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Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Maria and John’s DIY Wedding

Maria and John’s DIY Wedding

As soon as Del Ray residents Maria and John closed on their 1798 Colonial home in New Hampshire, they knew it was the perfect place to host their wedding and reception last summer. A second marriage for both, the couple wanted a small, low-key DIY wedding in a place that was meaningful to them. They decided the nearly two-acre N.H. home served as the perfect location for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and the recently restored barn was ideal for dinner and dancing. Handmade signs directed guests to the wedding… …and the big tree out front was lit with votives in glass jars hung with colorful ribbon. Maria and John repurposed a farmhouse sink left by the previous owners as a place to cool drinks. They hung drink tags from a small metal ladder that was also left behind. In homage to the work they’re doing on the home, they fashioned the drink tags out of paint chips. For table names, they used places important to them, such as...

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Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 | 0 comments

A Dinner Party Catered by Del Ray

A Dinner Party Catered by Del Ray

One of the many reasons we love having a vibrant restaurant scene in Del Ray is the fact that you can use those restaurants as your personal catering company. Having a party, but no time to cook? No problem! Here’s a few ideas for a delicious dinner at home for a small party of 6 or a party of 16 or more. For an easy appetizer, make your own cheeseboard with ingredients from Cheesetique and seasonal fruit from the Del Ray Farmers Market. Or pick up a bag of chips, salsa and guacamole from Taqueria Poblano. Taqueria also sells platters of fixins for make-your-own tacos and the mix for their margaritas. Another simple option — a platter of sandwiches from Market 2 Market, Mancini’s or Caboose Cafe — just pair with your own homemade sides. We love the rotisserie chickens to go from Del Ray Cafe and, not pictured, a sheet pan of BBQ and mac ‘n cheese from Pork Barrel BBQ. Even if you don’t have time to...

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 | 0 comments

A Girl Scout Cookie Cocktail Party

A Girl Scout Cookie Cocktail Party

The idea of pairing Girl Scout cookies with a glass of beer or wine sounded terrible to me at first, I must admit. But when April and Mark invited me to their Girl Scout cookie cocktail party, I was more than happy to play along – there’s no such thing as a bad cocktail party with friends, after all — and I’m game for any and all food adventures. April and Mark had clearly had a great time planning the party, having supported their own “Daisy’s” cookie sales this year. They researched recipes online, saying “we were amazed at how much pairing advice is out there,” and chose a few different microbrews and wine options (even champagne in one case), as well as appetizers, to go with several varieties of Girl Scout cookie. When I arrived at the party, I found my own personalized mason jar with an index card and pencil inside. The card listed the different cookie types in one column and in the other columns, the...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Tips for Setting a Festive Thanksgiving Table

Tips for Setting a Festive Thanksgiving Table

Now that it’s November, we’re excited to start talking about Thanksgiving decorating. Today we welcome guest blogger and Alexandria resident Alicia Rutherford from Untangled Events who will share some great tips for creating a simple yet festive Thanksgiving table. More than any other holiday Thanksgiving revolves around the table. Every host wants a beautiful table that invites guests to a good time. But with cooking the turkey, cleaning the house, dressing the kids, or even running the Del Ray Turkey Trot, the table can easily become a last minute rush to get it set and not forget the spoons. So how can you bring the table into your Thanksgiving preparation without adding more to your already bulging to do list? I’ve got some easy tips that make your table almost as memorable as your food. Having lived and entertained in Del Ray for nearly ten years, I know our unique homes offer a variety of options, and these table ideas can fit into spaces of any size. (Our first...

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 | 0 comments

How to Host a Fabulous Fall Fundraiser

How to Host a Fabulous Fall Fundraiser

Last week we shared a story about the upcoming renovations to the Mount Vernon Community School Playground. And last Saturday night, the MVCS PTA held an event (their annual fundraiser for special projects) to raise money for the playground improvements. Leslie and I attended the festivities, joined by more than 200 people in the community, a spectacular evening with delicious food, drinks and live music in an amazing Del Ray backyard. But aside from supporting a great cause, Leslie and I left with lots of party ideas — many that can replicated whether you’re hosting a small gathering for 10 or a large-scale event for over 200. We entered the event at a house on Hume Ave., decked out in all its Halloween glory. But what you can’t tell from the front is that the party actually spanned across four backyards — it got better and better as we meandered through the properties. This first house served as home base with a registration table inside the front gate. The...

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