Category Archives: Domesticities

Madeline birthday party.

My friend Tarlan threw the most ridiculous Madeline-themed eighth birthday for her daughter Zahra. Isn’t that one of the best book series of all time?

The capes and hats were to die for! (Sidenote: How perfect are the colors with my HKH logo!)

It was fun to hear about all the preparations and the pictures are just too cute.

Tarlan’s mother was in town and she sewed all the capes and hot-glued all the ribbons onto the hats.

Every girl got her own suitcase to decorate.

And their own easel to paint on!

Oh and there was even a nun to keep the girls in two straight lines and lead them through their exercises.
A cute fondant cake topper… don’t you think that’s the way to do it? Tasty buttercream frosting and then a fondant topper for decoration.
Here Zahra is making a wish!
Tarlan canvassed the internet and every dollar store in Hong Kong for all the perfect Madeline details.
Clearly, a lot of hard work and thought went into the day, but I don’t think it could have been more perfect!
Oh and of course I have to show you the invites… ready to be handed out. Love the idea of having your daughter write all the names in.
That’s one lucky girl!
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Couleur Nature tablecloths.

Some girls buy handbags; I buy tablecloths. I truly believe you can never have too many table linens. They are the perfect way to commemorate the passing of the seasons… pumpkins and squirrels are perfect choices for Fall.

You can also use table linens to commemorate past trips or occasions. In fact they are my souvenir of choice, like for example I have a beautiful turquoise, silk, elephant-covered tablecloth from Cambodia and natural plaid linen placemats from the South of France.

This lemon tree tablecloth reminds me of my wedding — lemons were a major motif. And of my honeymoon in lemon-covered Capri. The olive trees on this one are also reminiscent of Italy. Anyways, I came across, Couleur Nature (where all these images are from) recently and thought they had some beautiful designs. Check out their site for more pretty tabletops.

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Mandarin cake shop.

Sometimes I really do marvel at Hong Kong. I think the city really has some of the finest offerings, the world over. Like when it comes to pastries. The only folks who can compete with the Mandarin Cake Shop are probably the French. We were given this box of treats when Francis was born… and although I will always take flowers, I relished having one of these masterpieces for a little pick-me-up every afternoon. They also deliver… you can download their order forms here.

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Great gift: Wedding invitation platters.

For several of our weddings this past summer, I had platters painted replicating the couple’s wedding invites for our wedding gifts.

I love how this makes your wedding invitation a permanent part of the newlywed’s home and entertaining. And you know I LOVE wedding invitations, and all three of these are also from Minted. My dear friend Jen from college went with a simply elegant design called Just My Type by Ann Gardner for Minted.

My friend Tammy was given an invite platter for a wedding gift, which I saw at her shower and thought was awesome!

She referred me to Alesia at To Your Art’s Content. I think she did an awesome job! Alesia’s Etsy shop can be found here.

Alesia did a lot of fun touches like the pink edging on this platter for my lovely sister-in-law Deirdre and her new husband John.

Deirdre’s wedding invitation is called Kristin by Splendid Press for Minted.

For my sister-in-law Suzanne, we went with a square platter for her Azaria wedding invitation by Dauphine Press for Minted.

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Baby on the way…

I won’t be posting for a little while… We are off to Hotel Matilda, hoping to be wheeling a baby home with us!

Wish us luck!!!

P.S. Isn’t this watermelon baby carriage perfect for a baby shower? I love the orange and kiwi wheels. So clever. All credit to Kate Phipps.

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