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Easter Dinner Tablescape

Easter Sunday is one week away (April 12, 2020) and I adore all of the displays and decorations for this fresh time of year. I always get jittery for this al-fresco-dining, fresh-produce-picking, and garden-selecting season. I also love...

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Join Me in Hosting Joy

My Dear Friends,

What a strange time we're in. I honestly have struggled to find the words to address COVID-19 and its rapid suffocation of our world. It's something that has been on my mind constantly--not only because my family and I are...

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Orange Julius Recipe

Why I Like to Serve It

Spring weather is often considered to be a seasonal launch to brunch hosting. One of my favorite drinks to serve for breakfast gatherings is an ice cold orange julius. It has the frothy smoothness of a smoothie,...

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Vintage Bridal Shower Favors + Homemade Body Scrub

Just before “wedding season” arrives in June, bridal showers are often hosted in spring, when the florals begin to awaken. As all parties need a favor–a momento or gift for guests who attend–these vintage bridal...

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Best Gourmet Hot Chocolate

The wonderful season of hot cocoa and peppermint sticks, pine trees and fir wreaths, cinnamon desserts and twinkle lights is here and I couldn’t be any more thrilled. I’m an enthusiast of all holidays but there is something...

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Simmering Christmas Potpourri

I recently shared the effect of fragrance and what it can do to a social gathering. This simmering Christmas potpourri is an ideal example of how a venue transforms as it exudes the scent of Christmas. With notes of citrus, warmth of...

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Holiday Scented Home

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Why You Should Add Scents

My top rule and best advice for hosting a great party is to stimulate the five senses: give your guests something spectacular to see, delicious to taste, exciting to touch, beautiful to hear...

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Classic Flatware Sets

The best Thanksgiving flatware comes in a variety of finishes but each has a unique charm to it. I’ve loved all of the gold, copper and rose gold metals being used in the last few years and how they add an immediate elegance to a...

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My 6 Favorite Hostess Gifts

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Why You Should Bring a Gift

While planning your dinner party contributions this holiday season, consider adding some of these Thanksgiving hostess gifts to your shopping list. I think most of us are aware of the amount of...

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Whipped Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This whipped pumpkin pie is a delicious, double-layer, frothy cheesecake-like dessert that my aunt makes every Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition of mine to make it the first week of November to transition between Halloween and Thanksgiving, but...

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