How to Make a Cheese Board Two Ways for the Holidays!

I never miss an opportunity to throw together a cheese board for a party! They’re fast and fun to make and they always please a crowd—and they’re a cost effective way to satisfy a lot of people at once, too. Plus the energy of communal enjoyment that they create is the perfect icebreaker for any gathering […]

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Two Insanely Delicious + Easy Holiday Side Dishes!

Tomorrow is the big day! Turkey and pie lovers everywhere are slipping into their stretchy pants and tucking their napkins into their shirts for the big feast! Every year, I have a debate with myself about whether to stick with my tried and true holiday side dishes or to mix it up with something new. […]

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Thanksgiving Table Inspiration with Elizabeth Messina and Sunday Suppers

Brace yourselves for a tw0-part (or even three-part!) post so chock full of Thanksgiving table inspiration and holiday entertaining ideas that you’re definitely going to want to grab a pen and take notes! Earlier this fall I joined forces with my wonderful friend Elizabeth Messina to host one of Sunday Suppers’ Sobremesa dinner parties for a handful of lovely […]

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Ultimate Gourmet Comfort Food: Coconut Cacao Black Beans Recipe

A couple months back, I teamed up with my friend Elizabeth Messina to host one of the inaugural meals in Sunday Suppers new global dinner series, Sobremesa. The concept behind the dinner series is simple: Sunday Suppers provides the menu and hosting how-to’s, and you do the rest! The photos Elizabeth shot of our event […]

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Tips for a Pretty + Simple Late Summer Cheese Board

I just spent two days camping with my dad and Ivan in the Sierras, and now we’ve arrived in Reno for a visit with my extended family. One thing we Sages take very seriously is the pre-dinner cocktail hour (formally referred to as “Drinkie-Bye Time”), so when we get together I always take advantage of the […]

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The Easiest DIY Flower Arrangements that Double As Party Favors!

In a one month period, I’m attending a baby shower, a wedding, a birthday party, and a just-because barbecue. There’s nothing like summer’s long days and steamy nights to inspire every manner of social get-together! So in honor of the weekend and the seemingly endless opportunities to throw a stylish shindig, I’ve got another one […]

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Make this Sparkling Summer Cocktail Recipe for the 4th of July!

I think we can officially say that summer is in full swing, yes? With the 4th of July coming midweek we don’t have any major celebrations on the agenda for tomorrow, but we are bracing ourselves for the year’s first heat wave which is expected to hit this weekend. We’ve got plans to hit the shore, […]

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Entertaining Inspiration: How to Set Up for a Party Like a Stylist

I’ve got another entertaining inspiration video for you guys! Last week I shared the first in a series that I filmed last spring, sharing my process for honing in on a theme for your gathering. Now, once you’ve got your idea and you’re ready to bring it to life, I’m sharing my tips on how […]

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Steal These Master Barista Tips for Making Lattes at Home

Whenever I go abroad, I always return having learned at least one new thing that I incorporate into my life at home. From the granola recipe my hostess taught me when I went to Switzerland as a teen, to the trick my favorite Italian B&B owner shared for grilling perfect eggplant, these little tidbits are […]

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Entertaining Inspiration: How to Plan a Theme Party

This is going to sound absolutely crazy, but this is one of the hardest blog posts I’ve ever written. Back in March, I spent a full day filming a series of entertaining inspiration videos. We shot segments on everything from how I come up with a comprehensive concept for a party, to how I implement […]

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Entertain Like an Italian with My Summer Entertaining Tips

For three years in a row, I’ve visited Italy. And for three years in a row, I’ve returned to the States full of a renewed energy for playing hostess. You see, the Italians just get it when it comes to entertaining. Unlike many Americans I know (myself included!), Italians place zero stress on their get-togethers. There’s […]

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How to Get the Perfect Pour Over Coffee Every Time

Without a doubt, my longest standing love affair is with coffee. I can actually remember my first sip ever! I was eight, and my dad had dragged me to a seminar at his work. Bored and feeling rebellious, I snuck a styrofoam cup of Folgers from an ancient percolator parked at the back of the […]

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