The Holiday Cocktail Supper

Cocktail-Supper-Party-Menu-and-Dining-Room-by-Julia-Reed-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe’re hosting a little Holiday Party this Saturday, and after a hectic few weeks, I’m really excited to spend some time with good friends and toast the end to a fabulous year! I like to entertain and usually don’t find it particularly stressful. However, holiday parties tend differ from status quo. It’s a busy time of year, so understandably guests may have multiple events to attend, or a little shopping to finish up – hence arriving at different times throughout the course of the night. This can be a little stressful in terms of keeping food hot, especially on a cold Winter night!

So when I came across Julia Reed’s (one of my entertaining idols) Cocktail Supper menu in this months Southern Living, I knew what direction to take. All of her dishes can be served at room temperature (aside from the Lump Crab Mornay, which is kept warm in a silver chafing dish), allowing the host to enjoy their guests – in lieu of constantly heating up food and keeping an eye on sternos. Genius!

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1. Montgomery Punch

2. Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche

3. Lump Crab Mornay 

4. Perfect Beef Tenderloin served with homemade hot mustard sauce, horseradish sauce and Sister Schubert’s yeast rolls (which Ms. Reed swears are just as good as homemade!).

5. Buttery Toasted Pecans – I also really like this recipe!

6. Asparagus with Curry Dip

7. Pecan Bourbon Balls

In addition to be so much less stressful, the added benefit about the “Cocktail Super” menu is it’s more than enough to constitute as dinner, and informal enough for your guests to arrive and leave as they please!

Are you doing any holiday entertaining this season? Any tips for a stress-free party?

Get The Look • Rustic Glam via Nate Burkus

Get-The-Look-Nate-Berkus-Rustic-Glam-Inspired-Table-Setting-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignMichelle Armas Elk One Print // Pottery Barn Red Sicily Vase // William Sonoma Wood Vase //Jayson Home Bottle Vase //  Terrain Cracked Glaze Bud Vase // Terrain Verdigris Julep Vase // CB2 Pony Sprout Chair // Home Decorators Aldridge Extendable Dining Table 

While perusing Domaine last night, and I came across this gorgeous dining room designed by Nate Berkus. I was instantly smitten by the impeccable mix of textures and genres; from the rustic wood table to the glamorous velvet chairs with their sexy brass legs, and the lovely mix of pottery combined with the “algorithm-like”(?) art is just genius! While this apartment appears to have a million dollar view of Chicago, the bones of the room are simply white walls and floors – a very attainable starting point!

Are you a fan of mixing different styles of furniture, decor and art?

Gram Turns 90

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJAs a follow up to Friday’s post, I wanted to share a few pics of Gram’s 90th Birthday luncheon from this past Saturday. My aunt had the brilliant idea to hire photographer Rebecca Mulvey for the day, and while these are only a few sneak peeks of the table, I just couldn’t resist sharing!

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-4DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-6With 24 guests attending, I would typically rent the linens and dishes needed to accommodate such a large crowd. But luckily between Gram, my mom, aunt and myself, we were able to pool together all of the necessary items. Gram’s Franciscan apple plates (which I LOVE!) were the jumping off point for the table inspiration. Seeing as we didn’t have 24, I alternated them with Gram’s white stoneware dishes (similar). I picked up simple bordeaux tablecloths and brown hemstitch napkins, and had just enough of my Anthropologie hobnail tumblers (similar) for each guest.

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-5DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-3The flowers were single bunches of tulips, little garden roses and lilies (from Costco!), that I combined with skewered apples and pine cones, along with some evergreen clippings from my garden.

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-2My favorite little detail were the place cards. The tiny apples are from Trader Joe’s, and I hot glued silk leaves with the guests names onto each one.

DiCorcia-Interior-Design-Winter-Luncheon-Table-Rebecca-Mulvey-Photography-NY-NJ-7And here’s the lady of the hour – I hope I inherited her genes and look this good at 90!!!

A big thank you to Rebecca Mulvey for the gorgeous photos!

Thanksgiving @ The Bungalow

Thanksgiving-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI hope you all had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Day dinner at The Bungalow was somewhat of a whirlwind, I feel like I blinked and it was all over! Dinner went off without a hitch, I brined the turkey and cannot recommend the extra step enough (I used this recipe). Although I did flood the kitchen with raw turkey water twice – it was not a pretty scene! Luckily that took place in the morning, so everything was disinfected twice over before our guest’s arrival. Next year I will be using a bucket in place of the turkey brining bag!

