Welcome Bags Three Ways

Whether your friends + family are traveling from afar or from down the street to help you celebrate, a thoughtfully curated welcome gift is a wonderful way to show your gratitude. 

Make a great first impression with a mix of practical and easy-to-pack products, tasty treats, and locally produced goodies that reflect the unique character of your location.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the “bag” by ditching it all together! Picnic baskets, momento boxes, and fanny packs are all creative alternatives.  

Inspired by three distinct wedding locales – New York’s Hudson Valley, New York City and Tulum, Mexico – we’ve pulled together three one-of-a kind gift collections that guests are sure to appreciate. 


Destination Inspiration // Upstate New York

Encourage your guests to curl up and enjoy their downtime with this cozy selection of upstate accessories. Locally sourced wine, jam + bread paired with playing cards + travel blanket are best enjoyed in front of the fire.

Destination Inspiration // New York City

Prep your guests with everything they need to explore the streets of NYC. A chic fanny pack filled with a pre-paid Metro Card + city guide, New York-made treats and reusable travel mug will keep them going all weekend long. Whimsical coloring postcards + mini colored pencils make for a great keepsake.

Destination Inspiration // Tulum, Mexico

Inspire your guests to put their OOF reply on with this beach-ready collection. A mini-waterproof speaker, sun care kit, straw clutch and Turkish towel are fun additions to any beach bag. Individual tequila shot kits along with tequila-infused treats will encourage your guests to start the party upon check-in!

Summer Sips: Gin + Tonic Bar

During a recent trip to Scotland, we were reminded how much we love a classic Gin + Tonic when paired with aromatic mixers and seasonal garnishes. Upon returning to NYC’s heat and humidity, a Gin + Tonic Bar felt like a refreshing addition to our summer entertaining lineup.

We revisited this classic cocktail by discovering new gins to mix + match with our favorite Fever Tree tonics. Take a break from your go-to spritz and try this easy Gin + Tonic bar at your next gathering.


Select gins that offer a variety of flavor profiles, mixing your favorite go-to’s with new labels. For our bar, we selected The Botanist for it’s aromatic florals, cucumber-infused Hendricks and the citrus-forward L.A. newcomer, AMASS Dry Gin.

A Gin + Tonic bar is all about the perfect pairings! From floral ice cubes to fresh herbs and produce, select a variety of garnishes to compliment each gin’s unique botanicals.

Provide guests with guidance on which garnishes + mixer you’ve preselected for each gin but have fun with creating new combinations!

Black + White Backyard BBQ

Summer is here and we can finally take entertaining outside! There are so many ways to customize an al fresco dining experience and as the host, the challenge is to avoid overcomplicating set up so you can kick off your shoes along with guests.

For a recent backyard BBQ, we kept things simple with Black + White accents, self-serve stations and lawn games to take full advantage of the space.


Keep things casual by allowing guests to serve themselves. Use large serving pieces to minimize time spent in the kitchen replenishing dishes.


We love this Jello shot upgrade from A Beautiful Mess and went monochromatic with lemon wedges for guests to discover at the bar.

Black + white table linens - Party Rental Ltd.


Lawn games, lounge areas and cocktail tables encourage guests to mix + mingle throughout the evening.


Whether you’re dressing your table for Easter brunch or Passover seder, preppy pastels are perfectly suited for the new spring season. While the pallete may be tried and true we’ve paired the old and new, high and low, modern and traditional to create a table as special as the guests who will gather around it.

So much gratitude to The Wild Bunch for creating our beautiful centerpiece full of delicate springtime flowers and for Kelly Kollar for capturing it all so beautifully.

Italian Washed Linen Napkins -    Williams Sonoma    | Round Water Hyacinth Placemat -    Pottery Barn

Italian Washed Linen Napkins - Williams Sonoma | Round Water Hyacinth Placemat - Pottery Barn

Pair formal pieces, like the china you inherited when you got married, with more casual accents such as stone washed linen napkins - no ironing required!

Stemmed wine glasses -    Zalto    | Stemless wine glasses -    Crate and Barrel

Stemmed wine glasses - Zalto | Stemless wine glasses - Crate and Barrel

Even subtle details can make an impact. Delicate, hand-blown wine glasses compliment the loose, seasonal florals.

Candle holder and hurricane -    Simon Pearce    | Candle stick -    Mole Hollow

Candle holder and hurricane - Simon Pearce | Candle stick - Mole Hollow

Don’t be afraid to play with symmetry when setting your table. A single, large hurricane anchors the table and offsets the floral centerpiece.


Since visiting Tulum over the holidays, we’ve been daydreaming of white sand, warm evenings and cocktails on the beach. This is usually the time of year when NYC winters seem to drag on, so a Tulum-Inspired Cocktail party felt like the best way to infuse our weekend with summer vibes.

Inspired by Hartwood’s Piña-Habanero Margarita, here are our tips to spice up your next Happy Hour.

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Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Tray -    Target    | Blue + White Pottery -    Blackbarn

Hearth & Hand With Magnolia Tray - Target | Blue + White Pottery - Blackbarn

Inspired by the natural beauty of Tulum, we mixed wood tones, pottery + pops of blue with tropical foliage to create a beachy, vibrant backdrop.

Napkins (   similar   ) |    Vase    +    Beaded Garland    - Anthropologie |    Woven Coasters    - West Elm

Napkins (similar) | Vase + Beaded Garland - Anthropologie | Woven Coasters - West Elm

Incorporate the flavors of the Yucatán Peninsula by letting colorful citrus, peppers + garnishes double as décor.

Stoneware Plate -    Blackbarn

Stoneware Plate - Blackbarn

Because these margaritas are best served individually, keep it casual and allow guests to garnish their own drinks.

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For an extra kick, prep your habanero-infused tequila a day or two before.


A thoughtful, well-appointed table can set the tone for any gathering and the holidays provide endless inspiration when creating a tablescape to welcome family and friends. Our theme this year was ‘collected + found’ and instead of splurging on new decor, we incorporated items from around our home that lent warmth and texture to create a relaxed, but elevated vibe for our Thanksgiving table.


Handcrafted elements like these hand-dyed napkins and carved wooden napkin rings add a personal, unique touch to each place setting.

Hand-dyed Napkins - Samantha Varrone | Hand Carved Wood Napkin Rings - The 8th Drifter | Plates + Flatware - West Elm


A neutral palette highlights the texture and natural beauty of these water hyacinth placemats while offsetting our menu ingredients turned table decor - we’re looking at you persimmons!


Don’t be afraid to mix metals! We combined antique brass candlesticks and heirloom silver to accent the warm tones of the table.