Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Highlights from St. Louis

I just came home from St. Louis where I presented Jewish holiday ideas to a group of women from Nishmah. I lucked out with the weather—it was a beautiful spring weekend and all the trees and spring flowers in St. Louis were in full bloom. I couldn't resist taking some photos of the beautiful neighborhoods with charming older homes.

The day was split into three parts: a power-point presentation of my favorite Jewish holiday ideas taken from this blog, a hands-on demonstration where I showed how to create a centerpiece using fresh flowers and fruit, and a craft workshop where all the participants made paper flowers for Shavuot.

The best part of the day was meeting all the terrific women who took part and put together the event.

I was thrilled to finally meet Brooke Pratt (top right) the genius behind the Sucre Shop—we are blog/internet friends and it was so nice to finally meet in person. Luckily for me, my sister Lisa (bottom left) lives in St. Louis so it was a treat to get to spend time with her. The women (bottom right) who put this together did an unbelievable job.

Can we talk about the house where this took place? OMG...g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s!
Not only are the house and grounds incredible, I loved how the decor was so understated. Traditional furnishings with a neutral color palate, lots of gray washed furniture and greige  colored, textured fabrics.

Lunch was served outdoors overlooking the beautiful grounds.
Salmon nicoise, quiche and veggies made the perfect lunch on a spring day.

The final hour was spent creating paper flowers out of dyed coffee filters
I'll be posting how-to make these in a few weeks. It was a wonderful day...I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!

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