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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Magnolia Rouge does Elegant Decay #2 | Blog around the world

I have something a little bit fun and different on the blog today and on several of the blogs of my blogging buddies around the world (ok seriously that sentence was all kinds of wrong!)... the first 'blog around the wedding world' feature - kinda like a chain letter :-) Every 15 minutes there will be a new post on one of the blogs listed below (in order of time) each of us giving our own spin/advice/tips on entertaining, culminating with the creators Check out some of the other blogs... you may stumble across a new and fabulous find! of the project at the end showcasing their fabulous work! I am No 2 in the chain...to start from the beginning head here.

So, entertaining... we all have our little things that we put more effort into with it... whether it be the food, the wine, the flowers or how you set your table... ways of putting your stamp on it. I've always loved to dress the table up and I think it's nice as a guest to feel like the host has gone to a little bit of effort for you. Of course being a lover of all things paper I have to send out invitations to any event I'm having and an email invitation really just doesn't cut the mustard! As well as invitations, there are several ways to use paper goods even with just a small dinner party and most people these days have a home printer so it doesn't need to be complicated. Print a small menu to roll up and tie with ribbon or fabric, make up cocktail menus to display if you're having a party, print guest names onto paper to wrap around the napkins at their place setting, or use printed paper to wrap vases in to bring a bit of pattern and texture to your table. You could even make placemats out of some fabulous printed paper. But as is the point of Aleah & Nick's shoot (image below) it's all about having a good time, and enjoying the people in your life. It doesn't have to look perfect, and it certainly won't when all is said and done, but the beauty is in the imperfection of it... and I'm sure the more imperfect your table looks at the end of the night, the more successful evening of entertaining you've had!!

To see the next in the series click here.

We're Aleah + Nick Valley of Valley & Co. and we're so excited to partner with some of our most favorite blogosphere friends for this Blog Around the World: Elegant Decay post! Today you're invited to a worldwide scavenger hunt on these awesome blogs where you'll find snippets of our Elegant Decay photo shoot, designed to show off the after effects of a celebration: fun! We all spend so long putting together amazing designs and table scapes for our couples, and this shows off the end result {and the most important element}: enjoyment. We hope you enjoy this - thank you to all of our friends for participating and be sure to visit these other fabulous blogs for more photos, ideas, tips, and fun!


Design + styling and JOY cards: Aleah + Nick Valley of Valley & Co. www.valleyandco.com
Photography: Jeremy Leffel: www.jeremyleffel.com
Floral design: Anne Bradfield of Floressence: www.floressencedesign.com
Crystal and marble decorative candle accents: vintage pieces from Nick's mom
Venue, dessert, and drinks: Palace Ballroom by Tom Douglas: www.tomdouglas.com
Linens: Choice Linens: www.choicelinens.com
Chairs, silverware, and china: AA Party Rentals: www.aapartyrents.com

Apologies to local readers as this is all in US Eastern Standard Time
Bubble Rock (11am) |  Cap Classique (11.15am) | Brancoprata (11.30am) | The Demoiselle (12.00pm)

14 comments:

Aleah + Nick Valley said...

Love your interpretation, Kate!

Brancoprata said...

So inspirational Kate... thank you for sharing.

postcards and pretties said...

yay for paper goods...love having the cocktail menus.

The Demoiselle said...

Have I told you lately how much I love your blog? If not: I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! So fun working on this with you and the crew! Big hugs from NYC!

www.velaimages.com said...

Fun! Looking forward to seeing everyones posts from around the world. G x

Alison @ The Knotty Bride said...

Love it! I've been waiting for the day I could watch this unravel. :) Great post, Kate!

Paloma said...

"I'm sure the more imperfect your table looks at the end of the night, the more successful evening of entertaining you've had!!"

so true!!!

Alexandra said...

Personal touches are truly the best. You're absolutely right that as a guest it's nice to see that the host has gone to a little bit of effort for you. Fabulous post, Kate!

Steph | bubblerock said...

I agree with you Kate. We tend to forget how important little details can be and how we can make people feel special just with a little stationery, name tag, menu... You name it. I shall follow your advice!

capclassique said...

Love your suggestions, Kate! Makes me want to throw an impromptu dinner party!

Alicia@CharityWedding said...

I believe well done stationary can set the stage for an event and make guests feel extra special! I loved your take on events!

Annie @ MarryYouMe said...

I love your take on the little details and the importance of sharing the day with loved ones!

Nicole @NicheWhite said...

I love all your paper ideas Kate! Great tips...I'm going to use a few of these. :)

Super Burbs said...

I love how you pointed out how important an imperfect table is at the end....it is SO true! Great post!

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