napkin ring roundup

I’m one of those die-hard napkin nuts- a pretty napkin makes a table. I was raised in a cloth-only household, and I take great pride in ironing mine to crispness and setting our table each night- even the wee ones get a real deal napp’un. So it only figures that I die over the below napkin rings, even if they do create a bit of artful chotchke on the table once removed. The hot pink World’s Fair 1939 vintage bakelite perisphere one takes the cake- and they also exist (though rare) in root beer bakelite, aka “poor man’s tortoise”! Die again.


for the kiddos

When you have a flower girl like this . . .

Then how can you not design some high jinx + silliness at the kids’ table?

Start out with a playful place card- like this die cut wood plaque with calligraphy wood-burned name.

Lure them in with a fun party favor. Ours was a foundation of play foam (addicting stuff) topped with a plastic globe ornament (December wedding!) filled with silly band bracelets, glow-in-the-dark balloons, and other trinkets.

Switch up the centerpiece. Little folks don’t care about les fleurs, mes amis. We had our florist plant wheatgrass from which were “blooming” flower lollipops. You can imagine the reaction!

Let the centerpiece be lighthearted. Chargers = damage/not necesssary. Teak flatware was easy to grip, curly straws make everything taste better, who doesn’t love those wee birch pencils, and a craft paper topper made for lots of “art” throughout the night!

{all images via Heather Forsythe}

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coastal linen love

Firstly, I want a name like Elizabeth Archangeli. Period. That last name wields some serious power! But I digress. Elizabeth is making these absolutely lovely coastal-inspired linens out of her Vermont studio, as spied on Food & Wine . . . and I just had to share! Would make for fab girlfriend gifts, or dress up any ho-hum party you have coming up.

{compass rose napkin, anchor chain napkin, ship’s wheel napkin}

{friendship napkin, sea fern napkin, paradise napkin}



happy anni to the holubas!

Talk about a WONDERFUL couple. The Holubas were married at French Huguenot and dined and danced the night away at Lowndes Grove. Each beautiful sunset moment was captured by our buddies at A Bryan Photo, and I haven’t seen a sunset like it since. Seriously. Their gorgeous day was featured here, go check it out.

I enjoyed every moment with these two, with their folks, and with their friends. Random aside: Robbie’s groomsmen were some of the nicest, most interesting/debonair/gentlemanly people I’ve come across in all my years of herding bridal parties to and fro. Kristen and Robbie are welcoming their first wee one this May, and we can’t wait to see pix! Congratulations, y’all!

{a bryan photo}