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20 Of The Best Brunch Tips and Recipes!

20 Of The Best Brunch Tips and Recipes!

Brunch is a simple and special way to celebrate with family and friends.  Hosting can be less stressful, and a more enjoyable and budget-friendly way to entertain.  Below we share tips, ideas and links to some recipes that will make is easy! 1.    Serve the right balance of breakfast and lunch foods. Why?  Your guests will fall into 1 of 3 categories: Breakfast food fan – strictly interested in breakfast and is not putting a […]

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Easy Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece Idea!

Easy Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece Idea!

Create a pretty tablescape with this easy Easter egg tree centerpiece! This is one of those ideas that’s an “oldie but goodie”.  I love to make my Egg Tree Centerpiece look a bit different each year.  This year we will have too many guests for a sit down dinner, so I’m using it to decorate the buffet table.  I love that I can place this arrangement in the middle of all the food and it […]

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Burlap ‘Barn To Mansion’ – Hot Trend For Holiday Decor!

Burlap 'Barn To Mansion'  - Hot Trend For Holiday Decor!

BURLAP IS BIG: The rustic material is hot this holiday season. Update burlap for Holiday 2013 with a Barn to Mansion look. The Barn to Mansion look provides the perfect opportunity to introduce some of this season’s hot trends, burlap and owls, into a more modern decor. Here we created a Barn to Mansion inspired Holiday “Milk & Cookies” Bar. Using a modern dining room buffet as the foundation (we cleared everything but the crystal […]

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How To Create A Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia with Crudité !

How To Create A Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia with Crudité !

  Feature this amazing edible art appetizer at your Thanksgiving Feast! This festive appetizer welcomes my guests every year.  It’s my labor of love for my son – it’s his one and only request every Thanksgiving.   Here’s how to create your own Bread Cornucopia with Veggies & Dip Make a cone form for your cornucopia using aluminum foil. (see image below) Stuff it with aluminum foil and give the “tail” a slight twist. Spray entire […]

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Setting The Hanukkah Table

Setting The Hanukkah Table

Create your own simple, Star of David place settings for your Hanukkah table. We love this simple and special way to set the table for each or one special night of Hanukkah.  All you need are the items below and a sharp scissors to create this classic look.  The idea came from a Swiss Site I follow, called Foodie.   I have reposted their directions below, but visit the site for other ideas and recipes […]

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids Table!

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids Table!

photo credits – Alexandra Mascali Some of the most impressionable and important guests you will host this holiday are children.  You have the opportunity to make memories for them that will last a lifetime!  So with this in mind we created the Tots Turkey Table – perfect for your Thanksgiving Holiday! TOTS TURKEY TABLE – “HOW TO” Start with the foundation, a tablecloth – this Spiced Pumpkin Colored Tablecloth works perfectly with all the colors, […]

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Labor Day Tablescape – “As Summer Sets Sail”

Labor Day Tablescape - "As Summer Sets Sail"

The Marina Table – ode to Summer setting sail… We love this table for so many different reasons: 1.    Extremely inviting – when I finished constructing it, I immediately wanted to sit down for dinner with friends, and when our guests arrived, they had the same reaction. 2.    Fashionable table – wow factor is the navy chevron topper. 3.    Gotta love a “drinkable” centerpiece – create this Drinkable Mast Centerpiece with a magnum of red […]

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The Perfect Table Setting For A POOL PARTY!

The Perfect Table Setting For A POOL PARTY!

We had to share this perfect pool party tableware from Pier One Imports with you. The line is fun and festive, as well as affordable and durable.  You can check out more table inspirations at PierOne.com> POOL PARTY TIPS:  Remember that since you are probably serving food outside, keep all perishable items on ice and out of the sun to prevent them from spoiling.  Also, remember NO glass by the pool.  Make sure to display […]

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5 Easy and Affordable DIY Spring Floral Arrangements!

