1. Dinner Party Spotlight: One Stylish Party

    Today’s bright and cheery party is hosted by the Founder of Creative Studio and Online Party Boutique One Stylish Party! With work published in The Knot, Elle Decor, Style Me Pretty Living, and Inspired By This {to name a few}, it’s clear Founder Tara Berger is well-known and appreciated for her amazing party planning skills. Today Tara was kind of enough to share this “Rosé All Day Party” that has me dancing into the weekend! I am thrilled to share more about Tara and her style as well as some of her party tips, so get out your notepad! Cheers to the weekend!

    FH: Tell me a quick bio of how you came to start One Stylish Party?  

    Tara: I’m Tara from the creative studio and online party boutique One Stylish Party! I launched my brand in 2012 after falling in love with the creative rush that came with planning my wedding, followed shortly by throwing birthday parties for my two sons. At the time, I was working in a corporate social media position and saw the opportunity to combine my passion for party styling with my background in public relations and marketing.

    One Stylish Party began primarily as an entertaining blog to share simple DIYs, recipes and party ideas with others. It has since evolved to include freelance styling services, as well as a full line of handmade boutique party products including DIY balloon garland kits, confetti balloons, tassels, banners and other stylish little details that make your celebration effortless, and anything but ordinary.

    FH: How would you describe your company!

    My goal through One Stylish Party is to provide designs and inspiration for entertaining in style. The blog features party ideas, recipes, menu suggestions, industry trends and more. Beyond the blog, many visitors to my site are there to shop for boutique party products and are typically customers who crave handmade party details, but don’t necessarily have the time or interest to DIY it themselves.

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

    I’d describe my entertaining style as fresh, inspired and detailed. I prefer not to tie myself to any one design style and rather pull from traditional, contemporary and seasonal elements based on the type of party I am hosting. I like to push myself creatively with the ultimate goal of creating something I haven’t seen before with every party I host. I pay close attention to the smallest of details and believe that details are what take an event from ordinary to extraordinary.

    FH: How often do you entertain and for how many guests? 

    I love celebrating all of life’s special milestones or throwing parties just because, so I typically entertain every 4-6 weeks (sometimes more during the holidays!) I almost always prefer an intimate gathering over a large party and usually keep adult parties to 3-4 couples and children’s parties to no more than 6-8 guests.

    FH: Do you have a go-to recipe or dish or cocktail {or do you avoid cooking at all costs}? Can you share a link to this or even quick steps for readers at home! 

    I do my best to keep the food simple when entertaining! My motto is that it is not necessarily what you are serving, but how you are serving it, that can make all the difference.

    I currently have an obsession with oversized grazing charcuterie boards! The best part about creating a grazing board for a dinner party is that it doubles as decor and feeds a large crowd. There is also no cooking involved and it keeps you out of the kitchen during the party, allowing more time to spend with your guests.

    If you’d like to view a comprehensive shopping list and styling tips for creating a 6 ft grazing charcuterie board centerpiece, you can visit the party blueprint I developed in collaboration with Black Twine, a platform for the modern party host that produces step-by-step party blueprints.”

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

    Yes! The inspiration for tablescape was drawn from the beautiful blush hue of the Whispering Angel Rosé wine I served at the party.

    FH: What’s your favorite element in today’s tablescape? 

    My favorite element in this tablescape was the grazing charcuterie board centerpiece, which was filled with all an array of food that paired well with rosé wine (see link above for step-by-step directions on how to recreate it!)

    To pull the rest of the tablescape together, I draped a coral chiffon table runner under the board with fresh olive branch leaves peeking out from the bottom. Each place setting included a gold rimmed wine glass, a water goblet, vintage gold flatware and coral and peach dining plates topped with a wine glass cookie favor and greenery.

    FH: If you could give one party tip for readers what would it be? 

    Let the food and wine take center stage! When planning an alfresco dinner party, the goal should be to source decor that compliments the menu, but does not overpower it. Consider incorporating seasonal flowers, bright table linens and a fun statement piece, such as a balloon garland backdrop for the bar area. A monochromatic color pallet with varying shades of the same color works well to ensure the party details are cohesive, but not too busy.

    But most of all it is important to remember that being the hostess with the mostess also means being able to be present with your guests! Once the food is served and the wine is poured, it is now time to enjoy the moment!

    FH: Table top… Share all the deets!!

    Home location: Avon, OH (just outside of Cleveland)

    Photography: Brittany Gidley Photography | Event Concept, Styling, DIY Balloon Garland Kit: One Stylish Party | Collaboration Partner: Black Twine | Wine: Whispering Angel | Florals: Ashley Florals | Linens: Party Crush Studio | Food Styling: Many Makings | Cookies and Dipped Donuts: Itty Bitty Bakeshop  |  Laser Cut Sign: Farin Blackburn | Pink Letterboard: Three Potato Four | Hair: Hair by Mackenzie  | Custom Grazing Board: Katie Variglotti

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    Photography by: Brittany Gidley Photography

  2. Hosting Brunch

    As a follow up to Monday’s beautiful Brunch post, I wanted to share some favorites I have when it comes to hosting this fun occasion. From delicate vases, to bright napkins, to beautiful cake stands, I share a wide range to shop below! Happy Brunching! Shop the post:

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  3. Host a Sunday Brunch Party

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  4. Dinner Party Spotlight: Pizzazzerie

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  5. Celebrating with Papyrus

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