June 19th, 2009 |

Dinner at the Beach

Dinner at the beach….isn’t that what summer is all about?!

If you have a beach house, the “dinner at the beach” is easy enough!  If you don’t live near water, invite some friends over for a casual summer dinner alfresco this weekend (with a beach theme, of course!).  Create a casual, yet put-together outdoor space that will […]

June 18th, 2009 |

Setting a Summer Table

Summertime table settings should be as relaxed and carefree as the season itself. The summer invites  alfresco meals—from breakfasts on the porch to poolside cocktails and patio dinners. These great tips from Williams Sonoma will help you create stylish table settings for the entire season.


To simplify planning your settings, include pieces in your tableware collection that […]

June 4th, 2009 |

Sunflower Soiree

Sunflowers and black and white patterns – two of my favorites combine here to make one striking party!  The inspiration for this party came from Carolyne Roehm’s new book, A Passion for Parties.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an absolute must-read!  Fabulous ideas and tons of eye candy.

Sunflowers are abundant during the summer months […]

May 29th, 2009 |

10 Money-Saving Tips for Flowers

Brides.com has a great article this week – celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie, offers up his top 10 tips to save money on flowers for any event.  For all of you out there planning a wedding, a charity event, or looking for creative centerpiece ideas for your next bridal or baby shower, birthday party, or dinner […]

May 22nd, 2009 |

Friday Night: The New Fish Fry

Remember that old Friday night fish fry?!  Update that concept by inviting friends over for a healthy dinner of cedar-planked salmon with seasoned lemon butter.  Serve up a green salad with serrano ham and a tomato vinagrette, iced tea, and chocolate orange cookie stacks for dessert.

To set the mood for this relaxed, modern patio, set your […]

May 14th, 2009 |

Finding Perfect Placecards

One of the key elements to any beautifully set table is of course, the placecard.  It adds a creative flair to the table, and if used as an escort card for a wedding, it sets the tone for what’s about to come.

During the planning of my wedding last year, one of my biggest challenges was […]

May 7th, 2009 |

Farmer’s Market Dinner Party

With the arrival of spring finally here, I am so enjoying cooking with the  light, fresh flavors of the new season. Asparagus, artichokes, strawberries – oh, the list could go on and on!   My favorite source for peak-of-season produce? The local farmers’ market.   Not only do I pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, many markets […]

May 1st, 2009 |

Friday Night: Pasta Party with Friends

I don’t know about you….but it’s been kind of a boring week!  One day it’s nice, the next day it looks like it could snow again.  I decided we needed a little excitement as we moved into the weekend.

Invite friends over for a Pasta Party – all you need is some good […]

April 29th, 2009 |

Celebrate Mother’s Day on the Patio

Celebrate the women in your life this year with lunch on the patio.  Outdoor entertaining can be easy – a simple menu, a refreshing cocktail and a clean, Spring-like table will set the mood for a festive day!

Set up your party out on the patio with a color palette of blue & white, with an accent […]

April 23rd, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Grey & Yellow

Yellow – one of my favorites!  By pairing it with different colors, it can take on so many different lives.

Pair it with pink, orange, turquoise – it becomes a bit of a fiesta!  Placed with black & white – it is bold.  Nestled between sky blue and pale green, it is the […]

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