May 18th, 2012 |

Peonies + Chevron Dinner Party

Last weekend, I hosted a peonies + chevron dinner party to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Do you remember seeing my inspiration board?  I am happy to share a few pictures with you today.  The table was covered with a crisp, white tablecloth and my bold, grey and white chevron table runner.

To create an interesting centerpiece, I clustered [...]

April 23rd, 2012 |

The Resurgence of the Candelabra

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous tablesetting….we all know this!  But lately I have found myself totally in love with the addition of glass or crystal candelabras.  Popular years ago, featured on opulent tables, or as accessories in formal homes.  For some reason, the candelabra somewhat disappeared in recent years.

I think it’s time for a comeback. [...]

April 19th, 2012 |

Tory Burch Inspired Spring Party

Let the Spring 2012 runway looks inspire your next party. Today I am showcasing the second of the two themes that were featured in the Spring 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Take your favorite Spring collection and let it inspire! This Tory Burch ensemble shows the joy of mixing patterns done perfectly. Hot pink, florals, stripes and polka [...]

April 16th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Manicures & Mimosas

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and I don’t know about you, but my family is always looking for new ways to celebrate Mom.  We’ve done the festive brunch, the preppy bbq, and the traditional family dinner.  I was thrilled when our magazine contributor, Beth Beattie, came up with this oh, so fashionable Manicures & Mimosas party [...]

April 2nd, 2012 |

DIY Monogram Napkin Project

For our Modern Monogram bridal shower, we created a darling assortment of monogrammed napkins to dress up the tablesetting.  They were simple to do, added a great pop to the table, and also served as a gift for the bride to bring home with her.

We gathered up supplies at our local Michael’s craft store: paint, stenciling [...]

March 22nd, 2012 |

J. Crew Inspired Spring Party

Let the Spring 2012 runway looks inspire your next party. Today I am showcasing one of the two themes that were featured in the Spring 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Take your favorite Spring look and let it inspire! This J.Crew ensemble is simple, sophisticated and classic….with a little whimsical on the side!

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Focus on [...]

January 19th, 2012 |

HGTV.com Game Night Feature

This post is a long time coming!  Last Fall, I was asked by the editors of HGTV.com to come up with some unique ideas for hosting a Game Night party for a feature they were doing on entertaining ideas at home, during the winter months.  I was thrilled to be asked, and of course quickly whipped [...]

January 17th, 2012 |

Elegant Barn Party

I came across this stunning engagement party styled shoot on Style Me Pretty today and just had to share it with all of you.  It was supposed to be a casual party hosted on a chilly autumn day in the newly unveiled Pullman Barn on the grounds of the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  (which just happens to [...]

December 7th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Mad for Plaid

Some of you may remember my “Mad for Plaid” holiday party from last year.  That was the start of my plaid obsession, and trust me, it has only grown throughout the year.  I love incorporating this traditional pattern as simple accents in my home, as well as in tablesettings.  I showed a few of these ideas [...]

November 21st, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Mix and Mingle

I’m a sucker for a crisp black and white color palette, especially when accessorized with a pop of green and a touch of sparkle.  When it came time to develop a new holiday party theme, I immediately drew inspiration from my Kate Spade china and her crisp, and preppy design aesthetic.  An untraditional pairing for the holidays, [...]

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