be the judge

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Setting the Stage, Posted on May 23, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
The past couple weeks have been absolutely crazy. A last minute trip to Florida to help my dad pack up. A flood in our house in California. My husband’s 60th birthday week filled with a myriad of get-togethers, parties and surprises. And last fall I invited nationally renowned floral designers
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beauty, place and grace

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Setting the Stage, Posted on January 1, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
Make a new year’s resolution to craft a more beautiful world. Creating a fresh bouquet instantly enhances any living space. It’s as easy as one, two, three. Something so effortless as three fresh cut blooms placed in bud vases. Surrounded by votives. Mercury glass adds that certain sparkle. When creating
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fall to pieces

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Setting the Stage, Posted on October 6, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
My day job has been competing with my care job, leaving little space for anything else. I can tell my battery is really run down. In times like these I know it’s important to carve out a few moments to take a beat and see the beauty that is all
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raise the bar

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Beverages, Cocktail Party, Setting the Stage, Wine Line, Posted on September 3, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
When entertaining you agree to do three things: provide you guests with something to eat, something to drink, and the opportunity to be merry. The easiest part of planning a party should be the beverages. Most folks make this step complicated by thinking they need to come up with some
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simply arranged

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Setting the Stage, Posted on July 29, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
Creating a stunning centerpiece for your table couldn’t be simpler. All you need is a bunch of flowers from the grocery store, a square vase, a little scotch tape, and a pair of scissors. If the thought of creating your own arrangement previously put you in a panic, take a
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three’s the charm

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Dinner Party, Setting the Stage, Posted on April 8, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
There’s something esthetically pleasing about three’s. This is especially true in flower arranging. Truth be told I’m a bit of a fumbler when it comes to floral design. (Please don’t tell my Garden Club of America ladies!) But what I lack in innate talent I make up with a keen
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virtual equinox

entertaining with style- making it work for you
Categories: Dinner Party, Setting the Stage, Posted on March 18, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Spring is around the corner… or so the calendar says. Last fall I optimistically ordered six flats of pansies as part of a fundraiser. They arrived last week and just as I loaded them into my car the snow began to fall. I paled at the thought of chipping away
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