From the Desk of Dixie

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Wildflower

Gina Langford's Wildflower wedding suite, with its watercolor florals blooming from the top of a classic French blue crest, was the inspiration behind this show-stopping tablescape designed by Meghan Elizabeth Cease of M. Elizabeth Events.

As in the Wildflower wedding paper, the flowers had to be the showcase of the table. Florist Britt Wood designed a loose, yet stately arrangement of petal pink roses, spring green hydrangeas with wispy English Ivy draping the table as the base of this piece. Green orchids popped throughout this floral centerpiece, while tall spires of white crowned the top adding height.

The french blue table cloth seamlessly coordinated with the French blue border on the table's menu cards. The elegant place settings were kept to a simple and refined palette with the beautiful gold-rimmed glass chargers and vintage baroque white dinner and dessert plates. We love the mini champagne bottles included at each place setting - perfect for that first toast to the newly married couple!


CREDITS :: Table Lead, M. Elizabeth Events | Florist, Britt Wood Designs | China, Vintage Baroque from Neiman Marcus | Glassware and Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens and Napkins, BBJ Linen  | Photos by Mary Margaret SmithAlicia Crossley, Rachel and Noah Ray.

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Gild

Christine Carrier's  Gild Wedding Suite was the inspiration for this lovely table at our Paper Petals Plates event. The Florentine Building, located in Downtown Birmingham and known for its stunning architectural details and light-filled ballroom, set the stage beautifully for our night.  Michael Sanchez, the Florentine's in-house florist, designed this table using an array of gold and pink hues for an overall glamorous look. 

The dramatic stair-stepped floral centerpieces are filled with maidenhair and foxtail fern, an exotic palette of roses, and punctuated with plumes of fuchsia cockscomb. The intricate golden layer of chargers, plates, and flatware echo the delicate "Gilded" greenery vines and wreaths of the inspiration paper (scroll to the bottom to view and shop the Gild Wedding Suite). The soft petal pink linens grounding this table pack the design's final "pretty in pink" punch.  

CREDITS :: Table Lead, The Florentine | Florists, Michael Sanchez for The Florentine | Charger, Event Rentals Unlimited | Dinner Plates, Bernardaud Capucine | Salad Plates, Philippe Deshoulieres Orsay White | Bread & Butter Plates, Herend Golden Laurel | Goblets, Moser | Flutes, Varga  | Wine,  Lalique | Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens, BBJ Linen | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

*Gild suite is available in any color choice.

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Classic Cross

Invision Events designed a table that exuded simplicity and elegance at our Paper Petals Plates event. Drawing their inspiration from Sarah Robbins Powell's delicate borders and refined typography in her Classic Cross wedding paper collection, Invision Events kept to a classic and timeless color palette. Florist Buffy Hargett used all white and spring green in the tables' florals leading to a soothing aesthetic. Pops of black details, from the mini champagne bottles to the ribbon edged tailored napkins provided just the right contrast to the table's airiness.

Like the Classic Cross' clean and elegant designs (pictured at the bottom of this post), the various elements of this tablescape harmonize seamlessly. The glass floral vases and the beautiful Waterford crystal stemware make the table seem weightless. The gold flatware and the Royal Crown Derby in Aves Gold chargers give the table a graceful formality. The floral flourishes on the pears is one of our favorite details.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Invision Events | Florists, Buffy Harget | Charger: Aves Gold by Royal Crown Derby | Dinner & Salad Plates: Gwendolyn by Herend | Stemware, Colleen Essence by Waterford | Flatware, Luxor by Herdmar | Linens, I Do Linens | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

Paper Petal Plates Tablescape Series: Bougainvillea

This bold and colorful tablescape inspired by our Bougainvillea wedding suite has us ready for paradise! The vibrant mix of bright purple hydrangeas, hot pink and tropicana roses with deep yellow floral accents surrounding a large palm in the centerpiece gives the perfect festive, tropical air to the table. Table designer and Birmingham-based wedding planner Handley McCrory paired Marigold Design’s colorful floral arrangements with equally vivid placesettings. Handley mixes various shades of teal, fuchsia, yellow, and ice blue Herend gold-rimmed chargers with Anna Weatherley’s gold banded dinner plates. Gold flatware and crisp blue linen napkins finish off the place setting and we also loved the bright green glassware that was the final punch of color to top this table.

