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There are dinner parties...and then there are dinner parties. We're talking table decorations of epic proportions — think towering hot-air-balloon centerpieces and real moss tablecloths. Of course, it's no surprise that the annual Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala benefit, hosted by Veranda magazine last Wednesday in NYC, definitely took haute dining to a new level. The event featured 45 "High Society"-themed tables decorated by interior designers — and the final productions were as over the top as you can imagine.
And while we don't all aspire to create five-foot tall peacock feather centerpieces for our own rooftop barbecues, we did chat with the designers on their must dos and don'ts for creating the perfect soirée — no matter your budget.
Did you know that November is National Sleep Comfort Month? Probably not, as it's one of those "holiday months" of mysterious origin — Sealy Mattress Company, we have our suspicions. But, whatever the origin, the focus this month should be on getting comfy and sleeping in (at least once in a while).
A "comfort read
Sometimes, your perfect gift doesn't go over so well. Of course, the giftee happily accepts. But, deep down, you know your present was a total dud, and they'll exchange it for something they actually want the next day. Well, we're letting you in on a little holiday-gifting secret: There are items that will work for read