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Client Spotlight: A Florida Yacht Club Baby Shower

We always love when our customers share their photos with us from their beautiful parties! And we especially love it when when the parties so effortlessly carry out the color schemes of the Dixie invitations that were part of the big day! This Florida baby shower was the perfect setup to celebrate Dixie customer Shannon Darling's best friend, Kallen Stefurea, who was pregnant with her third child this past spring. 

Shannon chose our Pink Cosmos & Ladybug card design for her invitation, menu cards, and the party favor tags she attached to adorable mini Rosé bottles. We were able to tweak the colors of Gina Langford's beautiful watercolor to match the soft peach tones that Shannon had requested. Scroll to the bottom of the post to shop our entire Pink Cosmos & Ladybug paper collection.

Continue reading to hear about this special day that Shannon planned for her friend and to see the elegant brunch tablescape where the party guests dined.

When my best friend told me she was pregnant for the third time we were both so anxious to find out what she was having! She already had two little boys and when we found out the third was a girl, we were over the moon excited! 

She had always lived far away when pregnant with her others so I knew I wanted to do something special. I based the theme on her design of the nursery for sweet Evelyn Margaret. I knew Dixie Design would be perfect for all of the decor for the shower.

I chose one of their previous designs and they were so great on working with me to tweak the colors to match her decor. My favorite item was the monogram from the invitation that they were able to make into a print that I had framed through framebridge. It was such a fun memento and it now hangs in her sweet nursery.

I was so happy to be able to celebrate this sweet little girl and her mama and I couldn’t of imagined Dixie Design doing a more beautiful job! Everything was perfect!

Party Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club 

Photographs: Shannon Darling

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Summer Soirée

Last month, our friend Christina of Huckleberry Collective saw Veuve Clicquot's Rosé anniversary party in Paris on Instagram and was inspired to create the perfect backyard summer soirée. With the help of some fabulous vendors, she took the party to her back yard, and it was one of those you never wanted to end. From the frosé pops to the charcuterie board of your dreams, this styled shoot, turned wine night was perfection. 

Dixie created the colorful invitation, menu and place cards and we love how they turned out!  You can shop the San Miguelito Vine Coral Collection by clicking this link.  And keep scrolling to see all the summery goodness Christina created for this fun party. We hope you are inspired to host your own soirée before summer ends!

Edgar's Bakery- Macroons and Petit Fours

Dixie Design Collective- Paper Suite

Party Pick-Up- Balloon Garland

Naughty But Nice Kettle Corn Co.- Kettle Corn

Jessica McNabb- Photography

Stone Hollow Farmstead- Charcuterie Board

Taziki's- Signature Pasta and Whipped Feta

Reabakes- Decorated Cookies

Huckleberry Collective- Styling and Florals

Reese, White and Blue, Y'all!

We were thrilled when Cloche Designs asked us to create the menu for their July 4th table, featuring their favorite Draper James x Crate and BarrelMagnolia” pieces!  We love a beautiful themed tablescape and the Cloche ladies did not disappoint!  Gina Langford’s Rosalie menu artwork (color adjusted to match the plates) pairs perfectly with the red, white and blue color scheme and all the other gorgeous details make this patriotic table a showstopper. Keep reading for all the pretty details!

Cloche Designs’ Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish and their sweet daughters are all wearing the new Draper James Mommy & Me Collection. Draper James (founded by Reese Witherspoon) teamed up with mompreneur Rachel Blumenthal, CEO and Founder of Rockets of Awesome, to produce this beautiful, practical and southern-inspired collection.

Plates and bowls:  Draper James x Crate & Barrel “Magnolia” collection (on sale now!)

Flatware:  Sterling pattern "Etruscan" by Gorham (discontinued). Use your own silver pattern (even mismatched patterns) for a curated look, as if the elements on the table have been collected with love over time.

Stemware:  Vintage wine glasses and William Yeoward Crystal “Fern” water goblets.  Again, use your own pretty stemware to accent your table!

