When Entertaining in Los Olivos


I wanted to combine my love for entertaining and family with travel, and with sites like Home Away and Airbnb being so popular, we’re starting a brand new series called When Entertaining in (a little play on the phrase “when in Rome”)! The series consists of entertaining tips, inspiration and recipes that are based on a specific travel locale. We’ll be traveling to various fun destinations, scoping out charming properties to stay for the weekend and then showing you all how we entertain there. It’s always a challenge creating a warm entertaining setting when it’s not in your home, so hopefully we’ll inspire the traveling entertainer. We’ll feature local markets, florists, recipes, bloggers and eventually chefs to show you how we pull together a fabulous dinner party in a rented vacation house! We played around with the idea this past weekend and did a mini-version of what’s to come in the sweetest wine country town of Los Olivos. It’s centered in the Santa Ynez valley and home to many wineries and adorable tasting rooms scattered along the picturesque town. We rented this home because I couldn’t resist the pool and views! It was the perfect setting for entertaining.

To set the table I brought some mixed cloth napkins to give it a casual feel. I also brought copper utensils, white plates and paper straws from home to use. The overall feel was very relaxed but inviting.

I did all of my grocery shopping for dinner at the charming Los Olivos Market. I also found it online of you all! The market is small, but has a decent selection and all the staple items you might need, including some fresh produce. I was able to get everything for the cocktail and even picked up this adorable colorful pasta!

For dinner, we served this pasta recipe and a delicious cheese board with olives and charcuterie on the side. It was simple and we ate it all for lunch the next day!

Also, the Los Olivos General Store is perfect for picking up some fun entertaining items.

I served these super simple cocktails before dinner called The Clear Conscious. It’s one I’ve had in wine country before but tweaked it. Recipe below.

The Clear Conscious
  • 4 chunkscucumber
  • Juice of ½lime
  • 2 ouncesfresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 ouncesvodka
  • 2 ouncesginger ale
  1. Combine the cucumber, orange juice and line juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle until the cucumber is in small chunks.
  2. Add in the vodka and ice and shake for 20 seconds or more.
  3. Strain over a glass filled with ice and add in ginger ale.
  4. Give it a stir and garnish with lime and cucumber.

We stopped by wineries before to pick out some bottles for dinner. There are so many wineries to choose from, but on this trip we went to Andrew Murray, Fess Parker and Zinke tasting rooms.

Instead of making desserts, Enjoy Cupcakes sells cupcake flights inside Saarloos + sons. They’re so good!

And we ended the evening with the sunset and many hours of play and relaxing in the pool. It was truly such a fun little family getaway! And thank you Zan Passante for shooting these gorgeous pictures for us!

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