The eat read love pop up series has been going for over 2.5 years now, popping up all around the place from Balmain to Bali, Watson's Bay to Woollahra, and from the Southern Highlands to the Northern NSW Coast. I love to work with a great team of collaborators and friends who make it even more special, and bring together locals from the area to join in the fun and connect with other creative souls. While many of us have found our 'tribe' on instagram, we are 'people people' at heart and love to getaway from our desks and phones and meet in person sometimes. This is exactly why I started the pop up dinner series, and grateful to get the chance to explore new places and areas and connect with fellow creatives over a meal. Very dear thanks to the team at Halcyon for hosting us for this lovely event. So a little about Halcyon House....
EAT: The dining experience at Paper Daisy is a celebration of the local area. Confident coastal cooking, the food expresses the very best of the region's unique produce. The prawn sandwich was a firm favourite with the girls, and the paperbark grilled fish was so beautifully presented. The Winter Honey with Macademia is the prettiest dessert I have seen for a while! Paper Daisy is a beautiful dining experience for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with a stunning coastal outlook, cocktail lounge and open fireplace. The interiors by Anna Spiro are simply amazing.
STAY: The accommodation at Halcyon House is like no other. The bedrooms and soft furnishings will require their very own blog post as they are just too beautiful. We stayed in the Halcyon Suite - a luxurious light filled two bedroom suite overlooking the pool and beach and a private balcony. It was probably one of the most lovely rooms I have ever stayed in with king size beds, deep baths and two huge bedrooms and dining room. The suite would also be a wonderful place to host your own unique dinner party or girls weekend away.
LOVE: The decor! Sitting by the fireplace in Paper Daisy bar area, surrounded by all of those artworks and blue books - it really is my idea of interiors heaven!! Anna Spiro has created something truly unique, it was so very hard to stop snapping away on my phone at every corner and just enjoy. And I cannot wait to return in summer to swim at the beach and in that divine pool. The headland is pretty special too and definitely worth a walk or a run to catch the views.
Photos by Nadean Richards
Like with every eat read love event to date, it is always a team effort to put together, and and I have some special people to thank. To the incredible Sophie Baker from newly launched Wanderlust Union and Halcyon House for inviting me to create a pop up in this absolute paradise. It was so great to get 'the band back together' again after our last blogger retreat! Myself, Lisa Madigan and Nadean Richards have worked on many events together and have worked with me on the eat read love pop up series from the beginning, with Lisa creating her magic, styling the table and florals, and Nadean Richards capturing everything on film. These two ladies are very special and kindred spirits that I love working with and appreciate. Jaclyn Carlson from Blog Society is also an amazing collaborator and has been very supportive of the pop up dinner series from the beginning, so thanks Jac for your help and great company. And to Mauro and the lovely staff at Halcyon House for your support with the event and during our stay. We cannot thank you enough.
LOCATION: Paper Daisy at Halcyon House
PR + MEDIA: Sophie Baker from Wanderlust Union + Halcyon House
EVENT STYLING + FLORALS: Lisa Madigan (Artist + Stylist)
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nadean Richards (One Fine Collective)
FOOD: Chef Ben Devlin for Paper Daisy
Thank you for Sharing the Table
Lisa Madigan (Artist + Stylist)
Jaclyn Carlson (Blog Society)
Nadean Richards (One Fine Collective)
Sophie Baker (Wanderlust Union)
Kate Gibbs (The Kitchen Inc.)
Kara Hynes (Lulu Lucky)
Dezley Hughes (Twig and Grace)
Melinda Bryant (Twig and Grace)
Emma and Victoria (The Beach People)
Casey Tangye (Industry Dance)
Anna Logan (Halcyon House)