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Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Fall has officially arrived! In Florida, that means it’s still summer. The struggle is real. But with cooler evenings on the horizon (I’m hopeful) and the holiday season upon us, this time of year is perfect for entertaining. Today I’m serving up some inspiration for hosting a fall dinner party that merges elements of summer with those of fall for the perfect dinner party to celebrate the new season.
This project has been featured over on The Sweetest Occasion, a great entertaining blog to follow! Thank you, Cyd for featuring our shoot!

Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

 

1. Take it outside!

The beginning of fall is the perfect time to take your gathering outside and enjoy dinner in the crisp air. Backyard entertaining doesn’t have to be boring. Our use of a soft linen runner and gold flatware elevate this gathering, proving that a backyard dinner party can be elegant.

2. Serve a garden-to-table inspired menu.

A garden-to-table dinner is a great way to provide an ode to fall by featuring autumn hues and ingredients. The warm tones and autumn vegetables suggest fall while served alongside bright white dinnerware quintessential of a summer soiree, the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and beginning of fall.… Read more
Easy Backyard Summer Picnic

Easy Backyard Summer Picnic

Summer Entertaining Idea: A Backyard Picnic

Did you know that July is National Picnic Month? Don’t worry, I didn’t know until recently. Any excuse to celebrate or create a themed event is cool with me. So, when the folks over at Pampelonne sent over some samples of their French 75 sparkling wine cocktails, I knew just what to do with them! An easy backyard summer picnic. This is a great idea for date night or an easy way to jazz up cocktail hour at home.

Pampelonne sparkling wines are delish, refreshing and perfect for a backyard summer picnic…or anytime. 😉

Backyard Summer Picnic

Can we talk about this picnic basket? It comes equipped with all your picnic essential (including a wine opener!) and the inside is a lined cooler. For a picnic blanket, I used a tablecloth. Use what you have! This orange one was a Home Goods find.
I am in love with this woven tray that has a built in net cover to keep those unwanted bugs away from your food. This was also a Home Goods find.… Read more

Impress your Guests with this 4th of July Party Idea

Impress your Guests with this 4th of July Party Idea

Vintage All-American 4th of July Party

Summer is here and it’s almost the 4th of July! Are you planning a 4th of July party? Today I’m sharing inspiration for a vintage all-American 4th of July party featuring a killer burger bar and tablescape with traditional Americana elements like vintage soda bottles, Cracker Jacks and motorcycle vibes.

Check out this awesome 4th of July stationery! You should know by know that I’m a big fan of sending coordinating invites when hosting a party.
What better way to celebrate 4th of July than a burger bar? To style our vintage all-American burger bar I used vintage soda crates, an American flag backdrop and vintage accessories. Burger labels coordinate with the invitations. Look at those cute motorcycle cut outs I love the idea of displaying French fries in these friers! You could even place one at each place setting for your guests. Indigo textiles, wood tones and vintage books round out the display.  Vintage-inspired condiment containers are a must! Home Depot has some, they’re awesome!
4th of July party decorating can be pretty!… Read more

A Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch

A Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch

Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch Entertaining

Happy Spring you guys! Today I’m sharing a citrus-inspired spring gathering with you. Nothing says spring better than vibrant hues of orange, yellow and pink coupled with citrus!For our springtime tablescape we used sliced and whole citrus (oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit) paired with stunning spring blooms in vintage milk glass with an airy runner. Isn’t that pink peony a STUNNER!?! If you’re taking your gathering outdoors, don’t be afraid to bring some furniture outside. For our citrus-inspired spring brunch, we used a vintage yellow hutch to house drinks and a long console table for the brunch buffet with coffee, pastries and mini doughnuts.
We hung the adorbs mini doughnuts off of a vintage bottle drying rack and used tangerines as place card holders by tapping a toothpick to the place card and sticking it gently in the fruit. Need an idea for favors or a hostess gift for your spring-themed affair? How about mini marmalade and biscuits? (Complete DIY instructions and recipes coming ‘atcha soon!)Vintage coffee sacks coordinated with the coffee and pastry bar perfectly and crates of oranges completed the look.  … Read more

PRETTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY INSPIRATION

PRETTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY INSPIRATION

Pretty + St. Patrick’s Day? YES, FOLKS! St. Patrick’s Day entertaining doesn’t have to be filled with cheesy decorations, it can be pretty too! Even to those who don’t like shamrock green. You be the judge. Check out this pretty St. Patrick’s Day inspiration I whipped up.

