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Unexpected Touches.002 Nothing says thoughtful when entertaining guests like a single unexpected touch in some form or fashion.

Whether it’s in the presentation, the meal, a takeaway or simply an experience during the gathering – an unexpected touch is a simple way to show your guests you care.

My personal favorite is something quirky that reflects your own style or something that ties into the occasion for the gathering.

Rock candy is a perfect touch for me. Colorless, fun, somewhat organic, throwback & sweet, with a hint of whimsy … and certainly unexpected for whatever the gathering!

What will your unexpected touch be at your next gathering?

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kahluaToday’s featured recipe will be Grandma’s Kahlua, a very special treat that she was known for among friends & family.

Grandma’s kahlua was something that truly brought people together. Making it was no small feat as you’ll see by the quantities it makes on the recipe card, so she always ensured it was an experience had by all.

She would literally make a party out of the making of her kahlua each time she was ready to stock up. She’d invite friends over, having each bring their own empty bottles and throw a great big party as she entertained guests while making the drink and serving them snacks & desserts with kahlua in the recipe.

What an experience it was and friends always looked forward to her kahula parties and were thrilled once the recipe was complete and they had their own bottle full to take home & enjoy! I hope you will do the same.

Choosing an appropriate signature drink truly is an art.

Absolutely a southern tradition, and one worth continuing, consider selecting a signature drink for your event guests at your next gathering. There are many things to consider before making a rash decision. What is the occasion? What else are you serving in terms of food? beverages? Who are your guests and what do they like?

A signature drink can be one that you own and always serve when you entertain, truly a signature of yourself as a host that guests look forward to and know will be there each and every time. For this, I’d recommend you choose something that is truly special & meaningful in someway to you. Perhaps it is a Manhattan because that was your grandfather’s drink of choice. Or something with peach schnapps because you are from the fine state of Georgia.

Or, a signature drink can be one that fits the occasion. Like margaritas for a summer cookout, mint juleps for a Derby party or a flirty martini for a ladies night.

Whatever your drink of choice, having another special option for guests on top of wine & beer will help to solidify you as an expert in the art of entertaining!


When entertaining, you should always have a hot drink to offer your guests, especially as this winter chill lingers on and on and on.

A wonderful heirloom treat that you just don’t see often enough in kitchens today is the tea kettle. Whether you’re offering hot tea or cocoa, the kettle heats up your cup of delight to the perfect temperature, but the most wonderful part is the whistle it gives off when it’s done.

What a throwback treat to bring back into everyday use! It is sure to leave a lasting and memorable impression on your guests.

Hosting & entertaining guests extends beyond your home. Having recently been both in a new town as a guest of someone, and also been in my own hometown entertaining a guest of my own, I was reminded of the importance of sharing the experience of your town with out-of-town guests.

Make a list of 5 to 10 things that are key to really experiencing your town – things you can only do there, that you MUST do if you visit. Make sure the list includes a wide variety of things, so you can pull it out no matter who the guest is – from best place to eat to most wonderful outdoor activity, to most unique local store to visit or historical landmark you can’t miss.

I’m from Tallahassee, Florida – and in my opinion, here are a few things you simply cannot miss in Tallahassee:

1. Bradley’s Country Store

2. My Favorite Things (store)

3. Wakulla Springs State Park

4. Jim & Milts BBQ

5. Miccosukee Road to see the canopy of Live Oaks

6. Catch a FSU baseball game from the cheap seats

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