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Friday Fete: A Dandy Little Party!

No, I haven't taken a 2nd job as a bartender (or 3rd or 5th job, but who's counting?).  I do, however, occasionally serve up some One Hope wine at local events because I love being involved with a wine label that gives back!  One Hope gives 50% of profits to charities, and the bottles are all under $20 (unless you want to splurge on a $59 glitter bottle for a special occasion). Holly from Dandy Boutique had me join her with some One Hope bubbly for her recent pop up event at Moon & Lola. Thanks to Holly for including me at this event!

Fun guests, Swank Desserts, and One Hope sparkling brut were the only things we needed to have a fun Friday evening of shopping and sipping!

You can find more photos and recap from this event on Dandy's blog.  If you haven't already checked out their cute Charleston shop, it's a great vintage-inspired women's boutique beside Rue de Jean.   I especially love it because Holly always has super fun entertaining items like my favorite Sunny Life products. They currently carry some ice cream and watermelon napkins and other cute accessories.  Summer isn't showing any signs of letting up here in Charleston, so there are plenty more opportunities for serving ice cream and watermelon to your friends! 

I am not getting monetary compensation for any of the products I have recommended in this post, but I have included a couple affiliate links (that I may eventually get paid from if someone besides my mom reads this).

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A Weekend of Fun: Backyard Entertaining With Your Squad

Jennifer Collins Photography

Jennifer Collins Photography

Summer is the perfect excuse to have your favorite gal pals over for some fun times and cold beverages.  Take your girl's night out to the next level and to the outdoors for a change!  We headed to the bocce and badminton courts at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club for a fun and games happy hour, but you could execute a great outdoor get together in your own backyard or at a local park.  It's all about the #squadgoals.

 

Give the Girls a Theme

Ladies love to dress up, and let's be honest: we really dress up for each other, not for the guys!  A regular weekday could be far less mundane if you have a little excuse to rock a fun outfit. You could invite your guests to wear all-white or shades of denim and chambray.  Since summer is in full swing and the 4th of July is approaching, I invited these ladies to wear white and blue. I didn't forget the red... we had some One Hope rose to take care of that pop of color!  Kelly and Andrea dressed up their Madewell jeans with great shoes, and I tied up my favorite new tee from Southern Socks. Everyone accessorized with bags from Simply J Boutique (I'm obsessed with their graphic totes!) and baubles from my favorite jewelry store in town, Candy Shop Vintage.

I also made sure we all had our sunnies, provided by Nectar! They are a very well priced local company with amazingly lightweight and really comfy shades.  All the sunglasses shown here are under $50, and they are also offering a 20% discount to "my readers"... so guess what mom that means you get a sunglasses discount!

  Use code WEEKENDER @ www.nectarsunglasses.com.

 

Decorate the Yard 

How fun are the colorful red chairs at Mixson!? It's great to have fabulous outdoor furniture, but you can just improvise with what you already have.  We set up a relaxation station, and all it took was one of my Turkish towels with a cute pillow plopped on it.  Set up a serve yourself "bar" by putting your ice bucket on whatever stool or end table you have.  That was about the easiest backyard decor I have ever done and freed me up to enjoy hanging with my guests.

Playing Is Encouraged

I think it's due to my mom's sunny influence that made me never quite grow out of fun and games.  The choices of backyard games are endless, and they usually add some fun aspects to your decor and event photos as well.  We set up some croquet and bocce, and I'm pretty sure the ladies had fun!

 

Thanks to Jennifer Collins for these awesome photos, and to the #HolyCityChicks shown here! These gals happen to be other local bloggers, so check them out for awesome fashion tips no matter what suits you:
The Charleston Shop Curator finds the best stores and brands to incorporate in her stylish looks, and she's also a down-to-earth mom of 2! Paper Meets Pearl has a cool, chic look that's usually pretty feminine and polished like she is, with some fabulous DIYs mixed in.  XoXoIJoelle has plus-sized fashion tips with fun and colorful looks that any gal will be inspired by.  Katherine of Styled Sugar Plum is the most stylish little mom ever. I am always super impressed with a woman that can raise a little human and still look flawless.  I cannot wait for you to see ThriftyLittleBecca's post, because ALL of her outfits came from Amazon!

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Last-Minute Entertaining: The Girl Boss Guide

I was recently asked to help decorate for a women's networking group, The Opportunity Social. This is a Charleston group with some wonderful ladies, and I really wanted to be part of it.  I hesitantly accepted this task a few days before I was about to go on vacation, because I knew that would eat into my planning time.  Luckily for me, I know some STELLAR boss ladies who donated their time, products, and crafts to help me have a fantastic summer soiree. You really can plan a fabulous party in less than 2 weeks!
Lovely ladies gathered at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club for the Opp Social brunch.

Lovely ladies gathered at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club for the Opp Social brunch.

Throw on the Throw Pillows

Whether you are entertaining indoors or outdoors, throw pillows can really transform your seating area.  We all know they can be expensive, so first try to re-purpose pillows you already have and put them where they don't normally go (pillows from your bed might work great on your outdoor seating). These Suite 33 indoor pillows are available at Emerson Row and have graphic patterns that represent different parts of Charleston. I think they looked great on this outdoor wicker furniture with my Turkish towels!  I wrapped a few of them and put them in this gorgeous Eliza Gran pom pom basket that I got from Pink Chicken on King Street. A less expensive version is linked here.

