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Chillin’ or Grillin’: What’s your summer entertaining style?

Can you believe it? We are at about the half way mark for the Summer of 2103. And to make the most of the remaining days, we want to know… what is your Summer Style? Have you spent the first half CHILLIN’ and now you are ready to start inviting the neighbors over and GRILLIN’? […]

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Red, White and Blue Celebrations

Summer is for Celebrating and if I had to pick one visual symbol that represents this joyful season it would be the American Flag. The colors red, white and blue are peppered through the decor, food and beverages of gathering everywhere. I spotted a few for you to enjoy and provide inspiration. Share your favorites […]

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Recipes + Tips for a Fresh Summer Berry Cocktail Bar {#SundaySupper}

The summer entertaining season is upon us and just as if mother nature could read our minds, so is the juicy summer berry season. How did she know? What a fantastic combination! And what better place to combine this match made in heaven than on the cocktail bar. Prepare to greet your warm weather revelers! […]

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Cinco vs Derby. Lime vs Mint. The battle continues.

Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo? Mint Julep or Margarita? It is an age-old question leading up to the first weekend in May. Well OK, maybe not age-old but still, a question that I  have asked every year in May during my adult entertaining years. Living in the North East most of my life Cinco […]

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Anniversary Gathering for #SundaySupper Featuring: Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries

It has been a while since I was able to participate in the Sunday Supper weekly posting but when Isabel, The Family Foodie, reached out and asked if I would be interested in adding a tablescape portion to the weekly blog posting, I was thrilled. {For those of you unfamiliar with the term; Tablescape, it is a word […]

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Placesettings Explained

Although we live in a less formal world where pretty much anything goes when it comes to setting your table, it is always best to start with a knowledge of the proper way to do anything. Once you understand the proper etiquette of how to set each place setting you can manipulate it to achieve […]

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Vanilla Lemonade Sipper Recipe

Tonight’s An Appealing Plan  #GardenPartyChat {Wednesday 8P EST} topic will be Summer Party Themes. Each week’s chat features folks from a variety of worlds including all my favorite topics: Garden, Food, Decor, Events, Travel, Design, Cocktails… Remember to use #GardenPartyChat if you are on twitter so we can all follow along. There will be a total […]

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Entertaining In the Heat: Video ABC

FIRST THINGS FIRST: SAFETY CHECK Getting together with friends and family is the perfect way to spend summer evenings and weekends but being aware of safety concerns will make you the ultimate host. -          Keep in mind the ages of your guests and their needs; both young and old. -          Consider moving your event inside […]

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Vanilla Mint Soda Sipper Recipe

Tonight’s An Appealing Plan  #GardenPartyChat {Wednesday 8P EST} topic will be Hot Fun in the Summertime. Each week’s chat features folks from a variety of worlds including all my favorite topics: Garden, Food, Decor, Events, Travel, Design, Cocktails… The following guests will be submitting questions on their area of speciality. Please take a moment to get to […]

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Celebrating the 4th Of July Over the Years

The Fourth of July is one of those holidays that although I have {as we all do} gotten older, I can almost still recall past celebrations as if it was just last year. Middle School years living in Connecticut, one of our neighbors dads had a convertible and would start the day at 7AM driving […]

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