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"One of my guests commented, 'It's so nice sitting here having dinner and looking at the different artworks. It's like having an art gallery in your house!'" – Isabel Lawrence, Photographer

"The last thing I want to do when entertaining family and friends is put on a stuffy formal dinner party." – Isabel Lawrence, Photographer

"We often decorate with items from the garden or farmers market and our "best" china is the set we use every day." – Isabel Lawrence, Photographer.

"When planning party menus, my husband and I rely on dishes that we’re comfortable with and then throw in a few new items. We encourage guests to get involved in prep and even cooking. Everyone relaxes and guests enjoy themselves more." – Tish Evangelista, Creative Director, Character SF

House & Garden Cover - November 1949

House and Garden Cover November 1949. Wanna bet there was an electric mixer on their Xmas gift list?

"Truth about Santa" or "Discovery", December 29,1956

"TRUTH ABOUT SANTA" OR "DISCOVERY", December 29, 1956 by Norman Rockwell. Giclee Print from Art.com, $29.99