Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

This shoot by Amy Neunsinger
is for a winter party feature at OKL,
yet the whole vibe translates
simply for any season.


Beautiful white tablescape by Amy Neunsinger

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

Vintage and mix-matched? Check.
Family style service? Yes, please.
House cocktail with Limoncello? Boom…
baby, you know I like to make my own!

Scroll on for the cocktail’s recipe, and soak up
inspiration from Neunsinger, who started
her career at Martha Stewart Living.

Amy Neunsinger styling a beautiful table outdoors

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

Beautiful outdoor dining in courtyard with white tolix chairs and lanterns

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

Gorgeous detail of placesetting by Amy Neunsinger

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

Detail of buffet styled by Amy Neunsinger

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

the dessert bar

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}


Limoncello Spritz (from Frances Boswell)

Makes one cocktail

An easy, refreshing cocktail to whip up in a flash with no muddling, shaking, or straining required. This drink goes down like a treat, so buyer beware.
Crushed ice
Several paper-thin slices of limes, lemons, and oranges, 1.5 ounce shot limoncello, Sparkling water, Mint sprig, to garnish


Fill a pretty cocktail glass halfway with crushed ice. Layer in citrus slices to the brim. Add a shot of limoncello and top off with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of mint.



Someday soon I will host an outdoor

feast in our cottage’s backyard…wanna come?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. May 1, 2016 / 6:43 am

    Beautiful soulful entertaining…..and when your enyertaining I would love to be on the guest list 🙂
    Beautiful photo of you.

  2. May 1, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Perfectly stunning and welcoming – everything from the navy and cream candles to the wall behind the dessert bar. Beautiful. And "Yes Please" to an invite – what fun! Hope you are well Michele and enjoying the Springtime!

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:55 am

      Thx, Joan. I am loving the sunshine of the desert.

  3. May 2, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    What a gorgeous outdoor feast! Love everything about it, laid back yet fancy and special! Absolutely yes to the invite!

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:56 am

      Laid back yet fancy is sooooo up my alley. Xox

  4. May 2, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Goodness absolutely spectacular!!! I will add that fun drink to my summer entertaining list! Have a lovely day! xo Leslie Sinclair

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:56 am

      Time to make the limoncello!

  5. May 3, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    This looks like a fabulous party, thanks for the ideas!

    You look beautiful as always!

    Looking forward to seeing your photos of your first party!

    • May 7, 2016 / 4:33 am

      thanks, beautiful blogger.

  6. May 5, 2016 / 5:07 am

    What a gorgeous spread, I love taking in all the details of an outdoor party like this. Won't it be wonderful when you can begin entertaining from your new backyard? I look forward to seeing those pictures. And yes, I'll have that shot of limoncello in my drink! 😊

    • May 7, 2016 / 4:34 am

      so much to do before we can begin to plan an outdoor fete! i need a longggg custom harvest table! and lights! and grass without weeds!

  7. May 5, 2016 / 5:25 am

    What an absolutely beautiful series of photos. There's something about these outdoor parties that is so romantic;) Limoncello sounds delicious and perfect for summer. Such a fun post Michele!

    • May 7, 2016 / 4:35 am

      thanks for reading, su. xox

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