Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Easy Entertaining with Williams Sonoma

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to teach a class on easy entertaining for Mother’s Day at the Williams Sonoma in Palo Alto.  They had reached out via the event planning company that I work for.  In planning for this class, I knew that I wanted to offer the attendees planning tips that were easy to follow, a menu that allowed for the host to spend as much time as possible with guests and last minute décor ideas that were easy to pull off!
Mothers day download for flower Williams Sonoma
Easy Ideas for Mothers Day Free Mothers Day Flower Printable
I covered the following five tips for easy entertaining:

       Start with menu planning. 
       Will the food be plated, family style or self serve?
       What dishware pieces will be used to serve the food?
       What pieces will your guests use to eat the food?
       What will you use for décor?

It was wonderful to interact with the attendees directly.  In the class, I showed how I pulled together some easy décor touches using grocery store flowers and printable flower wraps that I designed.
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I’m happy to share the Mother's Day flower wrap printable with you HERE (click to open the PDF – print, cut and tape in place!)

I look forward to more events with Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn to come!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Milestones & Reason to Celebrate

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This June will mark five years since Christoph graduated from residency and I had the idea for these Medical School Graduation Invitations.  If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you know that I’ve talked about this before….How I came up with the idea in 2009 but it took me a year and a half to build up the nerve to buy bottles in bulk to try and sell the invitations.

Best decision ever.  In 2012 the idea made it to MSN.com and now I’ve hit a new milestone as a result of these little bottles.  I’ve reached 300 sales in my Etsy shop!   

I’ve always made a point to stop and appreciate these accomplishments.  I had a party when I hit my first 100, at 200 we went out for a fancy dinner and now at 300 (actually 308 as of today!)….I think it might be time for a fancy cocktail or two.

Act on your ideas friends and have a great weekend!