boston workshop recap



It’s kinda hard to put the Boston workshop weekend into words.

Though I’ve done several workshops across the country and had a great time everywhere, this weekend changed things. For me, for the workshopper’s lives and businesses, and for the Boston foodie and assistant.

We had an amazing – life and business – altering time.

And because of this workshop, I’m taking these travelling workshops in a bit of a different direction. I’ll explain more about that soon, but for now, I’d like to share, thank, and support the wonderful people who made this special weekend possible.

First of all, I’d like to thank Allison and Sophie for doing such an incredible job at assisting, styling, and cooking.


Allison did a fantastic job styling the space with some awesome gold and white chevron runners and white ranunculus and pink anemones (I now know what they are and I’m obsessed).


The whole space really came together with these touches. Not to mention she was on top of everything and managed to spend time in the group discussions as well.

Meanwhile, Sophie cooked and baked her way into all of our hearts. Her meals were healthy, light, satisfying, and perfectly suited to everyone’s dietary needs.


I mean, common. That lunch looks like a Bon Appetit spread.

She also made clementine cake which was a big hit among many other awesome dishes.


I’ll be honest, Sophie’s adorable personality and gourmet menu has set a high bar for future Foodies.

Here’s some more goodness: she’ll be sharing the recipes from the weekend in the coming weeks on her blog so we can all make our own Sophie meals.

Another element that made the weekend truly special was the vintage china. Phebe of Making Me Events lent her mix and match vintage plates. It was incredible to have such beautiful pieces to serve and sip from.

Plus, she is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met.


In each of the tea cups we were also blessed to have hot chocolate from The Ticket Kitchen.


Though the hot chocolate is awesome on it’s own, we got a little creative and turned them into flavored mochas by mixing them with coffee.

Then there were the goodie bags.

My Commander in Chief, Jen, decided to take things to the next level by reaching out to small businesses.


So in addition to Jess LC totes, we had super cute little letterpress care packages sent by Sarah of Parrott Design Studio.


(If you are a small business owner looking to share your goodies at future workshops, please reach out to Jen at hello(at)

Tomorrow or Thursday (depending on my travel tomorrow back to Chicago) I’ll go over the workshop content itself.

For now, I’d like to thank the wonderful women mentioned above who made our time so memorable.


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    1. Jess Lively

      Thanks, Lauren!!

      I hope you are doing well!

  1. aww this looks wonderful! congrats, Jess. I’d love to link up with you next time i’m in Chicago if you have some time

    1. Jess Lively

      Nice! Feel free to check out the Biz in the City dates (here: Hopefully one of those works out.

      Otherwise, I do meet up for live consulting sessions from time to time live in the city as well. If that’s something you are interested in feel free to reach out and we can set up a session. : )

  2. Lemon Drop Love

    These shots are awesome, Jess!! I am so happy with how everything came together. So personal and perfectly fit for the occasion 🙂 All of the details and the team did an amazing job, I couldn’t be happier with it all!

    1. Jess Lively

      *You* did an amazing job, my dear. You did. : )

  3. Keltie Maguire

    That looks like it was a wonderful time! PS – Vancouver, Canada is wonderful, and we’ve love to have you (hint, hint)

    1. Jess Lively

      Very nice! Now that the workshops are so small it may be feasible.

      If you can find 4-5 other friends who would enjoy one or both workshops and come in your area, let me know! (Seriously.)

  4. Julie

    This all looks truly lovely! I’m new to this blog, so I’ll have to hunt around and see if you’re coming my way (Southern California) anytime soon.

    1. Jess Lively

      Very nice! To be honest, I’m not sure if I will revisit Cali after San Fran this year… there are so many other parts of the country asking for me to visit it might not be feasible to come back.

  5. Robyn

    Very upset I missed your visit and learned of your trip to Boston so late (completely my fault). I hope you plan a trip back to Boston soon!

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw, that’s too bad! We won’t be heading back to Boston again this year most likely. But there may be another east coast city on the list.

  6. Jackie

    Yay! Thank you, Jess, for putting together such an amazing workshop. I have a better business because of it 🙂

    1. Jess Lively

      You are so sweet, my dear! We need to get on a call soon. : )

  7. Phebe

    Jess, you are amazing and I’m so excited that we had a chance to work together! P.S. you are also one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met 🙂

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw. I can’t wait to see you again in Austin. : )

  8. Love, love, love these photos! You make me wish I had been there, and it’s a genius idea to keep the workshops small and intimate. I so want to go to your workshops (I live in San Francisco) but it doesn’t look possible for me money-wise.

    1. Jess Lively

      Aw, that’s too bad! I would suggest seeing if you could split it into two payments before Monday for the massive savings that’s happening now before the price change. But I totally understand either way. : )

  9. Sophie Smith

    Love this! I’m so glad I got to be a part of such a wonderful weekend!

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