Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to entertain – whether you’re a singleton or celebrating a relationship. Why not create a rosy-hued soiree and invite friends over for some delicious appetizers? I set out a spread with deviled eggs, salmon roe, root chips with creme fraîche, and lots of warm-toned entertaining accessories. With a vintage red and white tablecloth as my backdrop, I brought in blush NAPKINS and gold NAPKIN RINGS to add warmth to the table, keeping the dinnerware simple with the subtle patterns of the ECLECTIQUE COLLECTION from Williams-Sonoma. With the touch of gold from these CERAMIC SPOONS, it all came together in the evening sun’s warm glow. Check out my four steps for creating your own appetizer party below!
I recently learned about the beautiful Field to Vase dinner party tour organized by American Grown Flowers, and when I saw these photos I fell in love with the beautiful photos of their flower-filled tables. Each dinner is hosted by an American flower farm, with local flowers lining the table and locally-grown food served for each course. As they describe on their website, “Along with lively conversation among dining companions new and old… You’ll meet others who are passionate about preserving American Grown Flowers, farmland and our country’s floriculture roots.” Sounds amazing, right? Their 2017 schedule is live, and it’s coming to flower farms in Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Virginia, and Florida this year. The tour starts on March 11, and continues until November 18, 2017. Find out more about their dinner party tour on their website, follow along on Instagram, and see more photos of past dinners below. Read More
If you’re not already familiar with Honeycomb Studio, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize the work of ceramicist Courtney Hamill – her cream and gold vessels are incredibly popular on Etsy and sell in many Atlanta stores (including west elm). Her signature 22-karat gold luster motifs, simple glazes, and straightforward shapes define the Honeycomb aesthetic, and her growing collection is about to include tableware. “Tableware has always been something I’ve wanted to do … for a ceramicist, it’s kind of like your bread and butter,” she told me from her studio in Midtown. The pieces have been in production for a full year, and the collection includes three designs, including classic white, metallic black, and white and gold stripe. The pieces launch at the end of the month, but they can be pre-ordered on the Honeycomb Studio website. If you live in Atlanta, you’ll also see the new pieces at The Lawrence, which will match the restaurant’s modern decor perfectly. While I love the whole collection, there’s a subtle gold reflection in the glaze of the metallic black pieces that’s just killer! Click through to see all three sets of tableware, plus get a peek into Courtney’s studio through my lens.
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Although the holiday season may be over with the start of the new year, I’ve got a couple weeks before I have to go back to school, and I’ve been enjoying the extra time in town with my family. One of my favorite holiday traditions (especially to ring in the New Year) is having game night with my family, so when World Market invited me to share a game night on the blog, I was definitely up for the task! My family has a soft spot for the retro-style games, so their Sorry board game with the original artwork from 1939 caught my eye first. Along with an easy selection of canapés, sparkling rosehip grape juice, and entertaining essentials, we made a chic spread for enjoying a fun night in.
For this year’s holiday tablescape I embraced cool silver and blue tones, with a natural centerpiece in shades of mossy green, all discovered at my local At Home store. I started with the electroplated wine glasses, whose silver stems set the predominate metallic hue on the table. From there, I found silver chargers and votives, then layered glass and white plates (with a snowflake-like look) to create an ice-inspired finish to each setting. The focal point of the table is definitely the frosted pine-cone trees, under which I stacked books to stagger the heights of the three trees. I covered the base of the centerpiece in preserved moss, which looked beautiful on our wooden dining table. It gave a natural finish to the piece, and brought in some traditional holiday greens – and some brighter shades as well. With such a straightforward color palette, it was easy to bring in simple touches to make the table shine, but keep the overall feeling cool and serene. Once the votive candles were lit, the table took on a warm holiday glow! See the rest of this tablescape below. Read More