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A Jungle Birthday Bash

This spring, Dixie's owner and founder Jennifer Hunt's backyard was transformed into a jungle oasis in order to host 16 adorable six-year-olds gathered to celebrate her son William's sixth birthday. We are convinced this party was what all little boys' dreams are made of.... a plethora of sugary treats as well as surprise visits by various creepy crawling critters such as a boa constrictor and an alligator!

Jennifer used Dixie's Menagerie Collection, with artwork by Inslee Fariss, for the party's invitation, food and drink cards, and gift tags. Party Pickup, a custom party design and styling company, pulled the jungle green color scheme from the invitation's design to style the party's decor which included an impressive balloon garland, a large hand lettered balloon, children's Chiavari chairs and tables, as well as all of the coordinating cutlery, paper plates and cups and adorable guest favor boxes that were filled with jungle themed treats and toys.

Savor Style created colorful florals and the tastiest candy grazing boards that all the children loved! Nestled in with the candy were palm leaf decorated cookies by Hey Kat Bakes and the delicious cake by Dreamcakes was the perfect sweet treat centerpiece!

Enjoy scrolling through the fun images from William's big day! We have included all of the party and decor sources at the end of the post.

Invitation, Gift Tags, and Food and Drink Signs | Dixie Design Collective

Balloon Garlands and "Custom Party in a Box" Party Design and Styling | Party Pickup

Floral Styling and Candy Graze | Savor Style

Custom Decorated Cookies | Hey Kat Bakes

Custom Birthday Cake | Dreamcakes

Vintage Trays, Bamboo Bar Cart, and Serving Pieces | Mary and Wilma

Cake Toppers | POPPYjack Shop

Birthday Cake Stand | Susan Gordon Pottery

Exotic Animal Entertainment | Ed's Pet World

Party Photography | Jessica McNabb Photography

Styled Invitation and Party Favor Photography | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

 

Huckleberry Collective's Palm Beach Brunch Tablescape

We adore this playful tablescape that Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective designed for a King’s Home fundraiser recently held in Birmingham, Alabama. For her Palm Beach Brunch-themed table, Christina chose paper details from our newest Peacock Chinoiserie Collection, featuring artwork by Dixie artist Shanna Masters.  The tablescape also features a stunning selection of hand-painted cookies from Sally’s Sweet Confections!

The combination of coral hues, rattan accents, bamboo flatware and citrus that Christina sprinkles throughout this table oozes that bright preppy Palm Beach aesthetic that we just love!

Hazen & Co. + Dixie Design Collaboration Mother's Day Luncheon

Taylor Miller of Hazen and Co. and Dixie's owner and founder Jennifer Hunt co-hosted a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch with Dallas, Texas female entrepreneurs in celebration of the Hazen and Co. + Dixie Design Collaboration Launch Day. Taking place on the Veranda at The Mansion on Turtle Creek, the luncheon featured exquisite floral designs by Park Cities Petals and linens by La Tavola. Each guest received a Hazen bracelet set and a coordinating Dixie Design Chinoiserie Garden notecard set.  It was a beautiful morning filled with the most splendid details! We have loved reliving the event through these stunning images by Rachel Heacox. This luncheon's bright spring colors are sure to leave your senses invigorated and your creativity sparked!

Introducing the Chinoiserie Garden Collection - a Hazen and Co. + Dixie Collaboration

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we cannot think of anything more timely than our our collaboration with Hazen and Co., which launched today! Hazen’s owner and jewelry designer, Taylor Miller, originally commissioned a chinoiserie watercolor by Dixie artist Shanna Masters for her wedding stationery suite. Enchanted by the romantic artwork Shanna created, Dixie and Hazen & Co. were inspired to extend the chinoiserie beauty to their clients through a collaboration of this beautiful stationery collection as well as a coordinating bracelet set.

Dixie's designers created an entire stationery collection (shown above) based off of Shanna's original watercolor for Taylor. You can shop the Chinoiserie Garden Collection with products ranging from invitations to birth announcements to note pads on our website.

