Get Ready for Serious High Style at DIFFA Bash

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Expect nothing but tip top tabletop design at GLAM: Tablescapes, a style-filled soiree hosted by the Seattle edition of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). The charitable bash takes place on Thursday, October 10 at Masins in Belleveue and brings together Seattle's best in design and fine dining who will pair up to present donated dinners (think eats from Aragona, The Georgian Room, Lucia and Monsoon East among others) elaborately staged as tablescapes. Whose tabletop designs are we prepping the Instagram for (hello, inspiration!)? Look for works from Deirdre Denckla and Tracy Reimers of Gracious House to Home, Timothy De Clue Design and Masins Fine Furnishings interior designers Rich Holliday, Christie Long and Sue Trudell. More ace interior experts, including Kelie Grosso of Maison Luxe and Susan Wheeler of Susan Wheeler Home, imparted their skills to create uber stylish wine buckets.

Guests get the chance to bid on the dinners and buckets amid cocktails, wine and bites. The best part? It's all for a great cause. GLAM: Tablescapes at Masins Fine Furnishings and Interior Design, Thursday, October 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Family Traditions for a Lifetime of Love

Valentine’s Day Family Traditions for a Lifetime of Love

"I wanted my husband and I to be our children’s first valentines, to shape their impressions of this holiday and teach them it’s not merely about romance, but about love"
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Years ago I was shopping with my daughter and being helped by a pleasant young woman. As she and I chatted, a man came into the shop, holding a small bouquet and a card, and stopped at the register. The young woman excused herself. She and the man spoke quietly for a moment, then he handed her the card and the flowers, kissed her on the cheek and left.

“That was my dad,” she said. “I broke up with my boyfriend a few weeks ago, and I wasn’t looking forward to Valentine’s. But ever since I can remember, he has gotten me something, and my mom has done the same for my brother, so we always have a valentine. It’s nice.”

“That’s so sweet,” I said, and right then and there decided I wanted to do this for my kids.

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I’ve said before that too many parents mistake childhood for an extended cruise and cast themselves as the activities director, so it may seem surprising that, of all holidays, I’m suggesting you make sure to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children.



Can we agree—no matter how lowly you rate the importance of this holiday—that when you don’t have a special someone on February 14, it can leave a bit of a mark?


I wanted my husband and I to be our children’s first valentines, to shape their impressions of this holiday and teach them it’s not merely about romance, but about love.

To do this you don’t have to buy special decorations or bake extravagant treats. You get to decide what fits you and your family.

We keep it fairly simple. If it’s a school day, we make a special breakfast. One year it was strawberry smoothies served in goblets and doilies on the plates. Paul’s specialty is Belgian waffles, and several years he has made those. Last year one of the kids had an early-morning surgery, so it was simply cards on their plates at dinner and small boxes of chocolate.

I have fun selecting cards for each of the kids: a beautiful one for Lydia, jokey for Christopher and anything dogs or puppies for Eden, with a priority on pugs.



Perhaps you and your family would prefer to make your own cards. Maybe you enjoy baking and decorating to the max; that’s just not my thing. We all get to decide how to celebrate.


It’s seems like such a small thing, and yet it’s these little traditions, these small securities and expressions of affection, that wind their way into and around our children’s hearts. And when our children go out into the big, wide world they remember, no matter how they fare romantically, that they are ever and always beloved.

In Sleepless in Seattle, a romantic comedy all about romance and love, what is it Tom Hanks’ character says about the first time he touched his wife’s hand?

“It was like coming home.”