"FRIENDSMAS" dinner party.

So excited to share my “friendsmas” dinner party that we hosted the first weekend of December! I also was excited to share with you all an alternative look to a centerpiece besides my normal floral arrangements.

I feel like its important to share different things, as well as ways to help save you money! Hosting does NOT have to be expensive. This centerpiece was under $100 with the help of things I already had!

My top five tips:

  1. FIND STYLE STAPLES

    -as seen below: choose a style for your serving ware, ivory dishes, minimal glassware, and the modern flatware.

  2. STICK TO NEUTRALS

    -neutrals are always a good idea, I naturally gravitate to them but if you do not stick to subtle colors like greys, ivory, white and black. They will mix well with prints + other accessories to make your neutral selections stand the test of time!

  3. INVEST DURING SALES

    -I bought everything on this table from a black Friday promo code that saved me 20% on my entire purchase. If you know of sales coming I would wait + buy in bulk on staples (December and January are great months to save on sales!)

  4. PREPARE / BORROW

    -I set all my tabletop + party goods out the week before a party. That way I can make sure I have everything I need + if I don’t then I go get what I need or ask a friend to borrow what I need, then return after the party! Use your resource’s wisely based on your budget.

  5. MOVE THINGS AROUND

    -For this particular party I set up a little bar table under my staircase + moved things around to make it look different! My friends have been over to our house a ton of times so it’s always fun to show something different + it makes it more festive by having another space to decorate. Plus designating an area for the alcohol also kept people from ONLY being at the kitchen island!

Hopefully this little cheat sheet helps you in your next event. I also have linked everything below if you want to get the look yourself!

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S

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S H O P

gracious garlands x the cedar lane.

Back in September I got to work on a fun collaboration project with the sweet owner (and past sorority sister at Ole Miss), Elle on using her gorgeous greenery from Gracious Garlands + decorating our home for Christmas! Here’s the breakdown + items used for your Christmas shopping needs.

ITEMS USED FROM GRACIOUS GARLANDS:

  1. BOXWOOD GARLAND (ON TABLE)

  2. BOXWOOD WREATH (OVER BUFFET)

  1. LARGE “ULTIMATE HOLIDAY MIX” WREATH (OVER FIREPLACE)

  2. SMALL TRI - MIX WREATH (COFFEE TABLE CENTERPIECE)


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A special THANK YOU to the talented Heather Durham Photography for all of these beautiful images! If you are in the Nashville area (or beyond) + need brand content, lifestyle photos OR a wedding photographer Heather is your girl!!

thankful for it all.

Every year this holiday sneaks up on me…I love the traditions that we have + every year its fun to make a little pre holiday table full of what’s inspiring me this year! I hope with turkey day next week this helps you find last minute goodies to make your tabletop one to remember! all products used are linked below + per usual my GO TO / life- hack place for delicious
+ easy (pop in the oven) treats is Trader Joes.

Whether you are new to the blog or always keeping up I am SO THANKFUL FOR YOU!

— TURKEY DAY FINDS —

tsg nashville.

“SIP + SEE WHO’S BEEN SCOUTED”

I am so thrilled to be apart of the 2019 Scout Guide! A couple months ago Sara (the new + amazing owner of TSG Nashville) and I got together on ways to celebrate the new guide + bring everyone who is in it together! We decided there is not a better way to do this than throw a party!

The venue, a local airbnb / music studio called Buffalo Soul that is located in the heart of music row, was a perfect setting for this low key party (and you will also see them in the guide!). Luckily this outdoor everything event held out on the rain for one of the most comfortable nights of fall! Check out the mood board + pics below from this fun #nashville event.

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THANKS TO:

VENUE | buffalo soul

RENTALS | please be seated

FLORALS | Jackson durham

BAR | aero bar

LIGHTING | bright event productions

CATERING | Braiden Mallon, BAM FOODS

ENTERTAINMENT | JT Hodges + Post Monroe Band

PHOTOGRAPHY | Warner Tidwell

INVITATION DESIGN | Grace + Paper Designs

COLLECTING COPPER.

This is by far my favorite color for fall. I LOVE this rich hue that pairs so well with pattern, and neutrals. I recently designed an entire engagement party (with complete design freedom!) off this color scheme + so excited to share how it turned out! ALSO Below are my favorite ways to use this color in daily life + in your home! Enjoy.


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PARTY DESIGN BOARD

— about the party —

PHOTOGRAPHY | rachel moore

LINENS | la tavola linen ( I got them oversized so they would puddle: due to wind!)

RENTALS | please be seated

CATERING | sunda

PAPER GOODS | you’re invited

FLOWERS + DESIGN | molly sohr

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BOO.

