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Summer Parties, Let The Planning Begin!

27 May
A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

I think we are finally getting some good weather! Finally…where  we can really start planning!

Planning?   Those summer parties where we can get together with family and friends!

How about starting off having small parties,  the first being an intimate party of 12 to 14 people! It’s less stressful and you can do a lot of preparing ahead of time, making it a little easier on yourself!  You’re the host; you are supposed to have a good time!

Your table setting can have a theme and the matching items can be found right from the house!

Like the leftover mason jars from your strawberry preserve project, they can be used as vases for flowers you’ve picked from your garden or even bundles of flowers brought from your local grocery store!  Like two beautiful damask curtain panels  for your tablecloth or even a runner made of brown paper with a scrolled detail added by using an ink stamp!

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Rosemary Olive Oil on scrolled runner, Mason vases & a divine salad!

Even the  place settings from your own dishes (they can even be mismatched) and silverware from your home, with cloth napkins made from three  old shirts you no longer could fit; but just hated to give away!

Even old fruit glasses filled with farm cherries to add; where your guests feel free to nibble at each and every conversation while enjoying the LA sun!

Letia Mitchell, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

Letia Mitchell, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

If you can guess, one of my dear friends did just that and I thought I would share!   It was so beautiful and  anyone could do this; it’s not as hard as you think! You can be creative and do different things, making it really special.

So when planing,  first look around in your home before buying anything new!   Put them all together and have your checklist ready, to go around a second time in the house to see if you can add some items!

And  please, please remember….EVERYTHING DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH!

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Summer Planning, beautiful table set for 12


  • Theme
  • Tablecloth
  • Runner
  • One or Two Signature drinks
  • Silverware
  • Dinnerware
  • Napkins
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella(s)
  • Flowers
  • Baskets
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Candle holders
  • Celandine cables

Hope this gives you some great  ideas! Start planning to enjoy the  summer! 🙂

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Ralph Lauren’s Dinnerware with Style: Ethan Herringbone!

1 Nov

Richard, from New York City asked,

 I’m having a small dinner party and want a change from the typical white dinner plate, you have any suggestions? And no flowers or gold patterns, so you know…I don’t like them!”

I sure do!  Ralph Lauren has dinnerware named Ethan Herringbone.  It’s a bold, yet a unique herringbone pattern.  Looking at the plate, it would appear its a plate and a charger; but it’s not!  The matching cups, salad plates and bowls compliment the design rather nicely!

What’s so wonderful about the pattern design, you can think of it as a suit, where you are looking for a shirt, cufflinks  and tie; to compliment!  However, in this case it will be napkins, stemware and a beautiful entrée!   Click this url, the dinnerware pieces are on part of a private home limited time sale:  http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3195351

And also Kohl’s has some great selections for napkins and napkin rings too!  See no floral or gold patterns!  I hope I’ve given you some ideas!   Wishing your dinner party a success and most of all have fun!  🙂

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Pictures Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Media LLC

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