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How to Throw a Valentine’s Day Inspired Dessert Party this Galentine’s Day

I am WAY too excited about today’s Valentine’s Day inspired dessert party; a.k.a., an excuse to celebrate Galentine’s Day! And yes, I am way too excited about all parties because I like throwing them. I also really like cake, and the two seem to go hand-in-hand.

Now sometimes in this crazy blogging world you meet someone who just clicks with you. That’s how it was when I met Amy of Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins. If you don’t already stalk her on Instagram, you will now. Anyhoo, we’ve become fast blogging friends, and we’ve wanted to collaborate on something for months now. I’m pretty obsessed with Valentine’s Day … and, well, ALL holidays; but Valentine’s Day is full of pink and hearts and cookies and marbled graham cracker toffee bark (trrrrrust me on this one), so really, what’s not to love here?

The lightbulb just sort of went on for us, and we knew we wanted to throw the ultimate, yet still low-key, Galentine’s Day dessert party. Because who doesn’t love dessert? Amy and I worked with our local Anthropologie to dream up the prettiest little Valentine’s Day inspired dessert party. If you’re anything like me, walking into an Anthropologie is liking walking into a candy shop (we did that too!) on an empty stomach. Gimme, gimme.

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I was super inspired by all of the Moroccan elements throughout the store, so we decided to take our shoot in that direction. Styling this party was so much fun, and a lot simpler to put together than you might imagine.

But what exactly is Galentine’s Day?

The girl-focused holiday got it’s namesake from one of my favorite shows ever: Parks and Recreation. (Seriously, if you’ve never watched it, it’s time. Binge-watch it right now.) Basically, Galentine’s Day is a holiday Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, created that occurs every year on February 13th – the day before Valentine’s Day.

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Per Leslie, the genius behind the ladies celebration:

“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Yeah, it’s awesome; and basically an excuse to celebrate in true feminine style.

But if you want to go ahead and throw yourself a dessert party for your special someone instead, that’s cool too, because: CAKE. (For the record: cake > frittata.)

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Now onto the Valentine’s Day Inspired Dessert Party …

We pulled floor cushions and Moroccan pillows (I have THE biggest crush on this pink tufted pillow … it has a heavy gold zipper that takes it over the top!), gorgeous Moroccan inspired wedding blankets (I’m having a hard time not convincing myself that I need both the cream Aldalora throw and the pink Open Market throw!), and so many beautiful dishes in pinks, golds, and rose golds.

The floor seating kept the vibe fun and low-key as well. Plus, there’s no “right” way to style pillows and blankets on the floor. Just lay a few blankets down, plop a few pillows and cushions loosely around the perimeter of your coffee table, and stack your dishes, flatware, and cups within reach. You’ll add tabletop style by using all of that pretty tableware and of course, flowers.

HINT: adding in low candles and tea lights would also look really romantic for an evening setup.

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We also pulled in as much color (especially in the pinks and purples) as we could.

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We bought all of the flowers at the grocery store to keep things simple and bright.

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And we had a whole lot of fun coming up with desserts to serve …

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Can we talk about these rose gold bowls for a minute? Because I plan to put stacks everywhere from here on out.

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The ice cream really popped in these gorgeous pink-lined bowls; the matching dessert plates and mugs were equally swoon-worthy.

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There’s a great candy shop just a few stores down from our local Anthropologie, so we came up with the idea of an ice cream bar with pink toppings. Pink cotton candy, pop rocks, sprinkles, and sour cherries worked perfectly as toppings.

We had cake and petit fours too, because what’s a dessert party without cake?

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The prettiest pink and purple glass cake stands from Anthro.

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And that cake … Whole Foods. I know; right?

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Adding these metallic gold lace plates to my dinnerware collection … I LOVE dishes; what can I say?

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And let’s not forget about the coffee, of course. The bronzed french press was such a stand-out piece and would work well at so many parties and get-togethers.

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Flowers, flowers everywhere.

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I’m pretty sure treating ourselves to a glamorous little Galentine’s Day party the day before Valentine’s Day each year will have to become an annual event.

Are you doing anything fun for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day this year?

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If you throw your own Galentine’s Day soirée, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun parties and desserts!

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Psst … if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try marbled graham cracker toffee bark (a.k.a., graham cracker crack), the perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy … I’m obsessed), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!), DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macarons, big and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, or the best ever red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

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Ugly Sweater Holiday Party + An Easy 7-Layer Dip

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Believe it or not, in all of my party-throwing years, I have never – not once – thrown an ugly sweater holiday party! Seriously. It’s a party theme devoted to tacky sweaters, and somehow, I’ve missed the party bus for all of these years. Well just in time for the holiday season we’ve rectified that situation and I am now a devoted ugly holiday sweater lover. Gimme ALL of the ugly sweaters. And more importantly, has anyone spotted an ugly holiday CARDIGAN? I want it.

