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Outdoor Entertaining Ideas We Love

June 9, 2015

One of my favorite things about warm summer nights is the feeling when you realize there is nowhere else you’d rather be.  I know that sounds pretty vague, but I feel that on the nights I find myself sitting around a table with a handful of friends or family and a great meal.  Whether I’m sitting around picking at the appetizers and catching up, or leaning my chair back and pouring another glass of wine after finishing the meal, those moments are some of the best parts of summer I cherish the most. 

We talk about entertaining a lot here on WOM, but there’s something extra special about outdoor entertaining.  It’s more relaxed, more casual and more intimate to me. I rounded up a few outdoor entertaining ideas I love from our files in the slideshow above, but do tell me: what’s your favorite way to host your loved ones on these warm summer nights?  Cheers, Kat

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THE GATHERING

THE GATHERING

INVITE LOVED ONES TO GATHER AROUND YOUR TABLE OUTDOORS THIS SUMMER, AND THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH WHERE THAT TABLE MAY BE. KEEP THE TABLE UNDERSTATED WITH A SIMPLE ROLL OF KRAFT PAPER AS THE TABLE RUNNER, AND PLACE WILDFLOWERS THROUGHOUT.

VIA 100 LAYER CAKE
COMFY SEATING

COMFY SEATING

MAKE YOUR GUESTS FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH AMPLE SEATING OR GO THE BOHO ROUTE AND PROVIDE PLUSH CUSHIONS AND MOROCCAN RUGS FOR SEATING.

VIA LONNY
DELICIOUS BATCH COCKTAILS

DELICIOUS BATCH COCKTAILS

MIX UP A BATCH (OR TWO) OF A DELICIOUS COCKTAIL LIKE A BOOZY LEMONADE TO KEEP GLASSES FULL THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.

VIA WAITING ON MARTHA, BY RUSTIC WHITE
SEASONAL FARE

SEASONAL FARE

PLAN A MENU WITH SEASONAL, LIGHT DISHES LIKE FRESH PASTA AND YOUR FAVORITE SEASONAL SALAD.

VIA KINFOLK
WAYS TO CHILL

WAYS TO CHILL

CONSIDER USING CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP THE REST OF YOUR DRINKS COOL LIKE A TERRACOTA PLANTER.

VIA ONE KINGS LANE
SERVE YOURSELF FOOD STATIONS

SERVE YOURSELF FOOD STATIONS

DIY FOOD STATIONS KEEP THE ATMOSPHERE CASUAL AND ENCOURAGE MINGLING BEYOND THE TABLE. THIS COULD BE AN ESPECIALLY GREAT IDEA FOR THE APPETIZERS BEFORE DINNER BEGINS.

VIA STYLE ME PRETTY
STRING LIGHTS

STRING LIGHTS

SOUNDS SIMPLE ENOUGH, BUT ADDING STRING LIGHTS CAN BE JUST WHAT YOU NEED TO TURN YOUR DINNER OUTSIDE INTO A DINNER PARTY. PLUS THERE'S JUST SOMETHING SO MAGICAL ABOUT TABLES SET UNDER STRANDS OF TWINKLING LIGHTS.

VIA PINTEREST

Featured image, Kinfolk

Atlanta Food & Wine: Powerful & Deliciously Tasted

June 6, 2015

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: in the tasting tents #cocktails Neon pink watercolor menus Peach sliders at #AFWF15 Floral centerpiece and tea light Cocktails at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival tasting tents String lightsOysters on the half shell #afwf15Summery centerpieceLocal fresh strawberries at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival #afwf15Pink watercolor dinner menu Cocktails @ Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2015  

When I was invited to style a dinner celebrating 100 of the most influential women in the South made by some of the most powerful women chefs for Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, I couldn’t jump on board soon enough. Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazer Center proved to be the perfect location to wine and dine these impressive ladies, and we were thrilled to kick off our festival weekend with such a special event.

Despite the storms rolling into Atlanta, and a moment when we wondered if we were going to get everything pulled off, a beautiful evening unfolded amidst twinkle lights, lush floral centerpieces by Lindsay Coletta, favors of Himalayan pink salt, and Jenn’s gorgeous watercolor menus and hand-lettered place cards for all.

The rest of the weekend’s storms couldn’t keep us away from the tasting tents, where we roamed from chef to chef and tried everything we could get our hands on.  It was the perfect way to end a weekend full of our favorite things: friends, food, wine and dinner parties. Truly, MKR

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STYLING, MANDY KELLOGG RYE DESIGN  |  PHOTOGRAPHY, KATHRYN MCCRARY  |  FLORALS, Lindsay Coletta  |  HANDWRITTEN MENUS & PLACARDS, WRITE ON! DESIGN JENN GIETZEN 

Atlanta Food & Wine: From The Mountains To The Coast

June 3, 2015

Planters and moss as dinner placecards Coastal centerpiece Rustic placesetting Coastal dinner party menu Rustic dinner tablescape Rooftop pool dinner party Blog-Mountains Coastal dinner party inspiration Menu on roll of kraft paper Coastal flower arrangement and handlettered table runner Calligraphy stone placecards Lush tablescape

This past weekend, chefs, sommeliers, and food lovers alike descended upon midtown Atlanta to celebrate what is and what’s to come in all that is Southern cuisine at Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.  While I’ve always been an active participant, this year I had the opportunity to also style and design the Connoisseur Dinner Series. 

I’ll let the gorgeous images speak for themselves, but with each intimate dinner, I wanted to keep things simple, personal and most importantly, let the star of the show–the wine and food–shine.  For dinner in “the mountains” we welcomed guests to the Preserving Place with rich florals from Laura McCarty, wooden and gold planters filled with moss, and a long scrolling menu hung from the ceiling and hand lettered by Jenn Gietzen of Write On! Design.  For “the coast” we set the longest table we could find poolside on the roof of 1065 Midtown.  Driftwood, hand lettered stones, and Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio cool-toned florals set the mood.  And when the sun set, and after a few glasses of wine were poured, I swear you could smell the salt water if you tried hard enough.  Truly, MKR

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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

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