December 1st, 2015 |

CHOCOLATE TASTING | CHRISTMAS PARTY

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The holiday season is the perfect time to gather friends and family for themed celebrations. This year, I am hosting a chocolate tasting with some of my favorite treats from See’s Candies. Inspired by our “fretwork Christmas tree” party invitation, the party is infused in classic red, green and white with classic tree silhouettes popped throughout the decor. […]

November 20th, 2015 |

MIXED METALS THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE

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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 |

WITCHES’ DINNER PARTY

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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 |

END OF SUMMER ENTERTAINING

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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 |

CHINOISERIE COUNTRY TABLESETTING | 4th OF JULY

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

June 12th, 2015 |

PREPPY TABLESETTING |PEONIES + GINGHAM + MONOGRAMS

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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

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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 |

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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 […]

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