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How-To Set a Holiday Table

Setting a table is an absolute art. And though we've been known to set a lovely table in our day, we can't ever resist tapping into the genius of the pro's to get a few table setting secrets. We're so excited that the fabulous Tara Guerard is here sharing her tips and tricks for setting a gorgeous table, just in time for the Holidays. Captured by Corbin Gurkin, there's more...

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A Whimsical Thanksgiving

At long last, Thanksgiving is upon us. And though we know it's important to show our gratitude every day of the year, it feels especially special to have a full day dedicated to just that. So thank you, our loyal readers, for being so incredibly wonderful and supportive. We couldn't, shouldn't, wouldn't want to do it without each and every one of you! And to show our thanks, we're doing it the best we know how: with a whole lot of pretty. From...

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Thanksgiving Ideas & Decor

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I literally start thinking about it in August... the turkey and stuffing, the mashed potatoes and perfect gravy. But mostly I love it because for our family, it's a day where the world stands still. While football plays in the backround, a fire keeps us all happy and we drink and laugh and cook and eat until we couldn't bear a single minute more. And this year, we wanted to celebrate just that. The simplicity of this beautiful, craveable holiday. THE...

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The Best Ever Guide to Thanksgiving

Yesterday we shot our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. And it was insanely beautiful and we can't wait to share. We kept the focus on simplicity. Limiting your menu to a totally doable variety. Designing a gorgeous table without stress or anxiety. Planning recipes that are slam dunks no matter what your experience level. And the result was perfection. But before we unveil, we wanted to remind you guys that there is a wee little bit of beautiful inspiration from...

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A Southern Thanksgiving

In the South few things are held as high as tradition and family. And what's more traditional than gathering around a Thanksgiving table with family and friends to feast on the season's bounty? Inspired by my love for a classic Thanksgiving, I combined rich browns and oranges with an unexpected twist of coral and sage greens to create a picturesque Southern table. Captured by Rustic White Photography, there's a ...

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Wine Dinner at Potomac Point Winery

While we're never opposed to featuring cutting edge, fun and whimsical parties (like this and this for example), every once in a while it's nice to step back and relish in a timeless affair. Great wine, good company, and views for miles really set...

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The Perfect Charcuterie Spread from Nancy Neil + Ayda Robana

I swear to you I ingest more calories on Wednesdays than I do any other day of the week. You see, Wednesday has become the day in which we really dive deep into the realm of food in all forms on SMP Living and I always find myself scavenging my cupboards by noon as a result. And high atop the craving inducing shoots we post? Ayda Robana and Nancy Neil's beyond incredible...

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An Intimate Farm to Table Dinner Party

It turns out that when Clayton Austin and Panacea Event Floral Design team up, magical things ensue. Things like this farm to table dinner party which is so immaculate. So incredibly beautiful. So beyond anything I could have ever envisioned I almost don't even know where to begin. So instead of going on and on, why don't we all just breathe in the...

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Date Night Idea: Dinner in the Woods from Filosophi Events

Though this date night idea is undeniably more work than your typical night out, I have a feeling that the additional effort is well worth it. I mean, sitting across from your loved one surrounded by hundred year old trees is swoon worthy, no? This sweet couple shows us how to keep the romance alive with this incredible anniversary dinner. Designed by Filosophi Events and captured by...

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A Throwback Lobster Boil

Just when I started getting excited about fall, this incredible al fresco, throwback lobster boil had to go and find its way into my inbox reminding me of all things summer lovely. Styled by Kristy Rice and photographed by With Love and Embers I'm inspired to take advantage of the last few warm days that remain by throwing my own end of...

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Alfresco Maui Dinner with Friends

Dinning al fresco, barefoot, as the sun sets and a ukelele plays? As if I needed to add another reason to move to Hawaii on my list. This simple soiree captures everything I adore about dinner parties. Fabulous food, wonderful friends, and simple yet elegant decor. Captured by Ashley Camper and styled by Shaunna Nygren there's...

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The Dreamcatcher Session from Katie McGihon

Just when I thought I was getting on board with this whole fall thing, this incredible photoshoot had to go and make its way into my inbox. The soft palette set against the harsh landscape is totally and completely up my alley. And ever since setting my sights on it, I find myself wondering if there's enough time to throw just one more warm-weather party. Captured by Katie McGihon and designed by...

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French Country Inspired Lunch from Valley & Co.

French country inspired events always hold that little bit of something special that I can never quite put my finger on. Perhaps it's the worn linens, the casual approach to fabulous food or the sweet yet simple details, but this is one luncheon that I'm sad to have missed. It turns out, when you pair Valley & Co. with Dennis Wise great things are...

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Farewell Sweet Liberty Dinner

It's only recently that the idea of throwing a dinner party has become appealing to me. I suppose that means I'm growing up? But when I'm surrounded by inspiration of the prettiest variety day in and day out, can you really blame me? Designed by The Pen & Anchor and beautifully photographed by Ali Walker, this sophisticated dinner affair is...

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Ombre Inspired Dinner Parties from Amanda Allen + 3 DIYS!

There are many trends that exist out there that I'd be happy to see disappear  but I have to admit, ombre is not one of them. And lucky for me, this particular effect seems to be here to stay. It's a simple aesthetic that holds huge impact and can be used in a multitude of different facets. One look at Amanda Allen's approach to two ombre-inspired dinner parties and you'll see exactly what I mean. Captured by Jason Mize, there's a...

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Summer Tablescape

Do you ever have dreams of being outside, on a lazy hazy Summer day, walking barefoot with your closest girlfriends, eating copious amounts of cake? Me neither. But what I do dream of is a gorgeous picnic that feels both thoughtful and yet wildly effortless. With fresh from the garden food and people that make me smile. Exactly like this shoot  from Southern Couture Weddings & Catherine Guidry. A perfect picnic overflowing...

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Moroccan Birthday Luncheon + Preserved Lemons Recipe!

Oh darlings, do we have the prettiest of parties to send you off into the weekend with! It's Moroccan perfection, planned beautifully by Victoria Cameron and inspired by one of her own sweet gals, Mikka. Layered with the most vivacious color palette, out of this world blooms and mouth-watering goodies (including a recipe for preserved lemons!) shot by Ale & Kim Photography...

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Hosting an Authentic English Tea Party

I am a tea snob, through and through. So you can only imagine my excitement surrounding the idea of an English Tea Party to ring in ones 30th birthday. And it's now fairly safe to say that my future 30th is officially planned (thanks ladies!) Co-designed and styled by Ashley Baber  for Sincerely, Liz, this one is chalk full of...

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Palm Springs Rehearsal Dinner from Nancy Liu Chin

I swear this rehearsal dinner doesn't need a description, I could just stare at the gorgeous images all day (that Kevin Chin is a genius I tell you). Designed and styled by the talented Nancy Liu Chin, I'm thinking this jewel-tone inspired palette needs to be everywhere. EVERYWHERE! Bonus: the beauty doesn't stop here, ...

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Summer Clambake in the City from Fourteen-Forty

The idea of a clambake has always been incredibly appealing to me, but the fact that I don't live near the ocean has been a bit of a deterrent. It never really occurred to me that I could throw a city version with a similar, yet slightly urban approach. It turns out when you pair Fourteen-FortyAmber Gress, ...

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