✂ 4th of July Menu

Alright, kids. Time for the Fourth of July menu roundup: Paula Deen’s black and blue burgers, or Ina Garten’s truffled filet of beef sandwiches wrapped in red or blue checkered deli paper from your local party supply store Sliced chicken breasts stuffed with artichoke and parmesan, compliments of Real Simple Red potato salad with sour … Continue reading

Provocation & Privacy: The Case for Books as Gifts

I have always given books as gifts to friends of mine who devour literature in the same way that I do.  But it was not until genuine adulthood that I realized how special the act of giving a book is – how it functions in ways and situations that other gifts fall short on. And … Continue reading

Ask Lily Beth ☞ More Sticky RSVP Situations

You know, the over-whelming majority of search results for WhatWouldJackieDo (somewhere around 75%) are from people looking for the polite way to handle particularly sticky RSVP situations. So remember – you are definitely not alone out there. Also remember: any time you write in, I’m giving you an alias, just in case. Geneva writes: My … Continue reading

Ask Lily Beth ☞ An alternative to groomsmen boutonnieres

So Isabel writes: I am having a major dilemma over boutonnieres for my wedding. I don’t like them, but I want to make sure the groom stands out. I want him to look very “Mad Men” with a black suit, white pocket square. Do you think if the best man and fathers wear one in … Continue reading

Deciphering Monograms

Man, is there ever a flurry of disagreement about monograms. And since you can monogram most anything these days, there’s about as many vehement opinions as there are things to monogram. Silver, linens, stationery, clothing, accessories, right down to coffee mugs – you name it, someone, somewhere, can put a monogram on it. Hell, after … Continue reading

Ask Lily Beth: Declining a Wedding Invite post-RSVP

A cousin of mine is getting married in two weeks.  Meanwhile, I am one month fresh into a separation/divorce.  At the time, I was under the rsvp deadline pressure to reply.  Not only did I accept the invitation, I replied with guest. I am not particularly close with this cousin and just cannot get excited … Continue reading

Breaking the Code of Printing

(Looking for an article detailing the art of every-day correspondence and regular stationery? See “The Lost Art of Letter Writing.”) If there’s one thing more confusing than trying to set a formal table, it’s printing. I’ve been blessed enough to work with some incredible graphic designers in my line of business who were kind enough … Continue reading