Dinner Party Essentials

Devouring delicious food in good company just got easier, thanks to these simple tips…

You don’t have to break the bank to host a real housewives worthy dinner party. In fact, you can put together an impressive  gathering by  incorporating what you already own and using a little imagination. To help plan your next bash, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

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1. Don’t forget about lighting —  Lighting is an important detail and shouldn’t be overlooked. To help set the mood consider dimming the lights,  decorating with candles of various heights or stringing cafe lights above the table.

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2. Flowers — Adding a simple floral arrangement to a table will help bring it to life.  They don’t have to look perfect, loose arrangements or vines and moss will work just fine.

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3. Mix and mingle expensive items with inexpensive finds — Break out your fine china and mix in inexpensive stemware to create an eclectic look. You can create a stunning table scape by adding in fabric napkins or plates in different colors or patterns.

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4. It’s in the details — Design pretty place cards, menu cards or even play a fun game.  Whatever you fancy, by adding in an interesting twist, you can create an engaging experience and a party friends and family will not forget.

Mix and Match Patterns

Break out of your wardrobe rut by mixing patterns and adding a little creativity to your everyday style.

To help ease your fears of a combination catastrophe, when attempting to mix and mingle patterns, it is important to keep a few helpful hints in mind to ensure looks are runway ready…and not kindergarten chic. For a little help, check out this graphic from Made by Girl, and take a peek at a few of my style inspirations below.


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Inspiration: Bold Stripes and Prints

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Inspiration 2: Polka Dots and Prints

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Inspiration 3: Leopard and Plaid

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Inspiration 4: Stripes and Polka Dots

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Inspiration 5: Prints on Prints

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Inspiration 6: Gingham Style

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Celebrity Inspiration: The Print Master — Olivia Palermo

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I was recently asked to style a home bar using items from Chairish.com, an online shop where  design lovers can buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another.  Since I love a good challenge, I headed over to the site and started designing.  I was inspired by a recent lunch outing at Yardbird in Miami, and if you have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it. The food was amazing and the decor was a mix of industrial chic and hipster glam.

Inspired by good food and decor, I decided to design a concept that incorporated the two styles. I opted for a free standing wooden bar with a southern feel and gold accent decor pieces.  I think this bar would look great with floating shelves behind it, stocked with a variety liquor and some illuminated letters or words.  I also envision this bar in a Florida room, or even outside at a wedding. Seriously, this bar and orange sofa would look amazing in an open field!

For the bar stools, I suggest adding a set of four Zuo Era Twin Peaks Bar Stools from Chairish.com. Not only will the stools tie the industrial look together, but they have backs, which will allow your guests to chill out and relax.

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For more information on Chairish.com or to see additional bar stools, visit shop.chairish.com.
Enjoy! xoxo