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Olive Oil Tasting Party

Before the Holiday season truly begins, it’s always fun to get together with friends and enjoy good food and great company. This group of girls embraced the outdoors and the harvest season for a lovely olive oil tasting party which celebrated friendship and al fresco dining planned and created by Styled For Love. Make sure you check out the gallery captured by Comfort Studio.

From Styled for Love … ‘Olive My Best Gals’ was a concept created to celebrate the changing seasons, amazing food and close friendship. In our minds, there’s nothing more heartwarming than gathering your best girlfriends and spending some quality time over a homemade feast.

To add something special, we incorporated an olive oil tasting into the party before dinner. We used vintage shot glasses and reclaimed wood to create our unique tasting flights. We sourced 3 different olive oil varietals and poured small amounts into each tasting glass. We designed a tasting guide for each place setting that described each oil and gave suggested food pairings. Each oil type was also placed on the table in larger bottles so the guests could later drizzle their preferred oil over their food. The tasting added a fun and unexpected element to the evening.

We served several courses incorporating seasonal produce from local farmers markets. The idea was to cook a meal that the olive oils would compliment. It also played a huge part in the decor. The roasted vegetables, salad and cheese board brought in beautiful, natural coloring. We provided some traditional fall comfort with hot cider, butternut squash soup and a pork roast.

Our goal was to create an atmosphere that felt organic and thoughtful rather than overly styled. We wanted this backyard party to feel eclectic, inspiring and attainable. We imagined the host as a collector that doesn’t shop at trendy stores, but instead prefers to mix and match collected treasures from her adventures. Nearly every single item on both tables was from a thrift shop, flea market or garage sale. Instead of going with a typical fall palette, we used varying shades of mustard and amber. Combining those colors with the sunshine and olive oil created an ethereal glow.

As a new company, we used this shoot as an opportunity to really show off who we are creatively. Besides our killer photographer and fantastic desserts, we made everything ourselves. I think the heart, depth and style behind Olive My Best Gals sets us apart.

Photography: Comfort Studio | Desserts: The Artist Baker | Event Design + Coordination, Florals, Food Styling, Signage + St: Styled For Love Events

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DIY Jewelry Dish Perfect for Holiday Gifting

I might just make a million of these this holiday season. There’s nothing quite like displaying your most prized jewelry pieces front and center in their own little glorious dish. And this DIY crafted by Hello Natural is right in keeping with my sentiments. A little something pretty to gift to the hostess or your mother/ sister/ bestie. Get the full details including more images of the how to on Hello Natural right here.

Materials
Oven-hardening clay (I used Staedtler Fimo Soft Clay)
Pencil
Gold leaf pen
Cookie cutters
Rolling pin
Oven

instructions

step-1 Roll your clay on a flat surface and use a cookie cutter to make your desired shape.

step-2 Using your fingertips, gently press all around close to the edge so that you give the edges a lift.

step-3 Bake in the oven according to the manufacturer’s instructions (mine called for 30 minutes).

step-4 Let the dishes cool for about an hour and gather your supplies to make some embellishments!

step-5 I used the gold leaf pen to paint the edges, make some drawings and fill in a heart (sketch out a design first using the pencil).

step-6 Let the ink dry, and that’s it! Isn’t this easy and cute? Great as a jewelry catcher on your bedside table, or a really nice gift.

Photography: Hello Natural | Source: Hello Natural

Happy Thanksgiving! + Gorgeous Dinner Inspiration

We hope you are all prepping for a feast of grand proportions surrounded by all the ones you love. To celebrate, we’re doing what we do best, sharing gorgeous inspiration sent our way by the dynamic duo behind Sinclair + Moore. They are a pair that pack a beautiful floral and design punch and together with Matthew Land Studios, they crafted quite the Thanksgiving dinner. Dive into the gallery filled with Thanksgiving tid bits  and from all of us at SMP, we’re wishing you and yours a very merry holiday.

We host an annual Friendsgiving to celebrate the blessing of friendship and to give thanks for all we have. It’s one of my favorite times of the year… partially because I get to put together a table that reflects the rich harvest and bounty of the season. This year I decided to do something with the beautiful grey pumpkins I would see at the flower market. Every trip to the market I would find myself buying two or three of these pumpkins. As my collection of grey pumpkins started to grow, my wife would tease me about being a pumpkin hoarder, but I knew I wanted to do something special with them.

I used piles of these pumpkins and added thick and thin candles and dried leaves mounded together to make a simple and easy yet impactful centerpiece. I added some vintage china and flatware along with some hand scripted menus and place cards, and the table was nearly complete. We added the final touch with a linen bag filled with home made ginger snaps. The pies were made by my wife, Jamie, and she worked long hours on the individual mini pies that our guests took to enjoy at home.

Photography: Matthew Land Studios | Event Design: Sinclair & Moore Events | Stationery : Libby Tipton