valley & co. planning tips :: five things to do if you’re newly engaged

valley & co. planning tips :: five things to do if you're newly engaged
If you're reading this piece today, congratulations are likely in order (or perhaps will be soon)! Each year we share our knowledge on the subject of engagement around this time, as the time for engagements has arrived. The holidays see an uptick in romantic settings and intimate gatherings, family and friends - all of the ingredients for the perfect proposal. So o[...]

entertaining :: first dinner party essentials with pottery barn

entertaining :: first dinner party essentials with pottery barn
When fall finally settles in it signifies a cozy and intimate season - entertaining season. Our schedule quickly become happily full with football games and dinner parties, family gatherings, and the holidays. I remember when we got married our first gathering was a cocktail party for our friends at our new house - complete with an abundance of food and great cocktail[...]

entertaining :: cobbler & bubbly thank you party and wedding registry tips

entertaining :: cobbler & bubbly thank you party and wedding registry tips
This is the time of year that signifies the best of a season (berries, tomatoes, dahlias, Dungeness crab....), and rounds out the bustling summer wedding season. How many weddings have you been to this summer? 15 years ago this month we celebrated the best of the season ourselves and threw a thank you party for our own wedding parties - 12 friends included. It's a [...]