1. Dinner Party Spotlight: Table + Dine

    Today’s FH Dinner Party Series Guest is a woman who loves tablescapes as much as I do… and this display really shows it!! Meet Deborah Shearer, founder of Table + Dine. If you are planning a dinner party or holiday, head to her blog or instagram for a dose of inspiration stat!! And isn’t her tablescape today beautiful?! I haven’t seen a black and white stripe beauty since my graduation party I threw last year, and I must say this tablescape is making me want to bring it back!! I am excited to share a Q & A with her and more deets on this table… with a big shocker… the plates are actually paper! Too perfect for outdoor parties! Read on for more!

    Q & A:

    FH: Tell me a quick bio of how you came to start Table + Dine?

    We call it “dinner and a love story”. One night over dinner at one our favorite San Francisco restaurants, Cotogna, my daughter Allie and I talked about our love for entertaining with good food, wine and our favorite people around the table. I’d been in the tabletop business for as long as I could remember and Allie followed my lead since she could twirl in a party dress. Together, we’ve cooked, baked, catered and hosted countless dinner parties and events. That night at Cotogna, we finally decided to build a company that revolved around our mutual love for entertaining and Table + Dine was born. Shortly after, we launched our online retail store with over 10K products to set the perfect table, and some of the best brands in the business.

    When Allie had an offer she couldn’t refuse in the real estate market last year, I decided I wanted to do something different than retail, so I re-invented Table + Dine – taking it from a online retail store to a marketing studio (crazy starting over at this point, right?!), creating content for brands, designing and setting tables and doing what I love. Every. Single. Day.

    FH: What is your entertaining style? Traditional, Contemporary, Seasonal? 

    Honestly, it depends on my mood. I’d say I’m more on the lighter side of traditional, with a serving of contemporary. I love to set the table for the season, and most especially for any holiday.

    FH: Do you have a go-to recipe or dish {or do you avoid cooking at all costs}?

    Favorite go to: My best and most requested “will you bring’ app are my mini BLT’s. They’re killer, make a great presentation and are the first to go. Dinner: Roasted chicken, Italian sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes with olive oil and garlic. It’s fast, easy (one roasting pan!) and everyone’s favorite. If you were coming over tonight, it would probably be what I’d serve with a great salad and crusty sourdough bread. What do I avoid? Risotto. It hates me!

    FH: Do you have a go-to cocktail?

    Always on the menu: French 75 and the PERFECT Gin & Tonic – Hendricks, Fever Tree Tonic and a slice of cucumber. It’s clean, crisp and perfectly balanced. Just as noteworthy: The glass you serve it in.

    FH: Did something inspire you for today’s table? A certain color, flower, plate? 

    I love a black and white stripe, so I started with the runner. After that, the color of the garden roses led the way. Naturally, the table called for a glass of Rosé.

    Did I mention this tablesetting is set with paper?! Sometimes a party (baby shower, wedding shower, grad party) requires something chic, yet disposable. This is by Sophistiplate!

    FH: Tabletop… Share all the deets!!

    Home location: Marin County, California

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    Photography: Stefanie Schoen | @thestylesafari

  2. Host a Cinco de Mayo Party

    With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I wanted to share a fun Cinco De Mayo Party set-up I put together on my back patio! To kick things off, I welcomed guests with a red wine sangria bar which I placed in this drink dispenser. And since we were outdoors I stuck to plastic glasses – how fun are these gold chevron ones!! Then I just love a light box {can we say #instanecessity} so I wrote “Fiesta Time!” for a fun photo opp. Of course I had to have lots of fun with color and props… I placed Kim…

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  3. How to Make a Pineapple Centerpiece

    Last year I created a fab Cinco de Mayo table on the blog but I never shared the DIY for the fun Pinepapple flower arrangement! So today I wanted to share this easy and fun DIY for Cinco de Mayo. The best part… 1. Nothing goes to waste {you can eat the middle… or better yet, use it in a cocktail!}, and 2. You save money on vases. So fab! Here is what you will need to get started: Ripe pineapple Knife Scissors Plastic cup Scooper or ice cream scoop Fresh flowers (I used purple tulips and pink peonies, among others) Step 1: Cut…

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  4. Dinner party Spotlight: Kari Rider Events

    All week I have been sharing entertaining elements incorporating hues of blue, so it couldn’t have been more perfect that this week’s FH Dinner Party Spotlight, Kari Rider, founder of Kari Rider Events, created this stunning tablescape incorporating that very color! And isn’t it dreamy? I can envision this display for an intimate rehearsal dinner, right?! Kari Rider Events is a boutique wedding and event planning company on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and after taking one glimpse at her website you will be swooning and pinning away! What I love about Kari’s style is that while she loves classic and elegant elements,…

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  5. Patio Spring Makeover with Frontgate

    When people ask me what my favorite room in my house is… I always answer, “Can I say my patio?!” You see, living in Miami, your patio becomes like a second living room. We are always hanging outside eating lunch, watching the kids swim, enjoying an evening cocktail… so it’s always been important to me that our space outside reflect my style as much so as the inside. When we first moved into our house I was lucky enough to partner with Frontgate to furnish this outdoor space. From outdoor rugs, to outdoor dining and living sets {that are beautiful…

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