Category Archives: Parties

The Past and Present Table

Kate Spade China in Larabee Road, Napkin Rings from Mrs. Howard's, and my grandma's Cambridge Crystal glasses in Rose Point.

The Past and Present Table: Kate Spade China in Larabee Road, Napkin Rings from Mrs. Howard’s, and my grandma’s 1935 Cambridge Crystal glasses in Rose Point.

Tradition never goes out of style.

When I was growing up, special occasions, birthdays, and holidays were usually spent at my Aunt Kay’s home. When it came close to dinner time, my cousins and I were called in to help set the table. We fell into our separate roles with ease. Susan would fill the glasses with ice, Brittany would lay out the beautiful linen placemats and folded napkins, and I would help with the silver. Continue reading

Friday Favorite: Nordstrom

Simple and beautiful. You can't go wrong with white flowers.

Simple and beautiful. You can’t go wrong with white flowers.

“There hasn’t been more gracious of a host than Nordstrom was at their Opening Gala.” Those were the first words out of my mother’s mouth when asked about her experience at Wednesday night’s gala in Jacksonville, FL.

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Throwing a Party

Keep some elements consistent, but vary your heights.

Keep some elements consistent, but vary your heights.

I had the privilege of styling a party for someone that is not related to me! It was quite an honor to be asked by a family that I not only love, but that I hold in high esteem.  Ms. Holly and my girlfriend Heidi are a mother-daughter team that are not only smart, but beautiful.  I wanted to make sure their event, Ethan and Lindsay’s Rehearsal Dinner, was exactly what they envisioned.  Continue reading

Fall Tablescapes

 

A touch of sparkle contrasts with rustic touches and buffalo check table runners.

A touch of sparkle contrasts with rustic touches and buffalo check table runners.

Decorations for fall are often displayed longer than Christmas decor. Usually debuting in our homes near the end of September, they take center stage on our tables and porches through the Thursday of Thanksgiving. Continue reading

A Dish & A Story [a dinner party idea]

Aunt Inez's 4-Layer Chocolate Cake

Aunt Inez’s Chocolate Cake

My grandma, Doris Wheeler Evans, was born in 1914 and grew up in Watertown, Florida which is no bigger than a blink and right outside of Lake City.

She was one of 12 children; 8 of them girls, 8 of them incredible southern cooks. I grew up eating “Aunt Eloise’s Pound Cake,”  “Doris’s Coconut Cake,” “Lucille’s Lemon Cheesecake,”  and “Cleavy’s Chicken Tetrazzini.”  The star among the stars, however, was Aunt Inez’s Chocolate Cake. Continue reading

Friday Favorite: Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit

Pick up a great salad kit to make your dinner party preparations easier!

Pick up a great salad kit to make your dinner party preparations easier!

Hosting a dinner party is fun, but it’s also a lot of work for the hostess.  Remember, it’s your soiree, and you should HAVE FUN, too; so when possible, take a few shortcuts. This time-saver is easy, quick, and allows you to spend your energies creating a signature drink or whipping up homemade whipped cream.  Continue reading

A Father’s Day Gift Idea with a Cocktail for You. Cheers!

"The Southern" Bourbon Bubbly Cocktail ~ soak your peaches overnight in bourbon and cover with chilled champagne.

“The Southern” Bourbon Bubbly Cocktail ~ soak your peaches overnight in bourbon and cover with chilled champagne.

 

Father’s Day is Sunday~ you have just enough time to make him Bacon-Infused Bourbon. I’ve written before about one of Matt’s favorite drinks, “The Bacon Old Fashioned,” and I thought Father’s Day would be a great time to make another batch of bacon-infused bourbon for Matt’s dad (surprise, David!).   Continue reading