I like it to match….

We entertain a lot at casa de H & J.   I would say we have people over at least once a week…. and this can range from 2 people to 15. and I love it.  The more the merrier!

Because of that, I buy a of serving pieces.  I don’t like the look of mis-matched serveware, so I make sure that every piece I add to my mix has gold and white in it.  As much as I love mixing up my furniture and playing with time periods,  I dig a little “matchy-matchy.”

I recently came across the new Firenze Medici collection from Juliska (inspired by vintage Florentine papers) and it is absoluely gorgeous.   These would layer great with my basic white Crate & Barrel dishes, and would do well with all my gold accent pieces.  Boom.

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Valentine’s Day Bark

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

I made chocolate toffee bark for a few people in the office last night (and wrapped them up this morning) as well as made a few extra for Josh to take to work.  They are SO freakin’ good and SO easy to make  (meaning – my mom could probably handle this one).   Get the recipe here from Deep South Dish.     (It’s literally 5 ingredients).    They are a bit gooey, so I wrapped them in wax paper in layers, pulled them in plastic bags from the Paper Source, and then tied with vintage ribbon.

Wishing you a super sweet and wonderful Valentine’s Day!

xx, Hallie

 

 

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My holiday party!

Well… I must say – the party was a success and I am thrilled!  I really didn’t take enough pictures and I am so disappointed about that. But, here is a glimpse of what the party looked like! I had so much help from my girlfriends and we had a really good time just setting up!

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Prepping for a holiday party!

I spent a good part of the weekend prepping for my holiday party that I am having on the 17th.  I am pretty excited!

I’m going to try to post up my prep process as much as possible, so just to give you a messy sneak peak – I pulled out the leaf for my dining room table (there will be a table cloth) and scattered out my serving pieces to see how the buffet is going to all lay out.  It’s a good idea to lay out your serving pieces in advance to see what you are missing,  so that the day before your guests you aren’t running around like crazy looking for things.

My serving pieces are a combination that I think works really well.  The pair of three-tiered cake stands are from Bed Bath and Beyond that my mom found for me!  Sooo good, right?! (Thanks Ma!).

The white flat pieces are from Home Goods/TJ Maxx, and the white milk glass is all vintage pieces that I have been collecting from flea markets and antique malls.

I’ll be posting a lot more about the preparation for the party (decor, flowers, food, fashion….) – but here is a start!

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Pin… Pin… Pinterest… Buffet Inspiration for my Holiday Par-tay!

I am throwing a party next Saturday night. I am so excited, but there is a ton to get done before hand.  So, for the next week there will definitely be a lot of posts about entertaining.  I am doing a large buffet bar of finger foods, and yummies – and here is my inspiration that I’ve pinned from my pinterest page.

Do you have any tricks up your sleeve for entertaining? Please feel free to share and leave a comment below! I’d love to hear about your fabulous fete!

Also – let me know if you need an invite to Pinterest.

I love the variation of heights used on this table. The suitcases give it a great vintage touch.

A feminine and sweet buffet set up.

How fun would a caramel apple buffet bar be?!? Love this idea!

This is such a beautiful way to make a salad bar. It's so fresh and vibrant with all of those colors.

I love this idea for for crudete and dips. This is something I definitely plan on having at my party.

Such a good idea for serving tequila (as long as you know all your guests drink it!!)

Love this vintage bar cart for entertaining! Useful, purposeful, and pretty!

A very clean an pretty appetizer buffet. I like the balance.

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Cute 4th of July Decorations

Looking for last minute party decorations for your 4th of July festivities?  I just came across these awesome fun, and inexpensive decorations from Party City.  They have really cute stuff that really well make your 4th of July celebrations look awesome without being an expensive ordeal.

I’d love to hear how you are decorating for your friends and families this year!

Fluff decorations.  These poufs are so popular right now.  Buy a bunch of these and stagger them in different heights over the buffet table.

party city fluf decorations

Fun and cute paper lanterns. These would look great surrounding an outside patio!

The cutest polkadot plates. (That you can still use after the 4th!)

The cutest polkadot plates. (That you can still use after the 4th!)

Theseglittered star cut outs with be great hanging with fishing wire, or scattered over the table to add a little fun to your table decor.

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Pin..Pin..Pinterest..Faves of the week: Entertaining!

Happy Friday lovelies!  I hope you have had a wonderful week.  My week has been good, very productive – But I sure am glad it’s the weekend.   Here are my favorite Pins in the Entertaining with Style group.  These images really make me want to get some girlfriends together over cocktails.

If you are in need of an invite to Pinterest, please leave a comment below with your email address so I can send one your way!

Have a fabulous weekend!

xoxo, Hallie

I love this centerpiece idea, and super easy. Just raid a few neighbors' recycling, and voila! Image via Citified

Wouldn't it be amazing to go to a brunch outside under a gorgeous pink tree like this? Image via Martha Stewart

This table setting has been around the blogosphere way too many times, but is absolutely a favorite of mine. Designed by Eddie Ross (the entertaining-wth-style genius!

A black, white, and yellow themed dessert bar. Image via Somewhere Splendid

Another dessert table with a lot of style! I love the vintage and romantic feel. Image via Hostess Blog

A table designed with DVF place settings. Gorgeous and so in tune with trend. I love the shape of those plates.

I am loving the beautiful poufs and streamers. It really makes this setting feel festive. Image via Etsy.

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Entertain with pops of color!

There are so many ways to entertain! For a Spring time happy celebration, Shop Sweet Lulu is definitely your one-stop-shop.  They have the most cheerful party supplies , and everything they have will coordinate perfectly together.  This means – their website is goof proof and a guarantee success for a really well dressed party!!

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I like making flower arrangements.

I love flowers.

What girl doesn’t?! I also like making arrangements.  I’ve worked at florists in high school and college, and definitely have learned a thing or two from different website along the way.

Here are the arrangements I made for our recent Passover.  For dinners, I like arrangements to be low so that it doesn’t interfere with conversation over the meal and everyone can see each other.

The arrangements I made for Passover.

Also, here’s another post with other flower arrangements I made for a dinner party at home with some instruction. Click HERE

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DVF has a fab home collection!

Have you seen the new DVF home decor line?  Well – if not, check out the Bloomingdales link (HERE) for the gorgeous spread on this new home line.  
The new housewares line is BANANAS  (to the say the least) and if you have a few moments – I would definitely take a peak!

Here’s a few of my favorite pieces:

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