Hazen & Co.'s coordinating Mother's Day Bracelet Gift Set features a bangle trio of jade, freshwater pearl, pink rhodochrosite, and agate beads...all of the beautiful iridescent colors pulled from Shanna's chinoiserie illustration. The bracelets are packaged in a chic lucite box featuring The Chinoiserie Garden paper print on the lid of the box!

Whether you decide to bestow your mother with a set of exquisite gift tags, a personalized notepad for her thoughts, or Hazen & Co.'s newest bracelet set, she is sure to be showered with love this Mother's Day! 

Easter Brunch with Huckleberry Collective's Christina Brockman

Who else is already daydreaming about their Easter table setting designs? The Easter brunch that Huckleberry Collective's Christina Brockman styled for Entertain and Celebrate magazine has the Dixie Design team clammering to begin pulling together all of their individual spring hued florals and place settings in preparation for Easter! Christina used the beautiful paper from our Garden Tales Collection for the photoshoot's invitation, place cards, menu and gift tags. You can see where this beautiful artwork by Dixie artist Gina Langford originated in our blog post here!

Christina, a self professed food and flower enthusiast, left no stone unturned when it came to incorporating all of the spring blooms. The plethora of peonies, daffodils tulips and hyacinth, as well as a bounty of fresh vegetables, all raise the garden-to-table concept to a lovely and sophisticated new height.  

After admiring this table, the Dixie team has now added rabbit napkin holders as well as starburst jelly beans to our Easter table shopping list. And in the meantime, you can find us dying dozens of pastel hued Easter eggs as well as researching recipes for our baked ham accoutrements, such as the beautiful deviled eggs and the cheese plate that Christina has styled below.

Real Weddings: Leslie Marquez's Elegant Fall Wedding

The process of working with brides to create the perfect paper items for their wedding day is such a joy for the Dixie team. So when our brides share images of their wedding with us, we are thrilled and can hardly wait to share them with you! We are in love with all the details of bride Leslie Cooper Marquez's classic Fall wedding, like our timeless Lavender Wedding Suite with gorgeous artwork created by Dixie artist Lydia Carraway.

Leslie was so generous to share fun details of the couple's love story as well as some of her favorite aspects of their special day. Accompanying these details are beautiful images shot by the talented Mary Margaret Smith. We are happy to give you a behind-the-scenes look into this beautiful and thoughtful wedding! Do not miss the handsome succulent boutonnieres (the groom is from Arizona!) as well as the stunning chapel where the ceremony was held (located at Leslie's Alma Mater!). 

How did the two of you meet?

We have such a fun and unique story! I mean, what are the odds that a guy from Arizona and a girl from Alabama would ever meet let alone overcome 1400+ miles to fall in love and get married?! We thank God’s guidance and a bit of modern technology for our chance meeting. David was on his annual golf trip in December of 2016 and that particular year it was in Birmingham so he and his group could play the Robert Trent Jones courses in the city. At the urging of some friends, I had recently signed up for an app-based dating site many of your readers may be familiar with – Bumble. To be honest, I was not really interested in the app dating thing but I agreed to try it out for two weeks. I had heard all of the success (and horror!!) stories so I was a little interested to see what would happen. Well, as it turns out, one of my first “swipe rights” was on David that first weekend I was on the app! We truly clicked right away and contrary to my usual nature, the fact that he was from the other side of the country didn’t deter me at all! He was different from anyone I had gone out with before and things were just easy between us from the beginning. We decided to give it a go and spent the next year traveling back and forth between AL and AZ, meeting each other’s friends and family, having adventures and in the between times, talking, FaceTiming, writing letters, emailing, snapping and otherwise communicating with each other as often as possible. 

How did David propose?

