HOST A GARDEN PARTY WITH LENOX

Is summer not the best season of the year? Spending time at the beach house, sleeping in, bike rides to breakfast, lazy days with a good book, warm summer nights, cocktails at 5, and my favorite, outdoor entertaining. What's not to love? To celebrate my favorite time of the year, I teamed up with Lenox to throw a charming little garden party!

Getting started:
I always say, pick a color or theme and run with it. A direction keeps you more organized and focused, which also means you'll have more fun planning and partying. I've had a real thing for blue and white this year and couldn't wait to bring it to this table, but obviously, this white pattern works with any color palette.

I’m a huge fan of taking full advantage of the colorful flowers and fruits of the season to do the work, so when it comes to setting a summer table, you'll typically find fresh lemons and limes, cherries, watermelon, peaches, blueberries, or flower petals in the mix.

On the table:
For this setting, we featured Carved Butterfly Meadow white dinnerware, a creamy white collection made of porcelain with scalloped edges and accented with carved butterflies. If you're a fan of the brightly colored Butterfly Meadow collection, you'll love this sister pattern. It's timeless, can be dressed up or down AND has a very sweet, casual + chic vibe.

I started with a white patterned tablecloth as a backdrop, layered navy and white placemats and round rattan placemats for dimension,  Butterfly Meadow white dinnerware and accented it with Imperial Gold Marchesa flatware for a little sparkle. The French Chefs woven placemats seem to be my go to when I'm looking to add some rustic charm to the table and I use them every season.

For those times when my table needs a little something, something, I like to scatter mini-bud vases filled with just a bloom or two snipped from my main floral arrangement or something from my garden. Clip pieces from hydrangeas, mini-rosebuds, or the blossoms from stock or whatever you have on hand. Add a sprig of greenery in some, or mix colors in others for some variety. Super easy and instant pretty!

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I paired the dinnerware with Tuscany Classic wine glasses to keep it casual. I love a goblet on the table and these also happen to be the perfect glasses for water or ice tea, or in this case, homemade southern sweet tea. I also like a good weight in a glass and this one has it.

Florals:
I'm pretty sure it's almost a requirement to set the table with brightly colored florals in the summer. This mix of pinks, greens, whites, yellow and orange was just the pop of color to make this table feel happy. If I’m on the fence, white is always a good idea and so is a monochromatic look. There's nothing like a pedestal bowl for flowers to give a centerpiece some height and the table a little drama. I found this pedestal at HomeGoods and it's been on repeat ALL summer long!

What’s next? Knot the napkins, drape them across each placesetting, add placecards for seating, a lemon on each plate for a pop of color, be sure everyone has a cocktail in hand, and you’re ready to serve whatever's on the menu.

Serveware:
Shake it up. Not everything has to be matchy-matchy. Mix coordinating serveware pieces with metal trays, wooden platters and serving boards that can be used for salads, fruit, dinner rolls or even flowers. Here I mixed a Butterfly Meadow hors d’oeuvre tray, Organics Beaded bread tray and a coordinating bowl with wooden servers. And, don't be afraid to mix metals! Gold and silver, copper and silver or a mix of all three is perfectly acceptable.

If you're serving fruit or salad in a bowl and like a table that doesn't look cluttered, stack bowls or salad plates on the table almost like they are part of the decor.

I like (actually, LOVE) to set a bar cart for coffee, tea and dessert. It’s feels so fancy, especially when you’re serving brunch or lunch. I lined this cart with a piece of my yellow and white checked paper table runner, added a placemat to coordinate with the table, stacked some dessert plates, and added flatware and mini-bud-vases with a few stems from my centerpiece arrangement for some color. There was definitely no time to bake this week, so I picked up lemon and blueberry cake from my favorite local bakery and garnished it with fresh berries and lemon to make it my own. I felt a little guilty for about 5 minutes. Plus, I shopped local, so it totally counts as homemade - right?

As you can probably imagine, I have my fair share of dessert plates, trays and cake pedestals. I actually have a good reason for that...I've been collecting them forever and they make everything look prettier, so they're a must have! Here I used Entertain 365 Sculpture Cake Stand and for dessert, I added gray Carved Butterfly Meadow salad and cake plates to the mix.

Happy summer!

xx, Deborah                                         

                            Design & Styling: Deborah Shearer | Photography: Stefanie Schoen | The Style Safari | Florals: Debra Barron

                                                              Thank you to our friends at Lenox for partnering with us.

