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

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Easter Envy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I am still dreaming of Easter entertaining. We will have a small group of friends over for dinner (when I told Eric we were hosting 20pp, he was a bit surprised. My answer? “It is small compared to 175 for the Christmas Party!”) God bless my husband for putting up with my antics.

Anyhoo, I am still poring over ideas for our special spring soiree. Take a look and see what I’ve found.

Hop to it, Bunnies!

St. Patti’s Day! What Are We Imbibing?

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

You are all now familiar with my friend Esther in NYC. Esther just sent me a fun recipe for tonight. It covers all the requirements: 1. Easy to make. 2. Easy to drink. 3. It’s green.

What’s new Esther??
What is Esther mixing up?

Byron and Michelle’s Engagement Party

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Love love love is in the air. Jay and Valerie will be tripping up the altar in September, but beating them to the vows will be Byron and Michelle in April. Our delightful friends Stephanie & Reeves threw the most lovely party for our betrothed friends last weekend in their comfy, cozy home in our neighborhood. They even keep chickens – remember the eggs from the morning after Valentine’s Day? Their home is filled with cuddly furniture and whimsical treats – like the painting of Rod Stewart dressed as a Storm Trooper, or the wig on the horse mask which would become the center of the party later in the evening.

The sweet guests of honor

Stephanie went all out – there were boodles of shrimp, tons of brownies, yummy spinach dip and tasty bruschetta. Delicious!

Stephanie knows what she is doing!

Perfect strawberries for dipping.

The weather was terrific, too, so we were able to enjoy part of the evening on the deck, viewing the chickens and checking out their fab view of the Atlanta skyline.

But inside was where most of the fun took place. Take a peek.
See what happens next!

Super Bowl, Super Snacks, Super Friends

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Ok, I’m all refreshed after taking the day after Super Bowl to tidy up and plan what I am going to do with the leftovers. I thought you might enjoy seeing how we celebrated.
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Party at the Big House

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Before the new year we went to the annual holiday party given by Calvin and Steve at their fabulous loft. It is always a wonderful time and we always meet the most fun people. This year’s guests included a designer for Kate Spade from New York and a former news anchor. Fun!

The Big House's Big Tree

This past year the loft played host to the cast of The Vampire Diaries, where they filmed for a few weeks.
Come on in for more Big House Fun

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

Fun Find Friday-Christmas at Callanwolde

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Whew, this week has been a whirlwind of parties – and we have not even started the weekend. Last night found Eric and me at a palatial mansion in Buckhead where every real estate fantasy was brought to life and Tuesday night I was lucky enough to be Kerry Howard’s date for the Callanwolde Christmas preview party. Incredible.

My dear friend Kerry was chosen to design the dining room and oh, what an amazing job he did! No detail was overlooked. The room was bathed in lush blue and champagne colors, accented by a gorgeous large print by Artaissance and framed by our friends at Larson-Juhl. Two huge trees flank the end of dining room (one of which fell over during the night and Kerry had to redecorate all over again, with unflappable grace, I might add). The fabulous furnishings were supplied by The Foundry (formerly World of Rugs and also our party hosts from last night’s shindig), with lots of Kerry details and beautiful orchids. It is the house show stopper and the first room you notice when you enter the mansion.

The preview party was all about fun. And boy, did we have fun. The food was incredible (catered by Affairs to Remember), lots of lovely libations, a live band and dancing, an organist playing Christmas tunes and just the most lovely setting imaginable.

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Reliving The Magic

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Last night was a dinner for 12 sponsored by POM Wonderful but given by me at our house. With a bundle of courses.

This morning I am staring at a kitchen full of dirty dishes.

Thus, my very belated Halloween post. And since a picture says a thousand words, here are several thousand words for you.

My costume was the Tooth Fairy, with my precious husband crafting my fleece tooth crown all himself. He is incredible. He went as a Juggalo. Google it for fun.

Our party hosts were the always charming Steve and Carrie Burns at their killer loft in Castleberry, overlooking the Georgia Dome. I especially loved the cockroach cupcakes. Brilliant.

Eric is the best at everything. Loved my softie crown.

Check out all the spooky fun!

Gays & Girls Dessert Dance Party 2010

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Oh how I love my friends – the diversity among us is riveting and our differences make for the very best get togethers. After all, if we were all the same, it would be dull as dirt, yes?

And this weekend was Pride. What better excuse for a fabulous party than Pride? None, that’s what. So I got together all my favorites and threw a dessert dance party on Thursday as a mini kickoff to the Pride activities. A wonderful time was had by all.

I fashioned this sign out of 2 Happy Birthday Banners. The last "E" is a "B" cut up.

This was also the party I swore I could do for $100. How did I do?

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July 4th Weekend-Part Two

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

On day one, after spending the afternoon on the Crush Pad with Doug, Sharon and Chef Dairen, we drove home to Atlanta where Eric had made dinner reservations at Abbatoir. It was a splendid affair, although no pictures. A couple needs to have some private time, after all.

But on Sunday, we made our favorite baked potato salad and headed over to Jay and Valerie’s house for their fabulous fried chicken, and Curtis’ world famous pulled pork and lots of other goodies. And of course, I brought my camera!

She's A Grand Old Flag, She's A High Flying Flag....

Join Me Inside For Some Tasty Treats!