Chinese New Year Party!

By Libbie Summers
Creative Assistant: David Dempsey
Photography by Chia Chong
Production Assistants: Candace Brower and Anthony Lunsmann

 

There’s really only one secret to a great party…lean in…it’s juicy…

The secret to a great party is to make sure the guests are as colorful as the decorations!!
For this Chinese New Year party, I started with a colorful guest list, called a pedi cab company and then started the decorating!

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Party Planning 101: About the Entrance

By Libbie Summers
Videographer/Photographer: Chia Chong
Editor: Candace Brower
Creative Assistant: David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann

If there’s one thing I know for sure about party planning it’s ALWAYS surprise your guests with a grand entrance…always!

With this Chinese New Year Party, 100’s of round paper lanterns of various sizes as well as hand made colorful lanterns were suspended from the rooftop of the party entrance creating a drape of color as the guests pulled up in pedicabs!

5 Interesting Ways To Use A Grapefruit

Recipes and Styling by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong, Cedric Smith
Assisted by Candace Brower
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I could probably name 100’s, but I get bored after 5.
Find all the inspiration, recipes, and pro tips all week long on my blog!
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1. A Food-inspired Centerpiece
For a chic centerpiece on the fly, always look to the beauty of seasonal foods! Here, grapefruit just picked from the tree (or bought at the store) lined up like soldiers down the table maked for a striking centerpiece to a dinner party. Don’t forget to include your inspiration in at least one course so to inform the meal. 
When berry season seems so far away, this simple sauce is the perfect substitute spooned over morning pancakes, French toast or a simple sponge cake for dessert. 
A last minute gift of smooth skin and wide eyes is only a few ingredients away. If you’re making it for a friend, do yourself a favor and double the recipe and give a gift to yourself. 
A full blown toast party. 
When you want to impress and get a little nostalgic at the same time this is the cake for you. This Grapefruit Meringue Cake is a Baked Alaska via Brooklyn –old school meets something pretending to be old school. Make one for every two people at your table to promote a little table talk! 

DIY: Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

Non-traditional spaces call for non-traditional holiday decorating!

In this modern organic loft space a holiday party was scheduled. I wanted to play up the extra tall ceilings and exposed pipes without taking up valuable dance floor space with a big Christmas tree, so the Candy Cane Hula Hoop Tree was born!
Total cost: $20
Wow Factor When the Guests Entered the Room: Priceless!

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Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree
makes 1 quick & easy holiday decoration for non-traditional spaces

What you need:
6 lightweight hula hoops
1-2 rolls red and white painters tape
1 roll great ribbon (I used a grey satin)
3 large white and red buffalo checked canvases (optional)

What to do:
1. Wrap a Base Layer: Using the white tape, wrap it around the hula hoops until all are completely covered. Don’t worry about the tape being perfect!

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2. Add the Red Striping: Using the red tape, tape a stripe onto the white tape of each hula hoop.

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3. Build the tree: Lay your “tree” out on a flat surface with one hoop at the top, two in the middle section and three in the bottom. Using durable ribbon, tie the hoops together at each point of touch with a beautiful bow. You can get more “fancy” here with big elaborate bows. I chose to keep my tree a bit more humble.

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4. Hang and enjoy: I hung my tree from exposed piping from the ceiling but you could even attach it to the wall with removable hangers. The plus is this weighs next to nothing!
Another idea is to make it pop by hanging it a few inches away from the wall and placing loud artwork behind it (I buffalo-checked large white canvases with red craft paint…I hope you saw this technique in my instagram story a few weeks ago, but if not get the HOW TO HERE).
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A Black Licorice-inspired Christmas Tree

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
On location at The Grant Hotel, available through Lucky Savannah Vacation Rentals

I love black licorice and oddly find beauty in it’s shiny ebony color juxtaposed to a pale pink, grey and white. I guess that’s why Good and Plenty are my
favorite candy! So, as my brain would have it, I was inspired to do a tree based off my love of sweets and two of my other loves. I hope this inspires you to think outside of the candy box this holiday and have some fun with your decorating. 
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And no, he’s not always waiting on me. 🙂 Happy Holidays!