April 30, 2014
April 30, 2014
April 29, 2014
April 29, 2014
Entertaining has always sort of been my thing. I don't know what it is, but ever since we got married, I just love inviting our friends and family over for little parties throughout the year. It's actually one of the things I looked most forward to when we were engaged. And so today I thought I'd share with you a couple of my entertaining favorites including a few ideas on how to set your table in style.
Crate and Barrel has to be one of my favorite go-to places when it comes to finding unique entertaining pieces. From the prettiest dinnerware to place mats and flatware, Crate and Barrel really does have it all. And they've made it super easy to set your tables in style.
For this first look, I combined the idea of outdoor dining with calming neutrals and plenty of candlelight. I'm loving these colors, those adorable little chalkboard place cards, and those striped place mats! This is definitely my idea of the perfect Summer party. It's casual, it's chic, and it's got plenty of ambiance with all of these lanterns and the soft glow of candlelight!
Next up, is this pretty blue look. Here, I've mixed these bright printed pieces with a neutral tablecloth. This is a look that I just love for Summer, and it's definitely one that you can easily create. I love those rectangular dishes. And those candle holders! Can we all just take a second and look at these candle holders? Such a beautiful accent piece that makes it feel all the more special.
Next up, we have this gorgeous everyday look that is accented with succulents and natural earth tones. It's a look that I honestly can't get enough of. Such soothing colors, if you ask me. Plus who says that your everyday dinnerware has to be plain old white? I'm loving this unique take on everyday dishes! And this flatware? Yeah, I'm thinking I'm going to have to order a set for myself. So super cute, if you ask me!
So there you have it! Just a few of my favorite entertaining pieces from our friends over at Crate and Barrel. Guys, I'm not going to lie. If I had to choose just one of these, I'd have a really hard time. Because each of these looks is just so inviting! But lucky for you, you don't have to choose! I say register for all 3! I'd use earth tones for everyday, the blue patterned look for Summer, and the pretty outdoor pieces for when the weather is nice and you want to entertain outside! Makes total sense to me.
So what are you waiting for? Hop on over to Crate and Barrel and start adding these lovelies to your registry! It's super easy to register plus they have tons of other entertaining pieces that are just as swoon-worthy! Oh, and don't miss out on the special events they they put on at their store locations! Find your perfect entertaining style with the help of an expert.
Today's gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot from from Mary Claire Photography, is filled unique styling ideas and plenty of color! And with creative styling by Amber Reverie, it's easy to see that these talented ladies took the idea of using color to a whole new and exiting level!
From the Designer, "for the concept of this shoot, we were inspired by the multi-toned depth and fluidity of ink, along with the opulent yet rugged nature of ice. I couldn't get these inky blues out of my mind. I love how they're a little moody and haunting, while still fresh. We were able to play with a lot of juxtaposition in this shoot. Light with dark. Translucent with opaque. Still life with movement."
"The whole design was created to look collected and layered. We had a simple cake with sugared blueberries that looked almost like they were frosted over. Stacked books, candles, layered fur rugs, heirloom pieces and some lovely florals were simple details that made the space feel inviting and warm, despite a cool palette."
"Instead of full blooms like garden roses or peonies that have been so prevalent in weddings, I opted for a more light-handed approach. I played with texture and shades of blues with bold thistle and soft ginestra. My foliage also veered more in the direction of blueish greens, like seeded eucalyptus, blue spruce, even kale. To lighten things up a bit, I brought in delicate queen anne's lace, plumosa fern, bowing white tulips, and the sweetest little Italian ranunculus.
It was so exhilarating splatter painting the linen with blots of ink blue. I probably looked like a crazy person to the people driving by, going all Jackson Pollock in my front yard. But it was a fun project that allowed me to forget precision and let the paint to do its thing. This would be an easy and impactful DIY for any bride or groom to duplicate.
We pulled together fashions based on our inspiration. Each look incorporated sparkling beadwork, along with amazing raw crystal jewelry to play off both the elegant and coarse sides of ice. We made that tulle skirt with layers of blue and grey to reflect the almost iridescence of ink. All of the girls were styled with full-length skirts, dark glam makeup and tousled hair. I absolutely love the effortlessly luxe vibe our talented stylists achieved. These looks could easily be done as non-traditional wedding attire, or for a glammed up shower or party with the girls."