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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: Powerful & Delicious

Easy Takeaways from an Elegant Event to Translate to Your Next Dinner Party
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If you were following along on Snapchat and Instagram two weeks ago, you got an inside peek into one of the best southern events all year around, in my humble opinion: the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.  While we were busy (literally, we styled and designed eight of the events during the fun-filled weekend), we agreed that it almost didn’t even feel like work as we saw the beautiful events come together.  And while we of course plan to share the whole weekend with you over the next week, we also wanted to provide a few ideas on how to recreate each look on a smaller, more dinner-party-for-four scale. 

First up, the ‘Powerful & Delicious’ dinner.  The night celebrated nearly a hundred of the south’s female business and community leaders, and invited them to an evening to support some of the region’s top female food and beverage talent.  Naturally, I knew that this dinner had to be show-stopping.  And what better way to toast to these powerful women than with an elegant, and proper, southern supper?!

When planning to host and toast these ladies, I knew I wanted everything to be quintessentially southern.  Tables donned in rich, preppy navy and white stripes with the most gorgeous fresh magnolia stems, garlands, and foliage from the amazing Weston Farms in Raleigh, NC,, mint julep cups and blue & white chinoiserie bud vases (my all-time favorites and some I brought from home) full of flowers from Blooms of Dunwoody, and settings placed with a half a dozen glasses (it was Atlanta Food & WINE after all). 

While this was certainly a grand evening and the perfect way to kick off The Festival, this spread has a few great takeaways worth applying to get the look at a dinner party at home, too. I think it’s safe to say that these tablescapes prove the power of great linens and lush florals.  But if you look closely, you’ll see I also added height to each table (something I think will always, ALWAYS bump your tablescape up a notch) with the garlands and propped signage. I then varied the heights by incorporating the shorter bud vases among the taller details.  

Lastly, this event makes a strong case for pattern-play.  Too often, I see tablescapes playing it way too safe with linens and details (too matchy-matchy is boring!).  Here, I’ve brought in a chinoiserie print that effortlessly blends on top of the bold, vibrant stripes.  When mixing patterns and prints, the key is to stay in the same color family; in this case, blue and white.

But perhaps my favorite part of this southern dinner?  The details at each place setting!  We took this year’s festival theme, #KNOWTHESOUTH, to heart by creating fun, educational cards with southern quips, phrases and facts.  They not only furthered the southern theme, with a nod to even the most arguably defined phrase (“bless your heart”!), but they served as great conversation starters around the table and can easily be replicated at your next dinner party, or might I suggest a progressive supper?!  Truly, MKR

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha | Magnolia Stems & Foliage, Weston Farms | Florals, Blooms of Dunwoody |  Linens, I Do Linens

Highlights from Last Year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Archiving Stunning Shots from Two Connoisseur Dinners
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Coastal tablescape with stone place cards
Lush floral centerpiece and rustic tablescape
Stone place cards on tablescape
Kraft paper menu with handlettering

By now I’m sure you’ve heard us talk about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival as the highlight of our summer.  And it’s true; the weekend jam-packed with the best bites and sips the South can offer is one for the books, year after year. We’re beside ourselves in excitement for this year’s lineup (which if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?!). 

Sure, the weekend is best known to some people for its expansive, high-energy tasting tents (which MUST not be missed).  But the festival goes beyond the tents…AFWF offers a chance to attend informative (and irresistible) sessions with renowned chefs and tastemakers, and mingle at private Connoisseur Experiences that can render you speechless.  I’ve already mapped out my route for this year’s classes and can’t wait for the knowledge I’ll soak up. 

Last year, we had the pleasure of styling part of the Connoisseur Experience; two equally stunning dinners with inspiration drawn from the coast to the mountains.  We tapped a handful of local creative friends to help us pull together both looks, which turned out to be divine.  Be sure to click through to the original post and gallery to view the rest of the photos!  Cheers, Kat

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STYLING, MANDY KELLOGG RYE DESIGN  |  PHOTOGRAPHY, KATHRYN MCCRARY  |  FLORALS, THE COAST: GERTIE MAE FLORAL DESIGN  |  FLORALS, THE MOUNTAINS: LAURA MCCARTY FOR MARKED  |  HANDWRITTEN MENUS & PLACARDS, WRITE ON! DESIGN JENN GIETZEN  |  LOCATION THE COAST, 1065 MIDTOWN  |  LOCATION, THE MOUNTAINS PRESERVING PLACE

The Frye Life

Keeping Cozy in a Cool Outfit With Timeless Leather Accessories
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I don’t know about where you are, but here in the A, sweater weather has been flirting with us.  At this point I’m beyond ready to curl up in anything and everything plaid, sip on some boozy cider, and rock my favorite Frye boots all cold-weather-season long. You had a taste of The Frye Life recently when I shared my favorite haunts in town with Frye (here and here), and I have a feeling I’ll be frequenting those spots quite often in a get-up like today’s.

You’ve heard me describe my style as “tomboy” with a bit of a feminine edge, and this outfit embodies just that. By mixing feminine and masculine details with always-a-staple boyfriend jeans, Frye fringe bag (this bag is what fringe dreams are made of, I might add), chunky gold baubles, lace-up boots with a bit of height, I quickly put my own spin on otherwise basic pieces. But then of course, the classic red and black lumberjack plaid really just had me at hello.  TRULY, MKR

P
.S. Frye Atlanta loves, join us as we celebrate The Frye Company‘s first ever, beyond-gorgeous store in Atlanta at Ponce City Market on 11/11 from 7 to 9 p.m.  I’ll be there helping you pick out this season’s must-haves and of course chatting all all things bags, boots, leather and style while we enjoy some of my favorite bites and sips from a favorite, The Optimist

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary | THIS STORY IS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FRYE COMPANY, A BRAND WE LOVE AND ADORE.  OPINIONS AND IMAGES ARE 100% OUR OWN.

AS PICTURED: Lumberjack plaid jacket | Black turtleneck | Fringe bag | Boyfriend JeansBooties | Sunglasses

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