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Chef Stacy believes that cooking from scratch and using the best ingredients are the secrets to preparing delicious and memorable meals. She has created dozens of classes for the home chef and teaches students how to master culinary techniques and recipes in just one session. Read on to see what she's dishing up for The Oakland Press today....

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Entertaining 101 - The Flowers

A great event has several components that set the stage for an incredible celebration.

We've talked about decor and the do-it-yourself stuff that can make your event unique, but what happens when you don't have the time, inclination or talent to add the "Martha Stewart touch" to your centerpieces or accent greenery? That's where your trusted florist or specialty shoppe comes to the rescue.

Greenery - Decorating with fresh cut greens can help bring the spirit of the holidays into your home. From the traditional scent of balsam fir, to the classic look of fresh pine. Wreaths, garlands, porch pots and kissing balls are all avaialbe to start your holiday decorating. Create the warmest welcome on your front porch with a traditional holiday wreath.

Centerpieces - Fresh beautiful flowers and greenery are the perfect accent to any holiday table. Depending on the theme of your celebration and how formal or casual it may be, there are a lot of centerpiece options available! Choose one off the shelf or order something special. I've come to love the talented designers at Joe's Produce Gourmet Market. I've found their flowers to be long-lasting and they always create the perfect arrangement to adorn my holiday table or deliver as a gift.

With the hectic holiday schedules, multitasking is really important. Let your grocery shopping do double-duty and pick up a festive centerpiece for your table this holiday season while you're already at the store.

Traditional Holiday Plants for Your Home - Beautiful poinsettias are available this season in many colors and sizes. You will surely find the perfect holiday plant to brighten your home or someone else's. Poinsettias are a fantastic way to add a festive touch to any backdrop, and, they're incredibly hearty so they last a very long time!

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