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THIS YEAR’S WILD FISHY FEAST WAS ONE for THE BOOKS!

THIS YEAR’S WILD FISHY FEAST WAS ONE for THE BOOKS!

If you know me, you know how much I LOVE our end of the season Fishy Feast! It really is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer  and say hello to fall and all of the festivities that come with it. Every year, my husband Michael goes on a summer fishing trip off the...

3 FUN and FRUITY DRINKS to WHIP UP for MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

3 FUN and FRUITY DRINKS to WHIP UP for MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

I'm officially in summer mode! It's almost June and that means Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. You know how much I love a good cocktail when I'm grilling! Since I spend a lot of my time out in the Hamptons during the summer, I love making the most out of the local...

AROUND the WORLD, THE REAL PARTY is ALWAYS in the KITCHEN!

AROUND the WORLD, THE REAL PARTY is ALWAYS in the KITCHEN!

 Secrets of my top 8 favorite kitchens I know. It’s my fault.  I'm such a foodie.  I take the blame.  When I invite my friends over to eat, dine, and celebrate, you know the party always ends up in the kitchen! After traveling the world, eating my way through its food...

COME TO THE FIESTA WITH ME!

COME TO THE FIESTA WITH ME!

A Theme to Fall For! Most everyone loves a great party, especially me! My recent trip to Merida, Mexico inspired me to create a fantastic Fall Fiesta for my friends at our Hamptons home, last weekend. It was such a brilliant evening that I wanted to share it with you...

3 Videos for a Stressless Summer Party Season

3 Videos for a Stressless Summer Party Season

We’re officially into the Summer Party Season! The chilly weather is almost gone and I'm hankering for grilled food and summer cocktails while watching the sunset. I must admit, however, that it can be overwhelming to be a host or hostess. Luckily, I have some tips to...

AN END OF SUMMER FISH FEAST

AN END OF SUMMER FISH FEAST

These days it’s important that we all disconnect from time to time and enjoy some self-care. One of the best ways that I know how to unplug is by enjoying some R&R at Hippocrates Health Institute, which you'll recall from my previous post. So, this summer, as I...

50 SHADES OF PINK

50 SHADES OF PINK

I recently attended a theme party in St. Tropez like no other I’ve experienced. You know how I love parties with themes! This one was a double birthday bash for a fabulous lady and her son! She turned 50 and he turned 18! Thus… #18and50shadesofpink...

BEST EVER MEXICAN CASSEROLE!

BEST EVER MEXICAN CASSEROLE!

I’ve been thinking about my mom lately, because I’m working on a new cookbook and she is featured prominently in it. You all know by now that she loved to entertain and she kept a diary of all of her dinner parties. One of the dishes she made the most is called Torta...

CURE FOR COUTURE: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

CURE FOR COUTURE: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!! Drum roll please! My 90 day shopping detox is coming to an end. Yep, can you even believe that it has been three months? Did I survive? Well, I lived to write another blog post, so I guess you know the answer to that. But what about my soul? My...

CURE FOR COUTURE PART 2

CURE FOR COUTURE PART 2

So I’m sure you’re curious… have I cheated??? Have I visited my boyfriends, Louis, Christian, Oscar and Roberto and let them lure me into shopping heaven? It’s been 22 days of my shopping detox… Cure for Couture. I am proud to say that I have not relented! It feels...

CURE FOR COUTURE

CURE FOR COUTURE

I have a confession to make. I have a secret that I have been hiding. I can't go on living this lie anymore. I feel I really must tell you the truth. As they say, "new year, new you."  I have an addiction. If you guessed chocolate you would be sort of correct. If you...

RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN THE RIGHT WAY

RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN THE RIGHT WAY

As I savor the last few days of 2015, I have so much to be grateful for, and I'm sure that you do as well. As a yearly ritual, I make a list of all my gratefuls for the past year.  It feels so good to acknowledge those around me and to even acknowledge myself. To...

