My CA Baby Shower

We ventured to gorgeous California for a little R&R recently, and my mom hosted the most incredible baby shower for me and Baby U! It was beyond special to celebrate our bundle of joy with family and dear friends from my childhood, and a day I will always cherish. My mom, an accomplished interior designer and hostess-with-the-mostess, choreographed a MBB-approved luncheon filled with exquisite details I’m still dreaming about (and can’t wait to replicate for the next shower I host!), including moss covered pots filled with lush blue hydrangeas as centerpieces, sweet little nests adorned with monogrammed eggs as place cards, and a menu inspired by my favorite LA eatery, The Ivy (prepared by the fabulous Lana Olmstead!). I hope you enjoy a glimpse of this sensational fete for our bebe! 

Spring Table Setting Inspiration

Tickled pink by this whimsical Dior ad (it reminds me of a chic Alice in Wonderland!), I decided to design a spring tablescape and I must admit I am simply smitten with it. Marring gorgeous greens and pretty pinks, this tablescape is perfect for a mimosa-filled brunch, dinner in the garden, or a lovely ladies luncheon. Enjoy! 

Ask B: Tipping Catering Staff

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Dear B, 

I’m hosting a large event at my home this weekend and will have a caterer and staff to serve appetizers and a seated meal. In addition to the total cost of the catering, do I need to also tip the staff?

Sincerely, 
Hostess-With-The-Mostess


Hostess,

Brilliant call on enlisting the help of a trusted caterer and staff to serve! This will make your life a breeze and enable you to focus on entertaining your gorgeous guests. As for the tipping, since the staff will be on-hand for the entire event and make it a smashing success, yes, it is appropriate (and proper etiquette) to tip them. First, double check your contract with the catering company, as it’s possible gratuity is included. In the event gratuity isn’t included, plan to tip 20% of the total bill to be evenly divided among the staff.