Monthly Archives: April 2011

White party.

Last weekend my next door neighbor Fe and I co-hosted a White Rooftop Party to usher in warm weather here in Hong Kong–summer really does come early here! We kept the flowers simple (white hydrangeas) and did lots of candles, lanterns, and torches. Above you can see the Peak Tower in the background.

Our inspiration was a rooftop lounge here in Hong Kong called Sevva–we copied their high, round bar tables along the view. We got white runner by the yard at Ikea and simply cut it to fit.


In the corner was Fe and Hector’s friend Ken who DJed… amazing tunes.


If you haven’t ever co-hosted a party with a (competent) friend, I highly recommend it! It was so nice to split the work, the budget and the fun with Fe! Instead of party planning being a mostly solitary activity, it was so social! We found that it was cheaper to buy torches and lamps at Ikea than it was to rent them so we did that. The only hang-up was that the plugs on the roof are totally out-of-date and we had to buy special adaptors for the bizarre three round prong outlets. Thank heavens we got the most perfect, warm, clear night so the view was outstanding!

In addition to the usual punch, wine, a Kilkenny key (for its white head), and White Russians, we also served coconuts. It was so nice to actually have something exciting to offer non-drinkers.

We kept the food light and summery and as white as possible… delicious burrata from Stable Trading Co., crudites, quiches, and crabcakes.

Our neighbors are French so naturally they put together an incredible cheeseboard and we also served two types of Pate Negra, as well as baguettes from Joel Robuchon.


Of course, I couldn’t help but make cupcakes (Magnolia’s vanilla cupcakes) with cream cheese frosting. Fe made delicious dragon fruit tarts (at left). I also made white chocolate bark for favors.

I also made cake batter birthday bark favors (at left). I found the recipe here on Birthday Girl. It was super easy and super delicious — just make sure to use high quality chocolate.

The best part was that everyone dressed the part!

Fe, my brilliant co-host is at left, and her adorable son Tejas is below. Don’t worry… he didn’t stay up for the whole fete!





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Eggcellent Easter entertaining ideas.

(Surprise Easter Eggs from Not Martha.)

Yesterday I did a fun Easter post on the Minted blog with party decoration ideas and newly launched Easter cards. Free free to head over and check it out.

(Paint Chip Garland by Modern Parents Messy Kids)
Painted Eggs by 2bird2Stone

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SAR of Mind.

My friend Monique forwarded me this video… it’s a little cheesy, but it really captures what Hong Kong looks and feels like. Warning: this song will get stuck in your head!

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Toast & Laurel writing paper.


My best friend Tammy and I started a new thing in our friendship in the New Year… instead of emailing and struggling to find the best time to talk with the 14-hour time difference, we’ve been writing letters and it’s been so wonderful. Not only does it force you to be reflective, but it also provides a record (one that won’t get lost in the thousands of emails you get each week) of not just what you’ve been up to, but also what you’re both grappling with and enjoying in life. In short, you can’t keep the small talk going after a page!

As my sister-in-law Deirdre, also a big letter writer, has lamented to me, there is very little great writing paper sold anymore. If people find the time to dash off a three sentence card that is considered an accomplishment so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised! I spotted some pretty writing paper among Minted designer Toast & Laurel‘s custom work.

How great is this Ben Franklin quote? And wasn’t Megan clever to shoot the stationery inside a dictionary? I would love to have some of her writing paper on hand!

I love seeing a letter from Tammy in my mailbox and am quite excited to sit down and reply to her. The two-week mail time is a bit frustrating at times, but mostly serves to force you to write about things that aren’t so fleeting. But the best news ever is that she is coming to visit next week! Can’t wait.

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Post-party-partum.

Image from the super sweet and inspiring Two Ellie. On Saturday my next door neighbor and I threw a Rooftop White Party–pictures to come. It was so fun to do all the planning with her and everything went off without a hitch. The weather was especially kinds to us and we reveled into the wee hours of the morning! But as always happens the day after the party, once everything is cleaned and back in its place… I got the inevitable post-party-partum depression so this quote helped pick-me back up.

The Mr. has realized that this is a serious phenomenon so normally plans something to get me out of the house and otherwise distracted the day after a big party, but yesterday he was off to Seoul so I had to work through it alone. Luckily, I do have our bake sale for Japan next weekend! I suppose it’s the same way with completing any big project… only after a big deal you go out to drinks and a fun dinner, but what do you do after a party? The only cure I’ve found so far is to already have the idea for the next party in my head so I can work on that for a bit. Does anyone else experience this or are these just the confessions of a party planning addict?

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