Setting the Perfect Table

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Everyone loves entertaining! Whether it be a dinner party, family get together, or celebration of a holiday or special occasion, your table setup is the perfect way to showcase your style. The dinner table is the centerpiece of your home and the perfect location to really illustrate your aesthetic and wow your guests. However, determining your aesthetic and picking the right pieces to really shine can be a difficult task! To help make this easier, we’ve compiled a list of “must-have” items on every table, regardless of style, to ensure you have everything you need to complete that perfect look. Not sure what your look is? No problem, we’re sharing some of our favorite inspirational images of various table styles to help you out! 

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  • Table cloth 
  • Matching dining set 
  • Chargers 
  • Linen napkins 
  • Candles and candlesticks 
  • Florals 
  • Full set of utensils 
  • Various glassware 
  • Serving dishes 
  • Table runner or similar draping fabric 
  • Additional small decor items 

For more formal events, consider adding a few extra special touches, like menus and name cards, to really finish off the look!

 
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What’s the number one design element on your list that you just can’t live without? Or your favorite style? Let us know!

Holiday Libations

It's that time of year to bust out the bar cart and start mixing up some festive libations to celebrate the season! (Be sure to check out our Barcart Central post for tips on how to build your barcart!) This season is filled with time spent with friends and family cozyed up inside by the fire and surrounded by holiday cheer. Here are top picks for holiday sips! Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup pear juice
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • Prosecco

 

 

 


Ingredients

  • Sugared Cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • Big Batch Margaritas
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) silver tequila
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) orange liquor
  • 3/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar or to taste (OPTIONAL)* or use sugared cranberries
  • salt, for the rim
  • sparkling water, to top the drinks with (OPTIONAL)
  • lime + orange slices, for serving
  • To make just ONE drink
  • 1 1/2 - 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste (OPTIONAL)* or use sugared cranberries
  • sparkling water, to top the drink with (OPTIONAL)

 Photo Source:  Plum and Oak

Photo Source: Plum and Oak

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Malahat Spiced Rum
  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Cinnamon simple syrup
  • Garnish with orange zest

 


 Source:  Freutcake

Source: Freutcake

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint)
  • 2 oz vodka
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 6 oz ginger beer (more or less to taste)
  • Crushed candy cane- for garnish
  • Whole candy cane- for garnish
  • Crushed ice

 Source:  Beijos Events

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Vodka
  • Cranberry Pomegranate Juice
  • Champagne

 

the tangled grapevine

We've got another vendor spotlight for our Pottery Barn/ Parsimony Vintage event, Night at the Registry! We sat down with the owner of The Tangled Grapevine for some insight into her process and her company.

Hi! My name is Stacey Rackliffe from the Tangled Grapevine and I am a special occasion florist for the central New England area. I offer my clients something truly unique and special. I get completely involved in every couples' vision of what their special day will feel like through flowers. When possible we like to include the unexpected into our pieces and use our homegrown flowers, herbs and fruit when seasonally.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from everything around me such as nature, books, Internet and flea markets.  I also take in a lot when I am meeting with the couple.  I get a feel for who they are and what they like.  I will take time to feel what their vision is and also add my own personality into it. By the event itself, the couple is left with something truly beautiful and unique that could never be replicated.

What's the newest trend in wedding flowers that you are loving right now?

The newest trend that I am LOVING is the natural undone look. I feel like every single flower or pod or branch in a piece has its own beauty and I love letting them tell me how they should fit in to the piece. It's just so inspiring and I love that someone could look at the piece a couple times and perhaps find something new every time!

What advice do you have for couple's that want to bring in their season's feel?

If a couple wants to incorporate the season into their look, my advice is to close their eyes and envision what the season means to them personally and to not be afraid of what others might think. Put your whole self into your wedding day and your guests will truly feel it.

Come see Stacey at Night at the Registry, make a floral crown at her table, and enter to win a sweetheart table centerpiece!

