This month, take a moment to celebrate the guy who greets you at your front door every night -- your dog (or dogs)! August 26th is National Dog Day, which means now is the time to break out the dog-themed decor to honor your pup. Invite your friends over and have them bring their own furry pals -- it'll be a barking-good time!
I love the cocktail culture in the Pink Panther movie of the 1960s. It was so glamorous, so effortlessly swank -- and nobody seemed to be trying too hard. Since I can't get myself (or my friends) invited to one of those celluloid soirees, I do what I can to re-create the vibe when I entertain. I use lots of silver and glass: As many reflective surfaces as possible help set the stage. And I keep the menu limited -- there are options but not endless options. This makes it possible for me to spend time mixing with my guests rather than mixing drinks all night.