1 A glittery pumpkin, an arrangement of fall leaves, and light from a New York sunset.
2 I tucked these little critters into plants and arrangements.
3 Don't be afraid to use more than one type of decoration, especially for a party. My guests loved that every corner of the apartment held a new surprise.
4 Buttery yellow roses lit up the bathroom. Flowers are an easy and refreshing way to add color in all the unexpected places.
5 This gorgeous orange arrangement was littered spooky surprises. The black glitter caught the light in such a hauntingly perfect way.
6 More creepy crawlers lurking in the Chinese Lantern arrangement.
7 Some of the spiders visited the original skull and bones arrangement.
8 Voila! This table arrangement was as stunner; my friends loved all the butterflies especially, and glass pillars gave the table-scape a polished look.
9 Here are all six skulls. I wanted you to see how uniquely all of their butterflies perched.
10 This table arrangement glistened all night long. I'm thrilled with how it turned out! Worth the hours I spent glue-glittering in the Craft Department.
11 Be careful when glittering candles–little metal pieces don't get burned. They'll catch on fire! Not that I would know...
12 Already thinking about how I can top this next year. It will be tough!
13 Some of my favorite butterflies. How incredible is the blue one that almost glows?
14 Whimsical decorations are just as important as fancier ones!
15 Tending to the details. I wanted to make sure there was room for coats after Saturday's mini-snowstorm.
16 I kept the table settings clean and simple so the decorations and food could shine.
17 Some monogrammed napkins that I use for special gatherings.
18 Pierre outdid himself with his birthday dinner. I'm so glad he and Jenny were able to use my kitchen!
19 Having incredibly talented help in the kitchen and around the dining room meant that I could focus on playing host. Tremendous service from Gregory and Paul's stellar cooking assistance made the whole night possible.
20 Cote de Boeuf is quintessentially French and elegant, and it was the star of the show at dinner. Pierre has started his own catering business, and I'm thrilled that more people will be able to try his incredible dishes!
21 Pierre knows how to use every inch of my kitchen!
22 Cheesy hors-d'oeuvres get a blast in the oven.
23 Drinks, anyone?
24 Champagne is one of my favorite things, especially Veuve Cliquot. The only thing just as elegant was the service by Gregory and Jenny!
25 Tiny mozzarella bocconcini added depth to a gorgeous fall salad.
26 These tar-tar roll-ups were sealed in the most thinly-sliced cucumber shavings. It's so amazing to see something like this come together!
27 Tiny, delicious, and chic rollups by Paul.
28 Light and bite-sized appetizers are important for any party, so that your guests don't get too impatient for dinner.
29 A tray of crostini head for the oven.
30 Plating the greens–anything Pierre touches turns to pure elegance.
31 Teamwork is important in the kitchen when so much is being prepared.
32 Profiteroles and chocolate sauce. These were just decadent.
33 A chocolate salt cake from Baked was the perfect ending to the perfect birthday meal (http://bakednyc.com/).
34 Great friends, delicious food, and beautiful decorations made for a perfect Halloween Eve.
35 This is the Birthday Chef and Sirio Maccioni, owner of Le Cirque where Pierre took his first job in New York.
36 One of my favorite little people! How sweet is Kingston?
37 Sometimes you just need a nap!
38 Not a bad seat for me!
39 My friends are incredible people. These are the birthday Scorpios! From L to R: Mike, Marco, Biamante, John, Egi and Chef Pierre.
41 This incredible headdress made it from Hulaween to my apartment for the party. Isn't it wonderful?