Red tie party: Apps.

We recently hosted a send-off party for our dear friends Kim & Danny who were moving back to our beloved San Francisco. Invite: Paperless Post.

The red choice was inspired by the People’s Republic of China and as it turns out just picking one color can make quite an impact!

I kept the appetizers SUPER simple… strawberries with a little creme fraiche mixed with a little sugar. 

Caprese salad… but I did find cute little toothpicks with a red ball on Shanghai Street that made them a lot more festive!

Sangria is a great red drink. Here is the recipe I used and everyone (but preggers me) loved!

I also served some red pepper crudites with spinach dip… appetizers really don’t have to be that complex! And as you’ll see tomorrow: the entrée was pretty heavy so it was nice to have something fresh and light.

Here we are with the guests of honor.

And here I am with my friend Kim… I miss her already! Although luckily I will get to see her while in San Francisco!

And here the Mr. is manning the bar with some rosé wine, another great red-ish cocktail.

All photos by the very talented Becky Benians.

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6 responses to “Red tie party: Apps.

  1. Love the pictures, Natasha, especially the cute baby bump! What a shame you couldn’t make it to the weddings- but it seem as though you’ve been busy making a lot of people happy over there in Hong Kong.
    I thought of you last week when my husband was in China for 3 days…

    • Debbie, Always good to hear from you! I actually was at Suki’s wedding and am planning on Deirdre’s too… posting pics from before we left for the States! Suki’s was lovely and I’m sure Deirdre’s will be, too! I hope your husband had a nice trip to China!

      • Oh, good! From the few photos posted thus far it looked beautiful, and Deirdre’s, no doubt, will be equally beautiful and sacred.
        My older sister couldn’t be at mine because she was in her 7th month with her first child, and both she and her husband were too new-parenty and thought Jerusalem was too far a journey to make…
        Hope you are enjoying Pippo.
        Yes, he found China fascinating (although Beijing is, of course, ugly, overcrowded, and awfully polluted) and brought lots of Forbidden City photos back on his ipad, plus many beautiful silk items. He also gave us an extensive report on their preoccupation with honor and prestige, and the whole ceremony when receiving business cards (ie they need to be taken with both hands, and the recipient then exclaims, even if he’s never heard of you before, how famous you are, and how your university is “very powerful” etc.). I like those “host chairs” at restaurants.
        Enjoy Massachusetts!

  2. That looks so fun and I LOVE your red look! I always do love the color theme whenever I see something like that on here. 🙂

  3. The creme fraiche strawberry dip was decadent – I didn’t leave that corner of the table for at least 20 minutes. And the sangria wasn’t too shabby either 😉 Another legendary event at Chez Lawler.

  4. In typical Natasha fashion, not a detail was overlooked at the Red Tie Party. Everything was stunning and so much fun. Another fabulous ‘Capital N’ event and we were very lucky to be the guests of honor!

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