pieces and parts

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party, Posted on January 13, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
How to tackle a dinner party? Break it down. No better way to impress than to present something made with love and care. Here’s a secret- pull something lovingly homemade out of the deep freeze allowing you to entertain with ease. A perfect example- cheddar cheese tartlets. If you think
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toasting in the new year

perfecting the done before they arrive party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Wine Line, Posted on December 29, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Nothing quite wraps up the old and heralds in the new like caviar and champagne. Who can resist this dynamic duo. Whether it’s for a crowd or for something a little more intimate.Trader Joe’s does a bang up job on delivering bling without breaking the bank. I am impressed with
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double dip

what to bring
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on December 4, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Bringing an appetizer to a special friend’s party calls for something a little exceptional. Nothing says "home" like a dip, though there is certainly nothing humdrum about this one. First glances are deceiving, this concoction is sophisticated and sublime. Smoked salmon and salmon roe. Don’t skimp on the ingredients
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it’s a date

resurrecting  the cocktail party- i’ll drink to that
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on September 1, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
My youngest lands in Dayton before flying back to college. Thought it would be fun to invite a few of our new friends over for a drink so they can meet her. Just because a gathering is small doesn’t mean it’s insignificant. Make a special splash for a petite fete.
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bring it on

kitchen tenets
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on August 26, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
A respectable guest offers (dessert/canape/wine)- but what to do when your kind gesture is accepted? Take into account that whatever you bring to your host or hostess’s table should be hassle-free. Keep in mind you want to be part of the solution- not the problem.
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jump for joy

resurrecting  the cocktail party- i’ll drink to that
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Eating Out, Posted on August 17, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
No more Yogi Berra and his deja vu all over again. The deal is done, title transferred, money is in the bank- no small feat considering it was a cash deal from an Italian bank. Time to give thanks. After the big guy upstairs, a shout out needs to go
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short but sweet (or savory)

resurrecting  the cocktail party- i’ll drink to that
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Eating Out, Posted on August 10, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Great news- move is done and my daughter and I are in the Cleveland carriage house apartment for a couple days while I wrap up the house sale. Tonight our besties are coming by to see the new digs and have a quick glass of wine before we head over
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just a drink

resurrecting  the cocktail party- i’ll drink to that
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Posted on July 22, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
My parents are arriving this afternoon and would love to meet some of our new Dayton friends. But with the long drive and excessive heat in the forecast something tells me short and sweet would be best. Time to resurrect the cocktail hour. At some point “cocktail hour” meant exactly
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silver lining

resurrecting the cocktail party- i’ll drink to that
Categories: Appetizers, Cocktail Party, Wine Line, Posted on July 6, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Remember that old camp song- “make new friends but ke-ee-ep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold”? One of the perks of moving to a new town is that it forces you to make new friends. Thankfully I’ve found some real gems. An added bonus is that one
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the best of business for the best of entertaining

kitchen tenets
Categories: Cocktail Party, Posted on June 22, 2011 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Believe it or not entertaining is a lot like curriculum design. If you plan it out thoughtfully there is a high probability that what you want to have happen will actually occur. Think Field of Dreams in an apron. Looking at the stacked files for outgoing consulting projects I wondered
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