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  1. Hello Lory!
    Very nice cutlery. It looks like you prefer white wine and french goodies ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am always serving fresh goat cheese with fig jam or marmelade. I’ve learned it here in France since I am here. Hugs. Monika

    1. Ah, how lucky that you’re in France!! Yes, I definitely do prefer French goodies, especially white French burgundies. I didn’t think of using the marmalade with goat cheese, but I do sometimes do it with baked brie. Funny – I always wonder/worry if people that are actually from France would consider my style French since I always say it is, but I’m sure its the American version… ;-)!

  2. Beautiful presentation Lory! Like Handmade Creations said, I too always keep red pepper jelly on hand and serve it with cream cheese in a pinch. I also always keep a frozen set of appetizers in the fridge (the store bought kind) like Spanakopita. If I need them, they are there. When they’ve been in the fridge for a while I make them on a Friday night for the family to have a little end of the week party and replace them at the grocery store the next day.


    1. Thanks, Nancy! I never heard of red pepper jelly but I better go check it out. I love roasted peppers so if its anything like that, I’m in. Also like the idea of frozen hors d’oeuvres to keep for just this kind of thing… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lory, you are so right! Wine and cheese are perfect for “drop ins”, but your presentation with the napkin wrapped flowers make it sooo special! And voila! You’re the perfect hostess! I really like this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Beautiful presentation, Lori. I’m sure your friend felt special.

    I do love your gorgeous glasses and mother of pearl spreaders!

  5. You make everything beautiful and seem so simple. I over analyze having people over, even family. Trying to put an end to that and realizing rustic and simple doesn’t mean no beauty.


    1. Thanks, Cindy! Well, when it comes to more involved holidays, believe me, I’m not so relaxed… ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I really like this more simply kind of entertaining. I also like to have people over for drinks before dinner and then go out to dinner. It’s the best of both worlds!

  6. I keep jars of olives, cans of oysters and almonds on hand. I put them in small dishes on the cheese tray or in a pretty divided dish. I keep a jar of pepper jelly on hand, too. We don’t have a wine fridge but I find white is the perfect temp when kept in the garage at this time of the year. It’s my well stocked wine cellar. Wink! Wink!
    I love the idea of flowers laying over the tray. So pretty and a creative way to hide when there is not a lot of food.

  7. Dianne Lanier says:

    You always make everything look so beautiful…great presentation!!!

  8. Hi Lory

    Your presentation is always so beautiful and I love reading your blog! Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and for sharing with your readers.

  9. Ah, so pretty, as always. You are such an inspiration!!

  10. I would love to see what you’d do with some advance planning, this is beautiful!

  11. Norma Rolader says:

    Oh my you are my inspiration and what a beautiful table presentation

  12. I like this blog!!! You have the finest and most creative decor ideas ever.

  13. Lory, you are so creative and have a beautiful style! Thank you for the inspiration!