After reading my "Cheap & Easy" entry a few weeks ago my neighbor (and talented artist) Denise pre-empted this very post when she suggested we revive the good ol' South Philly tradition of Stoopin' It--hanging out on your front stoop with a bottle of wine and chatting with neighbors and friends who wander by. The very definition of easy entertaining. Add a few pillows, some electric lanterns and the simplest of summer hostess outfits (maxi dress, Jack Rogers and one great accessory) and you've got the recipe for stoopin' it ... with style.

"Use the good china for breakfast."