July 22, 2014

Good morning, everyone! How is your week going so far? Last week Emil and I spent a few very relaxing days in Palm Springs. While we were there, we decided to host a little dinner party for our family and friends. The house we were staying in, had one of those amazing backyards with a pool, a fire pit and a sitting area, basically an absolutely ideal location to throw a little Summer soiree:)! Of course, I'll take any excuse to plan a dinner party because I am completely obsessed with decorating, and table decor in particular! 

Because I feel that a dinner table is the heart of any party and is likely to set the mood for the entire event, when planning how to decorate it, I start by thinking about the setting and the color palette. You see, I think it's really important to have balance and harmony between the table and the surroundings. For this particular event, I chose to stick with the same color palette for the table as the rest of the backyard, combining white, sand and orange. Once I chose the color palette, I started setting the table. Usually, I like to start with place settings first, then do the center decorative part. I think that place settings are the fundament of the table, once they are complete, it is easy to see what is missing and what needs to be added to make the table more festive. For me, decorating the center of the table is all about combining deferent textures and unexpected elements. For this particular table, I combined Moroccan-inspired lanterns, silver candleholders, mint julep cups and an oversized pitcher, which I used as a vase. 

The final finishing touch - personal menus and place cards. I feel that little details like that make a table look extra special. Rather than having them printed, I actually prefer to design my own. Aside from the fact that I really enjoy the actual process of designing them (playing with different colors and fonts is completely addictive), it's much more convenient, especially if you like to throw dinner parties last minute, which Emil and I certainly do:) So, I always keep a few different menu designs in PDF format on my phone, which allows me to quickly change the menu items and print them directly from my phone on my Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet All-in-one printer using the PPS appIn case you are just as obsessed with creating personalized menus, place cards or thank you notes, the PPS app is the best thing ever because it allows you to print from your phone directly to your PIXMA MG7120 printer from absolutely anywhere. How cool is that!? Another reason why Emil and I really like the PPS app is that you can print pics directly from social platforms like Facebook and Twitter or storage sites like Dropbox or Picasa, which comes in handy when we set up selfie photo booth at parties and want to print pics right away! Honestly, the process is so easy: download the PPS app through iTunes on your mobile device, choose an image or document from your preferred platform, print wirelessly, & voila your print is waiting for you at home!

Shoshanna Ceclie dress | J Crew pearl open bangle & wishbone cuff Gold Philosophy layered pearl ring & twin pearl open ring | Essie nail polish in Bikini So Teeny 

This post was brought to you by in collaboration with Canon PIXMA and Burst Media, the opinions and texts are all mine. 

Thank you for reading
& Keep On Smiling,


PS Lily Boutique said...

Beautiful look! Love your dress :)


Cheyenne said...

Your dress is absolutely gorgeous.
Love the whole table setting, it's so personal when you do the place cards and menus yourself.

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Sylwia VamppiV Błach said...

Wow! Everything is perfect. Love photos and color of your dress. Fantastic!

Emma H said...

Menus were a cool touch to this little outing!

Nico lowbudget-lowcost said...

Everyting looks so wonderful, great job! Love your dress too. New Summer Must Have on lb-lc Fashion blog

fashiondiariesbyk said...

Love the table setting!! Stunning dress, you look lovely!!

Jos said...

Loving your dress.


CIRANUS said...

Gracias Annabelle... eres una "fiera" en todo.
Siempre se aprende de ti... disfrutando...
Precioso Party preparado... y bajaré la aplicación PPS de itunes

Jessica said...

STUNNING look, perfect dress! Gorgeous place! =)
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Valeria Alvarez said...

Love that printed menues!! is great to be able to have that app handy at all ocations! It seems you have fun there. By the way Beautiful dress ;)


Elizabeth Hawn said...

what a lovely set up!

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Mei Fleming said...

What an elegant party. Just like your dress.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

You look stunning, I love your dress and great job in the table arrangements.

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ShoesManiac said...

beautiful :)

Live-Style20 said...

awesome style!!@ ;-)


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Vanessa Mensah said...

amazing dinner setting, those cocktails look so good!

Dominique Candido said...

looks perfect!


MAXCE said...

You look stunning in that dress, yellow is gorgeous on your glowing bronzed skin ;)

Love from France <3


Tijana J. Dominguez said...

Once again you showed us your amazing taste for details. I love it! :)

Maria is on fashion said...

Cute dress, I love it

Patrycja Nagaj said...

wow, what;s a wonderful photos <3 i love it, you look perfect <3

Laura lexo said...

You look perfect! I love your dress


Mónica López Gutierrez said...

nice pictures!!!

Miri said...

Looks like an amazing dinner party! Beautiful photos!


Denisa said...

Beautiful dress.

Chiamaka Abasilim said...

That's amazing, what a wonderful dinner party and a gorgeous dress you have on.

Ketty henry said...

i love your dress and your jewellery is also very good.
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Sasa Zoe said...

Awesome photos and seems really fun:)

shadesofbellz said...

thatis very beautiful,dreamy place...looking good!

Kelly said...

This post proves, yellow really is your color! And what a fun dinner party, it looks like the perfect set up for an amazing evening!

Raven Woodruff said...

I don't think there is a color that doesn't suit you... Beautiful as always.


Jadzia Lis said...

Cute dress ! :)

Rach Dulay said...

Such a gorgeous party!! Looks like it was fun! You're yellow dress is just perfect for the occasion!

Camille said...

You look beyond stunning

Melissa Tierney said...

Such lovely photos and that is a great idea for a party to make custom menus like that! Bringing the catering house vibe to your home!

Allison Weeks said...

Looks like so much fun! Beautiful setup <3

Sweet Madame Blue

Andrea jueong said...

Beautiful party and love the design of your cards.Beautiful dress!

Lorena said...

Incredible sunny photos)

Mihaela said...

this is so amazing :))


Patrice Imjustme said...

Beautiful dress!

Heloísa Paiva said...

Great pics! Everything looks very elegant and classy!
And i loved your dress! This is a really, really, reeeeeally lovely lace dress!

Helô, from vestidos curtos

Holly said...

This is beautiful! I love the tablescape and of course your dress is lovely!

YouCanBe said...

que bonito como preparasteis la mesa y que bonito tu vestido, no me puede gustar más!

Lara Tura said...

Gorgeous yellow dress!


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Cristina Gomez said...

The place looks spectacular! I also love your dress, you look gorgeous :)

elarmariodelanena said...

Beautiful! yellow is your colour for Summer :D

Kristi Janku said...

Hello there sweetie ! I love the mood and the outfit so much !
I posted today about you on my web, feel free to pass by whenever you have time :

Wish u a lovely day

xoxo Kiki

Celia said...

Love this dinner scenario! Wonderful sense of style and tons of suggesting ideas! Please post your parties more often! Love from Mallorca (Spain).

Meredith said...

Love the dress! It really suits your skintone Annabelle.

Vera said...

So pretty!

Monika Basiaga said...

So beautiful photos!
Love your look. The dress is amazing!

A Million Pinks said...

that yellow dress is everything!

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