It’s not even summer yet and I’m already planning summer outdoor dinner parties. Is that a bad thing? I love curating party themes and tablescapes. There are a lot of new fun barware products for the summer season. And there’s nothing better than a fresh cold drink in stylish drinkware. Whether you want new glassware, serving trays, or fun party gadgets I found a few items that will help upgrade your hosting skills.
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The key to hosting the perfect dinner party is preparation. Regardless of the theme or the occasion, it’s important to prep. How many people are you hosting? Are there any dietary restrictions? What kind of food will you be serving? I love hosting dinner parties. It’s one of my favorite things to do to spend time with family and friends. I love planning the menu, brainstorming tablescapes, and then putting it all together. However, throwing together a last-minute dinner party can be stressful. If you have time to prep, then here are some of my go-to tips before your next hosting gig.
Spring is coming, and with it comes more reasons to spend time with friends and family. So today’s blog is all about brunch! The kind with mimosas, sizzling bacon, and friends or family (of course). Whether you’re hosting a casual brunch or attending one, everyone knows that the key to a good brunch is great food and even better fashion. So as the temperatures rise, I’ve rounded up a collection of my favorite spring essentials to make your next brunch better than ever.
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This Shop Watch includes 9 amazing dishes & dinnerware from ABC Carpet & Home that will take your home dining experience to the next level. I wanted to bring back one of my favorite series, Shop Watch. ABC Carpet & Home is one of my go-tos when it comes to looking for dinnerware. They have a large selection of home accessories from stylish dishes to unique flatware. I wanted share some of my favorite items with you to help make your home dining experience a little more fun.
There are so many different ways to accessorize your table. Depending on the occasion or holiday, there are so many ways to dine in style. Create a cozy space for your family dinners or a vibrant table for entertaining guests.
Walmart Finds: Home for The Holidays
With the holiday season right around the corner, I have found some of my holiday must-haves from Walmart! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I usually spend the day with my family, eating delicious food and enjoying each other’s company. Due to Covid-19, our Thanksgiving will probably look a little different this year. However, that does not mean that we can’t create a wow worthy breakfast table for Thanksgiving. And it can be done on an affordable budget by shopping at Walmart! There’s no better feeling than creating a beautiful space without breaking the bank. The holidays are about enjoying time with your loved ones. I wanted to help make shopping for Thanksgiving easier so you can focus on your family, friends, and your holiday traditions.
The holiday season can be overwhelming and expensive. Finding the perfect table decor and dinnerware, can be added stress that we all do not need right now. Some of my favorite items from Walmart’s Home for the Holidays Collection includes: Gold 20-Piece Flatware Set, A Mint Green Cutlery Set with Wood Block, and a Teal Dinnerware Set. Whether you are looking for new cookware, serveware, or table decor, it is all right here! There are so many ways to make your home holiday ready.
Today is all about holiday serveware and a handful of great recipes. How are the holidays right around the corner? I find myself trying to prep everything now to get ahead before all of the craziness hits. It’s perfect timing to get your holiday menus figured out and make sure you have all of the proper serveware and dishes to display the meals. There is nothing quite like a gorgeous meal displayed on proper serveware. It really lets the food shine!
Holiday table decorating time! Woohooo! Today I am happy to share the simple tricks I use to set a chic yet easy holiday table. With this table decor, I partnered with @homedepot to create a lush and layered holiday table. Rustic simplicity is the theme. For the first time in history, I am actually planning my holiday tablescape in advance! I’ll show you the stress-free way to set a table that will make for cozy holiday entertaining with family and friends! Keep reading to see some super simple ideas! Or if you want to watch me walk through it watch the video here!
Throwing a proper dinner party is an art. There is nothing like a perfectly designed and planned gathering. From the color scheme to the people you invite, It is a thoughtfully curated moment. This dinner party in Positano Italy is simply breathtaking. It has me thinking that a destination dinner party might just be the next big thing. Let’s explore what makes this event so stunning and what to wear to your next dinner party.
