Ask Lily Beth ☞ Modern Wedding Place Settings

Susan writes in asking how to incorporate her place card and napkin into a modern wedding place setting. Lily Beth answers, and also goes off on a tangent about chargers, napkin techniques, unique place card ideas, and how to put a formal place setting together in general.


Unexpected Guests: A Battle Plan

When I was a little girl, my mother would insist on cleaning the house from top-to-bottom before any out-of-town trip or vacation. Her reasoning? “Well it’s nice to have a clean house to come home to. And also, if I die unexpectedly, there will be all sorts of people traipsing through here, and I don’t … Continue reading

Mad Men Party Menu + Accoutrement

I meant to post this a million years ago when Season 4 kicked off and Jack and I hosted our Season 4 premiere party. We’re a little Mad Men obsessed, and we only need the tiniest reason to throw a party. This article will cover tried-and-tested food and cocktails, some saucy invites, and the hair, makeup, and music you need to set the mood.

Unconventional Registry Items: Cash & Travel

Everyone could use a little more cash, especially newly weds. But how does one politely ask for it, graciously receive it, or properly give it?

Lily Beth’s Eleven Rules for Navigating Society

Lily Beth has learned a lot of things being a professional fund raiser in a very old city. And now she passes these practical points onto you, dear reader, in a carefully crafted electronic finishing school crash course.

Ask Lily Beth ☞ Gifts & Money at Baby Showers

“I am hosting a shower for my daughter. I have the invites, I wanted to put 2 extra’s on the invites and am having a problem with wording. The first is for the guest not to wrap gifts (as it is healthy for the environment and the mom to be can spend more time with her guests). The second is I have purchased ared wagon to use as a wishing well type thing and need some wording for bring a small token for the wagon. Can you help?”