Christmas on the Farm…

Farm to Stable Ivory Paper Luncheon Napkins from Caspari

Farm to Stable Ivory Paper Cocktail Napkins from Caspari

Decorating the Farm for the holidays fills me with joy and gratitude.  Our property is blessed with holly bursting with red berries, hundreds of boxwood bushes and tall pine trees.  I use them all to ‘deck’ both the inside and outside of our house.  There’s nothing prettier than fresh greens – and for us, it’s wonderfully economical to cut our own.

IMG_1706 2I spent the weekend filling window boxes and hanging wreaths.

And today –  now that my tree is finally trimmed, and garlands are sufficiently swirled….

I thought I’d share a few of my upcoming holiday plans with you…

Next week,  I’ve invited neighbors, family and friends to my annual Caroling Party.

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Winter Song Fill-In Invitations from Caspari

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Winter Song Party Table At Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

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Winter Song Paper Guest Towels from Caspari

It’s always a sweet party

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Monsieur Caspari plays carols on the piano – we sip champagne and nibble on homemade cookies — singing from songbooks long ago created by my grandmother for her own parties.  My favorite song?  ‘The Holly and The Ivy’.

As our guests float out the door – humming their favorite tunes ,  I’ll hand out Christmas crackers for them to enjoy in their own homes this season.  I can’t seem to collect enough of them at Caspari.  Our children — no matter how old they get – love wearing the little paper hats and sharing the enclosed jokes and toys – all found inside each cracker.

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Winter Song 12 Inch Christmas Crackers from Caspari

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Musica 10 Inch Christmas Crackers from Caspari

Here are a just a few more of the many darling Caspari crackers available this season.

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Garland Trellis 12 Inch Christmas Crackers from Caspari

Lynn Haney Santa 12 Inch Christmas Crackers from Caspari

Lynn Haney Santa 12 Inch Christmas Crackers from Caspari

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Imperial Ornaments 12 Inch Christmas Crackers from Caspari

On to Christmas Eve  – our family night.

Holly Linen Gold Paper Luncheon Napkins from Caspari

Holly Linen Gold Paper Luncheon Napkins from Caspari

The Christmas Eve table Caspari created for their Charlottesville Shop was a show stopper.

Christmas Eve Table from Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Christmas Eve Table At Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

The china and serving dishes,  flown in from Au Bain Marie Paris —-featuring pheasants, stag’s heads, ducks and acorns—are so festive.   So of course, I had to have them — and will cart them up to our ski house in Wintergreen to enjoy after Christmas.

Au Bain Marie PAris Serving Dish Available at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

‘Au Bain Marie Paris’  Serving Dish Available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Can you see how the Caspari ladies used rolls of wrapping paper to line their table?  Brilliant!  What a perfect way to add a pop of holiday pattern without investing in costly linens.

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Christmas Eve Table At Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Royal Plaid Foil Continuous Wrap Roll from Caspari

Royal Plaid Foil Continuous Wrap Roll from Caspari

I already know how I’ll set the Christmas Day Brunch table.  With  ‘Farm to Stable’, of course!

Farm to Stable Green Cocktail Napkins from Caspari

Farm to Stable Green Paper Luncheon Napkins from Caspari

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Farm to Stable Party Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Did you spy the wrapping paper ‘table runner’ again?

Farm to Stable Continuous Wrap Roll from Caspari

Farm to Stable Continuous Wrap Roll from Caspari

Farm to Stable Party Table at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Farm to Stable Party Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

And I think the Vista Alegre lettuce plates really add the perfect touch to this cozy table – so I bought a few of them too — my early Christmas gift to our kitchen!!!

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‘Vista Alegre’ Plates and Serving Pieces Available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Belgian Linen Party Favor Bags from Caspari

Belgian Linen Party Favor Bags from Caspari

With a bit more shopping, and lot more cooking, I think I’m holiday ready.  Hope you are, too!

 A very Merry Christmas to you from our Farm!!!IMG_1700xx, Coco

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Autumn Jewels

Jeweled Autumn Ivory Paper Guest Towels

Jeweled Autumn Ivory Paper Guest Towels from Caspari

When the Autumn weather turns the leaves to flame…

One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.