NapkinsOver the Moon’s new Linen Dinner Napkins monogrammed in a blue “Love Birds” crest by Peep’s Paper Products.

Menu:  We love how Cloche named our menu “Reese, White & Blue, Y’all!” Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Reese uses “Y’all” on lots of products at Draper James. It’s the perfect personal touch!

Place cards:  Using cookies as place cards is such a fun idea!  The personalized flag heart cookies by Baked Goodness are functional and delicious!

Centerpieces:  Simple, understated tulips and white peonies in traditional blue and white Chinese import make lovely centerpieces.  A crisp white tablecloth allows the table elements to shine.

The Cloche daughters helping their moms set the table is the sweetest! Children love to help, so let them in on the fun!  Knowing they get to eat the yummy cookies will keep them excited as they "work!" 

Recipes: tomato piebarbecue deviled eggswatermelon caprese saladsweet-hot baby back ribssouthern friend okraroot beer baked beanscorn on the cob; & American flag pound cake.

We hope you each enjoy your holiday as we celebrate our country’s birthday! Happy Fourth of July!

Photos by Jenna-Beth Lyde, Parish Photography

Four Reasons You Do Not Want to Miss Our Paper Petals Plates Event!

1. An Etiquette Crash Course from the Expert!

Who hosts the engagement party? Which of your guests should be invited with a “plus one” to the big day? How long do I have to send out thank you notes? When planning a wedding there are so many details to cover, and you want to make sure to be considerate of all your guests and family. Myka Meier, the modern-day Emily Post, is the evening’s guest speaker who can answer all of your grittiest wedding etiquette quandaries.

2. The Stunning Door Prizes!

How about two complimentary nights at the new Elyton Hotel in Downtown Birmingham? We think it would make a perfect staycation for the newlyweds’ six month anniversary celebration! How about a gorgeous bowl from Susan Gordon? We think this would make quite the stylish home accessory for newlyweds embarking on making their new house a “home!” These are only a few of the stellar prizes we have ready for you. View the complete list of door prizes here.

3. Get Inspired for your Special Day!

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of options for color palettes, stationery, florals, tablescapes and overall aesthetics you want for your wedding weekend? Paper Petals Plates will have 13 beautifully-styled rehearsal dinner and wedding reception-ready tables designed by Birmingham’s top event vendors. These vendors will not only have their creative talents on display, but will be ready to lend their expertise to any of your wedding planning dilemmas. View the entire list of the talented vendors that will be represented here.

4. The Premier of the Highly-Anticipated Dixie Design Collective Wedding Suite Collection!

Being engaged is such a special and exciting time! Dixie Design Collective artists have created a stunning collection of wedding paper with various styles and color palettes that can beautifully set the tone for your special day. The various wedding suites will each include Save the Date cards, a wedding invitation set, a reply card set, “details” cards (add-on cards for your event’s needs such as guest accommodations), day-of elements (such as menu design, place cards, etc.), and stationery to thank your guests and carry you into your new married life. View a preview of the wedding suite collection here.

Styling and Photography by Robin Verrier

Not currently planning a wedding? Please join us anyway to get creative ideas for any dinner parties or holiday entertaining events you may have on your future social calendar! Some other additions to the event you do not want to miss during this evening include a calligraphy bar featuring Jan Pruitt, a sweet tea bar by Piper and Leaf and fabulous swag bags filled with the best local goods. We cannot wait to meet you and chat about all things wedding and entertaining on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 8:00 P.M.! Purchase your tickets here.

 

A Tropical Dinosaur Birthday Bash!

