Welcome winter and our winter interns!


Jacquie is a senior at Johnson & Wales University in Providence with a major in Baking and Pastry Arts Food Service Management and a concentration in Event Management. While at school, Jacquie was the President of the JWU Wildcat Dancers, the university’s competitive dance team, as well as an avid member of the Special Functions Club and Eta Sigma Delta Honors Society.

With a passion for creativity, Jacquie has combined her pastry skills and restaurant knowledge to help plan successful events. She aspires to become a well-known wedding planner in the Boston area.

Jacquie has a major sweet tooth and loves to go on bakery tours in her free time. She also enjoys spending time at the ocean and at the beaches in Cape Ann.

Our Holiday Gift Guide

Just in time for the holiday – we’ve put together a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a little easier this year! We made a list and checked it twice to help you chose some fun and very practical gifts that are also great presents for you, your fiance or your bridal party as a way to start prepping for the wedding.

For Her

Stila Sealed with a Kiss Lip Glaze Set, $28.00 $20.00
This seasonal collection contains deluxe sizes of Stila’s Lip Glazes in the signature click pen st yle to make lips glossy with saturated colors and shine. These Lip Glazes will keep lips hydrated and protected in the harsh winter cold. Each shade has a matching scent: Pomegranate Sparkle, Ruby Grapefruit, Raspberry, Mandarin Lights, Papaya Pizazz, and Peach.

Philosophy Fresh Cream Eau De Toilette Ornament, $18.00
The Philosophy fan favorite fresh cream fragrance gets into the holiday spirit in an ornament box with cheerful packaging ready for gift giving. The sweet, creamy vanilla scent is delicate and subtle in the 0.5 oz eau de toilette mini fragrance.

Smashbox Art. Love. Color Shadow Set, $10.00
The gift of the Smashbox shadow set takes the guesswork out of choosing what eyeshadow shades to wear together with its coordinated base shade, contour color, and highlighter. Sepia is a set of two rich plum shades and matte beige for a purple take on a smoky eye. To make it even easier, Smashbox included application tips, too! This is the perfect gift for the girl on the go because it’s everything she needs for eyeshadow application in one pot and long lasting! Includes: Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Sepia, Travel Shadow Brush

We suggest you pop over to The Beauty Cafe in Melrose to pick these beauty essentials up for your stocking! We love to support small business and this season we have made a commitment to shop local for most of our holiday finds.

Ava Hope Designs Pine Cone Necklace, $25.00

This beautiful necklace is available in a gold and rose gold finish. A pine cone necklace is the perfect accessory to any holiday outfit. The necklace is made in Boston and sold through our favorite  Etsy shop. It comes beautifully packaged and ready for gift giving. Not only is it a pretty necklace, but $1 of sales is donated to the Brigham & Women NICU.

For Him

Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard, $7.30


This nutty take on sweet and tangy honey mustard is a delicious gift for any cook or foodie. The all natural, gluten free, fat free, and vegan mustard can be used in a multitude of ways. It is great to glaze meats and vegetables or to use as a sauce for pork and turkey. Our favorite way is as a pretzel dip!

Weather Max All-Weather Notepad, $2.98


This isn’t your typical notepad. This is kinda a cool gift for the handy-persons in all of us. The All-Weather notepad from Weather Maxx has specially designed paper that allows you to write on wet paper with a pen or pencil without smudges or tearing keeping notes readable in all wintery weather conditions.


For Hosts/Hostesses

West Emory for J.Crew Bingo Game, $20.00 $10.00


When we opened our POPSUGAR Must have subscription box we knew that this needed to be mentioned as one of the most perfect and fun host or hostess give this holiday season. This Bingo set was so popular at J.Crew that it already sold out! Don’t be disheartened though, you can find it for half the original price on E-Bay. It’s a clean aesthetic twist on a classic game. Not only does it make game night chic but it is so pretty they won’t want to put it away in a closet.

Fabrizia Limoncello , $12.00 and Giardini Di Sole shot glasses – set of 6, $79.00

Instead of just gifting alcohol, adding hand crafted Limoncello shot glasses to drink from – it makes a perfect compliment. The Italian made Giardini Di Sole offers the most amazing hand crafted glassware and this ones pairs perfectly with Italian Limoncello. We love the cocktail ideas Fabrizia has for its lemon liqueur. Click the below picture for a printable PDF!

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Patterned Scarf, $15.00 with Alora Ambiance Alora Festa Diffuser, $60.00


Scarves are a stylish present to give a hostess for warmth and comfort. Especially in a classic checked print like this one. In the theme of warmth, this is my ultimate favorite scent for the holidays  the cinnamon and bitter orange diffuser will warm up their house. Festa, meaning “celebrate” in Italian, lasts for 2-3 months so the celebration can last all winter long.

