Category: Home Decor/Entertaining

PAJAMA PARTY! SUNDAY'S 3RD BIRTHDAY

posted by Elshane on Mar 28 2019, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

If you guys know me by now, you know that one of the biggest things I miss about living in Los Angeles is hosting parties at my house.

So when it came time this year to plan Sunday's 3rd birthday party, I looked for a space that felt open and inviting like a home-- somewhere that gave me all the tools to host a great event, but where I could also use my special party planning touches to add that Elshane sparkle.

I discovered that Kellogg's (yes, the iconic cereal brand) had just opened a concept shop in NYC that boasted wall to wall cereal dispensers, larger than life paintings of all of their famous characters (can I get a hello for Tony the Tiger, Snap Crackle Pop, and Toucan Sam?!), cereal selfie walls, Pop Tart towers, Eggo waffle stations, wait... should I go on? 

 

 

 

Kellogg's was the perfect canvas for Sunday's 3rd birthday party. But now I needed a theme...

I could be an all-star mom and go with Sunday's favorite characters like Shimmer and Shine, Frozen, Sunny Days... or I could be a hero mom and go with Sunday's favorite adornments like glitter, sparkles, pink and purple, unicorns, rainbows. 

Nah. I wanted something better. It had to go with the theme of the space, and what better theme for a cereal/breakfast bar than... A PAJAMA PARTY!!

 

 

My first call was to my dessert guru, Amy Cakes and Sweet Treats in Los Angeles. I begged her to design my cookies and overnight them to me in NYC for my party. She designed the greatest "Sunday's Sleepover" creations. She asked me to send her photos of Sunday's favorite pajamas and sleeping stuffed animals so she could design cookies around them. 

I had her send me extra cookies which I "glued" to our cakes using buttercream frosting. 

I also couldn't host a party without my favorite colorful black and white cookies (which I custom made in pink and purple, instead) by Dana's Bakery! They were a huge hit! (She does nationwide shipping, FYI.)

 

 

I called on THE ONE AND ONLY expert party and stationery megahouse Minted to create personalized decor to scatter throughout the party. We designed endless custom banners with Sunday's adorable photo memories from her lifetime, so that the guests could say "Myyyyy, Sunday, look how you've grown!!"

I designed quirky signs to hang throughout the space that said things like, "No Sleeping Allowed!", "Wake Up!", and "Eggos Have Vitamins!"

We made custom thank you hang tags with Sunday's photo that draped beautifully on the special goodie bags. 

 

 

Our pajama looks were high on the list of importance! Silly me, mom of a three year old girl, didn't realize HOW upset Sunday would get when I told her we were having a "Sunday's Sleepover" party (and not a Frozen or Princess party like her friends). 

When I told her each time that she would be wearing pajamas to her birthday party, she would melt down in tears. Finally, I realized it just wasn't going to happen. I quickly used my styling skills and sourced a custom NIGHTGOWN (it's a dress, right!?) with a beautiful chiffon robe that felt oh-so-sleepy, yet oh-so-princess-y. 

Win, Win! Also, we used Petite n' Pretty body and hair glitter for her hair, and a Made with Love and Kisses fuzzy robe for added color and fun!

For my look, I went silk pajamas with a designer handbag print from CJW, and custom eye masks made from Etsy

 

 

Entertainment and activities are key at birthday parties for every age. The second I penciled in what day I was having Sunday's party, I called Jam with Jamie to rock out with the kiddos!

They brought ALL the fun-- a singing band with full instruments, a parachute, bubbles, puppets and more! They sang all the Disney hits and even a bunch of tunes that got the adults groovin' along. We had to literally drag the kids away from them when it was time to EAT PIZZA! They didn't want to leave the corner of fun!

 

 

I also created an art table for the kiddos who wanted a more hands-on activity. My DIY of choice? Designing your own sleep masks, of course! Supplies were easy-- 50 solid colorful sleep masks from Amazon and one quick trip to Michaels to purchase a ton of felt stickers, glitter, ribbons, glue, and googily eyes!