This year, get the perfect present under the tree for a mom you know with the holiday gift guide for mom. It’s not too late to find the perfect item to make mom’s holiday the best. Give the gift you know she really wants and needs, whether that means noise-canceling headphones, comfy slippers, or a photo printer for all the family memories. Time is ticking, so here are some great last minutes ideas. I’ve got you covered this holiday season.
This holiday, give the fashionista in your life the perfect present. Don’t stress about finding the right gift with my holiday gift guide for the fashionista.
This holiday, give the beauty aficionado in your life the perfect present with our gift guide for the beauty obsessed. Whether it means staying hydrated, adding a little extra to their skincare routine or getting them the perfect eyeshadow palette, I’ve got you covered.
These are some of the best beauty products around. Maybe give some of these as gifts this year as well!
Give the gift of comfort and utility to those who are always on the go with this holiday gift guide for travelers.
Whether they’re flying off to new places or coming back for the holidays, make the traveler in your life feel comfier with these gifts.
We recently threw a bridal shower for my sister DS at Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica on the water. We celebrated in their back room called The Bungalow, a bright and welcoming flower-adorned space with exceptional sunlight from the sun roof. It truly was a stunning place. A friend of DS’s arranged this lovely luncheon for 20 or so of us to celebrate my sister’s bridal shower.
My sis DS is perhaps the most kind, sweet, smart, beautiful person I know. I can’t tell you how happy I was to be there to see her so happy and surrounded by people who love her and are about her. She and her fiancé AL (my lovely future brother-in-law) are a perfect match. It’s a delight to be celebrating their pending big day and future lives together. The bridal shower venue reflected how we all feel for DS at this time. Happy.
Swathed in pink and with colorful roses and lush floral linens and furnishings, this spot was the perfect place for a celebration. I definitely think I will host my next Girl Boss Lunch there! The entire place was just lovely.
Take a look below.
Summer officially ends late in September but when August ends, for me, summer feels like it is over. Last year, two weeks after moving into this house, I threw an end of summer taco party for about 40 people. This year, I decided to hit repeat and threw another August taco party. Maybe a tradition is in the making. Anyhooooo, like last year, I officially decided to throw this party about a week before. Before I knew it almost 30 of us were gathered in my courtyard for an end of summer taco party under the stars. Want to know how I pulled it off? Read on…
I need to brag about my dear friend Linda Grasso for a second.
Linda is the editor of Los Angeles magazine Ventura Blvd and the host of the SheSez with Linda Grasso podcast. She is a veteran journalist who interviews fascinating women about their bold, innovative, and sometimes badass moves. She and her husband Charlie recently remodeled the kitchen in their fantastic Encino home. They’ve lived in the house for years and have raised their sons there.
A little background, Linda and I go way back. We both worked at E! Entertainment Television, where we became friends after working on a project together. She has since been a fabulous confidant and consistent sounding board over the years! You may remember when she interviewed me on her podcast — which you can catch up on by clicking here.
Anyway, I went over to Linda’s house right before the remodel to have lunch with her and to brainstorm with her about fixtures, counters, the works. I loved her old kitchen… it had a Tuscan or French country feel to it. Linda and Charlie were ready for a change, though. This whole project started as an interior paint refresh, but it turned into a whole new kitchen. Like me, she is an avid cook and entertainer — so I understand her desire to create an inviting place that she’s proud of.
Summertime means outdoor dinners out on my patio!
I recently decided last minute (per usual) to cook Sunday night dinner for my family making my famous summer grilled chicken with a lime cilantro garlic marinade. I invited two people and then naturally that number grew to five after giving everyone a heads up only three hours beforehand.
As it goes… I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, but my first step was to set up a simple summer table! I couldn’t wait to put my new AERIN Ardsley collection (by Aerin Lauder) from Williams Sonoma to use.