Entertaining
I’m not one to follow strict, traditional rules, but there is an art to being a good entertainer and host. So to help you become the best hostess or host you can be, I
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10 Entertaining Tips to Live By
Entertaining
We’re so happy to present our very charming and modern table setting guide! We’ve seen one too many outdated and traditional table setting guides, so we created a charming printable (or pinable if
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Charming & Modern Table Setting Guide
Entertaining
Last week, event planner extraordinaire, Angel from Love & Splendor shared 10 tips for saving money on your wedding and now we’re excited to continue on the wedding topic with etiquette expert Diane Gottsman sharing
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How to Politely Decline a Wedding Invitation
Entertaining
Hey everyone!  I’m Angel of Love & Splendor and I’ve had the joy of planning weddings for nearly 12 years, designing alongside wonderful couples in locales around the world.  Though I’ve worked with budgets of
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10 Tips for Saving Money on Your Wedding
Entertaining
 Summer is here and I know many of you will be hosting fabulous summer parties! We asked Diane Gottsman to share some useful tips for summer entertaining with us! Diane is an etiquette expert in
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10 Useful Summer Entertaining Etiquette Tips
Entertaining
Is there a baby boom happening right now?! I feel like I know SO many people who are expecting this year. Both my sister and my sweet friend are just a few
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Charming Baby Gift Ideas!
DIY
It’s always greatly appreciated to receive a handwritten note or thank you card from someone, especially ones that have a little humor that bring a smile and laugh to someone’s day. I’ll be honest,
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Put Together a Card Box
Home
After cooking and prepping for a party, the house is usually a mess! I leave myself about 20 minutes to straighten up, do a quick cleaning, light a fragrant candle and prepare for
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10 Quick Tips for Cleaning Before a Party!
Entertaining
Delivering a perfect toast can be a huge burden on many who are asked to speak at a special event. Most people are terrified of public speaking and try to avoid it at
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10 Quick Tips for Giving the Perfect Toast
Holidays
My son started preschool this year so this was my first time buying Christmas presents and sending a little token of appreciation to his teachers! I think it's important to "spoil" our
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Teacher Appreciation Gift Box
Holidays
Easter is only a few weeks away and if you're hosting a fabulous brunch you must start planning your menu soon! Easter is actually one of my favorite holidays so I've been Easter-pinning-crazy
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inspiration for an easter brunch
Entertaining
Shop this board here!    I wanted to create a board of the items I use most for entertaining. Basic, white items that will go with any theme or decor. They're things that have versatile
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my favorite party basics
Entertaining
Want to learn three easy ways you can spruce up the naked mini cupcake? Click here and enjoy our video on Lifetime Moms!  
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video: easy ways to spruce up the naked cupcake
Eats & Drinks
I'm obsessed and have gone Teavana crazy! No really, I'm drinking tea like I used to drink Starbucks' lattes. I've always loved their teas, but these tea blossoms are just way too charming.
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floral tea time and party favors
Entertaining
Whoo hooo! Happy 2013! I had the best night hosting a little New Year's party with our close friend Todd. We served mini apple martinis, wine and champagne. Todd cooked the most amazing
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happy new year!
Holidays
This is a gathering I would have loved to be at... this perfect, snowy Montana setting was complete with a centerpiece wreath chandelier that took center stage, a giant fire to stand around
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DIY Wreath Chandelier and a Simple Winter Wonderland Gathering
Entertaining
I put together some Thanksgiving Day table inspiration for you all! I wanted to create something that's achievable and affordable for everyone. Of course there are millions of gorgeous settings, but often they're
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An Earthy Thanksgiving Table
Entertaining
How many of you went apple picking this year (aside from getting an iphone ; ))? I went when we were in Ohio and had such a great time! I came home and
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apple picking social inspiration
Entertaining
It's the last weekend to throw a pumpkin carving social! Gather a few friends, buy (or make!) some pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin beer and create your favorite pumpkin carving designs! I put together
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pumpkin carving social
Entertaining
I'm thrilled fall is right around the corner! I started browsing the web for my favorite fall entertaining items and I noticed a pattern... gray! I love the color gray, so I let
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Falling for Gray
Entertaining
I've been dreaming about a lake house. Probably because we usually go to Big Bear a few times every summer and we didn't go this year. I absolutely adore the atmosphere of lake
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lake house entertaining
Entertaining
I was inspired by these elegant and charming floral arrangements. We usually leave these type of arrangements for weddings or "special" events, but I think they're perfect for even the smallest dinner party.
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floral inspiration for dinner parties
Entertaining
My favorite party idea this summer is a pie social. It's the perfect theme for a backyard get together and such a sweet way to gather friends, play yard games and eat some
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How to Throw a Pie Social
Entertaining
My little brother, Dustin, recently graduated from the UC Davis Enology program, where he studied the science of wine making. How amazing is that?! He traveled to France's wine region and studied their wine making
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wine and dessert pairings
Entertaining
 I fell in love with these heart shaped eating utensils that are biodegradable and reusable! Each heart snaps in half and becomes a utensil with a fork, a serrated edge to cut with and a flat
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iHeart these
Holidays
No one ever said Easter baskets are just for kids! If I could fill my own Easter basket, the candy below would be my top picks! Gourmet chocolate bars, amazing toffee from See's,
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Easter Candy for Adults!
