Heritage Supper for Thanksgiving by littlejoy nyc

The days are getting longer. I notice the light burning deeper and sooner when I emerge out of the train station on my way home each day. The trees have lovely shadows that only linger for a short time before nighttime descends. This week we will be experiencing a moment of rest as it is tail-ended by Thanksgiving - a time to spend with loved ones relaxing, eating well, and receiving nourishment of body and mind before we head into the daze of holiday planning.

I am going through my list of favorite Thanksgiving recipes and am thinking of opting for a comforting, salty pasta that is warm and rich. Traditional Thanksgiving food lists turkey and gravy and potatoes...all items I enjoy, but I always like for there to be a non-traditional dish present that exudes taste and comfort. Stay tuned for what our supper table will look like. 


If you still need plans for Thanksgiving, we encourage you to sign up for Katy's supper via the Pixie and the Scout. They have been working very hard on this project - coordinating and trying to get everything just right. (Knowing Katy, everything will be just right).

This supper is to raise awareness about our American land, where our first food came from, and pre-colonial traditions across the diverse indigenous landscape. She is helping an organization called I-Collective to explain this cause.

The I-Collective is an autonomous group of indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, seed and knowledge keepers from across North, Central, and South America.  We combine ancestral knowledge with modern techniques to create thoughtful dishes that reflect our rich tribal histories, reclaim ownership of our indigenous ingredients, and empower the next generation. 
Our work is guided by indigenous values that prioritize balance and reciprocity for all living things. For us, “thanksgiving” is not a singular event- we gather regularly to appreciate changing seasons and renew our sacred connections to the land and each other. Together, let’s celebrate a new Thanksgiving with an indigenous framework: collective promotion of a healthy food system that values people, traditional knowledge, and the planet over profit. 


Perhaps I will see you at the Friday supper:


A Multi-Course Meal Featuring Chefs Brian Yazzie [Navajo], Hillel Echo-Hawk [Pawnee/Athabaskan] & Neftali Duran [Mixteco] // Dinner will be scored by Storyteller, Rachel Sayet [Mohegan] and a Drum Chorus.

Click below to learn more:


With love,


And now presenting...The Little Joy Shoppe! by littlejoy nyc

We're so excited to keep unveiling all of the surprises we have planned for you. One of the items we've been keeping under wraps is...The Little Joy Shoppe! We're pleased to announce that we're opening shop and our dear Little Joy retreat attendees will be the first to see what we're putting on the shelves. There's a little bit of everything in there for folks who follow our craft: food, floral, design, and items we love to use to set the table.


A Little Joy dinner is never complete without lit candles. We love candles that look organic or have muted colors. There is something special about having a live flame flickering happily around peoples' conversation.


These pillows were sewn by Melina with cloth from her travels in Mexico as a child with her father. We suggest you use them to lean on as you sip a post-dinner digestif as friends gather and tell stories!


Nia made these postcards and had them printed on thick, recycled matte paper.


Lots of love,

Melina, Katy, and Nia

Halloween Dinner Party by littlejoy nyc

A few years back, we hosted a spooky dinner party for niños.  We say, keep the class when it comes to hosting fiestas with niños, but remember to mix in a heavy dose of imagination.  Nia created some fun illustrations of spooky settings, we cooked up some cauldrons of goo, set the table with lots of dead blooms, and brewed the tone with Lurch and his evil butler.  The fiesta was epic, on the menu were mini donuts from Dough Donuts, "roach" pizza from Posto, and vampire sips (aka pomegranate juice). Of course all the paper goods come via the hospitality masters Martha Stewart and Meri Meri. Don't forget to overindulge in lighting.. I mean from copper lights, to tall candles, and votives---lighting and flowers are everything.

The Niños were invited to dress up and part take in the spooky feast........here are a few of our favorite pictures along the way.....

Happy Halloweening!! Click photos to enlarge:

Domino here we go... by littlejoy nyc

A few weeks ago, Nia invited me out to a Domino event hosted by CB2, obvi I said yes.  Who doesn't love a little inspiration when it comes to home interiors, and I am such a fan of Domino.   We had a fabulous time, we were totally inspired and Nia led the charge to meet the ladies of Domino.  Long story short....Nia gushed on our space where we live, work, and play.  In the end we somehow weren't too creepy and boom, we exchanged cards and a visit was scheduled soon after. 