Mother Nature’s coral splendor only lasts so long ——– why not embrace it?

Wrap yourself in something very cozy…

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Balbianello Lightweight Persimmon Cape in 100% Cashmere.  Available Online or in Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Fashion sprays of coppery leaves on your porch….

Pile the pumpkins high…

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And head straight to Caspari for a little Fall fabulousness.

Autumn Jewels Table at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Jeweled Autumn Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

From October thru Thanksgiving, can you imagine a cheerier pattern for your table?

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Jeweled Autumn Ivory Paper Salad/Dessert Plates From Caspari

You’ll also find all the fixings for the perfect tailgate.

Tailgaters Vignette at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mix Available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Orange Rive Gauche Paper Luncheon Napkins from Caspari

Charming napkins with leaves of grape…

Chelsea Paper Cocktail Napkins from Caspari

Wine Tasters Vignette at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

The ideal Pumpkin Plates…

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Pumpkin Patch Paper Salad/Dessert Plates from Caspari

Pumpkin Patch Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

And Cats with Hats waiting to celebrate…

Licorice Paper Luncheon Napkins From Caspari

Halloween Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

I can’t resist adding a little seasonal cocktail to inspire you.  Anyone for a Pumpkin Martini?

I think I’ll sip these while passing out candy on October 31st!

1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla (optional to give it kick)
1 oz. Pumpkin Spice liqueur (such as Hiram Walker)
1/2 oz. Kahlua
1/2 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. half-and-half
Crushed graham crackers
Cinnamon stick (garnish)
Directions:  Add all liquids in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into large martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers.

 

Until we meet again…

xx,  Coco

 

Summer of Lulu

Green Lulu's Leaf Paper Cocktail Napkin from Caspari

Green Lulu’s Leaf Paper Cocktail Napkin from Caspari

Question:   Do you know Lulu DK?

Answer:  If not, you just may have been napping beneath a rock for the last few years…

Lovely Lulu deKwiatkowski’s splashy, cheerful prints can be found world-wide on everything from luxury bedding to t-shirts.

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Lulu deKwiatkowski, founder of textile company, Lulu DK

Collage of Paintings by Lulu DK

Collage of Paintings by Lulu DK

 Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop can hardly keep Lulu’s glittering, removable tattoos in stock.

LULU DK tattoos available at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Lulu DK tattoos available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

So it seemed perfectly natural for Caspari to team with this textile dynamo —  featuring             Lulu DK’s designs on a colorful array of their Summer 2015 paper products.

Coral Lulu's Rainbow Thank You Notes from Caspari

Coral Lulu’s Rainbow Thank You Notes from Caspari

Aqua Lulu’s Rainbow Gift Wrap Roll from Caspari

As I contemplate my next Summer Soiree – a dinner party I’m planning in honor of                    my college roommate’s recently engaged daughter, Sara.

…I’m reminded of the chic Lulu table I saw last week at the Caspari Shop.

Blue Lulu Tablescape at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Blue Lulu’s Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

I couldn’t help but admire the playful mix of burlap, aqua bottles and light strings.                Young, fun and perfect for an warm outdoor evening with old friends.

Blue Lulu Table at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Blue Lulu’s Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

I’ll pick up a few packs of ‘Dew Drops’ light strings to add a whimsical glow to the table.         ‘Dew Drops’ have become an all-season staple on Caspari’s gorgeous tablescapes.

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'Dew Drops' Light Strings Available at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

‘Dew Drops’ Light Strings Available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

… along with Lulu’s azure-hued invitations, napkins and gift bags.

Blue Lulu’s Rainbow Fill-In Invitations from Caspari

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Blue Lulu’s Leaf Paper Luncheon Napkins from Caspari

Small Blue Lulu's Gift Bag from Caspari

Small Blue Lulu’s Rainbow Gift Bag from Caspari

I won’t be able to resist adding cobalt acrylic tumblers for another pop of color on my table.  Made exclusively by Caspari, these are so reasonably priced – and ideal for wine or water.

