"I believe entertaining should be fun and certainly stress-free.  The most important secret weapon for successfully hosting a fete is to bring creativity to your home, table and cooking. This puts your guests at ease no matter how formal the event, and makes for a festive and fun time for all! " -Tamara Stephenson

Let Me Show You How 
To Enjoy the Experience of Hosting 
a Dinner Party, 
Luncheon or Cocktail Soiree
please follow these hashtags on social media  
From sourcing locally to utilizing quick and simple shortcuts, entertaining can be fun and relatively easy!  For more than a decade my friends have referred to me as the Tabletop Queen because I have honed my skills as a host and cook. I entertain frequently for my friends and family, brands, non-profit organizations and companies. 

I offer up unique and creative tips and ideas while demonstrating table decorating, sources, menus, recipes and venues.  With these stories I hope to inspire my readers to enjoy the process, keep it elegant, yet comfortable and, at times, wildly creative in order to create a warm, convivial environment while putting guests at ease.  Additionally, this year I launched a new home fabric collection with my long-time friend and fashion designer Susan Young.  We create beautiful and quality fabrics to bring to your home and table, and we are now regularly invited to speak at events where we offer tips and advice about entertaining in a series we call Table Talk.  Follow these hashtags on social media to find our recipes, table and home decorating tips and entertaining ideas.  
please reach out to schedule us for a TableTalk engagement at RootCellarDesigns@gmail.com
TableTalk tips post
We've been busy this summer--
Our talk at the Country Living Fair on June 3 was a hit!

Lenox Hill Gala in NYC this past April

 The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House--April 13, 2016
The event raised over 1.2 million dollars for this upper east side home providing needed community services to those in need.  We decorated a table creating custom designed linens from our Root Cellar Designs' collections in a Roman Garden Theme for this black-tie sit down dinner. Our table was chosen from over 50 tables to grace the virtual pages of these magazines and blogs:
press from Lenox Hill 2016
Veranda magazine
The Editor At Large
New York Spaces magazine

My feature in Traditional Home magazine's 
Great Kitchens issue,  
showing my Greek-inspired dinner, Fourth of July

here on Nest by Tamara from my entertaining in summer in East Hampton...
My Entertaining on Pinterest
cocktails recipes:
Tamara's Mandarin Mojito Cocktail 
Summer Watermelon Mojito's with Jonathan and Toma
Rohl blog: a bespoke cocktail made in a Paris Hotel bar
table & party decorating:
why I love pergolas
set a gorgeous summer table
setting a Thanksgiving Table  
easy, stylish dinner party ideas
Dan's Papers magazine, setting a Holiday table with gold
Art of the Table, with Traditional Home
tabletop and decorating tips, a ladies' lunch under the pergola
Beautiful Table Decorating at the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Tabletop ideas inspired by the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Donna Karan's Urban Zen
Dan's Papers magazine, Fall Decorating & Entertaining
Dan's Papers magazine, Finding antique Majolica for your table


Pistachio Lemon Basil Pesto 
French Onion Soup and other holiday recipes
Braised Short Ribs inspired by a trip to Atlanta
apple pie and Chinese take out   
 Beach Picnic recipes 
blueberry crumble
tomato bread soup
chicken souvlaki
our supper club:
Rob and Irene's Vodka, Pierogy and Lamb
Enrique and Diana's  Mexican Dinner Party
Melissa and Barry's  A Greek dinner
Brian and Gail's A Mad Men-inspired evening
Randal and Tamara' Italian Holiday dinner party
French Country dinner at Poggenpohl's Eric Ripert's kitchen
Barry and Melissa's Spanish Dinner Tapas
 Rob and Irene (and daughter Libby)  Indian dinner   

shopping Arthur Avenue 

Our Netherlands table at Hope Lodge Holiday Bash 
at the Harmonie Club, NYC December 2015
 a series of "Under The Pergola" Dinner Parties in East Hampton
 Dinner at Poggenphol with our Supper Club
 Holiday Decorating demonstration at the Westport Historical Society
my French dining room at Design On A Dime
 Our table designs for New Canaan Historic Luncheon
The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House gala 2015
at the Cipriani ballroom in Grand Central Station, New York City

black tie dinner gala Flawless Foundation at the
Historic Burden Mansion in New York City

My kitchen design for Art of the Table 
sponsored by Traditional Home magazine in Bilotta Kitchen, NYC 
I stylized this table and kitchen for a celebration of the the bounty of the Autumn season. 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.

Under The Pergola column 
In Summer, 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.  

Marriott's Travel Brilliantly program
My gala for the Marriott Travel Program in Atlanta
 Weekday and Sunday Supper Columns
offering quick, easy yet delicious meals and recipes. 
a French Dinner in Eric Ripert's kitchen Poggenpohl 
Together with a group of talented friends, I created a Supper Club here in New York City.  We meet often to collaborate on a culturally inspired dinner.  Over the years we have hosted dinner parties together.  We shop the surrounding appropriate neighborhood for fresh indigenous ingredients, then collaborate on a menu.  

Happy Nesting
XO Tamara

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