Category Archives: Events

Aug 20, 2018

It’s been about a month since we returned from the Engage 18! conference in Banff, Canada.  It was a stunningly beautiful location, and I always love reconnecting with old friends.  Thank you to the ever talented Cameron Clark for sharing these amazing photos.

The host hotel was the historic Fairmont Banff Springs.. Rumor is it’s haunted but we didn’t experience any of that business.  They were a gracious host for us, and the scenery can’t be beat.  It was so wild that it didn’t actually ever get really dark, light until about 11pm, and sun up again at about 4am.  This year as I took the main stage, I wanted to share what sets the vendors we work with apart from others.  We always say yes to our clients and deliver beyond their expectations, so vendors that help us do that are what we are looking for.

I also got to host a table at the dine arounds… We were at The Balkan Restaurant, a greek spot in the middle of downtown Banff… So much fun, I enjoyed all of my table mates so much and the restaurant was fabulous, we even broke plates at the end of the night in true Greek form.

We love our Jordan Kahn! He is the best at service… And, so fun, he always hosts friends on some type of boat ride.  We did a Yacht on the Seine in Paris together which was one of the highlights of that trip. This time, we did a raft float down the Bow River and had a blast!

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Events, Travel, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>

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

 

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Cakes, Charleston, Entertaining, Event Design, Events, Food and Drink, J'adore!, Parties, Photographers, Press, Travel | Comments >>

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Even though summer is wrapping up, here in Charleston, we still have plenty of opportunities for throwing fabulous porch parties. We teamed up with our friends at the Charleston CVB and Southern Living to give you our tips for throwing an impeccable fete on your porch.

Head over to the Explore Charleston blog for our tips  (including a invaluable hostess trick sure to save you time in the kitchen)…

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8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Entertaining, Events, Food and Drink, Parties, Press | Comments >>