As Featured in Kroger’s Spring Mailer “MyMagazine” Supermarket floral departments can be a great resource for creating affordable flower arrangements to decorate your home. We love shopping the supermarket for a few bouquets of flowers and then seeing just how many arrangements we can create to decorate the house when prepping for a party. It’s actually quite easy to become a savvy shopper and DIY your own flower arrangements: shop the supermarket floral department for […]

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Moll Anderson’s #SeductiveTables For Two!

Moll Anderson's #SeductiveTables For Two!

With Valentine’s Day just days away, Moll Anderson’s Seductive Tables For Two is a must read and a great gift idea! This beautiful book gives you a road map to rediscovering each other and romance at the table.  It’s easier than you think, because Moll provides all the decadent details for the tabletop with her five must-haves: Color, Fabric, Flowers, Lighting and Music. Plus, Moll takes you beyond the table and into the kitchen with some […]

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Jewel Tone Looks For The Holidays From Pottery Barn and Party Bluprints!

Jewel Tone Looks For The Holidays From Pottery Barn and Party Bluprints!

Pottery Barn has introduced its newest collection – Jewels for the Home. The collection features holiday décor, pillows, tabletop and glassware in hues that add a pop of color and some drama to your holiday table and home.  It’s easy to achieve  – here are some fun tips and highlights of the new collection that Pottery Barn has shared with us.  Enjoy and happy holiday decorating! HOLIDAY TABLE FROM POTTERY BARN HOLIDAY HOME FROM POTTERY […]

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Hot Trend: Winter White Table!

Hot Trend: Winter White Table!

This Winter White table is based on the “All White” trend that is hot for home and holiday right now. White is right and this is probably one of my favorite tables, I’ve ever designed!  – Elizabeth Mascali   INSPIRATION: The Heavens – Soft, Glowing, Glistening VIBE: Peace, Joy & Serenity COLOR PALETTE: White, Muted Silver and a touch of Sparkle ELEMENTS: Velveteen, Fur, Mercury Glass, LED tea lights, white porcelain or china dishes, silver, […]

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‘Au Naturel’ Alpine Sparkle Hot Holiday Trend 2012

'Au Naturel' Alpine Sparkle Hot Holiday Trend 2012

all photo credits – Alexandra Mascali One of the HOT trends for Christmas 2012, as reported by Christmas World, is NATURAL. Nature continues to be the primary source of inspiration this season.  We took this trend and transformed it into a holiday table.  Our inspiration was ‘Alpine Sparkle’ and its beauty lies in the simplicity of nature.  The combination of greens with ice encrusted trees and glistening snow is sheer magic for any holiday celebration. […]

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‘White is Right’ Hot Holiday Trend 2012

'White is Right' Hot Holiday Trend 2012

Comments 4 One of the HOT trends for Christmas 2012, as reported by Christmas World, is WHITE.   This year white is right – snowy decorations, fluffy white Christmas wreaths, and glitter effects will be in fashion.  The “it” color combo this season will be silver and white.  Tree and table decorations will trend towards classic elements, such as baubles, stars, angels and nativity figures, and items that give Christmas a traditional character. We love […]

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Easy and Inexpensive Amaryllis Holiday Flowers!

Easy and Inexpensive Amaryllis Holiday Flowers!

  Prepare for your Party Season – 10 minutes of your time this week can yield weeks of fresh flowers in December! There is one simple thing you can do that you won’t be able to do in a few weeks.  Plant Amaryllis and/or Paperwhite bulbs and in 4-6 weeks you’ll be enjoying the spectacular beauty that only these fresh blooms radiate. Pick up a few bulbs at your local nursery, home garden center, or […]

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Earth Day Entertaining Ideas!

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd – Do something special to celebrate Mother Earth! Today is my son’s birthday, and I’m knee deep in preparation, however I could not let the week go by without a personal nod to Earth Day.  After a walk around my yard, a good look in my kitchen cabinets and junk drawers, I found a few things I could use to create a pretty table for Earth Day!  The goal […]

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Simple Spring Party Ideas – The Radish!

Simple Spring Party Ideas - The Radish!

