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Blue and White Sea Island Dinner Party

I was so lucky to get to spend some time in Sea Island this summer with my family. Those of you that check in here regularly will have seen some shots of a tablescape I built while I was there in my last blog post but I have many more and I wanted to keep sharing! I was so lucky to work with Kelli Boyd Photography who did an incredible job of capturing the day!

You all know my love of blue and white!

You all know my love of blue and white!

Nothing is more classic than the color combination of blue and white. I knew when I was planning these tablescapes that I had to have at least one set up in these colors because they are perfect for a beachside location! I loved putting white flowers in the patterned vase (my friends at Vinegarden Market did an incredible job with the flowers!) because it was dynamic and eye catching without being too busy!

I experimented with two different settings for the table and I had such trouble making a decision! I love the sea motif of the set on the left but ever the lover of color that I am, the contrast of the blue and coral in the plates on the right were so lovely. The exercise also reminded me that there are so many different ways to set a table and to keep pushing myself to try new things!

A close up of the sea motif table set up!

A close up of the sea motif table set up!

A subtle detail that I loved about this setup was the way the light caught the tablecloth and gave it a pinkish glow (you can see easily in the photo above). That tint perfectly tied in with either of the place settings in a really nuanced and beautiful way!

I will be posting more shots of these tablescapes (and maybe some never-before-seen shots) on my Instagram over the next couple weeks- so if you aren't already following me there, make sure to click here to check it out!

Creative Table Decor: End of Summer Dinner Party

I just returned from spending a couple of months in Sea Island with family. Returning to my Southern roots is always a jolt of inspiration - I am reminded of pieces I forgot I owned, traditions I only see in the South or the pace of life which I often neglect in the busy day-to-day of New York City. 

I was lucky that I had the chance to work with Kelli Boyd Photography down in Sea Island and she did an incredible job capturing one of the favorite things about our house down there - the light!

The bright open spaces in our house make me so happy!

The bright open spaces in our house make me so happy!

When planning tablescapes in Sea Island, I always start off with these chairs. The colors are so beautiful and distinct that I don't want to try and force anything that wouldn't blend seamlessly.  Starting off with something in your space as inspiration is a great way to keep the entire room feeling coordinated and purposeful. 

I love the little details here of the pearlescent charger underneath the china.

I love the little details here of the pearlescent charger underneath the china.

Building off of the coral orange chairs, I built a place setting of layered coral china in sea inspired motifs. When you are so close to the ocean, it's nice to include references to that part of nature. I love how perfectly the scalloped trim on the napkins match the china. 

Salt and Pepper dishes are an often overlooked but beautiful detail.

Salt and Pepper dishes are an often overlooked but beautiful detail.

Since the rest of the table had stuck to such a minimal color scheme, we used the flowers to add some variety. The coral and blue in the arrangement coordinated with the place setting and the chairs but I liked how the light pink and green really punched up the arrangement. I love color so much so these arrangements by Vinegarden Market were perfect!

Meat and Cheese plates are an easy set up for pre-dinner cocktails!

Meat and Cheese plates are an easy set up for pre-dinner cocktails!

In addition to the big beautiful arrangement for the table, putting a couple of small arrangements on the coffee table near where you might be having cocktails brings great continuity. It was convenient how beautifully our meat and cheese platter color coordinated!

I had so much fun putting this table together. And even better - I put a handful of other setups together at the same time which you all will see in a future blog post! If you can't wait until my next post, I might be posting some sneak peeks on my Instagram so make sure to follow along there!

Blue and White: Classic Color Combination for Home or Entertaining

After the business of dinner parties and Valentine's Day celebrations, I thought this week I could slow down and talk a little more about some things that inspire me. One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to fill my world with visually appealing things. One obsession that has been on my mind lately (well, all my life really): blue and white. I love how classic and simple it is, but also how many different ways it can be used.

I love the variety of shapes of these blue and white ginger jars and its easy to see how with some fresh flowers they can make a great addition to your next party. Image from  House Beautiful

I love the variety of shapes of these blue and white ginger jars and its easy to see how with some fresh flowers they can make a great addition to your next party. Image from House Beautiful

The most common (and probably my favorite) example of the blue and white color combination is in the patterns of ceramic jars. They come in all shapes and sizes but they always add a really amazing texture to a room. One of my favorite parts of the photo above is the choice of such contrasting flower colors. It's dramatic in the most beautiful way!

The blue and white china with red flowers against a green cabinet is stunning. (Image from:  Traditional Home )

The blue and white china with red flowers against a green cabinet is stunning. (Image from: Traditional Home)

I love bold color combinations (if you've read my Chinese New Year post, you probably noticed) and this one is no exception! While blue and white feels at home with neutrals and muted colors, it can also hold its own with other bright colors around it. So don't be afraid to go for the bold pairings!

These oversized blue and white planters are fabulous. I appreciate the way they bring pattern to the outdoor space. Image from  Frontgate

These oversized blue and white planters are fabulous. I appreciate the way they bring pattern to the outdoor space. Image from Frontgate

Although my first instinct when I think blue and white is interior design, when I came upon the above picture of the outdoor planters with the mixed blue and white patterns, I was obsessed! Blue and white is such a crisp color combination so it mixes beautifully with the colors of nature. I also like the dramatic size of these planters. If only I had a backyard to fill with them!

Of course, it would be silly for me to write a blog post and not have events play some role... I am an event planner after all! I pulled these two examples of blue and white ginger jars in tablescapes and I didn't realize until putting them side-by-side how great a demonstration it was of the flexibility of these jars. It is clear, though, how blue, white and green are a never-fail color combination. I love how in the photo on the left (from Splendid Sass) the oversized jars add vertical drama to the table and the warmth of the branches and the wood in the surrounding room make the table feel a little more rustic. And then the photo on the right (from Sarah Sarna) plays more on the dainty, feminine concept of the blue and white by combining the patterned jars with an equally patterned tablecloth. It is a lot of pattern, yes, but an amazing amount of blue and white!

This exquisite blue and white embroidered tablecloth by Aerin Lauder is timeless.  (image from  Habitually Chic ).

This exquisite blue and white embroidered tablecloth by Aerin Lauder is timeless.  (image from Habitually Chic).

I was drawn to this photo of a tablescape Aerin Lauder created at her beautiful home in the Hamptons because I saw the inspiration for the tablecloth in the jars that I have been showing. I love the design of this table with the textures of the woven placemat, embroidered tablecloth and napkins, bamboo silverware and silver mint julep cups and salt and pepper shakers. Even though there are a lot of different components, they all fuse seamlessly because no single compontent is trying to be the star. To me that is the epitome of classic: beautiful but not intentionally attention-grabbing. 

Blue and White china isn't limited to jars! I love this collection of platters and serving ware. (Image from  Confessions of a Plate Addict )

Blue and White china isn't limited to jars! I love this collection of platters and serving ware. (Image from Confessions of a Plate Addict)

Whether it be in the form of ginger jars, table linens, planters or even in your wardrobe, blue and white makes such a statement.  It exudes a feeling of comfort as well as elegance.  Blue and white is a color combination that will never go out of style and it will always be one of my favorites for the home and entertaining.