Springtime Soirees

Posted by Angelina Carrera on Apr 23, 2017 12:13:06 PM

When we create a ceremony outdoors, it's best to give particular attention to designing décor anchors – so our guests know where to gather, especially in venues that are vast, wild or uncontained. From weddings to bridal showers to graduation parties, summer takes the stage when it comes to tapping into Mother Nature’s bounty. Tablescapes are the most obvious place to start because we eat, drink, toast and bond over tables. So why not make the conversation more interesting with strong centerpieces?

Luna Bazaar contributor Angelina Carrera hosted a magical party at Grassini Family Vineyards in Happy Canyon (of all places), located in Santa Barbara, CA. We love the decorative accents she styled around our latest Rose Gold Collection and the any-season colors she chose. Here, she shares tips on creating jaw-dropping celebration tables for the coming months, with an emphasis on romancing guests with the right feeling, mood, and flavor.

Wild Florals:

Whether decorating for a wedding or similar type of momentous occasion, romance is an element that everyone wants – but that few know how to create without feeling a bit forced. I did it here by emphasizing wild greenery in my floral décor – sort of an untamed, passionate approach to designing flowers. When floral feels fixed, measured or overly planned, it can be lovely – but it’s not as emotional or magical. In this case, I foraged some of it and bought some of it. Depending on the season, you can set out with a pair of clippers and find a ton of optimal greenery – or source it at a florist. The idea is to forget formalities and be brave and easygoing with your greens. Let them tell you where to go, and use a vase that can accommodate the weight of greens, with flowers in the middle.

Wild Florals Event Table

Mercury Glass Centerpeices

Material Elements:

Wood makes so much sense outdoors, as do stones, sand, shells, and branches. Here, I placed a wooden cheeseboard under the tabletop décor elements, on top of a weathered outdoor table of a different age and grain. I loved pairing the two because it made for an interesting texture that was warm and inviting – and a little unexpected. I wanted just an inch or so of height to the centerpiece, and this wood slat accomplished that, raising the votives and food just the slightest bit for effect.

Place Settings:

Juxtaposition is everything in design, and it’s no different outside. I focused on a wild, romantic center, which means I could afford to be more formal and vintage with candle holders, glassware and place settings. Between gold utensils, beveled glass and antique china, the contrasts felt homey but also sophisticated. Add the mercury glass glow – mixed metallic’s bouncing off the natural light – and it’s a whimsical, really intimate look that made everyone want to be there and stay there.

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Rose Gold Décor:
The wonder child of modern tablescapes! You almost can’t go wrong with this color, and what’s better – you can use it in any season, whether indoor, outdoor, underground – it thrives in the light or dark. I wanted a familiar, happy feeling for this gathering of old friends and extended family – something warm and cozy. I mixed and matched with classic gold mercury glass and vintage pink decorations to create this timeless look. Rose Gold makes everything glow, including the guests. Everyone’s cheeks look flushed and rosy. It's the best when a design does more than you plan for – that surprises and solves problems that you didn’t know you had. Rose Gold decorations make magic wherever you place them!

 

Rose Gold Decorations


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Topics: weddings, Event Design, Outdoor Design, rose gold

Fall Fête! A Rose Gold Color Story

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Dec 9, 2016 7:36:37 PM

With 12  days remaining until Winter Solstice, we’re still on the dark side of the season – so we take any reason to illuminate our tables and fill every seat with friends and neighbors. The lighter side of darkness is a cozy, intimate feeling that fall and winter beg to celebrate. Luna contributor Angelina Carrera hosted quite the gathering at Grassini Family Vineyards in Santa Barbara, CA this fall – featuring décor accents perfectly paired with our latest Rose Gold Collection that translate indoors or outdoors with equal splendor. Here, she shares her approach and inspiration to creating this spectacle of organic beauty!

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Start with color: 
“Autumn has a very rich color story filled with amber and dusty pink hues that mingle with accents of gold. We wanted our party to subtly draw from that gorgeous fall palette. We started by styling our gorgeous new Hurricane Vases with overflowing greenery and burgundy toned florals. Then, drawing from the rustic vineyard setting, we chose touches of rose gold to stitch together the warmth and inclusiveness that I aspired to achieve. I was delighted that the dahlias perfectly matched our red wine – unplanned, but seasonally on point as it's own reward.” 

Then consider light:
“You always want more light than you think – so a smattering of mercury glass and vintage pink vessels filled with candlelight is what we used to achieve this glow on our table. Stay away from anything too tall for a gathering this casual. Height can work for weddings and other formal celebrations, but on a farm table or family gathering, it creates a barrier and distance between people.”

