Spring's Seasonal Salads

Spring's Seasonal Salads

It is official…at long last.

Spring is finally open for business in Chicago.

To celebrate my favorite season, for the next week, I am sharing the top seven salad trends in the city.  Each is perfect for an Easter brunch or lunch, first course at your next event, to servce on your spring or summer buffet, and even pack in a picnic basket as you head to the park.

Shown here, salad du jour, J and L Catering‘s deconstructed Heart of Palm Salad with pepper crusted Ahi Tuna, Olives, Cured Tomatoes, Capers and Arugula.  What a gorgeous, unique, jaw dropping salad to serve your guests.

This is shown on plated on my favorite china pattern in the city – Silver Gothic, from Classic Party Rentals.  It is also available in gold, so they have you covered no matter the metallic accent color.

Bon appetit!


Buble away…

Last night, my dear friend Karen gave me the most wonderful gift. She took

me as her date to see our shared boyfriend, Michael Buble in concert.

Now, ever since I spent an afternoon and evening with him doing an Oprah

Show for “Oprah’s Block Party” several years ago,

http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Oprahs-Block-Party_1/4#slide, I have been

beyond smitten.

He is the polish of Cary Grant meets 2010. I have met alot of fabulous

people in my life, but he takes the blue ribbon big time for charming,

debonair, polished, charismatic, hysterically funny…just to name a few.

He had to hide in the upstairs bathroom of the home we threw the surprise

party in, and I cleverly devised a plan to be hostess with the mostess,

making sure was well cocktailed, fed and tended to by yours truly. Not a

bad gig, eh?

Anyway, back to blogging on last night.

The stage, production, Michael himself, songlist, vocals, lighting, 13 piece

orchestra, theatrical humor, constant clever imitations, friendly chats with

13,000 fans, chummy banter, clever wit, and more was a complete feast for

the eyes, ears, and heart. It was perfection, and I wanted to share some

bits with you all as inspiration for your next party playlist – or in the

case of Adrienne and Scott’s Block Party on Oprah – a live performance.

First off, his opening number was pure Broadway – which I love and adore –

this doesn’t share the spectacular fireworks display on the last beat, but

the first minute with the shadowy rear projection was pure drama. Combined

with the pulsating drum the entire audience was silent.

Now, I am a huge Michael Jackson fan. I wouldn’t have guessed that a pretty

Canadian boy could ever, in my wildest dreams, sound and dance just like The

King himself. It was dumbfounding. You have to see this to believe it (and

it’s not a great video I am sorry – why oh why didn’t I bring mine. Never

leave home without it again, that’s for sure). I am also a huge Ferris

Beuller fan, being a Chicago girl and all, so this was icing on the cake.

This is another view, featuring the beyond fabulous Gene Kelly like dancing

inspired elongated video screens – which are surely making an appearance at

my next music theater event – they were so much fun to watch.

And because he is so darling rockin’ and swivelin’ those hips and pencil cut

suit legs – here is his Elvis

Last, I can’t end without expressing my total SHOCK and amazement with his

opening act, Naturally 7. How have I never heard of them before? They were

so much fun to watch and wonder about – I think they were as big a hit as

Buble himself.

When you hear them, it isn’t even possible to believe they are fully vocal –

there are NO MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. The drum beat was the one that had me in

total disbelief. They are so fantastic – I must plan an entire event around



Spring in bloom

Have you ever seen a better looking bus stop? Cars and bikes are slowing down, pulling over, and stopping to smell the roses.

A friend from school called me on the phone and said "you have to see the corner of Southport and Addison – its so Debi Lilly!". Needless to say I marched directly there, and appreciated her thinking of me when she sees gorgeous, jaw dropping bouquets around town.

This is guerilla style street marketing at its finest. How many times in history do you think Degree ladies’ deodorant has literally stopped city traffic?


Great Taste, Delicious Weddings

It has been so hectic lately with events…there has been no time for blogging at all.  Time to catch up, and share my favorite recent parties.

The Great Taste Weddings Event was delicious – for every single one of the senses.  Of course the color palettes and decor were jawdropping…showcasing our latest and greatest wedding color palette trends of oyster gray and sorbet tones of buttercream, apricot and blush pink.  Combined with vintage silver cups, urns, footed trays and mercury glass vases and votives, cut crystal candlesticks and more, the room sparkled and shone with warm, inviting, intimate romance.

Shown here, the dramatic focal point table as guests entered the stunning Room 1520 downtown Chicago, where we featured elegant French Tulips, Curly Willow, Blush and Apricot Roses and Summer Stock, compotes filled with fuzzy peaches and glossy clementines, and candles, candles, candles.

The tables, chairs and linens were all provided by Classic Party Rental, and the chic, new textural bengaline linens in buttercream and oyster gray set the perfect tone for the stone gray urban chic loft space.  The Ice Chivari chairs combine silver and acrylic finishes, creating the ultimate Hollywood Glamour detail to any event.

Here my favorite breath of spring – Sweetpeas – are combined with a second favorite – Ranunculus – for a frilly accent to the massed Spray Rose centerpieces.  The moroccan teacups are filled with votive candles, for a textural, exotic accent to the tables.

Room 1520 is Aspen meets Chicago…with the fieldstone fireplace and roaring fire within, and tall, gorgeous raw columns that have a birch tree like rough hewn dappled paint finish.  The skyline view adds the ultimate urban cityscape background, especially with hundreds of votives flickering in the windowsills.

Every table varied in it’s design details…trays were different shapes, votives were different metallic finishes, urns and cups were footed, handled, and more.  I can’t decide what my favorite combinations were…

These Victorian baskets were carried into a new decade of design when abundantly filled with a cascade of spring blush roses.

The finishing touch were our French inspired lounge vignettes, with a pair of white love seats, acrylic coffee tables, fluffy shag round rugs, and Classic Party Rentals’ white chivari chairs with buttercream lamour chaircovers.

Thank you to Matt and Stevi, photographers extraordinaire at Avery House Creative, for these stunning photos.

More delicious decor, catering from Entertaining Company, and Cake Tasting from Chicago’s best bakeries to come…as this is just the first “taste”!


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