Fast forward to March 2018 and a surprise proposal in the desert. Marriage had of course been discussed as had my decision to make the move from AL to AZ. I had a trip planned to Phoenix in March with the goal of seeing more of the city, talking more about what the move would look like and hopefully talking more about our marriage goals and plans. David was so good at throwing me off! Little did I know, David had already been working with my sisters for a few months on ring design ideas (though he picked out the final one himself), had already called my parents for their blessing and already had the ring (which was kept hidden from me thanks to the help of one of David’s sneaky friends)! On the third day of my visit, we went for a hike in Cave Creek, AZ, where there are a lot of amazing saguaro cactuses, my favorite kind. About halfway through the hike, we found an awesome and huge saguaro where he lead to some pictures with it. I took a pic of him with the cactus and he took a pic of me, he offered to take a selfie (which should have tipped me off as he is not a fan of selfies!) with the cactus and through the series of selfies, you can see me cheesing it up for the camera and then in the next shot, he has the ring box and in the final shot, I finally see the ring box and the look on my face is priceless! He truly surprised me and I’m so grateful for that special moment! 

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did your Dixie paper coordinate with that?

More than anything, we wanted our wedding to have a personal feel and for it to reflect who we are as a couple. We love that Dixie Design provided us with an elegant yet simple design for our invitations and programs that mirrored the fall theme of our day. Fall in Alabama is my favorite season and the beautiful design of our suite helped mirror that.

What made you select your particular ceremony and reception venues?

We wanted to find venues that were beautiful on their own merit and both Reid Chapel and Avon Theater fit the bill. As a graduate of Samford University, the chapel and campus both are very dear to me so it was so special to be able to have our ceremony there. Plus, the chapel is gorgeous with its simple stained glass windows and elegant pipe organ. Avon Theater is a historic gem and the exposed beams and bricks give it a rugged grace that we loved. Also, it’s where my middle sister had her wedding reception so it was doubly special!  

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?

There are hundreds of memories from that day that I will treasure but my favorite moment was waiting behind the church door with just my dad and hearing the first chords of the cello play one of my favorite pieces of music, Bach Cello Suite No. 1. The moment they opened the doors and I saw David at the end of the aisle and the way I felt at that moment is one I will always remember.

How did you find your wedding dress?

As luck would have it, Ivory & White was having a sample sale the week after I got back into Birmingham after our engagement. The team there is so amazing, patient and calming. After trying on several gorgeous dresses, Molly was really listening to what I said I liked/didn’t like and brought in one more gown for me to try on. It was truly that moment you hear about – I put the dress on and my mom started crying, my sisters teared up and once they put the veil on me and I turned around to look, I just knew the simple, classic crepe gown was the one and the tears started flowing. It was a moment I had hoped and prayed I would get to have and just couldn’t believe it was me standing there in my wedding dress!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?

Enjoy every moment. It’s such simple advice but I really took it to heart and tried to enjoy every step of the planning process and enjoy being engaged. It’s such a unique and special time in life and I didn’t want to rush through it in a haze of stress and planning. I’m happy and thankful to say that it really was a wonderful time of joy, expectation, hope and fun.

Dixie Bride: Leslie Cooper Marquez
Wedding Date:  11/17/18
Wedding and Reception Venue: Reid Chapel at Samford University and Avon Theater
Wedding Style: Classic, Southern, Personal
Event Coordinator: Our day-of coordinator at Reid Chapel was Susan Smith, Go-Pro Event Solutions with Avon Theater, and my dear friend and corporate event planner extraordinaire Amber Sloan handled all of the day-of last-minute details
Floral Design: Flowerbuds
Wedding Dress: Martina Liana from Ivory & White
Bride/Groom Cake and custom candies: Sweet Magnolia
Photographer: Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Bouquet ribbons: Cocoon Silk Ribbon
Hair/Makeup: Boma Beautiful (Kerri Bunn)
Linens: Décor to Adore
Classic Car: “Jack” from Coats Classic Cars
Band: The Respectables Band
Wedding book table signage: Gracefully Made Art
Wedding favor koozies: Humphries Screen Printing
Rehearsal Dinner: John’s City Diner
Registry: Bromberg’s

A Whimsical San Antonio Garden Party

This beautiful and whimsical San Antonio garden party is truly what all little girls' dreams are made of! In celebration of her daughter's first birthday, Nicola Bathie created a wonderland in her backyard complete with hundreds of loosely arranged colorful blooms, an afternoon picnic fare, melodies from a string quartet, as well as the most adorable candy cart and tot-sized hot air balloon both decked out in an array of pastel-hued balloons.