Melanie Zacek Photography

As a fine art portrait and wedding photographer based in Amherst Massachusetts, Melanie travels throughout New England preserving memories and capturing clients' stories with thoughtfully crafted, luminous and romantic imagery. It was through her BFA in fine art photography from the Hartford Art School that she developed her timeless and light-filled vision for her work. With an approach that combines documentary and fine art sensibility, cherished and joyful moments are caught in all their beauty. 

We asked Melanie to give us a deeper look into herself and her work. Here's what she said.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My work is inspired by nature, literature, music and of course my amazing couples.

What's the newest trend in wedding photos that you are loving right now?

I’m absolutely loving the adventure elopement trend! This trend is an incredibly personal and romantic way to exchange vows as well as have photos taken in an epic landscape.

What do you recommend to couple's to best prepare for their wedding day photos?

In the beginning stages of your wedding planning it’s really helpful to go online and look up what time the sunset will be on your day. Many of my couples love to have sunset photos, so knowing exactly when the sunset will be helps us plan the time of their ceremony and portraits to get that beautiful golden light. 

See Melanie at Night at the Registry, enter a chance to win a free engagement photo session!

Keep checking back to meet so many more local vendors!

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Get the perfect shave with Aud + El

Tiffany Becker Williams began her business in Eastern MA as a hobby, creating small wedding favors. From beeswax candles to body scrubs and succulent plants, Aud + El products are made with minimal ingredients to promote maximum luxury.

My personal favorite? The Aud + El Pink Coconut Body Scrub; strong enough to give a deep exfoliation while remaining super moisturizing. This scrub leaves my skin feeling buttery smooth, working amazingly to exfoliate my legs in preparation for some beach-day fun!

 

4 Steps to a Perfect Shave ft. Aud + El

Step 1 – Steam 

Always leave shaving last on your showering to-do list. In order to prep you legs and soften the skin and hair follicle, allow the steam from the hot water to do the work for you for at least 7 minutes before shaving.

Step 2 – Scrub

Using your hand to work in circular motions, slowly exfoliate your legs using Aud + El’s Pink Coconut Body Scrub. The salt from the scrub will exfoliate all dead skin from your legs, giving you a perfectly close shave. Wash away the leftover scrub using warm water as the coconut oil works to moisturize your skin.

Step 3 – Shave

Using a 5-blade razor, begin to shave with slow, vertical strokes against hair growth. Make sure your razor is sharp, as using a dull razor makes you more prone to getting knicks, cuts and ingrown hairs.

Step 4 – Moisturize

After hopping out of the shower, be sure to moisturize with a gentle, unscented moisturizer. Moisturizers with harsh smells and chemicals are more likely to aggravate the skin. I love using a little bit of organic coconut oil to give me a silky smooth finish!

 

Voilá, the perfect shave!

Interested in trying out Aud + El yourself? Enter to win your very own jar of Pink Coconut Body Scrub below! Make sure to checkout the Aud + El store on Etsy for more info.

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Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday rush is upon us! We know, we can’t believe it either! Are you stressing over finding the perfect gift for that special someone? Here is our 2015 Holiday Guide. From parents to kids to your better half, you don’t have to worry, we've got you covered.

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  1. West Elm Throw Blankets

  2. Raw Spice Bar Monthly

  3. Imprint Collaborative Gifts

  4. Uncommon Goods Whiskey Barrel Bow Tie

  5. Just Wanderlust Moleskin Cover Organizer

  6. Crosley Portable Turntable

  7. Rosie Revere, Engineer

  8. Pirasta Giant Coloring Poster

  9. Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland

  10. Fig & Yarrow Pink Love Salts

  11. Emerald Duv Letter Bracelet

  12. Minted Watercolor Prints

  13. Elucx Le Gentleman Beard Serum

  14. Beer of the Month Club

  15. Flight 001 "It's Only Money" Money Clip

  16. Kringle Candle Peony Candle

  17. Rifle Paper Co. Journal

  18. Birch Box Monthly Beauty Kits