Introducing the Tiny Book of Mason Jar Recipes!

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I am thrilled to show you the latest installment in our Small Pleasures book series. The Tiny Book of Mason Jar Recipes is perfect for your bookshelf or coffee table and is a darling look at the beloved Mason jar. I got to chat with the book’s editor, Cindy Smith Cooper, and I’m delighted to share our conversation so you …

American Girl by Williams-Sonoma Giveaway

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When my granddaughter was born, I immediately started collecting American Girl dolls for her. The first was Felicity, a doll that was being retired. Felicity’s story is based in Williamsburg and the her books teach a lot of American history. Then others followed! I adore American Girl as a company and brand. American Girl dolls are household items for families …

Unique Centerpieces - Ribbon in my Journal

Unique Centerpieces

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It can be a challenge to keep your décor fresh and exciting. I can easily find myself falling into a rut with decorating, especially when it comes to decorating a tablescape. One way I have found to challenge myself and keep my skills sharp is to repurpose unconventional items as unique centerpieces for my table.  Cream pitchers and sugar bowls …

Holiday Etiquette Guide - The Ribbon in My Journal

Your Holiday Etiquette Guide Continues

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When I posted a series of etiquette tips for being the perfect guest last month, I was so impressed to see your responses. We all know that good manners are essential at any time of year. The busy holiday season—with all of its parties and occasions for entertaining—means we have more reason than usual to be on our best behavior. …

TeaTime Holidays cookie recipe

Celebrate the Holidays with Inspiration from TeaTime

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Guest post from Lorna Reeves, editor of TeaTime Magazine As the end of October draws near and the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start planning a wonderful celebration or two. And what better way to make merry than with a tea party? The holiday season is a perfect time to host an afternoon-tea event, and the collection of beautiful …

Savory Side of Fall Recipes

Enjoying the Savory Side of Fall Recipes

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So often thoughts of fall put us in the mood for something sweet. The general buzz around the Pumpkin Spice Latte seems proof enough of that. There’s just something about the flavors of pumpkin, sweet potato, pear, and apple that sound not only delicious but also comforting. I have loved sharing some of my favorite baked sweets from our fall …

Picture of kitchen bridal shower from Celebrate Magazine

Tips for Easy and Elegant Summer Entertaining

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I had the pleasure of hosting a bridesmaids’ luncheon a few weeks ago. There were two friends that served as hostesses with me. We had such a magnificent time planning and thinking about food and settings for a summer event. We decided on blue and white china with white linens. White looks so crisp and cool in summer months, and …

Make individual arrangements in oranges video

How To Use Oranges to Make Individual Floral Arrangements

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I love to have individual bouquets at my guests’ places when they are seated, especially when it doubles as the place card holder as well. The little bouquet is perfect to take home as a party favor and can be enjoyed for several days. You will need: 1 orange, completely scraped clean inside 4 small green leaves 1 bunch of …

Fourth of July table setting

Simple and Stylish Décor Ideas for the Fourth of July

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Fireworks bursting, American flags flying, good old-fashioned cookouts—there is so much to love about the Fourth of July. When it comes to decorating for the holiday, I love to draw on my love for blue and white and use bright red blooms and accents as celebratory complements. Over the years, we’ve had a variety of opportunities to experiment with red, …