Cobalt Acrylic Tumbler from Caspari

Cobalt Acrylic Tumbler from Caspari

On to a signature cocktail…. To welcome our guests, I’ll pass trays of pretty drinks.                      And why not call them BLUE LULU’S!!

Here is my recipe…

BLUE LULU’S

1 oz Bombay Sapphire
1 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz blue curaçao
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 dash of absinthe
Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 More than Two BLUE LULU’s  may be just a bit too, too…                                                                         But, of course—I’ll leave that up to you.

xx, Coco

A Mother Dashes to Italy – Caspari Style…

Question:  How can a self-anointed ‘clothes horse’  pack for a rapid fire week in Italy with her darling daughter —- carrying simply una valigia perfetta (one perfect suitcase) ?

Answer:  Well, miei cari….  It won’t be semplice.

 Monsieur C.  just surprised me with a Mother’s Day excursion to Venice and Florence….and this most BELLA Tuscan dream of a travel bag.  With seven days and multiple air, train and boat connections,  I’m absolutely determined to travel light — so this bag is IT.

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Almare Toscona Travel Bag Available at the Caspari Shop in Charlottesville

As you might imagine,  now is where the relentless packing discipline begins.  For our first two nights in Venice……

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The Amari Hotel in Venice

…I’ll pack clothes and carefree, glam accessories in an Aqua color palate – ideal for complimenting the azure canal waters at each and every turn.

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Then, we’re on to the sublime Villa Cora – just outside of Florence.

The Villa Cora

 

The Villa Cora

The Villa Cora

The colors one chooses to wear in Florence are more subtle…

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Florence Skyline

…So, I’ll tuck these into my bag.

Old friends from UVA, now living la dolce vita in Tuscany,  will meet us in Florence for cocktails at one of my favorite spots.

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The Four Seasons Firenze

As it’s always nice to bring a bit of home to your Expat pals, I think I’ll have just enough space in my snug little bag for one ‘Locally Grown’  souvenir from  Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop.

Locally Grown Cocktail Napkin from Caspari

Locally Grown Paper Cocktail Napkin from Caspari

Arreverderci!!

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Pearl Monkey Business Cocktail Napkin from Caspari

Question: What Happens when you place a Caspari Napkin into the hands of Charlottesville’s Most Talented Floral Phenoms?

Answer:  Absolute Magic!

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Caspari’s Peonies as Interpreted by Blue Ridge Floral Design

Last week, Caspari was delighted to host Floralscapes 2015,  a benefit for The Charlottesville Garden Club.

White Peony Blank Invitation from Caspari

In preparation, the Ladies of Caspari readied festive party tables and then presented each generous floral designer with a compatible napkin to inspire their flowers.  The results drew jubilant crowds – enchanted by a long awaited glimpse of Spring.

Tourterelle’s elegant green and white Magnolia Leaf table took center stage.

Caspari’s Bronze Garden Images as Interpreted by Tourterelle Floral Design.

Can you spy the fresh roses and orchids floating above this whimsical table?

Caspari’s Pearl Monkey Business as Interpreted by Floral Images Design Studio

It took more than ten hours of labor to lavish this show stopping confection with sugared flowers and soft water colored delphiniums.  Just unbelievable, don’t you agree?  I’ve mentally reserved this cake for my daughter’s far in the future wedding….

Caspari's Delphiniums as Interpreted by Paradox Pasteries

Caspari’s Delphiniums as Interpreted by Paradox Pastry

Chinoiserie and Golden Eggs?   Magnifique!

Caspari's Coral Silk Road Toile as Interpreted by Woodmont Designs

Caspari’s Coral Silk Road Toile as Interpreted by Woodmont Designs

 I love how the designer tucked seashells into his flowers.  Can’t you picture this arrangement at a seaside soiree?  Just divine.

Caspari’s Curiosity of The Sea as Interpreted by Couture Design Events

Is Blue and White ever out of style!  I think not.

Caspari’s Blue and White as Interpreted by The Rivanna Garden Club

Ditto – Pink and Green!

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Caspari’s Mystical Magnolia as Interpreted by Beehive Events.

Blooming Clematis on our kitchen table reminded us that Summer is just around the corner!

