Cocktails – Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bits

Whenever I have a cocktail party it tends to LAST AWHILE! Which is a good thing BUT you need some substantial snacks if you want your guests to be able to stand up and continue to the dinner table. 😳 PROBLEM SOLVED – One of my favorite noshes is BACON WRAPPED CHICKEN BITS! They are…

Merlot Glazed Ham – Thanks Martha!

The YEAR 1988 – Martha Stewart created a video series SECRETS FOR ENTERTAINING and I was mesmerized. The rest is history for Martha and for me! One of the recipes in the series was this spectacular MERLOT GLAZED HAM. I have made it over and over since then. Here is how you do it. The…

Setting the Table

My favorite part of having a Dinner Party is setting the table. But I am like a kid in a candy store ~ EVERY PART IS MY FAVORITE PART! I always set the table the night BEFORE the party. I want to have time to play with it – shift it all around until it…

Decorating the Thanksgiving Mantel

One of the first things I love to do for THANKSGIVING is to DECORATE THE MANTEL. NOTHING to me says the holidays ARE HERE like a seasonal mantel. All year I leave mine BARE so it is a joy to DOLL it up! ALWAYS check for what you ALREADY have. I love to spend my…

Thanksgiving – The Children’s Table

When I was growing up the CHILDREN were usually SHUTTLED to the side at THANKSGIVING. PAPER plates, PLASTIC forks and cups and eat WHERE EVER YOU CAN … GET THE PICTURE?? I am GLAD that is changing. This THANKSGIVING make a special table for the children. Give them a “GOLD” turkey, some special CHINA (heavy…

Overnight Guests – 6 Touches That Will Charm Them

Since we live quite FAR from the city I often encourage Dinner Party guests to spend the night. I so enjoy getting everything ready to make both their Dinner and STAY extra special. Let’s walk through it. 1. BEAUTIFUL BATH PRODUCTS It is fun to collect beautiful SOAPS, bath liquid and CANDLES. Nothing like being…

The Elegance of Flowers

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” Claude Monet. I have to AGREE! Beautiful and FRAGRANT flowers on your DINING ROOM TABLE and THROUGHOUT your home will elevate your entertaining to a whole NEW LEVEL plus of course MAKE YOU HAPPY. And a Happy hostess is a GOOD HOSTESS. It is so much fun to…

A Special Birthday Party – Rock’in 60

Nothing I like better than a THEMED party. What better reason for doing just that than My Hubby’s 60th BIRTHDAY! Having said that I think a BACK TO THE 60’S theme is perfect. Here are TWO HIPSTERS IT is a fun way to ENTERTAIN PLUS it gives guests a chance to STRUT THEIR STUFF. You…

The Magic of Candlelight at a Dinner Party

Nothing LIGHTS UP a dinner party like CANDLELIGHT. The glimmer and warmth of the flame is just MAGICAL! Women are more BEAUTIFUL, men more MYSTERIOUS and food more DELICIOUS when reflected in candlelight. It is fun to COLLECT all type of containers and holders for candles. COLORED ONES, CLEAR ONES, GLASS ONES, IRON ONES ……..