As an established Interior and Jewelry Designer, Nicola has a natural eye for the design elements that went into planning this birthday celebration. Inspiration for her garden party theme sprung from our Garden Tales Collection that features watercolor artwork by the talented hand of Dixie artist Gina Langford. You can shop the invitation that Nicola chose for the party here. We love how Nicola  incorporated the invitation's design into part of the party's decor!

There are so many stunning elements of this celebration that are noteworthy! Nicola had the beautiful paper mache hot air balloons that suspended from the trees made on site just hours before the party began! Also, be sure not to miss the party favor table, displaying individual watering cans with little seed packets of poppy seeds for all of the party guests to take home with them. We invite you to scroll through the following images of this precious afternoon and dare you not to be inspired by all of the beauty!

Sources:: 

Photography, Caroline Behrens Photo 
Food, Picnikins
Flowers, Amapola Flora
Balloons, BalloonBoutiqueSA
Paper Mache Hot Air Balloons, Glitterville
Table Linens, India Amory

 

 

"Best Bugs" Valentine's Day Cupcake Decorating Party

Dixie Owner and Founder Jennifer Hunt recently hosted her son's pre-K class for an afternoon of Valentine's Day cupcake decorating. After seeing the images from the party, we are convinced there is nothing more adorable than children decked out in aprons and chef hats allowed to descend upon oodles of candy and sprinkles in pursuit of the perfect lady bug cupcake decoration! 

The cupcake decorating was under the direction of Itty Bitty Bakers' Owner, Jessica Hamby. The company hosts baking classes, camps, and parties for children ages 3-12. Jessica believes that sprinkles are the love language of children, and this Valentine's Day party was no exception! Drawing inspiration from our Ladybug Invitation by Dixie artist Eden Flora, Jessica brought already prepared chocolate cupcakes as well as red frosting and sprinkles, mini Oreo pieces, candy eyes, and Pocky Sticks for the children to create their ladybug masterpieces. Each child made two cupcakes - one to eat at the party and one to take home!

In addition to their ladybug cupcake, the children were sent home with cookies by Reabakes that were perfectly decorated with the same artwork found on the invitation and tied with our Ladybug Gift Tags. Continue scrolling for more Valentine fun complete with fabulous balloon garlands, a giant calligraphy heart balloon and a preschool-sized table and Chiavari chairs, all from Party Pickup, customized lady bug water bottles, and beautiful florals from Huckleberry Collective. And one of Jennifer's favorite decorating tricks is to have fabric cut for a tablecloth that matches the party theme and colors. Have the edges stitched and then you have the perfect backdrop for your table and you can throw it in the wash when you're finished!

We have included all of the party sources at the bottom of the post.

Jessica Hamby, owner of Itty Bitty Bakers

Sources::

Cupcake Decorating Class, Itty Bitty Bakers
Invitation and gift tags, Ladybug Collection by Dixie Design Collective
Florals, Huckleberry Collective
Balloon Garlands and Hand Calligraphy Heart Balloon, Party Pickup

Mini Table and Chiavari Chairs, Party Pickup
Decorated Cookies, Reabakes 
Tablecloth, custom cut from King Cotton Fabric
Aprons and Hats, Opentip
Plates and Bowls, Pottery Barn Kids
Photography, Hannah Williams Photography

Artist Spotlight: Willa Heart's Colorful Studio Space

As the Dixie team is staring down a "Winter Storm Warning" in our little Southeastern corner of the country, we thought everyone could use a heavy dose of color and cheer brought to you by Dixie artist Alyssa 'Aly' Jill Harris who goes by the name Willa Heart in the illustration and design world.  Aly's artistic mediums are widespread! While we are particularly fond of her painted artwork on our stationery, Aly's embroidery, illustrations, and designs also make for one-of-a-kind pillows, clutches, and cocktail coasters as well.

