Speaking of hot men, I've been hounding David Jimenez, above, for pictures of his table from Kansas City's Dining by Design.

He's busy I know. VP Visual Merchandising and Store Design for Hallmark Cards, writing for Spaces, volunteering, being fabulous, it all takes time.

Right before the event he had emailed me to say he was worried about the table.

I never was, though I knew he was under a lot of pressure; his tables for the last few years have been knockouts.

This year was no exception.

David and his cohort and co-hostess, Merrily Jackson, above left, can always be counted on to throw a terrific party.

Mr. Blandings, he's the hottie on the left, and I, not the gorgeous number on the right, had a wonderful time.

Of course I was nearly speechless as the table linens were one of my favorite colors ever. Actually, that's not true as I am never even nearly speechless, but I was certainly enchanted.

The entire evening was a confection and we were oh-so-lucky to be a part of it.

Post script. Here I am with our own home grown Tom Ford look-alike Phil Scaglia. I do seem to gravitate to dark and dreamy.

Visual treats by David Jimenez, edible treats by Natasha's Mulberry & Mott, top images of both by Patrick Binder; last image by Gary Fabro.