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Thursday
Dec102009

10 essentials: dinner at 8

Whether you’ve snail-mailed or e-mailed invites, your sit-down dinner starts at 8.

Following are essentials to set a casual mood that will relax guests so they can be themselves and linger over good food with pleasant company.

1. Set the mood with music and put it on long play so the rhythm of the party—and you—don’t get interrupted.

2. Let guests pick their seat and skip the place cards. They’ll most likely enjoy the conversation more if their neighbor was their choice.

3. Bring in some natural foliage as a centerpiece. A branch cut from the outdoors, or fresh lemons, are playful elements that make it casual.

4. A curve candleholder not only compliments the background jazz which keeps the party lively, it doesn’t get in the way of conversation.

5. Smart candles are reusable and create a glow as warm as a burning candle.

6. Ditch matching plates and create a softened, relaxed look by layering dinnerware colors and materials—such as green glass cayman with white porcelain plates.

7. Mix things up and layer table linens—such as rustle napkins with high gloss placemats.

8. Stainless pitchers of water keeps everyone hydrated—and keeps you at the table.

9. Think outside the box and mix up stemware. Think stemless wines as water glasses with shapely sophia stems for reds and whites. Together the organic shapes will compliment a relaxed mood.

10. Wine decanters allow wine to breath before pouring, add a sparkle to the table, and keep the tablescape neat and cohesive. Bonus is that you can serve less expensive, while no less delicious, wines without anyone being the wiser.

Hint: position your seat at the table closest to the kitchen for easy access since something’s always forgotten.

And for a neater, edited tabletop, plate entrees in the kitchen and present them to everyone at the same time. This saves the hassle of passing dishes and gives guests a chance to toast the chef!

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.
Thursday
Nov192009

10 essentials: the modern buffet

cylinder vases, white square plates, marta barwareYou’ve sent an open invitation for your party—so do you really know who’s coming to dinner?

For large parties, the easiest way to serve is buffet-style. Consider setting up early—even the night before so your day can be spent cleaning, cooking and getting dressed up without sweating the small, last minute stuff.

Following are 10 essentials for the modern buffet.

1. Create a festive mood with cylinder vases filled with Christmas ornaments in fresh colors.

2. Keep the setting clean and modern with stacks of white square dinnerware.

shadow bowl

marta and party cropped

3. Sleek marta barware is perfect for any cocktail, soda, juice or wine.

4. Scatter tealights for the warm glow of candlelight.

5. Have plenty of party flatware for each guest—and each course so you can be mingling instead of washing spoons for dessert.

6. White restaurant napkins are made for hungry crowds.

7. Water in beaker glass pitchers. Be sure they’re never empty since everyone’s drinking more of it.aluminum round tray solo

8. Shadow white porcelain serving bowls for pasta or green salads.

9. An oversized aluminum tray to serve cheese, fruits or breads.

10. Two corkscrews and plenty of your favorite wines. Open a few bottle early to let wine breath before pouring.

They’re all inexpensive—even in multiples. Isn’t that something to celebrate?

hint: Have plenty of everything so unexpected guests feel welcome.

Tuesday
Oct272009

simply modern, simply ghoulish

halloween2halloween poison croppedWhether it’s getting all dressed up in a costume and make-up, or making a statement in all black, Halloween is one party where everyone can have some fun.

To get in the mood, and not break the bank on decorations, it’s not too late to inject a simple element or two into a modern home to spook up festive spirits.

1. all black
2. lots of candles
3. orange accents
4. masks of any kind
5. cobwebs

hint: create a graphic spiderweb using black electrical tape on a glass top table.

halloween tablescape

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