Halloween really snuck up on me this year … I intended to do a murder mystery dinner with my closest friends but the busiest season of the year is hard not to enjoy the down time vs. throw another event. Maybe next year …

So for this year I thought I would highlight a Halloween that I enjoy, this is intended to be an adults only affair since my crowd is sans children currently! Instead of candy - I chose my all time favorite + “treat yourself” cocktail … a dirty martini (the best slightly spicy recipe listed below).

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ALL ABOUT A DIRTY MARTINI

RECIPE

2 1/2 oz of gin (or vodka)

  • 1/2 oz (15 mL) vermouth

  • 1/2 oz (15 mL) olive juice (brine solution from a jar of cocktail olives)

  • THE BEST TRICK…A SPLASH OF PEPERONCINI JUICE

  • Cocktail olives (one or two) on a cocktail stirrer …Pour the vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake well.

    DIRECTIONS

  • Rub the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lemon.

  • Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass and add the olive.

  • pour into your martini glass — enjoy!

DAHLIA SEASON

Another favorite thing about FALL is that October is Dahlia season. Which are some of my favorite flowers! It was such a treat being invited out to the Natchez Glen farm to see the Dahlias in bloom (plus they have roses as well!). I loved being able to take a bucket of these beauties home + it’s a great thing to do by yourself to fill your home with the best priced stems in town, go with friends + eat at Loveless Cafe afterwards, or this would be a great mother/ daughter activity as well! See below to how I used my pretty picks.

The dahlia’s are so robust in color so I thought the perfect place for them was surrounded in neutrals fireside with my favorite combination, wine + cheese. There is nothing I love more than a cozy night in…


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still on the lookout for pumpkin decorating ? these are my favorite every year! (and the best part…they don’t rot!)

FALL STATE OF MIND

FALL style themes…plaids, velvet, textures, 90’s, western, leopard, furs, and camo print. I have found some of my favorite finds that are on trend but I feel like won’t age after the trends change!

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PENCIL + PAPER CO. | creative camp

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of helping Pencil + Paper Co. out with their first ever "Creative Camp".  It was amazing to meet the "campers" which was a group of creative, stylish and SWEET people who traveled all over for the day of fun.  Susan Johnson was there captivating it all beautifully! 

1ST STOP | Gen (my chic Aunt who started P + P and is a major mentor of mine!) opened up her Nashville home for a little brunch + tour of their gorgeous remodeled home.  The morning was filled with her + her amazing team spilling their design hacks, fun stories and business tips...PLUS delicious brunch by one of my local faves, Little Octopus.  

2ND STOP | the campers got on the fun Hello Trolley for shopping at Sarah Bartholomew's new GORGEOUS store.  Sarah was there to meet + greet everyone and tour her new space. (It's a new Nashville "shopping must" in my opinion)! 

3RD STOP | because shopping makes you hungry (and thirsty) the trolley took everyone to Little Octopus restaurant in the gulch for a delicious + healthy meal.  

4TH + 5TH STOPS | more fun filled shopping with the P + P team.  They shared their favorite vintage stores to show the beauty of a good thrift.  After they headed to Draper James (Bonus: P + P also helped in this build out!) for the final stop + happy hour! So thankful to meet everyone on this fun day, and loved helping out behind the scenes :) 

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See more about the day here

LOVED working with the fabulous team of pencil + paper... Jeremy, Meg, Gen + their sweet intern Margaret.


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perfect transition dresses into fall!

SB x PB

This summer I had the pleasure in planning a launch party for local interior designer Sarah Bartholomew + her collection with Pottery Barn. The event was held last Thursday + the parties purpose was to showcase the items in her collection, by inviting her closest friends, family and favorite influencers.  They were able to chat over prosecco + caviar, see the collection for themselves, and cheers to Sarah on this exciting night!  

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The event was held at Henrietta Red and was such a beautiful night.  I was thrilled to be apart of this + can't wait to do more events like it. Thankful to my friends below who had their hand in it as well! 

PHOTOGRAPHY | austin gros 

FLORAL DESIGN | flwr shop

INVITATION DESIGN | stephanie fishwick

CALLIGRAPHY | chelsea petaja

RENTALS | please be seated (boxwood wall / collection backdrop) +

liberty party rental (chairs) 

LIVE MUSIC | lindsay ellyn 

LIVE STITCHING | ranger stitch

 

 

the nordstrom sale.

Wondering why almost EVERY "blogger" is throwing the Nordstrom sale out there on every post? The commission from Reward Style (liketoknowit) is significantly higher [on all sale products] for the next few weeks...smart of Nordstrom right? ..that's not all. 

I like to keep it real on here ...my first job out of college was with Nordstrom.  It is an amazing company [to work for + to shop at] but they are filled with super smart sales tactics ...ie. the 2x a year "anniversary sale".  So now knowing what I know, I thought why not share?? ...This sale is a creation of ONLY Nordstrom's house brands (halogen, caslon, zella, treasure + bond to name a few) partnership brands (vince, vince camuto, j crew, madewell).  They are all custom products that are created JUST for this sale.  So they have complete control of what products will make the most bang for their buck + what will bring in the most income for a "discounted" rate. All the while giving you the thought of "saving big" / incentivizing those with larger social platforms via the high commission rate... They also create hype through this "access only" week which 100% is to get you to sign up for a card (which is also via their in house bank- yep, Nordstrom has it's own bank) So you feel the need to jump in the car on day 1 that it is open to the public. BRILLIANT right?  

