My Entertaining Stories 
& Hosted Events:
a sit down dinner for 150
at the historic Burden Mansion in NYC:
I created the flowers and tabletop design
Over the years I have honed my skills to become the consummate host and here on Nest by Tamara I show some of these stylish parties.  I entertain for my friends and family, brands, non-profit organizations and companies.  I offer up unique and creative tips and ideas here on the blog, and I demonstrate tabletop ideas, sources, menus, recipes and venues.  With these stories I hope to inspire my readers to enjoy the process, keep it elegant, but also comfortable and, at times, wildly creative in order to create a warm, convivial environment, put guests at ease and have fun.  I encourage everyone to enjoy the process of entertaining because it can be an incredibly rich experience.  Please see below some of the columns pertaining to this topic here on Nest by Tamara including - Under The Pergola, Weekday Supper & Culinary Dinner Column.  
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara

First, check out my most recent project for the annual 
Art of The Table sponsored by Traditional Home magazine this October, 2014

I was invited along with three other interior designers to each stylize a kitchen for the annual, festive Art of the Table event in New York City. My kitchen was more than a pretty table, and I used the opportunity to show how I entertain.  I baked homemade banana bread, offered it up with recipe cards to take home, brought in farm-fresh produce, charcuterie, cheese & wine and invited guests to celebrate in my Bounty Of Fall kitchen at Bilotta in New York City while utilizing Lenox's DKNY dishes, Rab lab, Jerry Teters, Michele Varian, Kim Seybert, Viyet & more products in the design! Traditional Home magazine and The Editor At Large interviewed us and showcased our designs on their sites.

Art of the Table story
Under The Pergola column Summer
 "Under The Pergola" column is where I show easy and creative ideas for hosting events, either under a pergola or anywhere you channel the sunny season.  These stories help the host think of the entire event as a whole.  We all know there are a wealth of recipes out there now online to tap into, but it's bringing the entire luncheon or evening together with a smile on our face that can be the challenge, and all the while juggling a full life.  Take a look at some of the stories from summer 2014:

photo from a cocktail party I hosted for 
Marriott Atlanta's Travel Brilliantly program 

Weekday Supper column
During the busy work week, we still want delicious homemade cooked food, but only too often
we fall into the trap of ordering take out or eating leftovers or just a pizza.
I created WEEKDAY SUPPER column, to offer quick, easy yet delicious meals.  

Culinary Dinner Club column

Culinary club dinner with friends in Eric Ripert's
 kitchen at Poggenpohl 
Together with a group of my talented friends, I created a Dinner Club here in New York City.  We meet often to collaborate on a culturally inspired dinner.  Over the years we have hosted many dinner parties together, and we decided to make it a regular event as a way to share with others our recipes plus broaden our culinary skills.  We usually shop the surrounding appropriate neighborhood for fresh indigenous ingredients, then collaborate on a menu.  The Dinner Club has evolved with each of us stretching our culinary tastes and exploring new dishes. Take a look at some of these wonderful evenings we have shared.  
stop back for more entertaining posts soon!

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