanydman can easily do this for you!) Dimming the lights creates such a nice ambiance 3. Have a mix of bite size salty apps and sweet treats (my faves are: chips + guac, carrots + hummus, popcorn, mini cupcakes, spiced nuts and chocolate covered pretzels) 4. Always have extra chilled champagne in the fridge!!! You never want to run out of booze  5. Have a good playlist running in the background that fits the crowd/vibe – you can never go wrong with anything from Odesza, Tep No, or Arizona.  You can search my party playlists under my name on Spotify!  I couldn’t resist letting Charlie in on the fun and he was a huge hit as always ;)  He was pretty much a vacuum the whole night eating everyone’s scraps hehe!  I wore this off the shoulder Saylor dress that also comes in this beautiful floral pattern (perfect for spring which is right around the corner.)  My dress is currently 40% off and would look gorg with a leather jacket thrown over it! SaveSave
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