Category Archives: Parties

Apple Mint Julep

Apple Mint Julep

There is a certain ceremony to the Mint Julep in the South.

Perhaps it’s the horse racing, beautiful hats, and the thrill of gambling that accompanies its iconic status at Churchill Downs. But, like most things in the South… it has a story much older and a history much more complex.

The Julep was born far before the first running of the roses. Continue reading

Party Alfresco

…before it gets too hot!

Anchor your table with one repeating color. [photo cred: Bloomingdales]

Anchor your table with one repeating color. [photo cred: Bloomingdales]

In Florida, we are on the edge of “sauna weather” where even with the setting sun, we don’t have much of a break from the heat.

So, before it gets unbearable outside, plan an alfresco fête! And, don’t worry if your backyard or patio doesn’t look like something out of a magazine. Those pictures are planned, styled, filtered, and unrealistic. I love what Mrs. Bunny Williams says about not waiting to live well, “Don’t put off enjoying your home and friends. Don’t wait to live well.” Continue reading

A Big Top Birthday Party Extravaganza

Circus Themed Birthday Party

“‘Look at this,’ she says, holding up a porcelain figure of a girl in a tutu, standing atop a horse. The card reads:  Darling girl, if all else fails, join the circus!” -Judy Blume, Summer Sisters

My dear friend Lindsay just threw the most fabulous BIG TOP party for her beautiful little girl’s 2nd birthday.

As a lot of great parties probably should…this one started with a dress! Continue reading

A Baby Shower of Pink, Toile, & Love

 

Close up of cookies

Mina and I met in middle school.  I knew we’d be best friends when, in 8th grade,  we both agreed that the best way to present our archeology assignment to the class was to rap it.

Not that I hear the term “Carbon-14 Dating” often, but when I do… I smile.   Continue reading

Can Hosting Parties Save the World?

-from HBO's series Sex and the City

-from HBO’s series Sex and the City

Not all parties are perfect and not all parties are planned. They are kinda like relationships. There are those that expose you to new ideas and exotic foods, inspiring you to try something new. And those that introduce you to new people who teach you to look at the world differently.

Some are spur of the moment, ‘pray you have something in the fridge to serve’ soirees that end up being fabulous.

Some are full of people that you’ve loved all of your life, that are old and familiar, and remind you of home, growing up, and all those wonderful feelings that come with nostalgia.

No matter what kind of party it is, great things can come from them.

SATC Party Mantra

We need to make time for them. We need to put down our phones and iPads, turn off our televisions, AND TALK. We need to stop pinning pictures of parties and actually have them.  We need to save the sense of real community. We need to share.

It makes us smarter, it makes us more forgiving, and it makes us kinder.

So, on this “new year’s eve eve,” consider planning a party. You never know what good will come of it.

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulet

Let the good times roll!

I can think of no better phrase to describe a “Girlfriends’ Dinner Party.”  Honestly, that’s the phrase that should describe EVERY dinner party we host.  Rather it be a fancy cocktail party or a more casual barbecue, YOU and your guests should have a great time. Continue reading