How I Gather

Bringing people together around a table is our greatest passion in life and we believe food is one of the most powerful tools for connection. In our series, How I Gather we go behind the scenes with our favorite foodies to see how they do it. See All

What’s not to love about a gorgeous blonde who also  just so happens to be the brains behind one of our favorite sites? As founder & creative director of the ever-inspiring Glitter Guide, Taylor Sterling has soared to the top of our list as the go-to source for a healthy dose of sparkle. So when we asked Taylor if we could peek into her Northern Cali home and uncover a few of her entertaining secrets, we were thrilled to discover that her style is fresh and totally accessible. Captured beautifully by Delbarr Moradi, the details are simple, yet always infused with major doses of style…and to be honest, we expected nothing less from our leading lady. Without further ado, click through to see how Taylor throws a shindig!

My signature entertaining dish:

I’m still new to entertaining. My husband and I just got married, and are just starting to really entertain guests. We live in a tiny cottage and it can be a challenge, but we’re finding our way. I love to make hearty soups, but for now my signature dish is a mean cheese plate!



My must-have entertaining tool:

A big wood cutting board. Great for food prep and doubles as a cheese platter!

Click here to get the recipe for Taylor’s Strawberry, Brie & Honey Crostini

*recipe from cookin’ canuck

The restaurant meal I’ll never forget:

That’s tough. I would have to pick a dinner at Dio Deka right after my husband proposed to me. It’s our favorite restaurant, and he even had menus print “Taylor & Joey Forever!” The food is always good, but that night will always have a special place in my heart.

Always in my kitchen:

I always have lemons on hand. A little lemon adds so much to a dish or drink, and they look so pretty on display.

The taste I’m always craving:

Chocolate. I always finish a meal with a piece. I also love pretty much any dish that includes chocolate. I’m pretty addicted.

The perfect dinner party playlist includes:

Soulful indie artists, Frank Sinatra, and Adele. I like to have a playful mix of music.

My dream dinner guests:

All my friends who live far away. I would love a big party with the people we rarely get to see but love so very much!

The kitchen rule I rarely break:
I always drink wine while cooking. It helps me to relax and really enjoy the process.


My standard hostess outfit:

I love being comfortable (it’s the California girl in me), so I typically wear a chambray shirt, skinny jeans, and fun jewelry. However, I also love a fancy fete and I own lots of pretty cocktail dresses for those special occasions.

My entertaining style in 5 words or less:

Easy, fun, simple, with a hint of sparkle.

photography by Delbarr Moradi

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