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.


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.

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

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

The Four Most Confusing Dress Codes of All Time

If you’re looking for the difference between formal, semi-formal, black-tie, etc, go read the Wikipedia article – they write it more polite and more concise than I ever could. This article is not even about the obnoxious dress suggestions I see on invitations now-a-days: festive formal, creative black-tie, urban casual. No, this article is instead … Continue reading

Poetry & Sentiment: How to Serve Tea

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~ Henry Fielding, “Love in Several Masques” Table of Contents Introduction Tea as Event High Tea Low Tea The Tea Essentials Choosing Your Food Savory Items Bread Dessert The Actual Serving of Tea Brewing the Tea Serving the Tea Drinking Your Own Tea And Now, Some Questions: … Continue reading

Fine Ladies Series: Diana Vreeland

Elegance is innate. It has nothing to do with being well dressed. Elegance is refusal. – Diana Vreeland Diana Vreeland, née Dalziel, was never incredibly rich, but she was certainly high-society. And she was inarguably a force to be reckoned with. Diana was born into such relatives and ancestors as George Washington, Francis Scott Key, … Continue reading

Truly Fine Series: Queen Rania

There is something arresting about a woman so graceful speaking with such candidness on YouTube (to say nothing of press conferences, college lectures, etc). Queen Rania of Jordan is truly something. Lest you be confused by the inheritance system at work here, here’s the skinny: