Entertaining · Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

Hearts, Flowers, and Tea? A Valentine's Day Tea

I’ve always loved afternoon tea. Well, actually that’s not true. When I was young, I was a dyed in the wool coffee drinker. I used to say of tea, “why would anybody want to drink wet leaves?” This was before I went to Jamaica on my honeymoon. We stayed at this beautiful old British colonial… Continue reading Hearts, Flowers, and Tea? A Valentine's Day Tea

Entertaining · Holidays · Recipes

Auld Lang Syne and Fizzy Lifting Drinks

At the risk of sounding like a party pooper, I have to confess that I have never been a fan of New Year’s Eve. The countdown to midnight culminating in the drunken frenetic jubilation as the ball drops has always felt a bit contrived and forced to me. Maybe it’s because I’m partied out after Christmas,… Continue reading Auld Lang Syne and Fizzy Lifting Drinks

Entertaining · Floral Arrangements · Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

Christmas Centerpiece Conundrum

Every year, one of the things I most look forward to is creating a large floral centerpiece for my Christmas table. I always begin this process in competition with the herds of rampaging deer foraging in my yard for cedar, magnolia, boxwood, holly and loropetalum. When I bring in this ridiculous overabundance of greenery, I then have… Continue reading Christmas Centerpiece Conundrum

Entertaining · Holidays · Party/Tablescapes · Recipes

A Modern Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner

While I love discovering new things, I am a traditionalist at heart. This means that for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I serve the same main entrees every year. As an Italian, Christmas Eve has its own traditional menu. This celebration, La Vigilia di Natale (The Vigil of the Birth), is also known as The… Continue reading A Modern Italian Christmas Eve Fish Dinner

Entertaining · Holidays

Jingle All The Way Christmas Decorating House Tour

If you’ve read my previous posts complaining about the ubiquitousness of pumpkin spice and my disdain for turkeys, you may be expecting that my December post will contain some Andy Rooneyesque rant about reindeer or Santa Claus, but don’t worry, I’m not about to dash your dreams of dancing sugar plums.  On the contrary, I have… Continue reading Jingle All The Way Christmas Decorating House Tour