Anyways, don't get me wrong there are some good finds / great fall staples (HUGE Vince lover) but overall I I have to say I am never THAT impressed with this sale. It is a great time to shop for discounted basics but nothing is overwhelmingly awesome.  I still found some items so below here are my favorites...

ALSO if you like any of the items just click the photo + shop directly...it gives me commission! Every girl needs a side hustle.   

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coastal birthday dinner.

- HAPPY 30th - 

Last weekend we celebrated my husband, Andrew turning 30 in our favorite place...Exuma, Bahamas with friends.  I wanted to share the nautical setup before the sun set! This was truly so easy + super easy to pack down there.  I picked items that were true to the scenery but also masculine since we were celebrating him! 

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...before the table was finished + the sun was set. our gorgeous dinner location! 

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O T H E R

oyster shells | Henrietta Red (+ bleached out by me) 

menu | envelopments paper 

SPRITZ:30

This week we are taking a fun friends trip for my husbands 30th birthday to Exuma, Bahamas.  His favorite drink is an Aperol Spritz.  In light of his big celebration I thought I would share my spin on this refreshing SUMMER cocktail! 

START

1.  freeze the (extra large) cubes ahead of time...For this I had leftover flowers from an event so I thought it would make for an extra little detail.  These amazing silicon ice cube molds are the perfect size for my west elm glasses, I would also recommend these or these! (NO, these florals are not edible but the ice cubes are so large so the melting period is far past the time to sip down your drink!   

NEXT,

Add aperol: you usually do 2 parts aperol (put the aperol in first for the best flavor) / add 2 parts prosecco / top off your drink with soda water + a garnish of orange! 

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY


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Hoping your fourth of July is filled with pretty peonies, true to American foods (like these fried mac + cheese bites), and STRIPES GALORE (either on your tabletop or in your closet)! 

C H E E R S TO AMERICA!

s u m m e r love.

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER 

summer is all about hanging outdoors, soaking up the vitamin c, and the usage of B R I G H T colors! Now that we are moved in I am thrilled to setup a little outdoor dinner on my patio! 

I am currently doing a little detox so I wanted to share with you my new favorite MOCKTAIL, you won't miss the alcohol at all with this refreshing drink.  ALL from trader joes...

-LEMON ELDERFLOWER SODA + LIME SUGAR FREE POPSICLES | wait until the popsicle melts a little and you have an amazing [cold] slushee drink.  E N J O Y

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vacation mode.

EVERY SUMMER my husbands family takes a fun trip somewhere...this year we are going to Oxfordshire + London! I have never been to London so I am excited to see all of the sites + learn a little more about the city.  We have a packed schedule ahead full of eating, drinking, seeing landmarks + of course shopping.  

This is 100% the planner in me but when I travel I am a huge researcher before I get there.  I like to know what the restaurant is, what the days consist of + what the temperatures will likely be.  This is super helpful in packing for a long getaway too! While this is a new (and fashion only) post all about what I have packed + what I have separated into day + night outfits.  Can't wait to get there!

 D A Y >>

N I G H T >> 

THE BEST ON THE GO >> 

Also, in an effort to "be in the moment" I had all of these linked before we getaway in hopes of being on my phone less. Vacation after a move was planned perfectly timing wise ...I am so thrilled to be here and I need this to be the best me for when I return.

xoxo, Molly 

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outdoor redo.

LIFE UPDATE: We moved [down the street] last week.  As if May wasn't a crazy busy month already ...why not throw a move into the mix? I am so thrilled for this new adventure but even more thrilled to make a new space feel like ours.  

I can't wait to share more but up first, in perfect timing for summer: the screened in porch.  

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BONUS: right now most items are 25%+ off! 

rosé season.

Recently I had the pleasure of having Hunter Premo + Cameron Premo over to my house for a little get together + showcase of all my favorite things from Target's newly launched OPALHOUSE.  I loved catching up with these two over delicious David Arthur rosé, we talked about our year so far + it was fun to incorporate so much fun (bright) summer items!  

This post is also meaningful to me because it was exactly ONE YEAR ago when I had a conversation with Hunter about "wanting to start a blog", even though she is younger than me she is an old soul who is INCREDIBLY supportive, and she was SO helpful/ knowledgeable about how to start...for that reason I am so excited to share with you all this bright + fun dinner setup.  

Also....exciting NEWS: I am officially on rewardStyle (thanks Hunter for the referral!)! So if you like anything click on the pictures at the bottom - you know the drill.  

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