As per my usual, I got so caught up having a good time I barely took any pictures – I really need to remember to do this at our upcoming holiday party! I did manage to snap a few pics of the table on my iPhone before our guests arrived. We usually have a decent size crowd, and this year the table was set for 12. In lieu of having a tablecloth custom-made to accommodate the 10 ft. table, I picked up some cheap burlap to achieve a seamless look.

Thanksgiving-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpgThe flowers were supermarket bunches that I combined and arranged in tortoise drinking glasses – I love the repetition of them going down the table!

Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ.jpgAnd the place settings were a combination of old – my Great Grandmother’s china and vintage Lenox glasses; and new – Pier 1 chargers, Pier 1 napkins, Anthropologie hobnail glasses (similar), Pier 1 napkin ringsRifle Paper Co. place cards.

I think a good time was had by all! How was your Thanksgiving?

A Colorful Thanksgiving Table

Colorful-Thanksgiving-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-DesignWith Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I’ve had table settings on my mind. This year I’m really inspired in taking the traditional Thanksgiving color palette and mixing it up with unconventional hues.

When it comes to the holiday’s I tend to be more of a traditionalist, so I certainly couldn’t nix orange all together, but think mint green would be a fun update for a colorful table – and how perfect would those Anthro plates be to go along with?! I’d add lots of natural textures like driftwood hurricanes, a woven fiber table runner and wood bark pedestal stand to balance off the look!

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year (or in charge of the table)? If so, what are your plans?

Woven Table Runner // Hemstick Napkin // Lohja Dinner Plate // Dervish Wine Glass // Hobnail Tumbler // Gold Flatware // Washed Linen Tablecloth // Woodbark Pedestal Stand // Diftwood Hurricane 

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall…

Fall-Inspired-Table-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWhenever I design a room, I like to think about how it will change throughout the seasons. If my guests are big on holiday decorating and entertaining, I like to choose a color palette that can easily accommodate festive decorations without them looking out of place.

I came across this watercolor by Lourdes Sanchez the other day, and thought it would be the perfect point of inspiration for a dining room. The plums, navy and orange tones could be played up in the Fall and Winter; while the pastel blues, greens and dusty pinks could be the focal point during the Spring and Summer months.

Lourdes Sanchez Painting // West Elm Mercury Glass Huricanes // Anthropologie Clarissa Dining Chair Home Decorators Aldridge Extendable Dining Table  (great price!) // Serena & Lily Anya Blown Glass Chandelier // Juliska Four Country Estate China in Autumn // Serena & Lily Plum Capri Table Runner

 

Weekend Pursuits

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOn Saturday we headed to Wölffer Estate Vineyard for their annual Harvest Party.

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-Dry-Rose-Cider-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe had the opportunity to check out some of their amazing new vintages – I was particularly fond of the Dry Rose Cider!

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-Rolling-In-Dough-Pizza-Truck-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe dined on some delicious fare – including tacos, lemon rosemary chicken, gourmet pizzas, seasonal roasted vegetables and pulled pork – I meant to take more pictures of the food, but was too busy eating! The hand-crafted pizzas were made to order from this incredibly genius, brick oven on wheels by Rolling in Dough (love the name!).Wouldn’t this be an incredible idea for a kids party, or a late night encore of snacks at a wedding?!

Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSpeaking of kids, there were a ton of activities for little ones, including horse back riding, face painting, hay rides, pumpkin rolling and a petting zoo.Wölffer-Estate-Vineyard-Harvest-Party-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJIt was an amazing Fall day meant to be spent outdoors, the weather seriously could not have been more perfect! If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out the Harvest Party when it rolls around next year!

Cuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJCuck-Close-Guild-Hall-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe also visited the Chuck Close exhibit at Guild Hall. The altered perceptions of the artist’s works in digital media over the span of his career was incredibly insightful and inspiring!

Balsam-Farm-Stand-Amagansett-NY-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOn Sunday Dad and I hit up the local farm stands, which were overly abundant with seasonal harvest!

