Blog Posts - Elegant Entertaining



Table No. 1 - Nantucket

There's a new spot in Nantucket, right on the wharf.  Table No. 1, opened by Sarah Powers, is a more than a wine and cheese shop - though it offers plenty of both - it is a gathering spot. They'll set you up for a tasting or load you up for a party...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Aug 14, 2015

Dinner at WestWard on Vashon Island

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in one of those homes on the cover of a magazine cover? I certainly have. And, now I know. It's pretty darn amazing. During my trip to Seattle, I was invited, along with friend and interior designer,...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Aug 7, 2015

Seattle Garden Party

Just back from Seattle and reflecting on an amazing few days. This was my inagural visit to Seattle, so my friends Jeanne, the insanely talented illustrator and blogger from I Dream of Jeanne and Dana, interior designer and hostess extraordinaire,...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Jul 31, 2015

Summer Sippers

Ahhhhh, it's the weekend again! Are you having friends over or just relaxing in your backyard? If so, you're probably looking for something cold to sip. Last Friday, we hosted some fabulous neighbors for a little cocktail hour (which went all night!)...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Jul 17, 2015

Farm Stand Inspired Entertaining

Tonight we're having a few neighbors over for a casual cocktail party in the garden. We just thought it would be nice for everyone to saunter over after work and enjoy some rosé. But, as with every party I host (large or small), the ideas percolate...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Jul 10, 2015

Party With a Twist of Lime

Party inspiration can come from almost any place. A favorite color, activity, occasion, food, beverage or season can be your starting point. Recently, several of us joined forces to host a birthday dinner for a special friend. A conversation months...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Jun 26, 2015

A Confetti & Champagne Party

Few things in life give me more pleasure than planning and hosting a party for someone. Last night, I had the honor of hosting an intimate dinner for a friend's birthday. She loves pink, so the guests were invited to "wear something pink" a...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Apr 3, 2015

Raise a Glass to the Weekend

What a week! Snow, snow and more snow. Planes skidding off runways. Pileups on the highway. Ice. School cancellations. I think it's time for a cocktail! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was styling this earlier in the week. But, I've waited...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Mar 6, 2015

Entertaining With Heart

Who really loves Valentine's Day? Is it the guys out there? I don't think so. Why not indulge your love of entertaining for your favorite group of girlfriends. They're the ones who will appreciate all the hearts and sparkles! For more details, go her...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Feb 11, 2015

Champagne Bar Cart

It's the weekend….so let's celebrate!  Last week, I finally dusted off my bar cart (which had become a storage unit in a closet) and decided to find it a new home. It landed in the living room and I quickly decided that it needed to be a *champ...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Nov 14, 2014

4 Ways to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table

Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your home this year?  I am and so is a friend who I was talking to recently. She always hosts Christmas, but this will be her first Thanksgiving for immediate and extended family.  She was looking for ideas, so H, t...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Nov 7, 2014

Elegant Entertaining - The Enchanted Home

Some days are just better than normal. What's even more fun is when you know the day is going to be better than normal! Tuesday was that kind of day.  Tina, the friendly voice behind the staggeringly popular blog, The Enchanted Home, hosted a group...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Oct 17, 2014

Life is a Masquerade

One of my dear friends hopped the pond to attend a special birthday extravaganza at Hampton Court, outside of London. The former home of Henry VIII! A masquerade.  Once I got a peek at the photos, I knew that you had to see them. This was not ju...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Oct 10, 2014

Friday Flowers - Edible Flowers

Spring. Easter. Mother's Day. Garden parties. Any of these occasions are made prettier with flowers. So, why not embellish the beverages, salads and desserts with edible flowers? Take lemonade, water or a champagne cocktail to another level with som...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Apr 18, 2014

Elegant Entertaining :: Jazz Age inspired Cocktail Party

Rather taken with the notion of throwing a cocktail party with a jazz age theme, after researching the history of cocktails for our series and finding lots of wonderful inspiration from the 1920s. Martinis, jazz, a devil-may-care attitude, treasu...
by glamour drops on Apr 13, 2012

Elegant Entertaining :: An Edwardian-inspired Cocktail Soirée of Sorts ::

If you were intrigued by the story  of the first cocktail party held in 1917, perhaps the idea of throwing an  Edwardian-inspired cocktail tea party soirée  may rather appeal. While the Edwardian Era technically ran f...
by glamour drops on Feb 24, 2012


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