Party week! First up: A toast to the World Series and Cody and Summer Ross

It’s all I can think about: pie and placesettings. The champagne season is upon us, and you’re invited to pretty parties all week on this blog.

First up: my friends Cody and Summer Ross had a wine-themed soiree in Scottsdale last weekend, and I helped Summer set the tables Napa-style. I’m so excited for them: Cody just home-runned his way into winning the World Series with the San Francisco Giants. He also nabbed a certain MVP trophy, and he even has his own song now — which we all danced to at his party (while he blushed.)

It was most appropriate, then, for us to celebrate all things San Francisco and that lovely Napa Valley nearby. Summer and I went with candles, pumpkins, and grapes for days. (I made her buy so many that we’re going to have to figure out how to make them into wine ourselves.)


Outside, Brendon Cottrell gave a mini concert by the fire, where guests also found strategically placed s’more fixings: a trick I learned from Chef Christopher Gross.

S’mores make people happy. Below: Jami Thompson and Vanessa Gibbs.

Shauna Kupetz and Ricki Weiner — who brought all the goodies and made awesome prosciutto-breadstick lollipops.

Happy hitters: Cody and Nick.

Below: April and Ryan, who is Cody’s best friend  — and was so excited you’d think he won the World Series himself.

The house was warm and glowing.

And at the bar, Max in charge.

Congratulations, Cody and Summer!