Vintage Halloween Party Inspiration (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

When I was 13, I had my first innocent and lackluster make out sesh with a boy named Tom. We were both dressed in handmade costumes, (Tom’s more elaborate than mine) at a campy Halloween party and The Monster Mash was on repeat. This vintage-inspired Halloween Party is for you Tom…wherever you and your husband are now.

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

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!

https://www.facebook.com/AFoodInspiredLife/videos/1612599278770940/

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!