When thinking who would appreciate Sugar Rush, it only made sense to reach out to our friends at Salt & Straw to help throw a spectacularly sweet party.
Cousins and co-founders, Kim and Tyler, got their families together to enjoy a little Sugar Rush and enjoy all things ice cream!
Rapid-Fire with Kim & Tyler:
Favorite Salt & Straw ice cream flavor? Roasted Strawberry Coconut Water (similar here!). Really, any and all of our strawberry flavors are my favorite!
Favorite birthday party you’ve thrown for one of your kids? We were going to have a petting zoo party at a local farm for my 7-year-old in March, but it was canceled due to Covid! So I’d have to say…good old-fashioned house party with face painting, magician and a bouncy house!
Do you have a trick to throwing a successful kids birthday party? Keep it short and leave them wanting more! Heheheh…but seriously, be creative and come up with ideas that not everyone is doing. PLUS, leave plenty of time for them to be kids, play and connect. Don’t make it overly scripted by planning every moment.
What’s your favorite thing about ice cream? My favorite thing about ice cream is that it makes everything better. It can lift your spirits or make a happy time, happier.
Head over to Salt & Straw’s site to order ice cream, play games, join their pints club and more!
Who is ready for a ghost story? Our favorite time of year is upon us because we love any excuse to wear a costume. But how does one celebrate All Hallow’s Eve in style? With a lot of decorations and a few witches eyes thrown in for good measure.
Our Top 5 “How To Halloween” Tips:
1. Make Haunted Hero the hero of your home.
When’s the last time you sat down to a Halloween-themed tablescape? That’s what we thought. It’s been at least a year, so let’s get some pumpkins on that table. The moody, dark decor that surrounds further sets the tone.
2. Throw a virtual costume party…
… Where all costumes can be recognized from the waist up in true Zoom fashion.
3. Throw some glitter on it.
Skulls, that is. Adorn your table or windowsill with our Halloween Occasion Box for equal parts sparkle and scare. (P.S. The box is yours to keep for years of Halloween haunt!)
4. Give the adults some sugar…
… In the form of a Pumpkin Spice White Russian, recipe right this way. (And you thought it couldn’t get better than a Pumpkin Spice Latte.)
5. Tell some ghost stories.
Yep, everyone has one or two under their belt. There’s no better time than now to bust them out, play some Ouija and see who shows up…
Super Tuscan is our answer to everyone’s collective wants to be whisked away to the hills of Tuscany right about now. From the handmade splatter plates to the lush linens and abundant greenery, we hope a little slice of Italy ends up in everyone’s home.
We recently chatted with Aerin about all things entertaining…
Do you have a specific philosophy you live by when hosting?
I learned from my grandmother that anything can be beautiful if you take the time. My new book Entertaining Beautifully has my secrets, tips and ideas for entertaining at home. Whether it’s a cup of tea for yourself or a more formal gathering of family and friends, every occasion can be special in its own way.
Any party tricks you swear by?
The most important entertaining tip is to relax and enjoy. Even as a host, it’s important to have a good time. Guests will always follow your lead.
What would be your ideal meal to serve with Super Tuscan?
A Tuscan steak with roasted potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables.
Why is setting the table so important to you?
Your table truly sets the mood for how you want to entertain, whether it is more of a casual or formal setting. Adding an element of surprise to your table is always fun for you and your guests. Whether it is a pop of color in the flowers or a beautiful print on the tablecloth, there are so many ways to explore and get creative.
We are big fans of Jay and Alison of Wonder Valley. Not only are their products scrumptious, but they’ve really figured out the secret to life, splitting their time between Joshua Tree and Maine.
A few weeks ago they hosted a Wonder Valley dinner with their friends at The Gills Group, which are ocean front cottages on a tiny island in Main – and yes! This is a rental property that you can book!
They feasted on lobster and negronis, styled out our Essentials White, and toasted to another summer in the books while Jay snapped a few photos. Till next summer!