Friday, February 6, 2009

Big Easy Inspired Hostess Loot

We are headed to a casual alumni gathering tomorrow night.

I don't know the hostess all that well, except for she is Catholic, grew up outside of New Orleans and is a tried and true Lilly-ist. My kinda girl. Knows how to party, manage guilt and does it in a hot pink dress emblazoned with lemons and lobsters.

She flat refuses to allow any of us to bring anything besides beverages. Smart move considering this group tends to find their way to a bottom of a high ball glass quickly and often.

So, I'm doing what any good guest would do - bring along a nice bottle of wine and these goodies for a nice girl from New Orleans:

In the Land of Cocktails, from the proprietor's of the Commander's Palace, a NOLA institution.
Anyone who enjoys a mixed drink and appreciates the usage of chipped ice - needs this book.

If you are serving a Big Easy beverage, your napkins need to be just as bold:

Pontchartrain Beach Fabric image courtesy of Hazelnut New Orleans.

Cocktail napkins in Pontchartrain Beach fabric from the fabulous Hazelnut New Orleans.
Combines it all...bright, Lilly-esqe fabric (exclusive to Hazelnut, BTW) with crowns, crayfish and even Mardi Gras beads. (Why am I not keeping these for myself?)

Here's a close-up of the fabric.

Pontchartrain Beach Fabric image courtesy of Hazelnut New Orleans. Designed by Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichi.

They have it pictured on their website on this adorable cushioned bench. Do you not love it?!
The tote bag isn't bad either...

Enjoy the weekend! Big plans, no plans - do tell.

Mrs. News Readin'


Legallyblondemel said...

Ooh, too fun. That book looks darling & like just the right thing. I am envious of your Couples Friends / Game Night arrangement.

This weekend, I may or may not be attending a musical based on a certain fictional, blonde Delta Nu-turned-law student. You'll never get me to admit that publicly.

Ainslie Place said...

Thanks so much for mentioning Hazelnut New Orleans. My SIL is from Baton Rouge; she met my brother when he went down for Mardi Gras one year.

I'll have to check their site out since either I or my husband has her in the Christmas grab this year.

a. said...

Wow that is fabulous fabric and I love the site! Great picture frames which I will be needing after June!

The Mrs. said...

You need to write a novel asap. That manage guilt in the lemons and lobsters line made me howl. I need that book!

Happy Homemaker said...

What a lucky hostess! You ARE the best guest!

thepreppyprincess said...

We have long loved Hazelnut, particularly their fabrics. It has been so fun to watch them expand their offerings in their signature prints.

You have such a great eye Miss Breaking News!