A CHEEKY KNEES UP! (A FABULOUS PARTY)

A CHEEKY KNEES UP! (A FABULOUS PARTY)

It's almost midway through August and I can barely believe it! This summer has been filled with so many wonderful events and it feels like it will never end! But, the fun isn't over just yet. If you recall, last year I went to the most opulent, delicious, and...

THE PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT! FEATURING COUNTESS LUANN

THE PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT! FEATURING COUNTESS LUANN

Summer is in full swing, and that means summer parties! Cookouts, cocktail hours, pool parties, and outdoor dinner invitations seem to be cropping up by the dozen. If you are planning one of these summer bashes, you've probably had a schedule in mind for weeks in...

ETIQUETTE WITH COUNTESS LUANN!

ETIQUETTE WITH COUNTESS LUANN!

This week, I'm doing something a little different. As you can see in the photo above I'm not in my usual domain, the kitchen! On top of being a chef, I'm also a great hostess (which I got from my momma, of course!) and I've been getting a lot of questions about party...

MY ITALIAN ABBODANZA DINNER PARTY!

MY ITALIAN ABBODANZA DINNER PARTY!

You all know how much I love to entertain, but sometimes setting the table can be daunting, even to me. Themes  are an easy way to organize a table setting, but some themes are easier than others! I wanted to have an Italian-themed party this time around. It’s so...

MY JANUARY WHITE PARTY

MY JANUARY WHITE PARTY

I live to entertain – especially during the holidays. That's why I felt so odd not entertaining guests this year! I knew I had to do something special in January to make up for it. Plus, who couldn’t use a party to get them through the dead of winter? What better way...

ITALIAN COOKING PARTY SNEAK PEAK

ITALIAN COOKING PARTY SNEAK PEAK

Imagine you've been invited to a very special evening. Upon arrival, you walk into a beautiful space with terrace views overlooking a Central Park sunset. You're greeted with a festive cocktail and invited to enjoy hors d'ourves while catching up with five of your...

FALL PARTIES AT FLIRTING WITH FLAVORS

FALL PARTIES AT FLIRTING WITH FLAVORS

Do you wish you could entertain at home but simply don't have the space? Rather have someone else do the cooking for you? Fall is the perfect time to get together in NYC, but dining out at restaurants can be impersonal, frenzied, and loud. There's nothing worse than...

SUMMER WEDDING DIARIES: KAILY & ADAM PART 2

SUMMER WEDDING DIARIES: KAILY & ADAM PART 2

  The Main Event Are you ready to be blown away? This is part two of my blog on the extraordinary wedding of Kaily and Adam Westbrook--- if you missed out on part 1, here it is! After experiencing the spectacle that was the wedding pre-party, I didn't think it...

SUMMER WEDDING DIARIES: KAILY & ADAM Part 1

SUMMER WEDDING DIARIES: KAILY & ADAM Part 1

A Summer Wedding to Remember There must be something in the air; this Summer I've been to some of the most enchanting weddings I've ever been to in my LIFE! If you've been reading my blog, you already know about the beautiful wedding I recently attended in Paris, and...

WHITE PARTY TABLE SETTING (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

WHITE PARTY TABLE SETTING (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

Every year, my good friend Nurit Kahane plans a white-themed party in celebration of both Memorial Day and Shabbat. Among friends, Nurit is known for her impeccable style with entertaining. When it comes to setting a table, Nurit is my guru. Her floral centerpieces...

5 SECRETS TO PLANNING A STRESS FREE PARTY

5 SECRETS TO PLANNING A STRESS FREE PARTY

Last night, I hosted a cocktail party for 40 people at my home.  For someone with my catering and event experience, pulling it off was second nature. Through years of practice, planning a party has become an instinctual process. Because of this, I tend to forget why...

HOW TO SET A BEAUTIFUL TABLESCAPE (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

HOW TO SET A BEAUTIFUL TABLESCAPE (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

Believe it or not, setting a table is the first thing I do when I'm getting ready for a dinner party. It sets the mood and gets me ready to entertain. Does setting a tablescape confuse or intimidate you? Don't worry, the word "tablescape" may sound daunting, but it's...

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