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Heidi Kallett is the CEO & President of a The Dandelion Patch by day, and the hostess with the mostess by night. A transplanted Texan, Heidi has a degree in marketing from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Joel, have two children. Heidi enjoys entertaining friends and family, and is active in planning many successful charity events. While Heidi envisions making The Dandelion Patch the area’s leading stationery retailer, she strongly believes that the true definition of success includes playing a meaningful role in the community in which she lives. Having served as President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, she continues to be committed to giving back to the DC community, serving/having served on many non-profit Boards, including: ChildHelp USA, Volunteer Fairfax, Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia, Medical Care for Children’s Partnership, Advisory Social Services Board of Fairfax County, Greater Washington Boys and Girls Clubs of Fairfax County, Charity Works and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her volunteer commitments expand into her professional life too. Heidi serves as a Board member for the Association of Wedding Professionals, is President-Elect for NAWBO, and is a member of the Reston Chamber of Commerce, Success in the City, Women in Technology, and the National Retail Federation.

If you have a question concerning party planning, entertaining, or being a gracious guest that you would like to see covered on Miss A, please contact Heidi at heidi@thedandelionpatch.com.

Bridal Showers: Elegant, Not Elaborate

This season tends to be the time of bridal showers. And although we’ve all been to our fair share of “memorable” parties complete with games that involve wrapping yourself in toilet paper wedding dresses, my favorite showers are those that keep the design simple and the entertainment tasteful. Let’s face it, none of us really enjoy those bridal games unless we’ve had a few glasses of bubbly. Instead, I personally love to meet new friends and learn more about the bride and groom. Surely, I am not the only one?

To create a gorgeous table, stick with a neutral palette and let everyone croon over a stunning cake. (And for the record, a bridal shower should always include a cake, not individual cupcakes.) And if your budget won’t allow a nice bottle of champagne, try a blush variety as these tend to be sweet and enjoyed by most. Be sure to add a raspberry inside the glass to add some texture and color, and practice a complimentary, appropriate (and short) toast to the bride-to-be.

As my mother always told me, “be elegant, not elaborate.”

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