Two weeks ago, I was honored to entertain friends at a southern inspired party at my house. Some I knew only from their blog posts and websites. Others, I had met via email but never face to face and some I hadn't seen in awhile because of our busy schedules. I was so excited to visit with them, show them some of the new items for fall and share some great southern inspired food and drinks.
A southern party must include an invitation, whether it is delivered by hand, mail or email. In our case we did two of the three.
Tip: When selecting your RSVP date and delivery, make sure to make it as easy for your guests as possible. An email address set up just for the party, helps keep the responses from getting lost.
Next is your theme and decorations. In this case, mine was southern inspired and brand related. I used red tablecloths and navy napkins to match my logo colors. For table centerpieces, we used lanterns, and glass bottles in wooden boxes. The flowers were yellow and white and tied in the colors of the invitations. We also used custom coasters with my logo on them for each of the tables.
Next on our list was the menu. Since the party was southern inspired, I tried to make sure the menu was as well. I sat down with my caterer - H&M Catering - and we came up with a menu that people loved and the food was amazing. Of course we had our version of shrimp and grits, pulled pork sliders, chicken biscuits and fried green tomatoes.
Tip: Be sure to take your guests into consideration and include something for those that are vegetarian or vegan and those that may have allergies. Be sure to check with your caterer on ingredients so you can answer any questions. If you don't know your audience, air on the side of caution.
For this party, I wanted to introduce my products to those who only knew me through social media and show everyone a sneak peek of the products that will be available this fall. I set up a table on the side with some of my products for people to look at and on their way out, I gave them a "swag box" filled with some of our items.
It was an amazing party and I loved planning every bit of it. I had so much fun talking to everyone who attended and I look forward to seeing them again soon. In the meantime, here are a few blogs to check out:
Brie Wright - Carolina Style Magazine - Editor in Chief - she and her staff write about fashion, travel, home decor and beauty.
Katie Toussaint - Charlotte Five - Editor, the site takes a look everything going on in Charlotte.
Lindsey Scheumeister - Ballantyne Magazine - A local magazine to the Ballantyne area with great topics like: wire, faces, fab faire, style points and the social sceen and who knew.
Lisa Frame - A Daily Pinch - She writes about life, travel, food and culture.
RaShon Carraway - The Carraway Concept - He is a lifestyle expert.
Sasha Manley - The Natural High Blog - She writes about motherhood, art, style and wellness.
Simone McDowell - Honeebee Gifts - A public relations and marketing pro, she knows how to find the perfect gift, for the perfect budget.
Stephanie Nelson - SBN Marketing - An SEO and social media solutions company for small businesses, SBN has a blog with great hints for small businesses with regards to social media.
Suzanne Todd - Discover Indian Land - She writes about everything you need to know about Indian Land. She is also the wonderful photographer of the photos in the blog post.
Thanks again to Suzanne Todd - Discover Indian Land - for the great photos.
NEXT WEEK: Some last minute tips on Labor Day entertaining. Until then, be sure to check out our Instagram for details.