My dear friend and bridesmaid Amie is expecting her first child in October, a baby girl, and I can't wait to greet her! Amie has always loved ladybugs and the color red, so it was a no-brainer as a theme to surprise her with some gifts and decor at our upcoming dinner. I designed custom place cards, thank you notes and a banner with a hand-painted ladybug in red goache and black ink. I found ladybug sleepers, a ladybug Skip Hop lunch bag (great for bottles too), and red and white polka dot tissue wrapping, napkins, and ribbon to pull it all together. Our friend Christine found ladybug stickers and stirrers as the final touch. This little girl is going to be one lucky lady!
My husband Brian and I had the pleasure of hosting my aunt and uncle and a few friends for Easter brunch following church last Sunday. Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I find great joy in bringing loved ones around the table to share in the holiday celebration. I have fond memories from childhood of spending Easter with extended family at my grandparent's home in Louisville, Kentucky. The South would be in full bloom by then, and when we had grown out of our Easter bonnets and egg hunts, my grandfather would always give the ladies a fresh flower corsage. Thus the fresh bright orchids with matching LAURA ANN Orchid Collection illustrated place cards, along with colorful Easter eggs, brought a touch of home to our NYC table. The plastic eggs in each fruit bowl contained a Cadbury egg for dessert. The jelly beans added a pop of color, and dessert before breakfast if desired! We each drew two jelly bean filled eggs from the glass bowl at the end of brunch to select a lucky winner for the Whitman's chocolate centerpiece. Murphy's Law that our winner was the only non-chocolate eater, but he shared!