Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summer Travel Series ~ Rosecliff Mansion Newport, RI

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Weather here has been sunny and extremely hot around here.  And when summer is in full swing, my husband and I love to plan long weekend trips. 

Last month, we visited one of our favorite destinations, the beautiful resort community of Newport, Rhode Island.  This is such a great summertime and autumn escape.  Great restaurants, wonderful beaches, gilded age mansions and amazing ocean views.  It is also where Jacqueline Bouvier and John Kennedy were married on September 12, 1953.

During the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, Newport, Rhode Island, was the exclusive playground for America's wealthy such as the Vanderbilt family, Berwinds' and Astors' who built grand "summer cottages" there.  It was also a summer getaway for the Kennedy's.

One of the mansions which toured during this visit was Rosecliff mansion.  This is certainly one of the less ornate cottages in Newport but yet elegant and romantic.  One that I can surely feel comfortable living in....Ha Ha..  

This summer cottage was commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Orlrichs in 1899 and modeled by architect Stanford White after the Grand Trianon, garden retreat of French kings at Versailles.   The house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million and was the location for many grand and fairy tale dinner parties.   Rosecliff has also been the location of several movies such as The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Amistad and 27 Dresses.

Rosecliff stayed in the Oelrichs family until 1941, then went through several changes of ownership before  being purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Monroe on New Orleans in 1947.


If you have not been to this pretty coastal town, I highly encourage you to.  And if you love history, you will definitely fall in love with this little gem of a town.

Next, road trip if St. Micheal's in Maryland this fourth of July weekend.  I can't wait to see what I find there.

Thank you for visiting.  Wishing you a wonderful week.



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brunch ~ Easy Entertaining

Hello everyone.  Things have certainly picked up around here.  It seems like we are full speed in the entertaining department.  We have been non-stop since May.  Although I am completely exhausted, it's been wonderful to have our family visit from New York and Florida.  Especially my parents.   It is always such a sweet treat to spend time with Mom & Dad.  Mom has been through so much since her battle with breast cancer so I treasure every moment that I get to be in her company. 

One of my favorite ways to entertain is by having brunch.  It is simple and carefree.  Besides, I consider brunch so much fun.  That wonderful combination of breakfast and lunch allows for a leisurely and relaxed pace.  So last weekend when my niece Adriana stay for the weekend, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have a Sunday brunch.

I usually set the table a few days before which lets me concentrate on meal planning and prep.  I also like to set the buffet areas the night before which helps me keep organized.   I pull like to out all my serving dishes, pitchers, coffee cups, kettles, baskets and place them on the serving tables so I don't forget anything.  I usually keep things simple with family but since My niece Adriana was bringing her in-laws from Washington to stay with us for the weekend too, I wanted to make it extra special.

I began by using a crisp white linen tablecloth on the table as my base and began layering by adding powdery blue plate chargers and floral Royal Doulton dinner plates that I found on a recent trip to Newport Rhode Island.   Baby blue napkin, gold flatware and Mikasa stemware complete this elegant setting.  I made my own center piece by using a rustic planter and flowers that I purchased from my local supermarket.  To make it even more special, I placed a very pretty favor box on each place setting which had a little sweet surprise tucked inside.

Simple touches such as silver trays, glass and linens layered in bread baskets make all the difference.  


Many items can be purchased from your favorite bakery or local market.

A well stocked Mimosa bar allows your guests to serve their own drinks.

Here is my beautiful niece Adriana.  She is such an amazing cook already.

My niece and her husband Jimmy.

The beauty of brunch is that it is a relaxed and leisurely meal.  One that allows for simple and quick entertaining.  Best of all, it allows you enjoy more time with your guests.  In the end, anything that brings family and friends together is always a good thing in my book.

Thank you for visiting me today.  Wishing you a great week ahead.