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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

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Patricia Seymour Cline on Being a Hostess!

Category: Table Scapes  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Patricia Seymour Cline

Hi Cate:

I've responded to a few of the questions below for your food blog. How fun! I cannot claim to be a great cook, but I believe that I am good hostess! Feel free to use my name associated with any of this that you may want to publish. Thanks for starting this!

2. Entertaining Successes: i.e. what party was the biggest success for you? Doesn't have to be big or grand, just special! My favorite setting for a meal for children is on our pool deck lanai at our home in Orlando. We have a table for up to six people, and it allows the children to "make a mess", as they sometimes will do! The table looks out on the pool, which has a lovely waterfall and is surrounded by flowering plants and bushes. The setting engages the children to eat all of their meal, knowing that if they behave, there is wonderful pool time awaiting them!

6. How do you set your table? And where do you set your table? I am a firm believer in eating dinner in the dining room, as opposed to the kitchen or on a card table in the family room. The dining room has a nice, warm ambiance. The placement of the dining room permits diners to enjoy either a view of our pool area, a view of a lovely English cottage scene painting, or a view of my husband's huge model ship. I like to set a "formal" table and have proper table linens, flowers (fresh or silk), candles, and perhaps soft music in the background.

7. What is your favorite hostess gift to give or what is the worst one you have received? I actually love having gifts for my guests, as opposed to receiving a hostess gift! I am likely to have a box of Godiva chocolates or perhaps a bottle of good wine, presented with a "thank you" card for joining us for dinner.

Warm Regards,

Patricia Seymour Cline

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