Party Panache, Delayed Derby

We have had a Kentucky Derby watching party the past few years, wearing crazy hats, picking the winners, noshing on apps and sipping cocktails… Of course in early May, everything was shut down and we were so disappointed… But when we found out it was rescheduled for Labor Day weekend we were thrilled! It has … Continue reading

Party Panache, Safe Social Supper

Last weekend I had the house to myself so I called one of my BFFs to see if she and her husband wanted to come over for a casual “safe” dinner of appetizers and cocktails They did! I was so excited! I set up a buffet on the kitchen island It was too hot and … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Sunflowers, Fish and a Birthday!

  “Hey Gigi, do you want to play Barbie’s with me?” CC asked “Hmmm…you know what, Mr. Rex is coming to dinner tonight His birthday is in a few days, why don’t we set a special table…” “Ohhh, that would be fun, I love to decorate!!” she said         “Mr. Rex loves … Continue reading

Holidays, Carnival Season

  The main focus for most of us in early January is putting away holiday decor, healthy eating, and getting a fresh start for the new year But in the South, January 6, or Twelfth Night, the Feast of the Ephiphany, marks the beginning of Carnival season, a time of masquerade balls, lavish parades, and … Continue reading

Party Panache, Yummy Mummy Asparagus & Bacon Braid

  With Halloween on the horizon, I had some fun with this Yummy Mummy Stuffed Braid         But keep in mind, this is not just for Halloween!         Dress it with greens to suit any occasion… add edible flowers for a spring party or shower, rosemary or holly sprigs … Continue reading

Party Panache, Tropical Summer Fruit Spears

  One of the best parts of summer is all the luscious fresh fruit and vegetables   Fruit Pastries with Almond Cream     Today’s Tropical Summer Fruit Spears are more of an idea than a recipe         These mini fruit skewers are not only party pretty, they are perfect to have … Continue reading

Party Panache, Kid Friendly Charcuterie Buffet

  My family was arriving at dinner time last Thursday for the holiday weekend, which makes dinner itself tricky… No one wants to sit down and eat right when they get here The littles are excited and want to run around, The adults want to unpack, get settled and have a cocktail In the past … Continue reading

Party Panache, Cactus Cantina

    In keeping with my crazy for cactus phase it was great fun to entertain some friends with a casual patio party           The patio turned into a Cactus Cantina!         It featured a watermelon flowering cactus         Cactus tidbit plates were ready for … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Fishy Fajita Buffet

As Labor Day approaches, the end of summer is not far away and I think we all anxiously await fall fun We actually have about 8 months of nice warm weather in the South, and we’ll be able to swim until mid October.  But when school starts, and football begins, aren’t you ready for pumpkins, … Continue reading

Tablescapes, An “Un Royal Tea”

    In honor of the royal wedding, won’t you join me for a spot of a tea?         This  “un royal” setting is for just you and me!         Silver teapots shine on a tray with bouquets         Plenty of tea things and flowers to … Continue reading