Our designer, Gina Langford, threw the cutest Tropical Dinosaur themed birthday party for her little boy and we had to share!  Gina tells us a bit about how she decided on the theme and then how it all came together (while also planning a cross-country move!):

My little boy loves dinosaurs and literally goes around the house roaring so we decided to run with that theme! I wanted to keep the party stress free in the midst of moving so we had the party at a splash park. I used the colors of his sweet The Beaufort Bonnet Company swimsuit and matching polo shirt as inspiration. I ended up going with some brighter colors for the decorations because it was hard to find pastels, but I think everything still tied together well! The simple DYI dinosaur party hats and the dinosaur dirt cupcakes were definitely a big hit with all the toddlers!

Order your Tropical Dinosaur invitation and corresponding items here

  

Sarah Tucker's Hostess Gift Giving Guide

Now that my sisters three showers are all done, I thought I'd share some of the hostess gifts my sister, my mom, and I helped pull together. We tried to tie in aspects of the shower theme into the gifts. Gift giving is something we all really enjoy, so we had a ton of fun putting together each of these. Dixie Design adorned all of the gifts (c/o) - with personalized tags, cards, and stickers made from Gina Langfords Blue Toile Crest. They definitely prettied up the gifts and added that final touch! The first shower was a Champagne brunch

{corkcicle // champagne bucket // dark sea salt caramel truffles // kate spade coupes // belvoir cordial // sugarfina champagne bears }

The second shower was the bridal tea. Here's what we ended up giving the hostesses.

{pottery barn sophia tea pot // lindt chocolate // dixie design personalized tags // laduree tea // blue and white tea towels // harney and sons tea }

The last shower was this past Saturday and was a monograms and mimosas shower. I knew we had to buy these gifts from Emily McCaarthy's shop. Emily has long been my favorite - her style is THE BEST. and I happen to also be over on her blog featured in her Signature Style Series.

{Emily McCarthy cheese board // monogram champagne flute // Emily McCarthy ice bucket // Emily McCarthy Swizzle Sticks // lucite personalized serving tray // sparkling pink lemonade }  

 

Sugar Crinkles & Southern Cookie Swaps

There are many beloved holiday traditions: trimming the tree, hiding presents, seeing The Nutcracker, and, of course, baking cookies. Here in the South, we like to take it a step further and host cookie swaps. How do these work? Many groups have their own rules, but the general idea is to assemble a group, have everyone bring around three dozen of their favorite cookies and swap. Everyone goes home with a passel of new treats to try and share with their family. It’s a great way to catch up with with friends, and you may even find your new favorite (meltingly tender) cookie recipe. We know that competition at these things can get fierce–set your treats apart and make sure everyone knows what you brought with one simple item: Dixie Design gift tags. They are an easy, elegant way to label your cookie contributions, soigne and personal, all at the same time. Check out our favorite cookie recipe this season featured in our Holiday 2016 photography.

SUGAR CRINKLES
from Christmas with Southern Living 1997, found here

INGREDIENTS

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

Beat shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar at medium speed of an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and flavorings, beating until blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to shortening mixture, beating well. Cover and chill dough.

Shape dough into 1" balls. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 350° for 8 to 9 minutes or until barely golden. Let cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Sarah Tucker's Holiday Home Tour


When Sarah Tucker told us her holiday decor was inspired by our Ginger Jar card, we were thrilled and had to share!  We adore her beautifully decorated home with its perfect blend of festive, hints of child-like whimsy, along with simple sophistication. And, of course, we love how she used white with touches of blue and gold. Take a look!















Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your home with us! A few holiday tidbits from Sarah below...

Holiday Memory:
 Every year we would get together with all of our cousins for Christmas. One year we went to Helen, Georgia.  I love that adorable little alpine village all dressed up for Christmas.  I can't wait to go back one day.  

Holiday Tradition:
 The Giving Manger 

Go to Hostess Gift:
For the holidays, I so love to give tiny island pines, in a ginger jar, with a Dixie Design gift tag!

A Holiday Party is not complete without:
 Mistletoe 

Holiday Colors:
Blue, White, and Gold

Favorite Holiday Music:
Mariah Carey

The Night before Christmas: 
After Christmas Eve service at church, we have everyone over to our house for dinner. 

