Category Archives: Entertaining

photos by Corbin Gurkin

2019 was full of new experiences and locations.. We were thrilled to work with new backdrops and forge relationships with new vendors. Full steam ahead into 2020! Above, our first wedding of the year took us to “30A”, Watercolor, Florida. Getting it’s name from the colors seen in the water and sky the beautiful beaches there, our bride’s family grew up vacationing there. We tented the town square for the ceremony and reception, but the family opened their door for a Thursday night rehearsal dinner.

photos by Ryan Ray

Our only local wedding this year had us at Runnymede. One of our favorite blank slates to create whatever our client envisions; its also able to accommodate the largest of groups.

photos by Sylvie Gil 

Starting off the summer at Gurney’s in Montauk provided an amazing view of the ocean (and of course, one of the quintessential afternoon showers), and a perfect casual sophistication Montauk is known for.

photos by Jose Villa

Back in New York a couple of weeks later, but in an upstate country retreat called Troutbeck. Perfect as a postcard, the weather, the scenery, and with almost all of the guests being able to stay onsite, a fun weekend for this wedding.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Fall in Greenville, SC can be particularly lovely… leaves changing colors, usually a slight nip in the air, or a tropical storm???? Yes, this year, for our wedding that was NOT in Charleston, but in Greenville, we had a tropical storm. Our clients took it in stride and we made sure it didn’t dampen the day. Plus, our clients were so happy and in love, nothing was going to rain on their parade.

photos by Anne Rhett Photography

We celebrated our last wedding of the year in Jamaica. Our bride spent her childhood vacationing at Round Hill, so it was the perfect spot for the mostly NY and London guest list to warm up with winter setting in… We loved getting to work with a different beach backdrop, and all of the lush surroundings made for amazing decor foraging.

12.17.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Dec 03, 2019

HolidayBuffet

It’s that time of year again, the revolving door of parties, some of which you are a guest, and some of which you are hosting.  Today, I’m sharing tips on how to host a dinner buffet, which is great for groups. This will help you set up an efficient and beautiful spread that guests will enjoy and will work in any space large or small.

My top tips:

photo by Tec Petaja

-You want to have plenty of the healthier options like the veggies and sides set at the start of the buffet. Set your meats last (which are also the pricier selections), so that guests fill their plates with the veggie options.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

-Just a reminder- make sure that each dish has it’s own serving utensil for guests’ ease. You’d be surprised at how many times I forget these and am scrambling last minute, or I’ve gone somewhere and seen this as well.  I like to set out all of the dishes and utensils with them I’m planning on using in the order they will be displayed ahead of time so that all that’s left is to put out the food. Tara Guerard Soiree place setting

-Roll up a fork and knife in your linen or cotton napkins and tie with a cute ribbon, etc for a cute decor detail. Set these at the end so that guests can pick up last. So easy to have both hands for serving and then grab a roll up on your way to a seat. Don’t be afraid to mix your napkins as well, if you don’t have enough of one one style or color. Adding a bit of decor and detail to them will make for a pretty set up.

photo by Peter Frank Edwards for Charleston Magazine

Keeping in line with the self service, (which to me is a no brainer for parties larger than 15 people) have a fully stocked bar cart or buffet to serve as a bar.  Make sure you have a variety of everything, I think one of the true essences of a good hostess is having something for all of your guests… I personally know red and white wine drinkers, champagne drinkers, vodka, scotch, and even beer drinkers, so be able to serve them all, and even a fun non alcoholic “mocktail” or nice flavored sparkling water.

12.03.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We so loved our time in upstate New York, for this glamorous couple’s wedding weekend. Troutbeck provided a spectacular setting, and while we can’t wait to share more of the wedding details later, we thought some of the details from the sweetest rehearsal dinner would be fun. Um, and how fabulous is our bride’s pant set? Jose Villa was with us all weekend to capture all of the gorgeous imagery. 

We worked with Heirloom Fire catering out of the Berkshires .  Their process and aesthetic was so perfect for this, and we loved their whole feel. 

They set up their entire cooking get up so that guests can watch and be part of the experience.  It’s like a super chic campfire… The proteins are grilled or smoked onsite, carved, and served up family style preciously from foraged greenery.  

The most beautiful red snapper was grilled and filleted on site, and many of the guests enjoyed speaking the the chefs about their process.

Their tomatoes rivaled some of our most beautiful down here… pretty as a picture.

A blueberry buckle was grilled in cast iron skillets and served family style at the end of dinner.

In lieu of individual cards, Lettered Olive created a watercolor of the tables with guests names placed at the corresponding seats.

Wooden farm tables were softened with linen table runners, collections of Italian terra cotta pots filled with various herbs, and curated wooden pedestals for the family style platters.

Lettered olive printed the evening’s menu on cotton napkins which were dotted with fresh rosemary.  Leather drink coasters were imprinted with guests’ names, acting as place cards.  Dreamy…

A good time was had by all..

Also loved this delicate pour over coffee experience available upon guest request after dinner.  Everything that Heirloom fire did was so thoughtful, and added details to service and presentation which is sometimes hard to come by in the event catering world. 

After dinner, the intimate friends and family crowd were joined by the remaining wedding guests for a Welcome Party tented on the adjacent lawn. A modern jazz band from Elan Artists, more fun late night food, and desserts were provided. 

Of course, we had the prettiest s’mores station!

10.29.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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