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Effortless Entertaining with Vietri

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When it comes to designing tabletops for dinner parties I tend to go in one of two routes – casual or elegant. One thing that I strive to do with each is to make sure that it is effortless. No one wants to be a stressed out hostess. This fall I’ve made it a point to fully embrace doing more casual tabletops that have a few key details that guests notice and want to use themselves when hosting dinner parties this fall.


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To kick off the entertaining season I thought I’d share a few tips to making your next dinner party go off without a hitch.


1.) Pick a palette thats seasonal – whether it’s neutral (like this tabletop) or something colorful.


2.) Once you’ve figured out your color palette decide which dinnerware you want to use. I wanted to add plates that had rustic edges to them, Vietri is a great source for beautiful dinnerware.


3.) Add pattern with napkins.


4.) Seasonal touches – I decided that little white pumpkins would be the perfect way to embrace the fall season. Then guests can take them home as a parting gift.


5.) Layers are key, by adding branches down the center of the table adds that extra details that finishes off the entire look. Here I used magnolia branches, but you can use anything – olive branches, eucalyptus, see what your local flower shop or grocery store has in stock.


6.) Lastly, and this might be the most important tip – set everything up the night before. It’ll be one last thing to think about the day of and then you can focus on everything else you have to do. Plus, it always gets me excited to see my guests when it is already set.


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Wondering how you can get this same look – pop over to Vietri for these essential items. I hope that this has inspired you for when you host your next dinner party.


Fall Entertaining with Vietri | Sacramento Street

 

1.) Lastra Grey Salad Plate | 2.) Optical Clear Champagne Glass | 3.) Lastra White Dinner Plate | 4.) Grey Medallion Accent Napkin | 5.) Aladdin White Antique Five-Piece Place Setting


This post is a partnership with Vietri. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Photos by Ashley Batz for Sacramento Street

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Entertaining: A Thanksgiving Table

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With Thanksgiving only a week away (how is November already over?), I’m excited about this year’s table. Instead of going with the traditional – oranges, reds, browns and greens, I wanted to give our table a touch of glam with a few rustic elements. The entire concept sprung from these lucite and brass candlesticks that I found at the flea market a year ago. I’ve been dying to use them for a dinner party and thought they’d be a beautiful centerpiece. From there I found these beautiful gold ikat placemats from West Elm – I didn’t want to use a tablecloth this year because I wanted to be able to see our farm table. I added my Grandmothers gold dishes, silver that I picked up on Portobello Road and wine glasses from our wedding. To finish it I wrapped gold paper around white napkins and tied them with metallic bakers twine and gold leaves to bring in a fall feel.


When it came to the flowers I wanted to create two arrangements that brought a little more of a rustic vibe to the table. I picked up Lisianthus, Eucalyptus, Wax Flowers and Jingle Bell branches to create the centerpiece down the table.


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I wanted to create a look that anyone could recreate in their own home – either for Thanksgiving or a dinner party over the holidays. It can be easily recreated with items from your own home or these treasures below. Plus, the placemats – that I’m absolutely in love with, are only $9.99! Here’s more on how to get the look.


It was such fun putting together this year’s Thanksgiving table – all of the details got me incredibly excited for the holiday season. In fact, I love this tabletop so much I haven’t taken it down. I want to host a dinner party before my Thanksgiving guests arrive. I hope this has inspired you for the season of party throwing. What are you planning for your Thanksgiving table this year?


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Get the look: Plated Glass Votives – Silver Global Views Decor Ice Pillar Candle HolderIkat Rings PlacematPromenade Flatware 20-pc. Place SettingMoroccan Tea GlassesOrganic Shaped Dinnerware with Metallic RimmedCross Dye Basic Napkin Set | Gold Leaves | Gold and Ivory Baker’s Twine

 

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Photos by Claire Giffen
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Outdoor Entertaining with Horchow

Entertaining with Horchow | Sacramento StreetThe past week has been warm – I’m talking sandal and tank top weather! It has been pure bliss! And what better way to start off the weekend than a little outdoor gathering with friends. Living in the city I crave outdoor space and it’s rare to have. Thankfully, a dear friend has a beautiful home overlooking the city and Golden Gate Bridge. She welcomed us into her home. After a long week of work, I love getting together with girlfriends for a little wine and cheese – who doesn’t?


Entertaining with Horchow | Sacramento StreetWhen brainstorming setting the mood for this gathering, I wanted to go outside my usual neutral color palate. I decided that since it’s the beginning of our summer here in the Bay Area I’d go big – I’m talking pops of teal and orange. Luckily Horchow was here to help with the tabletop – from the beautiful glassware (that inspired the pop of teal), to the crisp white bistro plates – everything on their site is perfect for entertaining outdoors.


