Last week I went to New York to help throw Gretchen Rubin a party to celebrate her new book Happier at Home, which will be happily landing in the world on September 4th. The ladies of Go Mighty and I as well as Isabel Kallman threw the event at the perfect spot for a casual summer evening party…a New York City terrace. Divine.
The whole evening was pretty great, like swoosh of cool air in the afternoon heat, and here are some of the items that made this one extra special. A few of my favorite things…
1. Candy. Candy, candy, candy. I’m so into candy right now. This is nothing new or trendy or cool. But it makes me happy. Especially colorful candy.
Chocolate, of course, too. Always. Confession/party tip: I impulse-bought these sea salt chocolate truffles at Staples while I was in line for something else. I can’t even believe how totally fantastic they were. From the Staples line. Awesome.
But don’t worry, Healthy People of the World, there were also vegetables. For balance. And aesthetics.
Old school. The original instant gratification of photography. They’re fun to hang around too.
Growing vegetables and making my own canned things with them was on my list this year. So that happened. And to take it one step further, I smuggled jars of my homemade pickles, spiced pickled squash and lemon tomato marmalade on the plane from Austin to serve at a NYC terrace party. Rad. I’ll post these recipes soon. They were crowd pleasers.
4. Pretty Nametags
I love these chalkboard name tags!
I found them on Etsy.
If I’m being honest, these are my favorite things in the world right now and were one of my favorite things about the evening.
Besides the people, of course.
Awesome people eating popsicles…or better yet dipping them in prosecco as we did here and then eating them…basically the best way to spend a summer evening. Or one of them, for sure.
So the popsicles came with prosecco, but the good stuff was served alone. And oh my gosh was it good. Imported Wines provided Diebolt-Vallois “Cuvèe Prestige” NV Brut Blanc de Blancs.
Straight from France. Straight to us. Thank you, Imported Wines. You make the good stuff easy to get.
We called this last year. Harry Mayes swore this from the moment he could speak. Doughnuts rule.
And doughnuts and champagne are like peanut butter and jelly. You know it.
Anthropologie is all about happiness at home, so they provided lovely 2013 calendars for us to start looking ahead, happily. And of course, Bliss and happiness go together like doughnuts and champagne.
For more on gifts and greatness, check out Amber’s post on all the giftbag goodness.
It was such a treat to see so many smart ladies that I love in one space.
Check out Sarah’s post for so much more on that and so many great photos.
10. A Happy Guest of Honor
Gretchen is one of my favorite humans on the planet. Naturally inquisitive, genuinely upbeat, she is a force of goodness and delight. It’s always a treat to be in her presence.
And celebrating with her and Isabel in one spot, with boozy popsicles, well, basically that’s the best summer evening ever.
And that makes me happy.
Check out Amber’s post on all the giftbag goodness.
See Sarah’s post on all the mighty happy people who came to celebrate.
Add your name to the list if you want to find out more about Go Mighty.
And buy Happier at Home for yourself and others. It will make everyone happier.
All photos taken by Sheri Silver.