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Apr 29

Entertaining with Eddie Ross

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Colorful dining room designed by Eddie Ross for Ballard Designs Summer 2016 catalog

Eddie Ross is the East Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens. Recognized by design aficionados for his inventive, out-of-the-box approach to high-style decorating and entertaining on a budget, Eddie consistently re-imagines the aesthetic possibilities in secondhand finds, imbuing them with a chic and colorful sophistication. His first book, Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, was published last fall.

If you’re a trained chef and you’ve worked for Martha (yes, that Martha), then chances are you know a thing or two about entertaining. We got a chance to ask Eddie, who also designed three beautiful rooms for our Summer catalog, for a few tips on the art of entertaining. See his answers below.

 
Apr 18

Summer Must-Do: Picnic in the Park

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Summer To Do List: Picnic in the Park

As summer creeps closer (we can almost feel it), it’s fun to daydream about all of the wonderful adventures we can have when the weather is finally warm enough to head outside! And one of things is most surely having a picnic in the park.

 
Apr 15

16 Summer-Ready Place Setting Ideas

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Summer just seems to be the perfect time to entertain. The flowers are in bloom, maybe your kitchen garden is overflowing, and you can send the kids out into the backyard to play. Whenever we’re entertaining, we like to add a little flourish to the table to make guests feel extra special. Even if you’re having a casual meal, a little forethought a few days in advance is all you need. Here are some of our favorite summer place setting ideas that feel bright, festive, and simple enough to pull together on busy days.

 
Apr 12

4 Ways to Fold Your Napkin like Bunny Williams

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Leave it to Bunny to know just how to dress up a table in a really simple, yet elegant, way. Taking those extra few minutes while you’re setting the table to creatively fold your dinner guests’ napkins pays off when you see how nicely it enhances your table setting. Below, Bunny shares four favorite napkin folds she uses when she’s playing host.

 
Mar 8

5 Easter Place Setting Ideas

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Not only is the Easter holiday a kickoff for Spring, it’s a traditional holiday to spend with your family. An Easter brunch surrounded by friends and family is a time we always look forward to, so we wanted to share some pretty Easter place setting ideas you can use to decorate your table. See them all below:

 
Dec 24

A Holiday Table from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

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Holiday table setting from Bunny Williams and Eddie Ross

When it’s time for holiday hosting, it’s all about the mix! Combining different patterns is what makes a table fun, festive, and interesting for your guests. We know that as you collect different entertaining pieces, you’ll be using those in different ways each time you set the table, and that’s what we love! No one does the mix better than Modern Mix author Eddie Ross and our own favorite Bunny Williams, which is why we’re so thrilled to share this gorgeous table with you today. On Christmas Eve!

Below Eddie Ross walks you through his tips for setting a stylish Holiday table.

 
Dec 3

Holiday Cookie Recipe: Cake Batter Cookies

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Holiday cookie recipe for cake batter cookiesWe asked our office what was their favorite cookie to bake during the holidays, both to enjoy themselves and to share with friends and family. We thought we’d share these recipes on the blog with all of you!