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how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays... 10 Dec 2016

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Our friends at Botanica are known for their veggie plateaus—a multicolored jumble of gorgeous seasonal vegetables, prepared every which way, with flavors and textures and dips galore. It’s a tower of savory treats designed to be set at the center of a table and be utterly (and communally) devoured. It’s a constant at their parties and I'm in awe every time I see one. So, I asked them to share their tips on how to make one just in time for holiday entertaining!

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

The plateau is inspired by two of the world’s more delicious things: fresh vegetables and aioli. The key is to have a variety of shapes, textures and flavors.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 1: Hit the market and pick up the loveliest vegetables you can find. You’ll want a mix of things you can eat raw, poached (or steamed or blanched), roasted, grilled and/or fried.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 2: Pick your dips. The goal is variety! We consider some type of aioli a must (roasted garlic or smoked paprika are favorites), plus something green and herby (salsa verde, perhaps?), something bright and sweet (beet muhammara or squash hummus), something oily (like dukkah, olive oil and lots of lemon zest), something creamy (garlicky labne!)…really, whatever you want to dip things in over and over will work.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 3: Prep your veggies. Partially cook whatever needs it before hitting the grill (tiny potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes, beets); blanch whatever’s getting blanched (haricot vert, asparagus); slice what’s getting roasted, and so on.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 4: This one’s the key to it all: Season EVERYTHING. The only things that should hit the dish plain are the most basic crudité (fennel, cucumbers, radishes). Everything else should be seasoned — with olive oil and sea salt, at the very least — so that it tastes lovely even if you pop it in your mouth naked, without a lick of dip.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 5: Roast, grill, season, etc. Spoon the dips into little bowls and garnish them as needed. Stagger them on a platter, a board, tiered plateau, or whatever vessel you’re using to hold this array of earthy delights. Place the prepared vegetables around the dips in a semi-random fashion. (There’s no beauty in perfect order here! Delicious vegetable mayhem is the visual goal.) Tuck fennel fronds, carrot greens, rosemary sprigs or edible flowers here and there to make it extra pretty.

how to create a veggie plateau for the holidays

Step 6: Place on a table and prepare for “ooooooooh!”s. We view this as a use-your-hands-and-triple-dip situation, but we understand that sometimes plates and serving spoons have their place.

Enjoy! To see more about Botanica, visit their Kickstarter right here!

{Photos and recipes by Botanica

a pom-pom tree topper... 5 Dec 2016

a pom pom tree topper

Christmas tree trimming season is in full swing, so this week, we're giving you a bunch of fun ways to decorate your tree for the holiday season! Today, we're starting with a fun twist on the tree topper...one full of fluffy and colorful pom-poms! See how...

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advent calendar ornaments... 30 Nov 2016

advent calendar ornaments

advent calendar ornaments

I love the surprise and delight of advent calendars and unwrapping a new surprise every day leading up to Christmas. This year, we made advent calendar ornaments to double as decorative pieces for the tree as well as a series of surprises for the holiday. See how...

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a felt leaf runner... 28 Nov 2016

Autumn-table-cloth-blog

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now that the first big entertaining day of the holiday season is behind us, it's fast and furious through the end of the year. Today, we're sharing a super easy and fun DIY to make a runner or trivet for your next gathering this fall and winter. Here's how...

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make a metallic tote! 17 Nov 2016

metallic tote DIY

Sometimes you need a bag that's casual yet nicer than a plain canvas tote! So today, we're showing you how to make this everyday metallic tote using some basic sewing supplies. Here's how...

metallic tote DIY

You'll need:

- 2 yards metallic fabric

- straight pins

- sewing needle

- thread

- scissors

- fabric glue

metallic tote DIY

Here's how:

1. Create the bag shape by drawing on the back side of the fabric in a boxy "U" shape, keeping the bottom part of the U nice and full. You can think of it as the same shape as a flattened plastic bag you might get from the grocery store. 

2. Use straight pins to secure two pieces of fabric together (with the backside of fabric facing out) and cut out the shape from both pieces.

3. Keeping the fabric pinned with back of fabric facing out, use a simple loop stitch to join the outside bottom edges of the bag. Also, stitch the top of each of the handles all the way across.