Balsam-Farm-Stand-Ground-Cherries-Amagansett-NY-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI discovered a new favorite fruit – ground cherries. Part cherry, part tomato, you remove their paper-like wrapper to find a beautiful gem inside – kind of like eating candy!

Serena-and-Lily-Store-Hamptons-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSerena-and-Lily-Store-Hamptons-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJMy mom and I took advantage of the holiday weekend sales, making sure to hit up one of our favorite stores in the Hamptons, Serena & Lily. I was completely obsessed with that coffee table, and how gorgeous is the Fall-inspired table setting?!

IMG_3274We made a mid-day pit stop from shopping at Ditch Plains to take in the gorgeous view!

Race-Lane-Halibut-East-Hampton-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJAnd finished off the weekend at one of my favorite new restaurants, Race Lane.

How was your weekend? Did you have the opportunity to spend any time outdoors?

*You can check out a list of my  favorite places to eat and visit in the Hamptons here.

Dining Alfresco • Fall

Fall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ2c8e32442ed8e17c379e6e13c1d65298Fall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJFall-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe host Thanksgiving every year, and creating a festive table is one of my favorite aspects! While searching for inspiration, I always admire with the outdoor tablescapes many of you enjoy in the warmer states. Living in the Northeast, dining outside in November is never a viable option (unless we ask our guests to arrive in ski gear!). But with the warm weather continuing into the weekend, I think I’ll try my hand at a Fall-inspired outdoor table setting.

Any fun plans for the weekend? We’re heading to the game on Sunday, praying the Giants don’t get killed (again)!

Images via: here and here

Shop Love • Terrain

Terrain-Fall-Buffet-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJI absolutely love decorating for the holidays! With that said, decorating for Halloween quickly followed by Thanksgiving, and then Christmas a few weeks after is way too rushed for me! It’s a timely task and I like to relish in the spirit of it, without scrambling on to the next set. So in lieu of the typical Halloween decor, I opt for a few tasteful Fall-inspired accents. I’m aiming to have them up by the beginning of October, and they’ll stay in place through Thanksgiving. Then come Black Friday weekend, I’ll start incorporating in my favorite Christmas trimmings.

Terrain has been a constant source of inspiration for me all Spring and Summer with my garden, and their Fall-inspired decor does not disappoint! I’m not sure why they don’t have a catalog, as these set designs are absolutely gorgeous!

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Terrain-Fall-Product-Favorites-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJ1 – Into Autumn Wreath $68 2- Twig Lights $48 3- Lavender Herb Wreath $68 4- Dried Cardoon Flower Bunch $20 5- Pressed Flower Sachets $20 6- Dried Hanging Amaranth Bunch $28 7- Garden Tuteur $158 (small) 8- Filigree Cutout Hurricane $48 (small) 9- Sphere Hanging Basket $18 10- Geometric Fire Pit $998 11- Antique Copper Kettle $2,700 12- Low Fiberclay Urn $98

Do you enjoy decorating for the holidays? If so, what does your “decorating schedule” look like? Where are some of your favorite places to shop for holiday decorations?

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Dining Al Fresco

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJDuring warmer months, dining al fresco is one of the greatest pleasures! Nothing beats casual food, great conversation and festive drinks paired with a mild breeze. I find guests tend to be more relaxed and really feel at home. It doesn’t hurt that a little spilt wine is no biggie – just hose it off – cleanup is a piece of cake! I’m head-over-heels in love with this “relaxed and eclectic” Laurel Canyon backyard belonging to Nicole Richie and her family! This incredible summer dinner party Richie hosted for her girlfriends is a little bit glamorous, completely relaxed and utterly perfect in my book!

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Placesetting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Table-Setting-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Blue-Flower-Arrangement-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Lebanese-Buffet-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThe Middle Eastern cuisine has me salivating! Clean, healthy and a total crowd pleaser – it was my only request for my own bridal shower!

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Lebanese-Buffet-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Lebanese-Food-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Patio-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJNicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Lights-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJOh the power of twinkle lights, they never cease to impress me! How incredible is that waterfall of little bulbs?!

Nicole-Richie-Al-Fresco-Dining-Twinkle-Lights-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJSo much good inspiration for entertaining this weekend!

Do you eat outside often? If so, what’s your favorite cuisine to serve? I always enjoy doing something really casual!