Dixie artist Gina Langford's Bougainvillea flowering vine illustrations certainly came to life in the design of this table at our Paper Petals Plates event. Bougainvillea pairs Gina's colorful budding floral crest with graphic blue and white stripes throughout the wedding suite alongside clean and classic typography. We love to envision a vivacious bride who has never shied away from making bold, sophisticated statements using this suite as her wedding paper.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Handley Breaux Designs | Florists, Marigold Designs | Chargers, Silk Ribbon by Herend | Dinner Plates, Simply Anna by Anna Weatherly | Glassware, Pearle by Zafferno | Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens, Mallard Velvet from BBJ Linen Rental | Napkins, Bodrum Linen Napkins | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

Paper Petal Plates Tablescape Series: Campagne

The Dixie Design team certainly has an affinity for all things blue and white. So it was no surprise that we were immediately drawn to this gorgeous tablescape that donned a French blue linen with white lace overlay. A delicate metallic thread woven on top of the overlay emitted the slightest shimmer in the fabric. The table linens' elegance allowed table lead Kalee Baker to carry through a romantic and tailored theme with metallic and ruffled elements throughout her design. The Annieglass gold ruffled chargers beautifully frame the Herend Fish Scale dinner plates and the custom Sasha Nicholas salad plates. The mercury glass vases and the Juliska Florentine Gypsy Gold napkins give the table additional metallic dimensions.

The inspiration for this exquisite table at our Paper Petals Plates event was drawn from designer Holly Hollon's "Campagne” wedding paper collection which features hand-drawn illustrations inspired by vintage French ephemera and a blue and gold color palette accompanied by delicate typography. The Campagne suite may be customized to the bride's color preference.


CREDITS :: Table Lead, Kalee Baker | Florist, Laura McCarty | Linens, Decor to Adore | Place Settings, Glassware and Napkins, Bromberg's | Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited| Photogrpahy by Alisha Crossley and Mary Margaret Smith

Paper Petal Plates Tablescape Series: The Beverly Table

This jaw-dropping tablescape has everything little girls' tea party dreams are made of. Incorporating elements of  both afternoon tea and formal dining, table designer Beth Jordan left no feminine or romantic detail untouched.  The table drips with silver, white, and blush pink accents with a towering silver candelabra interwoven with a twirling romantic vine and white and blush-colored garden roses for its centerpiece. The silver theme continues to the stemware, silver trays, a tea pitcher filled with flowers, and into several goblets. Various tiered caddies are graced with delicate tea cups and pastel-hued candies. The mixed fine china ranges from a soft pink with a gold edge to the daintiest pastel floral patterns. The china is paired with soft pink crystal stemware also edged in gold. 

The inspiration for this exquisite table at our Paper Petals Plates event was drawn from designer Vaughan Spanjer's "Beverly” wedding paper collection (see below) which features classic stripes, delicate floral illustrations and flowing script. This suite is perfect for a bride with feminine style but who wants a classic wedding with soft elegance. The suite is available in soft pink or blue-grey tones.


CREDITS :: Table Lead, Beth Jordan | Florists, Beth Jordan, Susan Huff, Elizabeth Jordan and Catherine Godwin | Linens, Vintage Tablecloths and Handkerchiefs | China, Vintage Warwick | Crystal, Vintage. | Flatware, Sterling Silver Mix of Different Patterns | Sweets, Edgars | Photos by Alisha Crossley and Mary Margaret Smith

Paper Petals Plates: The Loveliest Evening

Our Paper Petals Plates event has come and gone and now all of the sterling silver, crystal, vintage china and delicate serving ware have been carefully put away. The jaw-dropping floral centerpieces have been deconstructed. And the fabulous Myka Meier has flown back home to the Big Apple. But we still cannot stop gushing about all of the fun from that evening!

The night began with guests enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Coretti Catering while they toured the 12 different tablescapes, each inspired by one of Dixie’s new wedding stationery suites. Bromberg's partnered with us to provide gorgeous china place settings for some of the tables. Guests were also invited to a calligraphy bar to have their name penned by Jan Pruitt and Vaughan Pursell to be ordered on stationery. Myka Meier then gave her presentation on “Wedding Etiquette for a Gracious Couple,” which even included advice for the appropriate attire for different wedding start times. The evening concluded with the door prize giveaways and scrumptious slices of Early Grey and Lemon Lavender wedding cake from The Cakerie served on vintage china from Tea and Old Roses rental company.

Thankfully, we have Mary Margaret Smith’s stunning photographs of the evening to look back on when we start feeling nostalgic. We are reminded of all of the lovely, generous and talented people who made our Paper Petals Plates evening not only possible, but positively spectacular! Please allow us to show off just how very hard they all worked to make this night a success.

