Southern Hospitality

This weekend my friends and I hosted a bridal luncheon for dear friend who is getting married in Atlanta in the fall. She is the quintessential southern belle, who is a fabulous combination of preppy, stylish, and charmingly witty. She is also the ultimate entertainer, so we had to make sure this party would live up to her high southern standards.

Of course, I believe that all you need for a great party is interesting guests, excellent food, and even better drinks! Fortunately, we had all three of those- plus a wonderful backdrop to host. The shower was held at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen in Dallas. Renowned Chef Lisa Garza had us dishing out seconds with her jalapeno cornbread, perfect fried chicken, and a plethora of southern sides. From the flowers to the food, they did all the hard work!

I hope you enjoy these great pictures (for once!)  from the shower that were taken by my good friend Blair over on The Perennial Style blog. If you love fun fashion and style, Blair and her two sisters are a wonderful source of inspiration! Following the shower pictures are more timeless tablescapes perfect for a daytime shower, brunch, or get together!

The Shower

Sissy's Invitation

I adored the blue, green, and white color combination on the invitation. Especially that shade of blue!  Invitations from Swoozie’s

Flowers with Yellow Door

The event was held on Sissy’s side porch, complete with a picturesque yellow door.

Flowers at Sissy's

Sissy’s arranged the flowers in Ball jars with simple green hydrangeas, pink peonies, and sage.

Name Tag and May Book

For the party favors we had May Designs notebooks with the wedding hashtag customized on the front. Seated here is Caroline Hurley of the fab blog Caroline Covets, get all your royal and fashion scoop from her! Place cards are by Caspari.

Tablescape Sissy's

Tipsy Arnold Palmer 2

For our cocktail of choice we had Tipsy Arnold Palmers. Definitely lived up to the name!

Drink and Garnishes

When was the last time you were served on a silver tray? They definitely added a sense of sophistication with the more rustic vibe.

Tipsy Arnold Palmer

Wine BucketsCaviar Curried Deviled Eggs

I am not one for food pictures, but they tasted as good as they look!

Downhome Cooking

The lunch was served buffet style on classic Spode.

Food shot

It may not have been the healthiest luncheon, but it sure was delish!

Spode Serving

When doing a buffet, It really helps to serve food on different heights. It eliminates the reaching and makes a boring buffet look slightly more interesting.

Grapefruit, Pineapple, and Orange

These carafes were so smart. Guests were able to mix their choice of orange, pineapple, or grapefruit juice.

Table with People

Luncheon Looks

*I wish I knew where some of these photos are from besides Pinterest. If you know, let me know!

Blue and White Tablescape via Pinterest

Such a fresh and updated look with blue and white. Chic simplicity. Photo source: Pinterest

Town and Country

Monogramed napkins add the perfect touch of personalization. The china against the two-toned placemats looks very sharp. Photo source: Town & Country

Oscar de la Renta Tableware

Now that is a flower arrangement! Wonderful place setting and tableware by Oscar de la Renta.


Tonal Floral Arrangements via Habitually Chic

Tone on tones of flowers. Notice how they are small arrangements, but the different heights make it look fuller. Photo source: Habitually Chic

Carolyne Roehm via The Pink Pagoda

The master and passionate pursuer of blue and white, Carolyne Roehm. Timeless as can be. Photo source: The Pink Pagoda

Whimsical Tablescape via Pinterest

This is certainly not boring! Very whimsy and full of personality. Photo source: Pinterest

Potted Lemmon Tree Tablescape via Pinterest

These potted lemon trees pop against the coral colored walls. The height makes for a refined canopy effect along the table. I wonder if they are real? Photo source: Pinterest

Waterside Luncheon Via Pinterest

I like how they put the shells in the glass jar instead of using flowers. It makes for a more captivating centerpiece. Also, the green goblets give a nice splash of color. Photo source: Pinterest

Tablescape_Celerie Kemble

Ever have friends that are so into everything matching? Well, they will never have a table that looks this good. Please, do NOT be afraid to mix and match prints and colors. I spy green and blue, pink and polka dots. Also- take a peak in the back left corner…are those real lamps? Outside? Living on the edge, and I like it! Tablescape by Celerie Kemble.

Carolyne Roehm via Vernada

Fifty shades of blue and white. Cool, classic, and charismatic. Created by Carolyne Roehm in Veranda.