Decks the Halls with:
 Tons of fresh garland, sprigs of eucalyptus, and bows.  

On My Christmas List: 
These Sperry duck boots

No holiday table is complete without: 
Good wine! 

Holiday Style with Shop Buru


When the holidays roll around, does your every day wardrobe all of a sudden seem kind of dull?  For us, we want red, sparkles, fur and gold on everything! Thankfully, our fashionable friend, Morgan, at Shop Buru pulled together the perfect party outfits, each inspired by one of our invitations.

 
1 // Headband   2 // Gold Fuzzy Cardigan   3 // Staffordshire Dog Gold Invitation  
4 // Sparkle Lace Up Flat    5 // Turtleneck   6 // Tulle Skirt   7 // Gucci Signature Mini Bag

1 // Shoes   2 // Caroline Blouse   3 // Twinkle Clutch   4 // Pineapple Invitation  
5 // Rosie Red Maxi Skirt   6 // Earrings

1 // Santa Scottie Invitation   2 // Gold Moto Jacket   3 // Boyfriend Jean .  4 // Pom Pom Beanie   5 // Mini Backpack   6 // Embellished T-Shirt   7 // Sneakers



1 // Forest's Edge Invitation   2 // Liz Sweater .  3 // Bracelet .  4 // Love Bag 
5 // Booties   6 // Tights   7 // Lorien Skirt

Cocktails on the Veranda: Styling Your Bar Cart

 We love summer for its long, golden afternoons and the “magic hour” at dusk. Here in the South, that means busting out the seersucker, spotting for fireflies, and, of course, cocktails on the veranda. An outdoor cocktail hour is a great way to accommodate a lot of people without the fuss of a formal dinner. We’re crushing on these chic invitations to set the tone of the gathering.

The easiest way to entertain outdoors is with a properly stocked and styled bar cart. This will prevent you from having to run inside and out to keep glasses full and guests happy. More than just a practical consideration, a chic bar cart–and its contents–can help set the mood. So, in keeping with the citrusy, light invitations, we’ve got a few ideas.

  • Pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality in the South. What’s more chic and Southern than these adorable monogrammed cocktail napkins?
  • Guests will need something to sip their cocktails out of, naturally, so keep it playful but not kitschy with these soigné brass pineapple tumblers. You could also bust out your copper Moscow Mule mugs or vintage champagne coupes for added variety.
  • Pre-cut lemons and limes so you or your guests can mix up a drink with minimal fuss. Get creative with your vessels. We love this porcelain monkey for a playful touch.
  • Make sure to include a fresh element, whether it’s summer roses or simply palm fronds clipped from the yard. Have a marble wine chiller you aren’t using? Repurpose it to hold pretty pink roses. Bright green palm fronds pop gorgeously from small blue and white ginger jars.
  • Naturally, you’ll need to remember the booze. We recommend keeping a good vodka, gin, and bourbon on hand. If you want to expand, white tequila is gorgeous to mix with in the summer. (We love these pretty pink palomas.) Provide white wine and rosé for those guests who don’t want a mixed drink or cocktail.
  • Keep mixers and other beverages cool in a chic metal tub on the bottom level of your cart. Beyond the usual tonic and seltzer, provide grapefruit juice (for those palomas!), Champagne, and–secret weapon alert–watermelon juice. Simply pop watermelon slices in a blender and then strain into a pretty glass bottle. Guests will love the summer mixer, which goes well with gin or vodka.
  • If your bar cart gets overcrowded, a cheeky garden stool is a fun way to add more storage. Perhaps top it with a cake stand, mounded with savory snacks–we love tea sandwiches for something like this, but there’s nothing more Southern than the ever popular ham biscuit.

Once you’ve got your bar cart ready, stocked, and styled, finish off your outside space with more flowers or palms. Light a few citronella candles, bust out all of the Sunbrella cushions you have, and get ready to relax with friends and enjoy the golden hour.

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