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A Fall Feast Table Setting with Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective

October in the South has so far given us sweltering 100-degree days, but thankfully this week has brought with it cooler temps, crisper air and an excitement for Fall and Thanksgiving celebration planning! Our talented friend, Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective, serves up the perfect Fall table inspiration, featuring lush autumnal tones and the bountiful food harvests this season brings.

After spotting our Festive Fowl Collection, Christina knew her timeless Spode Woodland china collection would coordinate beautifully along with the Evergreen linens from India Amory. From there, a harvest-themed tablescape, featuring stunning florals arranged by Christina, fell into place to complement the perfectly seasonal artwork by Dixie artist Inslee Fariss found on the menu, invitations and place cards. We have listed all of the sources, including the mouthwatering feast provided by Birmingham, Alabama-based Ashley Mac's Catering, for this stunning table at the bottom of this post.

Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography

Styling and Florals: Christina Brockman, Huckleberry Collective

China: Spode Woodland Dinnerware

Linens: India Amory

Flatware: Oneida Dover

Glasses: Heirloom

Food: Ashley Mac's: Brown Sugar Glazed Ham, Cornbread Dressing, Cheesy Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes, Brown Sugar Bacon Green Beans, Sour Cream Biscuits, and Pecan Pie.

 

A Dixie Summer Soiree

The Dixie team is currently trudging through the 'dog days of summer' down in Birmingham, Alabama. These long humid days have all of us constantly on the hunt for the coolest gathering spots to escape the heat. Of course an icy cold beverage (preferably with a twist of lime!) in hand doesn't hurt either! Dixie's Creative Consultant, Holly Hollon's chic screened-in porch is just what we have in mind to achieve our mid-July cool-down! Holly, along with Dixie's Marketing Director Casey Snipes styled the most adorable summer soiree in Holly's rattan-clad porch along with an envy-inducing bar cart decked out in all of the necessities for a citrus-infused drink!

Dixie artist Inslee Farris' Exotic Chintz collection was the inspiration for this soiree's punchy and floral styling details. We love how Holly and Casey even used Inslee's design as a wine bottle cover! All of the beautiful spun fiberglass furniture pieces are from Mary and Wilma, a local "Floridian" home decor shop. We have linked the other source items below in case you are inspired to throw your own summer soirée before the chaotic days of fall arrive!

Menu, place cards, and wine wrapper | Dixie Design 

Table and Chairs | Mary & Wilma

Chargers, napkin rings and cups | William Sonoma

White Ruffle Plate | Susan Gordon Pottery

Green Lettuce Plate | Southern Living for Dillards

Chair Cushions | Target

Napkins and rug | World Market 

Flowers | Huckleberry Collective

Pink Glasses | Vintage

Flatware | Macys

Huckleberry Collective's Palm Beach Brunch Tablescape

We adore this playful tablescape that Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective designed for a King’s Home fundraiser recently held in Birmingham, Alabama. For her Palm Beach Brunch-themed table, Christina chose paper details from our newest Peacock Chinoiserie Collection, featuring artwork by Dixie artist Shanna Masters.  The tablescape also features a stunning selection of hand-painted cookies from Sally’s Sweet Confections!

The combination of coral hues, rattan accents, bamboo flatware and citrus that Christina sprinkles throughout this table oozes that bright preppy Palm Beach aesthetic that we just love!

Easter Brunch with Huckleberry Collective's Christina Brockman

Who else is already daydreaming about their Easter table setting designs? The Easter brunch that Huckleberry Collective's Christina Brockman styled for Entertain and Celebrate magazine has the Dixie Design team clammering to begin pulling together all of their individual spring hued florals and place settings in preparation for Easter! Christina used the beautiful paper from our Garden Tales Collection for the photoshoot's invitation, place cards, menu and gift tags. You can see where this beautiful artwork by Dixie artist Gina Langford originated in our blog post here!

Christina, a self professed food and flower enthusiast, left no stone unturned when it came to incorporating all of the spring blooms. The plethora of peonies, daffodils tulips and hyacinth, as well as a bounty of fresh vegetables, all raise the garden-to-table concept to a lovely and sophisticated new height.  

After admiring this table, the Dixie team has now added rabbit napkin holders as well as starburst jelly beans to our Easter table shopping list. And in the meantime, you can find us dying dozens of pastel hued Easter eggs as well as researching recipes for our baked ham accoutrements, such as the beautiful deviled eggs and the cheese plate that Christina has styled below.

Decking the Halls with Cloche Designs' Laura Nell Burton

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  For Laura Nell Burton, this means decking the halls of her lovely San Antonio home with elegant holiday flourishes inspired by its existing teal and yellow color palette. Laura Nell is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Cloche Designs which specializes in event and wedding design and planning. The Cloche team is well known for its dedication to creating lovely meaningful details for their clients.

As one of our 2018 Holiday Tastemakers, Laura Nell was able to collaborate with Dixie artist Gina Langford to create a customized holiday paper suite (shown above) that also mirrors the yellows and teal hues found throughout her home. 