SET A CASUAL FATHER'S DAY CELEBRATION

Dad’s are just true originals. Sure, we’ve learned a lot from Mom, but when we need some true words of wisdom, dad is our man. To celebrate him, a BBQ with some of his favorite things are on the Father's Day menu.

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Is Dad a golfer? Whip up a batch of Arnold Palmers, label a drink dispenser, have plenty of ice on hand you're set for a no-host bar for the day.

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We all know the best way to dad’s heart is through his stomach. Well, food, a good game of golf, cards and the family being together. A cold brew on the course, a good scotch at home and he is a happy man.

What to give Dad? We all say the same thing, "dad has everthing". If you really want to make your dad feel special on Father’s Day, write him a handwritten note with your favorite things about him or his best advice. I promise it will be the gift he remembers most. 

For more details on how to set the scene for Father's Day, check out Inspired Home.

Happy Father's Day to all you great dads, stepdads, pop pops, grandpas, papas and nonnos out there...most especially, my DAD!

xx, Deborah

SETTING THE TABLE FOR EASTER BRUNCH

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Get inspired! Easter with a little bit of chic country charm; I set this blue and white Easter brunch table for my friends at Inspired Home.

Featured: Crate & Barrel Aspen Whiteware, blue check paper runner from Hester & Cook, vintage style blue printed napkin from Pier1, The French Chefs Rattan Placemats from Lenox, Bormioli Rocco Ypislon cordial glasses, and clear bubble glassware, TAG. White ceramic bunnies and decor; Marshalls and HomeGoods.

NEW Hostess Tip: It can get tricky when guests arrive with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. What to do when you don't have time to arrange them? Have an extra vase prepared with water with a pair of scissors close by. Without unwrapping the arrangement, cut the bottom of the cellophane wrap, clipping the stems, and place the flowers (cellophane, ribbon and all) in the vase and set them on the table or somewhere on display. You'll have additional flower arrangement and won't have offended your guest.

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Hosting for a big family? Set the table with Sophistiplate, pretty paper from Italy.

For all the details, check out Inspired Home

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

xx, Deborah

SETTING A PASSOVER SEDER TABLE

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Passover begins at sundown this coming Monday night and as with any year, I'm getting excited to celebrate it.

In between setting tables for clients, I've also been preparing for our own Seder table. Our family loves Passover. We love the menu, traditions and honestly, we just love being around the table together with our favorite people. We're one of those families who adopts everyone and we always have a seat at our Seder for anyone who needs one. 

If you're a blue and white fan, or just looking for a new spin for your Seder table, here are some ideas on how I'll be setting my Passover table this year:

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Go Disposable

While I love fine china, some holidays and parties just call for disposable, and the thing about Sophistiplate is, no one believes it's paper. This pretty paper is imported from Italy and available in just about every color under the sun, which is one of the many reasons I love it.

For all the details about how I set this table, visit my friends at Inspired Home.

From our family to yours, Happy Pesach!

xx, Deborah

TABLE + DINE PASSOVER TABLE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
Dinnerware: Brian Gluckstein Darius Gold Placesetting by Lenox
Accent Plate: Brian Gluckstein Darius Gold Accent Plate by Lenox
Flatware: Marchesa Imperial Caviar by Lenox
Goblets: Villeroy & Boch Blue Boston Goblet
Seder Plate: kate spade new york oak street Seder plate
Disposable Tableware: Sophistiplate
Backdrop: Now Designs White Tablecloth – Amazon

Runner: Ralph Lauren Veranda Paisley Table Runner Marshalls
Napkins: Navy Embroidered Leaf Napkins – Pier1
Taper Candles: Design Ideas White Taper Candles
Silver Candlesticks: Reed & Barton Sulgrave Manor Candlestick
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Pillar Candle Holders
Design Ideas White Pillar Candles
Ralph Lauren Mandarin Ginger Jar

Cobalt Blue Centerpiece Vase – HomeGoods
Chinoiserie Mini-Bowls – Marshalls
Champagne: Le Grand Courtage
Flowers: Hydrangeas & Azaleas

Element of surprise: A fresh bloom at each placesetting

For all the details about how I set this table, visit my friends at Inspired Home.

From our family to yours, Happy Pesach!

xx, Deborah