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There are few things I enjoy more than entertaining. My entertaining style is simple, inclusive, unexpected and rustic – and the more the merrier.
I love the styling of author Annette Joseph, so I instantly knew her new book Picture Perfect Parties would be right up my alley. Her focus on simplicity shines through each page, making any event seem effortless and chic.
Annette was kind enough to include one of our IceMilk Aprons, the full sash Morning Bun Moments, in the styling of the book. And, by happenstance it landed a place in one of my favorite occasions … the Thanksgiving section. So, a fun giveaway for you this week as we’re teaming up and giving you the chance to win a signed copy of Picture Perfect Parties and a Morning Bun Moments full sash apron.
The giveaway is open through 11/04/13 – best of luck to those who enter. No better time to get ready for simple entertaining in style, right before the holidays!
With Easter right around the corner, this week we will #southernchat about Easter Traditions, a topic suggested in one of our earlier chats. Everyone has their own special traditions for Easter – from family to eggs to baskets. Some of my favorite Easter style pieces are oh-so-Southern-inpsired, keeping it classic but still spring fresh. Seersucker, straw, pastels, stripes and floral scents help set the stage for an Easter gathering you’ll never forget.
My own traditions growing up were family events that brought us closer together. My grandmother always put together special Easter egg hunts at her house, leaving little clues in each egg that led to the next. After the last egg, the next clue helped us to find our Easter baskets which were filled to the brim with treats. The wooden baskets we found were handcrafted by my parents and painted in soft spring colors, mine with a bunny and my sisters with a chick on it. They went perfectly with the Easter dresses my sister and I would wear as we made our way to Easter brunch at my grandmother’s country club.
This week, we have a special guest, Liza Graves, co-founder of styleblueprint.com. I very much related to the Easter memories that Liza had to share.
I grew up honoring Lent, with a grandmother and all of her sisters who gave up liquor each spring for 40 days and then got quite tipsy at the annual Easter party, held at my grandmother’s on a 3-acre lot on the river in the second oldest house in town. It was THE party to be invited to. Ham biscuits, coconut cake and sparkling punch, spiked and served out of a punch bowl, were always mainstays on the buffet table. Sometimes my grandmother & her sisters would get a little tipsy, get into arguments and storm off to their respective homes, all within one block of one another – just in time for the caterer to leave and everyone to proclaim that it was the best party yet.
I do think that everyone has funny Easter traditions, but the big Easter Egg Hunt at a friend or neighbor’s house, lent, smocked dresses, ham biscuits, coconut cake and family spats that end in hugs are something that most southern families have in common!
I love Liza’s spin on Easter, and I can’t wait to hear all about your Easter traditions, too! I hope you can join in the fun.
#southernchat: Easter Traditions (Monday 3/25/13 9:00PM est)
Q1: What Easter Traditions do you & your family have?
Q2: When you think of Easter, what elements come to mind?
Q3: What are some of your favorite southern foods on the Easter table?
Q4: What are the perfect pieces for a classic Easter outfit?
Q5: What southern goodies will you be filling the Easter baskets with this year?
Special thanks to Liza for coordinating this week’s giveaway – a $50 gift certificate from our friends at Kayce Hughes! With stores in Nashville, Chattanooga, and now, Atlanta, what better place to outfit your whole family for the Easter holiday than here. Just join in the chat by using the #southernchat hashtag sometime from 9:00-10:00pm est on 3/25/13 and you’ll be automatically entered to win.
Our delightful friends at Layla Grayce are at it yet again – this time with their top design trend picks from their latest trip to the market.
Hope you’ll take a momento to vote for the “Curated Style” they are featuring where our very own IceMilk Aprons are featured in the style board!
Some refer to the style as curated or found objects, but I like to call it heirloomed. Inspired by the past and the story behind the piece, these treasures just look like they’ve got a story to tell.
Click here to weigh in on their latest poll!