Easy Elevated Cocktails

Image Source: Pomp & Whimsy

I’m no bartender, but sometimes I’m in the mood for an elevated, but easy cocktail.  I want something more than just a glass of wine or a vodka and soda.  A friend of mine launched a gin liquor called Pomp & Whimsy, which is perfect for those days when I want something special that doesn’t require much […]

Step Back in Time: The Greenbrier


Visiting The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV had been on my bucket list for quite sometime.  I’m a  WWII history buff with a fascination with Dorothy Draper decor — i.e., it’s basically heaven.  It was a hospital where WWII soldiers recovered and where the government held German and Japanese spies and officials during the […]

Retro Cocktail Hour Nibbles


Simplicity rules at Senza Tempo, whether it’s your wardrobe or your parties.  A party should be about spending time with friends and family, not slaving away preparing tedious recipes.  Parmesan shortbread is one of our founder’s go-to recipes for any occasion and always a crowdpleaser (don’t be surprised if they spoil your guest’s dinner, though.)  The gin-soaked olives […]

Entertaining Is Fun!


“Have you ever considered how much ridiculous pomposity surrounds the word “entertaining? And the idea that you must do this and you must do that?” — Dorothy Draper in Entertaining Is Fun   All you really need for a good party is… A hostess who expects to have a good time. Your party begins with you. […]

Just Add Red


When you are in need of a dose of instant chic – just add red.  History is on our side when it comes to this advice.  Four hundred years ago, red was the color of power in France and frequently worn by Louis XIV.  Red was chic, flashy and expensive.  It was as expensive as […]

Palm Springs: Hollywood’s Golden Age Playground


Palm Springs started as Hollywood’s playground in the desert in the 1920s due to the legendary “Two Hour Rule” at most of the studios. Actors had to be available within two hours for last minute film or photo shoots. Marilyn Monroe was discovered there, Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned there, and countless other celebrities from Hollywood’s […]

Pistachio Macarons


Light, delicate and gorgeous. The French Macaron is one of the most elegant desserts one can easily master at home. Using ground pistachios instead of almonds adds an exotic complexity that will brighten any meal. For the macaron: 1/3 c pistachios 3/4 c confectioners’ sugar 2 large egg whites 1 Tbsp sugar For the buttercream: […]

Classic Draper


Want to replicate Dorothy Draper’s classic aesthetic?  Here are a few tips from her classic interior design book Decorating is Fun! 1. Black & White Marble Floor – 18″ Squares, on the diagonal. 2. White-painted Dado & Chair Rail (use the “snowiest” white you can find). 3. Paint the ceilings a ‘Thomas Jefferson’ pale aqua blue. […]

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