Before You Burn: Grill vs. Barbecue

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Grill vs. Barbecue

Are you ready for the high holy holiday of outdoor eating, the 4th of July? Backyards everywhere will be filled with smoke as grills are dusted off and put to use. But does everyone who dons an apron really know what to do with his/her spatula? Does he/she even know what the difference between grilling and barbecuing really is?

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The Prettiest Mother’s Day Tea Ever!

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Mother’s Day Tea

This Mother’s Day, don’t spend the day in a crowded restaurant waiting for cold food and getting bad service. Grab your mom and join us in the Gracious Living Guide garden for a special tea.  We’ve set a special tea table just for you. Read more

How to Host An Authentic Moroccan Tea

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Moroccan Tea

Imagine your self transported thousands of miles away, to a distant, exotic culture – just by taking a sip of tea. (Cue the snake charmer music….) Better yet, imagine hosting a tea party for your friends with an exotic Moroccan theme!

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

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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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Tablescape Inspiration: The Orchid Dinner

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  • Tablescape Inspiration

    New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

#TablescapeGoals

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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Gracious Girl Spotlight- Dr. Marlah Mardis

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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

Dessert That Will Light His Fire – Flaming Strawberry

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Dessert that will light his fire! 

The Flaming Strawberry

How do you end a romantic dinner? With an unforgettable dessert, of course! This simple dessert is guaranteed to “turn up the heat” on your relationship.

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Heart Shaped Napkin Fold -2 Ways

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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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