Over the last couple of weeks as I prepped our space, I couldn't help asking myself in every corner of our home, how does this image or arrangement represent us. It was great practice to go into assessment mode. I cleaned out the old and sewed some new pillows. Pictures on my to-do list to print were quickly printed and our space was dusted off.  Every now and then it's helpful to take a look at your dwelling space and ask yourself, Are you still hanging onto the old or do your interiors lift you up to feel refreshed?

Like most humans we are NEVER completely satisfied, and it seems as though once one area of our spaces feels complete there is another waiting to be made over. I get it -- interiors can feel overwhelming.  In my past vida, in my 20s, I spent most of my career as a therapist and conducting assessments. Having some tools to deal with interior anxiety can really get you through the day. 

UNO: I say, make a list of to-dos that will pack a punch, are cost effective, and you could complete over a weekend.  

DOS: Make a wish list of a 3-5 year plan.  The average human isn't able to make all their interior dreams come true within a year of living in a space.  Give yourself sometime, but not "SOMEDAY" kind of time, I am talking REAL time.  Save your pennies, research the cost of your desired bathroom renovation...make a comprehensive plan. 

TRES: You do you. Figure out what makes you feel safe, calm, and ultimately at home in YOUR space.  Your casa should be a place where the chaos of the vida loca stays out the door.  Your casa ought to be a space you can relax, dream, and connect with your people.  

Just my two cents.....on my approach to interiors and my vida!!! 


October Celebration by littlejoy nyc

We've been busy bees this Fall season with lots of fun engagements to prepare for. We have a big party next week for lots of folks and we can't wait to share a little bit of joy with them. Katy has fashioned this delicious offering of food and Melina has planned the large event with a dear friend, Taylor. We've ordered coupe glasses for the sparkling wines, highballs for the cocktails, and pretty, textured table cloths. 

From experience, we've realized that planning a party for 100+ takes a lot of thoughtful planning ahead of time. We ask ourselves questions like:

  • What kind of food should we have...small bites or large hors d'ouvres or dinner?
  • Where is the best position for tables and chairs or tall cocktail tables? 
  • Where are the glasses being sourced from?
  • What time of year is it - is it appropriate to still have sparkling rose? (yes, in this case as it is a good-bye to summer!)

If there are speeches - make sure to cue folks before the doors open about timing and positioning.

Here is the menu I drew and designed with my Wacom tablet:

Stewardship Menu.jpg

Keep an eye on our Instagram (@littlejoynyc) to see what dresses we pick out to wear for the party!



Nia & Littlejoy

Labor Day Get Away by littlejoy nyc

Hola & Happy Friday!! 

If your like us, your relishing in the last days of summer.  Preparing for the Fall and all the list of to-dos can fill our last days of summer, so taking this weekend in as REST is so good.  

For me one way I cope with our busy Fall is to add in a few rest stops along the way.  Last year we hosted our first Fall retreat in November.  Katy, Nia, and I were excited to share what we all love to do together for others who were looking for a place to chill, be feed, and play a little.   Truth be told, the three amigas had no idea or expectation that we too would actually rest, but to our happy surprise we were able to chill and be inspired as well, simply by being present and participating ourselves.  

So, if your looking to add a lovely little rest stop along the way, join us for our Fall retreat, Nov. 10-12th for a little R &R, inspiration, and yummy eats. You won't regret it.... p.s.... if you register this weekend, we are offering a little joy discount, simply link into our registration page for all the deets. 

Happy Weekending & Treat Yourself!!!

Mel, Katy, Nia


Hudson Valley Retreat 2017 by littlejoy nyc

Hi all! Registration is now open for our Hudson Valley Retreat in the Fall from November 10-12.

Escape the city with us for a few days & nights filled with nourishment and craft! We will be hosted again this year at The Barn on The Pond in Saugerties, NY and our friends at The Pixie and The Scout will cater the weekend with farm-fresh food and beverages day & night. It is a weekend of floral and craft workshops that will loosen your creative muscles and stretch a few you didn’t even know you had. Great company, warm hospitality, beautiful activities — what could be more ideal for a cozy November weekend away?

