Category Archives: Entertaining

Table Setting for a Modern Age

11th July 2011

Raised by restauranteurs, I was taught dining etiquette earlier than most kids learn to ride a bike. It was, and still is, an unspoken religion at home. In my mind, however, table setting, unlike dining etiquette, can have many different (and still appropriate) interpretations.

I recently set a table for a fancy dinner party and I realized I didn’t know all the “rules.” Don’t get me wrong, I knew where the forks and knives went, but the oodles of glasses were terribly confusing. So, I came home, searched the internet and found a number of different visuals. In the end, they are all basically the same with a few minor changes.

A classic table setting from Mrs. Lillien.

Emily Post: Basic Table Setting

Emily Post: Informal Place Setting

Emily Post: Formal Table Setting

Dining do's and don'ts.

Elle Decoration lays the table

Elle Decoration lays the table.

My friend Sarah was recently featured in this great video illustrating a few modern table setting interpretations.

But at the end of the day, it’s all about the food, not the table setting. Right? Most of us just don’t live in a reality where we need four glasses or a seafood fork. In our modern era, dining is an adventure and table setting is part of that experience.


6th June 2011

‘Tis the season for campfires! As you all know, I’m not a huge sweets-eater, but you can’t go wrong with a S’more. Everyone loves the slightly burnt marshmallow, crunchy graham crackers and Hershey’s milk chocolate. Yum!

Here are some of my favorite takes to the traditional recipe/idea:

Easy S'mores Cookies from Dear Lillie

Peanut butter S'mores turnovers from Recipe Girl

S'mores Kit from Fancy That

S'mores cake in a jar from How Sweet It Is

Peanut butter and chocolate cookie S'mores from Thoughtfully Simple

What I’m Loving on Pinterest…

18th May 2011

Here is a peek at the things that get my heart racing on Pinterest right now…

Choosing Deck Chairs

2nd May 2011

As you all know, I am the proud renter of a fabulous new apartment in Greenwich. I have a lovely little patio overlooking the water, which excites me beyond belief.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect deck chair. I don’t have that much space, so it’s essential that the chairs I selected were small, comfy and practical, but stylish at the same time (I wouldn’t have it any other way!). I also didn’t want to pay a small fortune, which made things difficult. As you’ll see, I found LOTS of amazing EXPENSIVE options and a few great, affordable options. Here were my favorite finds…

Janus et Cie Forest Chair, UNGODLY expensive

Beach Chair by Gallant & Jones, $215

Applaro Chair from IKEA, $59

Can you guess which one I chose?