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Always be prepared for the unexpected guest. Whether it is a friend stopping by after work or neighbors gathering on the front porch for an impromptu drink, here are a few tips so you are always party ready.

Whether you are entertaining overnight guests or friends just dropping by, the powder room is the one area all will ask to visit. Have you taken inventory of this part of your home lately? Make your bathroom boutique beautiful by implementing our top points below. 

May can be a crazy month with the chaos of end of school activities, home projects, and travel plans. But we need to hit pause for one day to celebrate the special mom in our life. With hearts of gold and putting others before themselves, we have gathered a list of ideas to help you honor the special lady in your life.

A few years back my husband and I attended a play that was an adaptation of the classical movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which originally starred Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy. It was a beautifully written, and quite comical, story based on the difficulties families faced in the 1960s with inter-racial marriage. The scene that stood out the most to me was when the son was trying to bring both families together for dinner. In the last line of the last act, he turns to his father and says, “Dad, we need you at the table.” With that, the father joined the others, and the audience was left with the understanding that healing had begun.

Giving a party requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost anywhere from $15-$100. What you spend will be determined by your relationship and the type of event. Is it a formal dinner? A backyard BBQ? Also, when possible, know the likes and dislikes of your hostess. If she is allergic to flowers, you probably will not arrive with a bouquet in hand.

1. Choose the table. Will you use a round that seats four or a rectangle that seats twelve? This decision will determine your centerpiece.

Warmer weather will be arriving soon, and I am seeing more of our four-legged members making an appearance in the dog parks and on walking trails. With pets taking more prominent roles in our lives, I thought it would be good to brush up on basic dog etiquette and ownership responsibilities.

Meeting friends for dinner after work, grabbing coffee with your girlfriend or just ordering pizza on a Friday night with neighbors. We all have a deep desire to be connected in a world that often forgets the importance of relationships. Many of us have the desire to entertain, but we let our circumstances keep us from extending hospitality. Often it revolves around our lack of confidence in our ability to host events. I get this!

A toast may be offered in any setting and made to an individual or a group. Increase your confidence at your next social gathering by learning the ins and outs of this ancient tradition.

A perfect entertaining year for me would be hosting a different themed party each month! Will I do that? No. Will I dream about it? Yes! If I cannot have a party every 4 weeks, I can at least help my Lisa Lou family with ideas so hopefully a few of you can carry the torch of hospitality for the rest of us.

  • Writer's pictureLisa Lou

2020 Gift Guide

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

‘Tis the season! Patti Hatton and her daughter, Jessica, put together a list of gift ideas to help make your 2020 holiday buying a little easier. With less opportunities for window shopping, we hope this provides you with a few simple ideas. Always remember that gift giving is an art. Finding an item that speaks to the heart of the recipient can either meet a need or add beauty and interest to one’s life. Look for things that bless the essence of the recipient. This lets them know they were “noticed.” We would love to hear from you, too! Please share your ideas!

1. For anyone entertaining this season: A wine shipment you can't go wrong with is Orin Swift. Check out their Holiday Gift collections.

2. For the lavish entertainers among you: The Saint Louis Les Endiables collection will please your fancy friends.

3. For anyone who spent the last few months keeping busy by updating their home: Monogrammed bath sheets from Matouk or Weezie.

4. Know anyone who built a makeshift home gym during quarantine? Purchase a bin and fill with sweat towels, a nice multi-purpose cleaner, and resistance bands.

5. For anyone traveling over the weekend: A Dagne Dover weekender.

6. For the person you have trouble buying for, start a collection for them. This way you can just add to the collection: Buy a single stemware of crystal and add to their setting each year. A coffee table book featuring some of their favorite travel destinations or other hobbies is always thoughtful.

7. A gift for anyone and everyone: Santal Candle by Le Labo.

8. Any coffee lovers? The Ember Mug.

9. For the baker: The-all-in-one Measuring Cup.

10. For the trendy jewelry lover: Anything from LeMel is always a hit!

11. The great outdoor lovers will be thrilled with a solo stove outdoor firepit.

12. And Patti’s favorite gift: A new illustrated Bible (NIV translation). It is an easy way to learn more about the Bible through an illustrated, book by book, collection: The Alabaster Company Bible books.

Thank you, Patti and Jessica, for these great ideas!

Together with you,

Lisa Lou

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