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Designing a Magical Evening with CR Laine

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IMG_3742 There is nothing I love more than throwing a dinner party! Planning the event is half the fun for me – I like to create themes, design the flowers and the color palette, and plan a delicious menu! I want my guests to feel welcome and to really enjoy themselves, and a party’s success is all in the planning. It’s just like designing a room. In a few days, I will be bringing you my favorite finds from the recent High Point Furniture Market. I found some gorgeous things. But I also hosted a fun event in High Point to celebrate my partnership with CR Laine for my upcoming upholstery collection. So here are some of the after photos and my top tips for entertaining that I used at our great event! #1 Think of a theme. I’m not talking about having a theme based on a movie or a particular time period. Instead I mean that you should think of your event as being built around a central theme – whether that’s as simple as a color scheme or a season. For this event, I thought about the idea of the Perfect Pair, since C.R. Laine and I are embarking on a creative collaboration together. That lead me to the idea of using pears as a play on words, which really is perfect because they were in season! IMG_3720 #2 Set the mood. Will your event be casual or formal? Will it be buffet or a plated meal? Once you’ve determined that, set the mood of the evening with lighting and music. For example, at this event we went a bit more formal as you can see in the place settings and the lighting. We took the “house lights” down and created pools of light at each table, which gave the impression that each table was its own little island. IMG_3726 #3 Color Coordinate. You don’t have to be matchy-matchy, but do pick up a color or two from the room when you’re choosing your party decor. In the bistro here that I designed for C.R. Laine’s showroom, the colors were black, white, and kelly green. I added in a vibrant yellow for the linens and flowers to give the room a bright punch! And we included a fresh pear in each floral arrangement – it looks pretty and it brings all the evening’s elements together! We also kept the floral arrangements low so that people could see each other over them – that’s important for good dinner party conversation! IMG_3778 #4 Be Detail Oriented. The smallest details can take your event from good to great! How about a small gift for each guest – like the bottles of pear cider I put at each place setting. I also added a hangtag to the bottles that included a recipe on the back for using the cider in a spice cake. You can even consider a special themed drink, like my Peartini! It was sinfully good. Also, consider namecards at each place – they help you mix up the group so people get to know each other. IMG_3736 As we head into the holiday season, use these tips to create your own magical dinner parties and soires! It’s a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family, so start thinking about how you can take your event to the next level with these ideas! Wishing you fun and laughter at your next event! Happy Fall Y’all.

xo,

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It’s My Birthday…Let’s Celebrate!

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It’s my birthday. Yippee! A day for celebrating all the many blessings in my life. 42 years worth of blessings to be exact.

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Today I get to celebrate with my 2 favorite girls in the world – my daughter and my mom. We have a lunch date. What a treat! Yes, time with these lovely ladies will be good for me. A day filled with love, laughter, and fun. What more could this birthday girl ask for?!?!

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The older I get, the more I love my life and the more I appreciate it. I say this every year, but I am happier today than at any other time in my life. With age comes confidence and calm – two things we can all use more of.

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Yes, age is just a number and life is privilege. A privilege worth celebrating!

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So this afternoon I will be celebrating AND keeping calm while relaxing at the spa. I happen to think massages are better than cake!

See you all tomorrow. You’ll recognized me as the girl who is older, wiser, and very relaxed. ;)

xo,

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Starting my Weekend of Birthday Bliss with Guided Meditation and Massage.

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Today starts my “Birthday Weekend”. Yes, that’s right. I will be celebrating for 3 days even though my actual big day isn’t until Sunday. A great excuse to party, don’t you think? And quite the change for me since all I used to do is work.

Today I will indulge myself (since it’s my weekly “Tobi Day” ) with a 60 minute massage. But the amazing thing about my massages are that they are combined with a guided meditation.

I don’t know how many of you meditate. Though I have practiced on my own for years, I just officially started meditating daily a few months ago and I take a great meditation class every Monday night here in Little Rock at MeridiYinz Yoga Studio.

