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Don’t let my serious demeanor fool you - I’m very much a party girl at heart! No, no, this doesn’t mean I dance on tabletops or have a propensity to wear lamp shades on my head. It simply means that I’m fascinated with all the fine details that must be tended to turn everyday occasions into special events. Here, in my blog’s party file, you’ll find full-fledged shindigs for every season, with every little trapping carefully laid out. Enjoy!

An Affair of the Heart
Photo by Julia M. Usher


December 27, 2013

My Top 10 Holiday Table-Setting Tips

Still recovering from Christmas? Weary of party after same-old party? On the verge of drafting a New Year’s resolution vowing never to...

Home | Landing | Parties | WinterContinue

December 19, 2012

Color Me Christmas

You might be dreaming of a white Christmas, but I prefer the traditional red and green - for decorating, that is! These colors cheer...

Parties | WinterContinue

July 11, 2012

A Cookie Coming-Out

Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Not familiar with that sound? Well then, you’re as lucky as a kid in a candy shop, because most of us can...

Parties | Any SeasonContinue

April 21, 2012

Tea Time

Even though I’ve been food-styling for publications for a few years, it’s not everyday that a national magazine emails to say they...

Parties | Summer | Any SeasonContinue

February 28, 2012

Celebrating the Everyday

OK, so this feature isn’t my usual special party, but it is a celebration in its own right - of the smaller things in life that we (or...

Home | Landing | Parties | Any SeasonContinue

December 28, 2011

Holiday in a Hurry

My husband often questions my habit of collecting throughout the year. In fact, my last antiques mall-find elicited a frown and...

Parties | WinterContinue

September 16, 2011

Field of Dreams

Alfresco is one of my favorite ways to entertain. And late September into early October, after the summer swelter has passed, is the...

Home | Landing | Parties | Summer | FallContinue

May 6, 2011

Good as Gold

Once upon a time, long before I ever wrote about cookies, I owned and operated a bakery. There in my humble South St. Louis shop, I...

Parties | Summer | Any SeasonContinue

April 29, 2011

Mother Deserves Best

The topic of mothers has been on my mind lately, and not just because Mothers’ Day is right around the corner. After a year of...

Parties | SpringContinue

December 18, 2010

Home for the Holidays

Like it or not, we’re homebound this holiday. My husband is on call through Christmas, and I’m between photo shoots for my next cookie...

Parties | WinterContinue

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