going sweet on ottolenghi

  I have all of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks. We have shared so many night’s with Ottolenghi, albeit his food not Yotam himself. After having just finished watching Yotam on Master Chef for the past two nights, I realise that all this time I have been pronouncing his name incorrectly, Yoth…am instead it is Yot…am! Oh dear me!... Continue Reading →

mad about napkins or just mad

Some call them a serviette and some a napkin.  However Debrett's say napkins and never  a serviette.  They should be placed on either side of a plate or in the centre of the setting, where the plate will go.  They should be folded simply (and yet for me I sometimes prefer to leave them large... Continue Reading →

a sparkling new year…

We enjoyed a New Year's Eve party at our house for about 60 guests.  We made it a Cocktail Party which ran from 7pm-11pm so that they could party here and then happily see the New Year in at home.  I often hear people say that what they dislike most about a New Year's Eve... Continue Reading →

uproarious family christmas

"Never sacrifice these three things:  your family, your heart, or your dignity"  -DumpaDay.com The Bigger the Better| Each year our family Christmas Dinner grows.  This year we had 31 for a buffet dinner.  For me the bigger the merrier and that is just my side of the family.  I love it!  It is never a quiet occasion... Continue Reading →

wigs and afternoon tea

"Family | A Little Bit Crazy, Big Bit Loud & a Whole Lot of Love" On this occasion our afternoon tea was less about the food and decoration and more about getting together and simply having fun!  I was in the middle of chemotherapy so it was easy for me to pull the "I don't want to go... Continue Reading →

client brunch at home

Girls & Champagne always go Together|We hosted a staff and client brunch at our house!  Strangely enough, all women again!  The focus was on the dining table which was laid out with gorgeous delicate brunch style foods and the kitchen stone bench played host to the champagne (again I always seem to put girls and... Continue Reading →

baby shower | in the pink

"Just when you think you know love, something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is! Girls in Pink | Girls are just so easy when it comes to theming.  Pink, tulle and anything soft and pretty.  As a Mum of an "only boy" he has had to suffer over the... Continue Reading →

chanel inspired afternoon tea party

"Keep the ones that heard you when you never said a word".   -Divineinsidemymind.com A Chanel inspired High Tea was exactly what I wanted to celebrate my big "60" with 100 family and friends. I simply adore everything Chanel! Inviting Guests | I hand painted a Chanel inspired painting, which my clever sister, Michelle then photographed and turned... Continue Reading →

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