I’m Doing a Flower Workshop & You Should Come!

October 04

I’m super excited to announce my first flower and tabletop design workshop! Hosted by Flutter Magazine it will be an intimate learning experience and limited to just 10 students. I’ll be demonstrating how to work with fall elements and then it’ll be your turn to play with flowers and other fall elements. No experience is necessary, so if you’ve always wanted to play with flowers, come on down!

We’ll be setting up a small two person table and the amazing Joel Serrato will be photographing each student’s centerpiece. I will also be teaching how to style a tabletop in addition to basic flower arranging tips. Le Petit Chef will be providing some tasty bites and Vintage Vignettes will be lending us some fun props to play with too. And, as a bonus, this event will be featured in the next print issue of Flutter!


When: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Where: 110 West Mission Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cost: $250


- 3 hours of guided instruction
- All the tools (apron, sheers, vases, etc…) that you get to keep!
- A gorgeous array of fall flowers to play with and take home!
- Lunch prepared by Le Petit Chef
- Seasonal refreshments + libations
- Gorgeous photos of your final arrangements by Joel Serrato
- Lots more goodies + surprises!

Limited to 10 students. Purchase tickets HERE.

I’m excited to share my love of flowers, teach some design principles, and help you get inspired for the upcoming holiday season, see you there!

Photo: Anna Costa

Entertaining: Mid-Century Inspired Hot Chocolate Bar with Jessica Foster Confections

February 04

You all know how much I love Jessica Foster’s truffles (remember this editorial?) and now she’s offering hot chocolate bars for weddings and events. With Valentine’s day around the corner I thought it would be fun to show two different ways you could style a hot chocolate bar. This version, is my “manly” version, lots of brass, decanters and, of course, vintage 60′s glasses. (And yes, there will be cocktail ideas with hot chocolate, check back on Friday for those ideas).

Vintage heart shape plates from Tricia Fountaine, layered with mid-century glassware and of course a few of Jessica’s truffles make for one delicious looking plate.

For this setup, Jessica made a spicy dark hot chocolate and we kept it warm in a copper round chaffing dish from Town & Country Event Rentals.

And of course what hot chocolate bar would be complete without marshmallows? These are made by Jessica and are so light and airy they’re like eating a cloud. Stay tuned for the “lady-like” version of a hot chocolate bar next Monday and of course cocktail ideas this Friday.