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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!

3 Fun Champagne Cocktails to Try this Summer

We have to relish summer while it lasts and one of my favorite ways to celebrate when the weather is warm is with champagne. I hope you enjoy these festive champagne drinks as much as I do!

Add a slice of lime to your champagne- it looks  and tastes  beautiful.

Add a slice of lime to your champagne- it looks and tastes beautiful.

Making interesting and delicious cocktails doesn't have to be hard. Have you ever tried adding a slice of lime to a glass of champagne or prosecco? Just the little bit of citrus adds so much taste and the slices look beautiful in the glass (if you're drinking out of a flute, you'll have to either use wedges or quarters of slices)!

Everything looks prettier covered in bubbles!

Everything looks prettier covered in bubbles!

This cocktail suggestion might be more for look than for taste, but slicing fruit for garnish will get everybody excited about their cocktails. Pictured here are two great ideas, the sliced fruit on the rim of the glass or sliced strawberry inside. How lovely is it, the way the bubbles are clinging to the berry. 

If you wanted to really make it a cocktail, you could add some muddled strawberries into the champagne to make a sort of strawberry mimosa!

Champagne + Popsicle = Delicious!

Champagne + Popsicle = Delicious!

Perfect for summer parties and warm weather, popsicle cocktails are colorful, festive and delicious. Pick your color based on your flavor preference and watch as the popsicle starts out as an ice cube and quickly melts, adding more and more flavor to the cocktail. Careful though, if the popsicle is too big, it will overwhelm the drink with too much sweetness! I love this idea because of the way the drink will change over time!

Champagne is such a festive drink - these fun ways to serve it will absolutely add to any celebration!

3 Ways to Take Your Finger Food to the Next Level

Everybody has seen the big platters of chips and dips at parties, but the hosts who take it to the next level get so much appreciation.  Want to find ways to take your finger food not only to the next level of delicious, but also eye catching? You'll bring the house down.

Gradient Crostini

Ombre and gradients are all over the place, even your food!  As opposed to spreading out your garnishes evenly across your crostini, try turning it into a gradient of colors.  I did it here with different color tomatoes over a goat cheese spread and it was delicious and beautiful!

Who says finger food has to be savory?

Who says finger food has to be savory?

This strawberry, balsamic and mint crostini is beautiful and a nice switch up from the typical savory tastes you typically see. You can serve it for dessert but it also makes a fun hors d'oeuvre for your next cocktail party.  Add some goat cheese or ricotta and you'll have people clamoring for the next piece!

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Another great option for finger food is the ever delicious and very trendy avocado toast.  I made it multiple ways here: sliced, mashed, and even an avocado flower!  (I wouldn't recommend to try to serve the avocado flower, it's hard to eat!)  Avocado toast is so easy -  just squeeze some lemon juice and add some red pepper flakes or make it with some garlic powder and diced tomatoes.  I love how vibrant the color is! 

Next time you're hosting a party, I hope these ideas might spark some creativity to try something other than the traditional chips and dip.  There are so many great ways to think outside the box with finger food that can please and impress your guests!

3 Event Details You Can Incorporate to Your Next Outdoor Summer Party

Summer is here and it's time to celebrate.  So much of summer, especially for everybody in New York City is about getting away.  Crowds flee the city every weekend to enjoy the beautiful weather at whatever destination appeals to them.  Yes, vacation is great but summer also reminds me of cookouts and grilling and so many reasons to be outside.  I thought I'd pass along some little details of summer entertaining that could add a little spice to your next event!

1. Drink Stations

Image from  ChristianPF

Image from ChristianPF

When entertaining outside, refreshing drinks are a must to keep the crowd happy.  If you don't want to limit yourself to wine and beer on ice, these punch jars are a great way to serve festive cocktails without being attached to the bar all night pouring.  They allow you to make big batches and just let your guests enjoy!  I love having all the fruit slices sitting inside the jars, it makes them look extra beautiful, so they serve as a decor element to your summer party or barbecue as well!

2. Yard Games

Image via  Buzzfeed

Image via Buzzfeed

Incorporating (or even just offering) games at your next outdoor party adds so much variety to the event.  Cornhole is a classic summer offering, but don't feel limited.  Matching games like you see above are easy to make and can be coordinated with the color scheme of the event.  If you're feeling committed you can make oversized versions of many games (Bananagrams, Jenga, Dominoes, Tic Tac Toe, etc).  Having these sorts of alternative entertainment options are especially useful when some of the guests may not know each other and can use the games as an opportunity to start talking!

3. Blanket Basket

Image via  Bridal Musings

Image via Bridal Musings

Outdoor parties always invite a little bit of a risk from weather.  Depending on where you are in the world, people may be sweltering when the sun is out (and clamoring for some cold cocktails from your ice cold refreshment station) but start to get chilly when the sun goes down.  Have a basket of blankets ready for people to cuddle up under.  Whether you are making s'mores around a fire pit or hanging out by the pool after dark, this detail will make your guests feel taken care of and encourage people to continue to enjoy themselves regardless of the temperature.

Some of these details may feel small in the grand scheme of the party itself - food, drinks, date, venue, theme, etc. - but sometimes the little details can make the difference between a good party and a great party.  Summer is high season for entertaining so taking the extra time to stand out from the pack with these elements of your next summer party will make you the toast of the town! 

Creative Table Decor: How to Use Citrus at your Next Party

I have mentioned it on an Instagram or two... but one of my favorite ways to surprise and delight guests is to create non-traditional tablescapes or centerpieces. I am a flower lover at heart, but mixing it up can sometimes be fun, not to mention a gift to your wallet! One of my favorite ways to do this is with citrus! I love integrating it into my tables and it makes the room smell so great. 

Chic tablescape (image from  Architectural Digest )

Chic tablescape (image from Architectural Digest)

This tablescape makes me want summer to come even faster. The idea of sitting by a pool at the beach with the sun shining sounds amazing compared to dreary New York City right now. You are probably not surprised to hear that I love the blue and white color scheme of this table, since I always love blue and white together. But more relevant today is the choice to put bowls of citrus fruits as the centerpieces as opposed to flowers. It's more functional because the oranges could also be eaten as snacks later and for the purpose of this tablescape, they inject a great pop of color. Its a low-maintenance, cost-effective alternative to flowers!

Casual citrus-filled tablescape (Image  from )

Casual citrus-filled tablescape (Image from)

This table runner full of lemons and limes makes me think of outdoor dining around the Mediterranean. It is beautiful and dramatic but doesn't seem too "done" or fussy. The contrast of the greenery and the bright citrus means that the table doesn't need much else to look really beautiful and I love that the runner spans the entire length of the table!

I saw this image on the Style Me Pretty Instagram and loved it so much I  regrammed  it!

I saw this image on the Style Me Pretty Instagram and loved it so much I regrammed it!

Here's another example of citrus on tables. Here they chose not to use the citrus in the tablescape per se, but I love how they used oranges with the place cards. The pop of color and texture is so great and it keeps the event feeling natural and festive. 

My Chinese New Year Dinner Party

My Chinese New Year Dinner Party

I have even used this concept myself recently at my Chinese New Year dinner party with kumquats and greenery and I thought it turned out really well. The bright green and orange combined for a really festive atmosphere. (You can see the rest of that blog post here!)

You should never feel limited by flowers for your table - they are often expensive and time consuming. You can balk expectations and show your creativity by incorporating citrus or other fruits and vegatables into your table with great results. Creativity is your best asset as a host or hostess - take advantage!