Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dinner at Public-NYC.

I had the pleasure of putting together a work dinner at Public NYC, a very cool new-ish restaurant styled after a public library.

The interiors even featured an old-fashioned card catalog and an old-school clock. We tied the placecards and invites into the library theme.

I was really happy with the flowers I ordered from Fleurs Bella.

I tied all the favors with orange and yellow ribbons… adds a nice touch of color to a table.

The favors were minted journals.

The journals were ERay’s Library notebooks.

It was such a fun night… the food was great and the space was so pretty on its own, you really didn’t need to do much to host a party there!

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Fiesta cacti decorations.

We threw a fun party at NSS for our designers and would-be designers. I was tasked with taking care of the floral decor.

What fits in better with a fiesta than catci?! So I headed to Plantwerks NY.

For the middle of manhattan, they had an impressive cactus selection. I was so pleased to find so many pretty flowering catci.

Here are the ones I picked out for our centerpieces.

But the brown, plastic containers were less than appealing, so I headed to M&J Trimming to get some ribbon to wrap them up in.

This store is my HEAVEN!

Although it is not as inexpensive as Sham Shui Po, which I’ve blogged about before in HK, it’s a relief to know this depth of selection is available State-side.

They had just what I was looking for… plus a whole lot more!

Silk ribbon!!!! In every color and width. Sigh.

Then it was just a matter of attaching the ribbon to the pots; thank you hot glue gun.

I would really like to know what the hotels cleaning staff thought I was up to?!

I was really pleased with the end result… and a few local designers took home a nice collection of cacti! I was so happy they didn’t end up in the trash… I did sort of bond with them carting them all over Manhattan.

I also hot glued ribbon around simple vases that I put gerber daisies into. I found the flowers and vases for cheap negotiating in Chinatown… putting my HK skills to use!

The party looked as good as one can hope for a convention centre room!

And the margaritas helped liven things up, too!

You really can never underestimate the visual impact of one flower grouped in simple vases!

It was so great to see and also meet the designers; they’re really the highlight of working for Minted!

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Bachelorette box.

Sadly, one of the worst things about living abroad is not being able to make it back to the States for everything you would really like to go to…

… and being pregnant doesn’t help things… so I was very sorry to miss my dear friend Jen’s bachelorette.

It doesn’t help that her wedding happens to be on the same day as my sis-in-law, so I won’t be able to make that either… so sad! So I did want to send over a little something to make the night more fun!

For the bride, there was a white feather mask, boa, veil, heart wand, gloves and pearls.

And for the rest of the ladies masks, boas, and wands in a rainbow of colors.

The lanes in Central were the perfect place to go to pick up all this! ‘Made in Chin’ really has does have its advantages.

I’m a fan of the fake, overly-saturated colors, I have to say.

Added a card and packed it all up with a simple, but fun sign.

I also had Annie’s Custom Cookies send over some cookies for snacking in their limo out on the town in NYC.

Didn’t they turn out so super cute?!

And here are some fun shots of the gals dressed up.

Looks like they’re having fun!

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Al fresco dinner for two.


We are on a crazy month-long trip back to the States. Our itinerary is: HKG–>NYC (National Stationery Show)–>BOS (Sis-in-law No. 1 gets married)–>SFO (Minted. Mom graduates. Baby shower.)–>NYC (Minted.) –>BOS (Sis-in-law No. 2 gets married) –>HKG.

What do I miss when traveling like crazy? Feeling not tired. Clean laundry. My bed. And cooking dinner for just the two of us.

So I made a point to make a nice dinner for us right before we took off… the crazy thing is you’re so busy seeing family, friends and working on trips back that we see very little of one another. I made a yummy fennel, feta and pomegranate salad from Ottolenghi and halibut poached for 1.5 hours in olive oil, with capers and lemons. Poaching halibut is an interesting technique, but it works really well. I would just make sure to try to find as thick of filets as possible so it’s not too oily. I’m still dreaming about both of these dishes and of our special little night at home!

I took a potted orchid out to the porch and gussied things up with a few candles and fresh napkins and even though it was just any other Tuesday, it felt really special.

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Red tie party: Dessert table.

Of course we did have to have dessert at the red party. The guests of honor love my chocolate Guinness cupcakes so I did those, minus the filling which I reserve for St. Paddy’s day. I really can’t say enough about how much I love this cupcake recipe. And check out this helpful tool for dispensing batter…

I got some boxes for people to take cupcakes home as favors and then I had fun stamping them to tie in with the red theme.

I used a woodblock stamp I got on Shanghai Street and also a cool kitchen stamp from Yellow Owl Workshop given to me by my friend Tammy.

I thought they were fun and personalized!

The stamp set would make an awesome gift for any foodie in your life!

Because it was also a good-bye party (tear!), I had a cool book of iPhone photos of Hong Kong for people to write personalized messages in, in lieu of a guest book.

People had fun writing little notes and I think it made for a great keepsake for Kim & Danny.

And a last shot of some of the main crew all together!

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