"I believe entertaining should be fun and certainly stress-free.  The most important secret weapon for successfully hosting a fete is to bring creativity to your home, table and cooking. This puts your guests at ease no matter how formal the event, and makes for a festive time for all! " 
-Tamara Stephenson

Our talk at the Country Living Fair on June 3 was a hit!

Let Me Show You How 
To Enjoy the Experience of Hosting 
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From sourcing locally to utilizing quick and simple shortcuts, entertaining can be fun and relatively easy!  For more than a decade my friends have referred to me as the Tabletop Queen because I have honed my skills as a host and cook. I entertain frequently for my friends and family, brands, non-profit organizations and companies. 

Here on the blog we share unique and creative tips and ideas while demonstrating table decorating, sources, menus, recipes and venues.  I hope to inspire you to enjoy the process, keep it elegant, yet comfortable and, at times, wildly creative in order to create a warm, convivial environment while putting guests at ease.  Additionally, this year I launched a new home fabric collection with my long-time friend and fashion designer Susan Young.  We create beautiful and quality fabrics to bring to your home and table, and these linens are every day as well as for special occasion.  Made from all linen and cotton, they are printed in vibrant colors and easily washable at home.  Susan and I are often invited to speak at events to offer tips and advice.  Follow these hashtags on social media to find our recipes, table and home decorating tips and entertaining ideas. 
please reach out to schedule us for a TableTalk engagement at RootCellarDesigns@gmail.com

TableTalk tips post

a sample of some recent events...
Lenox Hill Gala at Grand Central Station ballroom, NYC
April, 2016

The event raised over 1.2 million dollars for this upper east side home providing needed community services to those in need.  We created a Roman Garden Table custom designing all the linens with our Root Cellar Designs' collections for this black-tie sit down dinner. Our table was chosen from over 50 tables to grace the virtual pages of these magazines and blogs:

Veranda magazine
The Editor At Large
Quintessence blog
Mon Oncle blog
Sarah Sarna blog
Luxury Listings NYC
New York Spaces magazine

My feature Traditional Home mag's Great Kitchens issue showing my Greek-inspired dinner, Fourth of July

Our Summer Entertaining Column, 
Under The Pergola
setting a pretty, Autumn table 
My Entertaining on Pinterest
cocktails recipes:
Tamara's Mandarin Mojito Cocktail 
Summer Watermelon Mojito's with Jonathan and Toma
Rohl blog: a bespoke cocktail made in a Paris Hotel bar
table & party decorating:
why I love pergolas
set a gorgeous summer table
setting a Thanksgiving Table  
easy, stylish dinner party ideas
Dan's Papers magazine, setting a Holiday table with gold
Art of the Table, with Traditional Home
tabletop and decorating tips, a ladies' lunch under the pergola
Beautiful Table Decorating at the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Tabletop ideas inspired by the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Donna Karan's Urban Zen
Dan's Papers magazine, Fall Decorating & Entertaining
Dan's Papers magazine, Finding antique Majolica for your table


Bourbon, Agave, Chocolate Pecan Pie
Pistachio Lemon Basil Pesto 
French Onion Soup and other holiday recipes
Braised Short Ribs inspired by a trip to Atlanta
apple pie and Chinese take out   
 Beach Picnic recipes 
blueberry crumble
tomato bread soup
chicken souvlaki
 supper club:
Rob and Irene's Vodka, Pierogy and Lamb
Enrique and Diana's  Mexican Dinner Party
Melissa and Barry's  A Greek dinner
Brian and Gail's A Mad Men-inspired evening
Randal and Tamara' Italian Holiday dinner party
French Country dinner at Poggenpohl's Eric Ripert's kitchen
Barry and Melissa's Spanish Dinner Tapas
 Rob and Irene (and daughter Libby)  Indian dinner   

shopping Arthur Avenue 

Our Netherlands table at Hope Lodge Holiday Bash 
at the Harmonie Club, NYC December 2015

 Dinner at Poggenphol with our Supper Club
 Holiday Decorating demonstration at the Westport Historical Society
my French dining room at Design On A Dime
 Our table designs for New Canaan Historic Luncheon
The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House gala 2015
at the 
Cipriani ballroom in Grand Central Station, New York City

black tie dinner gala Flawless Foundation at the
Historic Burden Mansion in New York City

My kitchen design for Art of the Table 
sponsored by Traditional Home magazine in Bilotta Kitchen, NYC 

Under The Pergola summer entertaining
East Hampton, Long Island

Marriott's Travel Brilliantly program
My gala for the Marriott Travel Program in Atlanta
 Weekday and Sunday Supper Columns
offering quick, easy yet delicious meals and recipes. 
a French Dinner in Eric Ripert's kitchen Poggenpohl 

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