Holiday Hostess Tips

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We are hosting our family for Thanksgiving this year – our first time! – and I am so excited. Any excuse to use the fine china, right? I love Thanksgiving, from spending time with loved ones to the delicious meal to reflecting on all that we have to be grateful for. I’m setting the table with our wedding china as well as some elegant ribbon trimmed napkins that I found last year, so all that’s left to do is the menu and florals. I’m thinking of creating an arrangement based on our china, and drawing inspiration from the rich color palate of golds reds, greens, and whites. How darling would these be on each plate too? I might have to pick some up! In addition to planning our tablescape and dinner, I’ve also been thinking about how to be a great hostess and make for a special and memorable evening for our guests. And so, here are a few of my holiday hostess tips. Enjoy!

Quick Tips

Holiday Hostess Tips

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Plan ahead! From the menu to the florals to taking an inventory of your serving pieces and dishes, map out all of the details in advance

Create a day-of timeline

Set the table a day or two ahead

Check with guests on dietary restrictions before creating a menu

Not a cook? Enlist the help of a fabulous caterer to handle the meal

Use place cards. This will help guests feel more at ease, and encourage great conversation

Print off menus for each place setting

If someone offers to bring a dish or wine, take them up on it!

Prep the powder room

Light candles and play music to create beautiful ambiance

Have beverages and appetizers ready for your guests when they arrive

 

Quick Tips
Etiquette

No. 1

“WHEN ATTENDING A WEDDING, IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE OVERDRESSED.”

Wedding Guest Attire Etiquette

Fiesta Party Dress

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We recently attended a friend’s fiesta party – cue the margaritas and mariachi band! – and had such a fun and festive night out. From the delicious tortilla soup and brisket tacos to the vibrant and colorful decor, every detail was perfection and made for a truly memorable evening. So what did I wear to said event, you ask? A hand embroidered dress by Mi Golondrina of course! For those of you who are new to this brand, Mi Golondrina was founded by Dallas native Cristina Lynch as an homage and celebration of her mother’s Mexican heritage. The collection features beautifully hand-stitched cotton, chambray and linen dresses and tops with ornate floral patters that are nearly 200 years old. The dress I chose is a stone blue chambray with light gray embroidery, that transitions perfectly from season to season. I’ve lived in it since the day I bought it (I even wore it home from the hospital after baby #2 was born!), and can’t wait to purchase one of their tops. How cute would their dresses be for Cinco de Mayo too! Check out their website, and cheers to a great week ahead. And Happy Halloween!

Advice
HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS

No. 2

“IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THOUGHTFUL DETAILS WHEN ENTERTAINING, SO CONSIDER LITTLE EXTRAS SUCH AS CUSTOM NAPKINS OR UNIQUE PARTY FAVORS.”

MORE SOCIAL ETIQUETTE TIPS

Fall Baking

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Pumpkin Bread

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Spice Cake

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Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

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Cinnamon Rolls

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French Apple Tart

There is something about this time of year that has me yearning to bake! Maybe it’s the cooler weather, or the beautifully changing leaves, or even the gorgeous selection of apples at the market. We’ve also been spending more time at home since Baby Boy #2 arrived, and baking is a fun activity that I can do with my toddler – he loves to cook! And so, here are a few of the tasty fall treats I plan on baking for my family. Also, if you don’t have a ton of time but still want to whip up some seasonal goodies, you can always opt for a yummy Williams-Sonoma mix. Enjoy!