Communicating Socially with Your Significant Other

Sometimes communicating socially with your spouse can be a disaster, even in the privacy of your own home! Learn how to be on the same page with your significant other and avoid mixed messages.


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?”

✂ Jack Tempest’s 30th Birthday Menu

For Jack’s 30th birthday, all he wanted was to have our favorite people over to the house. Easy enough on his end, but not so much on mine. Although we have an excellent caterer whom I adore, Jack really just wanted his favorite simple foods made by me. This is what we came up with, … Continue reading

Planning a Wedding Registry

I think we’ve all heard the story about when Lily Beth moved into Jack’s rumbling old Victorian house and discovered that, while all the appliances were brand new (Thank you, Jesus!), the only actual “home goods” were as follows: 1 couch (left by previous tenant) 1 computer chair 1 bed (one set of linens, washed … Continue reading

Alternative bachelorette parties

Recently, myself and four of my closest girlfriends from college flew halfway around the globe as bridesmaids in another friend’s wedding. We’ll call her Alice. We all come from feminist theory backgrounds – indeed, that’s how we met and became so close. And we were prepared for long flights, hot temperatures, customs delays, and bridesmaids … Continue reading

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

Unique Wedding Gifts

Wedding season is officially upon us, if you haven’t guessed by all the wedding-related posts lately. If there’s anything more complicated than your own wedding, it’s buying gifts for other people’s weddings. Now, let me begin by saying that this is why wedding registries exist. If you don’t know where they’re registered, ask the mother … 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