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karen’s notebook

choosing your wedding theme: my top do’s and don’ts

First off, when it comes to your wedding, I would suggest you think more about “mood” than “theme.” After all, your wedding celebration already has its most important theme…YOU! But here are some of my favorite tips to help you personalize your big day with unique and special details that will harmonize to create a ...

let's talk parties–a fun new podcast!

I recently spent almost an hour talking with two of my favorite restaurateurs--Francis Schott and Marc Pascale of Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi restaurants. They host the most fabulous podcast on food, cocktails, and the good life. It's called Restaurant Guys Radio. Check out our conversation about celebrating with family and friends! Click here to listen ...

the art of the art party

about the video: LXTV’s George Olofant called me in to help with this “Rescue” segment.  My mission:  in just a few short hours, transform a COMPLETELY EMPTY house into a fabulous party space, complete with furnishings, an illuminated bar, a sumptuous buffet of finger foods, and, yes, even a giant lamp shaped ...

halloween fun!

For Martha Stewart's Morning Living Radio, I came up with some fun recipes for your Halloween party. One you can do with the kids, and the other is one the adults will love! Chocolate Covered Appo-lanterns Ingredients: 6 apples (Gala, McIntosh, or your faves) 1 bag Hershey's dark chocolate chips 1 cup Wilton orange candy melts You'll also need: A cookie sheet ...

great gift for the host–vintage wine stoppers!

I was at the International Gift Show here in New York last week and came across these fabulous wine stoppers made from vintage doorknobs and finials. I am ordering a bunch of them as gifts for my wine-loving friends. They make a perfect hostess gift for a dinner party, a quick birthday gift with a good ...

pack up the fun for a perfect picnic

These recipes are from my book, SIMPLE STUNNING PARTIES AT HOME. Radicchio and Carrot Slaw: This wonderful slaw is a great twist on classic coleslaw. If you like your slaw crunchier, make it just before the party. 2 heads radicchio, cut in half, then sliced thinly 2/3 cup mayo 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon dried fennel seed 3/4 cup roughly grated ...

I'm so excited to be a part of the David's Bridal Style Council!

If you haven't visited the David's Bridal site lately, check out the link below to the Style Council, where I, along with some other fabulous colleagues, share tips, trends and tricks for how to make the most of your wedding style. Check out my latest blog on how to recycle your own unique wedding details and ...

eco-stunning entertaining!

Today I'm appearing on Connecticut's WTNH Channel 8 with the ever-charming Matt Scott, and we're talking about eco-friendly parties. Here are five really easy tips for adding a bit of eco-style to your next gathering. 1. Shop your 100 miles. In other words, go local. Of course that means using seasonal local foods, but "local" also applies ...

throw a great spring garden party

Hey Everyone! I'm taking you behind the scenes as I talk about hosting a great spring garden party. Check out some of my favorite tips, as well as delicious recipes using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry and Ocean Spray. 1. Take the party outside. Set up chairs and tables on the lawn or terrace, or if the weather's ...

girlfriends garden get-together!

Lilacs and sweets and drinks, oh my! Check out my article in FIRST Magazine for tips on how to host the perfect Best Friends Brunch using lilacs- their fragrance and lush petals are spring personified. A little spruce of lilac around a candle holder or napkin, or as a centerpiece can spice up any table top. Remember, it's the simple details ...