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Tuesday
Dec082009

Hanukkah or Chanukah?

Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is observed by lighting a Menorah which holds 9 candles. One for each night of the holiday, and an extra light called a shamash—meaning guard or servant. The shamash is traditionally placed higher than the others and is lit each night since it’s used to light all the other candles.

Mark your calenders—Hanukkah begins at sunset December 11th.

Chag Sameach!

Thanks to todd, store designer west hollywood, for photos of their windows which included a Menorah made of blok crystal candleholders.

Thursday
Dec032009

CB2 party hints

Curtis I like to create a party play list on my iPod and try not to touch it for the rest of the night.
Raymond Stay clam. Plan ahead. Don’t procrastinate. Prep anything you can ahead of time. Music and flowers are key.
Sara Keep it simple…beer, wine, chips and dips. For me it’s more about the guests, the conversation.
Jen If it’s really last minute, the quickest clean up you can do is Windex all mirrors and sweep the floors. And turn on an iPod!
April I like to put out a new fragrant hand soap and guest towels in the bathroom and light a scented candle.
Jaime Fill rooms with holiday scents like cedar, pine, pear or freesia.
Ali I usually make one new appetizer or dish when I entertain. It’s a good opportunity to expand my repertoire.
Sandra Tell myself the party starts 30 minutes before guests arrive—so I’m dressed in time!
Ryan I don’t have a lot of parties but I always have a good bottle of wine and scotch on hand, just in case.
Marta Candlelight is a must and no paper napkins.
Amy Music sets the tone and the rhythm of any soiree. Figure out who’s coming and chose wisely. Remember it should be cheerful and inspire good conversation.
Vance No overhead lights…and never invite more than one ex.
Steve If it’s in the budget, call a maid service. Before is nice but after is heavenly.
Wednesday
Dec022009

recipe: peach sangria

1 bottle dry white wine
1/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp frozen lemonade concentrate
3/4 cup peach vodka
red and green grapes sliced in half
peach slices
lemon slices

A votre sante!

Tuesday
Dec012009

10 essentials: ali

I do1. Weddings! My own wedding was incredibly special but I love all weddings. Its a time when everyone’s happy, laughing and dancing.

2. Holidays with family. I love being in Indiana with my husband, parents, my brother and sister-in-law…and all three dogs. Its the most comfy feeling to be there with all of them.

3. Giving gifts. I love sharing the anticipation and delight when they’re opened.

4. Shopping with girlfriends—whether on Melrose in LA, or on Damen in Chicago—pounding the pavement in search of something unique or essential that I can’t believe I’ve lived this long without it.

5. Vintage jewelry. Knowing that there’s a history to what I’m wearing means a lot to me. Sometimes I wish I knew their real stories.

cayman plates6. Parties at home. My husband Mike and I love entertaining and there’s nothing better than sharing our place with friends and family.

7. Orange cayman plates. We use them every time we entertain and they look so fun mixed with white dinnerware.

8. My iPod and finding new music I love.

9. Reading great books—like “The Help” which I just finished.

10. Sun, sand and surf. Whether its southwest Michigan or the Cinque Terre, Italy, I love being near the water—especially with our yellow Lab Rocky!

rocky at the dunes wide crop

Thursday
Nov262009

giving thanks

Once again this year we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the contributions made to local food banks during our can do food drive.

Because of your generosity, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, City Harvest, Lakeview Pantry, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the TNDC can continue feeding the hungry.

We sincerely Thank You and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.