Planning a dinner party alone can be stressful. Whether it's for a birthday, an engagement, or just for kicks, it's always important to plan well ahead to make sure no detail is missed.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of planning and decorating the gorgeous Mermaid Room at Fiola Mare on the Georgetown Waterfront. I knew that the venue would be perfect for a sophisticated dinner. The dinner party was set for fourteen guests on a beautiful, long, rectangular table. I anticipated the dinner to stretch well into the evening and knew that an elegant color scheme of soft whites, brass, and gold would look wonderful next to candle light.
About three weeks prior to the party, I mailed these gorgeous Rose Floral Ikat invites from Paperless Post. Tip: It's always a good idea to give your guests an ample amount of time and in return, ask that they respond no later than a week before the event. Once I had an idea who would be in attending, I had custom name cards made by Paper Case Studio with gold calligraphy and a lace detail. Tip: Always be sure to order spare blank cards just in case a new or additional guest is invited.
Now comes the fun part - the décor. A beautifully set table makes every meal taste even more delicious. When I had decided on the color scheme, I knew BHLDN would be the best place to find beautiful, romantic items for the tablescape. Best known for their wedding and bridesmaid dresses, BHLDN is also a great place to find adorable table décor for parties. Lauren Conrad has raved time and time again about the great gift options BHLDN has on her blog. To start, I made sure to get a table runner that would fit the décor and would help dress the table up a little bit more than a simple plain white table linen. This Eternity Table Runner was exactly what I was looking for. The gold and white paisley added the perfect amount of dimension to the table. To keep the table interesting, I added four of these amazing Gold Framed Boxes for pillar candles to alternate between floral arrangements.
The floral arrangements are really what made this table. My good friends over at Nosegay Flowers were so helpful with the planning process. Tip: Meet with your florist as soon as you know your budget. It's crucial that you give them enough time to plan ahead so they can get you the proper inventory. Especially when it comes to out-of-season flowers like peonies.
We decided to go with Sahara roses, hydrangea, and white ranunculus for a wonderful, full-looking arrangement. I made sure to meet with the team at Nosegay each time I had a new idea, or added detail. In addition to the gold framed boxes, I snagged these stunning Fluted Mercury Vases in gold of course. About a week prior to the party, I made sure to drop these off with the florist and solidify our delivery plan.
Prior to the party I asked the restaurant to send a copy of the pre-fixed menu that would be provided at the dinner. I then crafted a more personalized option on Word with calligraphy headers. The menus were then printed and cut to fit just atop the napkins. To give them a little extra something, I used a spray adhesive and my favorite fine gold glitter from Martha Stewart and frosted the bottoms of the menus.
This dinner party was undoubtedly going to lead to a night out on the town and I knew that the party guests would love a few extra bubbles before their departure. The mini Moët bottles were from Premier Champagne online and I have to say, I was very impressed with how quickly they arrived! About a week prior to the party, I peeled off the bottom labels and sprayed these suckers in spray adhesive and doused them in the same gold glitter as the menus. PSA: the glitter WILL get everywhere - if this is a concern, coat the bottles in a spray sealant.