A radishing way to entertain this spring! Radishes are in season and can make a colorful addition to your party table in numerous ways. They’re a perfect addition to salads for color and flavor.  The bonus is they have a high nutritional content, yet are low in calories.  Radishes are also wonderful in crudite and appetizers. Cucumber and Radish Salad Ingredients: 1 English cucumber 1-bunch radishes, cleaned Olive Oil & Red Wine Vinegar Salad Dressing […]

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The HOT Color For A Spring Party – Hello Yellow!

The HOT Color For A Spring Party - Hello Yellow!

It’s Live a Little Monday – and time for a weekly dose of happy living, jump on the bandwagon and write your own ways to enjoy life this spring.  Here’s one way we are doing it – say ‘HELLO YELLOW’! The hot looks from the runway often translate well to the table and this season is no exception.  Incorporate yellow, a hot color for fashion, on your table and let the sun shine at your […]

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7 Spring Floral Arrangement Ideas – Make All For Less Than $20

7 Spring Floral Arrangement Ideas - Make All For Less Than $20

Make All 7 Pretty Flower Arrangements for Less Than $20 – here’s how from Elizabeth… Would you believe I created these 7 flower arrangements with flowers I picked up at the local supermarket for less than $20? I took advantage of the store special “18 roses for $12.99” – I couldn’t believe these beauties were the only bunch left. With the roses in hand, I shopped around to find a happy little filler flower to […]

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Easy Holiday Centerpiece

Looking for something a little different for the centerpiece of your holiday table? Bring the outside inside with a simple, yet stunning combination of ornamental cabbage and evergreens.   Materials Mercury cache pot (6”) 4 ornamental cabbage blooms (call your local florist 3-5 days before your party and ask them to order) Assorted evergreen cuttings, 10”-12” in length (if you have pine trees/evergreens in your yard, cut a few short branches from the underside or […]

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6 Top Holiday Trends for 2011

The Holidays are here, and if you want to know the hottest trends for entertaining and decorating for the season we have them for you.  I did my homework and spotted 6 that are already all the rage for 2011. Each is explained below: 1. Alpine Sparkle is a hot trend this season – a ‘silver and green’ color theme with a mountain meets Manhattan twist! Mix Mercury glass with holiday greens and pine cones […]

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Hottest Holiday Decorating Idea 2011 Season Is Alpine Sparkle!

Hottest Holiday Decorating Idea 2011 Season Is Alpine Sparkle!

all photo credits – Alexandra Mascali Searching for the hottest look to decorate your home this holiday season? Well, we’ve got not only the look, but we’re sharing our notes on where to buy everything you’ll need along with step-by-step instructions on how to build it ! The Inspiration: The beauty of Alpine Sparkle lies in the simplicity inspired by nature – the combination of ice encrusted trees and glistening snow is sheer magic for […]

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The Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

The Thanksgiving Kids' Table

photo credit – Alexandra Mascali This Holiday Season remember to address all your guests, even the smallest ones. Some of my warmest childhood memories were created by my mom, grandmother, and aunt at the holidays. No pressure, but we all have the opportunity to create an experience for our guests when entertaining. To know that for the children these experiences will turn into loving memories that will last a lifetime is inspiration enough, right? Make […]

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Easy and Affordable Easter Centerpiece

Create some Conversation with your Centerpiece – great idea from Elizabeth! When designing centerpieces, look to fresh produce for a refreshing touch on your table. Plucked straight from the ground these carrots are simply bound in small bunches and dropped into a vase of water. Talk about easy centerpieces. The colors are brilliant – there’s nothing like the bright orange of a carrot contrasted against the spring green popping out of its top. Have fun […]

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Easy Do-It-Yourself Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece!

