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Are you planning on checking out some of the Southern Style Now festival, happening here in Charleston November 1st-4th? We are so excited to be a part of this event celebrating design, art, and entertaining and of course the South.  For tickets and to learn more go here.

   My super chic BFF Nicki Clendening of Beetle designs, and I will be teaching you everything we think makes the “Life of a Party”. We will present our step by step tips for throwing a fabulous fete.  Nicki will also be bringing her Beetle shop to the Garden and Gun Fieldshop for a multi day pop up starting that week, so stay tuned for more information on that to follow..

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Halloween has snuck up on us fast this year!  Today, we want to share tips on hosting an “elegant” Halloween soiree… Maybe you want to host a neighborhood or supper club dinner, or even a celebration of something in collaboration around Halloween. We hope these tips help give you some spooky yet sophisticated ideas… Thank you to Liz Banfield for the ghostly images.  Set your color scheme.  It doesn’t have to include orange- for ours, keeping it elegant meant using black, white, and silver.

food-and-bev-collage

Obviously, this theme could work well with a cocktail party, a dinner party, a roaming party or drop in, so lots of options here. The food and beverage can play hugely into the decor. We found simple black and white trays, but using vintage silver ones could play into a “haunted house” theme also. “Deviled Eggs”, or “Devils on Horseback” are easy and simple food items that add effect- there are so many fun options here and recipes galore online. For a fun bar design- we hollowed out large pumpkins painted silver, and put our speciality cocktail (Black Widows) containers inside. Great for a serve yourself, or if you have a bartender make sure they are in costume of course!

dinner-collage

For this seated dinner party, standard black linens work and are a great backdrop. We painted mini pumpkins white for the seating cards which looked just so pretty. Easy and affordable centerpieces were large glass vases with silver painted pumpkins and pillar candles. We used white pea gravel to hold the candles in place and not slump. Large taper candles in candelabras would be perfect and lovely too, and once the wax starts dripping you have a perfect spooky look.

Of course, what’s Halloween without costumes.. You know there are always those that get in the spirit and those that can’t or don’t. I like the idea of ordering nice and lovely masks online and having them there for guests so no one feels left out.

candy-collage

Candy and desserts are essential of course. We used many different clear glass vessels and vases and set up a variety of crowd pleasers- bulk candies, individual wrapped, cupcakes, cookies, etc.  Then, we staged black take out containers for guests to fill up their own take home boxes.  For decor, we took some of the more expected items, but used them in unexpected ways- skulls were displayed in pretty cloches, dollar store tombstones look mysterious with great lighting and a smoke machine. Colored light bulbs can go a long way for little cost.

Don’t forget your playlist- spotify can help curate something different so the typical tunes don’t dull the party.

 

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 17, 2018

photo by Nicki Stone

If you are reading this post, we hope you share the same love for cheese at parties as we do.. We love serving cheese in many different ways, displaying it creatively, or just having it as a snack!  It’s the perfect party food from black tie wedding to after school play date, and we are going to share with you the versatility that we have found with it. One of our favorites, above, was for a Bastille Day dinner party we did at a client’s home. We moved a side board under utilized inside, outside, and set up a bountiful self serve display.  Appetizer sized plates were offered in case someone wanted to make a plate, but we love the idea of refashioning an already existing piece into a new purpose.

photo by Corbin Gurki

We loved the idea of old fashioned cheese service so much that we built custom cheese carts- complete with marble tops and skirting that we can sew custom for each event. Having servers push these during cocktail hour or in the after dinner reception (here with a gorgeously aged Port Wine) is such an unexpected and elegant touch. Of course  elements like custom designed flags add decor elements. Flags by Lettered Olive.

photo by Tec Petaja

Here, our cheese carts were stationed near a bar in the reception tent, and guests were served by request. Little accompaniments like dried fruits,  and jams and vinegars made this another food station essentially.

photo by Adrienne Page

For this cocktail hour display, punched up cheese items added to a lovely antipasta display… By Cru Catering

photo by Adrienne Page

Finally for this wedding, composed cheese plates were served at the table, family style, for guests to enjoy along with dessert.  Fresh local berries were added to round out this sweet treat.  Let us know if you have any favorite varietals or ways of serving cheese at your parties.

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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