Stress-Free Entertaining With Andrea Correale

burgers & shakes

I recently had the pleasure of conducting a phone interview with event planner extraordinaire, Andrea Correale.  Andrea is the owner of Elegant Affairs, a catering and event planning company based in NYC.  Not only are her events beautifully executed, her food styling is inspired, as you can see below.  We talked about ways a busy, working […]

Mini Onion Quiche Recipe

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This delicious recipe is from one of my very first clients, who asked me to style a ladies brunch.  In terms of my design style, a lot has changed since then (for the better, thank goodness), but this mini quiche recipe is still just as good.  Hope you’ll try it and enjoy it as much as […]

Sweet & Spicy Pecans

sweet & spicy pecans

Nothing says Holiday nibbles to me, like a dish full of spicy nuts!  This recipe is perfect to have sitting around the house during a party or on Christmas day while you’re waiting for your big meal.  It has just a hint of sweet and a hint of spice and has proven to be a […]

DIY Snack Baskets

diy snack cups

Here’s a nifty little project from BHG that you can customize for any event.  You simply use double sided scrapbook paper, ribbon or rick rack, and a little glue or double stick tape.  Once you’ve made the basket, fill it up with snacks or treats that won’t fall through the cracks.  These would be so cute […]

Stylish Food Presentation

food styling

I think it’s been documented here before, that I love stylish food presentation. So when Mandy Revzen sent over the pictures from her recent Housewarming Party, I was quite happy….then I was hungry!  What I love is that there are no fancy or gourmet recipes to fuss with.  But presented on skewers, and uniform rows, it […]

"Build Your Own Crostini" Bar

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{photo from Southern Living magazine} I don’t know what it is this week, but I seem to be posting a lot about cheese & wine, and wine & cheese! Here’s another great party idea – “Build Your Own Crostini” bar begining with what else…Cheese! Here’s how it works: Begin with sliced baguettes. Provide 3 cheeses: […]

Cheese, Glorious Cheese! {And Wine}

cheese boards

Simple-Elegance doesn’t get much better than Cheese & Wine. The pairing of the 2 works equally well for a rustic picnic, or a glamorous soiree. The photos above offer some great suggestions for serving your cheese with style. Consider slicing your hard cheese into ‘sticks’ and laying them in a criss-cross form…adds height and interest. […]