Laura Nell's regal paper collection sets the tone as she prepares her home for her holiday entertaining. With her daughters' help, Laura Nell adorns her home's exteriors and living spaces with an abundance of fresh greenery and teal velvet ribbon. 

Laura Nell's beautiful table setting elements include Arte Italica Medici Wine Glasses; Herend Queen Victoria Dinner Plates; Anna Weatherley Harvest Gold Chargers; and Sasha Nicholas 24K Gold Salad Plate. The linen napkin is by SFERRA. The flatware is Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance and the stemware is William Yeoward Fern. Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon penned the gold calligraphy on each of the place cards.

This menu is also part of Laura Nell's tastemaker collection and can be shopped here.

Laura Nell carries the yellow and teal color scheme through into all of her wrapped presents each year. She will order one type of wrapping paper and then will buy her ribbon in a variety of widths, textures and shades.

We love how Laura Nell has incorporated her monogrammed crest gift tags not only on her wrapped presents, but also on her party guest favors shown above and below.

Known for never leaving a detail unturned, Laura Nell has even carefully color-coordinated her own as well as her girls' beautiful outfits to match her holiday color palette! 

Stay tuned for our Tastemaker Q&A with Laura Nell coming next on the blog! 

A 30A Holiday Brunch

For anyone who has been lucky enough to experience the glittering white sandy beaches of 30A in the Florida panhandle, you would probably agree that the scenery is very close to idyllic. So what could be better than a beautiful holiday brunch in this coastal location where the warmer days cling to the waning of the autumn season?

Dixie's Senior Designer and 30A local Shelby Boston gathered her friends together for a toast to the holiday season which marks the beginning of a slower-paced season at the beach. Shelby chose Dixie artist Smith Diano's beautifully modern Sea Color Wheel collection for her invitations, recipe cards and gift tags shown above. We think this collection perfectly captures the colors of the beaches of 30A. Continue scrolling for the scrumptious and beautiful brunch buffet and all of the holiday sweets on the party menu, including some of 30A baker Elisabeth & Butter's treats!

The table was set with a variety of beautiful Juliska dinnerware and dishes as well as little holiday decor touches from a local shop, Mingle 30A.

Shelby chose a selection of Rose wine from the 30A Coastal Dunes Wine Company.

Spiced tea is one of our favorites this time of year! Our owner, Jennifer Hunt, shared her family's traditional spiced tea recipe with us last year on the blog. You can find the post here. And the lovely napkin fabric shown above was created by Smith Diano, who also created the art featured in the Dixie paper used for the party!  Visit Smith's textile company to shop all her gorgeous fabric designs.

These classic cinnamon rolls are given holiday flair with orange and cranberry flavors infused into the recipe. You can find Elisabeth & Butter's Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Recipe here.

The brunch's grand finale was this stunning Gingerbread Layered Cake with hand-decorated gingerbread cookies by baking genius, Elisabeth & Butter. The gingerbread cookies used on the cake were also included in the party favors shown below. You can find Elisabeth's recipe for these adorable cookies here.

Sources::

Paper | Invitation, Menu, Gift Tag
Photography | Brenna Kneiss
Holiday Decor | Mingle 30A

Dinnerware and Dishes | Juliska
Baked Goods, Elisabeth & Butter
Textiles | Textiles by Smith

A "Modern-Day Lady Pilgrims" Thanksgiving Table

We were delighted when Laura Nell Burton and Christin Gish, founders of Cloche Designs, invited Dixie Founder, Jennifer Hunt, and Creative Director, Hollon Hollon, to be a part of their "Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Celebrating Modern-Day Lady Pilgrims." Everything the Cloche ladies touch turns to gold and this incredibly designed and thoughtful Thanksgiving tablescape is no exception. We are thrilled to have contributed the paper goods and it was our honor to be included among exceptionally talented women collaborators who are blazing creative trails in their trades - Lee Cordon of Do Say Give, Cynthia Nouri of Sasha Nicholas and Jenna Kingman of J.K.W. Style.

Cloche believes the heart of every event begins with its paper story - we couldn't agree more! They chose our Antler suite that features Inslee Fariss' beautiful artwork for the invitation, menu card, place cards and gift tags, with Holly Hollon's calligraphy as the finishing touch. You can shop the entire Antler suite here.

For all things tabletop, Sasha Nicholas is your resource! Starring on this table are: the “Henley Chargers” in pine green; Herend’s “Fish Scale” dinner plates in rust; her gold-rimmed “Stag Crest” salad plates; and emerald green matching monogrammed napkins. The stemware is a mix of William Yeoward’s “Fern” and vintage glasses that belonged to Laura Nell's grandmother. Flatware is Reed & Barton “Grand Renaissance” which was her parents’ sterling silver pattern gifted to her on her own wedding day. According to Cloche, use what's in your china cabinet, mix patterns and always incorporate heirlooms that represent special stories!