But I also get the pleasure of having my health coach Julianne, as my skilled massage therapist and trained meditation guide to help shut off that little voice in my head that always seems to come alive when I lay down on the massage table.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of meditation and massage together, you have NO IDEA what you are missing. It takes massage to a whole new level. It’s euphoric really! And what a way to start off my 41st birthday weekend!

Boy have I come a long way from my 30′s full of stress and excess. I’m healthy and happy now. I am living in the moment. And for that I am so grateful.

Happy blissful weekend Y’all. I’ll be celebrating and I hope you will too!

Cheers,

Passion for Parties

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Julia Child was right. Passion in life is everything. In fact, I will be bringing you some amazing insight very soon about how to leverage passion to live your dream life.

But today let’s talk about two of MY passions…Entertaining and Color!

Just last week how I told you how much I’m loving all things mint. And since my birthday is in just a few days, wouldn’t mint be a great starting point for a pretty party? Throw in a bit of lovely yellow and it makes me want to scream! These photos just may INSPIRE the birthday party of my DREAMS…

Now it’s time to get my dancing shoes on so we can get this party started!

I’m off to plan a party…MINE!

Cheers,

 

 

Holiday Inspiration from DIFFA Dining By Design at Masin’s in Bellevue, Washington

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So yesterday I gave you a peek into my lobby re-design for Masin’s Furniture and Design for the Fall DIFFA Dining by Design Northeast Event.

Today I am bringing you a look at my table design for the DIFFA Event. Though this decor would work anytime of year, I think all the red could be great inspiration for your Holiday Tabletop.

Being that DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the red ribbon that is symbolic of the fight against AIDS into my design.

With that in mind, I created centerpieces by filling clear cylinders with bolts of red ribbon and then filled an inner cylinder with white tulips.

Since there would not be actual guests dining at my table, I created a more symbolic concept that was meant to have a deeper meaning and reference to the fight against AIDS. Because AIDS affects everyone, my place cards were for “Mom”, “Dad”, “Brother”, “Sister”, “Me”, and “You” with a red grosgrain detail through each.

And instead of real menu cards since there was no real menu, I decided to include “Recipes for Life” with quotes on giving back and loving one another like “the purpose of life is a life of purpose” and “no one can do everything, but everyone can do something” and “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

And inside my favor boxes at each place, guess what I included? Nothing…that’s right, each box was empty but it represented an intangible–Life. This was to represent the “Gift of Life” and that by giving to DIFFA, lives can be saved and specifically in the Seattle area the lives of children affected by AIDS are being saved.  With the money raised at this and previous DIFFA Northeast events, children of AIDS victims who have very ill parents or no parents to give them food, clothing, and shelter have been cared for and their lives have truly been saved. So the gift of life is not just for those suffering from the disease, but the many children of those suffering that are the innocent victims of this horrible disease.  As a mom, that was probably the best part of this whole event for me.  I felt so happy knowing that through my work, children were being cared for and their lives being improved.

The event was such a success this year thanks to the many designers who created tablescapes and to Masin’s who hosted this event for the 8th year in a row.

And the gala party was fabulously fun and glamorous, probably why it was called “DIFFA Glam”.  Here’s a pic from the DIFFA Glam red carpet with Dave Masin (far left), and other supporters of this great even that include Kathryn Greeley, Mindy Lockard and John Stevens.

If you haven’t been to Masin’s Furniture and Design and you live in or near or will be visiting the Seattle/Bellevue areas, please stop in and say  “Hello” to the generous Masin family.  You might even find a great Christmas gift for yourself or a family member and supporting this third generation family-owned furniture and design business will help the Masin’s continue to support great causes like DIFFA for another year.

And if you are moved by this post, maybe you want to give a donation to DIFFA as a Christmas gift in honor of those in your life that you love that already have everything they could possibly need. They might just prefer you use your money to help others instead. It’s a great cause!

Happy Giving!! xo,