Tablescapes

Our Rehearsal Dinner Table

I had so much fun with our rehearsal dinner tablescape and really leaned into the Nantucket setting. I was inspired by the blue hydrangeas that pop up all over the island in the summer and decided on a classic blue + white color scheme. The dinner took place in the backyard of a private home – and luckily the rain held off until the very end! It was a gorgeous evening. Our Rehearsal Dinner Table Rehearsal Dinner Tablescape I worked with our event designer and wedding planner; Tracy Taylor Ward, to source the Ikat tablecloth from La Tavola. We rented simple white plates and silverware from a local rental company; Placesetters, as well as natural rattan placemats from Event Rental Co. I actually found these identical placemats right after the wedding and purchased them for future dinner parties! For the rest of the tablescape, I sourced and brought my own special pieces from home – including these custom Etsy monogrammed napkins, Ralph Lauren hurricane lamps, and hand painted custom menus I designed with Hudson Ink. It was so incredible to see all of the elements come together! Dawn from Soiree Floral nailed the flowers – and did a really elegant mix of hydrangeas and delphinium. We used a mix of tall and short vases she had to create a layered look. The table felt coastal, summery, relaxed, and classic! I linked the exact hurricane lamps as well as similar options below!
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My Bridal Shower

Last weekend, my mother-in-law, sister, and sisters-in-law hosted a beautiful bridal shower for me! It was such a gorgeous day, and so special to be able to celebrate with my closest friends. The food was delicious, the neutral decor was so elegant, and the entire event was just perfect! Bridal Shower Bridal Shower Decor For the bridal table, they rented white tables and chairs from Durants Party Rentals in Fairfield County. They ordered these white linen tablecloths and napkins (another option) from Amazon (I honestly couldn’t believe they were Amazon since they looked exactly like my Williams Sonoma ones – such a steal!) My sister-in-law actually made the flower arrangements – I was so impressed. She used these simple clear vases. The food was catered by Garlelick and Herbs and the poached salmon (my fave!) was from Fjord. The menus were created through this Etsy shop. My sister ordered the cutest custom macarons from Stache of Goods for each guest to take home and Minuty generously provided the rosé. We played a short and sweet Couple Q+A game where everyone had to guess answers about us! Bridal Shower Outfit I wore this white eyelet Monique Lhullier dress with these Stuart Weitzman white leather heels. Surprisingly the heels were fine to wear in the grass – I didn’t sink in! The dress runs a bit small, so I recommend sizing up. This is another beautiful option, and I really love this one (under $140!) I linked a ton of additional bridal shower dresses on my Bridal Favorites page and LTK. Bridal Shower Gifts And if you need any bridal gift ideas, be sure to check out my Gifts Favorites page or the bottom of the Bridal Favorites page (I added a ton of bridal lingerie!)
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The Our Place Always Pan

We’ve been cooking at home more than ever and one thing that has made a WORLD of a difference in our kitchen, has been the Our Place Always pan.  This pan is legit the best piece of cookware I’ve ever owned (trust me, I’ve tried my fair share!)  Thomas uses it every single morning to make eggs and I use it all the time to make steamed zucchini (my fave veggie.) The Our Place Always Pan So why is this pan so amazing?  It’s lightweight, the perfect shape for cooking anything, non-stick and completely nontoxic.  In case you didn’t already know, many non-stick pans are toxic!  The Our Place Always pan coating is free of toxins such as; Teflon, PTFEs and PFAs.  It is SO easy to cook with (things like an omelette turn out perfect), and even easier to clean.  As someone who hates doing dishes, that is a major plus. The quality is really impressive as well.  We’ve used it everyday since March, often multiple times a day, and it still looks brand new.  I love that it comes with a steaming tray which makes cooking veggies seamless, and a sleek wooden spoon that you can rest on the handle.  When you open it out of the box, it’s extremely aesthetically pleasing and compact. The Perfect Gift With the holidays coming up, it also makes a great gift.  I’m personally going to be sending one to my sister, dad, and Thomas’ sister who loves to cook.  The Always pan comes in 5 really beautiful colors that would look good in any kitchen. A Special Discount Use code KAT10 for $10 off any Always pan and be sure to see how I love using my pan on Stories.  I’ll be sharing tips on how I keep it looking brand new as well! Our Place Always pan pictured here in colors Steam and Char
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A Lowkey Summer BBQ

A Lowkey Summer BBQ It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end!  Thomas and I wanted to take full advantage of these last days of summer so we decided to throw a little BBQ for his parents one night.  We didn’t feel like trekking all the way to the grocery store, so we ordered groceries from the new Walmart Express delivery service which delivers groceries in under 2 hours!  Yes, 2 hours!  I legit placed an order at 4:25PM and everything came promptly (and even faster than promised) at 5:30PM – so quick and so easy. About the Walmart Express Delivery Service The new Walmart Express delivery service allows you to order everything from groceries, to household essentials, tech accessories, over the counter pharmacy items, toys and more (as long as you order under 64 items!)  Talk about convenient!  Deliveries will come from your local Walmart store between the hours of 10AM-6PM.  I still don’t have a car here in Connecticut, so this service has literally been a lifesaver for me when I’ve needed anything.  Walmart Express delivery is subject to availability at select stores. Standard delivery fee and/or Express delivery fee may apply.  Minimum order applies. What I also love about the Walmart Express delivery service is that it’s contactless.  A driver can leave the groceries right at your door – just specify when you check out.  It’s a beyond seamless process that simplifies grocery shopping. For our BBQ we ordered a mix of simple snacks and drinks; La Croix lemon (my fave!), cranberry juice, popcorn, chips + salsa, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores, and cheese + crackers.  The s’mores were a huge hit let me tell you ;)  I made a delicious dip that one of my girlfriend’s always makes at her BBQs with just salsa and cream cheese.  Sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious!  You just slightly heat up the cream cheese and then add in equal parts of salsa.  What’s one of your favorite summer snacks?!
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