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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

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.