Party Basics, Style Recipes and
Favorite Sources for Special Occasions

Enjoy my recipes for party basics and creative decorative details designed for celebrating every day, holidays, and weddings with style. Check back often for current postings, great ideas, style news, and, of course, my favorite sources.

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Everyday Ideas

Make every day celebrations special with these style recipes to use any time for daily dinners, weekend picnics and Sunday suppers.

Holiday Ideas

Command extra attention when you celebrate important holidays with these style recipes for table settings, décor and menus. Over the year I’ll continue to add style recipes for celebrating each holiday with a decorative flourish.

Personalize your wedding with these style recipes that will transform a simple or grand event into an even more special celebration.

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