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Jul 15, 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!!!!

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 15, 2018

Happy Memorial Day. Just a quick post for you today… We were honored to be asked for our thoughts on floral decor by industry professional group, The Society of American Florists.

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We are so excited to be able to bring this wedding to the blog now that it is featured in the Charleston Weddings Magazine. The father of the bride is my children’s pediatrician, and the wedding was held right here in our backyard, so it was special to me for many reasons… Corbin Gurkin took all of the gorgeous photos. The bride chose a Guipure lace covered gown by Vollaro available through Maddison Row here in Charleston, SC. Bring a traditional Southern bride, we chose to monogram her satin bouquet wrap in her favorite “something blue “color.

Being that it was a summer wedding, hearty boutonierres were best… And, since the bride’s family owns an angling store, locally made Brackish Bowties made perfect sense with their classic tuxedos.

For the mothers and grandmothers not wanting to carry any flowers or pin anything onto their lovely dresses, we made floral bracelets for them to wear… Kind of our version of a corsage!

The wedding ceremony took place at the church that the bride grew up attending, St. Philip’s (which also happens to be my church).  An illustration of the historic steeple graced the cover of the classic ceremony programs.
Afterwards the bride and groom received guests at Lowndes Grove Plantation… True Southern sports fans, we flew flags for both alma maters- Clemson University, and The Citadel. And, custom cornhole boards for both schools graced the front lawn for those wanting to squeeze in a quick round during cocktail hour.

Charleston’s “haint” blue, also the bride’s favorite color, was chosen as the palette. Luckily the perfect dresses were available at Bella Bridesmaids.
Each bridesmaid carried a custom monogramed bouquet.

Guests enjoyed classic favorites like prosciutto wrapped melon and tasteful sips at cocktail hour.
Where else can you enjoy a lawn party than a glorious home overlooking the river banks than Charleston?  A hanging swing bed allowed guests a fun take on al fresco seating…

We designed an entire “garden” tent for our bride, featuring greenery swags, twinkle lights, potted centerpieces, and a fountain (which served an over the top shrimp cocktail).

Jim Smeal’s sweet cake was perfectly pretty for a Southern garden with gum paste flowers and an elevated basketweave…Of course displayed on a garden table with fresh greenery.

Since this wedding was more of a Southern stations style vs a seated dinner, it gave us plenty of room to set up sitting vignettes and lounge seating.. This included lots of nooks and large “bars” for service, so that no one had to stand in line.

Even as the sunset, Lowndes Grove sparkled at night… With fairy lights on the lawn lighting the way for the send off… I love this sweet pic of the bride visiting with her grandparents at the reception.

The bride and groom were sent off with glowing sparklers and departed in a classic Rolls Royce that we dressed up with ribboned greenery…

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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