Posts Tagged ‘Entertaining’

Shopping Guide: Elegant Holiday Tabletops

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Holiday Tabletop

We are 3 weeks from Thanksgiving, people! And less than 8 weeks until Christmas – and that is hard to believe. I love planning for our family dinners and holiday parties, though. It really is my favorite time of year!

So I’m dreaming of new ways to set my table with sparkle and shine for the holidays, but with a chic and sophisticated look. I put together a little shopping list of my favorite things, perfect for welcoming family and friends for a fabulous celebration! I’ll bet you need one or two of these for your own table, right?!

Happy shopping!







  1. Emerald Hemstitched Tablecloth– Your tablecloth is the base of your tablescape. Be sure it’s fun, vibrant, and beautiful, like this lovely emerald green Sferra tablecloth with a hemstitched border.
  2. Matouk Rectangular Placemats– Never let your placemats go out of style! A set of 4 with a charcoal border from Matouk can be dressed up for a fabulous dinner party or used alone for a casual meal.
  3. Sliced Quartz Platter– Start your meal with fine cheeses served on this glamorous quartz platter with 24K gold edges!
  4. Cheese Knife Set, Gold– This set of handmade knives offers a comfortable grip, a variety of shapes for different cheeses, and a gleaming 24K gold finish.
  5. Sago Palm Bread Plate– Serve your fresh, warm bread in style this Thanksgiving with a beautiful gold sago palm bread plate, sure to wow your guests!
  6. Pulse Wine Glasses– Serve up your favorite wine in these chic, angular wine glasses from Orrefors.
  7. Gold Pave Sphere Place Card Holder– Every guest will have a personalized place setting at the Thanksgiving table this year with a fabulous gold pave sphere to set the tone for a glamorous evening!
  8. Marble Salt and Pepper Cellar– This pair of salt and pepper cellars will let you add a little oomph to your plate and your tabletop!
  9. Aleotto Napkin Rings– Edgy and chic, these crystal napkin rings are sure to add shimmer and shine to your holiday table.
  10. Palmyre Gravy Boat– Serve up your famous brown gravy in this elegant white gravy boat with gold trim!
  11. 12-Piece Palace Dinnerware Service– Marble and gold are trending and classic, so why not try them out in a style you can enjoy every year?
  12. Vera Wang Polished Gold Flatware– Simple, yet stunning, this polished gold flatware set will add sparkle to your tabletop!
  13. Grey Malachite Napkin– Beautiful white cotton and linen blend napkins with a gray malachite design will bring the stone trend to your holiday table!
  14. Pedestal Server with Dome– Set out your perfect holiday treat in a gorgeous acrylic server topped with an agate slice and crystal for the perfect after dinner treat!

Shopping Guide: Outdoor Entertaining with Style

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Outdoor Entertaining

Can you believe that the first day of autumn is only 64 days from today?! Wow! So we’ve got to get that outdoor entertaining in while we can. And I have some great ideas for how to make your next party an amazing al fresco event!

Whether you’re hosting a small dinner or a big family pool party, these colorful accessories and gifts will really make you the talk of the neighborhood!

Happy Summer!



  1. Double Glass Beverage Dispenser– Why just offer one signature drink when you can serve two? These stacking drink dispensers take up the space of one with the ability to serve multiple flavors.
  2. Ceramic Lantern & All-Weather Flameless Candle– Neither rain nor wind can blow out these flameless candles! Drop them into a beautiful ceramic lantern to add a pop of color to your pool party decor.
  3. Copper Hammered Beverage Tub– Bring your love for metal accents outdoors with this copper beverage tub! Fill it with ice and your favorite drinks to refresh your guests.
  4. Outdoor Printed Suzani Pillow– Breathe new life into your outdoor decor with a few pillows, like this beautiful floral medallion print in melon and navy!
  5. Tasmin Blue Chinoiserie Outdoor Wing Chair– I love creating rooms in my outdoor design! This chinoiserie wing chair is the perfect statement piece, just in time for a pool party!
  6. Swingasan Cushion– Do your kids like to hang outside? Let them hang, literally, in this fun swinging chair!
  7. Moscow Mule Copper Mug– Serve up some Moscow Mules, one of my favorite drinks, in the perfect copper mug! Simple and elegant, these mugs will elevate your cocktail hour.
  8. Himalayan Salt Plate & Holder Set– If you’re the chef for your pool party, this Himalayan salt plate is perfect for grilling to gently add flavor and to tenderize!
  9. Green Garden Stool– Garden stools are a great way to add color and extra seating to your design!
  10. Lilly Pulitzer Ceramic Coasters– Serve up your summer cocktails on these fun, colorful coasters from Lilly Pulitzer!
  11. Lilly Pulitzer Insulated Beverage Bucket– Casual party? Great! Add some ice and all of your drinks into this brightly patterned Lilly Pulitzer beverage bucket that can later be packed away easily for your next shindig!
  12. Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Melamine– I’m in love with this chic and durable dinnerware with a lovely blue and yellow pattern!
  13. Geometric Twist Indoor/Outdoor Rug– Bring the indoors outside with this fabulous geometric print rug!