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Now, when thinking about what to serve I always start my evenings off with a stunning cheese board filled with delicious bites everyone will enjoy. I personally think they are the best thing to make when having friends over. It’s quick and easy. In order to create what I call the perfect cheese board you need just a few key things in your fridge and pantry. Sometimes, I feel like some people are intimidated by a cheese board, but they shouldn’t be – that’s why I’m sharing go-to tips on creating the perfect one.


• Be sure to include a mix of fresh, aged, soft and hard cheeses. Personal favorites are goat cheese, Manchego and Brie.


• Try adding fruit like pears, grapes, apples or figs. Each compliment a different cheese.


• Add nuts from your pantry – almonds, walnuts or spiced pecans.


• If they have them in your cheese department – a mix of olives is always a favorite among guests.


• And soft baguette and a crackers to spread these delicious cheese on are a must.


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Entertaining with Horchow | Sacramento StreetI hope all of you can enjoy the last taste of warm weather before fall arrives and the sun starts setting earlier. We have to the cherish these moments before it’s too late. Now start planning your next outdoor gathering and don’t forget to pop over to Horchow to see how they can help make it extra chic!


This post is brought to you by Horchow. Visit Horchow.com to see more items you can use in your own home for outdoor entertaining. Thanks for supporting posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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Supper Club: V2

Every three months I try to gather a group of friends for Supper Club – remember when I posted about it back in March? This past weekend we had our second installment at the fabulous Chez Grant Gibson’s house. Friends, he is the ultimate chef! We sat down weeks in advance to discuss the menu, talked about a coursed meal that all of you would want to replicate and then started designing the table (our favorite part). Of course, Grant didn’t disappoint – the entire night was flawless. The candles were lit, we were surrounded by inspiring creative’s, oyster sliders were made and it was as if we were all transported back to Charleston and were sitting at the bar of The Ordinary (our favorite restaurant).


Let’s discuss the beautiful table. Grant wanted to mix in natural elements into the setting. The quartz candle holders and place card holders (which will both be for sale very soon in his soon to be new shop!!). Then he decided to mix in the succulents and fresh lavender from the farmers market where we bought most of the food for the meal. He also wanted to show off his stunning dining room table that he bought at a flea market in Paris a few years ago. Instead of covering it up with a tablecloth he opted for wicker place mats from Hudson Grace, added simple white plates with black and white napkins, diptique candle holders as water glasses (genius!) and vintage Greek key wine glasses, which are one of his prized possessions.


The menu was out of this world! We began the night with oyster sliders – I could’ve had ten more. We then had a chilled peach gazpacho topped with cucumber and cilantro. Hungry yet? The main course was a beautiful wild mushroom and chard risotto that melted in your mouth. And to top it off we ended the night with a fig cheesecake. It was perfection!


If you’re wondering how to make any of these don’t worry. We’ll be sharing all four recipes with you over the next few weeks. Each are simple and quite scrumptious.


Stay tuned next week for the first recipe – Oyster Slider with Sriracha Mayo.


I hope all of you get inspired to start your own Supper Club with inspiring friends.


Styling and Food by Grant Gibson | Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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Girlfriends’ Valentine’s Brunch (and a Giveaway!)

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and although you might be making plans with your honey, sometimes it can be about showing your friends that you care about them!! This year I decided to host a little soiree to celebrate a special group of girlfriends that have supported me this year – close friends and our Sacramento Street contributors (a new lovely lady debuting next week!). Minted was kind enough to provide a Valentine’s Day party in a box, which was perfect for the occasion – striped straws, signs, colorful paper goods for the table, and tags.


It was fun dreaming up this girlie-girl tabletop – a bit out of my normal (neutral colored) comfort zone but it definitely had to happen for this Valentine’s Day brunch. My essentials for any brunch tabletop – clean cut tulips from the grocery store, bright linen napkins, candy in the colors your decorating the table with and lastly, a fun drink to serve guests as they arrive (in this case blood orange soda with prosecco).


One of my favorite things to do for parties is to have something special for guests – in this case, I worked with Minted on creating personalized journals for each of my girlfriends. It was fun to add them to the tabletop as their place card.


When you combine love, laughter and amazing friends around a table, there really isn’t anything better! This brunch made me realize I need to host more parties to celebrate the girlfriends I love.


Now for the fun part! Minted is giving away a $150 gift certificate good for any Valentine’s Day items! Perfect for the holiday that is right around the corner


Here’s how to enter the Minted Valentine’s day giveaway:

~ Leave a comment on this post, telling us which Valentine’s Day items are your favorite from Mintedclassroom sized valentines, regular valentines, gift tags, journals, art prints, or the party in a box (which I featured). That’s it! Just be sure to include your email address.


~ One winner will be chosen randomly and win a $150 gift certificate good for any Valentine’s Day items on the site!

The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, February 4th!


UPDATE: Congrats to Whitney for being our winner this time! You’ll be receiving an email shortly.


Photos by Caitlin Flemming // Napkins from Hudson | Grace in San Francisco

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