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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.

How To Help Friends In Need

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So many of us hate asking for help, but there are just some times in life when we can’t do it all. Sometimes they are bitter times and other times sweet, but we all experience trying circumstances at one point or another and can become overwhelmed to the point where we let basic everyday […]

Business Etiquette Matters

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These days, I attend a lot of business networking functions where etiquette and manners consistently come into play. However, there are times that I walk away wondering if some people missed the memo on how to properly conduct themselves in business networking settings. Don’t get me wrong! Most people that I interact with are […]

How To Throw A Killer Tailgate Party

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Photo Credit: womansday.com

Dust off your jerseys, clean out your grill and get your canopies ready because it’s football season—and that’s synonymous with tailgating! For any serious fan, the tailgate party is a time-honored tradition; one that includes lots of booze, lots of food and enough festivities to keep you energized before the […]

Out With The Baby Shower, In With The Sprinkle?

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Photo Credit: www.newsinus.us

According to etiquette gurus (including Emily Post), it is never truly improper to celebrate the impending arrival of a new baby with a shower even if it is a second, third or fourth child. With each new baby comes excitement and friends and family close to the parents usually enjoy […]

How To Be A Good Summer Party Guest

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(Photo Credit: www.oprah.com)

I love a good party (who doesn’t?) and other than during the holiday season, summer seems like the best time to enjoy one. When you are the one hosting a party, there is always something to think about—something that you might be forgetting. When you are attending a party, however, […]

Considerate Guests RSVP

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If you’ve ever been married you know first-hand how much pressure is placed on the wedding couple […]

Importance of Writing a Thank You Note

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Last week I wrote about the importance of saying thank you. Today I want to also remind about the importance of writing a note of thanks. Our society today is consumed with technology, and many daily tasks have been improved because of technological advancements. However, the art of the hand-written thank you note will […]

Etiquette in Our Society, Or the Lack of It

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I just returned from a much needed spring break get-away, and in addition to spending time relaxing, I did a ton of “people watching.” More specifically, I did a ton of “people listening” while my eyes were closed and I was tanning on a beach, or while I was at a restaurant waiting for […]

A Chic Affair Bridal Show


This past Sunday I was lucky enough to be part of a spectacular event and even better panel discussion held at the Historical Society of Washington DC. A Chic Affair is DC’s most modern, hip and luxe wedding event of the season. With vendors specializing in everything from scrumptious cakes to spectacular florals, I […]

Bridal Showers: Elegant, Not Elaborate

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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 […]

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