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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


11.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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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)…


11.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Nov 19, 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!


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!!!!

11.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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