The Tarot Party

January 12, 2018

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Last week, I hosted my very first Tarot Party, complete with a tarot truck, Italian menu and tarot card and crystal party favors. What resulted was a beautiful afternoon filled with yummy food, deep conversation and laughing until our sides hurt.

I have known Erin Smith, owner of Vardo Tarot, for several years. We have a lot in common, from our belief in having a positive outlook to the fact that we both grew up in Austin, Texas and then moved to Los Angeles.

Erin is brilliant at creating a vibe and has turned that into a successful career in set design. Years ago, she decided to take that talent and combine it with her other talent: reading tarot. The result was the Vardo, a gypsy van from which journeys around Los Angeles and surrounding areas spreading positive vibes through tarot readings.

Erin started with a UPS truck, cut off the roof and replaced it with a wooden one. Then, she outfitted it with hardwood floors and a pair of stained glass doors on the back. She put in benches akin to church pews and decorated the walls with Jewish hamsas, crosses, God’s eyes and various other religious and spiritual imagery. The goal was to be as inclusive as possible. She also displays her own crystals, sage bundles, and ceramic art for sale. The result is a truly magical space that feels uplifting and spiritual.

Lucky for us, she’s available for parties!

I invited a group of ladies to my house and we took turns getting our cards read. Tarot parties lead to some surprisingly deep conversation. Even thought I hadn’t anticipated it, the depth of conversation ended up being the best part of the evening.

Tarot began in Italy, so I decided on an Italian menu: lasagna, persimmon and pistachio salad, caesar salad, and a chocolate cake dusted with powdered sugar for dessert. Delicious! Just click on the links for recipes.

Thanks to Morgan Pansing for all the beautiful photos!

Erin and I on the steps of the Vardo.  Erin and I on the steps of the Vardo. Me getting a reading from Erin. Me getting a reading from Erin. The cards.  The cards. Behind the wheel of the Vardo.  Behind the wheel of the Vardo. Super cool signage.  Super cool signage. Erin sells, readings, crystals, white sage and her own ceramic creations.  Erin sells, readings, crystals, white sage and her own ceramic creations. I love Erin's ceramic artistry. I bought a mountain. Maybe next time I'll get a feather.  I love Erin’s ceramic artistry. I bought a mountain. Maybe next time I’ll get a feather. A cross, a zodiac wheel, and a Suffi heart. Erin does her best to make everyone feel welcome, no matter what their beliefs.  A cross, a zodiac wheel, and a Suffi heart. Erin does her best to make everyone feel welcome, no matter what their beliefs.

Tarot Party tablescape

Purple, gray and cream spoke to me. I wanted a slightly “occult” vibe.

Tarot Party

I rented the brass utensils, Heath plates, lace chargers, and crystal wine glasses from Casa De Perrin. The flowers are from Moon Canyon. I told her the theme of the party and I think she did an awesome job expressing that through florals. The flowers are from Moon Canyon. She did an awesome job expressing the occult theme through florals.

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Each guest went home with a tarot deck and a crystal.

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