Inspiring Creativity Through Celebration

Sponsors make the world go 'round.

Monthly Archives: February 2011

2011 28 February

Wine for Short Ribs

I asked my foxy sommelier neighbor from Hearty Splash what wines would pair best with our weeknight dinner party short ribs. Her big recommendation? Petite Syrah. Two good reasons 1. Petite Syrah can be cheaper than Cabernet Sauvignon. 2. Petite Syrah has good acid and tannins for cutting the fat in the short ribs. Two […]

Comment happily

Posted in | Tips Tagged , , |

2011 25 February

Tweets from last week

Don’t push friends out the door as soon as you pull the dessert plates, allow time for a little chitter chatter. For dinner parties that include wine. Always buy more wine than you think you’ll need. It goes fast. RT @winesisterhood: There will always be someone more talented, but never someone more called. Live according […]

Comment happily

Posted in | Tips

2011 23 February

Helen Jane’s Coconut Macaroons

Easy. Cookies. Easy. Cookies. Ridiculously. Easy. Cookies. You can pop these into the oven for 10 minutes while you’re clearing the table at your dinner party and there you have it. So. Easy. Cookies. There are three ingredients! Just three ingredients! And most live in your pantry! Ingredients 2 cups shredded coconut 1/2 cup superfine […]

Comment happily

Posted in | Recipes Tagged , , , |

2011 22 February

Dinner Party Playlist

Putting the music together for your dinner party can be done during lunch. And it can be done months ahead of time. Easy. Want to get really into it? Plan your music around the timing of your party. You invited Bob and Robbie over for dinner at seven on Thursday. You have thirty minutes to […]

Comment happily

Posted in | Atmosphere Tagged , |

2011 21 February

Weeknight Dinner Party Week

“I really like Bob and Robbie, why don’t we have them over some time?” Because you and yours and Bob and Robbie are busy. Busy, busy, busy. Your weekends are packed, you’re exhausted at the end of the day and it all just seems like such work. Ugh. It’s a wonder we remember to floss. […]


Posted in | Parties Tagged , , |

2011 16 February

Cuddlewrappy snuggle night

I get all queasy in my Valentine’s Day stomach when I consider all those strong opinions and the faceless rabble ready to judge my plans. Oh, I see you hate the prix fixe menus, and you hate the chocolate and you hate the roses and screw it. Any holiday that celebrates Love in all it’s […]


Posted in | Parties, Recipes Tagged , , , , |

2011 14 February

Strawberry Hearts

I do this every time I cut strawberries but thought it particularly appropriate for Valentine’s day. Get a strawberry. Cut the strawberry at a 45° angle from the top right towards the middle. Remove the knife and cut it at the opposite 45% degree angle toward the strawberry’s middle. Now your strawberry looks like this […]


Posted in | Holiday, Tips Tagged , , |

2011 10 February

Tasty and dependable egg casserole

Egg casseroles are one of those triple threat brunch recipes. They’re inexpensive, taste great and can be made ahead of time. (The J Lo of brunch casseroles!) And although, unlike J-Lo, egg casseroles aren’t the fanciest dishes on the brunch table, they’re dependable. The work horse of the brunch table. The tasty work horse of […]


Posted in | Recipes Tagged , , , , |

2011 10 February

Be Mine, Coffee Cake

In our Valentine’s breakfast planning, we realized it’s far better to make all the dishes ahead of time than rise at four. This coffee cake can be made up to two days ahead. (But I’d recommend the night before. Less temptation that way.) It’s made in a Bundt pan, which on the surface seems like […]

Comment happily

Posted in | Parties, Recipes Tagged , , , |

2011 9 February

Valentine’s Music Mix

One of my favorite parts of party planning is putting together the play list. For this Valentine’s breakfast, we’re going with some music from the French. Innocuous for early in the morning, sophisticated enough to make you feel glamorous (in your stockinged feet). Since I prefer to let someone else figure out the details for […]

Comment happily

Posted in | Parties