Soirtay is expanding! In fact, Harrison Frei, our new SVP of coos and cuddle-time, arrived early on July 16, 2013. In light of his arrival, please understand that there will be a brief interlude in our regular dinner party inspiration. In the meantime, while Elaine practices her lullabies (and you all practice your glue-gunning), we are in the first stages of building our incredible new (not just a blog!) website. For now, cheers to nap time! (Psssssst….Harrison…that means you bud.) […]
Going to a soirtay? You lucky duckie. But whatcha’ going to bring to thank the hostess? Wine always works, but that means a bottle in addition to what you plan to drink. Flowers are fine, but if the hostess is a Soirtay chick, she’s got another centerpiece in mind. Here is a gift idea to keep you on every host’s permanent invitation list: CB2’s Numi candle holders fall into two of our favorite categories: “subtly funky” and “cheaply extravagant.” We […]
In New Zealand, “Happy Birthday to You” is sung and is followed by clapping, once for each year of the person’s life and once more for good luck. In Uruguay, party guests touch the birthday person’s shoulder or head following the singing of “Happy Birthday to You.” In Ecuador, sometimes the birthday person will take a large bite off the birthday cake before it is served. Our traditions vary, but the purpose is all the same: to honor the birthday […]
Just sweet enough, with a sassy swishin’ skirt by Antipodium and a WOWZA conversation ring—this is the look! Finishing touches include the Nasty Gal pumps (a steal at $138), a BCBG clutch (just in case you and the crew slip out after cake), and Henri Bendel’s Petit Harry pendant (which daintily enhances the simple black cami neckline). Find all pricing and availability via Polyvore. For more style clips and sanity tips download the full Birthday Soirtay Blueprints here.
Some say that the best things in life are free. Maybe that’s true. But the Soirtay truism is that the best things in life are the perfectly imperfect. That goes for you and me; it’s even true for the pasta that goes past al dente and a friend who spills his wine while laughing his pants off. Buuuuuttttt, we do like to get away with good nails when we can. For this soirtay try Essie’s Fiesta so your hosting hands […]
Was it Einstein who said, “Necessity is the mother of all invention?” We think so. We’re going with it. We’re getting Einstein on y’all here. At Soirtay we’re on a mission to resuscitate the art of the dinner party. The void or rather, the necessary hostess companion for us, was a guide that weaves everything together and drops a bunch of helpful hints along the way (learned the hard way by a few chicks you might know). So we invented […]
We applaud you, you oh-so-chic Soirtay hostess—you’re throwing a birthday bash. Now ditch the stress and worry, okay? Don’t fret if the pasta goes past al dente, a balloon pops during dinner, or a donut bites the kitchen floor dust. The love for your friend surpasses all party perfection and the effort you’ve dedicated to make her feel special is a testament to your bond. The next few days we’ll focus on hints that will make your DIY and dinner […]
Mary Poppins once said, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. You find that fun and-SNAP-the job’s a game!” These individual birthday cakes, composed of powdered donuts and luscious chocolate mousse, are the Mary Poppins moment of our menu. They don’t involve baking, they’re fun to make and to eat. And each of your guests has the chance to make their own wish – birthday or not. You’ll find one of these M.P. moments […]
It doesn’t get much better than summer produce. Here we let the tangy berries and sweet lettuce shine. A light, bistro-style mustard vinaigrette goes on top along with homemade croutons. For full recipes download the Birthday Soirtay Blueprint here.