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This Year's U.S. Open

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Every year Martha and I go to the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium and sit in the President’s box. It is always so much fun and something that I especially look forward to. This year I went straight to the matches from the airport having just landed from my trip to Paris. I was incredibly jetlagged but there was no way that I was going to miss this special night. It is always an amazing group of celebrities who sit in the President’s box but this year was absolutely crazy. It was such an unusual group that I have to list it out:

Sean Connery

Leonardo DiCaprio

Kevin Spacey

Mayor David Dinkins

Ralph Lauren

Anna Wintour

Andy Cohen

Queen Sophia of Spain

Alec Baldwin

Just to name a few

 

It was a terrific match and my man Nadal won, so the Queen of Spain and I went home happy. We ended our evening having a delicious dinner at the Imperial Palace Restaurant in Queens. After having eaten French food for a week, Chinese food was just what I wanted.

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The stadium is beautiful at night.

1 The stadium is beautiful at night.

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These lovely ladies always do a great job of getting us where we need to be.

3 These lovely ladies always do a great job of getting us where we need to be.

The match begins.

4 The match begins.

Sean Connery

5 Sean Connery

The Queen of Spain

6 The Queen of Spain

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Victory!

10 Victory!

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A warm welcome from Buddha.

13 A warm welcome from Buddha.

The best peanuts in the whole world.

14 The best peanuts in the whole world.

Crab, rice, and shallots –– yummy!

15 Crab, rice, and shallots –– yummy!

On My Bookshelf: What's a Hostess to Do?

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Hostess 3D JacketNow that September is almost upon us, I'd like to host one last summer gathering to celebrate the end of lazy days and summer Fridays. While looking for a little inspiration, I came across a new book by Susan Spungen, an author, cook, and food stylist who has done food styling for several films, including Julie & Julia and Eat, Pray, Love.

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The book includes tips for creating the perfect party spread, like this loaded table. Photo credit: Evan Sung

"What's a Hostess To Do?" is a foolproof book and makes entertaining look easy. With more than 300 inspiring ideas, as well as 121 recipes for party-appropriate dishes, the book is full of tips for shaking up my usual party planning routine. The book covers choosing the perfect hors d'oeuvres, what kind of salt to serve, how to find the best cheese, and even how to maximize your fridge space when you're planning for a large number of guests.

Aside from all of the great material inside, "What's a Hostess To Do?" features amazing images of all the delicious-looking recipes Spungen suggests. I definitely want to try the Make-Ahead Chocolate Souffles –– they look amazing!

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Pick up a copy here and plan the perfect end-of-summer soiree!

Excerpted from "What's a Hostess to Do? by Susan Spungen (Artisan Books)." Copyright (c) 2013. Photographs by Susan Spungen.

Bedazzled Centerpieces

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Good Shepherd Services is an amazing NYC charity that serves vulnerable youth in the city, connecting them to schools and communities to help them take charge of their futures. This past April, I was invited to their annual Spring Party, a fundraising event hosted by Isaac Mizrahi, and I've been wanting to share some pictures of the decor all summer long.

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Eric's colors were vibrant on their own; the glitter and crystals only enhanced them.

Eric Beare, a local artist, was asked to create the decorations for the event, and he did an amazing job with sparkling centerpieces that stole the show. Keeping the themes of nature and springtime in mind, Eric collected life-size statues, many of which were intended as garden follies. According to Isaac's instructions, Eric's goal was to make the decor sparkle, and to do so he applied donated Martha Stewart glitter in ombré designs to each piece by hand. The centerpieces were then covered in colored crystals donated by Swarovski, displayed on sparkling black tablecloths, and illuminated by spotlights –– the effect was incredible.

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As you know, I'm completely obsessed with bees, so this was definitely one of my favorites.

Each centerpiece was auctioned off to support the charity, and though I didn't go home with one, I was awed by Eric's work and impressed by the dazzling pieces he created. Check out his work here, and for more information about Good Shepherd Services, visit their website.