Cheerful Mugs with Candy and Starbucks Gift Card

TJ Maxx has a wide variety of cute holiday and everyday mugs like the Tag mugs we chose. Fill them with some candy or a tasty treat and a Starbucks gift card for the caffeine or chocolate lover in your life.  You will be an instant hit.  We also love the idea of pairing the mug with a jar of local honey and our favorite drink of the season Teavana® Joy 2015 Tea Blend!

For the Dog

Miss Penny’s Dog Treats: Gingerbread Men, $8.00 and Cupcakes, $2.00
Win the affection of the household pup when you gift them these all-natural, organic dog treats. The cute “gingerbread” men treats and carob brownies are festive and fun. Call 781-572-7101 to place an order!

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Happy Holidays!

 * Post contains affiliate links. This is not a sponsored post. Items in this guide were purchased by me. All opinions are genuinely my own. *

Welcome to the office

We have some exciting news – we want to welcome Brianna our new office assistant to In the Pink Ink Events

Brianna is a senior at Bentley University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Information Design and Corporate Communication. She is the President of the Bentley Fashion Consultants and has cheered on the cheerleading team. She loves to travel and studied abroad in Italy where she studied fashion buying and event planning in Florence.

She has a passion for fashion and an eye for design. She is always planning get-togethers from Super Bowl parties to Halloween parties. She planned a 21st birthday bash for herself that was a huge success. Her favorite color is pink and she likes to leave a little sparkle wherever she goes. She enjoys spending her free time at the beach, taking Zumba classes, watching sports and listening to music. She also runs a fashion blog, Corporate Trendiness, where she discusses trends and outfit ideas.

 

 

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Guess who went to dinner?

Last Wednesday night my husband and I went to a delicious five course dinner at Puritan & Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts – it was inspired by the fabulous Julia Child.  The meal was carefully executed by some amazingly talented chefs from the area who made beautiful, gorgeous, scrumptious food. Each course was made with love and we can’t wait to do it again next year.

We entered the restaurant about 7:30 in the evening and we were greeted by some whimsical French music that set the tone for the night.  As we were seated, we were asked to mingle and enjoy a punch some lovely hors d’oeuvres.  I couldn’t resist in taking a photo of the chefs hard at work to create a master dinner.

Our first course came to the table – Pissaladerie: marrow onions, charcuterie “bits n’ pieces” it was paired with a wonderful Brouwerij Verhaeghe – it is easy to see how Chef Louis DiBiccari from Tavern Road packs in patrons to his restaurant night after night. The onions were sweet & melted into the light and buttery puff pasty.  This was my husband’s favorite.

Next, our second course it was simple, light and flavorful – it was Vichyssoise: warm potato-leek soup, artic char paired with Rosé – Chef Colin Lynch from Restaurant Awesome showed his AWESOMENESS as he prepared the most simple and well stated dish.

The third course, was my absolute favorite dish of the night, I went to bed dreaming of one day ordering this dish again. It was sublime, a perfect plate of food.  Moules à la Marinière: brioche, herb broth, wood sorrel paired with light François Cazin Cour-Cheverny – Chef Alex Saens at Puritan & Company this dish was everything, it hit all notes of flavor and was complex with out being too snobbish.

When the main course was brought out to the table and our eyes widened with delight to see the expertly prepared Duck à l’Orange: lentils, charred sweet onion, orange mostarda paired with a Les Brunelles – Chef Dante de Magistris from Restaurant Dante made this dish and it was just a joy to eat and the two generous sides that were accompanying the dish added the perfect blend of perfection to this dinner experience. I love how you thought oh just a ratatouille and gratin dauphinois and when you broke into the cheese crust of the gratin you could smell how the flavors were melded together and the ratatouille was just as delicious as one would expect from Chef Will Glison from Puritan  & Company.  These two chefs made the perfect marriage of flavors with this course.

The ending of this amazing tribute was a stunning dessert brought to the table and made with style. Renie de Saba: chocolate-almond cake,  apricot sauce, almond sherbert, crème fraîche meringue paired with a beautiful Roussillon – Chef Brian Mercury from Harvest Restaurant.  Harvest is one of our favorite go to restaurants for date night so as I was reading the menu I was   drooling over this dish before it was presented…when it came to the table it was beautiful and delicious.

Julia herself would of been so proud to see how she inspired these chefs to create such an amazing culinary feast.  Below are some pictures of our meal and it was as scrumptious, fun and amazing as it looked.

Bon Appétie,

Holly

 

 

 

 

 

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