"sisters" musical number from White Christmas the movie.

Guess Which Christmas Movie This Photo is From!

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I am often asked what my favorite Christmas movie is, and I have one response that always rings true: White Christmas! White Christmas is the most wonderful movie, full of dreams, conflict, and the resolution of a beautiful Christmas. But the real moment of truth is the musical number “Sisters”! Oh my, those wonderful dresses and feather fans just make …

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Five Memorable Christmas Gifts to Give

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It’s no announcement that I absolutely love finding the right gift for someone. It’s part of what makes Christmas so special! There are those moments when a gift idea comes to us with ease, and we happily make our purchase knowing that it’s “just the thing!” However, there are those years that we are simply stumped. Indecisiveness and an excess …

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Are You Steeping Your Tea the Right Way?

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Holiday tea parties are nothing short of magical! Tea parties are near and dear to me because they feel like such an elegant occasion, but they are fairly simple to prepare. The china, place settings, and sweet and savory finger foods are all key elements, but a tea party is only as good as the quality of tea served! And …

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Happy Thanksgiving From Me to You

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We have all anticipated this day for an entire year. It is the official beginning of the oh-so-magical holiday season! Thanksgiving is a time of reflecting on our blessings and being grateful for what we have been given. However, the truth is that we should do this every day. It is easy to race through life without pondering what a …

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We Have a Winner!

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I am excited to finally announce the winner of the Santa Doll and The Magic of Old Saint Nick: The Adventure Begins book by Vietri founder Susan Gravely! Congratulations to Gayle Cooper! I truly hope that this gift brings you and your loved ones joy this Christmas season. This book is not only wonderful for reading to children but also …

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Two Chocolate Desserts That Kids and Adults Will Love

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When planning a holiday menu at my house, it is important that I have plenty of kid-friendly dishes. Especially in the dessert area. And what child doesn’t just love chocolate? Actually, what adult doesn’t love chocolate? Simply put, chocolate is a crowd-pleaser. Time and time again I’ve seen rows of nut-studded pies, spiced cakes or cookies, and cheesecakes galore. But …

The New Vietri Pattern + A Giveaway Grandmothers Will Love

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I had the privilege of speaking at Bromberg’s store last week for a Vietri holiday event. As the women and men came in and took their places, I asked the question, “How many of you collect china or dishes?” Every hand went up in the room. Now, why should I be surprised? You know I love beautiful tableware and have …