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Choose an unexpected venue: 
“We were at a vineyard, outside, under the canopy of four-hundred-year-old oak trees – so the romance factor was high! People love a surprising environment, something they might not think of themselves. I could see recreating this scene on a sun porch back East, with people bundled up in sweaters and a table set with beautiful runners to reflect the mood of the season. You’re essentially building a hearth in the area of your choice. It could be a big coffee table or a mantel and fireplace – a central focus that generates a magnetic draw for your guests.”

The food and drinks:
“We had a pretty easy win on the drinks since our friends at Grassini gifted us with a signature wine called Equipo, a red blend of 80% cabernet sauvignon and 20% petit verdot. Pairing the right food with the wines took a little more thought. Apples felt natural, so homemade apple pie was a must. From there I turned to Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, butternut squash... and cheese. Cheese for days! Everything felt hearty but healthy and of the earth. It’s important to be thoughtful about the season, to reach for what’s local and reliable, and to create interesting dressings or dips from there.”

Ang’s Tips:
“Prepare, design, decorate – and then let go! No one wants a stressed-out host. Buy plenty of tea lights – you will likely replace a few throughout your evening. Invite people you know well, and include new friends to mix it up. Make water and non-alcoholic drinks easy to access on a nearby table.

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Topics: Interior Design, Outdoor Design, rose gold

The Prowess of The Parasol

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Sep 12, 2016 5:19:22 PM

The single most overlooked party favor is the one most appreciated by guests. These memorable gifts aren’t just for parties – they’re a fabulous go-to accessory for any outing or occasion. The ever-useful-always-beautiful parasol keeps us cool before sundown, making sun worship safe – and enjoyable.


From destination weddings to beachside strolls and birthday parties, revelers of any type love a no-hat-needed option for portable shade. With so many colors to choose from, it’s easy to match parasols to your personalized look or party theme.

Our parasols perform in a variety of applications, from accessorizing the bridal party to composing DIY backdrops and creative canopy décor.

Lifestyle bloggers & Luna contributors Leah Forester and Charlotte Smith of Ciburbanity illustrate the prowess of the parasol in two unique ways. Leah and her daughter share a sweet, seaside moment on the balcony, while Charlotte vibrantly decorates her rustic barn shindig with parasols and paper lanterns cleverly strung from the rafters. She then illuminates her matching tablescape with crisscrossed globe string lights.

Proof-positive that when parasols deliver, people are happier. Skin finds relief. Best of all – these effortless decorative elements are as useful as they are picturesque. Function and form, unite!

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Topics: Outdoor Design, parasols, favors

New England Summer Style

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Aug 28, 2016 1:28:48 PM

Summer in New England is a three month celebration, and we’re reveling in August’s grand finale. Everyone is in such a good mood, still grateful that boots and shovels are months away and looking for any excuse to be outside until the last possible minute. There’s a certain signature style the Northeast does differently than other parts of the world.

And while I love all the historic influences, in my own home I blend a more eclectic sensibility with an old school style to create a less conventional, fresher New England look. We regularly have friends over for drinks around sunset, which is an ideal time to let the art of entertaining shine. The key to bringing New England to anyone’s backyard or porch can be found in a few key elements, all of which are easier than you think.

Don’t get fussy about it, you don’t have to install wainscotting or a six foot hedge! New England summer is about harmonizing a mood of relaxation and adventure. These tips will get you on your way, East Coast style.

1. Start with color. Red, white and blue isn’t exclusive to the American flag or the Fourth of July. Using navy against red and white is sophisticated and adds formality, with just the right dose of patriotism. I love this palette with weathered wood furniture or driftwood accents. My upholstered outdoor furniture combines traditional wicker with a contemporary geometric pattern. You can achieve a similar look with tapestries wrapped around couch or chair cushions, as long as the color story stays within the theme. Nothing nails this look better than pops of crisp white throw pillows against red and navy.


2. Light. The hurricane lanterns and smattering of low lights does favors for anything outside at dusk.It’s particularly appropriate to use jars with a hodge-podge of glassware to soften preppy New England with organic accents. I like varying sizes because I find elegance in the chaos, like pairing mason jars and nautical bottles, best expressed with glimmers of low, romantic light. You don’t want it to be too perfect. A mix of glass options keeps the composition interesting.

3. Drinks! We love a Dark and Stormy here in Massachusetts. I like adding colorful straws because delightful details add a layer of thoughtfulness for guests, even in a casual setting. Plus my kids insist on straws, always, so I like to keep them handy at all times. I love these beveled glasses as they reflect light so perfectly, and add a decorative touch with their vintage pink hue.

The Dark n’ Stormy

  • Lot’s of Ice
  • 2 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal rum
  • 6 ounces Source brand ginger beer
  • 1 lime wedge
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Topics: Interior Design, Outdoor Design, New England