Entertaining

Entertaining

New Year’s Eve is always a s special night, no matter your age or situation. Some will choose to head out on the town, while others prefer entertaining friends and family. One can’t help but think of the anticipation of a new year and wonder what it will bring. I think it is always cause...

Entertaining

Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is upon us. The family is coming over, and you have decisions to make. Go with Grandma’s stuffing, always a favorite, or maybe try something all little different this year, or maybe both? With fresh and delicious options — one seafood, one spicy, and one still on the traditional side...

Thanksgiving Tablescape

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In today’s world we don’t take the time have a sit-down dinner party very often, so we forget how nice it is to dine with special friends and have meaningful conversations. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to rectify this…plus we really need to pull out that nice china a few times a year! Here I...

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As you already may have guessed, I love to cook and entertain! It’s been quite hot recently, so I’m looking for some relief with nice cold drinks and refreshing cold soups filling my summer menu that pair well with a summer dinner on the porch. As is appropriate for the summer, I’m definitely going to be...

Summer nights

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It’s that late-June time in the summer where it’s nice and warm outside, but not yet the muggy August season that makes it hard to entertain outdoors. So I’m taking advantage of the weather while I can, whether it be a wine night with the ladies, a backyard barbecue with my family, or just a...

Coco's favorite hard boiled eggs recipes

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Easter is such a beautiful time.  The earth awakens with chirping birds, flowering trees, and pink cherry blossoms.  Families come together, the children dress for church, and Easter egg hunts abound.  However, the trappings of Easter linger long after it has passed.  Jelly beans, chocolate, and hard boiled eggs persist. The youngsters know what to do...

Happy Hour

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It’s Friday! Hosting a happy hour? Having a party? We have everything you need to look stylish and fun – and we can dress up your bar, too! Whether you are serving a lovely champagne or a robust IPA, we have a wonderful selection of standout ice buckets, bar tools, and serving bowls in our...

Football feature on food

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So the AFC and NFC Conference winners have been crowned and we know which two football teams will be playing for the Super Bowl title. I was so hoping that the Steelers would be in that battle, having been a devout Steelers football fan since the 70s (Terry Bradshaw! Lynn Swann! Franco Harris!) but it...

A winter stew for everyone

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Regardless of whether you prefer meat or fish, there is nothing quite like a steaming stew in the middle of the winter to make you feel all warm and cozy. Serve theses stews to your family for dinner, after snowball fights, or to your guests to shake off the deep chill…perfect for this weekend’s arctic...

White and Silver Christmas Traditions

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What could ever be better than Christmas?  The fun, the children’s sparkling eyes, the promise of Santa, and, of course, the wonderful traditions.  Like many of our families before us, we hold these traditions, which have been handed down through the generations, close. Still, even traditions can use a makeover from time to time.  This...

Bubbly feature

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OK, so maybe the New York Post isn’t the most revered of newspapers, but there was an article by Guy Kelly not long ago that I am happy to take very seriously: 5 Reasons Champagne Is Surprisingly Good for You. From better memory to clearer skin, champagne’s benefits go far beyond its well-known bubbly buzz....

Coco's Hostess Gifts

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I won’t tell you how old I am, but I am not too old to have become jaded or weary of this special time of year, especially when it comes to Christmas parties.  One of my favorite moments in life is going to my mailbox and finding an invitation to open, even more so during...

Hosting for the holidays

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Yikes, the holidays are upon us!  Maybe you are one of those people who are already organized and can hardly wait for them to arrive.  Well, not me — I am always last minute. And although I love hosting last minute guests, inevitably I look around my house and wish I had replaced that worn sofa...

Burberry and Harrod's holiday partnership

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Early the other evening, I headed to Harrod’s to look at their coffee machines as ours had just broken that morning, and what excitement was in the air as I arrived. A small crowd of joyous people were gathering around an antique car with a Burberry license plate parked next to a six-meter-high Christmas tree...

