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The Perfect Hostess Gift

The Perfect Hostess Gift

Attending holiday parties this year? Try ditching the traditional, ‘bottle of wine for the hostess’ and pick up something unique instead. Check out our favorites! One – Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking and Feeding Your Friends Cookbook | Two – Monogram Initial Bottle Stoppers | Three – Gold Plated Corkscrew | Four – Caramel Nut Crunch from our local favorite Just Pop In! | Five – The Sandy Apron | Six – Himalayan Salt Mortar and Pestle | Seven – Swarovski Crystal Cocktail …

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3 Tips for Serving the Perfect Cheese Tray

3 Tips for Serving the Perfect Cheese Tray

Shop for cheeses based on when and how you are planning to serve them. If your party is in the afternoon or you are serving cheese as an appetizer, make your selection light. Start with a fresh or young cheese, like creamy Italian Burrata (made from mozzarella and cream) or a wrinkly-rind, young goat cheese (goat’s milk has less lactose and is easier for people to digest. The longer it matures the milder the flavor becomes). …

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The Perfect Hostess

The Perfect Hostess

After you have sent the invitations, planned every detail of your party including food, beverage and decorations, the candles are lit, the final touches are in place, music is playing and the last important task is to get yourself party ready. Selecting an outfit days in advance of the party will assure you look your best and keep your stress level at a minimum. Be sure to select something special, shimmering, comfortable and perfectly fitted. …

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Tips to Plan a Quick, Easy and Stylish Al fresco Luncheon

Tips to Plan a Quick, Easy and Stylish Al fresco Luncheon

Let’s get outside every chance we can and since we spend so much time at work every once in awhile we have to break out of the – eat at your desk, fast food drive-up rut. Pull together a quick and easy al fresco luncheon in a few easy steps and your office peeps will love you. Include a statement piece such as this beach inspired vase (from our Seaside party kit) packed with fresh cut …

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Serve this Refreshing Blueberry Whipped Parfait

Serve this Refreshing Blueberry Whipped Parfait

Happy Friday!  The weekend is almost here!  Are you looking for dessert ideas for your next party? We love this dessert because it’s so light and PERFECT for Summer!  The middle layer is so delicious, we had to make sure we saved enough to create the desserts for our guests!  This is such a simple recipe which we have received a lot of wonderful feedback on – so we wanted to share it with all …

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Sip and See Party Customized for Ivanka Trump

Sip and See Party Customized for Ivanka Trump

For weeks after baby’s arrival it’s a juggling act on top of sleepless nights. The idea of throwing a party couldn’t be further from the mind. A Sip and See is the 21st century’s take on celebrating the arrival of a newborn. It’s an emerging trend that flies in the face of all that downcast exhaustion. The Sip and See is a large, glittery affair, involving a specialty cake, fancy hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and considerable …

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How to Design a Chic Easter Dessert Buffet

How to Design a Chic Easter Dessert Buffet

Planning to host a get together this Easter?  Design an attention-getting, impressive dessert buffet.  Dessert is our favorite part of a meal and even the simplest desserts can gain star power if dynamically displayed. Adding interest to your tablescape by elevating some items, adding decorative pieces and using tiered trays is aesthetically pleasing. Just like great landscaping or flower arranging, a visually pleasing buffet will not only display items with varying heights but also a …

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How to Spin Oscar Night

How to Spin Oscar Night

The big Hollywood night is coming up and Oscar will be in the spotlight along with the best of the best.  It’s a night to celebrate.  Yes it falls on a Sunday and ends later than most people in the Eastern time zone are willing to stay up, so here are a couple of ways to spin it. Three words about the décor: Glam it up!  Use everything that sparkles and shines.  I’ve selected the New York City …

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5 Planning Tips for Progressive Dinner Parties

5 Planning Tips for Progressive Dinner Parties

Did you know that progressive dinner parties are one of the most versatile party styles going? You can have them at your home using various rooms for each course or coordinate with several friends to host a progressive dinner party at 3 or 4 different homes, with each host responsible for a specific course. A progressive dinner night-out-on-the-town opens the evening up to experience an array of restaurants. Plan to eat a different course at …

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9 Tips to Plan Food and Drinks for Your Next Party

9 Tips to Plan Food and Drinks for Your Next Party

With the big party season fast approaching, you have not only the who, what and when on your mind but also the menu you want to prepare. What to serve is difficult for many simply because quantities have to be determined. When entertaining no one wants the embarrassment of having food run out before everyone has eaten. Here are nine tips to make entertaining easier! 1 | Assuming you are hosting a cocktail party and serving appetizers, the time of your party …

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