Deciding Which Holiday Traditions to Keep? Last week, one of my Facebook friends posted her Secret to a “Happy, Stress-Free Christmas” — She’s Jewish! I chuckled for a moment and it got me thinking, Isn’t having a stress-free Holiday Season something we all strive for and want? Are your holidays joyous but stressfull and somewhat of a challenge in terms of planning and preparations? Thanksgiving at our home is about getting together with immediate family over a wonderful meal to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Sometimes we have extra guests but we generally keep the group under 10. This year we had...Read More
Author: Lori Hall
Thanksgiving Tablecloth Decorating Ideas for 2015 What’s on Your Table? Here in California, it does not feel like Fall. Fall is normally my favorite season but the weather here is still quite warm and it feels more like Summer. If this keeps up, it’s looking like it might be a outdoor Thanksgiving although the plans are not yet finalized. What About Your Plans? Do your holiday plans change from year to year or do they stay consistent? Do you ever think about switching things up somehow? Maybe you typically use fine china and formal linens? Are you tired of ironing those...Read More
Harvest Theme or Halloween Party Style? Let me guess that you want to have a party to celebrate the season but are not sure which way to go as far as the style is concerned… Is it an adult or a children’s party? Do you want your guests to dress up in costumes or not? Will you choose a natural and rustic Harvest Party featuring a Seasonal Fall Food Buffet including fruits, nuts, vegetables, an hearty appetizer buffet served with wine, cheese and flowers? Or do you prefer a traditional Halloween Party where you and your guests dress up in costumes and have a...Read More
Planning a Vintage Inspired Wedding or Event? When I look at lace table linens, I immediately think of going to my Grandma Ethel’s Victorian house. She had a large collection of fine cloth and lace table linens displayed throughout her home. There were all sizes both big and small, including tablecloths, table runners, overlays, doilies, tea towels and flour sack towels and napkins. Most of her table linens were hand cut and embroidered by Grandma herself, her sisters or our relatives. Grandma’s house was filled with Antique Karastan rugs, old tapestries, beautifully woven linen and lace tablecloths of all kinds, hand painted china and family...Read More
What Should I Wear? The invitation comes, whatever the occasion might be– a wedding and reception, a charity function, an art gallery opening and the list goes on… The question becomes, “What should I wear?” We are all guilty of getting invited to an event and fretting about what to wear. Do we think the perfect outfit will make us feel like a better version of ourself? The truth is, it’s not the clothes, it’s the feeling that comes from owning a look. A new outfit makes us walk taller, feel proud and project a certain confidence and beauty. No one demonstrated this point better than Marilyn...Read More
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