Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

Your guide to party planning, hosting, and adding unique touches that turn gatherings into memorable occasions

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Entertaining on the Patio with Fairy Lights

Entertaining outdoors is always on the agenda in summer. By adding a few extra twinkly touches, you can create a lovely ambience and magic for a night to remember.

fairy light cloches

I am sharing 4 elements that I used for the centerpiece to create an inviting ambience for this table recently. And the best part? It is so easy to recreate the look.

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3 Questions Great Hosts Ask When Creating A Tablescape

Entertaining guests at home comprises multiple elements. From food and timing to venue and set-up, all these details need to come together to create the right ambience for your guests. Great hosts aim to have a warm and inviting atmosphere in order for their guests to have a pleasantly memorable time.

Tammy Damore Tablescape

Design great-looking tablescapes that lend an air of elegance and make any occasion feel special. Here are three questions to set you on the right path to creating beautiful tablescapes.

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Create Arrangements Like A Pro Using Artificial Flower Stems [VIDEO]

Flower stems are quite literally the foundation of any artificial flower arrangement, as they are the ones that hold up our beloved blooms. That being said, their role is not only limited to support — there are ways that you can decorate with floral stems to create a stunning display for your home.

Stems and artificial flower arrangement

The video above is an excellent start to knowing how best to prop up your faux florals, but there are also a variety of ways you can play around them in order to make even the barest of arrangements into an impressive statement. Here are a few:

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Appetizing Arrays of Africa, Asia, and Australia

Continuing our journey in learning about holiday traditions and discovering various Christmas offerings across countries, this time we travel to both the largest and smallest continents in the world. Home to diverse cultures and history, the continents of Africa, Asia, and Australia offer some of the planet’s best in both festivities and food.

Christmas Meals around the World with Balsam Hill

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Latin American Cuisine: Memorable Meals from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru

In the last installments of Balsam Hill’s Festive Christmas Feasts from Around the World series, you were introduced to many delectable dishes you can taste this Christmas.

Today we will be showcasing Christmas dinners in Latin America that will send your taste buds on an adventure of exotic flavors from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. Read This Entry

Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

6 tips for easy holiday entertaining

‘Tis the season for all things merry & bright… and if you are like me, you might have some holiday parties and entertaining on the calendar as well.

This time of year is so full of magic and wonder and beauty – and busy. So something I like to do to keep the to-do list under control when it comes to entertaining is to tackle a few things ahead of time, and use some of my secrets for easy holiday entertaining. Read This Entry

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ELEGANT CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPES THAT TURN SIMPLE BANQUETS INTO FEASTS

Every memorable Christmas feast begins with a wonderful tablescape. From the elegant place settings to the thoughtful seat arrangements, the amount of preparation shows how much the host appreciates the presence of friends and family during this special occasion.

A romantic Christmas table setting by Courtney of French Country Cottage

The art of setting a formal dinner table goes beyond putting together flatware and china; it’s about creating an atmosphere where guests can truly enjoy each other’s company during the holiday season. Be inspired by these Christmas table decoration ideas from Balsam Hill. Read This Entry