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Apr 22, 2018

Tara Guerard SoireeI find people always asking for easy entertaining at home tips- especially on quantities or what to sere at the bar. Entertaining at home is a cinch if you have the right guidelines to follow! Here are my recommendations based on a four hour party for about 20 guests.

You’ll need:

7 bottles of white wine- it’s nice to offer a couple of different varietals as well a Chardonnay (I suggest Rombauer) and a Sauvignon Blanc (like Oyster Bay).

3 bottles of red wine- I prefer red so I will drink year round, but not a bad idea to double up here in the colder months.

30 bottles of beer- I like Stella Artois – and I do like to pour/serve in glasses

1 750 mil bottle of Vodka- I enjoy Tito’s

1 750 mil bottle of Gin, Rum, and/or Tequila. 

1 liter bottle (or if a few of the guests are known to imbibe, add 1 more) of whiskey, bourbon, or scotch. There is a new scotch that I am loving… the bottle is pretty enough to be on display as well!


Tara Guerard SoireeIf you are going to have a self serve bar, you can always dress it up by using your decanters, pitchers, or other vessels and have tags identify each liquor.

For accoutrements you’ll need- (13-15) 12 oz bottles of your favorite mixers including Ginger Ale, Club Soda and Tonic. We have a local tonic made here that is divine- Jack Rudy. (3) 2 liter bottles of soda, (1) 2 liter of diet soda, 20 pounds of ice. And, precut your fruit and serve in a pretty bowl.

Tara Guerard SoireeI think it’s a nice touch to have bar snacks for guests as well, in case they end up in a conversation over cocktail refreshing.

Tara Guerard SoireeI suggest for glassware that you have a standard high ball that you can use for cocktails and beer. As well as wine glasses ( you can use something fun and if it’s casual and the wine isn’t from your best collection you can use the same glasses for all), and champagne if serving.


Tara Guerard SoireeYou’ll also need about 250 paper cocktail napkins ( is a great resource), or if you have a collection of linen cocktail napkins, break those out. And custom drink stirrers would really wow your guests! I favor these from Lettered Olive.

Lucy Cuneo photo/Tara Guerard SoireeAnd, if you can really splurge, it’s nice to have a bartender so that guests don’t have to lift a finger!

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018

I was so honored when asked to participate in the 2017 Paris edition of the Inner Circle Experience, not only to connect and collaborate with old and new friends in the industry, but I was also hungry for some inspiration. We are lucky enough to travel all over doing weddings for clients who are from all over, but nothing compares to stepping outside of that and seeing new things to inspire you in a new host of ways…

We stayed at the Plaza de Athenee which was beyond luxurious… I think staying in hotels is one of the things that provides me with the most inspiration and have always dreamed of designing a hotel one day… I try on my visits to our NYC office to try new places, but I tend to fall in love with a place and stay there for a while before switching it up…

Walking around and exploring doors is one of my most favorite things to do… Last year after exploring doors in Italy, I came home and painting my front door a color that I couldn’t get out of my head. And, we have done a lovely wedding where the bride loved a particular door knocker and we incorporated it throughout the design.
My friend and fellow event professional, Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York, and I wandering the streets together…

I was thrilled that the Dior exhibit at the Musee des Art Decoratifs was happening while I was there… I was in awe, it was breathtaking… So many dresses I would give anything to have in my collection, and so many I could see as fabulous wedding dresses!

Of course, just absorbing all of the surroundings could take up your entire trip. I’m more of a culture buff than architecture, but I couldn’t help being overwhelmed by all there was to see.

The ceiling here of the Palais Garnier is spectacular, just the detail and time it must have taken to go into it… And, you can rent this space for events, I can just see designing a wedding here- add to goal list!

Sometimes you just have to do the one obvious tourist thing, for me going to the top of the Eifel Tower was incredible…

The view from the top was spectacular.. We had lunch at the Jules Verne restaurant, and I even got to witness the cutest couple sitting next to me get engaged! Could not have been more perfect.
There were incredible experiences lined up for us… Some of my favorites were perusing the Picasso Museum, the cooking class at Alain Ducasse’s Le’Ecole de Cuisine , and going to the original Hermes store. It’s always been a dream of mine to live in Paris for the summer to go the Le Cordon Bleu, so a glimpse of this at the Alain Ducasse school reignited that even more. This is why Paris is called the City of Lights!

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018


photo by Corbin Gurkin

In honor of our Life Is a Party YouTube episode on “What to Wear” with Mason Hosker, I’m giving you a little Monday roundup of photos showing what seem to be some trends in what our wedding guests are wearing.  Above- this is from our Newport, RI wedding, and while it was a summertime wedding, long dresses (in an array of colors from darker to brighter) were definitely the big trend here as well as tuxes for the men.

zach morrisphoto by Adrienne Page

Yes, that is Mark Paul Gosslear above… He and wife attended a December brunch wedding at Ford Plantation of ours. I think this is a great example of fitting for the type of celebration and time of day. He in a gray suit (but not too dark) and monochromatic tie make it slightly more formal for the occasion but not overdressed. Her long and pop of bright are great for an elegant Southern garden wedding during the morning.

Red Collage

photos by Corbin Gurkin

These shots are from three separate weddings, in three separate locations (Greenville, SC Charleston, SC, and Aspen, CO), and three different times of year (March, August, November) and what is the main thing you see?  RED… Red is versatile, looks great on many different skin tones and body types, and works day into evening.

Mother Collage

photos by Corbin Gurkin

I love these two examples of the Mothers to show you.. In the first one, both wear long dresses in the same fabric but in different colors that work together  (the mother of the bride wearing gold is great because it was an accent color used in the wedding design). In the second photo, again, both moms wear long dresses in colors that work together. The mother of the bride’s dress has lace accents that compliment her daughter’s gown. I love how these work together so that photos come out lovely!



photo by Perry Vaile

Here, for a Southern destination wedding at Palmetto Bluff, you see it all… light colors, bright colors, darker, short, long, etc.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

At the end of the day, there are a few rules to follow when dressing for an event- stay tuned to tomorrow’s post where you will see my tips/rules… But, take into account the location of the wedding, what type of wedding it is, and when it is happening to help guide you…

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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