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Now onto the party … it’s a tacky holiday extravaganza and the perfect excuse to gather your friends to celebrate just because; ’tis the season. For this super casual holiday party we broke out the holiday cheer plus plenty of simple snacks and sips; we’re talking Tostitos, Bud Light, Stella Artois, a bunch of sweets, and the world’s easiest seven-layer dip using Tostitos Salsa. We also put out a few decadent sweets for dessert including Nut Harvest Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee Bites, Indulgences by Smartfood Popcorn-Raspberry & Dark Chocolate, chocolate-covered peanuts, and Lay’s Wavy Dipped in Dark Chocolate.

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The snacks are always a huge hit. Dark Chocolate Covered Lay’s Wavy chips – you must try them. Salty and sweet and totally perfect.

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We kept the drinks casual too: soda, Bud Light, and Stella Artois.

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I love how easy and fun this party turned out to be. The holidays are about gathering, being together, and having a great time, and this party checked off all of those boxes.

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And that easy 7-layer dip: I’ve never had leftovers. Ever.

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EASY 7-LAYER DIP

INGREDIENTS

1 Jar of Tostitos Salsa
1 Container of Sour Cream
1 Can of Refried Beans
1 Bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Guacamole (either homemade or store-bought)
Cilantro (optional)

Taco Seasoning Packet (optional)
Tostitos XXL (for scooping!)

DIRECTIONS

Layer your ingredients into a clear bowl. (I love this trifle serving bowl because it’s sturdy, clear, and just the right size. We use it all of the time! The lid makes it extra convenient.) For our 7-layer dip, using a spoon, I spread and layered the refried beans*, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, and then topped with a little fresh cilantro to brighten it up.

*If you want to add a little kick to your refried beans, you can mix in one packet of taco seasoning into the beans, and then spread them in your serving bowl.

Serve with Tostitos – we love the scoops for maximum dip power.

Voilà! It really is that easy.

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FUN FACT: We shot this party in October (#bloglife) and played holiday tunes the whole time!

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See more tips and tricks for your holiday parties at www.pinterest.com/fritolay.

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Are you throwing any holiday parties this year? Be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun parties!

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Farmhouse Style Winter Wonderland Holiday Party

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I’m a huge fan of the Holidays. I think it has to do with the fact that I love throwing parties, and from October through the new year, I get to throw plenty. This holiday season, I really wanted to create a holiday dinner party that felt easy and fun. I’ve been crushing pretty hard on farmhouse style décor, so I knew that I wanted to capture that and bring it to life in a merry little mingle dinner party. My take on the trend: a farmhouse style winter wonderland holiday party.

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I wanted the feel to be lighthearted, casual and relaxed. I made an easy southern style charcuterie board with cheese, nuts, olives and pickled beets, plus plenty of fun sips and snacks like Stacy’s Pita Chips, Nut Harvest Dark Choc Almond Toffee Bites, Indulgences by Smartfood Popcorn in Raspberry & Dark Chocolate, Lay’s Wavy Dipped in Dark Chocolate, Pure Leaf Unsweetened tea, Bud Light, and Stella Artois with sugared cranberries.

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The cheese board is such a fun spot to gather a crowd, and really is the perfect party uniter. You’d be amazed at how simple it is to throw a charcuterie together. Choose cheeses and/or meats, nuts, candied nuts, fresh fruit and dried fruit, olives, etc., and arrange everything in little handfuls. Have things like crusty bread or Stacy’s pita chips so your guests can take slices and scoops of the cheese.

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Tell me that’s not making you hungry?

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I laid down my favorite macrame table runner along the center of the table and then just stuffed fresh eucalyptus (you can buy it in inexpensive bunches at your local grocery store or Trader Joe’s), plus some leftover silver garland I had from last year’s holiday party, and a few loose pinecones here and there. Then I set out a few candles, and voila: a simple, but beautiful table centerpiece.

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As for snacks, there were plenty.

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The pita chips worked so well with the Southern charcuterie.

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I am officially a raspberry and dark chocolate popcorn convert and both the popcorn and dark chocolate covered wavy Lay’s chips were crowd favorites.

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We had plenty to drink between the Pure Leaf Unsweetened tea, Bud Light, and Stella Artois with sugared cranberries.

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Mason jars give everything that farmhouse feel, don’t ya think?

