These girls are my kind of people. Desperate (in the best possible way) to keep summer alive for as long as possible, and doing so by way of gorgeous dinner parties. See what I mean? We could all be besties. Hosted by The Darling Event with a cake from Sweet Fix RVA and calligraphy by Kathrine Francia, these gorgeous images from Kate Thompson paint the picture of a dinner party we would love to attend.
In true desperate denial of summer’s end, we hosted an evening of seafood, style and cocktails (of course)! Our inspiration came from a combination of elegant coastal evenings, everything raw linen, and the classic seafood bake. We are suckers for anything candlelit, so we knew the twilight would set the tone for our intimate dinner soiree.
As stylists in the event design industry we rarely get to enjoy our own creations. We wanted to compose an evening of laid back seaside style, delicious details and friends who love to celebrate – who better than our local event industry vendors!
The focal piece was Paisley & Jade’s vintage wooden boat draped in navy striped raw linen and hydrangeas. What better use for a huge boat than to hold our Bloody Mary and champagne bar! Guests were welcomed with a drink of choice and garnishes to make any swizzle stick jealous.
We nibbled on sophisticated southern appetizers including homemade pimento cheese, a tomato tart, fresh watermelon skewers drizzled with honey, and warm herb grits. Our farm table was laid with kraft paper in preparation for the steaming seafood, galvanized metal accents, and crisp white calligraphy by Capital Calligraphy. The neutral background was the perfect palette for our bright red drinks, colorful seafood bake and cornbread! Drink glasses remained full, the table veiled in delicious plates, and chatter amongst friends. Finally, the key lime cake laced with coconut icing was presented by our dear friends at Sweet Fix – they take sweet decadence to a new level.
We couldn’t send our guests away empty handed, so we filled our favorite tiny containers full of Bloody Mary mix, Old Bay seasoning, tabasco and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Creating our first Dinner with Darling brought to life what we envision for each event – intimate conversations surrounded by unique details, and beautiful design.