Put Calligraphy on Anything & Everything

By now you have probably seen lots of my collaborations with one of my favorite girl bosses, Danielle of The Town Serif.  Calligraphy can transform the simplest items into something great; church fans, inner tubes, or cups. Here Danielle hand lettered coffee sleeves for our brunch guests to have as favors, and added to our decor with some "rise & shine" balloons. How fitting for a Sunday brunch!

Hang Some Fun Art

My decor was focused in a cabana, which consisted of bare plank walls. What better way to spruce it up than with some great artwork?  I recently discovered Modern South Art, and thought her colorful ocean themed designs would be perfect for giving us great poolside decor.  I went home with a crab and a sailboat because I decided my bedroom needs some summer vibes all year long.  Here prints are only $24 so you can buy a set of them.

Wow Guests With Interesting Details

By now you may have realized that this event decor was only possible due to me calling in a lot of favors and rallying some amazingly talented and generous lady friends.  One such woman is Paulette of Ripple Coffee. She is letting me sell their coffee around town, which is grown and roasted by women, as a fundraiser for my coworker. We have raised around $250 so far!  Coffee seemed like the obvious match for a brunch event, so I had their gorgeous coffee bags double as vases.  Throw in some eucalyptus and white blooms with some fun mini-pennants and you can skip the florist.  Manor Decor loaned me the ever-popular swan float, who served as our cabana boy for the day! He was ready with fresh towels so we could go for a dip after our brunch.  I set him up with a letter board to announce the new Instagram account for the group.  I use my letter board whenever I'm a vendor at a market, but I think it looks so cute as part of a gallery wall or party decor, too! 

 

Do you know any fabulous boss ladies? The next time you're in a decorating funk for a party, reach out to a local entrepreneur. They may offer you a discount or let you borrow some items if you're willing to have them for sale at your event!

Cheers y'all!

 

Photography: Elizabeth Ervin |  Venue: Mixson Bath & Racquet Club | Calligraphy: The Town Serif | Artwork: Modern South Art | Pillows: Suite 33 from Emerson Row | Coffee: Ripple Coffee Swan: Manor Decor | Tassel Garland: The Tiny Tassel

Unfortunately this blog isn't going to pay for itself.  This content includes some affiliate links, however I only recommend products that I love.

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A weekend of celebrating!

Lots of flamingo and tassel fun with this bunch!

Lots of flamingo and tassel fun with this bunch!

I'm still beaming from so many great people surrounding me as I turned 33! I had a great birthday and feel so surrounded by love and generosity.  It was awesome to have so many people support my t-shirt fundraiser, send me good birthday vibes, and just be with me! Here are some photos from my birthday get together at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club.  Kudos to the husband for making it all happen!
Kelly and Jan treated me with this awesome hat and my new float that was making the kids jealous.

Kelly and Jan treated me with this awesome hat and my new float that was making the kids jealous.

Tim was ready to flamingle.

Tim was ready to flamingle.

BFF gave me the bestest Birthday!

BFF gave me the bestest Birthday!

 

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Birthday Week for the Win!

'Cause It's My Birthday Week!

'Cause It's My Birthday Week!

What a week! No matter what age you are, I'm a firm believer in celebrating your birthday for an entire week, or at least a whole weekend!  Maybe a birthday week isn't that different from most weeks, except that you are inclined to pay extra attention to all of the good things that happen.  Even the small things, like discovering the best $3 bamboo pen from the Indigo Market, have made this an awesome birthday. However, the last few days have been extra special for a few reasons:

A couple months ago, I teamed up with Charleston's cherry & curly-headed photographer, Rachel Red Photography who has some killer talent.  The weekends should be all about fun and ease, so we created an article to inspire effortless entertaining. She captured every second of our "no stuffiness allowed " day, and you can check it out over at Style Me Pretty Living! I can't wait for you to see who we partnered up with...

I felt even more excitement from our SMPLiving feature when some sweet people helped share the love. I was delighted to be mentioned in Ibu Movement's weekly newsletter and interviewed for Charleston Blog Society. I'm very appreciative of the time involved from those two dears!

The best part of week was when I got to see the coffee label that is for my coworker's VERY OWN ROAST!! Ripple Coffee has offered to let us sell bags to fundraise for Bill, a physical therapist in Mount Pleasant, who is facing an unknown muscular condition.  Paulette at Ripple is just the best, and she even let Bill create his own flavor combo for his special roast. I just can't wait to share more and continue to team up with them.  Kelly at Paper Meets Pearl has graciously agreed to help me get this coffee party started very soon!

People are so generous when you pay attention; so many of my sweet friends have supported Bill's T-Shirt Fundraiser instead of getting me a present. We have raised $300 in a short time period, and it was very easy with Bonfire Funds!  To top it off, my newly adopted mentor treated me to birthday lunch today! I hope I am able to return some of this love!!

Please help me celebrate my birthday by supporting my coworker and treating yourself to a t-shirt! The fundraising ends Sunday, so I hope we can hit at least $500. We got this.

Please help me celebrate my birthday by supporting my coworker and treating yourself to a t-shirt! The fundraising ends Sunday, so I hope we can hit at least $500. We got this.

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