Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic
 

Brunch Boards!

Written by Patti on December 4th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

Happy Monday – the first Monday of December. Which means lots of celebrating is around the bend.

If you’ve been with me a while, you know brunch is one of my favorite ways to entertain. Whether in the morning or the wee hours after a black tie gala, bacon, eggs and brunchy foods make everyone happy.

I love this new article by Kate Williams at Southern Kitchen telling you how to put it all together. Visit her here to learn how you can do the same!

Brunch works anytime of the day!

Now get to brunching, my loves!

xoxo, Patti

 

InStyle Parties

Written by Patti on November 16th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

It’s no secret that I love a party. I love them so much! The lists, the menus, the guest list, the beverages, the decor. Between you and me, I almost love the planning as much as the actual party.

We are heading into the busiest party season of the year. The lovely people at InStyle Magazine sent me a copy of their newest book, InStyle Parties  and it’s a stunner. Packed full of great tips and ways to make your life easier when throwing your soiree. They even have a recipe for Black & White Cookies – my favorite of all the cookies.

I love all the ways this book helps you plan. Each party helps you plan with a Countdown so you won’t feel rushed on party day, Shortcuts so you don’t have to create every detail, The Pour with terrific cocktails and of course, wonderful menus with recipes and the most gorgeous and swoon worthy photographs.

InStyle Parties would make a perfect gift for a friend, or a treat just for you (you deserve it!). This tome is going on my coffee table so I can refer to it frequently as I plan my next get together.

In stores now!

xoxo, Patti

 

Here and There

Written by Patti on November 7th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

Things have been hopping around here, so I thought I would post a few photos and give you an update.

 

Candy Experiment

Eric and I went to see Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Night Sweats on Halloween night, so we weren’t here for most of the candy-handing-out. I put a sign on our candy bowl and set it out. It worked pretty well. No one took the bowl!

Larry. Oh, Larry.

This is crazy Larry. No, he won’t make you a great deal on a new car, but he lives with us now. Larry loves long walks, chasing balls, driving Karen insane and sleeping on the bed. Get off the bed, Larry. We are learning to love Larry.

These ladies are electric!

This was a group of ladies I brought together that pretty much run this town. From the Arthur M. Blank Foundation to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and beyond, these ladies taught me so much in one evening. Looking forward to plenty more dinners with women of substance like these five.

Cream Puffs!

Did you know that cream puffs are insanely easy to make? You can make tons in an afternoon and watch your friends gobble them all up. This is a before picture, but they turned out great. I topped them with chocolate ganache and filled them with…GASP…vanilla Jello pudding (I dumped all the jello into a piping bag and hid the evidence). Don’t judge. They were delicious. Here’s a recipe. Go make them right now.

I love my friends.

After I made the cream puffs, we had a lovely dinner party for 6 friends. I made a beef bourguinon and served it over Israeli cous cous with a crisp green salad and yeast rolls.

The photo above is my kitchen after the dinner party. Our wonderful friend Teague rolled up his sleeves and washed all the dishes. Our dishwasher is on the fritz. I could tell you why, but the story is too gruesome. If you live in a 100+ year old house, you can imagine.

Anyhoo. How’s your week coming along?

xoxo, Patti

 

 

Pineapple O’Lanterns!

Written by Patti on October 26th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

Argh – I feel like I’ve neglected you this Halloween season. And you know I adore you.

How about this? Pumpkins are soo….well, they’re still cool, but I really love pineapples. And my friends at Southern Kitchen are using them to make jack o’lanterns. How fun is that?

Happy Pina Colada!

You can read the how to here. And browse the site. My good friend, Chef Jeffrey is the star of their fab cooking videos.

Off to buy a pineapple!

xoxo, Patti 

 

Pizza Skulls!

Written by Patti on October 17th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings,

My friend Sherry shared this on Facebook and not only are they fabulous for Halloween, they look easy to make and tasty too (if you can get past the creepiness – is that a word?)

Anyhoo, get the deets here at Genius Kitchen and amaze your friends. These are awesome.

They’re so creepy!!!

I need these in my life. How about you?

xoxo, Patti

 

Dreamin’ of Spain

Written by Patti on September 21st, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

Eric and I have booked a trip to Barcelona for this November and we are so excited!!!

The other night we put together our own little tapas and watched YouTube videos of Barcelona.

Dreaming of Spain

Tell me your top places to see there!

xoxo, Patti

 

Cast Iron Care

Written by Patti on September 8th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

Here in Atlanta, it’s getting a bit cool. My thoughts turn to fried chicken and chili – college football and autumnal get togethers.

That also means my cast iron is fixin’ to get a work out. How do you keep your cast iron like new, only better? My good buddy, Chef Jeffrey tells you right here.

 

What are your fall favorites?

xoxo, Patti

 

Let’s Cook Like Chefs – Easily!

Written by Patti on September 5th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

Ever wonder how chefs get the food out of the kitchen to your table so quickly and deliciously? Is deliciously even a word? Whatevs.

Check out this article that will make your home cooking so much easier. Of course some of the tips are obvious- get a sharp knife…really? But some tips you might not know that could help you out.

Tips to cook like a restaurant chef

Now I want cookies. And bacon!

I can haz bacon?

xoxo, Patti

 

Gato

Written by Patti on September 4th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been remiss. Busy is not an excuse.

From now on, I promise to post at least 4 times per week. Even if it’s just a photo.

This weekend Eric and I had breakfast at Gato. I probably shouldn’t be sharing this because it’s one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets. So if you want to find more info, you are going to have to Google it yourself.

I had The Slam which was cheesy eggs with duck fat potatoes, bacon and a glorious ginger cilantro sauce. OMG.

Eric had the Huevos Rancheros. I seriously could go back again today. But I won’t. So you can have my seat at the bar. 🙂

The Slam

Huevos Rancheros

Today, we are going to cook out and mow the lawn. Not in that order. What are you up to?

xoxo, Patti

 

Strike a Pose – Vogue (TableVogue)

Written by Patti on July 11th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings,

With all the summer parties still to come, you’ll want your tables to look festive.

I love a pretty tablecloth but want it to look perfect without ironing. You, too?

Enter, TableVogue. I swear by these. Truly. Open up your six foot folding table and throw it on. Voila! You look like the perfect hostess. Saving you more time to pick out the perfect party dress. Or have that cocktail before the crowds descend. I don’t judge.

How perfectly pretty is this?

Buy these stunners here. And they didn’t even pay me to tell you about them. I love them that much.

xoxo, Patti