entertaining

xmas+table+2019+1

christmas table setting

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying these marvelously lazy days in between then and New Year’s lounging in pj’s, in blissful unawareness of what day or date it is (with a cocktail somewhere in there, as well!)  That’s exactly how we are spending ours and, after a ridiculously chaotic Christmas…

hostess+gifts+2019+1

gifts for the hostess/foodie/entertainer

The most wonderful time of the year is in full swing and so is party season!  The dinners, get togethers, cocktail hours and parties have started with a vengeance, so I thought it would be fun to put together a roundup of gift ideas for the hostess or friend/family member who loves to entertain (and…

thanksgiving-table

my thanksgiving table

Despite the fact that I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my Christmas decor out from storage since pretty much the day after Halloween, I can’t wait to have everyone together for Thanksgiving!  Any time we can get family and friends around our table is pretty much my favorite thing in the whole wide…

thx+must+haves+2019+3

holiday entertaining must-haves

Ready or not, the holiday season is officially upon us and I couldn’t be more excited!!  Entertaining is one of my favorite things to do and it’s so much more special and meaningful during the holidays.  If you guys have been following along here for a while, you know I post about entertaining basics a…

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“zinc” pots + new topiary

I have quite the love/hate relationship with topiary; I’m completely obsessed with their shape and texture and how much interest they bring to a space but loathe that they are close to impossible to find near me, as well as the fact that they die ridiculously fast whenever I do.  I’ve searched for some realistic…

sum+19+must+haves+3

summer entertaining favorites

Hello, HELLLLLOOOOOOOO!!!  Long time, no blog, eh?  All I can say is that time flies when you’re running around after/with littles and I wouldn’t change a minute of it, but oh, how I have missed blogging!  I’ve got a ton of ideas to write about here and I thought I’d start with some of my…

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update your every day dinnerware for spring with fete home!

Spring has officially sprung and I couldn’t be more excited!  Of all the wonderful things I love about the season, entertaining is one of my favorites.  Setting a beautiful table for friends and family to enjoy a meal and some yummy cocktails while the kiddos play is my grown up idea of a wild and…

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lydia is five!

Two days after Christmas my baby girl turned FIVE!  Seems like just yesterday I was announcing my pregnancy here on the blog and now she’s a whole hand of years old, has her first wiggly tooth and keeps talking about how excited she is for kindergarten next year….this momma’s heart just can’t handle it all! …

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a new favorite entertaining staple

If you follow me on Instagram you proably have seen I’ve added a new favorite to my collection of entertaining staples – these gorgeous rectangular water hyacinth placemats from Pottery Barn that Santa left under my tree for Christmas!  Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Ina Garten and these placemats remind me so much of the ones she uses…

thx+2018+1

getting ready for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is in two days!!!  I’m not quite sure which I’m more excited about – eating my weight in turkey and fixings or setting my table.  This year I’m keeping it simple on both counts; the older I get the more I crave simplicity in every aspect of my life and that most certainly includes entertaining! …

fall+ent+2018

adding fall touches to your entertaining basics

I’m probably the only person on the planet that isn’t high fiving fall’s impending arrival (I’m always holding on to the end of summer with both hands), but this year, despite the steady 90 degree temps, I’ve already started to introduce little touches of fall to my daily dinnerware and serving pieces.  I always keep my entertaining basics…

summer+ent+must+2018

summer entertaining must-haves

Summer is in full force around here and there is nothing I love more than having friends over for a swim, a bite to eat and a few cocktails.  While most times it’s impromptu and usually eaten off paper plates while chasing kiddos, there are still times I like to put a little more effort…