DIY PRO TIP: When creating a DIY station at a party, it's always a great idea to design a few examples prior to the party. Scatter the examples all around the table at the party so you can entice your guests to get their creative juices flowing! Plus this allows you to problem solve in advance if the materials you envisioned aren't working well with the project!

 

 

Lastly, what party is complete without a face painting station?! The kids LOVE it. It's always a hit!!

Face Painting by Maria came highly recommended and she was so talented! Even the grandmas at the party got their arms painted. ;)

 

 

The goodie bags were important to me because I really wanted the kiddos to take home a piece of the Sunday's Sleepover theme. 

Luckily, when planning the party, I had just bought Sunday her first pair of Fuzzy Baba slippers, and thought to myself, "OK, every kid NEEDS these"! If you know how cute and cozy this brand is, you know it's a bedtime staple in any home!

I added Piggy Paint (Sunday's favorite nail polish brand), a box of Pop Tarts, and a few other trinkets to complete the sleepover theme. 

Party Success! Until next year my loves... 

 

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HOSTED BY YOURS TRULY

posted by Elshane on May 14 2018, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Well New York has been off to an exciting start! You have to remember, the last time I lived here, I was in my 20's, working a 9-7 job, single, and living in a shoe box studio.

Now, 8 years later I'm back and I'm a complete 180! I'm in my 30's, own my own business on my own time, I'm married with a daughter, and living in an apartment {and life!} of my dreams. 

So yes, New York has been fun. But... there was something missing...

 

I was invited (and honored) to host a Mother's Day event in conjuntion with Cybex (the high end stroller and car seat company) and Fashion Mamas (a members-only organization that brings together working mamas in the fashion industry). 

This event came at the perfect time for me. Amist relishing the new adventure that was New York City, came a deep loneliness -- missing my mama friends, companions, and co-workers in Los Angeles whom I had grown so close to -- sharing every silly detail about our parenting existance. 

Although relationships like that never fade, it was important that I carved new relationships with like-minded mothers in New York City, so I jumped on the opportunity to host an event that catered to ultimate boss mamas. 

The company, the decor, the florals, the food, and the laughs... it was all divine! Thank you to all who attended my Mother's Day brunch. I loved meeting each and every one of you! Until next time...

 

XO

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REFRESHING YOUR DINNERWARE

posted by Elshane on Aug 16 2017, under Home Decor/Entertaining

 

I was on the hunt for a new set of casual, everyday dinnerware. I checked out the usual suspects... won't mention any names but their initials include PB, C&B, you know the drill... Everything was expensive and unimpressive.

So I sat tight for a bit, until I stumbled upon this gem of a company, called Cheeky. I first heard of them when they sent me a set of babyware-- BPA-free plates, bowls, sippy cups. I was impressed by the quality, the design, and the cute prints. They still remain front and center in my baby feeding line-up.

Then I saw that they make porcelain dinnerware... and for every plate purchased, the company donates a meal to someone in need in the U.S.. I was sold. Great quality, great prices, great prints, great cause. Need any other reason to look any further? I would hope not!

 

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HOSTING A STUDIO 54 DISCO BASH!

posted by Elshane on Jan 10 2017, under Home Decor/Entertaining

When the chance presents itself, it's hard for me to turn down throwing a party. In this case, my husband was turning 35 this past weekend, and we knew we had a good throw down to give in us. 

I immediately knew I wanted a theme bash, and soon after, picked Studio 54 disco for its ultra glam, high spirited nature. I knew it would be a hit.

When you throw a theme party and require your guests to dress up, it's important to set the tone with the decor. You can't expect someone to go out of their way to find/make/source a costume, only to arrive to a party that doesn't feel 360 WOW. 

I set out to create that WOW effect with endless metallic fringe curtains, properly placed lighting, glitter, sequins, a black and white dance floor, a DJ, festive dessert, and a whooooole lotta FUNK!

