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In Entertaining on
November 4, 2020

Setting the Table with Herend

It’s a common saying here in Atlanta that the reason we all live here is for exactly four perfect weeks in the spring and another four blissful ones in autumn. It can be said that we don’t usually have to scrape ice off our windshields during winter, but the pollen, humidity, mosquitos, and thighs sticking to any chair surface become our seasonal penance for the aforementioned coveted weather.

At Chez Muffy, we make the most of our bluebird afternoons by breaking bread al fresco. I have two tables at my disposal—our teak behemoth for entertaining a larger crowd, and a rattan one of more intimate proportions that wears linens beautifully. On this particular evening, I pulled out my very favorite India Amory tablecloth and Herend’s beautiful Blue Garland china for a little garden gathering.

Accoutrements such as Loulou La Dune placemats (they double as napkins too!), sage glassware from The Avenue, and a fresh eucalyptus centerpiece layer in nicely. Other sources include delicate bud vases via Mrs. Alice, bamboo folding chairs from Amazon, and Ballard Designs’ Suzanne Kasler Directoire sofas in the background—highly recommend!

I also want to highlight Freshly Set, a brilliant outpost for rented linens. These aren’t your typical poly-blend event eyesores but chic designs from your favorite tabletop purveyors. I recently had the pleasure of setting a table with their wonderful wares and look forward to renting again and again. Don’t have holiday-ready patterns? Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give Freshly Set a try!

Thank you for stopping by dear readers, wishing you all some peace this week—or at the very least a stiff cocktail and excellent dish! Happy tablescaping!

In Entertaining on
July 20, 2020

Summer Fare: Orzo with Grilled Shrimp

Everything in the summer should be light and uncomplicated; languid days lounging by the water, casual tables set for al fresco dining, and balmy evenings spent enraptured by a game of backgammon. While this slowed down season has brought with it postponed plans and uncertainty, I find that cooking familiar flavors captures the spirit of summers past we’re all longing for lately.

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In Entertaining on
March 24, 2020

Hors d’Oeuvre and Rosé, The Avenue Way

Dear readers, I hope you are all staying well and sane during this unprecedented time. With such heavy news coming from the COVID-19 front lines, the dictate to shelter responsibly in place seems a small ask to comply with for our communities and country. My heart goes out to all small business owners weathering this wild storm and I want to be championing them as much as possible. One such purveyor being The Avenue by Lyndsey Zorich, a very chic destination for pieces you aren’t going to see anywhere else. Curated finds for your closet and tablescapes can be shopped on their website and, soon, at their brand new brick and mortar location in Houston.

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In Entertaining on
February 23, 2020

Haute Hostess: ‘You’re Invited’ Author Stephanie Booth Shafran

When one receives a beautifully addressed invitation by mail, an anticipatory excitement is sparked. Immediately, the guest begins to conjure up visions of chic revelers floating about in a candlelit glow, cocktails in hand. Consummate hostess and elegant tastemaker Stephanie Booth Shafran harnesses that very feeling in her debut volume, You’re Invited.

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