#itsallgood Tales and Tips from Roe Chlala at Festivities January 2018 | Greenwich Moms

Are you inundated with blasts calling you to eat “clean”, work out and try meditation… all before noon? Do you have resolutions to entertain more?
This year I have decided on a new form of self-care and life style – imperfection.
As a caterer, event planner and designer I live in a world of as-close-to-perfection as possible. My responsivity is to listen and find our client’s vision for their event through their eyes and words.
My responsibility is to entertain and be entertaining – through food, design and ambiance.
I do that for a living. And when you want to celebrate an important occasion, I hope you call Festivities.
But what about every day celebrations?
I have discovered the theory of wabi-sabi. Although it has no exact translation, it has been attributed to the Japanese. It’s a way of looking at the world through generous and self-forgiving eyes. With all of life being curated now, the pressure is on for perfection.. for our homes and our entertaining. We have forgotten how good it feels to have a slow, uncurated moment with friends, welcoming all into our homes with ease and comfort. Wabi-Sabi is a way of life that celebrates the perfectly imperfect, spontaneous moments that, if we let them, take our breath away.
Entertaining at home in the wabi-sabi world takes a bit of planning. Spontaneity is great when you are comfortable and at ease. That’s the where planning comes in… having your favorite wine on hand or a few pantry items that can be whipped up are welcoming to your guests and easy for you. Nothing makes your guests happy and creates a home where everyone wants to be than a comfortable, relaxed welcome.
Save a shelf in your pantry for a few of our favorites:

Olives- with pits and without// roasted red peppers// marinated artichoke hearts// artisanal salamis// Whole grain mustards// nuts// short skewers// cocktail napkins//
In the freezer// sliced baguettes// grated parmesan cheese// pita bread
-Roasted Red Peppers, sliced and marinated with salt/pepper/ olive oil /balsamic vinegar
Mixed with pitless olives on crostini (warmed from the freezer)
Chopped marinated artichokes/ parmesan cheese crostini – heat through before serving
Salami & Marinated Artichoke Skewer
Olives marinated with citrus and olive oil –
Nuts- warm through with herbs
And to make you think of summer! (which is never a bad thing)

Grapefruit Mule

1/3 vodka/ 1/3 grapefruit juice /1/3 seltzer water/3 mint leaves

Procedure: muddle mint leaves in bottom/ if not muddling simply chop mint fine
Mix all ingredients, top with grapefruit slice and a sprig of mint.

Follow us on Pinterest for many other creative entertaining ideas and recipes!
For fun and easy entertaining give us a call! Our winter is full of heartwarming favorites! Celebrating is what we love to do! Please email me at [email protected] or call us at
203 847 7774/festivitiesevents.com
For your special events, our event designers and chefs are ready to plan your celebration with style!!!
Love sharing with you all! Until next month – the LOVE Month – lots to share!
Xo – Roe

Image Credit: Bruce Plotkin and Kim Miller

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