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Mini-Versions of Your Favorites

If you haven't had the opportunity to absorb New York Caterer, Peter Callahan's mini-masterpieces to date then today might be your lucky day. This man? He's built of sheer brilliance. One look at his teeny tiny canapes and finger foods alike and you'll see exactly what I mean. For more tiny inspiration, check out the gallery - it's so  stinkin' cute! And...

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The Perfect Charcuterie Spread from Nancy Neil + Ayda Robana

I swear to you I ingest more calories on Wednesdays than I do any other day of the week. You see, Wednesday has become the day in which we really dive deep into the realm of food in all forms on SMP Living and I always find myself scavenging my cupboards by noon as a result. And high atop the craving inducing shoots we post? Ayda Robana and Nancy Neil's beyond incredible...

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How to Host an Al Fresco Dinner

The weather here in New England has been a mess. And I'm pretty sure we're not alone. But for about a week, we got one, blissful day after another. My beloved peonies popped, the sun was shining, birds a-chirping and everyone that I passed had a sweet smile on their face. That week, we ate outside beneath our pretty tree every night. Al fresco style. So we thought today, we'd share a few little secrets for successful outdoor entertaining. Easy, effortless, you will most definitely be drinking...

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Summer Entertaining with Jade + Matthew

I probably say this every time a new season rolls around, but Summer is just my favourite. I can't quite put my finger on it, but people do tend to walk a little taller, stress a little less, and throw the most fabulous bashes that ever existed. Styled by Gray Harper Event Maker and captured by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, this al fresco dinner is overflowing with warm...

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Entertaining with Oysters from Chandara Creative

I'm not going to lie to you, oysters are a bit of an acquired taste. But once they've been acquired, there's seriously no turning back. They immediately enhance any and all events - adding that extra bit of fancy that every party craves. Lucky for us, the sweet Chandara is here with us today sharing one of her favourite warm-weather activities - and it just so happens to involve these fabulous little treats.

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A Kate Spade Inspired Picnic Round-Up

Spring is in the air. Well sort of. It's still kind of dreary and overcast here in Boston. But (queue the "I'm digging deep and maintaining a positive attitude" music), our tulips are poking through, the strawberries are starting to show signs of life and simply saying the word May has me all kinds of school-girl giddy. So when I spotted...

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How to Host a Farm to Table Dinner + Recipes

I have this dream of hosting one of those perfectly laid back Farm to Table celebrations that I always drool over on my favorite blogs. Probably because I am the least laid back person I know and this type of get together fits my alter ego to perfection. Just some friends... drinking some wine, eating some amazing food and basking in the candlelight of pretty flowers and memories made. Well, as it turns out, the amazing Nancy Neil...

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Setting Up a Sunday Juice Bar

Sunday typically ranks as my favourite day of the week. Though it means that the weekend is coming to a close, it's usually low key and casual (most often complete with pyjamas in our home). But when Pressed Cotton suggested the idea of a Sunday brunch, paired with a fabulous juice bar with a handful of friends, my interest was immediately piqued. Though this particular event is slightly more elegant  (hello champagne & ice...

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How to Set a Table Properly

Every time I have (well I should say had because clearly, if I'm writing a post about setting a table, I better know a thing or two about it) a dinner party, I always found myself second guessing the placement of each piece. And yet, I feel like setting a proper table is one of those things every hostess should know how to do with ease. So, for my benefit and yours, we're breaking it down for you, SMP style. With a pretty watercolor that you can print out and frame for reference of course!

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Easter Brunch Celebration from Alea Lovely + Julie Blanner

There are two things that never fail to capture my attention: delicious food and bald babies. And this Easter themed brunch just so happens to have both en masse. Bunny shaped cinnamon rolls, fruit filled sugar cones and a casual, yet elegant, tablescape in soft hues is all you need to really make this holiday shine. Designed by Julie Blanner and...

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How to Style a Bar Cart with Aaron Hartselle & Bess Friday

I'm always blown away by how much impact a simple bar cart can have on a space. Not only does it add that instant glam factor, it also invites your guest to sit back, relax, and pour themselves a drink whenever they see fit. Which, lets face it, is always a party plus. Styling a bar cart, on the other hand, can prove to be a bit of a daunting task. Lucky for us, we have the fabulous Aaron Hartselle here today sharing some of his...

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Preparing a Cheese Board from Jessica Sloane

It's no secret that the thought of putting together a cheese board can be slightly intimidating. So many options paired with varying tastes often makes it feel like an overwhelming task. If I'm being honest, I, personally, have been known to stand at my local cheese counter, eyes agape, not knowing where to begin. Luckily for us, Jessica Sloane is here breaking down the process into a handful of simple steps. Captured by the talented...

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A Holiday E-Guide, Made Simple

We are big fans of the holiday season at SMP, but we'd be lying if we said making everything go off without a hitch is easy as pie. From the shopping to the entertaining to the baking - it can all be, dare we say, a bit overwhelming. Have no fear lovelies! We are here to sweep in and show you the way to simple yet stylish and oh so efficient holiday entertaining, and we wrapped it all up in one pretty as can be e-guide. So you have all the tricks at your fingertips leaving plenty of time for the...

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Hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange

Diet, schmiet. When time comes to host your annual holiday cookie exchange, calories really and truly don't count (you can quote us on this). In honor of this time-old tradition, we put together a few tips and tricks that may come in handy when planning your yummy soiree. We'd like to thank Melissa Jill Photography and Victoria Canada Weddings and Events for the beautiful imagery provided in the post! It definitely...

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A Thanksgiving E-Guide, Made Simple

Last Sunday, we promised you an amazing, all-encompassing, anxiety-free Thanksgiving guide. We promised you recipes, shopping lists, hostess tips… and quite literally, everything the novice hostess might need in order to pull off an easy, beautiful Thanksgiving to remember. Today, we're here to deliver. Without...

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Dinner Party Inspiration at Crush by Sarah True

For a girl that is tethered to her desk the vast majority of the time, I'm pretty close to a kid in a candy store when we get to help host an event in our own hometown of Boston. Especially when it's on Newbury Street at the fabulous Crush boutique and literally overflowing with the most absurdly good cupcakes and pretties a girl could ever want. Designed and executed by our sweet friend...

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Al fresco Party + Cocktail Recipe by Marti’s Floral Design

Confession: The ladies of SMP like to toast to a thing or two. It's true. And we will most definitely raise our glasses to this pretty al fresco party complete with delicious drinks. It's what summer dreams are made of, topped off with a recipe you can store away for your next soiree. Does it get any better?

Mint Julep Recipe 4 fresh mint sprigs 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey 1 tsp powdered sugar 2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the...

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Grapefruit Mint Fizz + The Perfect Bar Cart

A well stocked bar is a must in our book. It's the golden ticket to fabulous feting. So too is having just the right cocktail for an event. Now enter Gray Harper Event Maker along with Jade + Matthew Take Pictures who have so graciously whipped up the tastiest looking cocktail. It goes by the moniker The Grapefruit Mint Fizz and with a few easy peasy steps, your party...

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