Paris Food Trends, le Mary Celeste

MaryCeleste4

Don’t you just love the great adventure of travels abroad?

And perhaps even more exciting, the cool and colorful food find trends in far away regions of the world?

MaryCeleste

Planning parties daily, hundreds of days a year, means we need  – and we live for – fresh fun new food menus.

MaryCeleste2

From herbed summer flatbreads with peaches, basil and corn…

To inventive French salads with mint, almonds, squash…

MaryCeleste3

The beauty of French produce abounds.

When in Paris, et le Marais, you must visit our favorite le Mary Celeste, for fantastic food and tres chic cocktail trends.

le Mary Celeste, 1 rue Commines, Marais, Paris

Do tell – and share – what are your favorite small plates of the season for entertaining?

Bonjour de Paris

Debi, kids Paris

And we’re off…

Scouting across Paris for all the brand new, white hot trends for party planning, catering menus, craft cocktails, fabulous florals, color palettes, design details and more.

We’ll be here for a few weeks, tasting, sipping, stocking up.

From Ile St Louis, our home away from home, to hipster Marais, sophisticated St Germain…we plan to cover it all.

Do tell, what do you want us to research, snap snap away with our cameras, and promptly report back?

We’ll make our list, and check it twice, and share, share away.

photo: Suzzane Brown

Lilly’s Red Velvet Flag Cupcakes

Flag Cupcakes

Lilly is twelve, and quite frankly the most fabulous baker I’ve ever seen.

As any other pre teen would do, she surfs her iphone for cupcake apps, chooses a fun new design theme based on her mood, and pulls me out the door, to the jeep, for a grocery run.

Today’s mood took her to red, white, blue and July 4th fun.

She made her list, checked it twice, and went aisle to aisle filling her basket with farm fresh eggs, berries, Twizzlers pull apart licorice, and more.

Bake any red velvet cupcake recipe you love (or any flavor that’s a family favorite), ice with white cream cheese (or buttercream) icing.

Stripe fresh blueberries up the left side in a few rows, and pull apart licorice, cutting into shorter sections, and stripe across, to resemble the flag.

With scissors cut the ends of the licorice to fit the cupcake.

Lilly pulled open the cabinets on Nantucket, filled up grandma’s Blue Willow platters with flag cakes, and delivered them to neighbors immediately, cupcakes still warm, icing oozing down the sides perfectly. Well, as soon as she finished standing still for this photo, which as you can imagine, has a soundtrack you don’t need to hear, like “Mom, seriously, I need to deliver these now, please stop taking pictures. Mom, you already took like six pictures, please STOP. I have to go now.”

Happiest of July Fourths to you and yours!

Summertime tip: Protect your Ring

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 4.46.56 PM

Hello and happy summer!

This clever, coral crab beach ad in the new issue of CSBrides magazine reminded me to share a great travel tip.

My latest jewelry obsession: remember to always insure your valuables – especially with traveling this summer – and of course all of you brides and grooms flying off to honeymoon.  

No matter what type of jewelry, gifts symbolize a very special memory, and should be properly insured with my favorite, local midwest friend: Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance by Jewelers Mutual at ProtectYourRing.com.

Tra la la – now off to travel and soak up summertime inspiration, worry free.