 

 

Step 1: Needed a red, wavy wig. (Costume store, check.) Gold sequin turban? (Etsy, check.) DVF sequin wrap gown (how much more 70's can you go...check.) Glittery shoes (Jimmy Choo, check.) Vintage gold belt (Flea Market find, check.) Oh.... and....

Dressing my husband up as Andy Warhol, a.k.a. possibly the biggest known fixture of the Studio 54 era. (Such an easy costume, check, plus!)

And now for the decor...

I bought 100 yards of super cheap sequin fabric online and used it as drapery over all of the furniture to give an ultra sexy, nightclub 70's vibe.

Metallic fringe curtains doubled as entryway details and selfie walls all around the house.

Target sells LED balloons... yes, they literally glow in the dark.

Glitter everywhere... on every table, on the floor, on the bar, in between my toes. It's all in the details.

I rented up lights in red and pink and placed them throughout the house. The dance floor was black and white checkered and I had a disco ball and fog machine to set the mood. F-U-N-K!

All the party staff (two bartenders, two housekeepers, and DJ) were decked in 70's. I mean... if you were at Studio 54 in the 70's, wouldn't your bartender have an afro, too?

And then there's Homer, our son dog in his custom made (by meeeee) Moroccan tuxedo originally worn to our wedding. He partied until 4am, just sayin'...

I presented an endless dessert bar filled with my husband's favorites (ok, and mine, too). I hired Sweet E's Bake Shop to curate the insanely delicious selection. We feasted on double triple chocolate everything, s'mores this, cookie dough that, cookies 'n cream over here, secret peanut butter bars over there, confetti cakes, a tower of mini cupcakes, snickerdoodle blah blah blah, cookies, brownies, oh wait, and more, and more, and more!

Willy Wonka would have been IMPRESSED to say the least!

The rest is history.

I laid it on thick to the guests to give it their all with their costumes. No one disappointed. Out of all 120 guests, I counted about 30 afros, 10 ridiculous mustaches, endless polyester, sequins from head to toe, and laughs to last an entire year.

Considering throwing a theme party? Studio 54 70's Disco is a guaranteed groovy time!

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GIFT GUIDE: HOME DECOR FOR THE STYLISH SOUL

posted by Elshane on Nov 25 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

Rewarding yourself or others with a gift for the home is the greatest pick me up any stylish chick can swing. Whether it's a conversation-starting new gold speckled cowhide rug (perfect for layering over other rugs by the way), a chic marble and brass cheese board practically invented for serving your girlfriends at your Thursday night hosting sesh (simultaneously, a perfect excuse TO host a sesh!), or something as small and warm (and vital) as a fresh room diffuser (a must for every home, I cannot stress this enough), my home decor gift guide has something for all of your needs! Happy shopping and enjoy all of these sales!! 

Shop products by clicking item links below or by clicking their photo in the SHOP THE LOOK tab below. 

Like this gift guide? Tune into the blog every day this week and next for new themed gift guides daily!

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BIRTHDAY GURL!

posted by Elshane on Aug 29 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

August 30th: Happy Birthday to me :)

Turning 31 isn't as chic as turning 30, because there's no epic excuse to throw a monster blow out this time around. So instead, I urge you to revisit my birthday party last year, where I re-created Coachella in August, bringing a live band, food trucks, DIY-stations, shotskis, mini golf, and more, straight to my house party in Beverly Hills.

I bring you... #ELCHELLA! Click here to reminisce on the fun with me from last year...

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KITCHEN ESSENTIALS: HOW TO ROAST A CHICKEN

posted by Elshane on Jul 20 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

There are some things that boss ladies like us should know: How to manage a team, how to spend our paychecks, how to multi-task. Oh, and how to roast a chicken.

It's so easy, yet so impressive, that it can save you in a pinch whether you're cooking for 1, 2, or 4.

