Entertaining Tips

proper cucumber sandwiches

I invited my friend Nancy over for a relaxing lunch to celebrate her birthday. Before she arrived, I lit candles everywhere, started Nora Jones playing low over the iPod dock, put the tea kettle on the stove, and made a batch of proper cucumber sandwiches. I’ve made almost as many cucumber sandwiches as I have…

teacup lunch

~teacup lunch~ I came across this sweet idea for serving lunch in a stack of teacups while paging through one of my favorite magazines awhile back. I decided immediately that at some point I was going to enjoy a teatime lunch this way. Today was that day!  It was really simple and I love the…

pumpkin votives

~ pumpkin votives ~ Time to start decorating for Autumn! Today I’ll be taking my Autumn decorations down from the attic and packing up the white slipcovers, blue & white and “beach house” decor for another year. Here’s one of my favorite, easy, centerpiece ideas for this time of year. I alternate mini pumpkin votive…

teatime tips

“He boils milk with fresh ginger, a quarter of a vanilla bean, and tea that is so dark and fine-leaved that it looks like black dust. He strains it and puts cane sugar in both our cups. There’s something euphorically invigorating and yet filling about it. It tastes the way I imagine the Far East…

picnic

“A book of verses underneath the bough, a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and thou…” ~Edward Fitzgerald It’s my birthday week and the first celebration was a little picnic under our oak tree. We made a Muffuletta sandwich, sipped wine and rosewater lemonade, and had creamsicle Oreos and dark Dove chocolates for dessert.…

muffuletta

~muffuletta~ Yesterday was one of those days that was perfect for a picnic so I decided to get up early and make a muffuletta sandwich. This is an Italian delicacy that actually originated in New Orleans at a little place called Central Grocery. They have a specific way of making the sandwich, but as you…

date day :: tea for two

“Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.” ~Henry Fielding One of the things I like about the tea ritual is that it can be made as simple or elaborate as you wish. Today I decided to fill a teapot with lilacs, pour iced tea with lemon and mint into our crystal wine glasses,…

entertaining tips

Here’s a list of entertaining tips I’ve been compiling since I wrote the last entertaining tips entry. I hope these little ideas inspire you and help keep your next gathering fun and stress free! ~ use frozen grapes and berries to chill cocktails instead of ice cubes ~ freeze edible flower blossoms and petals into…

repurposing idea ~ dresser as sideboard

Today I decided to do a little photo shoot of one of my favorite repurposing projects. When Gracie grew out of her toddler furniture (that had been passed down from Andie…who had received it from Robin…Hi Robin!) I decided to keep the long dresser and turn it into a sideboard. I had been wanting one…

little distractions, baking everyday, and cabin fever

What little things are you doing to survive the rest of this crazy long winter? Confession: Between writing chapters, painting illustrations, taking and editing photos, thrifting, knitting, and episodes of Private Practice… I have baked bread or cake or something every day for the last couple weeks. Thankfully bread freezes and company is coming on…