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

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Everyday is a Hootenanny with Melanie!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

The weather is getting warmer, and you know what that means – more parties!

Our darling friend and neighbor, Melanie threw the first hootenanny of the season. Don’t you love that word, hootenanny? Me, too.

Melanie is good at it, too! With the cutest handmade signs and every type of chip and jello shot known to Western civilization, it was time to party! And party we did!

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Snow Day 2011

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday was such fun. With the snow piling up, Atlanta shut down. The neighbors took to the park to sled and just play in the snow. And since all that sledding and snowball fighting works up an appetite, I suggested a pot luck supper at our house around 5pm.

Eric sleds down the hill.....whee!!!

Come have fun with us!

Celebrating With Richard

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

I hope your holiday party calendar is full this season. Mine certainly is. Party, Party, Party! Last week Eric and I went to a party here. Truly giggle inducing. It’s not everyday you get invited to a $10 million dollar house just to party. It is an evening we will not forget.

Another party I will hold dear in my Christmas memories this year is Richard’s Christmas party last Friday night. It was so much fun! Yummy appetizers, delightful beverages and some of the coolest people. It was a swell time.

The perfect time for my red hat!

We exchanged stories, sang and filled up on tasty fare that my sweet friend Richard slaved over all day long.  Marvelous bruschetta, mini quiches and all sorts of treats.  There were friends I already knew (Patricia, Jay, Barry and Kathy), along with brand new friends, Ricardo, Michael, Jamie, Kris, Sonny, Alexis and Bria – all super fabulous.

Sharing a hug with Kathy and Barry.

Not only is Richard an insanely talented photographer and stylist, but an incredible host as well.  We had so much fun and were so tickled to be invited.

And aren’t friends the best gift of all? Priceless.

A very happy and stylish group of friends!

xoxo, Patti

Today, blogging to Dionne Warwick and Friends – That’s What Friends Are For

Dining With Gratitude

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Happy Monday to you all. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. On Saturday night we gave a dinner to thank some very special folks for being so good to us. Joining us were Spencer, Allison, LaToyin and Neil of Black Tie Barbecue, Laura Scholz, her husband, Tim and our new friends Teresa & Nicholas.


Grilled Shrimp w/cocktail sauce

Chips w/cheese dip

Grilled Ribeyes wrapped in bacon

Twice-baked stuffed Potatoes

Salad w/raisins, almonds and red onion

Garlic Bread

Pound Cake soaked in Lemoncello

Apple Pie

Sesame and Chocolate Cookies

Vanilla Ice Cream

Malbec, Chardonnay, Cava


But first, you have to start with a pretty table. I dressed the table in all metalics to give it sparkle. Gold runners, candlesticks and napkins rings paired with silver chargers.

Before guests arrive. I ended up moving the candelabra because it was in the way of the a/c and blowing madly everywhere.

Candles lit and ready for guests

You’re Invited! Come On In.

Eric Makes Paella

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

This past Saturday, my angel of a husband tackled making paella for 7 of us. Armed with a recipe given to us by our dear Chioke (who coaxed it out of a chef in Barcelona!), Eric took to the kitchen like a man on a mission. And it was a mission – feed 7 hungry friends.

First up, get the oil in the pan hot:

Caution - Super Hot Oil!

For A Mini Vacay In Barcelona, Come On In

And Now…Deep Thoughts With Patti

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

It might seem mundane to list what one is thankful for the day before Thanksgiving, but I see it as an optimistic turn to let those who are so special to me know how I feel.

And now – my grateful list.

First up, of course, is Eric. This man is eternally patient with my infinite hair-brained schemes and ideas and loves me dearly in spite of them. He is kind, hilariously witty, smart as a whip and keeps me warm at night. I could go on, but there are some things I like to keep to myself.
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