No matter the occasion - Super Bowl, Oscars, July 4th, Holiday Season - find creative ideas to impress your guests.
When I was in elementary and middle school, I was obsessed with Halloween. I lived in a neighborhood where all the families carved pumpkins, decorated their front porches and hand selected the candy they'd dole out with pride.
I love the Primetime Emmy Awards because I am a huge TV fan. In the seventh grade, every member of my class was asked to complete a hobby project. For my presentation, I decorated an entire poster board and wrote in giant letters at the top, "The fine art of being a couch potato." I glued a TV Guide and a remote control to the poster, that's how serious I was.
Watching the Emmys is like being a room full of your best friends (or the friend you love to hate). It's a celebration of the characters who made you laugh, cry, scream and cheer.
My favorite place to go when I visit my parents in Miami, FL is the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There is something so serene about the wide open, green spaces, the way the ponds shimmer in the sun and the bright colors of all the flowers and plants. As if I needed another reason to love Fairchild, each year they host a Chocolate Festival.
Last week I was on Twitter and saw an article from Boston Magazine titled "Brighten up Your Day with These Colorful Accessories." The piece featured five home decor items in vibrant hues to help chase away the winter blues. I was drawn to an elephant-shaped planter and clicked the link to see where I could purchase it. That led me to a website for a home entertaining shop called Greentail Table.
I look forward to Oscar night all year long and boy was it worth the wait this year! Sunday's Academy Awards were some of the most entertaining yet and as you already know, ended with an epic blunder.
I knew something was wrong when a short, balding man in a headset was bobbing and weaving through the La La Land crowd. For a brief moment I thought it might be part of a Jimmy Kimmel gag, but once I saw the look of concern (or maybe it was horror) on Emma Stone's face, I knew there was an actual problem.
When it comes to adult beverages, I've always been a cocktail girl. I dine out most nights of the week and when it's time to order, nine times out of ten I will pick a cocktail over beer or wine.
Every year since graduating college I have hosted viewing parties for the Golden Globes, Oscars and Emmys. This year, the Golden Globes were about two weeks earlier than usual. Because the broadcast was so soon after the holidays, I felt like I didn't have as much time to prepare as I typically do. Normally, I spend a good chunk of January treasure hunting for decor items. All that being said, as they say in the industry, the show must go on!
I love to entertain, but it can be a challenge to find new ways to wow and surprise my guests, especially because I'm not much of a cook. When it comes to appetizers and snacks I tend to riff off the same classics - veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, hummus and pita or fruit.
I really and truly love entertaining. Every year I host for the same occasions, one of which is July 4th. Weeks before the holiday I begin scouring the internet for new ideas. I do my best not to repeat decor. It's a game I play with myself - can you decorate without reusing old stuff?
My friend Stephanie is truly incredible. She flips houses, she builds furniture, she surfs, she snowboards, she is a wealth of celebrity gossip and trivia, she cooks (in fact, she provides all the dinners for every awards show party), she blogs (Stephanie's Bookmark if you aren't already a follower) and she's a supremely talented author.
Yesterday we talked about the Oscar red carpet fashions and today I want to share with you all the festive details on my annual viewing party.
Yesterday I shared with you my picks for the best and worst dressed at the Golden Globe Awards and today I want to talk about the viewing party!