What I learned from TV Today

Did you know that it is considered “Fabulous without a fortune” to set a table for a party (of 9) for $450? Well, Oprah says it is, so it must be true.

And all this time, I’ve been inviting people over for pizza and beer!


  1. Is that like the articles you see in fashion mags about shopping on a budget where they feature $200 pants and stuff? Um, a budget for me is like under 30 bucks. I’m po’ folk!

    Comment by Crystal — 2/10/2005 @ 5:55 pm

  2. Those kinds of shows make me want to scream! That isn’t real life. Uh, well, I guess it isn’t real to anybody with 2 kids under the age of 4 and another on the way. I shouldn’t be judgemental but I honestly have to laugh at that. $450!!!! For a table setting??? Damn!

    Comment by Joy — 2/10/2005 @ 7:19 pm

  3. I would crap a load if I showed up at your house and you’d set the table for $450. But, I’d feel very special and also stupid in my jeans and holding the salted almonds I picked up on the way.

    Comment by Very Mom — 2/10/2005 @ 7:21 pm

  4. Eh…I still prefer the Pizza and Beer!

    Comment by Wendi — 2/10/2005 @ 7:50 pm

  5. Yes I did. And I agree. Simply fabulous.

    Comment by LX Robotnik — 2/10/2005 @ 7:51 pm

  6. I saw that earlier too! That’s the expensive table in my world. When we had our holiday dinner party in December, we had to go buy a few things b/c we didn’t actually own 8 matching plates or any actual serving bowls. Without actually crunching any numbers, I can safely say the WHOLE set up (even including napkin rings!) was under $50 from Ikea & we love everything we got!

    Comment by sarah — 2/10/2005 @ 7:51 pm

  7. whoa. my guests are lucky if i part with $50 for the total dinner. that’s for the FOOD. and usually it’s more like $20.

    do you KNOW what i could do with $450.00? the possibilities are endless…

    Comment by Sarcomical — 2/10/2005 @ 8:10 pm

  8. Are you KIDDING? $50 per person is CHEAP? I paid less than that for my wedding dinner, which coincidentally only had nine guests, and it was a VERY nice shindig.

    Comment by coffeegirl — 2/10/2005 @ 8:42 pm

  9. Yeah. Stuff like that really gets my goat. But then again, broke-ass people like myself should not be reading things like “In Style” or thinking that the things Oprah endorses are things I might be able to own. I WISH rich-ass celebrities like Oprah had to go back to living on ‘real-world salaries’. Just for a month. It would bring me so much joy.

    Comment by caitlin — 2/10/2005 @ 10:38 pm

  10. Oprah is a whore.

    Comment by Jake — 2/10/2005 @ 10:41 pm

  11. You forgot to mention the oh-so-affordable Jaclyn Smith (as in old school Charlie’s Angel and KMart designer) living room that cost less than $10,000!!!

    Comment by Cori — 2/10/2005 @ 11:48 pm

  12. Bonjour S.J. Je suis tres plein maintenait. Avez-vous des uggestions que puis me save?! S’il vous plaite!!!!

    Comment by Brandi — 2/10/2005 @ 11:59 pm

  13. For $450 I could buy a table and nine chairs. Or pay a month’s rent. Puhlease. I spent all day trying to find a two bedroom apartment for under 600 bucks a month that didn’t make me feel like I belong in crackville. If that’s not working out for me you can shove your dinner party up your ass (not you SJ, you’re my friend and shouldn’t stick anything there).

    Comment by Antonia — 2/11/2005 @ 2:01 am

  14. Hey SJ…completely unrelated to your post, but just saw you got first mention in this article at MSNBC.com as a Washington Post article…

    Here’s the link:


    Guess we all know the paper now.

    Comment by Joe — 2/11/2005 @ 2:30 am

  15. I will be so glad when the powers that be actually wake up and join the real world. Who has that kind of money!?!? No one I know. Cheap beer and pizza is fabulous in my book! No dirty dishes, beer and good friends sounds perfect to me!

    Comment by Rebecca — 2/11/2005 @ 8:42 am

  16. Wow, Sj, you are one sexy blogger, you little media darling you

    Comment by The Author f/k/a Fish — 2/11/2005 @ 10:37 am

  17. SJ was on the front page of my paper today! That ROCKS!

    Comment by Mirella — 2/11/2005 @ 11:04 am

  18. I love pizza and beer.

    Comment by Corrie — 2/11/2005 @ 11:09 am

  19. Wait! I forgot to add, what newspaper?

    Comment by Corrie — 2/11/2005 @ 11:14 am

  20. washingtonpost.com

    Comment by The Author f/k/a Fish — 2/11/2005 @ 11:20 am

  21. Now that you’re famous from being in the Washington Post, can’t you have fabulous $450 dinner parties every night of the week?

    Comment by Laurie — 2/11/2005 @ 12:02 pm

  22. SJ: Can we go on a date? Could you BE any cuter? Make sure to see if that guy you live with minds…Thanks.

    Comment by jake — 2/11/2005 @ 12:25 pm

  23. Some People.

    They have serious self esteem issues.

    I wonder how many Ethiopian children could eat for that much? Hey- we could invite them over for pizza and beer. Wait- forget about the beer part. Just the pizza and maybe some pop.
    How many people live in the ‘$50 a plate’ world? Just curious. I bet they get lonely up there.

    Comment by Jaelhouse — 2/11/2005 @ 12:49 pm

  24. Hey, check you out, lady! All up on the cover of the Washington Post and shit. Don’t let it change you, and don’t forget who your friends were before the fame and fortune.

    Comment by Antonia — 2/11/2005 @ 1:20 pm

  25. All up in my ‘hood, and shit…

    Way to go, shorty!!

    Comment by LX Robotnik — 2/11/2005 @ 1:54 pm

  26. Don’t ever doubt yourself. You are awesome! The Washington Post…and I used to think you were rad because you interviewed Richard Simmons and Clay Aiken! Rock on sister!

    Comment by Corrie — 2/11/2005 @ 2:12 pm

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