So far in my 30’s I have hosted maybe 4-5 dinner parties. Dinner are one of my favorite things to host, gathering my friends around the table. Now that is something I have grown up with…table…food…friends,family and stories. Also something that Italians love…Food, wine, and family (friends are considered family). Growing up my parents would always throw dinner parties for their friends putting out their best china or sometime causal. I remember when I was a kid I wanted to throw parties just like my parents. Now that I am older I have taken their tradition of dinner parties and adding my own funky twist to it.
The last dinner party that I hosted was about a month ago, gathered my closest friends and of course we made pizza, with wine and a bunch of laughter. This is how I decided to set the table.
Table cloth- custom made with Gaston Y Daniela fabric * napkins- Madeline Weinrib @ San Francisco Design Center * Plate- Dandelion ( San Francisco location closed) * Charger- Pier One * Glasses- Waterford wine and water * Fork/Spoon/Knife- Grandmothers collection
Now that the weather is starting to get nicer, people actually want to be outdoors, days are longer, sunny days with some hot summer nights(if you live outside of the city) I thought what better way to blog about how to dress your table and yourself for a dinner party. See some of my favorite photos of dressing your table ( all images are from pinterest)
garden fresh ( my favorite flower)
what you can do with a wine glass
Most of the time you learn how to set a dinner table properly by your grandmother or your parents, but this day and age we tend to forget the traditions. Seems like everyone is in a hurry to go somewhere . In case someone has not taught you how to set a table don’t worry pinterest is here to save the day.
Now what would a hostess proper attire would be. I think dressing up yourself is a lot more rewarding than dressing your table. Don’t get me wrong both are fun, but showing off your outfit is a lot more fun. One of my favorite dress that I wore to a wedding but heck why not wear it to my elegant, sophisticated dinner party.
Now if that is too formal here are some fashion dinner party attire taken from
My Style..California Style
Half Moon Bay, California
Summer is around the corner, and summer is my favorite season of all. Longer days, BBQ with friends, warm beach days in the California sun. I normally blog how fashion meets interiors, but this time around I decided to just blog about Interior Design. I decided to turn your bed room into a beach room getaway on a budget, that’s right on a budget…under $5000.00.
Created by Julia Cavallaro Designs
How to achieve this beach look under $5000.00
*Artwork-Allposters $299.99 for framed 50″ x 38″ *Nightstand- Ashley Furniture – $ 158.95 (2) *Lamps-Wayfair $118.99 (2) *Bench- Sears– $328.31 *Bed- Wayfair – $592.00 * Bedding- Nordstrom- $179.00 * Paint- Benjamin Moore- Florida Keys Blue 2050-40, Clearest Ocean Blue 2064-40, Costa Rica Blue 2064-50 (at your local paint store that carries Benjamin Moore) *Mirror-Bed Bath and Beyond – 18″ x 24″ – $39.00 * Rug- Living Spaces – 8′ x 10′ – $395.00 * Candles- Bed Bath and Beyond – $ 10.00 (2) * Pillows – Bed Bath and Beyond – $ 25.00 each ( 4) * Duvet Cover- Macy’s– $100.00 * Chest of drawers- Pier 1– $550.00 * Vases- Amazon– $ 24.99* Grand total $3244.17.
However you design your budget bedroom, just remember just ride the wave and listen to the waves crashing.
Since February is considered the month of love. I associate love with the color red.
There are many more meanings of the color red than just love. Some cultures believe that the color red is a sign of good luck, bring good fortune to you. Others believe that the color red symbolizes joy, life, energy and creativity. There are also ways on how a color makes us fill physically such as it increases enthusiasm, stimulates energy, increase blood pressure, encourages action and also confidence. It can also provide a sense of protection from fears and anxiety. All About The Color RED .
“Red has guts …. deep, strong, dramatic. A geranium red. A Goya red … to be used like gold for furnishing a house … for clothes, it is strong, like black or white.” – Valentino
Gone with the Wind
Beyonce Grammys 2017
Golden Globes 2017
Carrie Underwood Grammys 2017
” I always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk”- Dorothy Draper
Dinner Party AF300
Benjamin Moore – Dinner Party, Caliente and Moroccan Red
All images are from google.com
Just like Scarlet O’Hara, you can never have too much red in your life.
When you think of lace you think of 3 things…1. a wedding dress 2. shabby chic from the early 90’s and 3. little old Italian ladies crochet lace.
Number 3 sticks out in my mind the most, I remember as a little girl my Italian grandmothers would have these amazing handmade lace table cloths, bed covers and even coffee table settings all in lace. It was an art to make these types of pieces. Once used in 16th century lace became popular in fashion and home decor. Lace was also used by clergy of the early Catholic Church as part of vestments in religious ceremonies. Fast forward to 2016, we are still using lace in fashion and interior design. ( images are from google and pinterest)
Oscar De La Renta
Lace can be used in so many ways. It gives your space and your fashion a bit of sassy!