Final Dinner Design | The School of Styling Nashville

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I was so honored + excited to plan and design the final dinner for The School of Styling: Nashville back in March! It’s been an immense blessing being so connected with Kaitlin Holland, Kelly Hovis, and the entire TSOS community, and I have absolutely loved being a part of a few of their workshops as an assistant! (By the way, registration for October’s Chapel Hill TSOS workshop is open!!) I could go on and on about how much I love the mission + heart of The School of Styling (read more here!), and it’s been such a joy to work alongside them so closely for a while now. I loved the opportunity to design this final dinner for all workshop attendees, speakers, and staff!

Even though a massive thunderstorm moved the final dinner inside (which meant my perfectly curated tapered candlesticks couldn’t be used!), the dinner was SO wonderful in every way!! I used 12th Table for this fabulously unique flatware, the slate charger, & all of the awesome tabletop rentals, my dear friend Jessica of Simply Jessica Marie hand lettered these perfect terra cotta place cards, & For the Host provided the cutest salt & pepper shakers for my olive-filled tabletop design! Olive branch is, hands-down, one of my favorite natural ways to add visual interest + texture + greenery to a tabletop, and I loved the loose arrangement of olive that served as a runner down the long table. Candlelight is the perfect accent to add ambiance, along with the string lights twinkling overhead.

It was an incredible end to TSOS Nashville, and I just love how a dinner party over candlelight, great food, & flowing wine brings people together. It truly was the best way to wrap up an exciting, fabulous few days in Nashville. What a joy!!

photos by Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons

recap of Day Three + the final dinner on The School of Styling blog

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I love this candid picture because it’s so reflective of me in my element, doing my thing. Barefoot, big smile, cut olive branch in hand for each place setting. As much as I adore the meaningful & beautiful details for a dinner party (and there were a lot of them!), hand’s down the best part is enjoying a long meal with new & old friends, laughing endlessly, and sharing in heartfelt conversation. There’s really not much better, and I have the happiest memories from this final dinner!

Holiday Dinner Party | The School of Styling

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Dinner parties + Christmastime are essentially my love languages, so a holiday dinner party is right up my alley! The sweet ladies at The School of Styling asked me to share my essentials for throwing a holiday dinner party with friends, and the feature is published over on The School of Styling blog!

You’ll have to check out the entire article on The School of Styling to see what my five essentials are for hosting an amazing holiday dinner party!

Here’s a little snippet…

“Before you put too much pressure on yourself, especially during the holiday season, to throw a perfect and over-the-top dinner party, be sure to remember that true hospitality comes down to the heart behind it. I absolutely love the beautifully curated details, the amazing meal, a well-stocked bar cart, and a gorgeous tabletop, but I deeply believe that all of this is for nothing if your guests don’t feel welcomed and loved! Ultimately, be sure that you’re creating an atmosphere where your home is warm, welcoming, relaxed, and fun. If you’re stressed, worried, or harried, chances are, your guests are going to feel it, too. Embrace the fact that something may go wrong! Allow ample time for socializing, mixing, and mingling in a relaxed, comfortable, joyful atmosphere – this is key to a successful, memorable dinner party. Fully enjoy that loved ones are gathered together at your table and be thankful for that. And if all else fails, pop the champagne and cheers to that!”

“Even in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s necessary to gather friends together to celebrate life and celebrate friendships, and what better way to do that than across the table from one another?”

Photography: Rebekah Senter Photography

Styling & design: Stephanie Scholl Events

Cake: Simply Cakes

Models: Hannah Smith Design and Raleigh Design House

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