Since I can remember, my mom has always loved navy blue and I have always preferred black. It wasn’t until the last two or three years that a deep, dark blue is a color that caught my eye. This may or may not have had something to do with the organization I work for changing its team colors to include navy… ha ha!
When I was planning a little get together for a few of my favorite co-workers, I wanted to do a navy and gold theme, especially after I purchased the pictured napkins at World Market (it doesn’t take much for a small piece of inspiration to take over!)
The napkins were my starting point (no longer in stock, but similar ones can be found here). I definitely want to try a DIY version — we’ll see how that turns out! From there, I went with blue hydrangea and a few gold touches, including gold glasses, gold chargers and some decorative place cards and personalized wine charms.
The water glasses were a steal on C. Wonder when it went out of business and are Kate Spade. These are similar but a little pricey — here is a set at a lower price point that are so pretty! (Side note: our plates are Crate & Barrel)
The chargers are from Michael’s and I got them for less than $1 a piece at the Black Friday sale. I really try not to be into Black Friday, but that deal and some of the holiday décor specials TOTALLY trapped me! Remember: always hand wash these chargers…just in case!
The two DIY items on the table were the wine charms and the place cards. Both super simple — the place cards were made with cardstock and I embossed a gold fleur-de-lis on them, handwriting everyone’s names. The wine charms were made using a paper cutter in the shape of a scalloped circle/seal of approval. It’s from Michael’s–I’m sure I used a coupon so it wasn’t too expensive. I just used some gold cord and tied it to the wine and beer glasses with everyone’s initials.
Appetizers were cheese because I was DYING to use my cheeseboard made by my girlfriend, Courtney. It’s so pretty and I love the chalkboard aspect. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it — Thanks, Court! As a guide to build a great cheeseboard, I referenced a post on one of my favorite blogs, Cupcakes & Cashmere.
The dinner was a blast and delicious. We had filets and some homemade sides for dinner and I wanted to make something special. I was selfishly motivated and made crème brulee with vanilla bean. I’ve wanted to try making it for a long time, possibly because a pastry torch is involved, I mean, how fun is that?! I used this recipe and it was a hit and much easier than I had imagined!
What are your go-to recipes and personal touches for dinner parties?
Have a great day!