Click here to view photos from November 2016, our last Hudson Valley Retreat


Spring Blooms Workshop by littlejoy nyc

It was a rainy day in New York City and we were so happy to be cozy inside the studio with delicious food, candlelight, and some floral magic....peonies! Thank you to Jennifer Young Studio who snapped these gorgeous photographs and captured the beauty of the afternoon.

LittleJoy NYC goes to Bridal Fashion Week! by littlejoy nyc

This past week we had a rather fun project outside of our usual pool of events. The fashion brand Reformation needed floral designers for their fashion show during Bridal Fashion Week and our friend at Martha Stewart Weddings passed our name along. We spent two days working on getting the flowers just right for these dresses and had a lot of fun meeting new folks along the way! Melina's choice of florals at the market kept the arrangements & bouquets wild, dreamy, and femme. 

The model photos below were taken by a photographer we SO enjoyed meeting - Masato Onoda! He had such a fun playful personality and mastered the lighting in the space. Check out his portfolio online! www.masatoonoda.com


Spring Blooms Workshop by littlejoy nyc

And now...announcing our Spring Blooms Workshop! We three have been keeping busy with all of our various projects, but we want to invite you in to our sunny corner of NYC to receive some nourishment as we head into this new season. It feels so good to thaw after a long, dark, unpredictable winter...

Join us on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13th, 2017 for our next workshop: Spring Blooms!

We’ll teach you how to arrange spring florals into romantic, dreamy arrangements with flowering branches, different rose varieties, and beautiful fragrant peonies. There will be delicious cocktails, some sparkling bubbly, and delightful bites for lunch.

The Floating World by littlejoy nyc

After a wonderful two-week adventure, I've returned from Japan. Being there, I felt like I was walking through a dream. Being here, I am still dazed. The quality of all that I perceived - from the food, to the nature scenes, to the hospitality of the people - is incomparable to any other experience I've had whilst traveling. The rich, cultural history of Japan really inspired me. I wanted to absorb it all! I hope I can return again soon to this beautiful little world! 

Here are photographs I took of spring bloom varieties I spotted throughout Tokyo and Kanazawa. It is good inspiration to get ready for our next Littlejoy -- happening May 13th.

The temple bell stops, but I can still hear the sound, coming out of the flowers.
— Matsuo Bashō

We'll end with these budding peonies as a teaser for the next Littlejoy ;)



Pixie & the Scout by littlejoy nyc

Last Spring, Katy, Nia, and I worked on a fabulous baby shower.  Pixie made the food and I arranged the flores, it was beautiful and so much fun.  Nia captured our some behind the scenes Pixie scenes.  

On any given day, if you pop into the world of Pixie and the Scout, they are always hard at work all while raising a fabulous babe, HANK.  Nia was able to take a closer look at the day to day and let me say, they are inspiring.  Somehow they make creative and delicious food, all while raising a family.  We thought we would share a few pics of what the life of Pixie looks like in the cocina


P.S. If your hungry run to Pixie & The Scout!!!

Easter Table Settings by littlejoy nyc

Easter is my favorite brunch meals of the year.  I love the season of Easter, it means winter is over, buds are blooming, and wardrobe change is a must!!! I know Easter is over a month away, but I can't help but dream up new table settings.  I am dreaming of neon accents and happy blooms. 

Happy Planning....


LJN TRAVLS by littlejoy nyc

One thing that brings us deep joy is traveling. Nia is traveling the wonders of Japan and capturing new beauty and inspiration.  I love the insight and inspiration that comes from visiting a new place.  New smells, customs, languages, textiles, and sounds bring new meaning to the depth of life.   As we plan out our next event in May, I am so curious and excited to see what Nia will bring in design out of her travels.  I say taking the time to break the norm for some inspiration is always worth while. 

Last year, I took a trip to Paris, one of my all time favorite spots for inspiration. The food, the fashion and people are all you need to set you in the right direction. Where do you love to run away too?????