The Perfect Outdoor Room

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When designing outdoor rooms – like patios, screened porches, lanais, and kitchens – most people don’t realize that the same design guidelines for indoor rooms should apply! You want to make your family and friends feel just as comfortable in a chic space outside as they are inside your home. So I’ve put together a few rules of thumb to remember.

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1. Offer a lot of great seating – both in the shade and in the sun. Just like in your home, your guests will need seating that fits the event. So be sure you have fab loungers for sitting in the sun, comfy seats for eating and talking, and of course some umbrellas to cover them when they’ve had enough sun.

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2. Height matters. If the chairs in your dining room weren’t the right height for the table, your guests wouldn’t be comfortable eating there, right? So you need to be sure any stools or seats outside are just the right height for the table or counter.

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3. Lighting is key. I like to have the right light on hand in any area of the home – and the same rule applies outside. You want to provide great light for tasks like preparing food, or to allow your guests to linger over drinks with you and other friends on warm summer nights.

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4. Make them relax. Having a lot of pillows on your seating lets guests get comfortable and enjoy themselves. They can pop these great outdoor pillows behind their backs or use them for propping up their arms. Either way, these pillows look great, and make your guests feel great!

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5. The natural look. If you had a dinner party indoors, you would definitely want to use fresh flowers on the table, right? So do the same outside! Cut some lovely stems from your own backyard, or use purchased flowers that complement the decor. Either way, a bouquet creates a welcoming look.

Use these ideas to create your own oasis outdoors – and start planning those summer parties!

Warmly yours,






Tobi TV: Why I Love Banquettes

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I know I talk about function all the time, but I really do believe that if your home doesn’t work for you, then no amount of design is going to help it! So this week I want to talk about one of my favorite functional pieces for the home – banquettes.


Banquettes are such a great seating option, whether it’s in a kitchen, a breakfast area, or the dining room. they add a lot of flexibility and style. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites and why they work:

See what I mean? You get a lot of work out of one small seat when you use a banquette! Let’s review:

1. Take advantage of a nook or curved window in your kitchen or breakfast room to recess your seating or connect it to the end of your bar or island. It will help you maximize your floor space.

2. Use leather, vinyl, or vinyl-coated linens or cottons to cover your banquette so it can be easily wiped clean after meals and spills.

3. Use the space below the banquette as additional storage for linens, serving platters – anything that needs a home in your kitchen. It’s especially handy for things you only need to access occasionally.

So what do you think – do you see a banquette in your future? I love them and if you include one in your home, I think you will, too! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about dining on a beautiful banquette.

Happy dining!







For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

Gift Guide: Summer Entertaining

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Summer Entertaining

It’s almost time. Time to get my place summer-ready that is. My daughter has one week of school left, our pool is open, Arkansas watermelons are ripe, and this weekend I’ll be planting flowers and getting out the backyard umbrellas. If you’re getting ready for summer too, here are some fun and colorful things that might help you prep for one of the most exciting seasons of the year!

Happy Summer Friends! It’s almost here.









  1. Acapulco Beach Umbrella: Cozy up on the beach with a good book and plenty of shade with this fabulous striped beach umbrella in summer’s best colors!
  2. Multi Stripe Dinner Plate: I love hosting dinners with friends and family, especially when we can enjoy my pool and back yard! These fun colored striped plates are perfect for a casual bar-b-que or dressed up for a summer soiree!
  3. White Rim Lacquer Trays: Serve up some festive summer drinks on this beautiful aqua and white lacquer tray!
  4. Wine Cooler Sleeve: Summer is cool for everything but your wine! Keep your bottle perfectly chilled with this shiny pink sleeve!
  5. Maze Yellow Outdoor Pillow: Freshen up your outdoor décor for your next pool party with these yellow pillows with a maze pattern!
  6. Chroma Citronella Outdoor Candle Tin: Don’t let those pesky mosquitos ruin your summer fun! Light up this White Verbena and Pear scented citronella candle to keep the bugs at bay so everyone can play!
  7. Ice Cream Ice Pop Molds: Create your favorite flavor treats in the shape of a swirly ice cream cone!
  8. Raise A Glass Acrylic Pitcher: From fresh squeezed lemonade to fruity sangria, this acrylic pitcher with gold polka dots will serve your drinks in style!
  9. Melon Slice Salt & Pepper Shakers: This pair of bright colored salt and pepper shakers are great for picnics and outdoor entertaining!
  10. Kuba Napkins: What dinner party would be complete without the perfect table linens? And outdoor entertaining is no exception with these persimmon colored napkins in a fun geometric pattern!
  11. Symmetry Rug: Brighten up your patio or outdoor space with bold tangerine (one of my favorite colors!) in a delightful honeycomb pattern!
  12. Pineapple Ice Tray: Infuse your drinks with a touch of tropical paradise and pineapple shaped ice! What better way to celebrate summer?
  13. Hammered Copper Beverage Tub: Put your favorite drinks on display at your next bar-b-que in this gorgeous copper tub!
  14. Sunnylife Beach Paddles: Gear up for some fun in the sun with these bright colored beach paddles!
  15. Roatan Striped Outdoor Pouf & Carrying Bag: Hate lugging around those clunky beach chairs? Me too! This outdoor pouf comes with a carrying bag so you can lounge anywhere!
  16. Dot Stemless Wine Glasses: I love these festive stemless wine glasses in shades of blue and gold for any outdoor party!