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Jul 19, 2018

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For today, we’re sharing something short but sweet. A cheerful spring rehearsal dinner that was simple yet still a lovely night for the couple welcoming out of town guests to their wedding weekend. Playing off of the room (McCrady’s private dining and party space), we brought in details in yellow and gray for a neutral palette that still made little statements throughout the night. Photos by Liz Banfield.

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For a splash of color and detail, bulk yellow millet was used to secure candles in clear glass. Large containers of “billy ball” escort cards made a show piece. Printed name tags were affixed to the stems for guests to pick up and find their seats.

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After dinner, guests moved next door for cocktails and dancing as remaining guests joined.

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As a special surprise for the bride, an in depth photo album from family and friends was shared and combed over throughout the evening.

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Cheers! We love sharing these little rehearsal parties lately, would you like to see more? Let us know!

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 19, 2018

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With Easter and Mother’s Day right around the corner, you may find yourself in the role of hostess. Don’t get overwhelmed, we have all of your easiest fixes and tips right here.  We started with very simple basics, a white tablecloth, white dishes, and simple flatware (meaning using whatever you have in the house is a great start). First, develop your palette. Head to your local fabric store, or one of our favorite sources, Fabric.com to find a bright pretty swath in whatever color scheme or pattern you like. We made a runner that covered the tabletop (you can either finish the rough edges by hot glueing a ribbon over the ends for a tailored look, or by folding a bit underneath and ironing down with Stitch Witch).

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 Details on the table help elevate some of those easy basics- Being in the Lowcountry, we gathered oyster shells for salt and pepper cellars and cut some Camellias still blooming out of the yard and floated in simple glass vessels.  Finding a template online and some paper that complimented the fabric, menus were printed. Having place cards and menus in some shape or fashion make such an impression on your guests. Using some decorative trim (here, rick rack), we tied an adornment on the napkins just for a little something extra.

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Flowering branches found at a local wholesale florist, or large greenery or leaves out of your yard in glass containers make a big impact for less money on the tables. Little bud vases sprinkled throughout add color and detail- I love the idea of pulling out some silver containers from your collection or glassware to mix and match your vases.

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Don’t stress too much about what you are serving as well. A store bought quiche and composed salad allow you to still be a hostess and not spend your entire time in the kitchen. Come up with a speciality drink that you can make ahead of time and serve with a pretty garnish (we like a Pink Lady for these occasions), but make sure to set up a bar cart or space making it easy for guests to access. If you style with a few little touches here and there and provide pretty glasses, guests will hardly mind serving themselves. Voila!

Thank you to Marni Rothschild for the lovely images.

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 19, 2018

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Today, we’re sharing some new websites we think you should know about. My BFF, Nicki Clendening, owner of Scout Designs NYC, has found a new way to spread her exquisite taste and collectible items with her new shop, Beetle.

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Ever since I’ve known Nicki she has always had an eye for objects, and she is an avid traveller and collector. So, Beetle is now a place you can go to shop her finds. The above is a sample of some of my favorites.

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Since I’m on my last week of no carbs for lent, this amazing Zucchini Pasta recipe from Thebault For Two is at the top of my list. The author of this relatable and approachable cooking blog is the sister of one of my favorite fun brides, and I’m loving following along for some of the family recipes.

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We just celebrated  with Hampden Clothing for their 10 year anniversary.  Hampden is a fashion forward hot spot here in Charleston, and she happens to carry one of my most favorite designers- Co. While in the store recently, I spotted this sequined stunner by Co, and thought it could be the most amazing top for a mother of a bride, or with fabulous white formal pants for a bride’s friday night ensemble.

Hope you check out some of our newest favorites on the scene.

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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