On a Saturday afternoon in a secluded corner of a Brentwood city park, white paper lanterns dangle from a wrought iron stand flanking a wooden table. Its surface is covered with strategically placed tulle and greenery, along with hurricane lamps with a rich patina and colorful, fresh flowers…

    Weddings are always monumental affairs, but the events of the last year added even more obstacles for brides, grooms and planners to surmount and made the unforgettable day even more memorable for couples and guests. In a year rife with challenges and hardships, love was still blossoming and…

    Downtown Nashville just got a little sleeker and more exclusive, thanks to the arrival of The Register, an upscale private social club boasting top-notch amenities and unparalleled service to members. The brainchild of Tillman Holloway and Barron Solomon, The Register’s mission is “to redefi…

      What’s your favorite holiday tradition? My most favorite holiday tradition is making apple turkeys at Thanksgiving. I brought home an “apple turkey” from school back in kindergarten and my family has been making them ever since — 38 years of apple turkey making! Picture an apple for the body…

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      The holiday season is upon us, and although things might look different this year, there is still much to celebrate. We chatted with 10 entertaining experts to get their advice on planning a safe and memorable Thanksgiving. From event planners to florists to chefs, these hosts with the most …

      “Are you behavin’?” is the phrase often asked when Bill Forrester greets you at the door of any fundraiser, private party or wedding. It’s also the question that lets you know the evening will be perfect. For decades, Bill has been indispensable in coordinating an untold number of family cel…

      Need some Thanksgiving inspiration? We’ve got you covered. We asked a few of our party planner friends to design their ideal holiday table and tell us, in their own words, what makes it so special. Whether you’re hosting an intimate or lavish Thanksgiving celebration, these tablescapes will …

        What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Setting the table. I'm not the most helpful in the kitchen, but I look forward to styling a pretty table for us all to enjoy our Thanksgiving meal together. I love finding new tabletop items every year to add to our heirloom pieces — tradition with a twist.

          What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Growing up, my grandparents came over on both Thanksgiving and Christmas with my grandmother’s homemade custard. It was always my reason for eating dinner too quickly — to get a glass of her annual treat. Now that she’s gone, my sister-in-law took on t…

            What’s your favorite holiday tradition? I’m not sure if I have a favorite tradition as much as I just enjoy the ambiance of the holidays — the weather, whether it be rain or snow; the smells of foods we only prepare during the holidays; and being surrounded by family and friends. I think tha…

              What’s your favorite holiday tradition? The entire day of Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It actually starts on Wednesday for lunch as I head to Arnold’s Country Kitchen for the traditional turkey and dressing meal. It just gets me in such a holiday mood. On Thursday, I …

                What’s your favorite holiday tradition? On the winter solstice, we like to take a walk outside right before sunset and gather up evergreen foliage and use it to decorate. It’s our way of honoring the change of season and shifting into the Christmas spirit. Our daughter loves this tradition!

                  As entertaining gurus, Lauren Cermak and I love any excuse to don a fabulous hat and dress and share a cocktail with friends. Thus, the Iroquois Steeplechase is always a highlight for us every spring. For our Derby-inspired table, we drew inspiration from My Fair Lady and focused on black-an…

                  Pimento cheese party gougères (goo-ZHEHR) are our Southern version of the classic French cheese puff hors d’œuvre. Typically made with Gruyère cheese, these decadent—and very easy to make—puffy mounds are the customary accompaniment to Old World Champagne. Everyone loves a warm, cheesy bite …

                  Spring is the perfect time to get outside with good friends, a delicious meal and a bottle of wine. Amos Gott kept things simple yet stunning for this spring soirée. He recommends starting with one piece that you love, whether it be a china pattern or a napkin color, and building the tablesc…

                  Celebrate the arrival of spring with bright and beautiful hues! For this spring break brunch, Molly Sohr utilized a classic palette of black, white and gold and added powerful pops of color with magnificent florals arranged in modern, geometric vessels.

                  There’s no better display of Southern hospitality than gathering your loved ones around the dinner table and enjoying a supper under the stars! Bruce Pittman drew inspiration from his deep Southern roots for this farm-to-table alfresco dinner. Designed with community and conversation in mind…

                  You are so Nashville if you can’t remember a holiday without peppermint ice cream and chocolate sauce. The cultural shift toward this pillar of holiday desserts can be traced back to the 1980s when Nashville’s Purity Dairies first opened its ice cream manufacturing plant and soon after intro…

                  Thanksgiving is only a week away, and if you're stressed about hosting friends and family this year, we've got some tips to lighten the burden and make this your most successful (and easy) holiday gathering yet.

                    With blazing temperatures and unforgiving humidity, the dog days of summer can get the best of all of us. A schedule packed with activities is a surefire way to beat the heat. Whether you pencil in time to host a dinner party with friends, cool off by lounging at the pool, sneak away for a r…

                    Early editions of Joy of Cooking included something called a Pinch Pie, a straightforward baked meringue shell filled with ice cream and/or whipped cream and sweetened summer fruit. Sure it’s got some age on it, but it’s a delicious and unexpected summer dessert recipe just in time for the p…

                    After the winter we had, chances are your grilling deck is looking a little weary. With Memorial Day and summer just ahead, let’s run down the Cheater Chef checklist—complete with a great sauce recipe—and get that grill station up and running.

                      We all like the idea of sitting down as a family to a home-cooked meal and we all like the idea of eating local, but combining the two seems like an impossible task. The challenge of planning seasonal meals, procuring local ingredients and then managing to cook them, especially on a weeknigh…

                      Hosts with the most Steve Sirls and Allen DeCuyper have been entertaining guests for 30 years, and their home, affectionately referred to as The Craighead House, has been the site of everything from intimate dinner parties for eight to massive charity benefits for 500. The dashing duo shares…

                      1. Roll out the garlands. Premade garlands last a long time and create an instant base for florals. Adorn doorways, freshen up tabletops or suspend from chandeliers for eye-catching pieces, and then spruce them up with berries, flowers, ornaments, gilded fruits

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