This year we decided against a theme and just loaded up our gorgeous 8 foot tree with tons of vintage ornaments. Simone loves it!
For the past two years we’ve taken a family picture with Santa at our company’s annual Santa’s Secret Workshop event. Since we’ll be seeing Santa again in just 2 weeks, we wanted to remind ourselves of what our little Nugget looked like in December 2011 and 2012.
She’s getting sooooooo big! See you soon, Santa.
- The Guncles
Since the moment we moved in together, We’ve always hosted dinners for our friends and family. We love to entertain – and some of our friends are still chatting about dinner parties we threw 8 years ago. (LOVE that!!).
Here’s some of our tablescapes from this weekend. It was Grandma Moma (Bill’s mom’s) birthday.
Brunch time… There’s no reason why you can’t break out the candles and add a little atmosphere to your daytime brunch table… We love these disposable paper placemats from Hester & Cook - They’re $25 for a pad of 50.
Dinnertime… Time to mix up our jadite collection for a different look. We love mixing and matching glassware (and you’ll notice we always use our cake stands on our dining table. A great way to make extra space and give the table a little dimension). We served our favorite dish – the spaghetti squash turkey meatball boats!
Another way we love to change up our tables (and make it fun for kids too!) is to use chalkboard paper table runners. We tape ours down with blue painters tape so it stays in place – and doesn’t damage our table! Simone (and her dads) love to draw during dessert time!
We served (easy to make) grilled pizzas that we learned to make with our friend, Tiffani Thiessen, at Sur la Table – The whole family pitches in – So fun!
Grandma Moma and Simone share a Happy Birthday wish! Cake (and homemade ice creams) by Daddy Scout
Add a little fun to your table – and share your pics with us!
We’ve had lots of birthdays lately around Casa Guncle, and it’s made me a little cake crazy. Maybe i’ve become a little obsessed… I received a text the other night from Tori asking me if i’ve started a bakery in our home (ha!).
I’ve been a big collector of cake stands for a bit now (walking over hot coals wouldn’t make me spill the number of stands I own) but now i’m really in the baking mood! Check out some of my latest creations – My skills are a work in progress… Not bad, right?
I’ve been letting Simone pick the colors… So this is the “Christmas” cake. My very first stacked ruffle style cake.
The blue cake… 2 colors – was my instruction from my baking assistant, Simone…
With Thanksgiving on the way, I thought I’d share my “Thanksgiving” cake with everyone. It’s very easy to make actually (this is only the 2nd time i’ve made this type)… and my topper is a vintage salt shaker I got at the local flea market last weekend. Just simple buttercream ruffles… looks fancy but is simple to make. Simone picked the little greens and flowers from our yard and INSISTED I place them by the turkey “for his food”…
If you want to see some really awesome dessert tables, check out our friend Jenny Cookies. She’s been helping me, via skype, on my decorating skills. I’ve been asking her to make You Tube videos so she can share her tips with you too!
Views from our kitchen… My cake stand collection (obsession) brightens every morning… They just make me smile!
Are any of my friends out there fellow cake stand collectors? Are you feeling cake crazy lately too???? xoxo — S
Every year we head to the ABC Baby & Kids Expo for our PR and events business. The Expo thankfully returned to Las Vegas this year after a brief stint in Louisville, Kentucky. (We enjoyed Louisville. It was just hard to get to and expensive.)
ABC can be overwhelming. If one walked up and down every aisle of the massive 2 floors the Expo spans in the Las Vegas Convention Center, you will have walked 10 miles. Getting from one appointment to the next can be exhausting, and seeing everyone you want to nearly impossible. But despite all the bitching we do about our sore feet and packed schedules, we love seeing old friends, valued clients, and getting to spend some quality time with the slots…. Oh, and each other!
Here are some highlights from this year’s ABC (in no particular order):
- One night, Scout and I joined our friends and fellow publicists Nicole Daley, Kristina Godfrey, and Alyssa Sanders at Julian Serrano at the Aria for a delicious Spanish tapas dinner. We literally could have talked for hours about some of the crazy and colorful people we’ve encountered in the baby and kids space. But it was a story Alyssa told that had us in hysterics. We thought the restaurant was going to ask Bill and Nicole to leave. There was a “cone of silence” over what was discussed, but it will not soon be forgotten.
- One of the reasons we love ABC is because we get to see our amazing clients in person. 4moms treated us to a buffet breakfast (we love a buffet!), Itzy Ritzy bought us a drink, Stokke liquored us up on the convention floor, and ZoLi Baby let us crash their booth on multiple occasions.
- We stopped by the Regal Lager booth to visit our friend Elisabeth and Bill won $25 throwing a diaper into a Cornhole. How butch is that!
- One of our favorite parties was the one thrown by Layla Grace and our friends at Project Nursery. The party seemed both intimate and fancy (thanks to the gorgeous location at the Wynn). And we loved finally meeting Pam and Melisa from ProjectNursery.com. #MendhamOrBust
- 4moms big reveal: Our client 4moms, makers of the mamaRoo baby swing, Breeze play yard, and Origami power folding stroller, unveiled 3 new products at ABC in grand style. On the opening day of the Expo, they left their huge white booth empty. Consumers, and even some Expo organizers, all theorized different reasons for why 4moms wouldn’t show their products to retailers during this coveted first day of the show. But at 4pm the company delivered on its promise to break big news and revealed 3 new products, including a self-installing car seat. The huge crowd that gathered was blown away. We are proud of the 3+ years we’ve worked with 4moms and thrilled to be a (small) part of their success.
- We love the folks at Nook, and they gave us the most amazing travel pillows. Simone immediately took one of ours. Thanks Nook – big hit!
