From Este, our pinterest guru and favorite hostess, next to Lea-Lea of course!
My Mom, the fabulous Lea-Lea, has always been the hostess who is the most-ess. She threw birthday parties that were the talk of the school, hosted cocktail bashes that could go on all night, and headed up charity galas that were must attend events with a capitol "E". She wowed... life sized skeletons at Halloween! She innovated... first mom to bake cakes in ice cream cones! She enjoyed... first in conga line!
Lea-Lea is an artist. Combine her creative spirit with a debutante past and toss in an eye for detail and a joie de vivre and you have the actual Holly Golightly that Lula Mae Barnes could only pretend to be!
A hostess like Lea-Lea is a rare bird and should be appreciated as such. I love to entertain, but don't have that perfect storm of skills (or boundless energy) that she does. I can hit many of the high notes because she taught me well. Here are some of her tricks of the trade that she so graciously shares with anyone brave enough to ask, "how do you do it?"
-Know your strengths. Compensate for your weaknesses. Mom likes to dress the set. When it comes to food, she knows that to cater is to save her bacon. Luckily, food is my strength. We make an outstanding team.
-Use what you have. You don't have to rent fancy linens or buy expensive floral arrangements to make your space come alive. At our home, vintage quilts became tablecloths with a built in story, a collection of seashells made a creative centerpiece...
-Never apologize. Go big or go home. Yes, says Lea-Lea. And know that sometimes in that hugeness things go wrong. Never make excuses or compensate for that which you cannot control. The chicken is over cooked. Meh. Be gracious, tell your guest you love a tough old bird, pour him another glass of wine, and grab him by the hand to form the congo line.