peony floral arrangement surrounded by white ceramic serving platters with brunch baked goods displayed / sfgirlbybay


when you’re asked to give a book club brunch for author Terry McMillan you definitely say “yes! yes, please!”. i’ve long been a fan and Terry’s part of Ghirardelli’s Savor the Dark Book Club, launching her new book I Almost Forgot About You – which is a really fun summer read. with the book club subscription, you get the book and three of Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark bars –Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight, Intense Dark Cherry Tango, Intense Dark Cocoa Nibs. The deadline to sign-up to order the subscription box closes this Friday, June 10 so you’ll need to get on it quickly! and when you receive it, curl up with Terry’s book and make yourself a cheese platter, add fresh berries and a lovely glass of champagne, or one of the other divine pairings Ghirardelli suggests. don’t forget to follow Ghirardelli on instagram; facebook; twitter; and pinterest.


chocolate cake with chocolate frosting topped with purple and yellow flowers / sfgirlbybay


our Ghirardelli book club brunch was a blast! i invited a few friends over and Terry was the perfect guest of honor – she hilariously read some ‘juicy bits’ from her book to us and entertained us with great stories while we brunched. i decorated with the most beautiful peonies, roses, sweet peas i ordered delivered fresh from flower muse and they made such pretty arrangements when i put them all together myself (half the fun of flowers!). i had one of my favorite local bakeries, Valerie Confections make some chocolate tarts and mendiants, and bake a specialty chocolate cake all from Ghirardelli’s baking chocolate – that cake was three layers of divine! they also created delicious tartines, like salmon and avocado, as well as Crème Fraiche Scones and Salted Caramel Croissants. it was all so perfect paired with the Ghirardelli Intense Dark, fresh fruits, tea and champagne. i highly recommend gathering up some friends and having a book club brunch of your own!












author terry mcmillan talking about her new book at my tea party / sfgirlbybay


white pedestal table with white tulip chairs and beautiful peonies, roses, sweet peas in a vase delivered fresh from flower muse / sfgirlbybay


brunch with terry mcmillan at my home with cocktails and inspiring women in attendance / sfgirlbybay


champagne brunch with ghiridelli chocolate, cheese and raspberries with author terry mcmillan at my home / sfgirlbybay


wood cutting board with cheese and grapes and dates / sfgirlbybay


toasts with lox and avocado with scrambled eggs on a raised white ceramic platter / sfgirlbybay


author terry mcmillan kicks her white heels off to enjoy sweets at my brunch party celebrating her new book / sfgirlbybay


author terry mcmillan greets guests at the brunch I threw to celebrate her new book / sfgirlbybay


low white pedestal coffee table with fruit and cheese plates on top and three leather moroccan floor poufs underneath / sfgirlbybay


baked goods on white ceramic cake stands for my brunch in honor of author terry mcmillan / sfgirlbybay


cutting into the flourless chocolate cake from Valerie with purple and yellow flowers on top / sfgirlbybay


women sitting in bohemina modern living room listening to author terry mcmillan talk about her new book / sfgirlbybay


tea and cake brunch party at my home for author terry mcmillan / sfgirlbybay


dark chocolate with rasperries and cheese on marble plate / sfgirlbybay


• photography by denise bovee for sfgirlbybay.


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