One of the thoughtful details we love about Sasha Nicholas' pieces is the option to include a message on the underside. 

The earthy fruit, pheasant feathers, and hand-dyed silk ribbons found in the floral arrangement are all lovely organic contrasts to the vibrant rust and green linens and monogrammed dinnerware. 

For hostess gifts, Cloche turned to the gift giving expert, our friend, Lee Cordon of Do Say Give. Visit her website for resources on how to act beautifully and give meaningfully. She is soon launching her Holiday Gift Guide and you will not want to miss it!

Lee selected two perfect gifts for each Lady Pilgrim, the “Carved Teak Serving Board” from Shop Terrain and a family recipe tea towel from The Gift of Today.

And for entertaining the little ones during dinner, Lee included pilgrim and Indian peg dolls from Two Wild Olives and “The Thanksgiving Story” by Alice Dalgliesh.

Since the Cloche ladies leave no details overlooked, they commissioned Jenna Kingman of J.W.K. Style in San Antonio to create Mommy & Me ensembles made out of Liberty of London textiles to match the party!

We love that Laura Nell and Christin like to include their daughters when setting the table. It's never too early to teach our children the art of being a gracious host! 
 

We couldn't love this Thanksgiving feast table more and we hope you are inspired to set a lovely, thoughtful table for your guests this season. 

Laura Nell's Nana's Green Bean Casserole Recipe:

2 packages (10.5 oz each) frozen French-cut green beans
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tsp. salt
1/4 Tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 pint sour cream
1 Tbsp. grated onion
Dash garlic salt (or 1/2 clove fresh pressed garlic)
1/2 lb. swiss cheese, grated
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
3 cups corn flakes, crushed
2 tsp. butter, melted

Cook and drain beans. Combine butter, flour, salt, pepper, sugar, sour cream, onion and garlic in saucepan. Cook until thickened, just a few minutes. Mix sauce with beans and pour into buttered casserole dish. Cover with mixture of cheeses. Top with crushed cornflakes. Drizzle melted butter on top. Bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes until bubbly. 

Yields 6-8 servings

Photoshoot Sources::

Mommy & Me Dresses & Overall Apparel Styling | J.W.K. Style.
Gifting | Do Say Give.
All China & Napkins | Sasha Nicholas.
Stemware | William Yeoward & Vintage.
Sterling Flatware |  Reed & Barton Grand Renaissance.
Photography | Parish Photography.

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

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Watercolor

This sleek and modern tablescape at our Paper Petals Plates event was inspired by Dixie artist Laura McCarty's Watercolor Wedding Suite. This wedding suite (featured at the bottom of this post) includes soothing blue hues of a modern watercolor wash and wreath motif paired with classic typography.  Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland of Repertoire Assistant Services beautifully translated the unique elements of this suite into a soft and elegant tablescape.

Sarah Elizabeth picked up the cool blue tones in her napkins and then used coordinating gray and white elements throughout the rest of the place setting.  Sarah Elizabeth designed the flower arrangements low in height and loose in structure pairing them with sleek candle votives to echo the minimalistic style of the Watercolor suite. We love the clean lines and fuss-free feel of this table...just right for the bride who wants to achieve a contemporary feel at her wedding!

 

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Repertoire - Assistant Services | Florist, Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland | Flatware, Ostron Flatware - Ikea | Glassware, Marta Barware - CB2 | Linens, Repertoire - Assistant Services | Charger, Terrain | Dinner Plates, Ikea | Salad Plates, World Market  | Decor Accessories, Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, Joann's, Michael's | Photos, Mary Margaret Smith and Alisha Crossley

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Naples

 

With Spring Break and warm weather just over the horizon for the Dixie team, we have been dreaming all things tropical. This table from our Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series oozes beach vacation vibes, and its design inspiration began with Holly Hollon's  Naples Wedding Suite (pictured at the bottom of this post). Holly designed this suite with not only a Palmetto Bluff wedding in mind, but also thinks it would be perfectly suited for a Florida tropics wedding.

Kathleen Cook Varner of Edna K. Designs seamlessly transitioned Holly's paper designs onto this tablescape. Kathleen designed a table with the ability to transport guests to their own personal tropical oasis. Also the table's florist, Kathleen incorporated the palms from Holly's designs and mixed them with ferns and a very subtle amount of soft pink and white floral flourishes in the towering centerpiece.

The Heather Chadduck table linen beautifully showcases a palm-like graphic that grounds the handcrafted Susan Gordon Pottery salad and dinner plates. Susan Gordon also creatively utilized the graceful heron crest in the Naples collection onto coasters. The stunning pink glassware finishes off the table with a sophisticated and modern touch.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Kathleen Cook Varner | Florist, Edna K. Design | Flatware, Vintage Bamboo  | Glassware, Anthropologie | Linens, Heather Chadduck Textiles and La Tavola Fine Linen | Pottery, Susan Gordon Pottery | Photos, Mary Margaret SmithAlicia Crossley

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