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10 Things You Need for the Cutest Ever Fourth of July Picnic

July is my jam. I might be a little biased (hello, birthday month!), but really, who doesn't love July? It's filled with sunny beach days, family vacations and of course, Independence Day—my very favorite holiday. Not to mention, it's an opp for al fresco entertaining at it's best. This year, I'm loving the idea of a daytime picnic followed by sunset sparklers and a sweet scene like this one from ...

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10 Summer Serving Pieces for the Hostess with the Mostess

Can we just talk about this pineapple cheese board for a sec? As if I didn't already love the marble + wood combo enough (and pineapples for that matter), this cutie has to go and land itself in my lap. Er, shopping cart I mean. A girl's gotta build her hostess arsenal, no? There's plenty more summer serving goodness where...

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The Ultimate Wine Tasting Guide (Clink! Clink!)

One of my very favorite summer pastimes is sipping on a crisp glass of wine with the sun kissing my shoulders. With a cheese board in arms reach, of course, and good company! Hosting a wine and cheese party is such an easy way to gather your friends without having to cook a big meal. Take a...

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5 Rules To Achieve Perfect Party Host Status

After more than 700 weddings and parties under her belt, Nancy Liu Chin of NLC Designs knows a few things about planning a dinner party or two. But thankfully, you don't need that many events on your entertaining resume to become a perfect party hostess. Instead, just a few tips from the pros. Along with imagery from ...

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The Genius New Brunch Idea We Can’t Wait to Try

Brace yourselves brunch goers, this one next level. And I'm totally stealing the idea. As if floral from 1956blooms atop this table aren't lovely enough on their own, one brass fox styled a gathering that allows each lady to select a signature ...

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How To Be a Master Bartender at Your Next Shindig (Bottoms Up!)

There are a handful of things every good hostess should know how to do: set a table, open a bottle of bubbly, make a tasty appetizer and whip up a...

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Consider this the CliffsNotes to Throwing a Killer Party

It's all about pineapples and great cocktails and comfort food, among other things, and Liz Martin of Charleston Weekender is breaking it...

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Pulling off an Outdoor Party Even the Host Can Enjoy!

Entertaining with ease and grace is usually a learned behavior. One that I am most certainly still perfecting; especially when it comes to outdoor entertaining. There's bugs, inclement weather and other such catastrophes to worry about on top of the usual suspects. Now enter The Rising Tide Society - a group of creatives who get together to wine and dine and talk shop. If anyone knows how to pull off a winning alfresco affair, it's...

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What to Make from this Weekend’s Farmer’s Market Haul

Firstly, I will be borrowing this cheese board menu idea. How cute? A must-pin. This entire spring gathering from Ariane Aumont of Le Picnic is farm-to-table at it's finest and just inspired me to take my farmer's market haul to the next level. From the table made pretty by ...

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Throwing a Dinner Party? Check Gorgeous Table Styling off Your List

We first came across this wildly fabulous dining room from interior designer Kendall Simmons right here. And now Kendell is back to show us two different ways to style your table for a dinner party using 5 core elements. One is gorgeous and decidedly adultish and the other, perfect for the kiddos or...

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Master the Art of a Large Dinner Party

Sometimes bigger is better. Usually that applies to candy stashes and shoe collections and once in awhile... dinner parties. Whether you have 4 guests or 40, there are a certain tricks of the trade that will have you entertaining with ease. Lauren Kelp promise it's doable and if her pop up dinner party hosted with ...

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3 Ingredients You Need for the Prettiest Ever Mother’s Day Brunch

Not only do I love this color-happy Mama's Day brunch for it's personality, but I love that it proves planning a simple party (brunch for Mom) can be super duper easy. With three ingredients: a killer color palette, a gorgeous tabletop and a kick ass menu, you'll be on your way to wowing that lovely lady in your life who set many a pretty table for you. ...

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Entertaining with Abby: An Outdoor Dinner Party

I'm a huge believer in simple entertaining that feels easy and effortless and let's you get out in the yard, kick off your heels and have some fun with your family and friends. And now that the weather is warming up, this no fuss approach is perfect for an outdoor dinner party that centers around simple, gorgeous decor and insanely...

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Our Springtime Playbook: Essentials for the Ultimate Cheese Plate

We could blab on and on about the many virtues of cheese. So much so that we've devoted several posts to this beloved topic. (Proof: here, and here). Cheese boards are an...

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4 Must-Try Herb Pairings for a Spring Cheese Board

I'm pretty confident in my cheese board-makin' skills. As in, I know the cheese lady (well) at my local Whole Foods. But to be honest? Creating the same old spread for gatherings is getting a little boring, so I'm switching it up this spring with a fun twist—the tastiest cheese and herb pairings to elevate your experience. Take a peek below at four mouth-watering combos! Mint + Feta Feta doesn't often...

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9 Wine Tasting Tips Every Hostess Should Know

The best party accessory in my opinion? A glass of vino in my hand. I love nothing more than a crisp glass of rose on a warm evening, a glass of bubbly with oysters and a spicy red with a hearty Italian dish in the middle of winter. And half of enjoying them is getting to know what you love. Plus, it's a great party trick if you love to entertain! Albariño, anyone? Learn the basics of wine tasting below!

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The only Decoration You Need this Mother’s Day

I spent a good amount of time on our Weddings side, and one detail that always made my heart flip-flop? A beautiful flower wall. But really, this party trick is fab for any event—and I'm starting to think kind of necessary for every event. Don't you agree? Well, we've got...

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Making the Most of Winter Entertaining

Oh winter. It sure gets a bad rap. But you know what? It's become one of my favorite seasons to entertain. Think fires, fun cocktails, stick-to-your-bones meals - see what I mean? Not to mention, snow acts as the most perfect chiller for bubbly. So if you aren't on #teamwinter yet, check out these ways to warm up your festivities even on the coldest day. xo, Abby Capalbo 1. Keep 'em cozy This is obvious. Being cold, no matter how...

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DIY Sparkle Cake Topper

Are any of you hosting a Valentine's fete tonight or tomorrow? I'm loving that this heart-filled holiday falls on a weekend. There's time for a Galentine's soiree with your besties and...

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Valentine’s Day Brunch at Home

With Valentine's Day falling on a Sunday this year, the huz and I have decided to trade in a night out for a Sunday brunch. And this sweet bit of inspiration from Beijos Events and Megan Welker is just the ticket.

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