Mil Besos, 


Little Joy Workshop Recap by littlejoy nyc

Last month LJN hosted our very first local blooms workshop.  We had a fabulous time in our studio and made so many new lady friends.  The entire workshop was completely indulgent, with just the right amount of beauty sprinkled on top. 

Nia created our beautiful packaging, Katy nourished us with creative bites, and I guided our ladies in arranging happy blooms straight from Italy. Our fabulous photographer and participant shot our afternoon together, TY SB!!!! 

Join us for our next session on May 13th, the perfect Mother's Day Treat!!!



La Vida Loca by littlejoy nyc

When I was a kid growing up in Arizona, culturally my family celebrated EVERYTHING.  Anything worth commending in the slightest was the perfect excuse for a party.  Celebrate everything was my family moto, and each birthday my Nana would describe as. "un dia MUY grande."  Life is la vida loca and finding the moments to love and appreciate the day to day is worth all the confetti in the world. 

Each birthday we host we try and celebrate in a way that is thoughtfully curated to our people.  I don't approach a party in hopes of the perfect photo op, but to really indulge in the details of the people we love and cheer on into the next year.

Last month we celebrated Henry and his 7th year!! We launched him off in Ninja style.  He chose his decorations from China town and I ordered life size Ninjas balloons.  H loves a party, but with just a few ninos.  We took the plunge and traveled with 5 kids to The Ninja and ended our party at home with piles of Dough Donuts. Every party requires a little sweet indulgence.  

Mil Besos, 


New brushes for gouache by littlejoy nyc

Nia here. I've been doing a lot of doodles lately. Probably because it is winter and things can get so serious this time of year. How do you like these facial expressions? I call this page "boys of today" because I like how all of the boys in NYC look with their individual, unique style.

Staying creative can be tough when I am daydreaming about my upcoming trip to Japan. It will be so adventurous, foreign, romantic, fun....all of these things rolled into one! I wonder if I will see any of the famous Hokusai paintings up close and personal.



Blooms 4 Babes by littlejoy nyc

Last weekend our floral studio created soft winter arrangements for a Brooklyn Baby Shower.  The entire event was detailed and gorgeous.  If your looking for a venue in the BK, Maison May is perfection.  You can transform the space for any occasion, check out our pics from last weekend. 

P.S........ We have a few spots left for our winter workshop.  LJN loves making new friends, so come along and arrange with us! 

Never too late for love...... by littlejoy nyc

Treat yourself to our upcoming Winter Blooms Workshop & Luncheon this weekend. Saturday we will indulge in surrounding ourselves with gorgeous blooms and share a beautiful meal together.  You won't want to miss your chance to learn how to make arrangements with sweet peas, ranunculus, roses, and our favorite.....SPIRIA.   Remember, love thy self... and come out to have a Little Joy. Register on the side bar, Winter Blooms Workshop & Luncheon, or click the button below.

Mil Besos,


Pixie and the Scout Seasonal Supper by littlejoy nyc

Katy will be cooking on February 17th at her Pixie and the Scout Brooklyn kitchen on Bergen Street. A little more about these seasonal suppers:

THE PIXIE AND THE SCOUT CAME INTO BEING AS A ONE-NIGHT-STAND OF REGIONALLY-INSPIRED COOKING FOR A SMALL GROUP IN A POP-UP ART GALLERY. There was no menu that night. We had a kitchen full of mis en place created from the week's most exciting ingredients and we simply wanted to cook for our guests. We gave our diners a quirky survey and cooked specifically for their table. Now, in celebration of our first moment of existence, each month we host a dining event in the same zany style. There is no proper "menu". There are no strict "dishes". There is no "diet" that cannot be accommodated. It is a multi-course meal uniquely crafted for each diner, every time they come. 

Also...come experience the brand new, beautiful supper table!

"It has taken 3 years and nearly 50 suppers, but we are finally ready to retire the Seasonal Supper table’s warped white boards and replace them with this gorgeous poplar, lovingly converted into our brand new long table by dear friend Andy Braddock. A heartfelt “thank you” to all those who endured countless glasses of spilled wine whilst dining around our old boards – come check out the new and improved on Friday, Feb 17."