Giving Thanks #MyKindofHoliday


With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, and #Friendsgiving socials leading up to the day, holiday season is officially here! Time to bring out the party shoes and switch to holiday playlists. #MyKindofHoliday is an indulgent sensory experience…I look forward to setting the table and bar carts for the holidays, and more so for #Thanksgiving and #Friendsgiving parties. I love to create vignettes around the entertaining area and leaving the main dinner table uncluttered so the focus can be on food and beverages.



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Each year I make a dish from my mother’s recipes that I havent made before. This year I plan to make one of my mom’s special carrot  and almond desserts, which I plan to serve on one of these oval platters from
Music is really important to set a festive mood, and I am eyeing this vintage-looking record player by Target for my #Friendsgiving party.

What is your #MyKindofHoliday?

images: manvi drona for tablescape 101



Make | Ginger Goodies


Ginger syrup is my fav. I love the spicy-sweet kick it adds to my beverages and bites. Last weekend, I stocked up on bottles of Morris Kitchen’s ginger syrup from Salt and Sundry at Union Market to make gingerbread cupcakes and to make cocktails with. I enjoy ginger goodies all year long but they feel especially yum this time of the year. Found these ginger-based recipes on Pinterest and cant wait to give them a go asap. I found a great container for the syrup at Sears and really good prices with these coupons from Groupon.


chocolate ganache ginger cake

brandied gingerbread cake 





Yappy Hour


As most Labs tend to be, my dog, Dexter, is very social, and loves to be around people and other dogs. He especially enjoys QT with his fav dog-buds in smaller intimate settings. To facilitate this, I like to host “yappy hour” gatherings for Dexter’s doggy buds and my human friends with treats for the four-legged guests and happy hour bites and sips for us. An apartment dweller, I dont have a yard where the dogs can play, so finding a venue for such an event is challenging.



Dog parks are impersonal, you cant bring treats, (unless you want every dog there jumping all over you), lack control over the guest list, and have laws against adult-beverages and human food. Which is why I am thrilled about the new pet store in my neighborhood, Fido and Kitty’s World.

Not only is it a stylishly designed store, they carry most of the organic pet-food brands, the owner is a lovely lady doing what she loves, but they have a FAB dog play-area in their backyard! Perfect for small dog-human socials!! They have done such a good job with the space. It even has a water fountain for dogs. It didnt take me long to talk the owner Samar, into letting me host a “yappy hour” and introduce the store to my puppy-parent friends.

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A fun social hour, we had a yummy spread with a cheese platter, eggplant dip, salsa and crudites for humans, and Fido and Kitty’s World had organic treats for the pooches. And if wagging tails and happy barks are any indication, the pups had a great time!




The lovely folks at Modgy sent us these portable pooch hydrator pouches which we used to serve treats and water to the pups. And each guests got to take a twin pack home as a gift!  I cant wait to host the next one.



Cin Cin to more “yappy hours”.


images: manvi drona

4 Easy-to-make Halloween Costumes

Homemade costumes are far more appealing than store bought ones. Invite a few friends over for a fun-filled MYOC (make your own costume) party. Here are four costume ideas that even a non-crafter can make in a hurry.

1. Mac and Cheese 



Instructions and materials to create a mac and cheese costume.

 2. Hot Chocolate


Instructions and materials to create a hot chocolate costume

3. Minion from Despicable Me


Instructions and materials to create a minion costume.


 4. Burrito


Instructions and materials to make a burrito costume.