01 Jul REESE, WHITE & BLUE, Y’ALL!
By: Laura Nell Burton
Photography by: Jenna-Beth Lyde, Parish Photography
When Draper James x Crate & Barrel teamed up a few months ago, we were immediately inspired to create a July 4th table starring our favorite “Magnolia” pieces. When it comes to patriotic parties, we always detour in a chic way from traditional red, white & blue, so the light blue accents were a perfect fit for our style.
As event designers, we take great care not to overlook even the smallest details, including our belief that a hostess should beautifully match her soirée. We also believe in passing the art of southern hospitality onto the next generation, and our love for the events industry comes first and foremost from the opportunities it gives us to create lasting memories for our clients—from the weddings we plan to intimate dinner parties. So, when Draper James announced its brand new Mommy & Me Collection, the stars aligned for us to capture this setting-the-table experience as a mother-daughter teaching moment, now a special memory for us and our sweet girls, Claire and Marguerite.
All four of us are wearing Draper James (founded by Reese Witherspoon) which teamed up with mompreneur Rachel Blumenthal, CEO and Founder of Rockets of Awesome to produce the collection. We’ve been huge fans of Draper James as a lifestyle brand since its inception and we really hope to see more Mommy & Me from Draper James in the months and years ahead. When wearing Draper James, we feel beautiful, polished and southern through and through. The entire brand is colorful and well made, with beautiful details. We love that most of the dresses have pockets (which is so practical for moms—and event planners)!
Here’s the inside scoop on how you can set this pretty table in your own home!
Plates and bowls: Draper James x Crate & Barrel “Magnolia” collection (now on sale!).
Flatware: A discontinued sterling pattern by Gorham called “Etruscan” that I’ve collected over 20 years from estate sales, Ebay and Replacements.com. You might notice a few mismatched patterns mixed into some of the place settings. This is because I’m still missing some Etruscan pieces but also because I love a curated look—as if the elements on the table have been collected with love over time. You might also notice that Tenn’s place setting is a child’s sterling silver set (Tenn is Reese’s 5-year-old son). We’re big believers in including children of all ages, even at the most beautiful dinner table. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it!
Stemware: The wine glasses are vintage (they belonged to my paternal grandmother), and the water goblets are William Yeoward Crystal “Fern” which were part of my wedding registry.
Napkins: Over The Moon’s gorgeous new Linen Dinner Napkins monogrammed in a blue “Love Birds” crest by Peep’s Paper Products. They are absolutely perfect with those Chinese centerpieces! Every bride should have a set of these napkins in her trousseau.
Menu: As another thoughtful detail, we named our menu “Reese, White & Blue, Y’all!” The lovely watercolor art is by Town&Country-acclaimed artist Gina Langford who has been featured in T&C Weddings and graphic design is by Dixie Design Collective. Recipes: tomato pie; barbecue deviled eggs; watermelon caprese salad; sweet-hot baby back ribs, southern friend okra; root beer baked beans; corn on the cob & American flag pound cake.
Place Cards: We enjoy creating nontraditional place cards and on this table we set Baked Goodness cookie place cards for each member of Reese’s family. We love thoughtful details! Place cards may seem overly formal, but they actually help guests relax because you avoid that awkward moment at the beginning of a dinner party when everyone wonders where to sit while the hostess has to boss the traffic. Place cards are also a creative project that kids can own to help.
Centerpieces: Traditional blue and white Chinese import filled with red tulips and white peonies—simple, understated and lovely.
Linens: A clean, crisp white hemstitch table cloth lets all the other elements on this table star.
We’re so thankful to live in the USA! Celebrating July 4threminds us to take stock of everything it means to be American—freedom, family, friends, fireworks and fabulous food! God bless America!