Caspari’s Garden Trellis  and Orangerie as Interpreted by Hedge Fine Blooms

Floralscapes 2015 was a joy to behold!   Thank you to all the fantastic designers who participated: Beehive Events, Blue Ridge Floral Design, Couture Design Events, Floral Images Design Studio, Flowers by Natalie, Hedge Fine Blooms, Paradox Pastry, Rivanna Garden Club, Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs Tourterelle Floral Design and Woodmont Designs.

Until we meet again…

xx,

Coco

The Bed Day…

Howling winds, plummeting temps and six inches of snow outside my window!!  I can’t possibly escape the farm this icy morning…

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Not to worry, I’ve crawled back under the covers, allowing myself the supreme luxury of what my grandmother lovingly referred to as her “Bed Day”.

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Bed days provide such favorable circumstances to catch up on one’s party planning.

Moss Lattice Fill In Invitation from Caspari

I’m looking forward to hosting my Garden Club for lunch in early March, and Garden Images, swirling with creamy magnolias and violet butterflies, will certainly captivate a group of ladies longing for their flowers to bloom.

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Bronze Garden Images Paper Dinner Napkin

Leaf Die Cut Placemat from Caspari

A few days later, I’m throwing a little party in celebration of our wedding anniversary.

Blue  and  White Plate Die Cut Place Card From Caspari

 My Monsieur Caspari adores blue –  so I’m considering two fabulous new Caspari patterns – Blue and White  and Blue Silk Road Toile – to liven up the evening.   Both patterns mix so beautifully with our wedding china.  Hmmm?  I may have to have them both.

Blue and White from Caspari

 I don’t think you can ever have enough of these stunning placemats.  Sturdy and easy to care for,  I honestly could use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Blue and White Die Cut Placemats from Caspari

Oh, but wait till you spy the exquisite Pagoda Die-Cut Placemats…

Pagoda Die Cut Placemat from Caspari

 …which mix so elegantly with the Blue Silk Road Toile napkins and plates!

Pagoda Die Cut Placemat and Blue Silk Road from Caspari

Blue Silk Road Dinner Napkin from Caspari

Blue Silk Road Dinner Napkin from Caspari

Party planning can be exhausting.  Thankfully I’m all tucked in for the day.

Tomorrow,  I’ll slip on my toasty Cashmere Cape, and ask Monsieur to build a fire.

Ecru Cashmere Cape Available at their Charlottesville Shop

Until then – do stay warm.

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xx, Coco

Holiday Survival Guide…Caspari Style

 

READY, SET, GOOOOOO…..

Red Zebras Paper Cocktail Napkin from Casapri

Red Zebras Paper Cocktail Napkin from Casapri

POP! CRACKLE! BANG!

Serengeti 12 Inch Christmas Crackers from Caspari

The Holidays?  Oh, they’re on – galloping faster than native zebras through the Serengeti.

Gold Zebras Paper Guest Towels From Caspari

Gold Zebras Paper Guest Towels From Caspari

Do tell…Are YOU ready?

I can confirm that the ladies of Caspari have been ready for weeks to inspire you with bewitching tables — sparkling with elegant accoutrements designed for delight.

Zebras Table at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Red and Gold Zebras Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Time to start shopping…  The first party on my list — Book Club.

contentOut of Africa, the classic memoir by Isak Dinesen,  was our book selection for December – so naturally this table setting couldn’t have been more festively ‘on point’ when I invited my group for dinner last week.

Zebra Glam from Caspari

Orange Zebra Glam from Caspari

Did I mention that the Zebras collection is a best seller in both the Paris and Charlottesville Caspari shops?  I just adore an International sensation.

Caspari Shop in Paris

Caspari Shop in Paris

I gave each of my “bookies” a little gift when they left.

 Charming berry topiaries….

…tucked into exquisite gift bags.

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This year, I’ll also host Christmas Eve.  And while I hate to play favorites, I have to admit that this is probably my favorite party of the year.

Holly Wreath Fill-In Invitations by Caspari

Having made it through weeks of grueling preparation—-cooking, wrapping, shopping etc., its finally time to sit down with my favorite people to simply enjoy a fabulous dinner.

