From the Desk of Dixie

A Colonial Inspired Dinner Party

When the Dixie team began organizing all of the paper suites for our 2017 Holiday Collection earlier this year, the stunning holiday invitation designs were practically begging us to begin planning our holiday parties! We could not help but imagine endless entertaining possibilities with the vast array of invitations our artists had created.

We were able to take all of our dinner party aspirations one step further with the assistance of Registered Dietician and food blogger, Holley Grainger. She kindly contributed three different menu ideas for three separate styles of Dixie holiday invitations. The first menu that Holley created was based off of our Creative Director, Holly Hollon'sColonial Pineapple Invitation

With the Colonial Pineapple invitation design in mind, Holley did her best to stay authentic to the Colonial American time period when choosing her menu items for the dinner. Each menu item's link will direct you to the recipe.

With the menu taken care of, please allow us to share some of the other details we dreamed up for this elegant dinner soirée...

Sources: Gift tag | Dixie Design. China | Mottahedeh Duke of Gloucester from Bromberg's. Silver | Antique. Monogramed Napkins | Bromberg's. Candlesticks | Christine's in Mountain Brook, AL.

Please contact us for menu and place card pricing.

The Etiquette Expert's Advice on how to be a Gracious Host this Holiday Season

We are thrilled to re-introduce you to on one of our 2017 Holiday Tastemakers, Beaumont Etiquette Founder, Myka Meier. You'll remember her as the guest speaker at our Paper Petals Plates events in August.  We loved working with Myka then and it was a true pleasure working with her to design her stunning Park Avenue card collection with the our talented Creative Director and designer, Holly Hollon.  The artwork was inspired by the architecture in Myka's in New York City neighborhood and her love of French crests, garland and candy canes.  Shop Myka's cards here.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought you might like some advice from the Etiquette Guru herself on how to be a gracious hostess. Whether you are a first time host or you have done it for more years than you can count, we believe everyone can glean a few useful insights from this thorough list of tips Myka has passed on to us. 

We love her advice on how to graciously dispel any heated political discussions that could crop up at the dinner table! According to Myka... 

  • If you are the host, then it's your job to be the conversation moderator at the table. If Uncle Harry starts a political debate at the table, you can try one of two approaches to end the politi-chat:
    • First - Try the "Honest Abe" approach: Be direct, straightforward and honest from the start. From the very beginning of the conversation, it’s okay to simply say, "Uncle Harry, I respect you are passionate about your beliefs, however, as we share different ones, I think it’s best you and I don’t talk about politics and just enjoy family time.”
    • Second - Agree to Disagree - Change the subject to something everyone agrees on. Simply saying, "I understand you have a perspective on this and thanks for wanting to share, however I think we’ll need to agree to disagree on this one. Now, I know we can agree on XX... how about we chat about that." Remember, you can’t help what other people think or say, but you are in charge of your response and reaction. Avoid raising your voice. It’s easy to do, but also one sure way to escalate any situation. 

Some of Myka's other hosting tips follow...

Make sure you do not to miss Part Two of this series, Myka's Advice on How to be a Gracious Guest this Holiday Season.

"Azalea Romance" Paper Suite in Southern Wedding's 10th Anniversary Issue

The girls behind Southern Weddings magazine had clearly done their homework before they approached Dixie's Creative Director, Holly Hollon, about creating the wedding paper suite for their "Azalea Romance" editorial spread in their 10th Anniversary issue.

Working alongside Invision Events and photographer Anna Shackleford, Holly was tasked with creating paper pieces that were "girly, classic, and full of flowers...striking that delicate balance between girly and youthful, but still classic." This inspiration was loosely based off of the Mobile, Alabama Azalea Trail Maids. As the Southern Weddings ladies well knew, Holly has never shied away from feminine, classic, or floral themes in her designs! Below is the inspiration board Southern Weddings sent Holly to use as creative direction for her designs.

Based off of their inspiration board, Holly designed a paper collection with all things Southern including bright azaleas, bold stripes, whimsy calligraphy and a charming antebellum home. We are so excited to add this suite to our Wedding Collection!  Click here to shop the the suite.

Photography | Anna Shakelford for Southern Weddings Magazine

Myka Meier's Takeaways from Dixie's Etiquette & Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon and Dixie Founder Jennifer Hunt with Etiquette Expert Myka Meier

The Dixie Design team is still on cloud nine from the fabulous two-day event series we hosted featuring modern-day etiquette expert Myka Meier. Be sure to scroll through our latest blog post and our Instagram page to experience the amazing Paper Petals Plates evening event. The next day we hosted an Etiquette & Entrepreneurship luncheon focused on the creative career woman.  We enjoyed the gorgeous space at the John Hand Club and delicious food by Kathy G & Co. on stunning Tea and Old Roses china while Myka led us in a fun and interactive discussion about etiquette in the modern day workplace. 

Just in case you were unable to make our etiquette luncheon, we wanted to share with you some of our most memorable takeaways from Myka.

To all of the entrepreneurs at the luncheon, Myka firmly insisted on the necessity of making a lasting first impression. Someone’s first impression of you is formed in the first seven seconds of your time together…that’s it!

So, whether you are facing a job interview or you have a career-launching presentation to make, you will want to make those seven seconds really count! Here is what Myka recommends:

  • Know the room before you walk in!  Be sure to thoroughly research your audience, so you can easily maneuver conversations towards individuals’ interests and skills, as well as avoid any potentially uncomfortable topics.
  • Small details count!  Be sure to make sure that all of your accessories (i.e. notepad, pen, cell phone case) portray a professional appearance.
  • Social media sweep!  Myka gave the statistic that 65 percent of people google you the minute you call them or email them! Be sure that your online presence is something that you would be comfortable with a potential boss or potential client seeing.
  • Check your voice!  Myka taught us that everyone needs to work on either their pitch, their pace, or their pauses when engaged in verbal communication.
  • Shoulders back!  Does anybody else hear their mother’s insistent voice in their head when “posture” is mentioned? Myka taught us that people who stand up straight exude more confidence than their slouching neighbors. She also taught us to look at people in the left eye if you want to show them compassion or in the right eye if you want to appear authoritative.

If you were able to join us for our Paper Petals Plates evening event or for this luncheon, we want to sincerely say THANK YOU for making the both events so successful and delightful! We hope to see you again really soon.

Also, a huge thank you to our luncheon event sponsors, Regions HerVision HerLegacy and Birmingham MagazineAnd to Alisha Crossley for these beautiful images!