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Creating Your “Dream” Backyard

Is your backyard your “dream” backyard?

It’s getting warmer and many of us are looking at our outdoor spaces and thinking of changes we’d like to make to enhance our outdoor experiences.  Whether your desired changes are big or small, now is the time to get moving on them so that you can have a summer of outdoor enjoyment.

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How To Order A Drink At A Bar Like Bond – Jane Bond.

How Is Your Bar Knowledge?

Anybody who went to college knows what a “shot” is, and has probably had more than their share of them. Gracious Girls, those days are long gone and it’s time to “up” your sophistication points. Knowing how to order a drink is one sure way to do that.  Learn what to expect when you order your drink “shaken, not stirred.”

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Mardi Gras Cocktail: King Cake Martini

King Cake Martini

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today New Orleans is having a party and the whole world is invited! Don’t worry if you cant make it. Gracious Living Guide will bring the party to you!

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Tablescape Inspiration: The Orchid Dinner

Photo Credit:  @mrclintsmith (Instagram)
  1. Tablescape Inspiration:  New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner


Unless this is your first time reading this blog, you know that I love a beautifully set table. This post contains some of the most beautiful and creative tables I’ve ever seen.

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10 Things Your Decorator Wants You to Know

10 Things Your Decorator Wants You To Know

There are a few things that are certain in life, death, taxes – and decorating a home. At some point in our lives, all of us either have been or will be required to decorate a home. If you are lucky, you can hire some professional help; if not, no worries! We have the inside scoop from the decorators themselves!

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Gracious Girl Spotlight- Dr. Marlah Mardis

We’re celebrating this month’s Gracious Girl, Dr. Marlah Mardis for her Mardi Gras Decor!

In her daytime life, she’s known as Dr. Mardis, but once she walks out of her office, she’s Dr. Mardi Gras! If you can’t go to Mardi Gras, this Gracious Girl’s Mardi Gras décor brings it to you, with style! Read more

Heart Shaped Napkin Fold -2 Ways

A heart shaped napkin fold?  It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy!   You can do it in the time it takes you to read this paragraph.  In fact, it’s so easy, I can show you not just one, but two ways to do it!  We Gracious Girls always have a few tricks up our sleeves!

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Valentine’s Day Table For Two

I’m so in love…with Valentine’s Day!  It’s a holiday that celebrates LOVE – and one that doesn’t require me to cook!  You gotta love that!

Valentine’s Day conjures up romantic notions of intimate moments spent with the one you love. Whether you are falling  in love, or falling in love all over again, this romantic table for two is for you!

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