Trip to NYC with Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Party

BHG Stylemaker Party

This past weekend I attended a blogger workshop and Stylemaker Party with Better Homes and Gardens at the Humphrey in New York City! The last time I was in NYC was when our daughter, Abby, played violin at Carnegie Hall (last spring). And the time before that, my sisters and I attended the Food Network Food and Wine Festival. In fact, we stayed at the Eventi Hotel, where I stayed this past weekend. How fun is that?

BH&G Stylemaker Party

I feel very fortunate that I was invited to this event, along with other bloggers from around the country, to spend a full day with the BHG editors. Melissa, from The Inspired Room, and I journeyed from the west coast, met up and roomed together, along with Stacy from Not Just a Housewife. When we got to the hotel we enjoyed the most amazing sunset!

Since we stayed in the Chelsea district, we walked down to one of my favorite NYC restaurants for dinner, Eataly. It was fun to introduce Melissa to such a variety of amazing Italian foods!

BHG Stylemaker Party

By the way, be watching for Melissa’s kitchen to be featured this spring in BHG magazine! I can’t wait to see her there! Below is Jen, from IHeart Organizing; Diane from In My Own Style, and Melissa.

BH&G Stylemaker Party

The event was held in honor of the 2nd annual BH&G “Stylemaker” issue, packed with fresh ideas to inspire your decor, food, wardrobe and more. I loved meeting the editors behind this fabulous magazine–the one I grew up reading because it was always on my mother’s coffee table–and really get to know the behind scenes of the magazine.

BHG magazine is always my favorite to open and read cover-to-cover, as soon as it arrives in my Oregon mailbox!

BH&G Stylemaker Party

We started with a very warm welcome from the Better Homes and Garden’s team and attended several workshops with different editors varying from “how to work with a magazine”, “designing and decorating a holiday tablescape with Eddie Ross”, “Trending DIY ideas and projects” and a variety of interactive round tables with other blogger’s feedback.

BHG Stylemaker Party

With Jen, Made by Girl; Michael, Inspired by Charm; and Melissa, The Inspired Room. Michael and Melissa (above) and Julie and Shelly (both below) are all coming to  my home in Oregon, in October, for a dinner party! I can’t wait to share more about it, so come back to RE in a few weeks and I’ll give you more details. :)

BHG Stylemaker Party

With Julie, The Little Kitchen, and Shelly, Cookies and Cups

I loved the session with Nancy Hopkins, Senior Deputy Food Editor, because in my group we talked about what is trending in entertaining right now.

As for my blog and message of RE, I always love the idea of “intentional entertaining.” You know, the kind where you have a plan of getting to know people more. Where it’s not always about a perfect table or the food, but the relationships that are forming around the table. I wrote about intentional entertaining here, awhile back. Nancy’s eyes lit up, as I know she has great goals for BHG reaching as many people as possible, messy tables and all.

BH&G Stylemaker Party

The night of the Stylemaker party there were cocktails and yummy heavy hors d’oeuvres, plus a 45-minute panel with featured tastemakers such as fashion designer Kayce Hughes; Anna Last, Creative Director for Williams-Sonoma; and Eddie Ross, East Coast home design editor for BHG, moderated by Maxwell Ryan from Apartment Therapy.

BH&G Stylemaker Party

Since I’m all about the food and easy entertaining, here’s me and Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas noshing on some of the delicious treats!

BH&G Stylemaker Party

BH&G Stylemaker Party

BH&G Stylemaker Party

More  of my Instagram pics of Eddie Ross’s session, which got me all enthused and ready to start planning my Thanksgiving table!

BHG Stylemaker Party

The panel + good food + old and new friends … and then a photo booth. You can tell we had a great time!

BH&G Stylemaker Party

One thing I know for sure, besides being really thankful to have been invited, the Better Homes and Gardens editors are a fabulous team and their hospitality and kindness was over-the-top beautiful in so many ways.

Better Homes and Gardens

Thank you so much Better Homes and Gardens for a wonderful two days! And to Kaelin and Kenzie for inviting me!

And to all the editors involved!

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BHG editors:
Gayle Butler, Editor in Chief
Oma Blaise Ford, Executive Editor
Kelly Kegans, Senior Deputy Home Editor
Eddie Ross, East Coast Home Editor
Nancy Hopkins, Senior Deputy Food Editor
Kylee Krizmanic, Deputy Art Director
Kaelin Zawilinski, Digital Editorial Manager
Beth Nervig, Assistant Digital Food Editor
Liz Frantz, Associate Social Media Editor

Most photography in this post is by Avi Gerver Photography, mixed in with a few of my Instagram photos.

17 comments

  1. Very Nice! Funny I was at the Eventi hotel last week so I quickly recognized it from the photo. Looks like a fun event!

  2. Looks like so much fun Sandy! Wish I could’ve been there. Still hoping to meet up IRL one day!

  3. It was such a great party!!! And it was so fun to get a chance to see you :)

  4. Ugh – you are making me wish I would have been able to swing it! Looks like it was a fun event!

  5. I had so much fun and was so happy to see you! Great recap =)

  6. So great seeing you in NYC, Sandy! Love this roundup!

  7. How wonderful for you Sandy!

    p.s…. i want to come to your October party :) haha

    BH&G went through a rough patch style-wise, in my opinion, and I came very close to not renewing … saying a lot for a magazine that was a staple in my mom’s home from her newlywed days in 1959 right through now in my own home.

    However, they have recovered and I feel excited to open each new issue again. I am LOVING how they tie shelter mag with spotlighting bloggers right now. Love being introduced to new style blogs.

    deb meyers

  8. Looks like a really great time Sandy!!!

  9. What a fabulous looking trip!! Looking forward to seeing you next week!

  10. What a fun trip! I have loved Better Homes and Gardens for as long as I can remember – I always used to look through it with my mom growing up, and now I read it cover to cover too!

  11. Love it!! It was so great to see you and attend this event! I learned so much!!

  12. People are so happy and the pics are just amazing!

  13. Hi there this is a really fun post, I wanted to let you know that I am not Anna, although she was supposed to be there, she had to drop out last minute and they asked me to step in. :) Happy you had such a great time, it was an amazing event!

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  15. Fabulous recap, Sandy! THIS was the post I kept meaning to come back to in my feed. So glad I had time this evening to catch up with you! Looks like you had a great time. (I adore Kelly Senyei…such a sweetheart!) Thanks for sharing and have a lovely Sunday evening, girl! xo

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