Category Archives: Décor

Which fork?  Which glass ?  Help!

Which fork? Which glass ? Help!

The “social season” is about to start here in St. Petersburg, Florida.  These events are often formal, with formal place settings which can be intimidating even to the experienced diner!  Here is a link with an exceptional graphic published by Libertytabletop.com which explains all you need to know: http://libertytabletop.com/2015/08/formal-dining-etiquette-by-liberty-tabletop/ Now put on your party dress…Continue Reading

I Never Promised You an “Herb” Garden

I Never Promised You an “Herb” Garden

But you can make one yourself!  Now that spring has sprung, we turn our taste buds to all things fresh.  Not only is it time for fresh fruits and vegetables, but also herbs.  They smell great, look great, and most of all, make everything taste great.  If you are like us, it is hard to…Continue Reading

Springtime Tablescape Idea

Springtime Tablescape Idea

The inspiration for this springtime tablescape comes straight from France.  While visiting châteaux on a trip to France last year, Vicki was impressed by the “green tablescapes” she saw (see below), and decided to try her own version for a French-themed gourmet club dinner she hosted at her home. Here is what she used for her…Continue Reading

Ambiance is as Important as the Meal!

Ambiance is as Important as the Meal!

Cooking great food is the way to a man/woman’s heart but, the right “ambiance” is sure increase the romance.   Ideas for a romantic table setting: Use beautiful placemats. Buy flowers and place them in a small vase (roses are perfect for Valentine’s Day and are fairly inexpensive at your grocery store).  Be sure to…Continue Reading

Make Ahead Tips for Your Simple Celebration

Make Ahead Tips for Your Simple Celebration

One of the things we believe in most when it comes to entertaining is having fun at your own party.  It can be done!  Preparing your dishes in advance of company arriving is the key.  Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having a good time?  Not us!  Follow these…Continue Reading

Put the Festive in your Fiesta!

Put the Festive in your Fiesta!

Serving pieces which match your celebration’s theme help bring your party to a whole new level.  When your guests walk through the door and see your special glasses, serving platters, napkins, etc. the fun and festive mood begins immediately! For your Mexican Fiesta we have some suggestions: Make sure you have Margarita glasses.  Using regular…Continue Reading

“Every Hour” Party – A Huge Success!

“Every Hour” Party – A Huge Success!

We had so much fun New Year’s Eve at our “We’ll Do It Every Hour” party. We rang in the new year in style at Vicki’s house and want to share some tips and ideas on how to make your own “Every Hour” party a success. Our recent blog explained the food concept –  each…Continue Reading

Fall Tablescapes – Halloween to Thanksgiving

Fall Tablescapes – Halloween to Thanksgiving

A festive Halloween tablescape can be transposed  into an elegant Thanksgiving dining table in a snap!   As you can see from the pictures above, we used the same placemats, candles, plates, and garland on both holiday tables.  We changed themes by using different napkins, napkin rings, and centerpieces.   A soup tureen took the…Continue Reading

Mise en Place Entertaining

Mise en Place Entertaining

Mise en place is the French term for “make ahead.”  This strategy is key to successful entertaining as it frees you up from being stuck in the kitchen after your guests have arrived.  Whether your recipe can be made in advance or not, having all of your ingredients chopped, diced, and measured will save you…Continue Reading

The Final Candy Table Touches

The Final Candy Table Touches

No candy table is complete without the personal touches.  You can add almost anything to make your theme stand out.  For birthday parties add color with balloons.  At my daughter’s wedding, pictured above, I placed a big lollypop in a prominent position so that people were able to “find” the candy table. Several items –…Continue Reading

Candy Bar Essentials- Phase II

Candy Bar Essentials- Phase II

Ok so you have determined what candy will be on the table – now you need to make the table look fun and inviting.  Here is what you will need: Table (6 foot for up to 50 people, 8 foot for 50-200 people) Table linens (white works well – floor length) Fabric pieces – organza…Continue Reading

The Buffet Table Decoded

The Buffet Table Decoded

A large dinner buffet at your home does not have to overwhelm!  Having basic party essentials on hand ensures a well-functioning, simple buffet celebration.   Purchase white dinner plates and you will save a ton of money otherwise spent on buying paper party goods.  Yes, it does mean that you will have more dishes to…Continue Reading

Napkins … A Final Tabletop Touch

Napkins … A Final Tabletop Touch

Napkins can serve many functions.  Besides the obvious, they can dictate a theme and add elegance and interest to your table. Napkin rings can also set the mood. Another idea is to purchase tea towels (small kitchen towels as pictured above) that have a picture or design that you like and use them as napkins.…Continue Reading