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A few words anyway: while prepping Miss Undead, Josie said “I want the makeup to look, you know, like she had a lot on and then it smeared for 100 years.” I told her the quickest route would be to turn 42, stay up very late, then check the mirror at 7 a.m. And your [...]

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The Center of Everything

It’s been a month since Josie’s bat mitzvah, and looking at photos now with a better-rested and less tearful eye, it’s hard to believe we did all that. But we did, and at least one part of it merits a closer how-to look. Centerpieces. We planned 16 tables of adults at our party (some 60 [...]

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We’re on the road this weekend, toward Western Kansas, to Abilene, to stare at some pretty country, to fret about tornadoes, to visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum. We toured Ike’s boyhood home, gawked at parlor chairs and portraits and sifters, trying to find out what makes great men great. Here in Mrs. Eisenhower’s [...]

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Bark Mitzvah

After the last kugel was served, the last tired-legs house tour given, after the last lipsticked kiss and the last out-of-towner boarded a plane, we were left with one half-bag of pretzels and a bowl of ganache. So I made a pretzel ganache sandwich. End of story. What. Oh, I’m sorry…the Bat Mitzvah. Were you [...]

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Countdown

I have piped my last cookie, iced my last brownie and stuffed my last gift bag. I have shopped for shoes and tumblers and plates and cups, wine and chocolates and acres of ribbon; I have picked up my last dry cleaning, my last paper towels, gummi bears, scotch tape and gel pens and strapless [...]

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