an entertaining lifestyle

Sharing ideas and inspiration to enhance your entertaining experience.

essentially entertaining is dedicated to The Savvy Host each one of us can become with a hint of inspiration, a little confidence, some creative flair and a healthy dose of humor.

So glad you've joined one of the most interesting lifestyle discussions in new media! 

We're sharing:

MUST-haves for cooking, kitchen, tabletop and home decor ~ recipe RAVES from treasured sources and new friends ~ hospitality tips and reminders ~ savvy lifestyle resources including blogs we love ~ wine pairings and values ~ sustainable and eco-friendly living resources ~ dining out recommendations and how-tos ~ 
and menu suggestions to be make the most of seasonal, local food.

What is it to entertain?  Let's start with the basics - to entertain means exercising hospitality ~ entertaining company ~ providing entertainment for guests.

Entertaining is lifestyle - gathering people together in enjoyable surroundings, offering good food & drink, sharing stories, ideas, laughter, ... life.

the savvy host's approach to entertaining is illustrated in our published guide, 8 Entertaining Essentials© , including:

(1) An Occasion to Entertain
(2) Invitation Essentials 
(3) Bar Basics and Beyond 
(4) Planning a Savvy Menu 
(5) Creating Ambiance 
(6) Stylish Tabletops 
(7) Serving Savoir-Faire 
(8) Behind-the-Scenes

Coupled with a good sense of humor, our basic approach to hosting will awaken and enhance your own personal entertaining style. Whatever the reason, whoever the guests, wherever the location, we offer the basics needed to delight guests - and yourself.

Good food, gracious hospitality and creative gatherings can, and do, impact so many different aspects of our lives.  We like to think that being a savvy host has value beyond party decorations and a well-stocked bar!

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About the Editor

Mary Spada, Editor-in-Chief
With editorial responsibility for essentially entertaining, Mary seeks to encourage good food gatherings everywhere, believing that anyone can become a savvy host with a little confidence, inspiration and creativity - along with a healthy dose of humor.

Mary is also Founder and CEO of the savvy host. Leading the charge for the savvy hostMary brings to bear a wealth of experience fostering enjoyable entertaining for business, friends and family along with over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience.  Mary embodies a unique combination of insatiable curiosity, unbridled creativity, savvy style, and gracious hospitality – a perfect recipe for exceptional entertaining.

Her personal entertaining style - and experience - shine through the 8 entertaining essentials, originally published in 2008.

Contact by phone - 1.888.761.2270 ext 6
Follow Mary on Twitter - @maryspada
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