Aly has shared images of her vibrant South Carolina studio space with us, and we cannot help but notice her love of animal prints and Staffordshire dogs that appear throughout her Dixie Design artwork. Continue reading for design details on Aly's studio space as well as for insight into her creative process. We have also included some of our favorite Dixie Designs that feature Aly's artwork below. 

Tell us about your studio space! Do you have a favorite aspect of the room?

My studio space is a cute little room upstairs that I just started working out of. Up until a few months ago, I was painting and doing most of my work in the dining room. Now that I am actually in the studio, I love it. It is a small space and I have it filled to the brim with tchotchkes, art supplies, sewing supplies and all of my products. 

I love that everything is in one space now and that the walls are the perfect shade of pale pink! 

What are you currently working on for Dixie? 

I am just wrapping up Holiday 2019! I love a non-traditional holiday card so it was really fun coming up with some out-of-the-box holiday designs that will work for everyone! 

When do you work on your artwork?  

I try and stick to 9-5, but I tend to get distracted and end up working a few hours here, a few hours there. I do all of my painting in the daylight but love to draw and sketch at night in front of the TV. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

On an ideal day I wake up, go to the gym, come home and get to work. I like to do shipping in the morning so my lovely mail lady will pick it up and save me a trip to the post office. Then I will get started on painting or sketching or sewing or product development… It changes daily but I like to do the fun creative stuff in the middle of the day when the sun is nice and bright. I am a bit obsessed with sunlight. After I wrap up the painting or whatever I am doing, I switch to computer work. I start with emails and then normally have some editing to do. Then I make dinner and watch trashy tv. 

Where do you turn when you need to be creatively refreshed? 

Movies with pretty cinematography are endlessly inspiring. I love looking at photos of retro interior design and seeing how people decorated their homes. I have been super into wandering around museums lately too! 

What do you like to listen to when you work? 

I normally have a TV show going and listen to it… If it’s a really good show, it will distract me so I need the perfect balance of good/bad and mindless but also entertaining enough to keep my brain quiet. 

I am trying to listen to more podcasts or books, so I can maybe learn something but I seem to always end up back with the terrible tv I love so much. Learning is overrated anyway. 

Favorite Instagram account for artistic inspiration?

Oh this is hard because Instagram is filled with so many beautiful accounts! I few of my favorites are @Laurakitty, @lukeedwardhall, @stuffy_muffy, @thiswasfashion, @voguemagazine & @palmbeachthrifters.

Favorite Dixie product you have created?

I am super excited about the 2019 holiday cards, specifically these poodles that I painted! 

My favorite product that is currently available would definitely be the leopards (featured below and you can shop the entire collection here). I used them for our holiday cards and they were a huge hit! The envelope liner makes me so happy. Also, they make the most chic stationery set! Speaking of, I think I will go ahead and order some for myself right now! 

Studio Images Photography:: Tiffany Ellis Photo

 

Merry Christmas from the Dixie Family!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! The Dixie family is tremendously grateful for the exciting holiday season we have had and for the support from our wonderful customers throughout this past year. Wishing you a season of joy and love with your family and friends! 

XO,

The Dixie Family

Jennifer Hunt, Founder and Owner

Photo and Styling by Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective

Holly Hollon, Creative Director and Dixie Artist
Photo and Styling by Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective

Kate King, Operations Director

Sloan Crawford, Marketing Coordinator

Bethany Terrell, Website and Production Assistant

Eden Flora, Dixie Artist

Sarah Robins Powell, Dixie Artist

Inslee Fariss, Dixie Artist

Gina Langford, Dixie Artist

Laurie Anne Gonzalez, Dixie Artist

Rachel Rogers, Dixie Artist

Shanna Masters, Dixie Artist 

Willa Heart, Dixie Artist

Bonnie Cross, Dixie Artist 

 

 

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