November 20th, 2015 | Comments



Thanksgiving to me is more than a big meal shared with family and friends. It’s time to reflect on the things for which I am most thankful and also the official kick-off to the holiday festivities.
My parents host a big Thanksgiving dinner, so I love hosting a smaller intimate “friendsgiving” with my nearest and dearest a week or two before the official turkey day. […]

October 20th, 2015 |



Halloween can be such a busy time for Mamas – between making (or purchasing!) the kids costumes, helping at classroom parties, and getting the candy prepared for trick-or-treaters – most ladies don’t have a second to enjoy the festive holiday! I thought it would be fun to gather up some of my favorite “witches” for a little good old-fashioned Halloween dinner party this past weekend. […]

September 3rd, 2015 |



Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares ideas for an end-of-the-summer dinner party full of blue and white china, a gorgeous tablesetting, sunflower centerpiece, strawberry rhubarb lemonade cocktail, and lemon butter salmon recipes. […]

June 24th, 2015 |



Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares her red, white and blue tablesetting with chinoiserie country feel. […]

June 12th, 2015 |



Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares her crisp gingham summer tablesetting, complete with Kate Spade china, gorgeous monogrammed napkins from Madison, and beautiful peonies centerpiece. […]

October 23rd, 2012 |

Halloween Family Dinner


Halloween is typically a busy, busy day for moms. The pre- Halloween costume preparation, the day of school parties and parades, and the afternoon full of trick or treating. By the time dinner rolls around, who has time to pull together a special meal? You ALL do! Our goal is to celebrate family and with these […]

September 25th, 2012 |

DIY Leaf Silhouettes Place Cards

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our newest contributor to the blog, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio!  Vana has been a good friend and supporter/contributor of the Magazine since the beginning and we are thrilled to now have her hear on the blog on a regular basis.

Professionally trained as an architect, Vana Chupp has always […]

September 5th, 2012 |

Set the Table with Chalkboard

Back-to-School is an exciting time of the year for families, but let’s face it….the enthusiasm of the first day can fade quickly and everyone falls back into the repedition of a daily routine: early mornings, carpools, homework, after-school activities, packing the same lunch day in and day out.  Take this opportunity to celebrate family and celebrate […]

June 25th, 2012 |

Country Chic Holiday: 4th of July

The Fourth of July always conjures up images of a homespun holiday to me.  I like to throw my typical modern prep style aside and focus on creating a tablescape or party centered around true Americana style.  This year, I am going to combine gingham check, a classic red, white and blue color palette and a […]

June 14th, 2012 |

2 Parties | 2 Tables | 2 Nights in a Row!

It’s been a very busy start to June around here.  The launch of the summer magazine, a frenzy of party orders, custom party plans, lots of work on a new {top-secret} product for WH Hostess, even more work on a {very exciting, also top-secret} project for The Party Dress and photo shoots this week to bring […]

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