Category Archives: Etiquette

Jun 20, 2018

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Today we’re sharing tips on perfecting your outdoor parties this summer (although many apply to year round entertaining). Real Simple Magazine rounded up several entertaining experts (including our friend, Matthew Robbins), who all offered ideas they’ve used over many years of hosting events.

outdoor lighting

photo by Liz Banfield

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of a dimmer on your lights… All of our lights in tents at weddings, outdoor string lights, etc. are always always on dimmers.

Citrus water

photo by Corbin Gurkin

While we definitely love our fair share of cocktails or speciality drinks at parties, in the summer, especially in the South, hydrating is the key to keeping your guests on pace and enjoying the party the entire evening. So, whether you have a variety of water in coolers or on ice, or serve it up with a slice of citrus (sometimes it’s the extra reminder people need to drink more water), making sure you have plenty of water on hand is important!

umbrellas

photo by Liz Banfield

Another idea for a larger gathering, if you don’t want the trouble and cost of having a tent raised in your yard, garden umbrellas are a great substitute. Less expensive and available at many rental companies, they can provide respite from the sun for guests and food and drink set ups.

shoe check

photo by Liz Banfield

If you’re hosting a more formal gathering and expect the women to come dressed in their finest, offering a shoe solution is something to surely impress. We often do “shoe checks” where guests can trade in their heels for flip flops we’ve provided in a variation of sizes. Or, even something as simple as “Heel Savers” will ensure your lawn won’t be irrigated by mistake.

cold cloths

This is probably one of our biggest hits or tricks.. But, for warmer months where you’re going to have guests dancing into the evening we roll up, wet, and ice down white washcloths (we keep them in coolers) and then pass them out on the dance floor. When we do this, you’d think we were passing out hundred dollar bills!!!!

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jun 20, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here is a post for all of our hostesses out there… Maybe you are a newlywed ready to throw dinner parties in your new marital home… Well, we have a quick reference guide to share for your basic/traditional place setting…  For a small luncheon or dinner party at home or elsewhere this set up would be most appropriate.  I love using different style glassware for water, wine, etc. For our tables at many of our events, I don’t like the tables to seem too crowded, so we often eliminate the bread plates. Also, if the glasses start to seem crowded as well, you can find a glass that can be used for water, and then a “universal” wine glass vs. having one for red and white. 

Here is another quick guide if you are wanting to try a different napkin fold or position, or hosting something different than your standard evening dinner.  Also, if you are having a buffet style and want to set the plates on the buffet, you could of course set chargers on the table.

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jun 20, 2018

We hope you enjoy our tips on putting together your wedding weekend welcome guest bags.  For the full episode please head over to our YouTube channel to see more.

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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