Category Archives: Entertaining

vintage car- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

If you are looking for an excuse to throw a party especially with a French accent, Bastille Day is right around the corner. Such fun details (which can also parlay into a chick Fourth of July dinner party) and I got to harbor my inspiration from my dream of living in France. I say every year that I’m going to take the summer off and go study at Le Cordon Bleu but in the meantime I’ll just settle for being a stateside Francophile. This shoot (shot by Nickie Cutrona) can also be seen in Lonny Mag.

children in garden- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

cheese side board- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

Think of different ways to display apps or snacks. A sideboard from our clients home was easily transported outside, and fashioned for an upscale “cheese cart”.

long table shot overview- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

You may have seen our Facebook Live video with Southern Living last week, here is a great idea/trick to steal- I found a great striped rug on sale at Target, which made a perfect table runner!

overhead of table- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

Place setting- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

I don’t like using bread plates, etc on table because it can seem cluttered… Here, individual baguettes are preset with vellum menus and tied off with butcher twine for a nice detail. Try playing with flavor profiles in your olive oil- herbs, citrus, etc.

peach salad- Tara Guerard Soiree/NIckie Cutrona Photography

french chalk board- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

sunflower cake- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

A single tier coconut cake looks straight from the French countryside with a solo sunflower bloom. For a variation for Fourth of July, try blue hydrangea blooms.

table with guests- evening- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

guests with sparklers- Tara Guerard Soiree/Nickie Cutrona Photography

 

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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When designing a party or wedding, we try to think through not only the design of the actual wedding, flowers, tent, etc. but also of course the food and drink! Visually how things are presented to us here affect the entire experience, and we are big fan of dressing up our passing trays and our display stations. One of our signature elements are our tray liners. Sometimes a custom monogram, or a pattern used in the wedding printings, we print a mix of complimentary designs to line our passing trays with. Enjoy our video that shows you some tips on how you can do this at your next party.   And, to see the entire episode, head over to our You Tube channel. New episode coming soon!


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photo by Liz Banfield; paper design by Lettered Olive

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photo by Liz Banfield; paper design by Lettered Olive

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another trick that is easy and affordable is to use leaves that have been washed and dried out of your garden or from a local flower shop… Anything to not use old school lace paper doilies.

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We are beyond proud and thrilled to bring you our first episode of Life Is A Party, featuring our friend, Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits. Head over to our official You Tube channel to see the full length episode and to subscribe for our future episodes.  Feel free to leave us a comment and tell us what you think!

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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