4. For extra reinforcement, use fabric glue to line the seams you sewed. Let dry 15 minutes.

5. Finally, turn your bag inside out so that the shiny side is outside, and add fun brooches and pins to personalize it!

metallic tote DIY

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong}

a "welcome neighbor" gift... 10 Nov 2016

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

These days we are all so virtual that I often miss those real life interactions with people around us. I love my neighborhood and remember being so surprised and delighted when I first moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago when a new neighbor stopped over and brought figs from her tree as a welcome. It was so thoughtful and a true in-person connection that meant so much! Today, we’ve collaborated with State Farm to share a fun way to welcome a new neighbor…

According to the State of Neighbors survey conducted by State Farm, 75% of people say it is important to welcome new neighbors but only 41% of neighbors say they were actually welcomed! It can be so easy (and fun!) to welcome a new family to the neighborhood so today, we wanted to help you do just that with our pre-designed Neighborhood Guide template you can download. Include the guide with our inspiration for a "Welcome Neighbor" basket. Here's how...

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

To make a "Welcome Neighbor" gift basket, include a few local treats like:

    -apples from your tree

    -candy from a sweet shop nearby

    -coffee from the local cafe

    -herbs or fresh veggies from your garden

    -spreads or sauces from the area farmer's market

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

And then include our handy Neighborhood Guide [download here]. This template gives you a place to list a ton of helpful information for your new neighbor including: tips for where to go in the neighborhood, trustworthy service providers, social handles for the street and for your family, and a handy way to keep track of names of all the neighbors on the street.

a "welcome neighbor" gift!

Some other fun things you could give your new neighbor along with the Neighborhood Guide to welcome them:

    -order a pizza for the new family on moving day and tell them dinner is on its way and they don't have to worry about it!

    -a small plant that is easy to take care of (no one wants to have to stress about taking care of a fragile plant)!

    -a gift certificate for a cleaning service to come help them out for a couple hours after all the unpacking!

What other tips do you have to welcome new neighbors?

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with State Farm.  All words are my own.

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling and crafting by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Props include: Ikea basket, Anne and Kate swizzle sticks, Oh Happy Day wood cutlery, Oh Happy Day floral napkins, Oh Happy Day striped napkin.}

a painted vase DIY... 8 Nov 2016

Painted-vase-gif-blog

We love patterns around here. And we love putting patterns on just about everything. Today, we're sharing a fun DIY to turn a simple glass vessel into a painted vase where you can easily change the design to fit your mood! Here's how...

a painted vase DIY

You'll need:

transparency paper

clear cylindrical vase (you could also use a drinking glass)

- acrylic paint

- scissors

- double-sided tape

- ruler

a painted vase DIY

Here's how:

1. Measure the height and circumference of your vase.

2. Using a ruler, draw out those dimensions on a sheet of transparency paper, and cut it out.

3. Paint your pattern on the transparency paper, and let it dry for at least 15 minutes.

4. Finally, wrap the transparency paper around your vase, painted side facing in, and use double-sided tape to secure.

a painted vase DIY

The best part about using transparency paper is that you can change the designs whenever you want. You can make custom patterns for a special event, party, or baby/bridal shower!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong. Table cloth by Pehr.}

 

make a fall felt wreath... 2 Nov 2016

a fall felt wreath

Fall is here, and it's finally starting to get cool even over here in Los Angeles. I love wreaths and am always eager to get one hanging up even before it feels quite like the holiday season. So for fall, we're showing you how to make this fall wreath made from materials that will last for a while and can be used over and over again! See how...

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giant paper flower DIY... 26 Oct 2016

giant paper flower DIY

giant paper flower DIY

For my girls' floral-themed birthday party, we made these giant neon paper flowers to spread throughout the park. They were a huge hit with both adults and kids alike and we wanted to share the DIY with you today...these would be amazing for a wedding, birthday party, or even for a front lawn decoration! See how right here...

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happy friday + a joint birthday party... 21 Oct 2016

oh joy / floral birthday party

oh joy / floral birthday party

oh joy / floral birthday party

Last week, Ruby turned 5 (five!) and yesterday, my little Coco turned 2 (what?!). I still do not understand how time really does go by so fast. With two October babies, this year, we decided to throw a joint birthday party. I was nervous about having one big party with kids in a range of ages...but I'm so glad we did. It was definitely my favorite party to date, and I was the least stressed about it and was able to enjoy myself the most of any of their birthday parties of the past. Here are a ton of very cute photos from the day and more about what we did if you'd like to see more...

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