Our friend Becky has a side table in her dining room, and she always creates such a lovely still life on it. We love that she displays the ephemera she has found–from feathers to shells to favorite restaurant matchbooks–next to a bouquet of flowers, and always candles.


I was at the restaurant Sitka and Spruce in Seattle recently and in addition to the amazing food, I was struck by the impact of these tiny arrangements, created, no doubt, by Marigold & Mint (a collaboration we featured in the May issue Martha Stewart Living). It’s a reminder that you don’t need much to […]

ikea tablecloth

Our friend Becky had us over for Sunday breakfast last week, and we loved the way her dining table looked, with her new blue and white striped tablecloth from Ikea. You can also get a bright blue tablecloth by taking an old solid colored cloth or sheet, and dying it indigo.

mexican bingo

Dinnertime often has the familiar ring of “Please eat some broccoli. Just three more bites of chicken? OK, two tomatoes, one more fish stick and three spoonfuls of rice.”  When Ben was a baby and still imprisoned in that highchair, we would put unsuspecting grandparents on speakerphone as the spoonfuls disappeared. But now that there […]


We really really like it when restaurants hand Wikki Stix to your kid when you walk in the door. Why don’t all kid-friendly or -unfriendly restaurants (because isn’t it in everyone’s best interest to keep kids quiet–a small packet of Wikki Stix will buy you at least 15 minutes of absolute kid silence)? Or, you […]


Neither my husband nor I grew up in households where name cards were a part of a dinner party table. And while we aren’t into formal dinners, we are into anything that keeps our daughter Clara busy while we prep for guests.  We decided that having her make place cards for each guest usually buys […]


I love these salt and pepper cellars by Rae Dunn. Then again, I think I love everything made by this amazing San Francisco-based ceramicist. They make a great gift for the friend who has everything, or are a simple way to dress up your own dinner table.


My husband and I like to comb flea markets and yard sales for linen tea towels from the 50s and 60s. The truth is, they are usually stuffed and forgotten in some drawer. But one day it hit me that these colorful textiles could serve as the perfect tablecloth for a kids’ table. Our daughter […]


Shake it up: In an attempt to escape the pasta and broccoli doldrums, I started playing Recipe Roulette with my kids at least once a week. I give them a few cookbooks, they close their eyes and randomly pick a recipe. I promise to cook it, they promise to eat it. Not just taste it. […]

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