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I love setting a table, but I also like to keep things simple. No confusing fork placement in this house!

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I use this gold flatware for everything, these are just our everyday white dishes that work for basically any occasion, we used mason quilted jelly jars as glasses, and I found these great farmhouse style napkins on Amazon! We also set up this galvanized napkin holder at the bar where all the snacks were. Snacking is a messy business.

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The feed sack style stripe on the napkins makes me so happy.

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I think I’m in love with sugared cranberries. I want to sprinkle them on everything.

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When in doubt, decorate with eucalyptus and pinecones. It feels organic and warm, and will last through the holidays. (Eucalyptus actually dries really well.)

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I hope you loved our farmhouse style winter wonderland holiday dinner party!

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How to Throw a Picnic This Holiday Season

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From festive cocktail parties, to cookie exchanges and classic holiday gatherings, with the holiday season comes so many reasons to celebrate and entertain. When it comes to holiday parties, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible, so that we can all enjoy the festivities. My mom always taught me that it’s about being together, laughing, and making great memories, not on what china you used or whether a proper invitation was sent.

One of my favorite easy entertaining hacks: disposable tableware. My current favorite and go-to for entertaining this holiday season is Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware. From cups to glasses, plates, and cutlery, all of it is disposable, but still beautiful. The Chinet® Cut Crystal® line makes cleanup easy so you can spend more time with the ones you love. The clear design of the line just makes it so that it matches no matter what your party theme is.

This year, I’m branching out with my holiday entertaining. I’ve wanted to throw a little celebratory picnic since we moved into our new house. Our backyard is just so pretty and the weather here is perfect straight through December since it doesn’t typically start to get too cold until the end of the year.

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There’s nothing like a great picnic basket. I’d been hunting for one for ages and finally came across this picnic basket that serves four and has compartments for wine bottles, loaves of french bread, and/or flower bouquets, and I was sold.

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Chinet® Cut Crystal® plastic cutlery fit perfectly. And the whole look fit perfectly with my new gingham napkins.

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Layering blankets and pillows helped to make the small gathering feel cozy and comfortable, and very laid-back.

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I’ll always love a great cheese platter. There are so many fun variations and combinations, and it’s a great meeting place for guests to snack and chat.

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I also packed berries, candied roasted almonds and pecans, a loaf of bread, and dinner from our favorite local Mediterranean restaurant. The less hassle, the better.

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I served apple cider and prosecco in Chinet® Cut Crystal® 14 oz. tumblers and stemless wine glasses.

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For dessert, I heated up a rustic apple tarte (from Trader Joe’s!) and sprinkled a bit of powder sugar on top.

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Remember: holiday entertaining should be fun and simple!

For the record, TJ’s rustic apple tarte is delicious, and always a crowd-pleaser.

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Because we used Chinet® Cut Crystal® clear disposable cups, plates, and cutlery, our picnic party cleanup was a breeze, allowing me to focus more on spending time with friends and family and less on clean up. Such a win.

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If you throw your own fall picnic, be sure to let me know in the comments or tag me in your creations (@glitterinclexi) when you share to social media!

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Lexi

Our Halloween Front Porch for Fall

I’m a huge fan of Halloween and Thanksgiving and Fall, and now that we’re settled into our house, I knew I wanted to give our front porch a fun little fall makeover. Truth is, I can’t stop buying pumpkins. Every road stop sale I see, I’m out of my car and scouring pumpkins. Scarlett is just as obsessed, and it’s become a game to pull over, run through the pumpkins, scoop up two or three, and be on our way. And you know, since I can’t leave well enough alone, we’re probably hitting up the pumpkin farm this weekend. I may have to start handing out pumpkins.

I found an inexpensive bale of hay at Lowe’s and started stacking. And since I’m so excited about the results, I’m revealing our Halloween front porch for Fall and details about how to decorate your own!

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I’ve also newly discovered decals and I basically want to cover the world, or at the very least, my house, in decals. Kimber Dawn & Co. has adorable decals that you can download for FREE. (Love this Fall decal!) I have dreams of getting my hands on a Cricut ASAP.

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The adorable black bats are actually paper stickers from Target. If you haven’t yet, check out Target‘s dollar section (just about everything in that section at the entrance of the store is $1 or $3); they always have adorable and affordable seasonal decorations, and right now, it’s ALL Halloween.

And how cute are those stacking cinderella pumpkins? I need MORE.

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The white pitcher is from Ikea and I stuffed it with some eucalyptus I found at Trader Joe’s.

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Do you decorate your front door or front porch for Halloween? Have you tried these adorable pumpkin decals?

