Blog Posts - Entertaining:entertaining



Creating Quick, Inexpensive, Yet Elegant Holiday Floral Centerpieces

The holidays are squarely upon us, and 'tis the season for gathering with friends and family. Whether you are hosting a family Christmas dinner, having a few neighbors over for a dinner party, or simply dressing up your table to be more festive, crea...
by Old Town Home on Dec 19, 2016

WATERCOLOR TABLE WITH STEVE MCKENZIE’S

One of the most exciting parts (to me) about Steve McKenzie’s and the McKenzie’s design business is the original fabric line that Steve created from his own paintings. Taking his expressive brushstrokes and soft, watercolor paintings to f...
by Thou Swell on Jul 22, 2016

A BRIGHT MODERN PICNIC WITH FAB

I’m a sucker for a good picnic. I love gathering on the grass, setting out a big spread and soaking up the sun with friends or family in the summertime. There’s something about sitting so casually that makes everyone relax, and it’s...
by Thou Swell on Jun 6, 2016

Tips for Stress- Free Entertaining

  With summertime comes an increase in bridal, baby showers and social get together’s in general. As much as I love hosting a party, I used to get overwhelmed to the point of just plain stressed out about hosting. This unfortunately would...
by Cashmere & Camo on May 10, 2016

OUTDOOR MOVIE PARTY WITH WEST ELM

When the weather is right, there’s not much better than enjoying a movie outdoors. All you need to get the experience of a movie theater in your own backyard is a movie screen (or taut white sheet) and a projector. Once you get the equipment set up...
by Thou Swell on Apr 29, 2016

SIMPLE VALENTINE’S DAY ARRANGEMENT

Flowers are an integral part of any Valentine’s Day celebration, but I wanted to bring a fresh twist to the classic bouquet of (overpriced) roses this year and add a range of warm hues to the table with burgundy leucadendron, red carnations, an...
by Thou Swell on Feb 11, 2016

VALENTINE’S DAY APPETIZER TABLE

I’ve come to love Valentine’s Day as one of my favorite holidays of the year. Without the stereotypical roses and secret Valentine’s, it’s a celebration of love for family, friends, and significant others, and also an excuse t...
by Thou Swell on Feb 9, 2016

Wine Glasses: Easy Entertaining With Libbey Perfect Signature Collection

“This post was sponsored by Libbey as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.” Do you love easy entertaining? Do you love pretty wine glasses and glassware? ...
by Dear Creatives on Dec 16, 2015

Holiday Entertaining with French Onion Bites and #Pillsbury

This conversation has been sponsored by Albertsons and Pillsbury.  My opinions are my own. The holidays are upon us and I am in full-on planning mode, testing recipes, planning menus, making shopping lists and just trying to, as Tim Gunn would say,...
by Cooking In Stilettos on Nov 19, 2015

Holiday Entertaining with French Onion Bites and #Pillsbury

This conversation has been sponsored by Albertsons and Pillsbury.  My opinions are my own. The holidays are upon us and I am in full-on planning mode, testing recipes, planning menus, making shopping lists and just trying to, as Tim Gunn would say,...
by Cooking In Stilettos on Nov 19, 2015

6 tips to make Holiday Entertaining Fun & Stress-free!

I love to entertain in our home and I especially love to entertain during the holidays. There’s something about the smells surrounding the holidays, the glow of candles and laughter filling our house that just makes holiday entertaining feel ma...
by Ask Anna on Nov 13, 2015

GREEN & PURPLE FALL TABLESCAPE

Now that you’ve seen what we cooked on the grill and learned how to create a floral centerpiece, here’s the finishing touch for our elegant fall cookout – the tablescape! Just like the gorgeous urn I used, these beautiful handmade plat...
by Thou Swell on Oct 18, 2015

CREATING A FALL FLORAL CENTERPIECE

Yesterday I shared the yummy and simple grilled menu for an elegant fall cookout, and today I’m sharing how to make a show-stopping floral centerpiece for the table. Yeah, it’s a crazy big arrangement, but it adds so much life and color t...
by Thou Swell on Oct 16, 2015

Modern Mix by Eddie Ross & Jaithan Kochar

I am literally counting down the days until the much anticipated and already lauded book by Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar is in my hands! Modern Mix, which was highlighted in this month's House Beautiful, will no doubt become a decorating and enterta...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Aug 21, 2015

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


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