let's hear it for the boys: tips to make throwing a baby shower easy

A few weeks ago we had a couples' shower for the parents-to-be at their house in Charlotte.  I tried not to make the party too cutesy since the menfolk would be around.  Click here for some of my tips for a nice party without much fuss....more

Sun Dried Tomato Palmiers

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that people seem to have a rather strong opinion on. They either love it or hate it. It has always been a fun holiday for me, regardless of how old I was or if I was in a relationship. While we were growing up we had a big dinner at my grandmother’s house and always exchanged little gifts. I had various years with boyfriends, some without, and then I went to college and celebrated the best four Valentine’s Days of my life....more

45 Must Have Recipes For the Super Bowl

If you have seen me anywhere on social media lately, you’ll have noticed that I have a lot to be excited for this Sunday. As a die hard, shameless Broncos fan, there is no greater pleasure than tuning into the Super Bowl. As a Boston baseball wife, there was no greater pleasure than seeing Petyon Manning and my Broncos beat Tom Brady and the Patriots. Sorry New Englanders, but it’s all about the hometown pride when it comes to football....more

Tricolore Pistou Soup

This colourful Italian-inspired soup would make an impressive entrée or main. ...more

Holiday Gift Guide Home Decor & Entertaining

Welcoming friends and loved ones into your home should always be an enjoyable and memorable occasion throughout the holidays (and all year-long, for that matter). But entertaining at home requires the right tools and accessories to ensure your special guests enjoy their visit....more

10 Reasons I Shouldn't be Hosting a Dinner Party for Six Fabulous Gay Boy Tonight.

1.  My yard looks like this:2.  My driveway looks like this:...more


Thanksgiving entertaining tends to lead to stress, since it's a more labor-intensive meal than most dinners....more

Hospitality Lost and Found

I can’t remember if I trembled when they asked. I’m pretty sure I did. The question came in an e-mail but would’ve been cooler if it had arrived via telegraph. Coming to your town for five days –(STOP)-Can we stay with you –(STOP)-Or at least share one good Italian meal             I cupped my hand under my mouth to catch the excuses as they flowed, mostly buts....more

Shatter Proof Wine Glasses

Reclaimed Home...more

How to Be the Perfect Dinner Guest: 8 Easy Tips

You were just invited to your boss's McMansion for a dinner party. Or you’re meeting his parents for the first time. They are both lawyers. In the Hamptons. Don’t. Panic. There are ways to avoid screwing this up. Image: eren {sea+prairie} via Flickr ...more
Note what books, or music, or even hobbies you are enjoying currently.  They make for easy and ...more