Holly Wreath and Christmas Embroidery Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

For me, that involves smoked salmon, rare roast beef,  parsnips au gratin and a few choice bottles of Cabernet Franc.

Christmas Embroidery Paper Linen Guest Towel by Caspari

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Holly Wreath Paper Dinner Plate from Caspari

Holly 12 Inch Christmas Crackers Available at Caspari

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a….mouse?’

  This might be the only sort of mouse I would mind ‘stirring’ in my house!

Adorable Roost Mouse Ornaments Available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

I’ve spent hours admiring the fabulous Holiday displays at the Caspari shop.  Drop in,  take a peek, and let the inspiration begin.

Pepperberry Table at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Pepperberry Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Zig Zag Trees and Gold Pleats Table at Caspari

Zig Zag Trees and Gold Pleats Table at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

A Happy Christmas to All!

xx, Coco

Bachelor’s Weekend

Keswick Die-Cut Place Card from Caspari

This weekend, The Farm will be teaming with bachelors and former bachelors – all arriving to hail a certain groom-to-be —- my husband’s nephew,  Baron Hunter.

Monsieur Caspari will officially host the two-day long festivities —–  which means that I will  ‘unofficially’  be in charge of the entire event.

Not to worry – I’ve freshened up the mudroom…

Designed the place settings for a savory Friday evening supper in the den…

Albemarle Hall and Keswick Glam from Caspari

Keswick Paper Cocktail Napkin From Caspari

Keswick Paper Cocktail Napkin From Caspari

Albermarle Hall Paper Dinner Napkin from Caspari

Albermarle Hall Paper Dinner Napkin from Caspari

And arranged for a rollicking early Saturday morning of skeet shooting.

Soon after, ‘party buses’,  bursting with picnic baskets and hard cider, will transport the gang to The Montpelier Races.  Marion duPont Scott started The Montpelier Hunt Races in 1934 on the front lawn of James Madison’s home. The hurdle course features the only live brush jumps in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Montpelier Races

The Montpelier Races

Arriving home in the late afternoon, they’ll discover that I’ve stocked the liquor cabinets with several outstanding bottles of whiskey to captivate them through the evening.  Monsieur C.  considers himself quite the whiskey aficionado, but I intend to astonish him after receiving some ‘intoxicating’ suggestions from this little gem.

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‘101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die’  from Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

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Saturday evening’s dinner will be served in the barn featuring these charming ‘Chantilly Equestrian’ plates I just found at Caspari.

‘Chantilly Equestrian’ Plate featured at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Equestrian Tweed Paper Cocktail Napkin from Caspari

Equestrian Tweed Paper Cocktail Napkin from Caspari

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Emerald Grosgrain Paper Dinner Dinner Plates from Caspari

Along with the dinner guests seated in the barn, various renown members of the ‘horsey set’  may poke their heads in from time to time.  Somehow, I suspect they’ll be far better behaved than their two-legged friends.

As to the actual menu, a robust array of courses will be presented —- all paired with potent, golden drams of Monsieur’s current favorite whiskies.    Ahh…so much whiskey, so little liver.

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Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad  (Glen Deveron 8 Year Old)
Fried Chicken  (Balcones Baby Blue)
Smoked Salmon and Pears  (Monkey Shoulder Batch 27)
Braised Short Ribs  (Compass Box Flaming Heart)
Chocolate-Cinnamon Lava Cake  (Highland Park 50 Year Old)

 Baron Hunter and I did collaborate on one fun idea.  For all the old friends turning up from near and far to wish him well prior to his upcoming nuptials  – a gift of festive Barrons-Hunter braces and key fobs.

Barrons Hunter Braces and Key Fobs Available at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Barrons Hunter Braces and Key Fobs Available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

You may be asking yourself, “How will poor Madame C. cope all weekend long in this male bastion of eating, drinking and shooting decadence?”

Easily, darling…Didn’t I tell you I was in charge of the entire event?  I’ve hired loads of extra help and will be peacefully tucked-in  — right down the road at lovely ‘Keswick Hall’.