When sit down dinners are not possible, you can still create a pretty tablescape with this easy idea! Here is a question I get a lot:  “I don’t have a big dining room / I don’t have a dining room table and I need to serve my guests buffet style.  How can I still create a pretty look and use a centerpiece?“.  Well the answer is easy!  Although you won’t be able to play with […]

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Easy Spring Centerpiece Idea

Not much screams SPRING like TULIPS!  For a simple, special and inexpensive CENTERPIECE, try this idea.  Take a dozen tulips and break them into bunches of 2 – 3 (depending on the size of the glass).  Use what you have, wine glasses, milk bottles or tall ice tea glasses work perfectly. If the mouth of your container is too wide to hold the flowers straight, tie them together with pretty yarn or rope to keep […]

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Paper Straws – Trend Watch

Definitely a big trend in 2010, paper straws look like they will continue into 2011 as hot party decor.  The striped retro straws are still all the rage and were actually selling out on party websites last year.  Straws were used at weddings and kids’ birthday parties and everything in between. Here are some of my favorites that illustrate a myriad of marvelous ways to incorporate them in your parties this year.  Can’t beat the […]

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Candy Canes For the Christmas Table!

There aren’t too many things that evoke the image of Christmas more than candy canes.  Here is a round up of some of the Web’s sweetest ideas for putting this candy theme on your Christmas Table. Candy Cane Hearts from Toyna Staab at MakesandTakes.com , Cupcake Toppers at HostesswiththeMostess.com, ‘Santa Hat” Cocktail created by Jeanne Benedict, Candy Cane Milkshakes, Mod Candy Cane glassware, Cupcake Toppers from Sheila’s Dots and Daisies , Candy Cane Stripe Water […]

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GOLD is the Hot Look For Christmas 2010!

Go for the GOLD this holiday with Christmas decor on your table, mantle and everywhere you decorate.  We could all use a little glitter in our lives and a tough economy doesn’t mean you can’t glam it up.  Here are some simple ways to add that special sparkle to your celebration. Dress up existing holiday décor by introducing inexpensive basics with gold accents and embellishments.  Many you may already have around the house, so you […]

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Thanksgiving Harvest Looks For Your Table

From Elizabeth:  Here’s a sneak peek at my Thanksgiving Day preparations – hosting my beautiful family of 20 and thrilled that I’ll have 4 very special guests who will be joining our annual celebration for the first time. Our family is blessed and doubly blessed with a new generation of young ones. We are happy to be featuring a promising new artist at our Art Auction this year. It’s exciting to know we will be […]

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Transition Your Table For Fall

  It’s that time of year again.  September is truly a transitional month, when we’re thinking fall but feeling summer.  When it comes to your table, summer decor is really out and it’s definitely too early to pull out the  pine cones and pumpkins!  However it is time to switch your color palate from light and bright to neutral.  A great tip is to look out your window and use the colors you see outside, […]

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Do-It-Yourself Fall Centerpiece!

Do-It-Yourself Fall Centerpiece!

…reposting this one from 2009, because it’s a great idea! Autumn is just a few weeks away here  in NJ and the leaves are already starting to change color.  If you live in a part of the world where the seasons change, by all means bring some of the beauty of fall into your home. The decor is free and literally falling from the sky -  compliments of Mother Nature! So don’t let a tight […]

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Berry Beautiful Bouquet and Giveaway from 1-800-Flowers!

UPDATE!  Winner is Sunshine – Congratulations I have a fabulous find to share with you today!  I love sending flowers to friends and family;  I think it’s a great way to say Happy Birthday, Congratulations or Get Well if you can’t do it in person, and I especially like the idea for a hostess gift! When it’s your turn to be the guest be gracious.  A wonderful and surprising way to express gratitude to your […]

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3 HOT Ideas for the 4th of July!

Here are 3 of my favorite decorating ideas from the fabulous 15 you can find at GoodHousekeeping.com this month!  Party like a patriot and get the red, white and blue pumping through your guests’ veins.   With these special touches, everyone will feel the spirit of the holiday and you can be FREE to enjoy your day too, because they’re easy to do! For safer-than-sparklers favors, fill a pail full with red, white and blue […]

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Decorate for Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is a holiday that calls for patriotic party decor.  Be festive and frugal at the same time with these tips for adding some red, white and blue to your table.  Color is what gives a table its vibe.  For Memorial Day go Americana and pick patriotic colors.  Apart from the obvious choices of going red and/or blue with your tablecloth and napkins add a few touches that will show guests you put some […]

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