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Ten Tips to Being a Spectacular Holiday Hostess!

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Thinking of hosting a special event over the holidays? Here are some tips to help you focus on what’s important. What type of event are you thinking of? Whether you are inviting guests to your home for a quiet evening or a big holiday party, clearly define your vision. Cozy dinner and drinks, large holiday…

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Shop Local This Christmas

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Years ago I owned a gourmet coffee shop in Sewickley called Cappuccino City. It competed directly with a national chain only a block away (we were there first) and I tell you, it was tough. We lasted seven years and in the end, sold our business successfully. Since then, I have always had a soft spot…

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Follow the North Star

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Take a whole group of dedicated people and raise money for a good cause. That is what happened last Thursday evening when supporters of Equality Winston Salem and the North Star LGBT Community Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina gathered for “In Good Company,” an evening of fun and serious dedication. Two hundred and fifty guests attended…

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Countdown to Christmas! Part One: Shopping

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It’s hard to believe but Christmas is only 45 days away. Have you started your shopping yet? With just a bit of pre- planning, Christmas can be a wonderful season of joy and love. In years past, I’ve had the experience of working retail at the holiday. I’ve made observations of shoppers at each stage of the game and it’s…

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The BEST Halloween Ideas!

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I’ve scanned Pinterest to find you the best and some of the eeriest Halloween decorating and food ideas! Here are my favorite picks for your home or get together!   Create some spook-tacular pumpkins with these creative ideas from The Plaid Palette. I’ve seen many different pumpkin carvings over the years but this is different…

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Spotlight On: Greek Wedding Shop

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Ever been to a Greek wedding? If you have, you may have noticed the beautiful crowns the priest placed atop the bride and groom’s heads. The crowns are called Stefana and are usually joined by a white ribbon. The significance of the crowns is this: The wedding crowns, or Stefana, symbolize the glory and honor that is being…

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Jessica and Jason’s Rustic Wedding

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It was a day meant for love. I headed up north, to Camp Lutherlyn with my assistant Leah, ready to GO for Jessica and Jason’s wedding! Jessica contacted me months ago, after her brother and his fiance had arranged for me to be the “day of” coordinator for their wedding in November (looking forward to that!). Jessica impressed me…

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Hanging Out at Harvest House

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I am always on the look out for creative ideas and my favorite place to find them is cuttings flower and garden, located in beautiful Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I visited the store recently for “Harvest House” and owner Jim Price has his 1860’s house all decked out in the coolest fall and Halloween garb you can imagine! The…

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Think About Your Guests

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Aunt Claire and Uncle Jim are coming from New York. Cousins Sue and Nick are arriving from North Carolina. Your old college friend Maddie can’t wait to get here. It’s your daughter’s wedding. Guests are arriving from all over the country to celebrate the big day. You’ve booked the Hyatt, made Pittsburgh gift baskets for…

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Cat + Josh

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The first time I drove up the driveway to Cat’s home, I think I was a bit star struck. It was a beautiful house, on top of a hill, with a gorgeous yard and in ground pool. Cat’s mom, Susan, showed me around. She and Cat had already envisioned where the tents, tables and chairs…

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