I've always had a deep desire to connect with people and celebrate life. When I was a little girl, I watched my parents throw dinner parties. My dad would mix cocktails behind the bar, my mom would decorate a table, and their friends would laugh and dance. At the end of the night, my parents would end up on a sofa, with a glass of wine, listening to Marvin Gaye, and talking about the night. They were always surrounded by people they had deep connections with who became my family.
Out of that experience, I have built a career around sharing that passion, first as an Event Planner, planning parties around the world, and now in television as a host and expert. From mixing a cocktail on The View, to sharing ways to create an environment at home on HGTV, and teaching people to gather and build relationships by entertaining on shows like Steve Harvey & Nate Berkus - it's what drives me in life. Spreading that love, with the hopes people will be inspired to do the same.
I believe that a great dinner party, or a well decorated room, is not only a place of sanctuary, but a break from the ordinary and a chance to celebrate what really matters — connection, inspiration and perhaps a memory that your 90-year-old self will thank you for as you sit and recall the experiences of your life.
My mission is not for people to aspire to do things perfectly, but instead to be inspired making it accessible for them to take action and do it. If you aren't diving in, I think what's really getting in the way is fear. Fear of people saying "no" to an invitation, throwing a party that will most definately be a disaster, or worrying that their house is not exactly the way they want it to be.
In my experience, with a cocktail or glass of wine in hand, and you being authentic - nobody cares if things are perfect. They are there to spend time with you. I say "dive in," have fun, and express who you are no matter what that may be or where you are in life. Make the connection - that's what matters.
Thank you for connecting with me here, and taking time to learn a little about me.