Spring Garden Party

1456761800As Spring seems to be intent on an early arrival, I’m already dreaming of outdoor entertaining.

I found loads of visual inspiration in the pages of this month’s Domino magazine with a garden party held at one of my all time favorite boutiques, Capitol, located in Charlotte, NC. Owned by the incredibly savvy and stylish, Laura Vinroot Poole, Capitol is not only a beautiful boutique, but surrounds a stunning, vertical outdoor garden, which made the perfect backdrop for  a party honoring jewelry designer, Irene Neuwirth.14567618021456761805 1456761808 145676181614567619191456761937 1456761932 1456761934This vanilla ombre cake is a “wow” and works just as well for an elegant St Patrick’s Day gathering!

The next time you want to host a party….choose a guest of honor, set a beautiful table, serve a signature drink and end the night with a memorable dessert.

Make entertaining an “experience”!

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images: Gately Williams

Denim and Dining

Here’s an idea to have in your back pocket, literally! Dress up your table with denim.

When I was in Kansas, my mother-in-law gave me a stack of denim pockets. She told me she had seen the idea at a Denim & Diamonds event and had cut off the pockets to all her husband’s worn out jeans, but didn’t have a use for them. 

They will be perfect to corral utensils if I ever host a BBQ, but in the meantime, I love them for a casual family dinner. I just popped my red check napkins and red handled utensils in them and it added a fun vibe to our Labor Day dinner.

These would be great for all the casual gatherings you host this fall:

Tailgates
Neighborhood picnics
Football watching parties
Cookouts

And, I love that this gives new life to all those outgrown, worn out pairs of jeans. Especially when my boys seem to be growing out of theirs faster than I can replace them!

Would you let your table wear denim to dinner?

A Garden Party

This week, some friends and I hosted a garden party for our garden club…and we couldn’t have had a more beautiful day. Sunny, no humidity. The one thing we couldn’t control was the weather, so once we knew we had that…the rest was easy.

My friend, Julia, allowed us to have the party at her beautiful home that has a bucolic, English style garden. Lush and welcoming, it was the perfect entry point for the party.

Using the invitation as a starting place, the focal point for the decor became these bright, printed Scalamandre tablecloths – which had been purchased at last year’s Central Park Hat Party (also known as the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon) by a few of our friends.
One of our garden club members with a really bright green thumb did all of the flower arrangements to complement the linens…each prettier than the next. Thanks, Chris!
We had tables set up inside as well, but everyone took advantage of the beautiful weather, and chose to sit outside, on the patio or the lawn.
At our planning meeting, we were drinking out of mason jars, so someone had the fun idea of everyone buying a set for themselves and that’s what we used for water and iced tea, punctuated with coordinating orange striped straws.
We served a chicken salad, a shaved brussels sprouts salad, spinach strawberry salad, tea sandwiches and deviled eggs. We were amused that the sandwiches and eggs were the first things to disappear! 
Copper mugs have been the rage, primarily for Moscow Mules, but they also make darling containers for smaller flower arrangements.
And, as with all good parties…we had a sweet ending. Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, iced with flowers that mimic those in the invitation.

Wishing you a sweet weekend, in the garden or wherever you may be!