The Great Fires of 2017

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. —William Wordsworth The month of October and natural disasters are synonymous, at least in the Bay Area. Historically, many have occurred during this month, from the...

Put a Fork in It

Dinner parties are nervous-making events for many people—so many questions, so many rules! Here’s a short Q&A to help make your next dinner party fun for both you and your guests. Should dinner guests be assigned seats? When I’m the hostess, I always assign seats,...

Judging a Book by Its Cover: Party Don’t-Forgets

‘Tis the season. September marked the opening of the San Francisco social season. First came the opera and then the symphony. Both were glamorous black-tie, see-and-be-seen events. Unfortunately, evening gowns and tuxedos don’t always equal good behavior. Great...

As a Manner of Fact: Party Tips

Don’t laugh at the subtitle “Party Tips.” If I had a dollar for every mistake I’ve made throwing a party, I’d be rich. There really are ways to make your next party memorable in a good way. Here are some questions and answers that sum up what I’ve learned about...

How to Be a Popular Hostess

Dorothy Draper, an American interior decorator, wrote a book entitled Entertaining Is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess. It can be fun to entertain, although many people find giving a party daunting. To do it right, you need just one basic component: lists, lists, and...

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday. The Bar Mitzvah, meaning “son of the commandment,” is used to denote both...