Keswick Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Monday morning clean-up may be a challenge.   But, I’ll think about that tomorrow….

xx,

Coco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Ladies

Josephine Die-Cut Place Card from Caspari

Ahhhh…nearly two months have passed since the children flew the coop…back to their universities, back to their independent lives away from us.

Am I blue?  Well…yes.  Which means it is more than about time to rustle up all my favorite empty-nester moms for a Pink Party!!Another reason I hold this party in October…

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Our adorable friend, Elizabeth – mother to four beautiful children,  was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009,  and is now a five-year survivor.  We all watched her battle bravely through very difficult treatments, so we now feel a strong urge to celebrate her wellness.   We will honor Elizabeth on this night – wearing varying shades of rose, blush and fuschia.

We will lift our glasses and sip pink champagne.

And gather for supper in my pink dining room!

Where I’ll light pink candles…  Caspari’s Crown Candles – made in Hungary – dripless and smokeless – come in a fabulous variety of ravishing hues to easily compliment any color in your house.  Below are four of my pink favorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn is finally in the air – crisp and cool – so I can’t wait to showcase the latest napkin collections from Caspari at the party.  I’m crazy about ‘Josephine’, aren’t you?

Josephine Tablescape at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Josephine Paper Dinner Plate from Caspari

Josephine Paper Dinner Plate from Caspari

Josephine Paper Dinner Napkin

Amethyst Acrylic Goblet from Caspari

Amethyst Acrylic Goblet from Caspari

 

Square Rattan Plate Charger from Caspari

Square Rattan Plate Charger from Caspari

We’ll dine lightly on Shrimp Scampi – with low carb zucchini pasta – making plans to meet for walks and get-away Fall weekends.

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In lieu of dessert, I’ll serve festive ‘Pink Ladies’ Monsieur Caspari will whir up a few batches in the kitchen for us before retiring quietly to his den.

Pink Lady Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings

3 Jiggers Gin
1 1/2 Jiggers Heavy Cream
1 Jigger Applejack
1 Teaspoon Grenadine
Handful of ice

Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker or jar with lid. Shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glasses. Serve.

Thank heavens for my Pink Ladies —- devoted friends who surround each other in sickness and in health— women who also realize that life goes on even after our little birds have flown away.

To donate to the American Cancer Society by phone, call 1-800-227-2345.

xx,

Coco

‘Gifts’ from the Sea…

Shells Die Cut Place Card from Caspari

August can become, shall we say, a bit sultry in Charlottesville.  So—-off we’ll head for a little toes in the sand, sun-kissed shouldered diversion.

Just a hop, skip and a hair raisingly bumpy Cape Air  flight away lies the cunning cottage we share on the blissful island of Nantucket.

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Life immediately calms down here.  We loll on the beach…

and paint…

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Wearing nothing more formal for dinner than a flowy cotton dress…

Which brings me to the enduring topic of Island Entertaining.  While Anne Morrow Lindbergh so accurately pointed out in her much revered ‘Gift from the Sea’ —

“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach…”

I firmly feel that one CAN seriously consider collecting all the beautiful shell napkins that  Caspari has offered this summer for any number of breezy, beach related luncheons and soirees.  In fact, Betty Ann will send out a box – brimming with seashell napkins right to our cottage door on the Island.

Island Entertaining Tablescape at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Aqua Acrylic Wine and Water Glasses Available at Caspari's Charlottesville Shop

Turquoise Acrylic Wine and Water Glasses Available at Caspari’s Charlottesville Shop

Seahorse Glam from Caspari

Seahorse/Shells Glam designed for Caspari by Tillett Textiles

And how can you consider throwing a party by the sea without including ‘Crabby’ and ‘Slice’?

Slice/Crabby Glam from Caspari

Slice/Crabby Glam from the Caspari Collection

I hope you’ll enjoy your Summer holidays as much as we’ll enjoy ours.  I close with one of my favorite quotes.

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious , too greedy, or too impatient….One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach —waiting for a gift from the sea.” 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

While I keep my grandmother’s timeworn copy of this cherished book by my bedside in Nantucket, I know you can find a sparkling new 50th Anniversary Edition at the Caspari Shop in Charlottesville.

Until we meet again…

xx,

Coco