Entertaining · Party/Tablescapes

An Impromptu Outdoor Dining Table For Two

The weather here has been utterly oppressive with back to back days in the mid-nineties for the last several weeks. However, a front came through last night and gifted us with a beautiful sunny day with low humidity and a relatively mild high of 85°. In celebration of this unexpected but much-appreciated weather, I decided to… Continue reading An Impromptu Outdoor Dining Table For Two


A Week Of Summer Dinner Ideas

Coming up with something to cook for dinner, shopping for the ingredients, and preparing a well-balanced, delicious meal night after night can become a bit of a drag. Add to that the disincentive of standing in front of a hot stove when the weather is in the 90’s, and visions of take-out menus begin to… Continue reading A Week Of Summer Dinner Ideas

Exterior Decoration · Gardening

Summer Flower Planters On The Deck

May is the perfect time for alfresco dining in the Carolinas. The trees have completely leafed out, so the thick layer of sneeze-inducing pollen that covers absolutely everything in the Spring finally can be washed away. And the mornings and evenings are generally cool enough to sit outside without melting into a sweaty puddle. With… Continue reading Summer Flower Planters On The Deck

Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

A Fun & Festive Casual Christmas Table

On Christmas Day I always prepare a formal dinner with china, silver, and crystal in the dining room. However, on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, our immediate family celebrates around the kitchen table. This is always a fun table to decorate because, since it’s a more Casual Christmas Table, I can afford to play around… Continue reading A Fun & Festive Casual Christmas Table


Christmas Decorating Odds & Ends

If you have been reading my blog for a few years, you know that I am a crazy Christmas decorator. There is not a room in my house that doesn’t get the “tinsel treatment.” I even decorate the baker’s rack on my screened porch which no one really even sees. You actually have to go… Continue reading Christmas Decorating Odds & Ends