Archive for September, 2010

How to Be a Good Guest

It's important to be a good hostess, but it's just as important to be a good guest. Try some of these tips the next time you're invited to someone's home...

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Edible Centerpieces

One of my favorite shows on the FoodNetwork is Sandra Lee’s “Semi-Homemade”. Sandra has themed shows every episode and creates matching cocktails and “tablescapes” for her guests. One particular episode I loved featured spring themes and a cupcake, May pole centerpiece. I’ve been hosting dinner parties and special occasions in my home for decades and I’ve probably receiving dozens and dozens of hostess gifts and tabletop accessories. Never did it occur to me to make an edible centerpiece! What a fabulous idea!

After I saw Sandra Lee’s cupcake centerpiece, I decided to come up with one of my own!

Edible Fruit Bouquet

To make this simple, yet elegant edible fruit bouquet, take a simple shaped vase, yet shallow vase (glass or ceramic will do just fine) and wash it clean. After doing this, wipe dry, leaving zero watermarks. Use your favorite fruits for this arrangement; I like blueberries, grapes, strawberries and pineapples.

With skewers you use for shish-kebobs, slowly thread pieces of fruit, in any order or preference you like, onto the skewer. When you have enough to fully decorate your vase, arrange them as you like and voila! You’ve got a beautiful centerpiece that your guests can eat! Enjoy!

Treat Your Hostess to the Classic Hostess

By the time I started throwing my own parties, I was lucky enough to have witnessed my mother in action. Watching her host a party was like watching an artist at work...

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My Favorite Barware Items

I love hosting events at my home. Cocktail hour, brunch, dinner parties, you name it, I love hosting it. The most important thing to keep in mind when hosting an event is to have durable and practical yet decorative items, such as barware, to serve your guests with. Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite barware items, ones that are sure to please not only your guests, but yourself as well.

The Glass Shop Martini Glass Chiller

A multi-purpose glass/chiller is a unique way to chill your martinis between sips. Fill the bottom resting glass with ice and rest your glass for continuously cool and refreshing martinis.

Chateau Set of 6 Shot Glasses with Black Tray

Shots, shots, shots. This elegant black tray houses 6 shot glasses for a serving your favorite cocktail, juice, wine, liquid candy, virtually anything you want.

Dublin Whiskey Decanter

For all you whiskey and scotch enthusiats out there, if you don’t already have a decanter, then what are you waiting for? This beautiful contemporary style decanter is the perfect barware for anyone to have or to give as a housewarming gift.

Whether you’re a hosting pro or amateur, purchase these lovely barware items today for yourself, your guests, or as great gifts.