Fabulous Fêtes

Tara Shaw

, of

Tara Shaw Ltd

in New Orleans, entertains with incredible style. She throws a fabulous fête in her warehouse to announce the arrival of new containers loaded with treasures from her shopping forays in Europe.

Image via Veranda

Fête is a French word meaning festival, celebration or party.  Throwing your own fabulous fete is more about setting the "scene" than setting the table.

Entertaining can take on a completely different attitude with the arrival of Spring. Events tend to be more casual.  Dining outdoors can be fun but if the weather doesn’t permit bring the outdoors in.

On The Veranda

in Phoenix Arizona did an incredible job styling this outdoor dining pavilion.

Different size boxes were covered in gray linen to coordinate with the place settings.

The beautiful white flowers, gorgeous place settings, crystal chandelier, candles, linen slipcovered chairs, zinc tabletop,fabulous windows…

It's all in the details and the team at On The Veranda got them just right.

Just when you think it can't get any better than this,I found these images from

At Home In Arkansas

in my style files  .

Phil Cato

with

About Vase

in Little Rock was part of a design team that styled this outdoor party.

The French ladderback chairs and linen tablecloths add just the right touch.

Floral arrangements and candles lend the perfect balance of color and whimsy.

Cato "planted" red gerbera daisies into the halves of miniature watermelons for a quick burst of color.

To create this dramatic arrangement, Cato hollowed out the top of a head of cauliflower and inserted a small vase to hold the small bouquet of spray roses.

I don't know about you, but these beautiful tablescapes inspire me to call up some friends and reconnect.  Everything doesn't have to be as perfect as what I've shared here.  A few special touches always makes your guests feel like they are loved.  A little extra effort rarely goes unnoticed.

How about you?  Do you enjoy entertaining?  Do you think you could incorporate any of these ideas into a dinner party of your own?  If not, contact us.  We would be glad to help.

We both know you all have been sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for us to announce our giveaway winner (haha!). We promise we won't keep you too much longer. We'll be announcing it this afternoon, so stay tuned!