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JOSHUA TREE TIME MACHINE PART ONE : DESERT YELLOW DINNER

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JOSHUA TREE TIME MACHINE PART ONE : DESERT YELLOW DINNER

Welcome to an eternal child get-a-way - a desert time machine -tiki dinner and weekend in the desert. 

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designing our table 

There's something about this mod 70's aesthetic in the desert, that makes me think of the tiki madness that swept America in the mid-century. There is something that I simply love about retro tiki culture - especially with the 110 degree heat outside , made me think that this trip to the desert may need some piña coladas and grilled pineapples.

I wanted to create a simple table that reflected all aspects of our location -taking place in the desert, at this eccentric 70's inspired house and with a flair of tiki around the edges. I paired my favorite lustered walnut ceramic plates with gold flatware and vintage yellow cups. I used hand-dyed turmeric napkins, that I made when dying our tee's, to bring a bit of the bohemian into the table.  I collected rocks and picked flowers from the surrounding area and added the watercolor rainbow - eternal child place tags to bring it all together.

 A simple- yet bright table in a house that has all of the personality you could ask for in a desert get-away. 

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                                a dark rum spiced piña colada

                                a dark rum spiced piña colada

one part fresh pineapple juice

one part coconut creme

one part bacardi coconut rum 

one part whalers dark rum

5 drops forbidden bitters

half a fresh lime

a pinch of cinnamon 

a cup of ice - blend in blender on high. 

garnish with fresh pineapple, maricino cherry and a pinch of cinnamon

and of course a mini umbrella

on to dinner

We made a Hawaiian inspired meal with Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled Peppers, Onions and Pineapple, Toasted Coconut rice and a Pineapple Jalapeño Salad. Something not to heavy to pair well with the desert heat and compliment our tropical drinks and tiki music.  

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Part two - with eccentric desert style - coming tomorrow.