From the Desk of Dixie

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.

from Christmas with Southern Living 1997, found here


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


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:

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.

via The Glitter Guide

via The Pink Clutch

via Carrie Bradshaw Lied

via Style Souffle

via Pure Joy Home

via Brit + Co

via The Pink Clutch

July 4th Party Planning

Though each season has its special charms, summer is one of our favorite times to entertain. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor, that “no-school-tomorrow” feeling, or the fact that when temperatures are high, stress levels tend to be low. In any case, it’s time to break out your cutest melamine plates and load up on sparklers, because outdoor entertaining season is here.

Set the tone for your gathering right up front. We love the idea of a nautical-themed Fourth of July barbecue, whether you’re lucky enough to be by the water or not. We love these invites from Gina Langford, which are a seamless blend of patriotic and nautical. We’re getting out our Breton-striped shirts and crushing on these on-palette plates. For a nautical party, nothing but rum will do. Make a big batch of rum punch so that guests can serve themselves, and you can enjoy yourself instead of constantly mixing up drinks. For food, evoke the Northeast with everyone’s favorite road trip treat: a lobster roll. If that isn’t your style, impress guests with a hot dog topping bar that elevates the cook-out classic to something Instagram-worthy. For sweet treats that beat the heat, go stress-free, and just stock a cooler full of a huge array of frozen popsicles, cones, and bars. Guests can take a walk down memory lane as they choose favorites from childhood. (And little ones will love it, of course!)

Kick off your shoes, pack up the cooler, and watch the temperatures rise with no stress–we’ve got you covered for summer entertaining. Check back in with us for more tips and ideas all through the season.