All tagged hospitality

How To Be A Great Wedding Guest

This year, I attended seven weddings all before my own. It was actually a wonderful experience for me because 1) I love dressing up; see evidence below and 2) I was able to learn a lot in preparation for my own wedding, which is right around the corner! In going to these parties, I paid attention to so many little details, including food, decor, preferred dance moves, etc. I also noticed the behavior of many guests, both in a positive and negative light. Some things made me pause and try to avoid a major eye roll, other things made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I've made a list below of do's and don't's at a wedding that I personally live by. As always, the opinions are only my own, and you can choose to take them or leave them. I hope that if nothing else, they spark your curiosity about what kind of guest you are, and what kind of guest you want to be! 

5 Tips For Hosting A Large Dinner Party

As many of you know, I'm from a big family, so a dinner party with 14 people feels more or less regular. Spectacularly loud and fun, but still, common in my life. Now I'm getting married to Brandon, who is 1 of 5 siblings! So.... two big families and what do you get? A lot of coordinating when it comes to going out or staying in all together. While it can be difficult to just turn your mind off when a big group is buzzing in your home, with just a few hints, it's something you too can do. Here are my suggestions for a smoother hosting process

Parisian Dinner Party: Chicken a la Moutarde

I chose chicken with mustard sauce for my Parisian dinner because I love the complexity of the thick mustard sauce, and the subtle tartness that crème fraîche provides. When planning parties, I limit the time-consuming dishes to one or two, max. I want the evening to feel special, but I don't want to be so exhausted by the time people come over that I'm ready for bed. And while this chicken require a few extra steps, you will be repaid handsomely for your efforts.