Author of six entertaining books
Editor-at-Large, Southern Living magazine (the nation’s 6th
largest monthly consumer magazine with 16 million readers) 2 years
Editor-at-Large, Southern Living’s 2013 No Taste Like Home (2013)
Former event planner
Hosted lifestyle segments for MSN, Southern Living, Designing America, Designing Texas
Featured on The Today Show, The Early Show, and HGTV
B.A., Art History, Minor, Fine Arts, Southern Methodist University
Married to Justin
Two children: J.R.,6 year old son Millie, four month old daughter
No Taste Like Home... at Christmas
Kimberly says you can dazzle your family and friends this holiday season with Southern Living’s elegant red and white Christmas table. You can also showcase some mouthwatering desserts from Southern Living’s No Taste Like Home cookbook.
- Rose/Starlight Mint Centerpiece - create an affordable festive centerpiece perfect for the holidays which use red roses and mints to compliment the red and white table theme.
- Chinese Take Out Boxes – fill Chinese takeout boxes with red and white candy treats for your guests to take home.
- Place Card Holder – make your guests feel special at your party by taking the time to create a simple, colorful place card holder made of candy canes for your red and white tablescape.
- Coconut-Almond Cream Cake (page 106) create a towering layer cake that will not only impress your guests but taste great too. Keep in mind the filling is the glue that holds the layers together. It works best when chilled, so be sure not to skip that step.
Kimberly says, “One of the most gratifying things about her job is meeting people from all over the south and learning about their traditions.” Kimberly recalls when she was growing up her grandmother never hid beautiful items away when she came over. Instead, she learned from her grandmother the “no-nos” were to look at, but not to touch. She says, “It is important to use your beautiful things that have been passed down to you by family members. You should not hide them away in a cabinet.” You can make your guests feel special during the holidays or any time of the year by using your fine china.
In keeping with the traditions of the past, Kimberly says it is important to also incorporate some new traditions for the next generation. Her grandmother did needlework. When her six year old son was a baby her grandmother made a stocking for him. Her grandmother’s eyes do not allow her to do the needlework any longer. She taught Kimberly how to do needlework who then made a stocking for her nephew and her own daughter.
During the holidays Kimberly says take time to remember the real meaning of the season – Jesus’ birthday. Each year, Kimberly and her family volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bell for a day at a Dallas mall. “It is such a wonderful reminder of all the things we have to be grateful for and a fantastic way to give back and help others,” shares Kimberly.
Kimberly grew up in Dallas, Texas. Her mom had pretty dishes and linens and her friends would always borrow them for special occasions. Kimberly realized there was no place in town where you could rent pretty pieces for events. She told her mom that they should start charging people and so they did. Kimberly started a party rental business which she ran for 3 years. When she was 24, Kimberly had the opportunity to write her first book on entertaining. Then one day a friend of hers told her a Southern lifestyle magazine was looking for an entertaining expert. After a 9 month application process, Kimberly finally met with the editors and was offered the job. Today she represents the magazine on television and in the media. She also contributes to the magazine regularly.
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