1. Dinner Party Spotlight Series: Lindsey Schwartz of CURATED

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    A gal who designs gorgeous kitchens and then selects the perfect glassware to compliment them… now that’s seeing eye to eye with the FH. Meet this week’s Dinner Party Spotlight, Lindsey Schwartz. Lindsey’s career includes working for St. Charles of New York an award-winning design firm specializing in state of the art kitchens. But what really caught my eye was Lindsey’s newest venture, CURATED, a personal shopping service to compliment your pristine kitchen where Lindsey works with clients to decorate their kitchen space with art, glassware that suits their lifestyle, and culinary accessories. From styling photo shoots to most recently, helping brides construct their wedding registries, CURATED is growing quickly in the New York scene.

    When I headed to Lindsey’s apartment located in the Financial District I knew I’d find beautiful glassware, but I was equally as excited to see she entertains for guests at a bar top, something totally fun and new to the FH. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about her tablescape style.

    FH: What is your entertaining style? Traditional, Contemporary, Seasonal?

    Lindsey: Being in the tabletop industry, I am a big advocate of formal dining. Even during those college “ grunge” years, I was always playing hostess at my apartment. So when I first moved in to my fiance’s downtown apartment (read “bachelor pad”) with no dining table, I was enticed by the challenge of formalizing the concept of bar entertaining. Because my apartment layout is so contemporary, I have to overcompensate for it’s structure in the details of the tablescape. There is no room for frivolous items, so I pull in the decorative elements from the essentials; plates, glasses, and cutlery.

    FH: How often do you entertain and for how many guests?

    Lindsey: I would say we have people over at least three times a month. We New Yorker’s dine out so often- too often- so anytime we schedule a dinner with friends I offer to host it.

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    FH: Do you have a go-to recipe or dish?

    Lindsey: MEAT FONDUE! I know what you’re thinking. Fondue-themed dinner parties should have died with the seventies, and I hear you! I’ve had plenty of people come into my house with their noses turned at the idea. But my fiance is Swiss and swears by his childhood favorite (with a twist). I’ll serve a variety of hot and cold appetizers beforehand, and then bring out the pot filled with mildly seasoned vegetable oil for the entree portion of the evening. I prep a platter of 1 inch cubed chateaubriand as well as a raw seafood plate with prawns, sliced calamari, and whatever else looks fresh. The labor of love goes into making a myriad of dipping sauces that are served alongside the fondue.

    FH: Did something inspire you for today’s table? A certain color, flower, plate?

    Lindsey: I’ve recently decided to work with the stainless steel instead of apologizing for it. In the past, I’ve draped the bar in tablecloths and runners, but now I’m highlighting the metal. This particular tablescape is an ode to the greyish color scheme.. I pulled in the green from the champagne flutes with the napkin ring. If I have to incorporate one color, it’s usually green. A small nod to nature in this urban dwelling, I suppose.

    FH: Tell me about today’s table

    Plates – Michael Wainwright Tempio Luna Dinnerware

    Napkins – Sferra Table Linens

    Napkin rings – Deborah Rhodes

    Water glasses – Riedel Stemless Glassware

    Wine glasses – Antique

    Champagne Flutes – Baccarat Mille Nuits Flutissimo

    Silverware – Wedgewood

    Knives – Laguoile Steak Knives 

    Pieces of art behind table – ­Antique Map shop in Fulham, London. It’s a map of Scotland, created in Edinburgh in the 1800s. I studied at the University of St. andrews in Scotland, so the country has a special place in my heart. ­ On the opposite end is the ‘Art worker’s wont kiss ass’ piece, I found years ago in a random Chelsea gallery and had to had to have.

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    Follow Lindsey and CURATED on her Instagram @CuratedbyStCharles or see her work live as she will be the youngest participant in the 2015 Sothebys Designer Showhouse. It debuts April 11th-19th at Sotheby’s on the Upper East Side. Thanks Lindsey for sharing your gorgeous tabletop!

    Shoot Location: Financial District, New York

    Photographer: Alexandra Wolf

  2. Roundup of the best custom stationery online

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    Nothing says thank you quite like a handwritten note. So as the proper hostesses we all strive to be, it’s important to have a stack of stationery at our desk-side so a quick thank you note can be written the morning after a fabulous soirée. I get asked a lot what my favorite online stationers are and I must say I love anything custom! So I decided to do a roundup of my favorite online custom stationers {which are actually super cute for baby shower / bridal shower / engagement party invitations as well!}! xx

    1. Modern Pink Paper on Etsy.com. I bought Reese this stationery as her very first thank you notes for her first birthday party, while I bought Brooks this stationery for his Bris gifts.
    2. Crane.com. If you want professional stationery, this is the place… and it will cost you a pretty penny but trust me, it’s the finest quality.
    3. TinyPrints.com. An amazing selection of pretty much every stationery style, but what I really fell for were the custom rubber stamp sets.
    4. DabneyLee.com. If you like chevron, monograms, and bright colors, this site is for you, and beware because their home section is equally as cute!
    5. The Yellow Note on Etsy.com. I fell in love with this vendor when I bought their drink hangtags for this FH post. All of her options are so cute and the fonts are so FH!
    6. Minted.com. I got to know the brand when I noticed more than half of the Holiday Cards we received from friends were from this site! I headed over and especially fell in love with their personalized engagement party invitations.

    *Featured in this post is Kate Spade stationery sold here.

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  3. Spring Tabletop Inspiration

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    Happy First Official Day of Spring! Today I wanted to put together a recap of my favorite FH tables from last Spring because I always use my old tablescapes to influence future ones! Hope these bright and cheery table settings get you thinking in color!

    Starting with colorful printed placemats… I loved this Champagne and Peonies party … mostly for the Sugarfina candy and Rosé Veuve Clicquot, but equally as much for the pink napkin rings and striped straws.

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    On to the blues… I love blue placemats matched back to simple white summer flowers like daisies {which I put together for this FH post}, and how cute are the glass bottles for serving summer drinks? Then on my Instagram I styled a simple dinner with blue hydrangeas as my centerpiece. A fabulous vase filled with colorful flowers is all you need to take your table from winter to spring! And then a must for you Spring shopping list, these Juliska Bamboo Napkin Rings.

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    Can you believe the inspiration for this next table came from a pitcher of pink lemonade? I was loving the way the pink popped and needed to build a table around it! I added striped napkins and a large orchid to host a “girls only” party. Sometimes a themed drink is all you need to set the tone.

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    So the bottom line… bright colors are essential, bright drinks served with striped straws are always a hit, and bright flowers complete the look! Looking forward to many more bright and cheery tabletops this coming year! Stay tuned in my Entertain section.

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