Fall favorite soup feature

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Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy a nice, warm bowl of soup.  Put on a cozy sweater, light a fire, open a bottle of wine, warm some bread, and you are headed for a perfect evening.  From in-season harvests like butternut squash and pumpkin to an unexpected savory pairing of broccoli and...

Fall favorites recipe feature

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Apple Crisp, Hot Spiced Apple Cider + Hot Buttered Rum I love the fall for many reasons: leather boots and jeans, the crisp crunch of the leaves under my feet, cheering for the Steelers, heading out to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the fall colors, and breaking out my favorite fall recipes. Every October when...

Wimbledon 2016

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Ok, so I happen to live in London, but who knew we would be sitting at Centre Court watching three top players in the world (Federer, Serena, and Murray) at Wimbledon on the 4th of July!? What a treat! Instead of taking the westbound District Line on the tube, we rang up a black cab...

Herb garden feature image

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I love the fresh flavors of the season, even more so when I can create a meal from something I grew in my own garden. Basil thrives in our area, and lots of us grow WAY more than we need. How many Caprese salads can you eat? (Well, a lot, but still…) Enter, pesto. It’s...

National Rose Day is June 11

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Did you know there is a National Rosé Day?  It happens to be tomorrow and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I plan to celebrate it in a big way.  The latest Cote d’Azur trend is equipping your yacht with a special refrigerator designed specifically to hold three magnum size bottles of rosé.  I hardly...

Floral napkin arrangement

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Linens are an important element when it comes to wedding décor. It’s all part of expressing the couple’s personality with a look and feel that is carried throughout their nuptial event. The table dressing should blend with the overall design concept to create a cohesive look. Dressing the table is like dressing the bridal party!...

Homemade Pasta Salad

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You saw perfect picnic outfits in Alexa’s post above, now it’s time to think about what dish to prepare for those neighborhood picnics, parties, and barbeques this weekend. My go-to for the season is simple to make but super flavorful and delicious: tortellini salad. Tortellini SaladSalad 20 ounces fresh cheese tortellini, cooked al dente and...

alexa-tote-bicycle

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Cheers to the ever-growing foodie revolution and the local farmers’ markets who help source our palates. I’m looking forward to my next visit in Alexandria where I’ll be sure to visit the Old Town Farmers Market — which is the oldest farmers’ market in the country — and is open year round, every Saturday from...

Entertaining

It has been such a pleasure to share my recipes, and I love hearing your success stories. Of course you know Coco has you covered for gorgeous dinnerware, cocktail and barware, unique serving pieces, table décor, and even entertaining tips, but people always ask me where I go to buy a recipe’s hard-to-find ingredients, or specialized cookware and kitchen tools. The answer...

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Warmer, longer days, the parade of pastels in fancy dresses and hats, bursts of blooming lilies, Easter is such a joyous occasion, and of course I mark the holiday by preparing something special for my family. This brunch menu is savory yet light, with fresh ingredients that highlight the brightness of the spring season. The...

Entertaining

All memorable dining experiences begin with a feast for the eyes, and every chef knows that plating is a big part of an appealing meal. So it should come as no surprise that Coco, who loves stylish, practical elegance and exquisite craftsmanship, offers the most beautiful line of dinnerware: Coco’s Colors…in the most lovely, neutral...

Entertaining

With the cocktail boom set to continue into 2016 and beyond, many furniture designers have anticipated a growing demand for the little side “drinks” table. And, now more than ever, there are so many fabulous shapes, sizes, materials, and finishes to choose from. For both the cocktail and the furniture style, it’s all about the...

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After being married for 37 years, I find that preparing a beautiful meal for my husband is still one of my greatest joys. I can be experimental, while creating a lovely setting for the two of us to relax and enjoy a special dinner together. Adding a great bottle of wine (like the one below...

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Fall is a time for nesting and there is no better inspiration than my new favorite book The Bee Cottage by Frances Schultz. I was lucky enough to meet Frances a few years back. We were thrown together on a trip to the Amalfi Coast organized by mutual friends. Frances and I are fellow southerners....