Our Favorite Pieces For Your Next New Year’s Eve Bash

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?  Hopefully you’re getting ready for a fun night of parties.  If you’re thinking of throwing your own, here are some of my favorite pieces for a sparkly NYE bash.

Top: Pop Fizz Clink Balloons / Silver Tinsel Pom Pom Swizzle Sticks / Black Cabana Stripe Place Cards / Bubbly Cheers Coaster Set

Center: Confetti and Streamers Flutes / Chantilly Cocktail Napkins / Metallic Swirl Straws / Ikat Mini Lattice Napkin Set

Bottom: Black Sequins / Metallic Gold Tissue Confetti / Gold Glitter Large Seal / West Elm Party In A Box

Happy New Year to you!

Roasted Pear Crisps for Christmas Morning

One of the things we love most about the holidays is enjoying delicious food with family and friends. Just in time for Christmas morning, here is a yummy dish that we love, that can easily be added to your holiday brunch. In just a few quick steps, you’ll have a healthy side that you’ll want to make again, well after the holidays are over.

Step 1: Cut pears in half leaving skin intact

Step 2: Scoop out the core with a spoon

Step 3: Fill the core with your favorite granola

Step 4: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 5: Place pears face-up in baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until pears are soft and granola is browned

Step 6: Drizzle pears with honey and serve it with your favorite yogurt

{Recipe adapted from Kitchen Simplicity; images by AphroChic}

Date Night At COOK In Philadelphia

When Jackie Nwobu of Munaluchi Bride asked if I’d like to be a lifestyle editor for the publication, it didn’t take long for me to start concepting my first article. My idea for the shoot was a new take on date night.  Instead of just a night at the movies, I wanted to show couples doing something truly engaging, romantic and fun.  And I couldn’t think of a more perfect date than a night out at COOK, a “kitchen-classroom” in the heart of Philadelphia, where guests can be treated to cooking classes from the city’s best chef’s and hometown heroes like of Questlove of the Roots.

On a cool fall day, four beautiful couples arrived at COOK, some recently married, others just engaged. I was so excited to be producing my very first magazine shoot. It was also a nice moment for our couples, who were going to be a part of the first Lifestyle shoot for the magazine. Our guests were treated to a day of cooking together and connecting as couples to create a dish by Chef Kionh Banh, Executive Chef at Twenty Manning Grill.  It was such a romantic evening and an amazing collaboration with a number of talented women of color. A beautiful tablescape, complete with florals was designed by Erganic Design & Living and photos of the day were taken by talented New York photographer, Petronella Lugemwa. Everyone had a great time at the shoot, and best of all, all that cooking was the perfect encouragement for everyone to spend a few hours after the shoot hanging out at another local restaurant.  For the full feature including the recipe for the ahi tuna summer rolls that were made, see the Fall/Winter issue of Munaluchi Bride Magazine on newsstands now, and turn to page 94.  I hope it gives you some ideas for your next date night.

 {Production: Jeanine Hays; Photography: Petronella Photography; Styling and Floral Design: Erganic Design & Living; Food Styling: Executive Chef Kiong Banh, Twenty Manning Grill.  Couples: Courtney Arrington-Baldwin & Donnell Baldwin; Shanae Salley & Lucas Robinson; Latrice Doctor & Steven Chambers; Christine Jones & Jared Jones}

Thanksgiving Brunch Menu

Seasonal vegetables, fall foliage, an inspiring tabletop story – these are all elements of the perfect Thanksgiving day brunch. And this brunch menu is the perfect complement to the holiday affair.