April 6, 2016
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What’s On My Table: New Year’s Day Brunch

I have a passion for collecting antique copper and love using it for a brunch buffet. The sun came streaming through the French doors, in my dining room, illuminating the copper with a radiant glow. The inherent warmth in copper was welcoming and inviting and made the food even more enticing. I mixed copper pieces […]


January 28, 2016
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What’s On My Table: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the one time of year I pull out all the sterling silver flatware, serving pieces and candlesticks, polish it up and use it. I love the rich luster of well used and well loved sterling silver. It catches the light and is especially striking when used with beautiful linens. Sterling silver requires elbow […]

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January 25, 2016
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How to Dress Your Tabletop

Once you’ve decided that you’re going to have a party, chosen the menu and guest list, it’s time to design the tabletop. The table design and setting is just as important as the food because it adds another element to the event and the overall experience. I always start with one thing as my main […]


Thursday Night

6:00 P.M.

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests.
  • Think about Menu and style of Thanksgiving. (Will you be doing most of the preparation on your own or is yours a group effort? Do you want to do most of the meal and ask people to bring a dessert or salad, or their favorite Thanksgiving dish?)
  • Buy all non-perishables including alcohol.
  • Decide logistics: Where to set up bar, buffet, etc. Do you need extra tables and chairs?

3 Weeks Before

2 Weeks Before

1 Week Before

  • Finalize menu and confirm guest list.
  • Set table: If you’re doing a formal sit-down dinner, it’s not too early to set the table. Traditional Thanksgiving involves a lot of last minute food preparation, so set the table now!

Sunday Before

  • Do all grocery shopping.
  • Wash all the vegetables and fruit.
  • Buy and arrange flowers. If your house isn’t too hot, flowers will keep if you replenish water, or wait until Monday to arrange flowers.

Monday Before

Tuesday Before

Wednesday Evening


December 3, 2015



Saturday Night

7:00 P.M.

4 Weeks Before

  • Invite guests
  • Think about Menu
  • Think about logistics, where to set-up bar, buffet
  • If you need extra help, contact them, check availability, put them “on hold”


3 Weeks Before


2 Weeks Before

  • Review menu
  • Organize all dishes and glasses and serving platters
  • Reconfirm extra help


1 Week Before

  • Confirm guest list: Will there be 26 or 16?
  • Finalize menu
  • Buy and store ice, and any additional beverages



  • Set-up table, dishes, glasses, silverware, serving platters, utensils and napkins



  • Do all grocery shopping except for ground lamb, shrimp and crab claws
  • Wash and store all vegetables



  • Chop all onions for all recipes
  • Roast garlic
  • Roast jalapenos
  • Buy flowers
  • Organize playlist













7:00 P.M.:

September 21, 2015


August 13, 2015
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What’s on My Table: Game Night

Sometimes the table design comes first and sometimes – the menu. The chicken / egg question. In this case, I started with the feeling I wanted to create: Fun, fun, fun! I knew I wanted bright colors and playful flowers, nothing too dressy or even sophisticated. I started out rummaging around in my butler’s pantry […]