culture   //   June 2, 2015

THE FIESTA: PART II

fiesta table details

Furniture rentalsPerch Decor // Floral DesignJackson Durham // Dinnerware and glassware: Posh Couture Rentals // Flatware: Neiman Marcus (on sale!) // Otomi Runners: Etsy // MenusEllis Hill // CateringCassandra Fine Catering // Coordination & planningCollins Coordination

In yesterday’s post, I gave you my number one tip when it comes to hosting a party: guests are only as relaxed as the host. Parties never go exactly as planned (no matter how hard a hosts tries to map out every single detail) and the best thing a host can do is just roll with it. In this case, it was the rain that got in my way. The plan for the party was to enjoy cocktails (read: margaritas) on the patio and then gradually move to a long table set up outside for dinner. The first part went as planned but due to a massive storm that was headed straight for us, we had to change things up and move the dinner inside. I decided not to let it stress me out and it worked out just fine. That’s the one good thing about still not having any furniture in your living room (I’m a slow decision maker when it comes to buying things for my house): it makes for a perfect party space.

You all know I love a good tablescape – especially when there’s a theme involved. You can go so many different ways with a fiesta theme but – no surprise here – I opted for the most colorful route.  I wanted the tables to have an eclectic, but elegant vibe. I love these tables from Perch Decor. Paired with these simple dining chairs, they provided the perfect, neutral backdrop for an otherwise color-washed table. (Not to mention, they offered flexibility to be broken up into three separate tables since we couldn’t use them as one long table as originally planned.)  For the actual place setting, I wanted a mix of different textures, and Katie helped me put together exactly that. She found the otomi runners on Etsy. They added some fiesta flair to the table. I already owned the bamboo flatware (currently on major sale!) and it’s my go-to for almost any dinner party. The blue-and-white plates set against the rattan charger (topped off with those beautiful letter-pressed menus from Ellis Hill) was the ideal summer tablescape combination.  The flowers? Peonies, of course. My all-time favorite. Jackson Durham always managed to deliver the most stunning mix of florals and their peonies are nothing short of spectacular. Throw in great friends, good conversation and a delicious meal and it was the perfect dinner table.

perch table fiesta

otomi runner

coral peonies

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dinner menu

fiesta tablescape

dinner menu details

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