- We didn’t spend much time in our hotel room, but when we did get back into the room we were thrilled it was a room at The Venetian. Their huge all suites rooms are amazing and the bed is super comfortable. Plus they have a separate watering closet, and double sinks. And Bouchard is right down stairs, people!
- We love seeing the Angry Baby. Not sure why, but we do. Oh, and Angry Baby’s daddy too.
- The Peppermill on the strip is a must. Purple and pink neon meets mirror ball ceilings and cocktail waitresses in short shorts and stripper hosiery. And the food is delicious. Definitely stop by at the end of your Vegas vacation when you’re over the fine dining and just want something yummy!
See you next year, ABC!
Not many years ago, the sheer mention of a birthday meant a fun (wild) meal out on the town. These days, we’re all about serving up a nice meal at home – It’s more economical and much chic’er (and special!).
As we hit the flea markets, etsy and eBay – We constantly have the upcoming holidays in mind to watch out for tableware purchases. Many of your know of our jadite obsession – But any cool, vintage glassware can be mixed into an amazing – show stopping table. If you’re not already a collector, pick your favorite color and keep your eye out for mix and match pieces as you pass by local yard sales and vintage markets. We are over the moon about hobnail glassware for Fall, but any season is hobnail season. (Pink hobnail is BEYOND chic!)
Check out the table for Nana’s (Scout’s Mom) birthday last week – We used things already in our home and mixed and matched. One of our favorites are the mini pumpkin votives. We used the 59 cent mini pumpkins from the grocery store and cut a small hole in the top to insert a votive candle (we used part a bag of votives we bought at Ikea for $4.99 – any votives will do. We see them frequently at the the dollar store.). For a Fall tablescape, grab a few pine cones from your yard – or we bought our cinnamon scented ones at Target (a large bag for less than $5.00). Hit Etsy and eBay for vintage tablecloths – We are obsessed with Vera Neumann’s and and find those for around $18.00 frequently on etsy. The sky’s the limit – Don’t be afraid to mix and match – it brings out the character and definition of the table. Plus, candle light makes every table look chic’er!
You know how we LOVE food. We’ve always been major foodies – and 10 years ago were known for our fun dinner parties. We’re always looking for healthy alternatives to our favorite meals. Our friend, Kathy Kaehler, turned us onto these Spaghetti Squash boats as an alternative to a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. All of the taste and none of the guilt! Use smaller (individual) size spaghetti squash – half them and bake – We use this recipe from Martha Stewart to prepare ours. Fill your “boat” with turkey meatballs (Jessica Alba’s are THE BEST!), top with sauce and cheese (we use fresh mozzerella and a scoop of Mascarpone to give it the ultimate creamy texture). Broil on low to melt the cheese.
And of course no birthday is complete without cake! Nana requested a yellow cake with buttercream icing. Since our favorite dessertista, Jenny Cookies, has been giving us lessons – We were able to whip up this cake for Nana (Scout did – Bill watched!). We’re still in dessert booth camp training – BUT think this is pretty good… Not to pat ourselves on the back! We don’t know what we’d do without Jenny Cookies – She’s the best!!
Cake topper is from one of our favorite etsy shops – Steph Loves Ben – She has been making all of our toppers this year! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!
Gratuitous Simone shot…
Do you table up and think of us! We always love when you tweet and facebook pics to us of your tables, food and desserts!!
It’s so hard to believe Halloween is over!! Right? Where is 2013 disappearing to????
This year, Simone had a great time Smurf’ing it up at school with her bff Harper… The girls are getting so big… And they’re SO CUTE together (We see LOTS of trouble making in their future!!!!)
Daddy Bill got suckered into passing out candy at school. We were given exactly 5 minutes and a roll of crepe paper to decorate our little house (We stole the webbing from the other school display – Hey – They didn’t say “No borrowing” decor!!). We think it turned out pretty chic, considering our challenges…
Then we finished off the night by trick or treating at a few neighborhood houses… So fun!
Hope you all had a very safe (and spooky fun!) Halloween 2013!!!!!!!! XOXO, THE GUNCLES
When Simone heard the news that her best friend, Harper, was moving home from New York City, she was so excited – Naturally we had to throw together a “little” party in honor of her return (and since we don’t have much time to mix and mingle at Simone’s school, we thought this would be a great way to spend some time with the families from her class). And off we ran with the party them – Welcome Home, Princess Harper!
Princess party color theme – Pink and Jadeite (Everyday is a jadeite day at Casa Guncle – Thanks to our friend Jenny Cookies, who got us totally hooked on collecting it! Some of our favorite pieces are the hobnail glasses from LE Smith Glass – below. We’re hoping they bring back the hobnail cake plates! We dream of owning those!!!!)
The show stopper of the party were these AMAZING cupcake toppers that our friend and fondant artist extraordinaire, Lynlee made. She is crazy talented, y’all!! Word on the street is she’s got a book coming out soon – and we will be first in line to buy it!
We’ve been collecting these fabulous vintage Jeannette Shell Pink milk glass snack plates for quite some time – And no better time than a princess party to break them out! We asked our friend Lauren at Fabulous Fete make this awesome table runner to match our party theme – Her shop is one of our favorite go-to’s on Etsy!
BIG THANKS to our friend Kara, of Kara’s Party Ideas for the fabulous pink lanterns, bunting, straws and decor goodies!
No princess party is complete without a tiara and wand favor table… (Thank you to Kiwi Crates for the awesome make-your-own wand kits!)
AND (of course) a fun bounce house… pink to match our theme. It bugs us they didn’t have pink castles!
Until next time….