WWJD has moved!

http://www.lilybethtempest.com First off, apologies all around to Hope – Hope submitted a question to me last week about conflicting wedding dates, right in the middle of some exciting news for WWJD. I had her reply ready to go but, due to exciting news (see below), nowhere to put it. And now, I do – you … Continue reading

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?”

Ask Lily Beth ☞ Children to Baby & Wedding Showers

“I am a Dallas native and have more or less lived here my whole life. I have just entered the phase in life where I have 2.5 wedding and/or baby showers per month. Here in lies my question: a lot of my friends who are not from Dallas, bring their babies or young children to these events; I find this inappropriate, am I out of line in feeling that way? I find that the babies take away attention from the real focal point of the celebration — the soon to be bride or mother. What is protocol? And if my friends try to bring their children to a no-kids event, how do I delicately suggest otherwise?”

Ask Lily Beth ☞ How to Use a Handkerchief

I do this for myself because I am my own fatherland, and my handkerchief is my flag. Reinhold Messner So this arrive in my inbox this morning, from Steve: Dear Lily Beth – after opening a handkerchief and blowing (?) your nose, how is it best to fold it up? First of all, Steve, bully … Continue reading

Ask Lily Beth ☞ Using Depression Glass

Persephone writes: I have yellow depression glass and would like some visuals on how to set a beautiful tablescape.  Can you suggest other dishes or colors to mix with it.  White is boring.  Any suggestions? I adore depression glass. I’ve inherited a good bit of it from my grandmothers, and its gentle colors always add … 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

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