wisteria at the brooklyn botanical gardens

Now that we know we are officially moving from New York soon, I am spending every free moment trying to soak it all in.  And attempting to visit spots I haven’t hit yet.  I know I won’t even make a dent in my list, but it sure is fun to try.

One of the places I have been wanting to check out are the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  So I hopped on the train with a girlfriend and we went to check ’em out. Turns out we were a week late for the cherry blossoms (oops) but to our surprise entrance is free on Tuesdays, so we didn’t really care.

To make up for it, the wisteria was in full bloom.  Immediately we started dreaming of throwing a little dinner party under the fragrant lavender-hued trellis.  One more thing for the “some day” checklist…

Until then, I can stock up on supplies to get ready for it.


Let’s start with candles – some for the tables and lots for the trellis (you can buy hanging votives or DIY). And maybe add a few lavender and blue accents, like bread platesnapkins and glasses – to bring the color to the table too. And I like to add something fun to the flatware – these antique mother of pearl knives are just perfect.

To drink, definitely Lillet blanc – either served traditionally over ice with a twist or for those looking for a bit extra, we may have to try this martini version.

Do you have any outdoor spots that have you dreaming of parties?  I think I find them where ever I go!


1. Vintage Mother of Pearl Knives

(or if you prefer, new Mother of Pearl Flatware Sets are available too – I happen to like the one from Roost or Horchow)

2. Taylor Hurricane at Crate & Barrel

3. Hanging Votives from Jamali Garden

and a tutorial to DIY

4. Fresca Blue Linen Hemstitch Napkin from Pottery Barn

5. Ralph Lauren, Garland Wine Glass at Macy’s

6. Juliska, Pewter Stoneware Octagonal Salad Plate at Bloomingdale’s

7. Recycled Teak Dining Set at Terrain

8. Haviland, Lalque de Chine in Amethyst Platinum at Bloomingdale’s

9. Lillet Blanc

10. Roost, Horn Corkscrew at Velocity Art & Design

11. Double Wine Cooler, at Crate & Barrel

12. Beveled Tumber in Blue at Anthropologie