Outdoor entertaining season is here…well at least according to the calendar it is. I know those of you in other parts of the country are enjoying lovely gardens and warm sunshine, but here in the northeast we can’t seem to shake the damp and cold. And “at least it isn’t snow” only counts for so much now that it is MAY. As my friend Nancy remarked this morning, “I think I’m beginning to mold!”! In any case, EVENTUALLY we will get some gorgeous weather to make us forget all about this slime. And when we do it will be full steam ahead with outdoor living and parties so we are planning now in anticipation!Read More
Planning ahead and getting organized can go a long way toward a stress-free Thanksgiving. It won’t help with your weird Uncle Neal who thinks it’s funny to take his false teeth out to scare the kids, or your sister-in-law who is allergic to everything but tofu, but it might give you the stamina and grace to negotiate THOSE things if you don’t have a million other things to worry about!
If you are hosting there are a few things to sort through now so you don’t get caught scrambling the day before.Read More
I love to bake and I love entertaining. So naturally, I enjoy creating parties centered around desserts. Dessert parties are some of the easiest parties to manage since desserts generally require very little last minute attention.
Here are some tips I have found helpful over the years as I have honed my dessert party skills:Read More
A Thanksgiving Feast
Food and it’s presentation has been central to our family gatherings for as long as I can remember. That may be why I love to host meals and parties…I equate food-centric gatherings with feelings of love, comfort, and celebration.
AND it’s almost Thanksgiving…the beginning of the holiday entertaining season! We have SO much to be thankful for…family, friends, and the blessing of a warm, safe, and welcoming home.Read More
When life hands you lemons…Make lemonade! Or so the saying goes.
In this case life handed me cake crumbs. The lesson of turning a disaster into an asset is so important, in the kitchen and in life. We learn the most from our failures, I think. My most recent kitchen flop started out innocently enough…Read More
Elegant entertaining almost always calls for some sort of centerpiece, but it is not necessary, or even desirable in many cases, to order a generic centerpiece from the florist.
There are so many creative options for a centerpiece arrangement to anchor the theme of the event, and you can “shop” for the ingredients right in your own home…Read More
Have I mentioned I adore dishes? Porcelain, Stoneware, Transferware, Pressed Glass, Depression Glass, Bone China…floral, embossed, fluted, scalloped, pierced…I REALLY cannot resist those last two categories…but I rationalize my addiction by entertaining. Quite a lot. Today, we are writing about how to mix and match your dishes for a uniquely beautiful table that evokes the colors and mood of the occasion. This is Part 3 in a series on Elegant Entertaining Made Easy.Read More
Today, we are writing about the basic ingredients that make elegant entertaining easy. This is Part 2 in the series ... if you missed Part 1: The Key Ingredients, you can find that post from October 6, 2016.
If you have the right things on hand, it is pretty effortless to pull together a great looking table. Here are a few basics that I consider essential starting points.Read More
'Tis the season...the weather has turned cool and crisp, fall is upon us ... and therefore so is the season of ‘family and friends gathered around a table’ holidays. This incites panic in some and joy in others. I love any excuse to entertain, so holidays that are centered around food are some of my favorites! A large part of the hospitality experience is the setting – we experience an event with all our senses and food served in an attractive manner and setting not only tastes better, it also invites us to slow down and enjoy the moment and the company.Read More