Category Archives: Etiquette

Paperwhite centerpiece/Tara Guerard/Corbin Gurkin

I love having simple blooms throughout the house during the holidays. These paperwhites are a favorite and can make a great centerpiece or focal point for entry tables, buffets, mantles, bar tables, and more. They typically take about 4 weeks to bloom, so we’re showing you how so that they are good and ready for your holiday home. Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for the photos.

Paperwhite centerpiece/Tara Guerard/Corbin Gurkin

Gather your supplies- You’ll need a container of some kind, make sure it’s something fairly sturdy or solid that can hold the weight. I like to use these black river rocks to anchor the bulbs and give the roots something to grow around- but you could use anything you may have or what’s available at the craft store (glass beads, granite rocks or pea gravel). The plants can topple a bit once they start growing, so the anchors are key. And, I do polish off the top with some moss to hide all of the parts.

Paper white centerpiece/tara guerard soiree/ corbin gurkin

Set your “anchors” in the bowl or vessel you have chosen and arrange as many bulbs as will fit on top of the anchors with the sprout opening facing upwards. Be sure to give it a good watering, but only until the water reached right below the base of the bulb. If the bulbs sits in water for long they can rot. Check water levels frequently, and water when water gets about an inch below the rocks. Be sure to keep the planting in a cool darker place out of direct sunlight.

Paperwhite centerpiece Tara Guerard/ Corbin Gurkin

Finally, cover with the moss to hide the bulbs, rocks, and roots. They should take take root within about 3 weeks at which point they should moved to where they can get sunlight. Viola!  I find that a centerpiece is often forgotten when you are hosting as you are setting tables, grocery shopping and preparing food, and hosting your guests. This is something you can do now and set and forget! Or, that’s always something you can ask and offering guest to bring instead of a bottle of something.  Happy Holidays!

7.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 20, 2018

It’s tip Tuesday on the blog, and we are reinforcing the information regarding assembling your wedding invitation suite.  Fall is a big wedding season here, so it’s about that time that people will be getting invitations out in the mail, so we hope this helps with any assembly questions. Thank you again to the William Aiken House for the always gracious location, and to Page Palmer for her impeccable knowledge and talent!

7.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Invitation set

Fall is a very popular wedding time for us here in Charleston, so if you are working to get your invitations off to guests, we have step by step instructions for you here. And, if you haven’t seen our latest episode of Life is a Party with Page Palmer, we talk more about etiquette there as well.  We do this service for our clients all the time, but realize this is the first time many of you are doing this, so here is all you need to know.  P.S. that tissue paper that comes with your invitations, you don’t need to include that in the mailed set- it was introduced to make sure any ink that may still be wet wouldn’t transfer onto other invitations!

Step 1

Step 1- Tuck the RSVP card into the upper lid of the reply envelope as shown.

Step 2

Step 2- Place the Reception card on top of the invitation on the left hand side (this will eventually become the bottom edge of the set). If you don’t have a reception card and only have a reply card- the same would apply.

Step 3

Step 3- Place the reply card and envelope on top of the reception card. Make sure your reply card envelope is pre stamped for your guests’ convenience.

Step 5

Step 6

Step 4- The stack then slides into the inner envelope- reply card in envelope on top, reception card next, then invitation card on bottom.

Step 7

Step 5- Insert the inner envelope into the outer envelope. The inner envelope should be addressed to the guests you are inviting using just a Prefix and last name. If you are including a couples’ children, they should be separately listed in the same manner using the proper prefix. Also, the inner envelope is not sealed.

Step 8

Your package is complete and ready to be mailed! We also take one of these completed envelopes to the post office to make sure we have sufficient postage. If it’s oversized or weighs more than  a birthday card, you’ll need more! We also like to use a wet envelope sealer to make the job go by much faster.

Thank you to Lettered Olive for the beautiful designs and make sure to see our step by step video below.

7.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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