Entertaining
I created this 'party on a budget' tips board for a General Mills post and I wanted to share it with you all! I'm always looking for the best prices on staple items when throwing
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party on a budget
Entertaining
I know fondue isn't exactly part of an Irish meal, but I thought it would be a cute and fun idea for a Saint Patrick's Day dinner. There are a variety of delicious
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Pot o’ Fondue
Eats & Drinks
Whether you're throwing a small Oscar party or just cozying up on the couch with your family to watch  the Awards this Sunday, below are two SUPER easy ideas to help make the
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and the award goes to… edible mini gold stars!
Eats & Drinks
I created this truffle bar last January for Style At Home and realized I never posted the photos on Sugar and Charm! Since Valentine's Day is coming up in two weeks I thought I would
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How to Set Up a Truffle Bar
Entertaining
Happy Wednesday! It's been about 80 degrees in Los Angeles the past few days and it's not getting any cooler! I even went on a walk yesterday and it was too hot to
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unique ways to serve ice cream
Entertaining
Below are a few of my party planning tips for hosting a dinner or cocktail gathering at your home! 1. Prepare: I don’t mean prepare day of... prepare weeks before. Make sure all of
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Hosting School
Entertaining
Since summer is coming to an end and we only have one more big weekend before fall officially starts (crazy how fast it went by!), I wanted to post pictures of a summer
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Summer Table Setting for Simply the Sweet Life Magazine
Entertaining
I'm going to start something new! I thought it would be a fun idea to create entertaining inspiration boards for different cities and holidays. I wanted to start it off with Palm Springs.
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palm springs entertaining
Entertaining
I was wandering around Joann's Fabrics the other day and I saw this ice mold. I thought it was pretty cool and even cooler (haha) to serve ice shots to your guests on a
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cold as ice – ice shot glasses
Entertaining
I'm a fan of super cute napkin folds and this one takes the cake!! After seeing this on Martha, I had to create one of my own! It can be a bow tie or
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Bow Tie Napkin Fold
Entertaining
Last weekend I was at the beautiful Sara Westbrook's house (of One Charming Party) assisting her and the equally beautiful Brittany on some fabulous photo shoots! It was a great day and I learned
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hostess tip… packaging leftovers
Entertaining
I bought this vanilla lemon cake from Trader Joe's yesterday, because I wanted to show you all how you can easily change the look of this cake in about 10 minutes! If you're
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transform and decorate a supermarket cake
Entertaining
Flowers are a typical, but nice hostess gift. Sometimes the store-bought flowers, that come in boring plastic wrap, need a little revamping! I bought a bouquet at Trader Joe's for $5 and arranged
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sprucing up store-bought flowers
Entertaining
For me, tulips can be difficult to arrange and gain full control over to make gorgeous centerpieces. I find myself fighting with the droopy flowers trying to get them to stand up straight!
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tulip "arranging"
Entertaining
I saw this graphic over at a blog I like to read called Little White Whale and I was so inspired by it!! I've done a few etiquette posts in the past, here and here, but this is
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etiquette school: pretty table setting
Entertaining
Happy April 1st! I'm excited that Spring is finally here and Easter is just around the corner ;) I saw this idea on One Charming Party last week and I thought they were
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bunny ears and cabbage centerpiece
Holidays
The bunny fold is an easy and charming way to dress up your Easter table this year! It's so cute, you think it might hop right off your plate : ) Better Homes
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It’s the… Bunny Fold!
Entertaining
Yesterday I featured these inspiration photos for a St. Patrick's Day table setting on Style At Home. I  love the way everything turned out, so I couldn't help but share them today! I
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st. patrick’s day entertaining
Entertaining
Antiquaria is a new online store that sells gorgeous dinnerware, china, vintage Pyrex, unique drinking glasses and much more! I was extremely excited when I browsed through the online shop, which is bursting
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antiquaria… a vintage dinnerware shop
Entertaining
Sorry I've been a little laggin' on the bloggin'! I've been on the East Coast visiting with family and planning a 60th birthday party for my father-in-law! We had delicious food catered and
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60th birthday party
Entertaining
I came across these two savvy tips for serving cake and ice cream on the Real Simple site and they are so unique! Ice cream can be so messy to scoop and serve,
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unique tips for serving cake and ice cream
Entertaining
I'm usually against "boxed cake" because I love the taste of homemade desserts so much. If you're hosting a large party you might be overwhelmed with the thought of baking from scratch, on
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The Boxed Cake
Entertaining
I paid a little visit to one of my fave hangouts, the Cheese Cave in Claremont, to learn a few tips from the experts on creating a very special cheese platter for your guests! Marnie
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Cheese Platter from the Experts
Entertaining
Today... is hosting day! I'm going to give a few tips for being a better host next time you have guests over! And I accompanied it with this cool retro photo because I'm
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hosting school
Entertaining
So I covered table-setting and now I am going to introduce you to the fabulous world of napkin folding and displaying. There are several classy and traditional ways to fold a napkin for
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Etiquette School 101: Napkin Folding and Displaying
Entertaining
This post might be considered a little boring (and sort of long) to some people, but I happen to believe table setting is VERY important to know, haha! It will also help to
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Etiquette School… Table Setting 101

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