Pretty St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

Can we talk about this watercolor shamrock stationery? So soft and pretty and it set the perfect tone for our concept! I love the idea of incorporating stationery for any gathering you are hosting. It makes the event feel more special and if you everyone loves receiving something in the mail. When ordering stationery, think beyond the invitation and integrate it into the evening as well. We knew we would have an Irish whiskey bar, so our genius stationery designer designed a custom card for the bar. If you have a variety of drinks or desserts, labeling them with custom cards that coordinate with the invitations is a great way to make the event cohesive.  For the tablescape I started with a soft linen runner along the center of the table.… Read more

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! I’m not ready to give up Christmas music, apple cider and holiday decor just yet…and I’m certainly not ready to stop trying to inspire you guys for your holiday entertaining either! Today I’m sharing a cute al fresco concept for a holiday party, girls winter gathering or even a New Years party. How about a pink wonderland tablescape with a low boho table, poufs and pillows, sequins and pink hot cocoa???  If you guys follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the sneak peaks of today’s project on my story a few weeks back. I was inspired by a beautiful image from an Anthropologie catalog earlier this year featuring a low boho table under an oak tree with moss and lanterns hanging from it. I have the perfect oak tree so I decided to use that setting as inspiration for an al fresco, PINK boho Christmas tablescape and of course a bar cart! Huge thanks to Emily Katharine Photography for capturing the day perfectly, per usu.

A Pink Boho Christmas Occasion

woodsy gold and pink antler invitationI love these invites for a pink boho Christmas party!… Read more

Edgy, Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

Edgy, Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

OK you guys! Get ready for some glam holiday party inspiration!green-holiday-party-inspiration

Remember how I told you guys I used to own a vintage rental and styling company? Well, before closing the doors to my business, I did one last wedding styled shoot hoorah with my dear friend Emily. You guys know Emily, she snapped the pics in my post about how to host an easy Fall brunch. A “styled shoot” in the wedding industry is when a lot of wedding vendors come together and basically put on a fake wedding. Each vendor typically donates their time and services in order to network, exercise some creative freedom, push boundaries and/or experiment with new techniques, and everyone involved gets the images to use for marketing. We enlist everything you would need for a wedding, down to the “bride” and “groom.” I conceptualized and styled the shoot, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team for my last wedding shoot with my industry friends!  Annnndddd I’m so happy that my favorite wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes, featured our work!

Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

Now, on to the shoot.… Read more

PIES & PINTS: A UNIQUE ENTERTAINING CONCEPT PAIRING PIE AND BEER

PIES & PINTS: A UNIQUE ENTERTAINING CONCEPT PAIRING PIE AND BEER

Pie and Beer…goes together like peanut butter and jelly!

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Thanksgiving may be behind us, but the season for entertaining is in full swing. Today I’m sharing a casual party idea and it involves pie and beer! What more do you need? This unique party idea is the perfect solution if you have boatloads of leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas pie, or if you just want to have a laid-back, fun evening with friends.

I recently teamed up with my friend Michelle of Sweets Illustrated who whipped up some of the cutest and most delicious pies. Sweets Illustrated is based here in Tampa and offers local delivery on all products. If you’re not in Tampa, don’t fret! Michelle offers shipping to U.S. customers on her made-from-scratch French macarons and custom cookies. Michelle is known for creating edible art, illustrating her sweets and customizing them in any way you can dream up. Her work is amazing and has the most impeccable attention to detail. Go check her out now!

In order to showcase the pies in a fun and unique setting, I dreamt up the unique idea of pairing the pies with beer.… Read more

EASY FALL BRUNCH ENTERTAINING IDEAS

EASY FALL BRUNCH ENTERTAINING IDEAS

Who loves brunch? Errreeeeyyybody loves brunch. At least they should. It’s an excuse to sleep in and have cocktails with your late breakfast. If you’re not brunching regularly you have got to get with the program, folks! Recently I styled an easy fall brunch and I’m excited to share it with you today!

easy-fall-brunch-ideas

I love brunch. I love entertaining. However, I’m not the best in the kitchen so I typically try to prepare dishes that are easy, that I can prep the day or night before so I can spend more time focusing on the things that I enjoy more (like place settings haha). This also helps free me up to mingle with the guests when they arrive and not be chained to the kitchen stove.

Easy Fall Brunch Inspiration

We recently hosted some friends over for brunch. It was right after the official day of fall so of course, I would go all out with the traditional fall theme. Even though here in Florida early fall means nothing to the weather man. Despite the hot, muggy weather, I was determined to create a cozy, fall brunch, dammit.… Read more