Author: Melanie Warner Spencer

Bubble Tap Will Have You Belly Up to the Bubbly

  Your Big Day presents countless opportunities to plan big and little surprises for your guests. It’s those moments that make an unforgettable day even more memorable. Delight your guests during the cocktail or wedding reception or perhaps the after…

Lagniappe: Belly Up to the Bubbly

Your Big Day presents countless opportunities to plan big and little surprises for your guests. It’s those moments that make an unforgettable day even more memorable. Delight your guests during the cocktail or wedding reception or perhaps the after party…

Editor's Note

There are only three ways to stay cool in New Orleans during the summer months: Take a dip in the pool, enjoy a cold beverage or go inside and give thanks and praise to the air conditioning gods. Our annual…

From the Editor

There’s nothing like a royal wedding to stoke everyone’s romantic fires. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were married at St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom in May of 2018…

Note de l’editeur

Brunch is my favorite meal. In fact, if more places offered it during  the week, I’d find a way to earn more vacation days, so that I could schedule several long, lazy weekday brunches throughout the year. The best brunches…

Bon Vivant | Inspired Entertaining

  In April during Freret Fest, my dear friend Jenelle threw a fabulous, casual afternoon gathering to celebrate her husband Neal’s birthday. She had been traveling and in an effort to streamline the planning, she outsourced the cooking to one…

Last Indulgence | Cool Summer

  The New Orleans summer heat is upon us, which means finding any and every way to stay cool. An icy, bubbly beverage is at once essential and decadent — especially when the bubbles are derived from champagne. If you…

High Spirits

  Customized koozies, matchbooks and candies are always a hit at weddings, but some couples are opting to send guests home with a parting gift that has a personal, New Orleans-style twist — cocktail mixers. Cocktail + Creative (cocktailcreative.biz) provides…

Along the Way: The Parade of Life

By the time you read this, Mardi Gras celebrations will be wrapping up all over the state, but one of the krewes I’m in will have just started its year’s worth of events. While I love watching parades, I used…

Editor's Note: Spring Fever

Confession: I have kitchen envy. coming from people who love to cook and  also loving to cook myself exacerbates the condition. Thankfully, our current kitchen is at least efficient. The “triangle” is — pardon the pun — on point. Whether…

Bon Vivant: Biscuits 101

There is something special about offering houseguests warm, homemade biscuits. Whether it’s during a little welcome reception upon their arrival to your home or in the morning when they make their way to the kitchen for coffee, biscuits are a…

Last Indulgence: Toweling Off

One of life’s simplist pleasures is grabbing a fresh, soft towel after a shower or bath and enveloping yourself in it. The choice of towel is of course crucial to just how comforting and luxurious you want it to be…

Wrapped

A showstopping stole sure to become an instant heirloom