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We’ve been Caitlin Flemming fans since her early blogging days on Sacramento Street, so when we caught word that the designer and blogger extraordinaire was releasing a book (inspired by globe-trotting, no less!) with her mom, Julie Goebel, we couldn’t wait to throw them a super-dreamy launch party. First order of business: booking the fantastico Greens Restaurant in San Francisco as the venue. Next came cueing up a stunning florist and rounding up a gaggle of posh tastemakers to help us celebrate! Go inside the bash for the release of Travel Home and see how we devised an elegant event loaded with Caitlin’s signature Cali sophistication.

Banquet at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Wild florals corralled in white pottery vases dot the tabletop at Greens Restaurant.
Left, a copy of Travel Home on display; Right, copies of Travel Home hand-wrapped by Caitlin

Put It In Neutral

Caitlin’s known for her adoration of laid-back neutrals, so selecting a palette for the party was a cinch. Contrasting shades of brown and white felt both unfussy yet très sophisticated, while also harking back to the cover of Travel Home. Caitlin’s butcher paper-wrapped copies of the book for guests to take home, a smattering of white Mexican papel picado flags down the center of the table, and a sprinkling of hand-thrown, creamy pottery, and we were in business.

Caitlin hosting at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Caitlin, adding a few finishing touches to the tabletop prior to guests arriving.
Tabletop at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
White Mexican papel picado flags made for a razzle-dazzle tabletop runner.

Foraged Florals

As the flower power behind Caitlin’s wedding and a handful of the interiors featured in Travel Home, florist Natalie Bowen Brookshire is on Caitlin’s speed dial. For the launch party, Natalie whipped up florals with a tumbledown, foraged feel. “Caitlin is known for her neutral palettes and I wanted to bring in some natural elements to reflect the section in the book that I contributed on called, ‘Bringing Nature Home,'” says Natalie. With her muse in mind, Natalie opted to pair white tuberose and ranunculus with ruffly grasses like bunny tail, explosion grass, dried fennel, and passion flower. To offset all of the lighter hues, deep burgundy chocolate cosmos added just the right amount of bang to the whole look.

Wine Table at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
A knockout floral adds pizzaz to the wine bar station.
The prettiest passed apps and gobs of rosé ready for the sipping!

Va Va Veggies

Greens Restaurant is known for bringing the big favors (sans meat, believe it or not), and the menu for the day did not disappoint. Passed apps included fresh spring rolls served up with luscious coconut peanut sauce, as well as white bean hummus drizzled in a lemon tarragon vinaigrette and dished up alongside French breakfast radish, Green Gulch turnips with house seeded lavash crackers for scooping. For mains, a broccoli pizza went toe-to-toe with two sammie options–a green bean panini loaded with goat cheese, caramelized onion, and radicchio jam, as well as Santorini sandwich piled high with hummus, peppers, red onions, tomato, spinach, and roasted olives. As for the sips, there’s no better excuse for rosé all day than a gals-only affair!

Room at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
A full house!
Group Toast at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Anna Brockway, Caitlin Flemming, Julie Goebel, and Mugs Buckley
Guests at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Caitlin Flemming, Natalie Bowen Brookshire, and Julie Goebel
Bloggers at Erica Chan Kaufman
Melissa David, Caitlin Flemming, Liz Stanley, and Erica Chan Coffman
April april Gargiulo at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Ahn Sunderstrom and April Gargiulo
Bloggers at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Maja Lithander Smith and Ahn Sunderstrom
Guests at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Miranda Crowell, Chantal Lamers, and Leslie Santarina
Laurie Furber or Elsie Green at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Lan Jaenicke and Laurie Furber
Erin Feher at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Erin Hiemstra and Bess Friday
Guests at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Natalie Bowen Brookshire, Erin Feher, and Meg Shackleton
Erica Tanov and Anna Brockway
Bloggers at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Andrea Posadas and Leslie Santarina
Guests at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Crystal Palecek and Brittany Haines
Table toasting at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party
Anna Brockway Toasting Caitlin Flemming at Caitlin Flemming Travel Home Chairish Party

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Photos by Heidi Lancaster

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October 15, 2019

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