If you're hoping to do more entertaining at home this spring or summer, and you want to sharpen your cooking skills, see if your community has a program like Simple Abundance in Atlanta. All proceeds from these two-hour cooking classes led by the city's top chefs benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The cost of upcoming events ranges from $55 to $90, depending on the lesson. Classes are held at The Cook's Warehouse -- an incredibly fun place to explore even if you aren't much of a cook. (Be sure to view the calendar listing about Ladies of Les Dames. )
On a related note, click here to learn about an initiative launched by Pigtown Design and Easy & Elegant Life.
Design at the top by Schuyler Samperton as seen in Elle Decor, November 2003. Photo by Grey Crawford.
For some free non-food-related inspiration, consider the magnificent National Cherry Blossom Festival. Here's a link to the Post's coverage. Image courtesy the Festival.