Party Tips: Terri of La Dolfina

Terri and her husband

Terri and her husband are a dynamic duo when it comes to entertaining and wanted to collaborate together on this post. Fun! They live in the Bay Area and Terry is the force behind LA DOLFINA blog (love it)! Terri has great style so I knew she would have some great ideas on entertaining.

Favorite Cocktail:
Champagne Cocktail but with a twist.  Start with this RECIPE

But soak the sugar cube in Blood Orange Bitters which can be found HERE.

Favorite Recipe:
Terri's favorite recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and could not be simpler. First you need the following from your local TRADER JOE'S:

  • Make the gingerbread according to the instructions on the package. 
  • Heat the caramel sauce. 
  • Add a scoop of pumpkin ice cream and top with whipped cream.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce and a sprinkle of candied pecans. 

Favorite Restaurants:
Terri and her husband are surrounded by many fabulous restaurants in the Bay Area, but if they could only pick one favorite, it would be

Alice Waters also has a small french style cafe which Terri and her husband love for breakfast - CAFE FANNY

Favorite Party Sources:
Terri uses her own collection of china, silver, linens and glassware to inspire her entertaining. 

For shopping? TRADER JOE'S is Terri's hands down favorite for flowers, cheese, wine - you name it!

Favorite Party Tips:

Seasonal Menu

A roaring fire

Party Favors for the guests

Beautiful Flowers

Thank you to Terri and her hubby for the great ideas! 

Images: Yelp, Juliska, Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty, Coppola Vineyards, Pretty Pink Tulips, Chapman Interiors


  1. Thank you Kate for having my husband and I guest post on your beautiful blog. It's quite an honor!
    I really hope everyone tries this dessert as it's amazing this time of year!

  2. I am with you on Trader Joes, they are my go-to store. Have you tried the pumpkin bread,Yumo!!! I think with all of your additions it will be a hit. All of the items can be kept on hand for drop-in guest for a real treat. Love the pict. of you and Chris, what a handsome couple, you are so pretty!! xo Kathysue

  3. Looks like I'm going to need to drive to Trader Joe's for a few things. Thank you for sharing all your tips Terri & hubby!

  4. Loved all of the ideas,
    from cocktail to dessert!
    I'm not surprised that Terri
    and her hubby entertain with
    such panache ~ she is such
    a sweetie! Thanks Terri and Chris!
    xx Suzanne

  5. Such pretty inspiration and have to say, Chez Panisse is a favorite here, too. Alice Waters is sheer genius in the kitchen!

  6. Such great tips... Trader Joe's for flowers is right! Also, LOVE CHEZ PANISSE!!!


  7. I just adore that Terri! That champagne cocktail and gingerbread dessert...I can party with those two anytime! :)

  8. I need to plan a TJ's excursion. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. I love every single one of Terri and Chris' ideas. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to be a guest in their home. If only there wasn't an entire country between us!!! xoxo

  10. Love this and Terri! ;)