** Working Girl Tip: Prep this dish night before or morning of and leave the pan ready to go in the fridge for an effortless evening ahead. **

What you'll need (this recipe serves 4):

1 whole chicken (I prefer organic chickens about 6.5 lbs) // 8 lemons // Kosher sea salt and freshly ground pepper // herbs- 6 rosemary sprigs, 6 sage sprigs, 6 thyme sprigs //  1 bag baby carrots // 2 bags Brussel sprouts (about 30 sprouts) // 1 large sweet yellow onion // 1 bag baby potatoes // extra virgin olive oil // 1 large roasting pan (check my shopping section below for my favorite roasting pan-- mega worth the investment!)

 

1. Clean chicken- wash it with cold water in the sink, inside and out and remove giblets from the inside. With a paper towel, pat chicken dry inside and out and set aside for a few minutes to fully dry.

2. Position a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat to 400F.

3. Prepare your veggies: Cut Brussel sprouts in half, cut potatoes in half, slice onion into slivers and throw all plus carrots into roasting pan. Drizzle EVOO over veggies and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper-- mix evenly. Throw 3 sprigs of each herb in the pan with the veggies.

4. Place your chicken in the pan, pushing veggies aside as much as possible (or, with my suggested pan, the chicken sits on top of the veggies which is ideal). Cover chicken in EVOO, salt and pepper evenly on both sides and inside the cavity. Cut four lemons in half, take the seeds out, and squeeze them all over the entire chicken on both sides, as well as all over the veggies. Throw the squeezed lemon halves inside the pan with the veggies.

5. Position chicken breast side down in pan. Pierce two lemons with a fork 3 times each and shove the lemons up the cavity. Then shove 3 sprigs each of thyme, rosemary and sage up the cavity, as well.

6. Put the chicken in the oven, then immediately lower the temperature to 350F and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

7. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Using tongs or gloves, flip the chicken to breast side up and squeeze two remaining lemons (cut in half and pitted) all over chicken and veggies again. Again, toss the halves in the pan with the veggies to roast. Mix the veggies with a wooden spoon. Return the pan into the oven for 1 hour.

8. After 1 hour, remove the roasting pan from the oven and flip the bird one more time. Return it to the oven and let it cook for about 45 minutes (for a 6.5 lb bird), or as little as 15 minutes for a 4lb bird, or about 30 minutes for a 5lb bird. To avoid overcooking, about 10 minutes before these slated times, insert a meat thermometer into thigh-- it should read 180 degrees when it's fully cooked, and the juices should run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork.

(Tip: roasting a chicken at 350F takes approx. 18-20 minutes per lb, plus 15 minutes). Cooking times vary.

9. Let the chicken rest outside of the oven for 10 minutes before carving. Find all 8 lemon remainders and re-squeeze their juices over the top of the chicken and all of the veggies. (YUM!)

10. Enjoy!!!

 

Please leave comments if you try this recipe, and tell me how your BossLady Chicken turns out!

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SANTORINI SWING AT HOTEL KATIKIES

posted by Elshane on Jul 10 2015, under Home Decor/Entertaining

This is NOT a drill! This is real life. Well, real life for those visiting the Hotel Katikies in Santorini, Greece, that is.

I've seen photos of Santorini, but nothing compares to actually driving up the steep, windy mountain of Oia, Santorini, and arriving at the top of this like-snow dusted tropical escape to the splendor of this hotel. With only 30+ bungalow in the entire hotel, each room is hidden up, around, on top of and below its own set of winding white stairs tucked into a ocean-view cliff high above the Aegean Sea. 

While heading to your room, you may pass one of the three infinity pools that are perched into the cliff, or one of the multiple restaurants that offer some of the best Greek staples that I've ever had. {Feta cheese and cherry tomatoes have never (and I mean never, ever, ever) tasted so sweet.}

Since there are so few rooms, the service is impeccable and you find yourself befriending the other hotel guests at every turn. With some pools only offering as little as 4 seats, it's the most private public experience you can imagine. And you know each of these guests must be pretty cool... because if they chose this hotel, they must be doing something right!

Come along on with me as I spin you around a tour of my new favorite hotel in the world. My dress couldn't agree more...

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