1. Dinner Party Spotlight: Lele Sadoughi

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    For today’s Dinner Party Spotlight I headed to Greenwich Village to visit the eclectic and incredibly cool apartment of jewelry designer Lele Sadoughi. Much like her one-of-a-kind jewelry line, her apartment is filled with specialty pieces from her vintage red velvet dining chairs to her handmade napkin rings {which she designed especially for her wedding reception in the Mayan Riviera!}.

    A little background on Lele… Lele’s impressive resume included designing jewelry for Ippolita, Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie, Club Monaco, and then serving as the Director to the J Crew Jewelry Division before debuting her collection in 2012. The line, entitled Lele Sadoughi, is sold at high-end retailers like Intermix, Harvey Nichols, Net-á-Porter, and NeimanMarcus.com.

    This incredibly talented mom of two {our kids are actually the same ages}, was kind enough to grant us entry into her home and show us another talent, how she eloquently entertains for friends… Read on for her Q &A.

    Q & A:

    FH: What is your entertaining style? Traditional, contemporary, seasonal?

    Lele: I would say contemporary: I love mixing prints, modern stemware, and traditional silver.

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

    Lele: I love a dinner party. However, with a 6 month old baby and 2 year old toddler, I haven’t had much time to entertain recently. I hope to get back into hosting something every month.

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    FH: Do you have a go-to recipe or dish {or do you avoid cooking at all costs}?

    Lele: On a winter day, I love to make chili. Being from Texas, I use a southwestern recipe with corn, black beans and lots of cumin.

    FH: Did something inspire you for today’s table?

    Lele: I started with malachite printed placemats and Lele Sadoughi napkin rings that I made from my jewelry manufacturers. I designed some gold ring napkin holders with malachite-colored stones and other ones with hand painted black and white enamel. I complimented this palette with ivory roses and china.

    FH: Tell me about today’s table…

    • Placemats: Dransfield and Ross
    • Plates: L’objet (Aegean pattern)
    • Napkins: Classic linen by Crate & Barrel
    • Napkin rings: Lele Sadoughi. The Riviera napkin ring is very special to me, as I designed them especially for my wedding reception in the Mayan Riviera. The stone napkin rings are made in the same style of my slider bracelets.
    • Water glasses: Baccarat (Massena)
    • Wine glasses: Baccarat (Massena)
    • Silverware: Silver wedding gift from my grandmother. (Pattern is King Richard)
    • Flower vases: Center: Baccarat. Flanked: Vintage, from a flea market in Lisbon
    • Candelabra: I like to get fresh flowers in the flower district, and often go to Jamali Gardens. I found these amazing candelabras there.
    • Table and chairs: Chairs are Midcentury finds from 1stDibs.com and the table is Ligne Roset.
    • Piece of art behind table: There is an amazing place in Brooklyn called Film Biz Recycling where they get pieces from movie sets, and dontate proceeds to charity. I have found some great things there!

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    Thanks so much Lele for sharing your hostess style. Be sure to head over to Lele’s website and shop her romantic pieces at www.LeleSadoughi.com.

    Location: Greenwich Village, NYC

    Photographer: Alexandra Wolf

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  2. Unique Dessert Ideas for your Dinner Party

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    I love finding unique desserts to serve at my dinner parties, so here’s a list of my top picks as of late… both trending and bound to impress guests! Get ready to indugle that sweet tooth!

    1. Maggie Louise Confections chocolates. The prettiest chocolates I have ever seen… above features the ‘Glow Chocolate Box Set’. Handcrafted in Austin, Texas and gorgeous packaging to boot. {Purchase here}
    2. Agave Dream Lavender Ice Cream. All-natural and sweetened with Agave Nectar, this is definitely a fun new flavor for guests. {Purchase here}
    3. GoodieBites Cake Pops. We have all seen the cake pop trend, but ones that are customizable to any holiday, birthday party, or super hero character? This company can do it all. {Purchase here}
    4. Spots NYC Cupcakes. Bite sized cupcakes that, again, are customizable… put your company logo for corporate events, put a couples engagement photo for the bridal shower… the options are endless. {Purchase here}
    5. Mast Brothers Chocolates. More of a take-home gift than a serving gift, these bars are the trendiest thing in New York right now, plus the packaging is very cool. {Purchase here}
    6. Ladurée Macarons. The mothership of all macaron companies. They may be a bit pricey, but beautifully packaged and shaped to perfection, these are the ultimate hostess version to serve. {Purchase here}
    7. Eleni’s Cookies. Baked in a nut-free bakery, these sugar cookies are the absolute sweetest. I especially love the “Color Me” cookies for kids… they come with special markers so the kids can decorate the cookies before digging in! {Purchase here}
    8. Candy Cigars. Ideal for a smoke-free celebration or as party favors, these bubble gum cigars also come in “It’s a Girl” and “It’s a Boy” packaging for a baby shower! {Purchase here}
    9. Magnolia Bakery. Clearly I am obsessed… I featured these cupcakes endlessly on my social media for Reese’s birthday. These cupcakes which originally became popular thanks to the show ‘Sex and the City,’ are my all-time favorite in looks and taste. {Purchase here}

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  3. Glam Squad

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    This Valentine’s Day was slightly different than most… it happened to coincide with my sister-in-law’s 21st birthday, so she and my in-laws flew to New York to celebrate the occasion, booking a fancy dinner reservation at Il Mulino {seriously the most delicious Italian restaurant in the East Village}. While we wanted to get all dolled up for the special night, my in-laws weren’t keen on the idea of leaving the kids given that they don’t see them as often as they like. I had been hearing tons about GLAMSQUAD {a service where professional hair and makeup artists come to your home to get you prepped, hair for $50, makeup for $75}, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. We could get done up in the comforts of my home {have the kids rummaging around all the while!}, I could put out my usual FH spread of cheese and champagne for us to enjoy… essentially it would be the best of both worlds… So we gave it a try, and man we LOVED it.

    My sister-in-law went with a Kardashian inspired cat eye and smooth wave, while I opted for beachy waves and a bright red lip. My mother-in-law who doesn’t even usually wear too much makeup loved that she looked ‘enhanced’ natural! Ok so here is the BEST PART!!!! GLAMSQUAD is offering my readers a COMPLIMENTAY blowout!! See below for how you sign up to redeem!

    About Glam Squad and How it works by Fashionable Hostess

    To book GLAMSQUAD, you simply download the GLAMSQUAD App to a smartphone or visit GLAMSQUAD.com to book an appointment. You input the desired appointment day and time up to ten days in advance or in as little as one hour, then browse signature styles from the GLAMSQUAD inspirational menu. Enter your credit card info to pay and you are done. Come your appointment time, you should be ready with washed hair and stylists arrive with products to style {Kérastase being my favorite!!}, and makeup galore.

    Ready to give it a try and redeem your FREE Blowout? Download the GLAMSQUAD app and enter invite code FHxGLAM *

    I am excited for you guys to get gorgeous!!

    *Valid for new users only // Must book on the GLAMSQUAD iOS app // Enter invite code by 3/30/15 to redeem // GLAMSQUAD is currently available in New York, LA, and Miami

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    Thank you to GLAMSQUAD for sponsoring this post.

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