I am so very happy to announce my new passion project – Mrs. Twist’s School of Gracious Living. It’s been on my heart for over a year to share the talents my mother passed on to me, but I wasn’t quite sure how. I know I have my blog and podcast as platforms, but I thrive connecting with people on a more personal level. I contemplated renting a retail space or teaching in other people’s spaces, and then COVID-19 happened.

For the last eight weeks, as I’ve sheltered in my home, I realized how much I love being and living in my home. My home fills my heart with joy and re-energizes me. Yet, I still want to connect with women.  We are all having to rethink our futures, turn those images on a slightly different axis, and create unique ways to stay connected. I’m inspired to curate an opportunity for women to gather and learn from each other.  This is my perfect solution – welcome women into my home through a virtual experience without you having to leave yours! People make the party, not the space.

Entertaining is in my DNA. Mother loved to celebrate life’s occasions – big and small. I grew up watching mother host all kinds of gatherings. I bet I attended my first cocktail party at the age of five! But most of all, Mother loved her home.  I think that’s why my home is so important to me. Many special moments happen at home. I founded Home with a Twist in memory of my mother to celebrate her life and the gifts she shared with me. It’s a daughter’s twist on her mother’s traditions.

“True hospitality is welcoming the stranger on her own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who have found the center of their lives in their own hearts.” Henri Nouwen

Photo credit: Rebekah Byrne Photography

With over twenty years of professional event planning experience, and running a household, I’d say I’m an expert in the hospitality business.  I’ve produced events big and small. Nothing makes me happier than teaching and encouraging women to discover their hidden talents. I’ve been featured on Good Morning Texas and in several home and garden magazines. Here on Home with a Twist I offer inspiration on food, home, decorating, and entertaining. I lead a popular monthly Book Club “Mrs. Twist Reads This” with a membership of over one-hundred women nationwide, and produce “The Hemline” podcast. Now with “Mrs. Twist’s School of Gracious Living,” I have thoughtfully prepared a curriculum of classes covering a variety of topics. I look forward to hosting each of your virtual learning experiences on Zoom.  What’s unique about Mrs. Twist’s School is that you can learn from the comfort of your home and share what we cook and learn with your family and friends. We will gather in my kitchen, living room, garden, ladies’ lounge, and dining table to inspire togetherness. The full class offerings and registration are available here.

Visit my store to see the upcoming class schedule. New classes will be added based on the seasons.  For additional information regarding policies please access this helpful guide and this list of frequently asked questions.  I’ve limited the virtual class size for more individual attention, increased participation, and better communication between me and my guests.  You may also book a private virtual class for yourself or as a gift, and I also offer private virtual classes for groups of 10. I can customize a virtual learning experience tailored just for you. Together, we will gather, learn, and create.

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse