A Very Cherry Birthday Party

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by Candace Brower and Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Cedric Smith

When one of the coolest chicks in the land (I’m talking about you Autumn Van Gunten) is turning 40 and her even cooler boyfriend (Yep, that’s you Cedric Smith) asks you to cater a little surprise dinner party for her and her closest friends, you scream HELL YES!

Inspired by the juicy ruby colored fruit of the season, I used cherries to inform the table and the menu spectacle for this very special event.

The result, like Autumn, a total cherry bomb!!!

The menu on a chalkboard made of a vintage vanity mirror
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Greens, roses, fresh cherries and vintage milk glass ran down the middle of the farm tables as a centerpiece. 
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The birthday girl, Autumn, in blue and feeling happy surrounded by her dearest friends including her best friend who flew in from Ohio for the surprise! 
Me…explaining the menu and looking tired! 🙂 
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First Course (sat on the table for guests to pour themselves):
Southern Peanut Soup 

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Second Course:
Salad of Pea Shoots, Avocado and Watermelon

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Tablescape Ingredients: Fresh rosemary, eucalyptus, fresh cherries, pink roses, garden greens, vintage glassware, mix of flatware, torn french fabric napkins, mix and match plates, vintage milk glass, glass cloches and burlap. 
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Main Course:
Slow Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Fried Potatoes, Cherry Salsa, Handmade Charred Tortillas
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Happy 40th Birthday Autumn!

Bandana Napkin Folding

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

If you’re the person who gave me this book years and years ago…thank you. For the life of me, I can’t remember who it was or when it was or where I put my keys an hour ago. Nevertheless, this was a fun reference to pull out and play using my custom dyed bandanas. I think this book is out of print, but do yourself a solid and invest in one. It’s so cheeky it’s cool.

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The Everyday Fold

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The Sail Boat

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The Palm Leaf

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The Buffet Napkin Fold

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The Rooster

DIY: Custom Dying Bandanas

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

A tied bandana around your neck is the accessory of the year! Bright colors of red, blue or yellow are easy to find, but I wanted more muted colors of pinks, yellows, greens and oranges…tropical colors. So we made some!
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Ingredients:
1 dye packet for natural fabrics (I used iDye) (1 color of dye for each color range)
1 stainless steel pot
1 cup of non-iodized salt
1 spoon for stirring
3 Cotton bandanas (for each dye packet)

What to do:
Step 1:
Fill a large stock pot with enough water to cover your bandanas. Place the pot onto medium heat and add your dye packet. Stir until fully dissolved.

Step 2:
Wet your bandanas, stir into the pot and raise the temperature to just below boiling.

Step 3:
Add 1 cup of non-iodized salt and stir frequently for 30 minutes.

Step 4:
Remove the bandanas and rinse under cold water. Toss into the washer with mild detergent with cold water. Let dry.

Pro Tip:
To achieve a lighter color/ombre of color, empty 3 quarters of your mix and 1 bandana after step 01, and dilute it with new water, bring to boil. Repeat process as listed above for each color change (we got three different hues of the same color from each packet/see the pink bandanas in the image below for reference).

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Check out this video for more ways to use a bandana (aside from tying around your neck): 4 WAYS TO USE A BANDANA

Tropical Bandanas and 4 Ways to Use Them (VIDEO)

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Hand-dyed and inspired by the colors of tropical fruit, these bandanas aren’t just for tying around your neck! I share 4 ways to take a bandana from ordinary to extraordinary!

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Inspired by tropical fruit and hand dyed, these bandanas aren't just for tying around your neck! 🍋🍌: Fancy up a lamp🍉: Chic up your dog! 🍊🍑: Make a watch band! 🍉🍓🥝🍌: Set a colorful table! #afoodinspiredlife #sundayinspiredvideos #tropicalfruit #bandanas #diy #tablesetting With David Dempsey Smith Brothers Butcher Shop

Posted by Libbie Summers on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Magnolia and Watermelon Party Blueprint

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Still photography by teresa earnest photography

Every party I design (no matter how big or small) starts with a “party blueprint”. Here’s a little sneak peek of the inspiration process and start of the blueprint for this Summer Soirée that’s cheery and cherry filled!