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Behind-the-Scenes of Our Southern Dinner Party

If you haven’t heard, our most recent styled shoot, a Newlywed’s Southern Dinner Party, with the prettiest late summer vibes, was featured on Style Me Pretty a few weeks back. This styled shoot felt particularly special because it was so reminiscent of our time here in North Carolina.

Once we settled on a Southern dinner party theme, I knew I wanted it to be especially for couples. The inspiration? When hubby and I were first married, we couldn’t wait to use all of our newly acquired dishes and bowls, and play hosts. Now that we’ve moved to North Carolina, making new friends has been a priority. It doesn’t really feel like home until you have family, and for us, good friends are family. Thanks to those awesome friends, we were able to bring the Newlyweds Southern Dinner Party to life.

This styled southern dinner party in particular truly was a labor of love. On the day of the event, all of us were hauling farm tables and chairs and stacks of china out into the The Bradford‘s gorgeous courtyard, to make the party as magical as possible. Ahh, the glamorous life behind-the-scenes of a styled shoot …

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By the way, I shared a few tips for throwing your own dinner party for family and friends over on Style Me Pretty, but keep scrolling for all of the fun little details from this amazing shoot. (Can I say that about my own shoot? I’m kind of obsessed.)

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So many talented vendors, who I also happen to call friends, came together for this jaw-dropping shoot. All of the photos were taken by Brent of Live View Studios who totally and completely blows me away with his talent.

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Holly and Amanda of Greenhouse Picker Sisters are truly rockstars. These girls hustle. Anything you dream up, they figure it out. When I blurted out the idea of a hanging buffet table at one of our meetings their initial response was, “Absolutely, let’s do it!” Their collection of vintage and new furniture and accessories is jaw-dropping and I’m not sure I could imagine a party going forward without them.

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Guys, a hanging buffet table is where it’s at.

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I had so much fun with the drink station, dreaming up southern cocktails like a southern spritzer with prosecco, peach nectar and blackberries, and a freshly-squeezed lemonade.

SWEET SOUTHERN SPRITZER

Serves a small party

INGREDIENTS

2 Bottles of Prosecco
2 Bottles of Peach Nectar
Flat of Blackberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour all of the prosecco and peach nectar into a large drink dispenser.
  2. Wash blackberries and add them to the dispenser.
  3. Allow to chill for at least an hour so that the blackberries soak up some of the cocktail. Not only is the drink delicious, but it’s a whole lot of fun eating the spiked blackberries at the end of the night!

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I was so in love with all of the sweet little touches we were able to incorporate, like the jelly jars tied with tags that read, “Jam-packed with love.” It’s amazing working with someone like Sarah of Bella Joviality who always goes above and beyond with some of my nerdier ideas.

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The white chocolate bread from La Farm Bakery in Cary; it’s heaven.

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And how adorable is Annie? I work with Annie a ton here on the blog; she shoots content for me in between her packed wedding schedule, and she and her husband, Jeremy, stood in as our adorable Newlyweds for this shoot.

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I have to hand it to Belle’s Catering: to make food that not only looks incredible but tastes out-of-this-world is a total culinary feat. The second the shoot wrapped, all of us went to town on the meal and it was SO worth the wait.

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Can you spot me hiding in the background? I’m the one wearing totally seasonally inappropriate clothing, to no one’s surprise at all.

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These pictures just make me want to throw another dinner party.

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The flowers also played such a lovely role in this shoot. Alana of Serendipity Designs can make anything look stunning with her floral arrangements. Seriously.

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And what would a great dinner party be without dessert? So we went overboard (duh!) and created the most beautiful dessert station.

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Dinner party tip: Make a few of the dishes if you’re so inclined – a salad, or an entree (or find a fantastic caterer who does dinner parties), and then buy your favorite bakery dessert and a big container of ice cream. No one will know or care that it isn’t homemade.

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That gorgeous handwriting: it’s all Sarah. If only I could doodle that well!

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And there you have it: the sweetest outdoor Southern-inspired dinner party!

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Last but not least, Amber of Six Foot Photography is not only an incredible photographer but she makes the most adorable videos. How perfect is this little highlight reel from the dinner party?

Head to Style Me Pretty for more!

Photography: Live View Studios | Cinematography: Six Foot Photography | Design + Styling: Glitter Inc. | Floral Design: Serendipity Designs | Catering: Belle’s Catering | Invitations + Calligraphy: Bella Joviality | Venue: The Bradford | Desserts: La Farm Bakery | Models: Annie Watts and Jeremy Timmons | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters


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