The Florentine Event Center ballroom

Corretti Catering food

Rebekah Fowler Miller of Fists Full Designs florals

BBJ Linen Rentals table linens | Event Rentals Unlimited tables

PropHouse chinoiserie vessels and cake stand

Cookie FixAugusta Cole photography styling | Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Hazen Jewelry | Susan Gordon Pottery | Tea and Old Roses vintage china

Bella Bridesmaids dresses | Hartbrook Clothier suits | Glow App makeup and hair styling

Pursuit Gifts gift boxes

Piper and Leaf Tea Company artisan tea

Swag Bag vendors: Southern Weddings | Birmingham Magazine | Olio Olive Oil | Merry Cheese Crisps | Elisabeth & Butter | Honeycreeper Chocolate                               

Not Pictured: A.M. Bakery | Chocolata | Cookie Fix | Creative Sweets N Treats | Reabakes  | Regions Bank

And we would absolutely be remiss if we did not introduce you to the fabulous event planner who executed the night flawlessly! Kalee Baker of Kalee Baker Events not only effectively coordinated with more than 50 different vendors, but she also perfectly carried out our vision for the event. We are tremendously grateful for her expertise throughout the planning of Paper Petals Plates.

Stay tuned for future features on each tablescape and the vendors involved who made each table truly stunning.  Birmingham, Alabama is full of incredible talent and we're excited to share them with you!

Myka Meier's Guide to the Perfect Post-Interview Thank You Note

We are thrilled that we are just days away from our Paper Petals Plates and Etiquette and Entrepreneurship Luncheon events that will feature the fabulous etiquette expert, Myka Meier! We wrote another blog post about Myka here if you would like to read more about her. But in the meantime, she has allowed us to share her expertise on how job candidates can pen the perfect post-interview thank you note. Her advice follows…

  • In the age of technology when it's most common to email or text, it's more impactful than ever to send a handwritten thank you note after an interview. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure your thank you note stands out!
  • Timing - I recommend dropping your thank you letter in the post the same day of the interview (or as soon as possible). As it could take a couple of days to reach the recipient, it will arrive perfectly timed 
  • Opening- Starting your letter with "Dear XX" is still best for formal business; signing off with "Best regards" is recommended as the formal sign off for corporate protocol
  • First line - Jackie Kennedy taught us that the most impactful letters to show gratitude never have the first line start off with "Thank you for..." and instead a line that creates emotion and sets you apart such as: "I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to come in to interview for a director position at the firm and meet with you. I left feeling enthusiastic about both the role and how my experience could truly make a valuable contribution to the XYZ team. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me...etc.  
  • Call to action - Always include something specific that you spoke about that shows you really enjoyed both the interview, opportunity and conversation. End the thank you note by saying if the opportunity presented itself, you would be available to meet with the rest of the team or answer any questions. 
  • Equally important - Your stationery is a tangible takeaway of yourself - so make sure it represents your style yet remains professional

We, of course, love that Myka recognizes the importance of stylish stationery! We think our Diamond Pineapple notecards or our Watercolor notecards would make a very impressionable, yet still professional, statement for your thank you notes!

And if you simply cannot get enough of Myka (We understand! She’s fabulous!), you must enter to win the one-on-one session with her that Regions HerVision HerLegacy has so generously sponsored. To learn more about this giveaway and to enter to win, please visit our Instagram page.

The Etiquette Expert on Harmonizing Modern-Day Wedding Planning with Age-Old Traditions

Wedding traditions and etiquette span hundreds of years. How does a 2017 bride meet modern day social requirements while still honoring the beautiful wedding traditions of the past? What would Emily Post have to say upon receiving an emailed Save the Date?

If this is something you have been pondering, breathe a sigh of relief because Modern Day Etiquette Guru, Myka Meier, has put her stamp of approval on emailed save the dates! Myka gave her two cents in an online interview with Harper’s Bazaar,

As long as it includes the important details, these can be sent by mail or email. However, paper invitations are still more sophisticated. You can (…) have a graphic designer create something that you can mail from your email account, or opt for an email service like Mailchimp. Also, your save the date does not have to match the design of your wedding invitation. A save the date should always include the date of the wedding and the city, state (or country if it's a destination wedding). You can also include a link to your wedding website. For destination weddings, you may want to include additional travel details, such as the name to use on the room block at the resort. NEVER include the gift registry on the wedding save the date or invitation. The only appropriate place to include the gift registry details is on the wedding website.

Even though Myka gives the go-ahead to not match your save the date to your wedding invitation, we do love it when the two items coordinate! Dixie’s designers are happy to accommodate brides who wish to use emailed save the dates with digital versions of our cards available for purchase.

Myka’s expertise extends beyond the wedding world and works to infuse modern-day manners into all aspects of social and business realms. She is the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, which partners with The Plaza Hotel’s finishing school programs. She will be the evening’s guest speaker for our Paper Petals Plates event on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will attempt to dazzle her with all of our Southern manners, but we are sure she will have plenty of material to teach us!

In the meantime, you simply must watch this video of Myka below to see her graceful advice on some everday etiquette scenarios. Also be sure to follow her Instagram page to keep up with her everyday lessons on all things manners, style, and grace.

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.