Ask B: First or Last Initial Monogram?

Dear B, 

I have a first name and last name, and no middle name which makes monogramming challenging at times since I can’t do the traditional three-initial monogram. I’m having some cocktail napkins and towels monogrammed, and want to use just one initial in an intricate script font, however do I use my first initial (A) or my last initial (H)?


Monogrammed Challenged, aka AH, 
I am delighted that you asked this question, as you are not the first person to inquire about monogramming etiquette! Since you don’t have a middle name, when you monogram, do rest assured that you can also use your perfectly paired initials together – AH – in a gorgeous font and it will look beautiful. As for using a single initial, tradition calls for use of the last initial, so I recommend you monogram your cocktail napkins and towels with “H.” Happy monogramming! 

A Taste of Summer

Summer is such a sensational time for entertaining friends and family, especially alfresco cocktail parties (weather permitting of course!), delicious dinner parties, and pre-dinner snacks and sips for those nights when dining out. I’m always on the hunt for appetizers that are delectable, beautiful in presentation, and a cinch to make, and so here are five fabulous little bites that capture the essence of freshness and flavor, and ideal for any summer soirée. The tuna tartar continues to be my favorite, and I am chomping at the bit to try the others. Enjoy and cheers to the weekend!

Watermelon & Feta Bites 
Tuna Tartar
Herb Dip with Crudités
Melon Wrapped in Prosciutto 
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta 

Ask B: Get Well Wishes

Dear B,

My boss recently had shoulder surgery and will be out of the office for a while. I want to respect her space during recovery, however would also like to let her know I’m thinking of her. Any suggestions?

Well Intentioned 
Your oh so kind heart is in the right place! Anytime someone has surgery or is recovering from an illness, support from family, friends, and colleagues is always welcome and much appreciated. As for what you can do to brighten your boss’ day, I have two suggestions:
  1. Pop a fabulous “Get Well” card in the mail (I love Papyrus or Rifle Paper cards). 
  2. Consider sending beautiful blooms from a local florist (or arranging them yourself if you have a green thumb!), or perhaps baking a delectable homemade goody and dropping it off (call before you stop by, and you could also leave it on the porch if she isn’t accepting visitors). I recently whipped up a batch of Barefoot Contessa’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins as a get-well treat for someone, and they were a tremendous hit. To add an extra special touch, package the baked treat in a little pastry box or in cello, and secure it with a fabulous bow and gift tag with a heartfelt message from you.