SET A CASUAL FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION

Dad’s are just true originals. Sure, we’ve learned a lot from Mom, but when we need some true words of wisdom, dad is our man. To celebrate him, a BBQ with some of his favorite things are on the Father's Day menu.

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Is Dad a golfer? Whip up a batch of Arnold Palmers, label a drink dispenser, have plenty of ice on hand you're set for a no-host bar for the day.

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We all know the best way to dad’s heart is through his stomach. Well, food, a good game of golf, cards and the family being together. A cold brew on the course, a good scotch at home and he is a happy man.

What to give Dad? We all say the same thing, "dad has everthing". If you really want to make your dad feel special on Father’s Day, write him a handwritten note with your favorite things about him or his best advice. I promise it will be the gift he remembers most. 

For more details on how to set the scene for Father's Day, check out Inspired Home.

Happy Father's Day to all you great dads, stepdads, pop pops, grandpas, papas and nonnos out there...most especially, my DAD!

xx, Deborah

SETTING THE TABLE FOR EASTER BRUNCH

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Get inspired! Easter with a little bit of chic country charm; I set this blue and white Easter brunch table for my friends at Inspired Home.

Featured: Crate & Barrel Aspen Whiteware, blue check paper runner from Hester & Cook, vintage style blue printed napkin from Pier1, The French Chefs Rattan Placemats from Lenox, Bormioli Rocco Ypislon cordial glasses, and clear bubble glassware, TAG. White ceramic bunnies and decor; Marshalls and HomeGoods.

NEW Hostess Tip: It can get tricky when guests arrive with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. What to do when you don't have time to arrange them? Have an extra vase prepared with water with a pair of scissors close by. Without unwrapping the arrangement, cut the bottom of the cellophane wrap, clipping the stems, and place the flowers (cellophane, ribbon and all) in the vase and set them on the table or somewhere on display. You'll have additional flower arrangement and won't have offended your guest.

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Hosting for a big family? Set the table with Sophistiplate, pretty paper from Italy.

For all the details, check out Inspired Home

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

xx, Deborah

SETTING A PASSOVER SEDER TABLE

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Passover begins at sundown this coming Monday night and as with any year, I'm getting excited to celebrate it.

In between setting tables for clients, I've also been preparing for our own Seder table. Our family loves Passover. We love the menu, traditions and honestly, we just love being around the table together with our favorite people. We're one of those families who adopts everyone and we always have a seat at our Seder for anyone who needs one. 

If you're a blue and white fan, or just looking for a new spin for your Seder table, here are some ideas on how I'll be setting my Passover table this year:

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Go Disposable

While I love fine china, some holidays and parties just call for disposable, and the thing about Sophistiplate is, no one believes it's paper. This pretty paper is imported from Italy and available in just about every color under the sun, which is one of the many reasons I love it.

For all the details about how I set this table, visit my friends at Inspired Home.

From our family to yours, Happy Pesach!

xx, Deborah

TABLE + DINE PASSOVER TABLE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
Dinnerware: Brian Gluckstein Darius Gold Placesetting by Lenox
Accent Plate: Brian Gluckstein Darius Gold Accent Plate by Lenox
Flatware: Marchesa Imperial Caviar by Lenox
Goblets: Villeroy & Boch Blue Boston Goblet
Seder Plate: kate spade new york oak street Seder plate
Disposable Tableware: Sophistiplate
Backdrop: Now Designs White Tablecloth – Amazon

Runner: Ralph Lauren Veranda Paisley Table Runner Marshalls
Napkins: Navy Embroidered Leaf Napkins – Pier1
Taper Candles: Design Ideas White Taper Candles
Silver Candlesticks: Reed & Barton Sulgrave Manor Candlestick
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Pillar Candle Holders
Design Ideas White Pillar Candles
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Ginger Jar

Cobalt Blue Centerpiece Vase – HomeGoods
Chinoiserie Mini-Bowls – Marshalls
Champagne: Le Grand Courtage
Flowers: Hydrangeas & Azaleas

Element of surprise: A fresh bloom at each placesetting

For all the details about how I set this table, visit my friends at Inspired Home.

From our family to yours, Happy Pesach!

xx, Deborah

FRESH TO TABLE: SET A LEMON INFUSED TABLESETTING

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With all the talk about spring around the corner, I'm itching to throw a good party. And, with Allie's wedding coming up, we have plenty of parties to plan and reasons to celebrate!

I love a party with a theme. It makes it easier to plan, stay focused details and to pull it all together. And, since lemons are the universal language of spring, a sign of warmer weather, more sunshine and boozy, pink lemonade margaritas, it seemed appropriate to kick off wedding shower, bridesmaid luncheon and Sunday brunch season with a lemon themed tablesetting. Besides, what's not to love about lemons? 

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I like to add an element of surprise. Pink Lemonade Lemon Drop jello shots? Perfect! Not only are they super cute, but they're really REALLY good. Don't worry, we didn't keep you hanging. The recipe is below. 
 

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My latest obsession: BIG ice cubes.  Crazy, I know, but they keep drinks cooler, longer, they look great and you can add edible flowers or fruits to the cubes. You'll find the trays at Target, Crate & Barrel, or Bed, Bath & Beyond. 

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For the rest of the details, head over to the Inspired Home.

Happy hosting, my friends!

xx, Deborah

RECIPE: Pink Lemonade Jello Shots
Ingredients:
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1 cup pink lemonade
1/2 cup regular vodka
1/2 cup lemon vodka or Lemon Eddy
5 lemons - Cut lengthwise

Cut lemons in half and use a serrated grapefruit spoon to scoop out the inside of the lemon. Heat the lemonade in a pan over medium heat and slowly stir in the packets of gelatin until it dissolves. Add the lemonade and gelatin mixture to a bowl or large pourable measuring cup and pour in your vodka liquids. Stir until combined. Place your lemon halves into a muffin tin to keep them upright. Pour in the liquid until each is 3/4's full and refrigerate for about 4 hours or until set. Remove the tin once the lemons have set, cut into slices right before serving and Salute!

Makes 10 lemon halves you can cut into 2-3 wedges each.