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Comfortable Entertaining

May 21, 2014

One of my favorite things to do is plan something fun during the work week. When I graduated college and entered the work force, most likely the hardest adjustment I made as a working adult was learning that I couldn’t go out and party-hardy on Tuesdays anymore. Or any day during the work week, for that matter.

At UNC, Tuesdays were THE NIGHT to see and be seen, much to my mother’s astonishment and disapproval. Our disgusting yet amazing college bar Bob’s hosted a smashing party dubbed DJ Night every Tuesday, serving up cold Bud Lights for $2.50, endless opportunities for flirtation and general drunken tomfoolery.

Had an exam on Wednesday at 9am? Who cares. It was Tuesday and therefore we went to Bob’s to drink and dance to a laptop hooked up to loud speakers. My priorities were on point. Some of my fondest — and dimmest — college memories were created at Bob’s on Tuesdays, including meeting my dear husband, Wilson. A setting so romantic it rivals even the most poignant Shakespearean love stories.

The fall from the wonderful, comfortable cloud that was college to the cold, hard ground that is adulthood was made all the more crushing by the elimination of school-night partying.

But then I discovered that adults party mid-week as well, they just do so on a more appropriate level. My heart leaped with joy at the first invitation to a mid-week dinner party, held at a friend’s house and consisted of eating frozen pizza on the floor. It was spectacular. While I’ve exchanged the college tradition of slamming vodka drinks with grain alcohol at 10pm with moderately chugging sipping a bottle glass of Malbec, I’m happy to report that partying during the week is still great fun and Wilson and I do it all the time. 

Like last week’s grill session that served up this casual-cool table setting.

long table

The deliciously perfect weather provided the ultimate backdrop for ol’ Wilson and I to have some great friends over and cook some shiz on da grill.

tablescape

These Skyros plates + these Caspari napkins + these rattan chargers + these cheap matelasse placemats from Marshalls + these pretty blue glasses = easy outdoor dining place setting. I cut a few sprigs of rosemary to put on top of the napkins to keep them in place because it was a tad windy. And for a little flair.

plates upclose

Upclose table 2

Wilson’s mint julep cups make an appearance again. If you don’t have some already, invest in a few. They are very useful.

place setting

I love the cutlery from our wedding registry. It’s pretty, heavy and goes with everything.

overhead view

Upclose table

Simple. Beautiful.

rocking chairs

 

left side of the table

When a friend asked Wilson and I if we wanted to go on a double date a few weeks ago, I ecstatically cut across her, exclaiming, “How about Tuesday!?”

Some things never change.

Home Living, How to Speak Southern

Spring Entertaining: Outdoor Furniture Finds

May 6, 2014

Oh I just LOVE this time of the year. The weather is perfect, it’s sunny all the time and I am finally not as ghostly pale as I was a few months ago. Everyone looks better with St. Tropez. My clothes in the spring and summer are infinitely better too –– I’m sick of stuffing myself into skinny jeans and acting like I’m comfortable.

Anywho, I’m super pumped that it is 80 degrees out and sunny, it just tickles me pink. Tonight I plan on going home, pouring myself a cocktail and sitting outside. I love our front porch — it has the charming, cozy comfort of a quintessential Southern porch with the added benefit of being right next to the sidewalk, providing non-stop social entertainment and eavesdropping opportunities. I come from a long line of Mrs. Kravitz-esDon’t act like you don’t spy on your neighbors too.

Because I’m thinking that others may want to “porch it” as my dad says — pronounced “poach” because of his enviable Georgia drawl — I’ve created an exemplary outdoor haven from which you can draw some inspiration to make your own little slice of heaven. As an added bonus, all of these items are under $185. And you could clean them easily with a pressure washer. I realize this is still expensive but for porch furniture that’s a pretty good deal. Take what you can get people. You can go to Voucher Slug to get voucher codes for Laura Ashley furniture.

 

SST Outdoor Living -- Under $180

SST Outdoor Living — Under $180 by annabjones featuring a stainless ice bucket

 

 Notice the Veuve? No party is complete without it. I’m imagining parties at sunset with well-dressed guests clinking their glasses together in celebration of the warm weather and immaculately decorated outdoor space. I’d drink to that.

Also my apologies to my email subscribers, I accidentally posted this without any text and so you received an email in error. I didn’t have my glasses on and I pressed the wrong button… I’ve put in a complaint to my IT department… and they told me to kiss my ass.