Jolie Berndt is legendary for her creative and high-spirited parties. The love and thoughtful attention to detail that go into the planning are palpable. Everybody feels like the guest of honor at a Berndt party- the vibe is upbeat and there is usually a surprise injection of humor somewhere along the way. The food and drink are as flawless as the execution of her parties, leaving guests discussing her events long after they have ended. Jolie will modestly admit that she grew up in a family that entertained often, and believe me when I say she got the hostess gene in spades. As a child, she watched her mother throw seated dinners for 200 without batting an eyelash, always setting elegant tables. Jolie and her sisters Jenifer Gutmann and Judy Barnes carry forward their mother’s creative hospitality, joining forces in their company Central Productions to create themes, design clever invitations, share dishes, and make that next party as uniques and fun as the last. These ladies are a force of talent, style and fun. Today Jolie is sharing entertaining tips you won’t want to miss:
It hardly seems anywhere NEAR time to even think about the holidays with the summer temps we have in Dallas, but this wonderful thing we have called Partners Card is all the catalyst Dallasites need to roust themselves out of the office or house to start–> and complete holiday preparations. Partners Card offers 20% off at multiple retail locations, benefitting The Family Place to help victims of family violence, for ten days of shopping on sale. The city goes mad. The smart head straight to Mecox to complete their gift shopping and freshen up their homes before their guests arrive.
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Honored to be a contributor to the latest Traditional Home Great Kitchens issue, where I share TWO inspired table settings by stylish Texan Jolie Berndt. See how she entertains and you’ll understand why she is in demand to plan parties internationally. Head over to Traditional Home to check out the incredible kitchens, food and entertaining~
Hotel Silver adds understated elegance, the possibility of a good story, depending on how you found yours. The best way to find hotel silver is to simply be aware and on the lookout for it. You would be surprised by the timing or places where it might appear. Antique stores and estate sales are obvious bets, but when you least expect it, you will start seeing it if you are on the lookout. I was once in New York, staying at the Plaza Hotel during it’s final week before construction was to start to convert part of it to condo. Talk about the right place at the right time, it was a jackpot for hotel everything, being sold for pennies on the dollar, with MY last initial on it. Pure luck. I have been collecting it over the years and absolutely love my mismatched collection in the works. A surprising treasure trove of hotel silver is [Read more…] about Hotel Silver