Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

mother's day brunch inspiration

images: mother & child via flickr; silverware and red & white table photographed by claudio raschella for wedding style guide, issue no. 4 via once wed; strawberries via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr; lighting bug catchers photographed by A Bryan Photo via Southern Living;

My Old Kentucky Home

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Kentucky Derby Inspiration

It’s Derby week in my home state. Do you have any fun race day party plans? A bourbon tasting bar, perhaps?

images: Juleps via Southern Accents; bouquet via Vermont Vows; invitation and tablescape via Ritzy Bee; pies photographed by Katie Stoops for Leslie and Jarrod’s wedding

All wrapped up!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

fabric gift wrap ideas

I’m so happy to have a special guest blogger here today. Brittany started working with Merriment last year as an intern and continues to assist on event days. When she said she’d be interested in guest blogging, I took her up on it immediately, of course! Hoping to see much more of her around here. Today she has a great gift wrapping idea just in time for Mother’s Day.

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I love the idea of using fabric for wrapping gifts. Not only is it clever and eco-friendly, it can be two gifts in one if you use tea towels or a vintage scarf. To secure the ends, tie them in a simple knot or secure them with a cute pin, button, or pretty ribbon to give the package an extra special touch. Also see more wrapping techniques here. Add a personal element to your wedding by wrapping small favor boxes in monogrammed cloth napkins or vintage fabric scraps.

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images: 1 Photograph by Joseph De Leo for Handmade Weddings via The Haystack Needle; 2 and 5 Studiopatro Tea Towels; 3 and 4 fabric wrap by Chewing the Cud via Oh Joy!

Things I took away from the Royal Wedding

Friday, April 29th, 2011

In no certain order….

Gigantic boutonnières are a no. Please note how dapper and sophisticated Mr. Middleton looks with his diminutive boutonniere.

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Sleeves are always stunning, and surprisingly original, given how popular the strapless white wedding gown is.

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Wedding parties look fabulous in white.

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You don’t always have to wear your hair up, despite what your mother might say. And, by your mother, I mean my mother. ; )

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Classic always wins: green and white flowers, lily of the valley, white wedding shoes, weddings with decorum, and on and on…you get the picture.

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And, other things, for which I don’t have pictures.

*Don’t rush your reading! If James Middleton can deliver a reading in front of the entire world without rushing, so too can you!

*Be on time! British punctuality warms my heart.

*Simplicity is elegance.

*Don’t raise your glass when people toast to you. Did you note that the Queen did not taking part in singing “God Save the Queen?” That’s because it was being sung to her.

Image 1 via Racked; Image 2 via The Telegraph; Image 3 via The Telegraph; Image 4 via Racked; Image 5 via The Telegraph

Bourbon Tasting Bar

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

There’s nothing closer to a Southerner’s heart (and mine, if you must know) than bourbon, which is why this bourbon tasting bar designed by Calder Clark is nothing short of brilliant.

Photos by A Bryan Photo via Garden and Gun

A Survivor’s Breakfast

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

breakfast party

I’ve read that Price Harry is hosting a 6am “survivor’s breakfast” for anyone who survives the late night (and early morning) festivities following the Royal Wedding. Brunch parties are always fun, but they’re an especially charming way to punctuate a weekend of wedding merriment!

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images: 1 – Once Wed; 2 – Think Splendid; 3 – Featured here, via Imprintables; 4 & 5 via The White Library, photographed by Lauren Blair Photography

a pretty illustrative guide to setting a table….

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

how to set a table

by Amy Borrell via Kris Atomic

An Easter Lunch in London

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Easter entertaining inspiration

I really can’t wait to see more tablescape designs from Remodelista. This Easter table, a collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow, introduced the series.

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Photography by Simon Bevan for Remodelista

pretty color palettes #7

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

photography by Colin Cooke and styling by Paul Lowe via Sweet Paul